Homecoming & Family Weekend 2013 - Athletic Events and Awards

SATURDAY, OCT. 5
1 p.m.        Women's Soccer vs. Hanover
1:30 p.m.   Football vs. Bluffton
2 p.m.        Women's Tennis vs. College                      of Mount St. Joseph
3 p.m.        Men's Soccer vs. Hanover
5 p.m.        Volleyball vs. Hanover

SUNDAY, OCT. 6
1 p.m.        Volleyball vs. Transylvania

2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

Tom MillerTOM MILLER ’56 The late Tom Miller starred on the football and baseball fields and the basketball floor for the Spartans. He was a two-time co-captain and all-Hoosier Collegiate Conference honoree for the MU gridders in 1955-56 as an offensive lineman and turned in back-to-back 300-plus batting averages for the baseball teams the same two seasons en route to all-conference honors. Miller also helped lead the men’s basketball team to the HCC championship during the 1953-54 campaign by averaging nearly nine (8.9) points per game.

Lana GroombridgeLANA GROOMBRIDGE ’66 Groombridge left an indelible mark on Manchester during her three-plus decades as a coach, mentor and professor. As a coach, she played an important role in putting women’s athletics on the Manchester landscape, leading the volleyball and women’s basketball programs and being an assistant track and field coach. As an educator and chair of the Exercise and Sport Sciences Department, Groombridge earned the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Honor Award, the association’s highest honor, in 2004.

Dennis BilinskiDENNIS BILINSKI ’80 Bilinski’s claim to fame in Manchester University athletics was on the baseball field. His .478 batting average in 1978 led him to all-Hoosier-Buckeye Collegiate Conference, all-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ all-district and honorable mention all-NAIA All- American awards. Two years later, Bilinski closed his stellar Spartan career by earning team Most Valuable Player and NAIA all-district and all-HBCC honors for former head coach and fellow Hall of Famer Jim Gratz’s squad.

Michelle Brewer CheatemMICHELLE BREWER ’95 CHEATEM Cheatem’s athletic success occurred in track and field. Competing for former head coach Meg Schneiders, she became a household name in the shot put and discus. Cheatem is still a part of the program’s top 10 list outdoors with the third-longest shot put (42 feet, 11 inches) and the sixth-longest discus (131 feet, eight inches) marks. She was a two-time Hoosier Collegiate Women’s Conference Most Valuable Athlete in the field events (1992 and 1993) and qualified, in the shot put, for the NCAA Division III national championships in 1993.


2013 Claude Wolfe Alumni Coach of the Year

Scott KreigerSCOTT KREIGER ’88 High school sports fans in northeast Indiana know the name and success of this Manchester University alum. His coaching prowess in the area is nearly legend-status having guided Canterbury High School to four Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 1A girls state basketball championships since 2007-08 as well as 10 sectional, six regional and four semi-state titles in his career. Kreiger moved over to the boys’ basketball program last winter with impressive results, as Canterbury claimed the sectional championship.