Huntington, Ind. - The Huntington University Department of Athletics will host the annual Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon on Saturday, November 12, at the Habacker Dining Commons at 11:00 a.m.
Four former student-athletes and one team will be honored for their contributions to the Forester Athletic Department.
Rick Cook (Toronto, Canada) is being honored for his significant contribution to the Huntington University men’s soccer program during the years of 1986-1990. As the Foresters’ sweeper, he orchestrated the defense from day one of his collegiate career. During his time in a Huntington uniform, HU’s defense gave up a mere 1.4 goals per contest. Over the course of his career, he helped lead the program to two MCC conference titles, two NCCAA District III Championships, two NAIA District 21 Championships, two NCCAA National Tournament appearances and 61 wins against 24 losses and one tie. This four-time MCC All-Conference player was also a three-year NCCAA All-District III and NAIA All-District 21 pick and received NAIA Honorable Mention All-America honors. He was also a two-time NCCAA Second Team All-American. As a senior he helped guide the Foresters to a third place finish at the NCCAA National Tournament where he was named to the NCCAA National All-Tournament Team. Huntington finished the year 20-5, setting the record for most wins in a season. He topped off his stellar career by playing in the NAIA Senior Bowl in Las Cruces, New Mexico, a match showcasing the NAIA’s top 36 players from around the country. Rick graduated with a triple major in Accounting, Business Management and Economics in 1990.
Danielle (Vohs) Hartzell (Syracuse, Indiana) is being honored for her significant contribution to the Huntington University women’s track and field program during the years of 1998-2002 and the women’s cross country program during the years of 1999-2002. Danielle was an eleven-time NAIA Track National Championship qualifier, bringing home NAIA All-America honors on five different occasions. She was a three-time All-America honoree at the NAIA Indoor Championships in the 1000 meter. Her final two All-America awards came at the 2002 outdoor meet where she finished fifth in the 1500 meter and was a member of the 4x800 meter relay team that also finished fifth. She claimed three MCC titles, two in the 800 meter and another in the 1500 meter. She currently holds Huntington’s outdoor record in the 1500 meter and indoor records in the 800 meter and 1000 meter. Danielle also left her mark in cross country where she was the first female runner to earn NAIA All-America honors for finishing 15th overall at the NAIA National Championships as a senior. During her final year she also earned MCC All-Conference and NAIA All-Region honors for winning the combined NAIA Region VIII Championships and MCC Championships and made HU history by recording the fastest women’s time in the 5K with her 18:12 finish. Danielle graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2002.
Brian Porter (Anderson, Indiana) is being honor for his significant contributions to the Huntington University baseball program during the years of 2001-2005. Brian’s athletic abilities coupled with his exceptional work ethic led to an extremely successful career as a Forester baseball player. He started turning heads as a sophomore after finishing the season ranked sixth in the NAIA for RBI per game at 1.26. It was as a junior in the spring of 2004 that Brian put together his finest performance. He wrapped up the season with 11 homeruns, 33 runs scored and 49 RBI and for his efforts received MCC All-Conference, NAIA All-District and NAIA Honorable Mention All-America honors. As a senior he repeated as an All-Conference player and finished as the team’s batting champion with a .406 batting average. For his career, Brian amassed a batting average of .400, hit a total of 27 homeruns, scored 105 runs and knocked in another 136. Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management in 2005.
Rob New (Indianapolis, Indiana) is being honored for his significant contribution to the Huntington University men’s basketball program during the years of 1984-86 and 1990-92. Rob’s exceptional shooting range coupled with the ability to penetrate to the basket made him a prolific scorer for the Foresters. He led the team in scoring his final three years as a Forester. After taking a few years off between his sophomore and junior year, Rob returned to the Huntington hardwood even stronger and more versatile than before. He possessed the skills to play any position and it was reflected on both ends of the floor where he averaged 15.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a junior and equally impressive stats as a senior to earn him MCC All-Conference honors. Rob will go down in the record books for being one of only a handful of players in the program to have scored over 50 points in a game. As a junior, he scored 53 points against Grace College. He is currently the 24th all-time scorer in HU history with 1,293 points. For his career, he averaged 11.9 points in 109 games. Rob graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in May of 1992.
The 2006 Men’s Basketball Team is being honored for the legacy they have left on the Huntington University basketball program. It was a fairy tale season for the 2006 team as they are the only squad in the University’s history to make it to an NAIA National Championship Game. After clinching the MCC title to earn an automatic bid to the national tournament, the Foresters skated through the opening rounds of the tourney, winning their first four games by an average of 18.5 points, before coming up short against host College of the Ozarks in the tournament’s final game. Led by All-American Alex Kock, the Foresters finished the season with a 32-6 record, the second most wins recorded in HU history. They dominated the opposition, outscoring opponents on average by over 12 points per contest. This highly touted and talented crew led the NAIA Division II in free throw percentage by knocking down 78.8 percent of their free tosses. They also finished second in the nation in field goal percentage at 51.0 percent, fifth in 3-point field goal percentage at 40.8 percent and sixth in scoring margin at 12.3.
Members of the team included Kyle Benge, Todd Dale, Kyle Ganton, Ben Haifley, James Haifley, Alex Kock, Seth Lochmueller, Geoff Scheetz, Doug Sheckler, Steve Snider, Ryne Thornton, Chase Verba, Jared Yoder, Rob Richards (Student Manager), Steve Platt (Head Coach), Ty Platt (Associate Head Coach) and Mark Green (Assistant Coach).