GREENVILLE, Pa. – Six Tomcats will be inducted into the Thiel College Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 11.
The 39th Athletic Hall of Fame induction class will include: Amber Bodrick ’09 (basketball, track & field), Caleb Goist ’04 (baseball), Dave Hendricks ’05 (football), George Kum-Nji ’05 (football), Steve Minton ’08 (football) and John Stevens ’65 (wrestling).
Bodrick was a four-time All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) First Team selection in basketball and a three-time D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region Second Team awardee. She made a name for herself as a freshman when she scored 535 points in 26 games, the most by a freshman in program history.
Bodrick went on to score 1,867 points in her career, the second most in school history behind hall-of-famer Tricia Kosenina ’93, who scored 2,086 points in her career. Her 733 field goals are the most in program history while her 326 free throws rank second in school history. She also ranks among the best in program history in multiple other statistical categories, including: rebounds (tied 3rd, 828), blocks (5th, 96), steals (6th, 194), assists (11th, 202) and three-point field goals (14th, 75).
A native of Boardman, Ohio, and graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, Bodrick helped the Tomcats win 11 games during her senior season in 2008-09 and make an appearance in the semifinals of the conference tournament.
As a freshman on Jan. 25, 2006, Bodrick led the Tomcats to a 92-89 win over PAC foe Bethany at Beeghly Gymnasium when she scored 51 points, the most in a single-game in Thiel history. Bodrick made 20 shots from the floor in the win, which is also the most in a single-game in program history. Bodrick made eight three-pointers in a 90-87 win on the road over Washington & Jefferson on Jan. 9, 2008, which stood as the most in program history until Jess Vormelker ’19 drained nine three-pointers against Bethany on Jan. 6, 2018.
Goist was a four-time All-PAC honoree, including three First Team selections (2002-04). He was a team captain in 2004 and 2003, when the Tomcats last won the PAC title.
Goist was equally impressive in the classroom. He earned Academic All-America Third Team recognition from the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) in 2004 and was a two-time Academic All-District 4 First Team selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in 2004 and 2003.
A native of Columbiana, Ohio and graduate of Columbiana High School, Goist played shortstop the final three years of his career. He ranks among the best in program history in several career categories, including: assists (2nd, 412), hits (tied 3rd, 199), doubles (tied 4th, 42) and at-bats (5th, 559).
A career .356 hitter who recorded 107 RBIs, Goist recorded six hits in a 19-6 win over Carroll College on March 8, 2004, tying him for the most in a single-game in school history.
Hendricks was a mainstay along Thiel’s offensive line from 2001-05 and developed into one of the best tackles in all of Division III during his senior season in 2005. A four-time All-PAC selection, including First Team accolades in 2005 and 2004, Hendricks was part of an offensive line that paved the way for an average of 32.9 points and 402.8 yards per game during the team’s historic run in 2005.
Blocking for Minton, quarterback Darrell Satterfield ’06 and Co., Hendricks garnered multiple national awards following the 2005 season. He was named the National Offensive Lineman of the Year and a First Team All-American by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette. Named an Associated Press (AP) Little All-American, Hendricks was also named an All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and D3football.com.
Also in 2005, Hendricks was the All-South Region Offensive Lineman of the Year and a First Team All-South Region selection by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette, as well as a D3football.com All-South Region First Team pick. Hendricks was also selected to play in the Aztec Bowl in Toluca, Mexico, as a member of the AFCA Division III All-Stars on Dec. 17, 2005.
Kum-Nji was a four-time All-PAC selection (2004-01) at defensive end, including First Team accolades his final three seasons. Kum-Nji ranks third in program history for career tackles for loss (45.5) and sacks (27.0).
A Pittsburgh native and graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School, Kum-Nji recorded nine sacks in 2004, tying him for the sixth most in single-season program history. Following his senior season, Kum-Nji went on to be named to the Academic All-District Team by ESPN the Magazine while earning All-South Region Third Team accolades by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette.
Minton was a four-time All-PAC selection at running back including a First Team nod in 2005 and Second Team accolades in 2004 and 2006. Minton was the driving force on the 2005 team, which went 10-0 in the regular season, won the PAC title and was the first team in program history to qualify for the NCAA Division III playoffs, host a playoff game and win a playoff game.
A native of Cranberry Township, Pa., and a graduate of Seneca Valley High School, Minton is among the best running backs in Thiel history. He is the program leader in rushing attempts (645) and points scored (216), and he ranks tied for first in rushing touchdowns (35). Minton held the career rushing yards record (2,970) for nearly a decade before quarterback Ryan Radke ’16 set a new mark (3,004) in 2016.
Minton’s best statistical season was in 2005 when he ran for 1,066 yards on 230 carriers. He scored 114 points in 2005 on 19 rushing touchdowns, both of which are single-season program records. Minton went on to earn All-America Honorable Mention recognition by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette, as well as First Team All-South Region accolades. He was also named to the D3football.com All-South Region Second Team.
A native of Irwin, Pa., and a graduate of Norwin High School, Stevens helped the Tomcats capture their first two PAC titles in wrestling in 1963 and 1964. In addition to the team’s success, Stevens won individual conference titles at 167 pounds in 1963 and 1964.
Stevens went 9-0 in the regular season in 1962-63 with six pins, and he went on to win his first individual PAC title. In 1963-64, Stevens went 10-0 in the regular season with five pins. He went on to earn his second consecutive conference title at 167 pounds.
The 1963-64 wrestling team, which went 10-0 in the regular season, was inducted into the hall of fame in 2009. In addition to Stevens, four other wrestlers from the 1963-64 team won individual titles at the PAC Championships, including: Dennis Riley (123 pounds), Bill Harpst (137 pounds), Bob Weeber (157 pounds) and Chuck Evanoff (177 pounds).
Stevens went on to coach wrestling at Sharpsville High School.
The Thiel College 39th Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 at the Lutheran Heritage Room in the Howard Miller Student Center (HMSC). Tickets are $50 apiece.
Reservations for the 39th induction ceremony, as well as the annual Blue-Gold Golf Outing, which will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. on Oct. 11 at Avalon at Buhl (Sharon, Pa.), can be made online. The registration deadline is Oct. 4. Those wishing to sponsor the Blue-Gold Golf Outing may do so via the online form.