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2018 Wall of Fame

Dakota Soukup, Reporter

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Park Athletics held a ceremony for its 2018 class of wall of fame inductees. It was held on September 14 in the Park University underground by the wall of fame. There were eight inductees in the class of 2018. To be eligible to be inducted into the wall of fame, the inductee must be individuals of outstanding quality, high moral character and fine leadership qualities.

The eight people inducted this year were:

Sinan Kunt – Men’s Soccer – 1961-1963

Sinan Kunt led the Pirates to their first ever NAIA National Championship appearance in 1962. Kunt was one of three Pirates named members of the 1962 NAIA National Championship All-Tournament Team.

Simon Mulama – Men’s Soccer – 2002-2006

Simon Mulama is a three-time NAIA All-American for the Pirates and led one of the most potent teams in all of NAIA soccer in his time at Park.

Maria Ruiz – Women’s Soccer – 2004-2008

Maria Ruiz is an NAIA record-holder for her 109 career goals at Park. This mark held the NAIA top 10 at the conclusion of her career. She helped Park to the NAIA National Tournament in 2005 and 2006. She was also an All-American in 2006. She ended her career with 209 goals, 34 assists and 256 points, before moving on to play professionally in Europe.

Hal Henderson – Meritorious Service

Hal Henderson was a captain of the Pirates’ 1962 NAIA National tournament team while also competing in basketball, track and field, and tennis at Park. He went on to enjoy coaching, administration and athletic training careers that spanned parts of four decades.

Colleen Mahoney – Women’s Volleyball – 2005-2006

Colleen Mahoney is Park’s first NAIA All-American in women’s volleyball. She held the Park University record for single-season kills from 2006-2013, totaling 616 kills in the 2005 season, leading the conference, and another 548 in 2006.

Dale Lauritzen – Men’s Golf Coach – 1987-2001

Dale Lauritzen is the first golf coach to lead Park to the NAIA postseason. He took the Pirates to the National Championship twice as a team and once more with an individual, in 1976, 1980 and 1982.

Brian Maloney – Men’s Golf – 1979-1980

Brian Maloney was Park’s first ever All-American, in 1980, after qualifying for the NAIA National Tournament as an individual.

Ed Bradley – Meritorious Service

Ed Bradley was part of the inaugural Park Athletics Wall of Honor committees. Bradley rarely missed a game. He was the university’s Torchlighter award winner in 2015, an honor given by the Park University Alumni Association to individuals who have made significant long-standing contributions and commitment to the University.

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