UIndy Athletics honors 2017 Hall of Fame inductees

UIndy 2017 Hall of Fame class inductees were announced at halftime of the men's basketball game on February 11, 2017. Then a recognition banquet with plaques given was held afterwards in UIndy Hall. (Photo by D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

UIndy 2017 Hall of Fame class inductees were announced at halftime of the men’s basketball game on February 11, 2017. Then a recognition banquet with plaques given was held afterwards in UIndy Hall. (Photo by D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

The 2017 University of Indianapolis Athletics Hall of Fame inductees were honored in a ceremony Saturday, Feb. 11. This year’s Hall of Fame inductees were introduced at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Rockhurst University, with the induction ceremony following at the Schwitzer Student Center.

UIndy Athletics is proud to introduce this year’s inductees:

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Greyhound football favored to win GLVC crown

Click above to watch UIndy football’s 2016 preview video.

Sept. 10 “Monumental Matchup” against Marian to feature special guests

The 2016 season is shaping up to be another great one for UIndy football, with the NCAA Division II Greyhounds picked unanimously in the preseason coaches poll — for the fifth-straight year — to win the Great Lakes Valley Conference title.

The Hounds, who finished last year at 10-2 overall and 8-0 in the GLVC, have 18 starters returning, along with reigning GLVC Coach of Year Bob Bartolomeo. They are 30-1 in conference play and the only conference team to make the D-II preseason rankings, coming in at No. 16.

After the Sept. 3 season opener at Michigan’s Hillsdale College, the first home game at Key Stadium is the Sept. 10 return of the “Monumental Matchup,” a grudge match against crosstown foes Marian University of the NAIA. Tailgating begins at 4 p.m.; the national anthem will be sung by UIndy alum Megan Meadors, former Miss Indiana and Indianapolis Colts cheerleader; former Colt Gary Brackett will handle the coin toss; and kickoff is at 6:05.

Rumor has it that halftime entertainment will be provided by the acclaimed winner of a nationally televised singing competition (click here for big hint). We’ll have more details on that later.

Follow all the Greyhound football news this season at the UIndy Athletics site.

Story on UIndy student draws big response

See IndyStar story, video and photo gallery

Brendan Dudas (Indy Star video still)

UIndy student Brendan Dudas (IndyStar video still)

Indianapolis Star sports columnist Gregg Doyel is known for his ability to find compelling tales where others don’t think to look, but even he was daunted by the story of UIndy business major and baseball player Brendan Dudas.

It begins with the elaborate wiffle ball facility Dudas and friends built in his parents’ Southside backyard, home to an organized eight-team league that helps young men from the area stay in touch with their high school pals. It ends with Dudas and his girlfriend — both full-time college students — assuming guardianship of two disadvantaged young nephews who have found love and support through their families and the Indy Southside Wiffle Ball league.

There’s much more, but you have to read the story to take it all in. Doyel initially wasn’t sure how to put the pieces together.

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Former, future Greyhounds go for the gold

Swimming World magazine conducted this interview with Dalton Herendeen just before he secured a spot on the U.S. swim team for the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil.

Two UIndy-connected swimmers — one a recent grad, the other arriving this year as a freshman — will be representing their nations this summer in Rio de Janeiro.

Sotia Neophytou

Sotia Neophytou

Incoming first-year student Sotia Neophytou (sometimes spelled Neofytou) is one of only two swimmers from Cyprus selected to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics. She will swim the 100-meter butterfly next month.

Dalton Herendeen, who graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, is one of just 10 U.S. men tapped to swim in the 2016 Paralympic Games in September. The partial amputee, who swam in standard high school and college meets, is a veteran of international competition, having gone to the 2012 Paralympics in London and other major events. Click above to watch an interview with Swimming World magazine, or read this story in his hometown paper, the Elkhart Truth.

Learn more about both swimmers at the UIndy Athletics site.

Kindred

Kindred

Earning honorable mention in our Olympics coverage is 2014 grad Jermel Kindred, an All-American sprinter and hurdler in his UIndy track and field days.

The holder of five Greyhound records earned a trip to last week’s U.S. Olympic Trials in Oregon, but did not quite make the cut for Rio. Read about his bid in the South Bend Tribune.

Greyhound athletes also excel in the classroom

UIndy logo (with dog)-201&blkAcademic honors are rolling in for the 2015-2016 student-athletes of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, and once again the Greyhounds are proving as talented off the field as they were in competition.

Consider:

  • 27 UIndy student-athletes (a university record) earned the Great Lakes Valley Conference Council of Presidents’ Academic Excellence Award, having maintained at least a 3.5 grade point average throughout their college careers. UIndy’s total was third-highest in the conference.
  • Four student-athletes were named GLVC Winter and Spring Scholar-Athletes of the Year for their academic and athletic accomplishments: Matthew Kaplanis, baseball; Paxton DeHaven, women’s golf; Morgan Foley, softball; and Luke Hubert, men’s tennis. Only one recipient is named in each conference sport, and the Greyhounds can claim six for the year — highest in the conference.
  • Nine UIndy teams earned the GLVC Team Academic Award, which recognizes teams with an average GPA of at least 3.3. The Division II national runner-up women’s golfers led the Greyhound squads with a 3.7.
  • 206 student-athletes were named Academic All-GLVC recipients, recognizing a personal GPA of 3.3 for the year.

And remember, these young people have the athletic chops, too. For the fifth year running, UIndy scored a Top 10 finish in the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, placing seventh in all of Division II for cumulative success in seven men’s and seven women’s sports.

As always, you’ll find more detail at the UIndy Athletics site.

Health tech camp lets teens sample careers

As information technology becomes increasingly important in the world of health care, an upcoming three-day camp at the University of Indianapolis offers central Indiana high school students an opportunity to learn about careers in the field.

The Health Information Technology Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27-29. The cost is $150, but scholarships are available.

Developed in consultation with health care and business professionals, the camp will include fun science activities and programs to help students understand and explore college and career possibilities.

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Greyhound standout lands Pacers workout

Loyd WTHRRecent UIndy graduate Jordan Loyd has been all over the news this week after being invited to join in the Indiana Pacers’ pre-draft workout Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Environmental Sustainability major from Atlanta enjoyed a strong senior season with the Greyhounds, shooting over 50 percent from the field and averaging 20.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Though he doesn’t necessarily expect to be called in the June 23 draft, Loyd is laying the groundwork for a pro hoops career.

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Olympian Joyner-Kersee meets track camp kids

Joyner-Kersee USATFTrack and field legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee speaks to young athletes earlier today at Key Stadium during USA Track & Field’s first youth camp.

Not every day does one receive life coaching from Sports Illustrated’s “Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century,” but that’s what happened for a group of budding athletes today at UIndy.

The legendary Jackie Joyner-Kersee, joined by fellow four-time Olympian Aretha Thurmond, spoke with scores of local kids ages 9-18 at the inaugural USA Track & Field Development Camp, one of many summer camps and conferences hosted by the University of Indianapolis.

The winner of three gold medals noted that she was pleased to be back in the Circle City, where she set a world record in the long jump in 1987.

“But it’s really not about that,” Joyner-Kersee told the young people gathered at UIndy’s Key Stadium. “It’s really about each and every one of you being here today and tomorrow, learning as much as you can. While learning, make it fun, enjoy what you do, but also listen to what they’re asking you to do. … Work hard in everything that you are trying to accomplish. If it’s in the classroom, work hard. You got homework? You have to prepare. It’s the same way on the athletic field.”

Former Greyhound student-athletes go pro

UIndy’s reputation as an NCAA Division II powerhouse rolls on, with two recent graduates in the news as they launch their professional careers.

Horn

Reece Horn

Greyhound football standout wide receiver Reece Horn signed Friday with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. The Cathedral High School grad’s four seasons at UIndy included being named GLVC Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and GLVC Special Teams Player of the Year as a senior.

Having earned his Sport Management degree, the All-American now joins the Titans’ 90-man roster with a chance at making the 53-man active roster later this summer, according to UIndy Athletics, where plenty more information and photos can be found.

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Foley

Morgan Foley

Another Greyhound record-setter, softball pitcher Morgan Foley, capped an incredible senior season and college career by signing with the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch league, who opened their season Thursday night.

The Communication major from Louisville was a four-year All-American at UIndy and was named 2016 D-II Midwest Region Player of the Year and finalist for the national honor. Her accomplishments (including two NCAA records for most strikeouts in a game) are too numerous to list here, but you can read more at UIndy Athletics, the Bandits’ website and the Chicago Daily Herald.

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