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Fall 2018: Athletics Hall of Fame


Inductees on September 28, 2018 

2002 FOOTBALL TEAM Since my arrival at the College in 2012, every alum wants to tell me about the 2002 football team. You recorded our first NCAC Championship and our first 12-win season. You set four Wabash single-season records that stand to this day. 

You set the bar high for all the teams that would follow, and today we approach every game, every season with the same sky-high expectations you established in 2002. 

—Head Football Coach Don Morel 

GRANT COMER ’97 You were a four-time letterman, two-time captain, and three-time Most Valuable Swimmer. To this day, you hold the record as the College’s all-time high-point swimmer. Your Wabash swimming coach, Gail Pebworth, said you “truly exemplified the ideal of the student-athlete who engaged in the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of your life.” 

—Hunter Jones ’20 

KURT CASPER ’02 While “The Catch” is how most people know you, those of us who are wide receivers know how consistently great you were as a four-year letterman and three-year starter. 

Your name is everywhere in the record books. 

Kurt, your teammates called you a “gamer,” and you have inspired all of us who play your position for the last 20 years. 

—Oliver Page ’19 

GEOFF LAMBERT ’08 In the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships, there was never, ever a better athlete at 800 meters. 

All of the runners, throwers, and jumpers who have competed at a national level in the last decade can look to you as the athlete who showed us that Wabash men could compete for and win championships. 

—Ra’Shawn Jones ’20 

MIKE MADDOX ’80 Baseball was a little different in the late 70s and early 80s than it is for players like me. 

In your time, there were rickety old vans that the players drove; Wabash competed as an independent, making post-season play almost impossible; bad weather stole about half your games. Knowing those things makes your career that much more remarkable. 

In 1978 you became Wabash’s first— and only—American Baseball Coaches Association First Team All-American. That’s the year you set a Wabash record by hitting .471—a record that still stands today. 

—Jackson Blevins ’20 

KEVIN MCCARTHY ’12 You brought Wabash its first track and field national championship in 30 years when you won the 2012 title in the indoor mile. 

You were intelligent, thoughtful, and willing to be uncomfortable at times in pursuit of greatness. You were also a tenacious and fearless competitor who thrived in the most competitive races. 

—Head Track and Field Coach Clyde Morgan 

JEFF MCLOCHLIN ’82 The 1982 football team was not the most talented or athletic team I coached at Wabash. But the 1982 team had something special—moxie, determination, and grit. And perhaps no player on that team embodied those traits more than Jeff McLochlin. 

He was a hard-nosed player; a real Little Giant. And we lost him too soon when a coward sniper shot and killed him while he was teaching Afghanistan’s police forces how to protect their people. 

It is a tremendous honor for me to return to Wabash, a place where I have so many happy memories, to induct Jeff McLochlin, posthumously, into the Wabash College Athletics Hall of Fame. —Coach Stan Parrish