The following alumni were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Homeocming 2013.
As the goalkeeper for the men’s soccer team from 1997-2000, Ryan Ash ’01 of Normal, Ill., staked his claim to several spots in the MU record books.
Ash still holds the record for career wins (25); most wins in a season (15 in 2000); career shutouts (19.5); most shutouts in a season (9.5) and the lowest goals-against average (0.41).
Named MU’s Defensive MVP in 1999 and Co-Defensive MVP in 2000, Ash also served as the team’s co-captain during those years. He was the starting goalkeeper for the 2000 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) championship team that went 15-1-1 — the best men’s soccer season in Millikin history.
The CCIW took note of his skills in goal, naming him to the All-Conference First Team in 2000 and the All-Conference Second Team in 1998 and 1999. During his senior year, he was also named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s All-Midwest team.
After graduating with a degree in management information systems, he was honored with the 2001 Lindsay Medallion, which is presented annually to honor two outstanding Millikin student-athletes who graduated the previous spring.
Ash gives back to his sport by serving as a certified national collegiate referee. He is a member of the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA), and was the recipient of the NISOA’s George Faragallah 2008 National Referee Achievement Award. He has been a member of the Chicago Soccer Referee Club since 2007, and since 2003, he has been a member of the Central Illinois Soccer Officials Association, where he serves as rules interpreter and clinician.
Ash is a technical analyst at State Farm Insurance Co., in Bloomington, Ill. He and his wife, Melissa Mercier Ash ’02, have two sons: Keaton, 6; and Eliot, 3. When not officiating soccer games, Ash can still be found on the pitch, coaching son Keaton’s soccer team. Top
Joanna Conner ’06 of Decatur was a starter on Millikin’s 2004-05 national championship women’s basketball team, averaging 12.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game that year.
After scoring 13 points and nine rebounds in the semi-final and 14 points with 15 rebounds and six assists in the championship game, Conner was named the Final Four Most Valuable Player. Her performance during the sectional tournament leading up to the championship netted her selection to the 2005 NCAA Sectional All-Tournament Team.
The accolades mounted up during Conner’s junior and senior years, as she was named to the CCIW’s All-Conference First Team in 2004-05; selected for the D3Hoops.com All-Region and All-American Third Team in 2004-05; named Women’s D3News Preseason Honorable Mention All-American in 2005-06; earned All-Conference Second Team honors in 2005-06 and Third Team honors in 2003-04. She also served as the Big Blue co-captain her senior year and was a four-year letter winner.
Conner ranks as Millikin’s fourth all-time leading rebounder with 796 boards to her credit, and is MU’s No. 14 all-time scorer with 1,132 points.
Conner earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education/physical education K-12 at Millikin, and completed a master’s degree in physical education, sport and exercise science through Ball State University in 2011.
After graduating, Conner served as assistant women’s basketball coach at her alma mater for one year. In 2007, she joined Manchester College as assistant women’s basketball coach/head strength and conditioning coach. In 2010, she was named assistant women’s basketball coach at St. Francis University and in 2011, she returned to Millikin in her current role as assistant women’s basketball coach and strength and conditioning coach. Top
Jim Kettelkamp ’59 of Pana, Ill., is being recognized for his accomplishments in recruiting student athletes and supporting Millikin athletics.
Kettelkamp joined the Millikin staff in 1964 and worked in various positions in admission and financial aid for eight years. He was named director of admission in 1972 and dean of admission in 1987.
In 1993, Kettelkamp retired as dean emeritus of admission after 29 years of service to the university. During his tenure, he was responsible for recruiting more than 13,000 freshmen to MU. He is also credited with doubling the number of student applicants to the university, enhancing financial aid packages and assisting in creating the James Millikin Scholars and Presidential Scholars programs. In recognition of his invaluable contributions, he was inducted into the Millikin Medallion Society in 2002 as part of the university’s centennial celebration. The Medallion Society recognized 100 living individuals who had the greatest impact on Millikin during the university’s first 100 years.
A loyal fan and supporter of Millikin athletics for many years, Kettelkamp was an active member of Millikin’s Quarterback Club. In addition to assisting with recruitment of student athletes, Kettelkamp was also a valued adviser and advocate for the Big Blue coaching staff.
As a Millikin student, Kettelkamp majored in history and physical education. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1959, and went on to complete a master’s degree at Millikin in 1964 while teaching and coaching at Pana High School.
Kettelkamp is a member of United in Faith Church in Pana, where he has served as an elder and enjoys singing in the choir. He was also a member of the Pana Community Hospital Foundation board of directors for eight years.
Still active in education, he has served as a substitute teacher, assistant principal and guidance counselor at Pana High School, where he has also volunteered as an assistant football coach.
Kettelkamp and his late wife, Emily Siegrist Kettelkamp ’74, had four children: Kristy Kettelkamp Parker ’79, Kerry Kettelkamp Stengel ’81, Kendy Kettelkamp Moore ’82 and Kirk Kettelkamp ’85. Top
Stacey Stegeman Lambert ’05 of Bloomington, Ill., was a standout volleyball player for the Big Blue and was chosen by the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) as freshman player of the year in 2001.
Serving as team captain during both her junior and senior years, she led the team in service aces and kills in 2002, 2003 and 2004. At the time she graduated, she held the school record for career kills with 1,528 and was No. 4 in career digs with 1,364. She still holds the No. 2 position for career service aces with 218, and is now No. 3 in career kills.
The CCIW named her “player of the week” twice during her senior year. She was also named to the All-CCIW first team in 2004, and was named to the second team in 2002 and 2003. She was named tournament MVP several times and recognized on numerous all-tournament teams during her Millikin career, including five in her senior year.
Lambert coached several club teams in Decatur and Bloomington while a student at Millikin, and served as a camp coach at Penn State University under their renowned coach, Russ Rose, in 2003 and 2004. In 2005, she played volleyball in Italy with American International Sports Tours.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in athletic training at MU, she completed a master’s degree in sport management through Illinois State University in 2007. While in graduate school, Lambert was junior varsity head volleyball coach at Normal University High School in 2006 and 2007.
Lambert joined the Illinois High School Association as coordinator of marketing and special events in 2008. In 2009, she was promoted to the organization’s assistant executive directorship, serving as administrator for boys and girls volleyball, boys and girls bowling and for girls golf and badminton.
She and her husband, John Lambert ’05, have a daughter, Harper, 20 months. Top
Jeff Monken ’89 of Statesboro, Ga., is recognized for his outstanding football coaching career.
Monken began his coaching career as a graduate assistant football coach at the University of Hawaii during the 1989-90 season. During this first job after his MU graduation, Monken tasted success as his team ended the season 9-3 and participated in the 1989 Aloha Bowl — the first bowl game in school history.
After earning his master’s degree in higher educational administration at the University of Hawaii in 1991, Monken served as a graduate assistant wide receivers coach at Arizona State University for one season. He then moved on to the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was assistant coach for the wide receivers and tight ends, and also served as recruiting coordinator from 1992-94. After a brief stint coaching at Morton High School in Berwyn, Ill., and at Concordia University in River Forest, Ill., Monken headed south to Georgia Southern University, where he was the slotbacks and punters coach from 1997-2001. During this five-year period, the GSU Eagles were the national runner-up in 1998 and national champions in 1999 and 2000. In addition to winning the Southern Conference Championship each year from 1997 through 2001, GSU set more than 300 national, conference and school records.
In 2002, Monken became the slotbacks coach for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. During his six seasons with the team, the Midshipmen set numerous school records, including notching 18 victories in two seasons. Among their successes were the academy’s first back-to-back bowl victories in school history in 2004 and 2005. In 2007, the Academy held the No. 1 position nationally in football Academic Progress Rate (APR) and graduation rate.
As slotbacks coach and special teams coordinator for the Georgia Institute of Technology from 2008-2010, Monken helped lead the team to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the 2008 Chik-fil-A Bowl. In 2009, they won the conference championship with a 10-4 record and made an Orange Bowl appearance.
Monken returned to Georgia Southern University as head football coach in 2010, where his 31 victories in three seasons rank first in the Southern Conference and second nationally. He was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year and American Football Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year in 2011, and was a 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year finalist. Under his direction, the GSU Eagles earned national semifinal appearances in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The Georgia Southern football program also set a new high in team GPA in both of Monken’s first two years, and boasts a record number of student athletes with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
As a Millikin student, Monken was a wide receiver on the football team. He also lettered twice in track and was co-captain of the 1989 track team.
Monken and his wife, Beth, have three daughters: Isabelle, 10; Amelia, 5; and Evangeline, 2. Top
David Peabody ’94 was an award-winning member of Millikin’s track and field and football teams from 1990-94.
In 1992, he earned College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) honorable mention status as a defensive back for the Big Blue football team. In 1993, he was named to the 2nd Team All-CCIW as a defensive back.
A member of the 1992 CCIW championship 400-meter relay team, Peabody achieved Outdoor All-American status when the team took seventh place at the 1992 NCAA Division III championships.
The track team captain and co-MVP in 1993, Peabody was a member of the 1600-meter relay team that set a new Millikin outdoor record with a time of 3:18.27 — a record that still stands.
In 1994, Peabody was the CCIW champion in the long jump and at the NCAA DIII championships, he was named an Outdoor All-American again when he finished eighth in that event. He also holds the No. 8 spot in Millikin’s outdoor record book for his long jump of 22' 10" in May 1994. That same year, he was a member of the 1600-meter relay team that holds the record for Millikin’s sixth-best indoor performance with a time of 3:29.19.
After graduating with a double major in mathematics and philosophy at Millikin, Peabody went on to earn a master’s degree in mathematics from Illinois State University in 1997. He played football for one season in the German Bundesliga, and then returned to his alma mater as an assistant track coach and adjunct exercise science instructor. In 2004, he left Millikin to serve as a middle school math teacher at the Carol Morgan School, a private college-preparatory school in the Dominican Republic.
In 2007, Peabody returned to the states to join the staff of Redmond (Wash.) High School, where he is a math teacher and track coach. He and his wife, Jessica, live in Seattle. Top