2008 M Club Hall of Fame and Special Award Winners Honored
November 26, 2008
Mount Union College’s M Club inducted three new members into its Hall of Fame, honored two others with its Award of Excellence and extended an honorary M Club membership to an individual at halftime of the Mount Union-Ohio Northern football game Saturday, Sept. 20, in Mount Union Stadium.
The 2008 hall of fame inductees are Joyce (Wolfinbarger '91) Bruett (swimming), Ken Debos ’86 (track and field), Tracy (Miller '91) Long (track and field) and Sam Williams '77 (men's soccer).
James C. Casper ’53 and William G. Krochta ’52 both received the M Club Award of Excellence for their significant contributions since leaving Mount Union, while last but not least, Michele McCallum was given Honorary M Club Membership honors for her contributions to the Department of Athletics.
Joyce Bruett was a five-time All-American, the 1990 Ohio Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year and still holds seven Mount Union school-records in the pool. She was the first female in school history to advance to the NCAA Swimming Championships. Bruett is the mother of two children who currently teaches swim lessons, water exercise and lifeguarding courses at Danville Family YMCA as well as in her third year as Boys’ Head Swim Coach at Danville High School in Danville, Ohio.
Ken Debos was a four-time All-American, three-time OAC pole vault champion and the first in school history to win both the indoor and outdoor national championships in the same season (1986). Debos is married with two children and is a school teacher in Mineral City, Ohio.
Tracey Long was a two-time All-American winning both the 55 meter hurdle indoor and 100 meter hurdle outdoor national championships in 1991 and still holds two school track records. She is currently an occupational therapist who with her husband and two sons, resides in Copley, Ohio.
Sam Williams was a three-time All-OAC first team and 1974 All-American selection. He still holds school records for goals in a game (5) and a career (46) along with points in a game (10) and a career (108). He currently resides in Sierra Leone.
Since graduating from Mount Union in 1953, James Casper has dedicated himself to education. He served as a teacher and administrator at Toledo Waite High School, assistant principal at Toledo Start High School, then for 22 years as the principal at Ottawa Hills High School in Toledo. He also spent seven years as the coordinator of placement in the University of Toledo College of Education until 1991. A resident of Sylvania, Ohio, he and his wife recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and have five children and 16 grandchildren.
William Krochta has served as a member of the Mount Union board of trustees since 1980. His time on the board has seen six different presidents at the college along with unsurpassed growth in enrollment, facilities and programs offered at Mount Union. A resident of Wadsworth, Ohio, he worked for 37 years in the chemical division of PPG Industries, while he and wife have three children and eight grandchildren.
Award of Excellence recipients are recognized for their significant accomplishments since their time at Mount Union.
Michele McCallum has worked for Mount Union since 1985 and in 1998 became an administrative assistant within the department of athletics. Over that 10 year span, her hard work and dedication has aided numerous student-athletes, coaches and staff, while handling football ticket sales and assisting with many M Club initiatives. The Alliance, Ohio, native is married with two children and three grandchildren.
To be eligible for induction into the M Club Hall of Fame, an individual must have received a degree at least 15 years prior to selection and earned at least two varsity letters in one sport or a varsity letter in two sports.