The Athletic Hall of Fame at Nebraska Wesleyan University will induct seven new members as a part of Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Sept. 24.
The ceremony will be part of an induction breakfast, which starts at 9 a.m., in the Patio Dining Room of the Roy G. Story Student Center. Tickets are on sale to the public for $8 apiece through the Alumni Relations office and available to members of the media at no cost through the Sports Information office.
Since 1970, NWU’s Athletic Hall of Fame has recognized the outstanding contributions of former student-athletes by inducting teams and individuals, as well as other strong supporters of the athletic program. Profiles on the Class of 2005 follow:
Charles F. Chevalier ’75
Omaha, Neb., native Chuck Chevalier was a dominant lineman for Nebraska Wesleyan in the early 1970s.
Chevalier was a centerpiece for some of the best defensive units in Nebraska Wesleyan history, lettering four times from 1971 to 1974. Teams for which he competed still rank first (1973), second (1971) and fourth (1974) in total defense on the NWU all-time charts.
In fact, the 1973 squad, which finished 4-3-1 and placed second in the conference, allowed just 169.9 yards per game, third lowest in the nation for NCAA Division III that season. NWU also held its opponents to just 86.3 yards per game rushing in 1973, a mark which ranks second in team history.
From his nose guard position, Chevalier was named All-Conference, Lincoln Journal Star All-State College, and the team’s Outstanding Defensive Lineman in 1973 and 1974. As a senior, he was selected and served as co-captain. During his time at Nebraska Wesleyan, Chevalier also competed on the track and field team and earned three varsity letters.
Tim S. Beebe ’88
Tim Beebe came to Nebraska Wesleyan from Stromsburg, Neb., and thrived as a wide receiver in the mid to late 1980s.
Beebe, who also competed for the track and field teams, left a lasting impression on the NWU football record books. He remains the single-season leader at Nebraska Wesleyan with 13 touchdown receptions in 1986 and set single-game marks for most receiving touchdowns (4) and most receiving yards (272). Beebe also shares the team record for most points scored in a single game (24).
He still ranks second in career TD catches (23), career points (162), points in a season (84) and points per game in a season (9.3). His 1,907 career receiving yards and 853 receiving yards in 1986 both rank third, and Beebe also ranks among the Top 10 all-time at NWU for his career punt return average (11.5), career receptions (99) and career kick return average (19.3).
His success was recognized with All-Conference selections in 1986 and 1987. He also made NAIA Division II All-America Honorable Mention and NCAA Division III Pizza Hut All-America in 1987. While competing for the track and field team, Beebe qualified for Nationals in the long jump (indoor and outdoor) and the 4x100-meter relay (outdoor) in both 1987 and 1988.
Charles G. Olsen ’90
Grand Island, Neb., native Chuck Olsen made his way into the Nebraska Wesleyan record books as a sprinter on the track and field team.
During his four years in the program, Olsen earned eight All-America awards. He was an All-American in the indoor 60-meter dash and outdoor 4x100 three years running from 1988 to 1990. The men’s team earned Top 10 finishes at seven of eight NCAA meets during his career, and as a senior, Olsen propelled the men to a third-place showing at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, which was the highest finish in team history at the time.
In the process, he became the first man at Nebraska Wesleyan to earn three All-America awards at the same meet, placing in the top nation’s top five in the 100, 200 and 4x100. Olsen was also the conference champion in the 200 and 400 during his 1990 outdoor season.
He broke the outdoor school record in the 400 in 1990, and on the NWU all-time track charts, Olsen still ranks in the Top 10 for seven different events.
Thomas L. Hartman ’93
Tom Hartman from Grand Island, Neb., is one of the greatest hitters to ever come through the Nebraska Wesleyan baseball program.
Hartman played a major role in the most successful four-year span in school history, as NWU won 85 games from 1989 to 1992. He led the team to a conference runner-up finish as a first-year player, followed by three consecutive league titles. The team’s 25 wins in 1990 and 19 conference wins in 1992 are school records.
On Nebraska Wesleyan’s statistical charts, Hartman is the all-time leader in career home runs with 33. He also ranks tied for second in career triples (9) and third in career hits (156). His 1990 season totals for home runs (10), triples (4) and runs batted in (39) still rank second, third and eighth, respectively, in single-season history at NWU. For his career, Hartman also ranks fourth in RBI (122), fifth in runs scored (118) and eighth in doubles (30).
In addition to his numerous records, he was named First Team All-Conference three times, and after his sophomore year, Hartman was named to the NCAA Div. III All-America Second Team.
Brenda Straight Sale ’93
Emerson, Iowa native, Brenda (Straight) Sale was a prolific three-point shooter for Nebraska Wesleyan in the early 1990s.
Straight, who was featured in the March 1991 edition of Sports Illustrated, broke the NCAA Division III record for most three-point field goals made during a season (100) and most three-pointers made in a game, after hitting nine shots from beyond the arc against both Clarke College and Buena Vista University in December of 1990.
She led the team in scoring and earned All-Conference honors in her first two seasons with the team. During her sophomore year, Nebraska Wesleyan finished 15-11 and tied the team record for wins. Straight averaged 3.8 treys per game that season, a mark which still ranks 10th in NCAA history, and helped NWU lead the nation in scoring at 88.5 points per game.
On the team’s all-time charts, she still ranks in the top 10 for a single-season in total points (487), scoring average (18.7) and three-point percentage (.405). Straight also ranks first in team history for career three-pointers made (162) and second in career three-point field goal percentage (.380).
Susan R. Schrader ’94
During her years at Nebraska Wesleyan, Sue Schrader, a native of Tucson, Ariz., solidified herself as one of the best softball players in school history.
Schrader’s name remains at the top of several statistical charts in the NWU record book. For a single-season, Schrader’s marks in 1994 still rank first for games played (41), batting average (.482) and hits (66). For her career, Schrader is No. 1 in at-bats (469), hits (182), doubles (34), triples (13) and fielding assists (326). She also ranks second in career batting average (.388), runs scored (98) and runs batted in (97).
The softball team increased its win total each of the four years Schrader played, culminating in her senior year when NWU shattered its record from the previous season with 24 victories. Nebraska Wesleyan was also the runner-up in NAIA District 11 her sophomore and junior years.
Schrader was named Honorable Mention All-District in 1991, First Team All-District in 1992 and District 11 Co-Player of the Year in 1993. As a senior, she won District 11 Player of the Year and shared honors as Nebraska Wesleyan’s Outstanding Female Athlete. She also lettered in women’s basketball during the 1991-92 season, playing in all but one of the team’s games and averaging nearly six points per contest.
James A. Angele
Spirit of Plainsman Award
Former Sports Information Director Jim Angele is Nebraska Wesleyan’s Spirit of the Plainsman Award recipient for 2005. During his tenure as SID, Angele took sports information at NWU to new levels.
He gathered records from coaches and coordinated the compilation of all-time statistical charts in order to improve the overall quality of information contained in Nebraska Wesleyan’s media guides. He generated regular news releases for each intercollegiate team and was the first to undertake writing player profiles on every letter winner in all 18 sports.
These player histories proved helpful when he nominated them for honors, including the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America Team, an award NWU student-athletes had received 21 times prior to Angele’s arrival in July 1990. But by the time he departed Nebraska Wesleyan in 1998, that number had grown to 61. In other words, it nearly tripled in less than eight years.
Angele earned the respect of his peers across the country as a district coordinator for the Academic All-America program, and his publications won awards on a regular basis from the College Sports Information Directors of America. In fact, Nebraska Wesleyan athletic posters won “Best in the Nation” designations in 1991, 1994 and 1997, as did NWU’s 1994 track and field brochure.
Before his stint at NWU was complete, he also helped the sports information office start its transition into the era of computerized statistics. The benefits of Angele’s meticulous record keeping are still felt every year when NWU’s Hall of Fame committee meets to review profiles on its field of Hall of Fame candidates.
Angele now works as an assistant director for the Nebraska School Activities Association, where he has continued to work with NWU students, offering internships to those in Nebraska Wesleyan’s sport management program.