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Oct. 21 - Hastings College names 2009 Hall of Fame inductees and Alumni Coach of the Year
Two former Bronco athletes and local football coach will be inducted into the Hastings College Athletic Hall of Fame with two life-long Bronco supporters at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24 in Hazelrigg Student Union Rooms A and B during the annual Athletic Hall of Fame and Alumni Coach Recognition Banquet and Induction Ceremony. A social hour will follow the ceremony at the Barrett Alumni Center on campus.
Hastings College Hall of Fame 2009 inductees include: Rodney D. Hartman ’00, Shannon E. Mihaltan Brown ’02, D. Lloyd Wilson (posthumously) and Dr. Dwayne Strasheim. Scott Rezac ’90 will be recognized by the Hastings College Alumni Association as Alumni Coach of the Year.
Inductees will be introduced at half-time when the Broncos play Dana College at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Rodney D. Hartman ‘00
Rod Hartman is the most decorated individual ever to play for the Bronco baseball program. He was a four-time All-Conference player from 1997 to 2000 and Conference Player-of-the-Year in 1999 and 2000. He holds several school and league records. Rod is the conference record holder for games played, hits in a career and hits in a season.
A native of Omaha, Neb., Hartman teaches at St. Michael’s Elementary School in Hastings. He is married to Hastings College alumna, Jennifer Bruce ’00.
Shannon E. Mihaltan Brown ‘02
Shannon E. Mihaltan Brown was a three-time national champion in track and field and a thirteen-time All-American. Brown set school records in indoor dash, hurdles, long jump, triple jump and pentathlon and outdoor records in hurdles, dash, heptathlon and relay. She was named the 2001 recipient of the NAIA’s prestigious A.O. Duer Award, a national honor given to the junior athlete best exemplifying character, playing ability and scholarship.
A native of Greeley, Colo., Brown teaches kindergarten at Florence Hill Elementary in Cedar Hill, Texas. She is married to Kevin Brown, also a Hastings College graduate and Hall of Fame inductee. They have two children, Amiah and Kohen. Shannon recently received her master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Scott Rezac ‘90
Scott Rezac has recently been named Ogallala High School assistant principal and activities director.
As a student at Hastings College, Rezac majored in physical education and history and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. In 2005, he received a master’s degree in educational leadership from Doane College.
Rezac taught physical education and health and was head football coach at Grand Island Central Catholic High School for more than ten years. His team made state football appearances in 1998, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. He spent five years as defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator and assumed the assistant activities director position at Central Catholic in 2005.
Prior to Grand Island Central Catholic High School, Rezac was employed from 1992 to 1998 with District I-R School, a feeder school of Grand Island Northwest High School. From 1993 to 1998, he served as Northwest’s varsity football coach and assistant junior high coach.
He and his wife, Traci, have four children; Conner, Colby, Trey and Caden.
D. Lloyd Wilson
D. Lloyd Wilson was a long-time resident of Cozad, Neb. He managed the Monfort elevator for 30 years and was vice president of Monfort of Colorado. Mr. Wilson will be inducted posthumously for meritorious service.
Mr. Wilson’s interest in Hastings College stemmed from the positive experiences his son, Rick, had as a Hastings College student. Rick never completed his studies, as he died of leukemia in 1971. Mr. Wilson established an endowed scholarship in his son’s name and in 1995 provided funds for the Wilson Mathematics and Computer Science Center, a state-of-the-art computer technology facility on campus.
Mr. Wilson was a long-time friend and supporter of Bronco athletics and Hastings College. The Hastings College Broncos play football and soccer games on the field named in his honor.
Dwayne Strasheim, Ph.D.
Dr. Dwayne Strasheim is a professor of English and linguistics at Hastings College and Dean Emeritus. Dr. Strasheim will be inducted for meritorious service.
Dr. Strasheim has been teaching Hastings students for more than 40 years. Beginning in 1962, Dr. Strasheim taught German and history at Hastings High School. He started at Hastings College as an assistant professor of German, English and linguistics in 1965. He was registrar and assistant dean in 1978 and named dean of the college in 1983.
Admired and appreciated for his work as public address announcer for football and basketball for more than 25 years, Dr. Strasheim has been a strong supporter and friend of Bronco athletics.
The Hastings College Athletic Hall of Fame, established in 1989, honors and preserves the memory of athletes, teams, coaches, and those who have contributed meritorious service to Hastings College and its athletic programs. A committee of college officials and alumni make selections based on submitted nominations.
Hastings College, founded in 1882, is a private, four-year liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). A total of 64 majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs are offered to more than 1,150 students. Hastings College was named 75th Best Value College in the nation and #1 in Nebraska by Forbes.com and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. It was named a 2010 “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review and rated a “Best Buy in College Education” by Barron’s.