(Kansas City, Mo.) – UMKC Athletics announced the 2013-14 Hall of Fame class on December 10, 2013. It is the sixth class in Kansas City history, with five individuals and one team making up the group.
Joining the Hall of Fame this year is Brendan Flanagan (men’s soccer, 1993-96), Doug Fredrick (men’s track and field, 1997-2000), Lindsey Ramsey (softball, 2001-04) and Dee Dee Steele (women’s track and field, 1996-99) from the modern era; Nancy Norman (women’s basketball coach, 1980-88) in the coaching category; the late Jim Job in the contributor category; and the 1982-83 women’s basketball squad in the team category.
The official induction and dinner will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014 at Municipal Auditorium’s Little Theatre. For tickets, please contact Erica Portley at (816) 235-5860 or firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday, Jan. 3rd, 2014. The cost per ticket is $50.
Inductees will also be recognized during halftime of the men’s and women’s basketball games on Saturday, January 11. The women’s team will take on Chicago State at 2:00 p.m. and the men will play Chicago State at 5:15 p.m. Both games will take place at Municipal Auditorium. Tickets to the games can be purchased by calling (816) 23-KCTIX or by going to www.UMKCKangaroos.com/tickets.
Brendan Flanagan – Men’s Soccer (1993-96)
A first-team all-league performer in 1995, Flanagan led the ‘Roos in scoring in three of his four seasons alongside fellow Hall of Famer Brian Evans… He finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in program history, and is currently ranked No. 4 all-time with 19 goals… Flanagan also ranks eighth in career points with 43… He helped the team to its first winning record in Division I, going 10-7-2 in 1996, along with an undefeated 5-0-1 mark in Mid-Con play, winning the West division.
Doug Fredrick – Men’s Track and Field (1997-2000)
Fredrick was a five-time Mid-Con Conference champion in three different events, including three times as the 400-meter hurdles champion… He scored more than 100 meet points in several events during his four-year career at the conference championships in both indoor and outdoor… He still ranks second at UMKC in the pentathlon (3,549) and 400-meter hurdles (52.28), while sitting third in the decathlon (6,575)… Fredrick also ranks fourth in both the 55 (7.75) and 60-meter hurdles (8.24) and fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (14.59)… He was the team captain for three years and served as President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during that time, while earning numerous academic awards during his career.
Lindsey Ramsey – Softball (2001-04)
Ramsey was a first-team All-Mid-Con selection as a freshman third baseman in 2001, while earning second-team honors in both 2002 and 2004… She helped the ‘Roos win the 2002 Mid-Con regular season championship, and advance to the championship game of the tournament… Her name is still a regular in the UMKC record books, ranking second in assists (476), third in walks (65) and games played (219), fourth in doubles (32), seventh in RBI (62) and hits (166), and 10th in runs scored (62)… She was also a three-time selection to the League Academic Honor Roll.
Dee Dee Steele – Women’s Track and Field (1996-99)
Steele was an NCAA National Qualifier in the weight throw indoors in both 1998 and 1999, as well as a national qualifier in the hammer throw outdoors in 1998… In the weight throw, she won the Mid-Con Conference title in both 1998 and 1999, while winning the crown in the hammer in 1999… Her long hammer throw of 175-11 still ranks second in school history, while her weight throw of 58-4.50 is third and shot put of 40-11.50 is fifth at UMKC.
Nancy Norman – Women’s Basketball (1980-88)
Coached women’s basketball in the NAIA era from 1980-88, and finished her career as the all-time leader in wins with a 167-60 overall record… In her first six full seasons at the helm, she led the ‘Roos to at least 19 wins, including a 30-5 record and national third place finish in 1982-83, followed by a 29-6 mark and national fifth place finish in 1984-85… She was named district coach of the year four times, and coached five All-Americans during her tenure.
The late Jim Job was a long-time supporter and alumnus of UMKC Athletics, and has an endowment awarded each year in his name… He graduated from UMKC in 1958, and played basketball for the ‘Roos… Job was an avid fan and season ticket holder for many years as well… He was a past President of the UMKC Alumni Association, Founder and President of the Booster Club, and member of the Athletic Foundation Board… He also served as a radio broadcaster for the Kangaroos during the NAIA era... He passed away on March 17, 2013.
1982-83 Women’s Basketball
Went 30-5 overall, and finished third in the NAIA National Tournament, coached by Nancy Norman… Three of the five losses came to Division I opponents, while the squad defeated three Division I schools during the season in Creighton, Missouri State, and Saint Louis… The team was led by All-Americans Jodie Westfall and Julie Nill, as well as future All-Americans in Penny Waggener and Mary Michalski… Michalski, Nill and Waggener are current members of the UMKC Athletics Hall of Fame… Westfall led the team with 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while Waggener paced the team in both assists and steals.