Oct. 16 – HIRAM, Ohio – Hiram College Athletics is pleased to announce that seven former student-athletes, and one long-time standing coach, will be inducted into the William H. Hollinger Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 21.
To be inducted into the William H. Hollinger Hall of Fame, one must have made significant contributions to Hiram College on the athletics field.
The festivities, which will take place as a part of Hiram's Homecoming celebration, will begin at 10 a.m. with the induction ceremony in the Kennedy Center Ballroom. Following the ceremony, the inductees will have an opportunity to hang their plaques before heading to Henry Field to be honored prior to the Terrier football team's matchup with The College of Wooster.
The eight inductees for 2017 include; Scott Cothren '04, Mark DeGennaro '79, Jenny (Wilke) Etchill '03, Julie (Feather-Faber) Fannon '05, Amanda (Weigand) Frankenberg '05, Lawrence Rice, John Rowland '63 and David Taylor '88.
Scott Cothren '04
Scott Cothren was a four-year member of the Terrier track & field teams, while also playing a pair of seasons for the Hiram football program.
The 2004 Campbell Award winner, Cothren was an eight-time All-NCAC selection, and a two-time conference champion.
His best seasons came outdoors, where he was a six-time all-conference honoree. Cothren captured a pair of individual titles at the conference level in the 400-meter hurdles, winning the title in both 2002 and 2003. In addition, he earned a pair of all-conference laurels in the decathlon (2002, 2004) and the high jump (2003, 2004).
Along with his all-conference awards, Cothren also earned a pair of team awards, garnering Field M.V.P honors in 2002 and the overall MVP award in 2003.
During his indoor seasons, Cothren added two more all-conference honors to his totals, posting third-place finishes in the high jump in back-to-back seasons in 2003 and 2004.
Following graduation, Cothren went on to earn his Master's degree in business management. He currently resides in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Mark DeGennaro '79
Mark DeGennaro '79 was a four-year member of the Hiram College football team, playing from 1975-1978.
A four-year letterwinner, DeGennaro helped the Terriers to 16 victories in four seasons, including 13 wins in the Presidents' Athletic Conference. A three-time, first-team All-PAC defensive back, DeGennaro helped Hiram to a six-win season in 1978, marking the most wins by the program since the 1939 campaign.
Mark was named the team's defensive MVP in both 1976 and 1978, and finished his career with seven total interceptions, including a personal best of three in '76. DeGennaro also posted a pair of picks in both '75 and '78.
Following graduation, DeGennaro worked as a scene shop technician in Parma Heights, Ohio before moving to Santa Monica, Calif. to work as the Assistant Gallery Director for Preparation at the Karl Bornstein Gallery for eight years.
Currently, Mark serves as the preparatory and operations manager for the Miami University Art Museum in Oxford, Ohio, where he has worked since 1994. Along with his job, DeGennaro is a member of the Oxford Men's Club.
Jenny (Wilke) Etchill '03
A primarily distance runner for the track and field and cross country teams, Jenny (Wilke) Etchill '03 was a seven-time letterwinner between the two programs.
Earning four letters as a cross country runner, Etchill was a three-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference honoree.
As a freshman in 1999, Etchill earned second-team honors with a 12th-place finish. She followed that with a 10th-place performance at the 2000 championships, before earning First-Team All-Conference honors with a fifth-place finish in 2001 (19:34.78).
Along with the honors, she earned All-Ohio and All-Region laurels three times, while holding the school record in both the 5k and 6k races.
In track, Etchill was a three-time letterwinner, capturing a pair of All-Conference honors in the 10k. She earned third-place finishes both as a sophomore in 2001 and then again as a senior in 2003.
Following graduation, Etchill gained employment with Sandusky City Schools, where she has been working for the past 15 years. In her time in Sandusky, she has served as a coach for the cross country, track and swimming programs.
Julie (Feather-Faber) Fannon '05
Making a name for herself on the track, Julie (Feather-Faber) Fannon '05 was a four-year member of both the indoor and outdoor track and field teams.
Primarily a field athlete, Fannon was an eight-time All-NCAC honoree, as well as a three-time champion throughout her four-year career.
During indoor season, Fannon captured four All-NCAC laurels, including two in the high jump. She placed third in 2003 before earning a second-place finish in 2002. In addition, she earned all-conference honors in 800 relay and the long jump in 2004.
In outdoor competition, Fannon was a three-time champion. In 2004, she earned the championship in the high jump. She then followed that with titles in both the heptathlon and 4x100 relay in 2005, as well as earning all-conference honors in the thigh jump.
Following graduation, Fannon has been working in the marketing, communication and advertising fields. She currently works as a freelance editor.
Amanda (Weigand) Frankenberg '05
Amanda (Weigand) Frankenberg '05 was a four-year member of the Terrier softball program.
A four-year letterwinner, Frankenberg was selected an all-North Coast Athletic Conference performer following all four seasons. She was named a Second-Team selection in 2003 and 2005, while earning honorable mention laurels in 2002 and 2004.
2003 was arguably Frankenberg's best, as she hit .300, totaling a personal-best 31 bases, with three doubles, a pair of triples and four RBIs. In addition, she posted a career-high nine stolen bases en route to her first, second-team selection.
Throughout her career, Frankenberg was a .285 hitter, finishing with 95 hits, five doubles and 21 RBIs. In addition she still sits on the all-time Terrier leaderboard in career triples (five) and ranks fifth in school history in stolen bases (29).
Graduating from Hiram in 2005, Frankenberg went on to work as a marine mammal trainer at SeaWorld's Discovery Cove, where she has been for the past 12 years. Along with her work at SeaWorld, Frankenberg has also participated in Conservation Ambassador Programs in Greece in '08 and along the Ohio River Valley in 2016.
In addition to her work, she is a member of the Junior League of Greater Winter Haven, Florida, and is an active volunteer in both her church and the community.
A long-tenured assistant coach for the Terrier football program, Lawrence (Larry) Rice served in many capacities with the team from 1980-2008.
Throughout Rice's tenure as an assistant coach, he served as defensive coordinator as well as offensive and defensive line coach and spent time in charge of strength and conditioning. In addition, he served as an adjunct in the health and physical education department.
In his 28 seasons, Rice worked with six different head coaches and was part of the coaching staff that helped lead the Terriers to a Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship in 1982, and to the NCAA Division III National Championship playoffs in 1987.
In his career, he has coached 174 All-Conference selections in the PAC, the Ohio Athletic Conference and the North Coast Athletic Conference. In addition, he has coached 22 of Hiram's 24 All-American performers.
Following his retirement from Hiram, Rice stayed active in his community in Womelsdorf, Pa. He and his wife Carolyn volunteer their time with the local food bank, the public library, the Reading school district and multiple neighborhood organizations.
John Rowland '63
A three-sport athlete during his time at Hiram, John Rowland is most notably known for his play on the baseball diamond.
Under legendary head coach Bill Proverbs, Rowland helped the Terriers to an overall record of 37-20 in his four seasons, including a 25-11 mark in Ohio Conference play. He earned four varsity letters throughout his career, and was named an All-Ohio Conference honoree in both '62 and '63.
During his all-conference seasons, Rowland helped lead the Terriers to back-to-back NCAA Regional Tournament berths. The Terriers earned an automatic spot in 1962 after claiming the conference title, before getting in as an at-large bid in '63.
After serving as a third baseman in his first season, Rowland moved to a starting role on the pitcher's mound where he stayed for the next three seasons. Rowland totaled 116 2/3 innings during his tenure, totaling nine wins and striking out 146 batters along the way.
Rowland's top season on the mound came as a junior in 1962 where he posted an overall record of 5-3 with a 2.06 ERA in 56 2/3 innings of work.
A U.S. Army veteran, as well as a 32nd degree mason, Rowland has worked at the Columbus Equipment Company for 32 years and serves on the Board of Directors. Additionally, he served for 35 years on the Geauga County fair board and 19 on the Geauga County Airport Authority board. A member of the Berkshire High School Hall of Fame, Rowland also served 12 years on the school's board of education.
David Taylor '88
David Taylor '88 made his mark as a Terrier with both the track and field and cross country programs.
Taylor's best performances came on the cross country track, where he was a four-time letterwinner for the Terriers. A three-time All-President's Athletic Conference honoree, Taylor earned the individual championship and was named Runner of the Year during the 1987 season. That year, Taylor also qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships, where he placed 10th, coming just two spots shy of All-American status.
Along with his '87 season, Taylor earned two other all-conference honors, including a ninth-place finish as a freshman in 1984, and a second-place mark in 1986. He was named team captain and Hiram team MVP, twice, and still holds the Hiram record in the 8k course with a mark of 24:59.
Named to the PAC's 60th Anniversary team in 2014, Taylor was also a First-Team All-PAC honoree in track and field in 1986-87.
Following graduation, Taylor was active working with youth, in both camps and church groups as a counselor and coach. A third-degree Masonic Mason, Taylor currently works as an electrician in Parma, Ohio.
In addition to his work, David has performed as both an actor and singer in both church choirs and on the theater stage, where he has worked in musicals.