OTTUMWA — Five former athletes and two special individuals have been selected for induction into the Indian Hills Community College Athletic Hall of Fame.
The inductees include a multi-sport athlete as well as former IHCC standouts from four different sports. In addition, two individuals who have had a profound impact on Indian Hills athletics will be honored with a Hall of Fame Lifetime Contribution Award.
This is the third year for the IHCC Athletic Hall of Fame with 13 former athletes and coaches inducted the past two years.
The following individuals make up the 2014 Indian Hills Athletic Hall of Fame class:
Terry Black, Basketball (1997-99)
Black was a two-year starter on Indian Hills teams that won national championships in 1998 and ’99. He was twice named to the All-Region team, averaging 11.8 points and 7.8 rebounds as a freshman and 13.8 points and 7.6 rebounds as a sophomore. He shot 63 percent from the field in his two-year career. After leaving IHCC, Black shined for two years at Baylor University. He had averages of 11.2 points and 7.7 rebounds as a junior and led the Big 12 Conference in steals while being named the league’s Newcomer of the Year. As a senior, the 6-4 Black led the conference in rebounds (8.4) and increased his scoring average to 15.4 while shooting over 60 percent from the field. He was named first-team all-Big 12 and played internationally with the Big 12 All-Star team.
Ron Clark, Football, Baseball and Basketball (1962-64)
A Centerville native, Clark played baseball and basketball for Centerville Junior College and was also a member of the college’s first-ever football team in 1963. He was a starting running back for the Golden Falcons and helped lead them to a 4-4-1 record in their inaugural season. Clark averaged in double figures in basketball as a freshman. He led the baseball team with a .430 batting average his first year and hit .400 as a sophomore.
After graduating from college, Clark returned to his hometown and started a career in education that lasted for nearly four decades, coaching football, basketball and track for more than 30 years.
He has also been a member of numerous civic and professional organizations in Centerville.
Shane Rawley, Baseball (1973-74)
Rawley used his career at Indian Hills as a springboard to a professional baseball career that included 12 years in the Major Leagues.
As a freshman at Indian Hills, he compiled a record of 6-2 with 63 strikeouts while allowing only 30 hits and 19 runs for a team that won the conference championship.
Following that season, Rawley was drafted by the Montreal Expos and by 1978 he made his big league debut with the Seattle Mariners. The lefthander pitched a dozen seasons with Seattle, the Yankees, Philadelphia and the Minnesota Twins. His best season was 1987, with the Phillies, when he won 17 games and led the National League in starts with 36. Rawley won 111 games in his career and was named to the N.L. All-Star Team in 1986. He had a career ERA of 4.02 with 991 strikeouts and 40 saves.
Brad Smith, Golf (2004-06)
Smith is the first golfer to be selected to the IHCC Hall of Fame. He was the medalist at the NJCAA National Tournament as a sophomore, a performance that included a round of 62. He was a first-team All-American as a soph after being named second-team All-American in his freshman season following a seventh-place finish at the national meet. Smith had a stroke average of 74.0 his freshman year and won three tournament titles. He lowered his stroke average to 72.8 the next year and had three top-five finishes.
After leaving IHCC, Smith attended the University of Alabama-Birmingham where he was named the Conference Newcomer of the Year as a junior. His senior season Smith was chosen for the All-Southeast Region team and was first-team all-conference. He was a conference all-academic choice both years at UAB.
Smith has played golf professionally since 2008.
Kelly Uhde-Coulter, Softball (1994-96)
The IHCC softball program’s first two-time first-team All-American, Uhde-Coulter had a dominant career at Indian Hills, helping lead her team to two National Tournament appearances.
Uhde-Coulter was named first-team All-Region twice and was voted the team MVP and the Most Outstanding Offensive Player in the region following her sophomore season.
She is prominent in the IHCC record book, ranking first all-time in batting average, hits, RBIs, home runs, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Among the single-season leaders, she is first in batting average, total bases, RBI and on-base percentage and second in slugging percentage, doubles and hits. Uhde-Coulter’s 94 RBI in the 1995 season was, at that time, the second-highest total for a single season in the NJCAA.
In addition to the five former student athletes that will be honored, IHCC will honor two individuals with Hall-of-Fame Lifetime Contribution Awards. Those honorees will be:
Dr. Lyle Hellyer
In 40 years, Hellyer made a lasting impact on the athletic programs at Centerville Junior College, Centerville Community College and Indian Hills Community College.
A former high school coach, Hellyer was hired in 1961 as the Dean of Centerville Junior College. He became the Vice President of Academic Affairs when CJC merged with what was then known as Merged Area XV Community College. In 1973, Hellyer was named President of IHCC, a job he held until his retirement in 2001.
Two years after he arrived in Centerville, Hellyer started a football program at CJC and he went on to strengthen or establish all of the athletic programs at the college.
Under his presidency, there were an unprecedented three straight national championships in basketball, a national title in golf, 11 national tournament appearances in softball and five trips to the Junior College World Series for the IHCC baseball team.
In his retirement, Hellyer has maintained a keen interest in the college’s athletic programs.
For more than three decades, Traxler has been an ardent supporter of the Indian Hills baseball program. He has spent countless hours working on the Falcons’ fields and other facilities and has worked behind the scenes to make the IHCC program one of the finest in the Midwest.
Traxler was instrumental in a project to improve Pat Daugherty Field in the early 1990s, helping with the construction of a press box, concession stand and bleachers. He assisted in the installation of lights and a scoreboard the next year, aided in the construction of dugouts, and worked for months to help install new bleacher seating to the main grandstand at the diamond three years ago.
Traxler has also helped with scores of other projects at the IHCC Complex.
He was the recipient of the IHCC Outstanding Service Award in 1992 and was named Centerville’s Citizen of the Year in 1993.
Every year an Indian Hills baseball player receives a scholarship funded by Traxler. And he is still a regular at Indian Hills basketball games as well as Falcons’ baseball games.