ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, have announced the 2016 Adrian Bulldogs Athletic Hall of Fame class. The six new inductees and two teams will be formally honored on Friday (6 p.m.) in a ceremony held in the Adrian/Tobias Center of Ritchie Hall. They also will be recognized pregame on Saturday when the Bulldogs square off against Wisconsin-Stevens Point for Homecoming.
In its 48th year, the Hall was established in 1969 to recognize former athletes and coaches who have distinguished themselves in the field of intercollegiate athletics at Adrian College either by their performance on athletic teams during their undergraduate years, by their strong leadership in their profession, or their meritorious efforts on behalf of the athletic program at the College.
Here's a brief synopsis of each inductees accomplishments:
Mike Custer ’83 – Men’s Golf – Tyler, Texas
Mike was a three-year letterman for the Bulldogs in the early ‘80s. The Adrian standout was named to the All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association First Team three times from 1980-82, earning MIAA most valuable player accolades in 1981 with a conference-best stroke average of 77.9 — a career-best -- over seven rounds. Mike’s other MIAA rankings were fifth as a sophomore and second as a senior. Mike earned an invitation to the 1982 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships as an individual during his junior year. After leaving Adrian, Mike won the 1984 Northern Michigan Amateur Golf Tournament and was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst citation in 1990 from the CFA Institute. Mike still plays golf competitively today. Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in business and received his MBA in finance from Michigan State University two years after his College graduation. Mike lives in the Lone Star State with his wife, Kristi, and the couple has two grown children, Kaitlin and Bryan. Mike is a senior investment officer at Southside Bank.
Wayne Roedel ’88 – Football and Track & Field – Fowlerville, Mich.
Wayne was a four-year letterman in football and he also competed in track & field for the Bulldogs. He was a two-time All-MIAA selection in football in 1984 and 1987, running his way into the Bulldogs’ record book. He still lists first in team history with 32 career rushing touchdowns and 32 TDs overall. His other all-time ranks include second in total points scored (192), third in rushing yards (2,093), and fourth in rushing attempts (457). He ran for 928 yards as a freshman, making all-MIAA First Team. As a senior, the all-conference back scored 13 TDs for fourth on AC single-season chart and had 751 yards in just nine games. Wayne graduated from Adrian in 1988 with a bachelor of arts degree and received his master’s in education from Saginaw Valley State University. Today, Wayne serves as the Superintendent of Fowlerville Community Schools. He has coached various football and track & field teams at several schools, including Belding High School which advanced to the state football championship game in 1998. Wayne and his wife, Lisa, make their home in Fowlerville, Mich., with their three daughters, Olivia (19), Emma (17) and Grace (16).
Tricia Clark ’97 – Women’s Basketball – Brighton, Mich.
Tricia’s name can be found throughout the Bulldog record book and she was a defensive force in the MIAA during her collegiate career. The three-time All-MIAA selection lists second on the all-time rebounding chart in program history with 655 rebounds, first with 609 defensive boards, and second with 102 career blocked shots. On the team’s single-season lists, Tricia is fifth and eighth with 226 (1996) and 207 (1995) rebounds, respectively. She also is third with all-time with 43 blocked shots in 1995 and eighth with 34 a season later. Tricia saved her best season in 1996-97 when as a senior she paced the MIAA with 15.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while shooting a second-best 48.4 percent from the field in conference games only. She also averaged 0.9 blocks for fourth. Tricia was a double-major at Adrian College in political science and physical education, received teaching certificate from Eastern Michigan University in 2001, and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University in 2009. Tricia has stayed active in basketball since her AC basketball-playing days serving as a varsity girls’ assistant coach at Dexter High School (1997-2000), junior varsity girls’ coach at Howell High School (2001-06) and then varsity head coach at Howell (2006-12). Tricia and her spouse, Amanda Raine ‘99, live in Brighton, Mich., with their sons Jacob, 4, and James, 2. Tricia currently works as a physical education and program success teacher in the Howell Public School system.
Jason Mensing ’00 – Football – Tecumseh, Mich.
Jason was an anchor on the offensive line for the Bulldogs from 1997 to 1999, when he received All-MIAA three times including to the first team during his junior and senior years. Jason also is a member of the 1997 squad that was inducted into the Adrian Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014, after going 8-1 overall, winning a share of the MIAA championship with a 4-1 league mark and allowing opponents just 126 points. Jason also excelled in the classroom evidenced by 1998 GTE Academic All-District ™ First Team and 1998 GTE Academic All-America ® Second Team recognition from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He works as a learning specialist supervisor at the Airport Virtual Academy and is the head football coach at Whiteford High School. Jason’s father, Henry, is the College’s former athletics director and baseball coach among other duties. Jason has been an award-winning prep coach from various organizations: Lenawee County Coach of the Year (2004, ’07), Michigan Regional Coach of the Year (2007, ’13, ’14), National Football Foundation Coach of the Year (2014, ’15) and Associated Press Class B Coach of the Year (2003). Jason earned a teacher education degree from Adrian before conferring a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in health, physical education & recreation. Jason is married to his wife Angel ’01 and the couple has two sons, Case (12) and Bo (9).
Amy VandenBrink Krotkiewicz ’03 – Women’s Golf – Marion, Iowa
A four-year team most valuable player for the Bulldogs from 1999 to 2002. She made an immediate impact as a freshman as she led the Bulldogs and ranked 22nd in scoring. Then as a sophomore, she ranked tied for eighth on the MIAA leaderboard for the season—earning second-team all-conference. That season in 2000, she was the medalist at the MIAA #6 Tournament hosted by Adrian at the Lenawee Country Club, runner-up at the MIAA Championships and became the first woman to have a hole-in-one in a league tournament. Amy was graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and then received her MBA from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business in 2013. Amy works remotely from home for Market Strategies International, which is headquartered in Livonia, Mich. She is a lead research manager for the firm. Amy is married to her husband, Joe, and the couple enjoys spending times with their two Labradors, Uther and Merlin.
John Geisler ’61 – Honorary Contributor – Kalamazoo, Mich.
John is being inducted into the Hall as an honorary contributor, which recognizes former student-athletes, coaches and administrators of Adrian College who have made outstanding, widely-recognized contributions to the field of athletics. John comes from a long family line who attended the College. Parents Henry and Geraldine graduated in 1930 and ’33, respectively. In fact, his father – a 16-time letterman in four sports – is one of three original members of the Bulldogs Athletics Hall of Fame, inducted in 1969. His uncle, Bill, earned his degree in 1938. John, who grew up in Morenci, graduated from the College in 1961. He played many sports and was a men’s assistant basketball coach for the Bulldogs. He received his master’s (1966) and doctoral (1968) degrees in counseling from the University of Toledo. John has had an accomplished career in academia spanning five decades, mostly recently serving as Professor Emeritus at Western Michigan University since 2005. Before that, he taught counseling at WMU from 1976 to 2005.John is also well-known in football and basketball officiating circles at the high school and collegiate levels. He has served in leadership roles with several local officials associations and mentored scores of aspiring officials. In fact, in his nomination letter on behalf of John to the Hall Committee, Chuck McCallum ’61 who is a 2014 Inductee himself, wrote “John has exhibited a commitment to never cutting corners, working hard and accomplishing great achievements in life…serving in public communities. These traits and his determination to see others succeed, make him the ultimate ambassador for Adrian College.” John introduced Chuck to officiating which led to a career in the National Football League for the former. John has three grown children in Charles, Suzann and Nicole, seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
2008 and 2009 Baseball Teams
The Bulldogs put together the program’s first 30-win seasons in consecutive years, going a combined 69-24 for a .742 winning percentage. Adrian was the MIAA runner-up in 2008 (team pictured above) with a 22-6 record and captured the first of its current string of eight league championships with a 25-3 conference mark a year later (2009 team shown below).
In 2008, Adrian won the Terre Haute, Ind., Regional to advance to its first NCAA Division III World Series. The Bulldogs went 2-2 in Appleton, Wis., to finish fourth in the nation with a then-school record 36 wins (against only 13 losses) and sixth in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (CBN) rankings. All-American and MIAA Position Player of the Year Bobby Rickstad led four Bulldogs on the all-conference team. The team’s longest losing streak the whole season was just two games and AC went 14-3 from March 29 to April 19.
The following year, Adrian again made the NCAA Tournament and hosted the regional tournament at Nicolay Field. The Bulldogs came through the consolation bracket to advance to the final four of the regional. The Bulldogs finished 33-11 overall and 25-3 in the MIAA, registering a school record for conference victories, while appearing 25th in CBN’s national rankings. Adrian produced All-Americans Alex Cowart and Ryan Domschot, swept the major MIAA individual awards and placed six on the all-conference first team. The 2009 Bulldogs enjoyed a 17-game winning streak from March 28 to April 18.
Craig Rainey ’89 has coached the baseball program since 1994, compiling a 584-388 and .601 winning percentage, a MIAA-record 10 NCAA Championship appearances, 10 MIAA championships and four conference tournament titles in his 23 years at the helm. One of the winningest active coaches in the nation, Rainey has produced scores of All-America, -region and –conference performers. Most of the Bulldogs records have also been set during his tenure.