Adrian College Athletics Hall of Fame
The Bulldog Athletics Honor Award recognizes former student-athletes, coaches and/or administrators of Adrian College who have made outstanding, widely recognized and sustained contributions to the field of athletics. Examples of such contributions could include, but are not limited to:
- intercollegiate athletics administration and/or coaching
- professional sports administration, management or coaching
- interscholastic athletic administration and/or coaching
- sports medicine
- sport psychology
- sports journalism
- amateur or professional athletics
- other sport-related professions
Candidates will not be considered prior to 20 years after graduation or leaving the College. Recipients of the Honor Award will be recognized during the annual Athletic Hall of Fame ceremonies during Homecoming. Limited to one honoree in any year; it need not be bestowed annually.
2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Class
John Joseph Jimenez '64
John Jimenez was a four-year letter winner in wrestling for the Adrian Bulldogs. Jimenez was a member of the very first Adrian wrestling team in 1960. He was named team captain in 1963 and 1964. A dominating wrestler, Jimenez accumulated a career record of 51 wins and nine losses. John was honored as the Most Valuable Wrestler for the 1963 season. During this season, he led the wrestling team in total points.
John went on to earn two degrees from Eastern Michigan University: Educational Leader Specialist and Guidance and Counseling degrees.
After college, Jimenez began a career coaching at the junior high and high school level as a coach for junior high basketball and track, high school football, boys and girls’ varsity track and varsity wrestling. For the next 15 years, John was a Michigan State High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) wrestling official. He became the Superintendent for the Michigan Center School district in 1993. He retired from that position in 2004.
Sherry Chapman Sill '82
Sherry Sill received a varsity letter for swimming all four years while at Adrian College. Sherry served as team captain for two years and was elected as Most Valuable Swimmer for three years. Sill was the 1981 MIAA Conference Champion in the 50-yard butterfly. During the 1982 MIAA Conference Meet, Sherry finished third in the 50-yard free, sixth in the 100-yard free and sixth in the 50-yard fly. Sill ended her career with varsity records in the 500 free, 200 free, 50 free, 100 fly, 100 I.M., 200 I.M. and was a member of the 400 free relay. In addition to swimming, Sill also ran track for four years and participated in women’s field hockey her freshman year.
Sherry earned her bachelor’s degree from Adrian and went on to receive her master's from Indiana University.
Following college Sill coached varsity swimming and track at the high school level. When she was married she quit coaching to start her family. After 24 years of being a homemaker she began swimming and running again. Eventually working her way up to competing in triathlons, 5K runs, open water swimming and swim meets.
Sherry is currently a physical education teacher for the Penn Harris Madison School Corporation in Granger, Indiana.
Stephon Lee Pietszak '92
Stephon Pietszak played defensive back on the Adrian College football team from 1989 to 1992. As a member of the 1988 and 1989 Adrian teams, Stephon contributed to Adrian claiming the MIAA championship. He was named to the All-MIAA First Team at defensive back in 1989 and 1990 and the All-MIAA Second Team at defensive back in 1991. Pietszak was named a Preseason All-American by College Preview Magazine in 1991. He finished the season by being named to the small college All-Michigan First Team. Stephon is currently tied for fourth in the Adrian College football record book for career interceptions and tied for seventh in interception return yards.
Stephon received his bachelor’s degree from Adrian in the spring of 1992.
After college, Stephon served as head track coach and assistant football coach at Monroe High School from 1992-2003. He contributed to winning the conference championship as an assistant football coach in 1995 as well as being crowned the Michigan Class AA Regional Champions that season. The football team would go on to win the conference championship again from 1997-2000. As a head coach, Pietszak led the Monroe High School track team to the 2003 conference championship.
He played semi-professional football as a member of the Southern Michigan Timberwolves from 1995-1997, winning the Mid Continental Football League Championship every year he was on the team.
Stephon is currently coaching football at Jefferson High School in Monroe, Michigan.
Wendy Kaye Warner Danna '97
Wendy Warner Danna was a member of the Adrian College women’s soccer team from 1993 to 1996. She was named to the All-MIAA First Team in 1995; she was nominated by her teammates as the team MVP in that season. For her work during the 1994 and 1996 seasons she was named to the All-MIAA Second Team.
Wendy earned her bachelor’s degree for HPER and Mathematics from Adrian in the spring of 1997.
After college Wendy was assistant varsity girls soccer coach at Bullock Creek High School from 2007-2011 and head junior varsity girls soccer coach from 2011-2012.
She is currently an eighth grade math teacher at Bullock Creek School District in Midland, Michigan.
Jeff Michael Dropps '97
Jeff Dropps received seven varsity letters in football and baseball for Adrian College. He was a member of Adrian’s first MIAA Championship team for baseball in 1993. Jeff was named the team captain for football, defensive back team MVP and offensive team MVP in 1995. He was the baseball team captain in 1996 and was named to the All-MIAA First Team for that season. During his 1995 football season, Dropps set the school record for most completions in a season (196) even though his season was cut short due to injury. That mark is now tied for tenth in the record books. Jeff also set a baseball school record in the 1995 season with most doubles in a season (9) that has since been broken. He also batted .300 in his baseball career with 64 hits, 39 runs scored and 33 RBI’s.
Dropps earned his bachelor’s degree from Adrian College in the spring of 1997 and went on to earn his master’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University.
Following college, Dropps coached 17 years of middle school basketball, 13 years of seventh grade football and 13 years as Varsity Head Coach for the L’Anse Creuse North Baseball team. He has received multiple coaching awards including Macomb Area Conference Coach of the Year for baseball four times, District Coach of the Year for baseball twice and Regional Coach of the Year for baseball in 2010.
Jeff is currently a Physical Education/Health teacher for L’Anse Creuse Public Schools in Chesterfield, Michigan.
Lindsay Brooke Dale Phipps '02
Lindsay Phipps received a varsity letter from 1998-2001 as a member of the Adrian College Women’s Volleyball team. She was named All-MIAA honorable mention in 1999 and 2001, All-MIAA Second Team in 2000, Co-MVP in 2000, MVP in 2001, team captain in 2000-2001 and Most Improved Player in 1998 and 1999. Lindsay was the MIAA Athlete of the Week twice during the 2000 season. She is currently ranked ninth in the record book for career attack percentage (.218), 10th in kills per set (2.14), and tied for 10th in solo blocks (45).
Lindsay earned her bachelor’s degree from Adrian College in 2002 and went on to receive her masters of education from DePaul University.
Upon leaving college, Lindsay coached volleyball at Adrian College, Walled Lake Central High School, AAU Volleyball Legacy (2008-09) and recreational volleyball. She also played recreational volleyball for Northville Parks and Recreation, Jersey Club Sports and Chicago Sport and Social.
Lindsay is currently a special education teacher at Southeast Alternative School in Naperville, Illinois.
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