2008 Hall of Fame Inductees
Clifford Weeks, Jr. (1978 graduate)
Track and Field
Clifford Weeks, Jr. excelled in track and field and was a four-year letterman at Adrian College from 1975-78. Cliff made his presence known right from the start by breaking the school record in the pole vault as a freshman. Under the coaching of Rock Haines, by the time he reached his junior season that record grew to a height of 14-feet, six-inches in 1977. The feat was all the more impressive when you consider that it stood for over 20 years at the College. Weeks also was a member of the 400-meter relay team that set a school record which lasted for 31 years before being broken in 2007. Cliff was a two-time All-MIAA selection in 1976 and 1977 and also qualified for the NCAA Division III Nationals for three years from 1976-78. In his bio, Cliff stated there were too many memories to tell but one impression he embraced from his coach was: to have a "work hard" attitude but don't take yourself too seriously. Weeks earned his bachelor's degree in 1978 and received an MBA in 2001. He also completed the UTC Emerging Leaders Program at the Darden Graduate Business School, University of Virginia. He has kept himself active in the community of Enfield, Connecticut, where he calls home along with his wife, Julie, and their four children - Clifford III, Christopher, Caitlin and Cameron. Cliff is currently working and traveling the world for Hamilton Sundstrand, a Division of United Technologies Corporation, as a Director of Quality Assurance in the Industrial Division.
Bryan L. Epple (1983 graduate)
Football Bryan Epple was a mainstay on the offensive line during his playing days at Adrian College. Epple won three letters as a member of the football team from 1980-82 and was named First Team All-MIAA three times as part of a successful Bulldog program in the early `80s. The Bulldogs went 9-0 in 1980 scoring more than 17 points in every game. The following year the squad posted an 8-1 record under head coach Tom Heckert. He was named Most Valuable Lineman in 1981 and 1982. In 1982, Bryan's final season, he served as a team captain, was named MIAA Player of the Week and at the conclusion of the season was named an All-American. Bryan was an integral part of Adrian's 7-2 record under first-year head coach Ron Labadie. He was also a major reason the team had 24 wins and just three losses in a three-year span. One memory stood out for Bryan -- the 1980 football team's 9-0 season. Bryan earned his bachelor's degree in 1983 and is working for Jel Sert which is located in West Chicago, Illinois. He is currently living in Phoenix, Arizona, and has two sons - Michael and Marcus.
Elizabeth Ruhl Quinn (1993 graduate)
Softball and Basketball
Liz Ruhl Quinn was a two-sport athlete at Adrian College participating in softball and basketball. She was a three-year letter winner in softball from 1991-93 and also lettered for two years in basketball during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons. She was inducted as a member into the Hall of Fame for the 1990-91 basketball team in 2006. On the diamond, she was named Second Team All-MIAA in 1991 and 1993 and helped lead the Bulldogs to the 1993 MIAA Championship. Liz had an incredible career batting average of .375 and hit .385 during MIAA games. She led the conference in triples and ranked fifth in total bases and seventh in runs batted in during her senior year. She was named to the All-Tournament Team of the NCAA Midwest Regionals and was a Second Team Academic All-American selection. In addition, Liz was named an All American Scholar Athlete by the National Softball Coaches Association and Adrian College Woman of the Year by Champion Sportswear. She was nominated by former coach, Doug McDaniel, who was truly impressed by her dedication and drive to excel. Just as impressive have been her contributions off the field after graduating from Adrian College in 1993. She earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Molecular Medicine and Genetics from Wayne State University in 1998 and did a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University in 2001. Quinn has had the privilege of having some of her research findings published in various journals around the country and currently works for DiscoveRx Corporation as a product manager in Fremont, California. She resides in Sunnyvale, California with her husband, Tom, and their two children - Joshua and Rebecca.
Audrey Seymour (1994 graduate)
Softball and Basketball
Audrey Seymour had a very successful athletic career at Adrian College having played basketball and softball for the Lady Bulldogs. Seymour earned nine varsity letters wearing the black and gold and was chosen as First Team All-MIAA five times between the two sports. She started all four years on the basketball court and currently ranks second in the MIAA modern day record books in field goal percentage making 60.7 percent of her shots during her career. Audrey was named All-MIAA from 1991-93 and scored 1,454 points which ranks third in school history. She led the team in scoring and rebounding during all four years. Audrey was mentored by what she called, "awesome coaches" including Dana Munk, Kathy Lee Morris, and Doug McDaniel. Audrey was also an asset on the softball field and enjoyed their success along with teammate Liz Quinn and other excellent athletes. She was named First Team All-MIAA in 1991 and 1993 in softball and was a part of three MIAA titles in four years during her playing career. Audrey earned her bachelor's degree in 1994 and then served as a graduate assistant women's basketball coach at Central Michigan University. She moved on to Ferris State University and was an assistant basketball and softball coach from 1995-97. Audrey returned to the MIAA in 1998 as the head women's basketball coach and assistant softball coach at Olivet College. She is currently a health and physical education teacher at Fowler Public Schools and served as the varsity softball head coach at Fowler from 2001-07.
G. Aaron Klotz (1998 graduate)
Football and Baseball
Aaron Klotz is one of the most decorated athletes in Adrian College history. Klotz was a standout in football and baseball for the Bulldogs and was a four-year letterman in both sports. He played football from 1994-97 and received numerous accolades during his junior and senior year. In 1996, Klotz was named First Team All-MIAA and Second Team All-North Region. He also recorded six interceptions which stands as the third-most in a single season at Adrian College. In 1997, Aaron served as a team captain for the MIAA champion Bulldogs. He was recognized during the preseason as an All-American by the Sporting News and Street and Smith's Magazine. He again was named First Team All-MIAA and was selected to the Detroit Free Press All-Small College Team. Klotz was named Third Team All-American by USA III Football and earned Second Team All-North Region honors. At the conclusion of the season he was named the team's Most Valuable Player and invited to play in the USA Martin Luther King Holiday All-Star Classic. He currently ranks fourth in school history with 11 career interceptions and first with 31 pass deflections. Klotz also was up to the task on the baseball diamond playing from 1995-98. He was the first player in school history to be selected First Team All-Mideast Region as a junior in 1997. Aaron was named First Team All-MIAA in 1997 and was Second Team All-Conference in 1995 and 1998. The 1997 season proved to be a special one as Klotz was also named MIAA Most Valuable Player in baseball. He was listed as one of the top 50 players in Division III as a junior and senior in Collegiate Baseball Magazine and was team MVP in both those years. Prior to the 2008 season, Klotz ranked in the top 10 in nine different career statistical categories including the most triples in school history with 12. He was named Adrian College Senior Athlete of the Year for the 1997-98 school year and served as the MIAA student representative for Adrian College for four years. Klotz has also served the College in the coaching ranks upon receiving his bachelor's degree in 1998. He has served the baseball staff since his graduation until the present and also coached football from 1999-2006. Aaron is currently employed as a Program Manager for Venchurs, Inc. in Adrian and is married to the former Alison Eggly, a 1999 graduate of Adrian College. She stated in a note, "I am extremely proud of Aaron - as an athlete, as a coach, as a husband and now as a Hall of Fame inductee. But I've never been prouder, as I am today as I've watched him become an extraordinary father to our children. " They have two children, Logan and Alexis.
1979-80, 80-81 Women's Basketball Teams
The sport of women's basketball was in its infancy stages in the MIAA in the late `70s and early `80s, but that did not stop Adrian College from being a powerful championship program. The 1979-80 and 1980-81 teams under the tutelage of head coach Nancy Walsh and assistant coach Norma Gladu were a force to be reckoned with on the hardwood during the days of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) at the regional and national level. The 1979-80 squad mixed it up with current Division I programs like Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan in the early games and even picked up a 64-47 win against the University of Toledo. The Bulldogs had a dominant run against teams from the MIAA including very lopsided wins against Kalamazoo (102-29 and 92-25) on their way to a perfect 12-0 league mark averaging 85.7 points per game. The team went 22-6 overall and allowed just 56.9 points per game during the season. The team still holds a school record with a 19-game winning streak and beating their opponents by an average of 18.4 points per game. The Bulldogs were ranked ninth in the nation and were Midwest Region and State of Michigan runners-up. Adrian set league records that are still standing today including best field goal percentage at 49.5 percent and best rebounding average at 50.3 per game. The 1980-81 squad posted an overall record of 15-10 but once again tore through their MIAA opponents with a record of 11-1. Jamie Van Arsdalen was the premier scorer in the MIAA during her career and as a senior in '79-'80 averaged 23.0 points per game to win the scoring title. She is the all-time leading scorer in the history of Adrian College finishing with 1,699 career points. In addition, her 24.0 points per game average in MIAA games is tops in the history of the conference. Laura Knapp was just a freshman on the '80-'81 team but by the time she left the College she had scored 1,262 career points which is fifth all-time in school history. Marcia Faber was another key contributor to the success of the program scoring a total of 1,088 career points from 1977-81.
1983 Football Team
The 1983 football season was arguably one of the best seasons in the long storied history of Adrian College. The team under the direction of second-year head coach Ron Labadie compiled an overall record of 8-2. The Bulldogs won a MIAA championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the first time in school history. The year began with a 9-7 win over Otterbein and then the Bulldogs ran off a pair of impressive non-conference wins against Wooster (34-7) and St. Norbert (52-14). The MIAA schedule was just as tough 25 years ago as it is today and Adrian College got the best of all five opponents allowing a total average of 11 points per game. Though a true team effort several players led the way to victory - Mike Farrell led the team in scoring making all 17 of his extra points and 12 field goals en route to a total of 53 points. Steve Motte ran the ball 210 times for 868 yards and six touchdowns. Ron Roosevelt carried the ball 83 times for 469 yards and one score. Mike Johnson gained 364 yards on 94 carries and also scored one touchdown. Steve Dembowski completed 110-of-184 passes for 1,346 yards and seven touchdowns. Mark Leidholdt was the team's leading receiver with 35 catches for 575 yards and four touchdowns. John IaFolla led the stingy Bulldog defense with 120 tackles including 70 solo stops at linebacker. Greg Pscodna ranked second on the team as a defensive tackle with 79 tackles. Free safety Jim Martin led the secondary with 71 tackles and also had two interceptions. Former Detroit Lions great Alex Karras had his son, Alexander, on the 1983 squad and he finished with 11 tackles and three kickoff returns. Current athletic director Mike Duffy was a member of the coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in 1983. The postseason opponent was Augustana and AC gave them all they could handle in a 21-20 loss. For the season, Adrian outscored their opponents, 184-96; a strong second-quarter team scoring 67 points. The team rushed for 1,673 yards and passed for an additional 1,361 yards for a total of 3,034 yards.