2009 Hall of Fame Class
2009 Hall of Fame
Ben F. Gillies (1936 graduate)
Football & Basketball
Ben Gillies was a pioneer in the earlier days of Adrian College and was a multi-sport star in the 1930's. Gillies earned nine varsity letters during his time at Adrian including four in football, four in basketball and one in baseball. He would have earned more letters in baseball, but the College did not have a team during his first three years as a student-athlete.
Ben played linebacker as it is known today and his position was referred to as "signal caller" as referenced in a College World article from Nov. 4, 1933. In addition, he was a fullback or "blocking back" and was considered one of the best of his era in both positions on the football field. Ben also possessed a prowess on the hardwood as part of the basketball team.
He was a starting forward during his collegiate days and as a sophomore was part of the team that posted a record of 17-9 which was the best record to date at the time. Gillies earned a bachelor of science degree from Adrian College and was also a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
After graduation, he taught math for five years at Melvindale Junior High from 1936-41. He served in the United States Navy from 1941-45. He was aboard submarine "Blenny" in the South Pacific during World War II. After his time in the service, he resided in Tecumseh, Michigan from 1952 until his passing in 1997.
Gillies worked at Tecumseh Products in production planning until his retirement in 1977. Gillies married his college sweetheart, Jeannette (Kirk), on August 20, 1942, herself an Adrian College graduate in 1937. The couple were blessed with two sons, Doug and Chuck, who are honored to be receiving this recognition along with their mother, in their dad's memory.
James D. Swoish (1956 graduate)
Jim Swoish was a prominent guard for the Bulldogs on the basketball court in the 1950's. Swoish earned three letters in basketball from 1952-55 and was a member of the 1954-55 team that won a MIAA Championship and set a school-record with a mark of 21-4. The team advanced to the NAIA National Tournament as the Michigan representative in Kansas City, Missouri. Jim scored 20 points in the Bulldogs' loss to Texas Southern.
Swoish averaged 9.8 points per game during the 1954-55 season and was named Second Team All-MIAA. He earned a total of 11 varsity letters also competing in football, baseball and golf at Adrian College.
Jim has remained active in athletics since his days at Adrian College. He is involved with golf, racquetball, squash and other activities in his current residence of Kailua, Hawaii. He has fond memories of practices and games in Ridge Gymnasium and being coached by Ted Boyett and Jim Skola. Jim and his wife, Ann, have three sons - Chris, Gregg and Jon.
Kim Cunningham (1981 graduate)
Basketball & Softball
Kim Cunningham was an integral part of the early success of women's athletics at Adrian College in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Cunningham was a four-year starter in basketball from 1977-81 and played on two MIAA Championship teams in 1979-80 and 1980-81. Both of those teams are also enshrined in the Adrian College Athletic Hall of Fame.
She served as co-captain of the basketball team during her junior and senior seasons. Kim was named All-MIAA during her final two years on the hardwood. She also was an accomplished student earning Academic All-American plaudits during her senior season. Kim also excelled on the softball diamond and helped the team win the state SMAIAW title in 1978-79 playing right field.
She said that Adrian was a great place to play sports during her era. She commented that for being such a small school her teams had amazing talent. During her junior year, the team was ranked ninth in the nation and beat the likes of Michigan and Notre Dame. She has been an active member in her community of Lake Forest, California and is currently employed by CalOptima as a Chief Administrative Officer.
Michael G. Farrell (1986 graduate)
Mike Farrell is the best placekicker in the history of Adrian College football. Farrell earned four letters on the gridiron from 1982-85. He was named All-MIAA for three straight years from 1983-85 and is the only kicker at Adrian to be named all-conference three times.
Mike was named a Division III Honorable Mention All-American in 1983 and two years later was named Second Team All-American in 1985. He was twice named Adrian College Special Teams Player of the Year and led NCAA Division III in field goals made per game in 1983. He was a member of the 1983 MIAA Championship squad that has already been enshrined into the Adrian College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Farrell currently holds the NCAA Division III career record for extra point percentage having been a perfect 84-of-84 during his career as a Bulldog. He currently holds Adrian College career records for field goals, field goal percentage and extra points. He currently serves as president of BFK Enterprises in Columbia, South Carolina and has been involved with children's charities and organizations, including serving as President of the Richland County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association in 2007-08. He and his wife, Mary Ann, have two children - David and Mae.
Steven J. Goda (1993 graduate)
Steve Goda was a prominent fixture in the lineup for the Bulldog baseball team in the early 1990's. Goda earned four letters in baseball from 1990-93. He was named Adrian College Co-Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year in 1993 after leading the Bulldogs to their first MIAA Championship in baseball.
Goda was named team Most Valuable Player in 1990 and 1991 and led the team with a .410 batting average which ranked second in the MIAA in 1991. He was named First Team All-MIAA in 1991 and Second Team All-MIAA in 1993. Steve was also recognized for his contributions in the classroom as he was selected as a Third Team Academic All-American as a senior.
Steve was a great contact hitter and only struck out 12 times in 345 at-bats during his career. He ranked third in Division III as a senior for fewest strikeout percentage. During his sophomore year, he established a school record by reaching base 58.1 percent of the time. One of his proudest memories is when the team went winless during his freshman season and by the time he graduated they won 17 games and captured a league title. He enjoyed working with tremendous coaches and players.
Steve will also receive the 2009 Adrian College Young Alumni Award during homecoming weekend and is currently Vice President and Corporate Controller for Domino's Pizza. He resides in Dundee, Michigan with his wife, Aimee, and their three children - Katie, Nick and Jacob.
Lisa Lamberson-Kramer (1996 graduate)
Lisa Lamberson-Kramer was a dominant force in the circle for the Adrian College softball team in the mid 1990's. She earned three letters in softball from 1993-95. During those three years, she was awarded First Team All-MIAA accolades and was also named All-Region in 1993.
Lisa helped lead her squad to the NCAA Regionals and was named to the All-Tournament Team. She earned Academic All-District honors as a junior and senior showing she could do more than just embarrass opposing hitters. The 1993 season was one for the record books for Lisa as she led NCAA Division III with 25 pitching wins becoming the only player at Adrian to accomplish that feat.
In addition, Lisa holds the MIAA single season record with 12 pitching wins in 1993. She was named team Most Valuable Player in 1993 and 1994 and holds several statistical records at AC. She holds single season records for innings pitched, wins and complete games. Lisa also holds career records for lowest earned run average, strikeouts, wins, complete games, shutouts and inning pitched.
Lisa graduated from Adrian College summa cum laude with three minors in 1996. She and her husband, Dean Kramer, reside in Fowlerville, Michigan with three children - Kennedy, Brendan and Lexie.