Jewel Threet was a four-year letterman on the baseball team and also earned two letters in basketball while attending Adrian College. Threet was named baseball team Most Valuable Player during the 1974 and 1975 seasons. He batted .366 to lead the team during the 1974 season and earned All-MIAA Honorable Mention honors in 1974 and All-MIAA Second Team honors in 1975. He also led the MIAA in RBI’s during league games in 1975. Threet was selected as team captain during his senior year and was also named Adrian College’s Male Senior Athlete of the Year in 1975.
Sam Yau was a pioneer in men’s soccer for Adrian College earning his degree in 1985. Yau was named All-MIAA Honorable Mention in 1982 and then was selected as First Team All-MIAA in 1983 and 1984. The soccer program was an upstart and beginning to take shape during the 1982 season as the team won eight matches. By 1983, expectations started to rise and the team began to come together, including a major upset of Kalamazoo College 1-0. Yau remembers that match well because he was asked to mark the Hornets’ superstar Marc Tirikian holding him without a goal. It was the first win over Kalamazoo and helped people take notice of the program.
Hillman Mueller broke seven school records in the pool during her career. The Elkhart, Indiana native set six of those school records in her first two years as a Bulldog. She held records in the 200-meter butterfly, 400-meter individual medley, 1,000-meter freestyle, 1,650-meter freestyle, 500-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle relay and the 200-meter freestyle. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Performer as a freshman. Hillman Mueller also was named All-MIAA in 1994. Hillman helped lead the Bulldogs to 99 points at the 1994 MIAA meet which marked their highest point total in four years. During her junior season, she broke her own school record in the 400-meter individual medley at the conference meet and placed second in the 200-meter butterfly.
Jodi LaRocca Taylor came to Adrian College after a successful prep career at Summerfield High School. LaRocca Taylor still holds the single-season and career stolen base records at Adrian College. She swiped 25 bases in 2002 and finished her career with 63 steals in 71 attempts. LaRocca Taylor batted .343 during her career in 111 games and scored 69 runs. She sported a .369 on-base percentage and a .949 fielding percentage.
She was named First Team All-MIAA in 2000 and 2002 while also earning Second Team All-Conference honors in 2001. She was named First Team All-Region in 2002 while also earning team Most Valuable Player honors. LaRocca Taylor was also selected as Adrian College’s Female Senior Athlete of the Year in 2002.
1993 Baseball Team
The 1993 Baseball Team at Adrian College became the first to capture the MIAA championship with a 10-5 record during league play. The team finished 17-15-1 overall under head coach Henry Mensing and assistant coaches Mike Duffy and Craig Rainey.
Keith Bozyk earned MIAA Most Valuable Player honors and was named First Team All-Conference. Bozyk appeared in 12 games during the season and made eight starts for the Bulldogs. He went 7-3 on the mound with two saves and seven complete games. His ERA was 1.43 in 68.2 innings and he walked 15 with 67 strikeouts.
1993 Softball Team
The 1993 Softball Team posted an overall record of 26-10 and went a perfect 12-0 during MIAA action to claim the league title. Head Coach Doug McDaniel guided the Bulldogs into the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Aurora in the first game before dropping the next two to Benedictine.
The team was honored at the end of the season by the National Softball Coaches Association (NSCA) for their efforts in the classroom. The team’s 3.33 grade point average ranked second in NCAA Division III and tied for fourth among all NCAA divisions. In addition, Adrian had the highest GPA among NCAA Division III Tournament teams. Liz Ruhl was named a Second Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).