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Four to be Inducted into Scots Hall of Fame

October 20, 2011

      MONMOUTH, Ill. – The Monmouth College M Club Hall of Fame will grow by four new members as part of the college’s Homecoming festivities this weekend.

      Fighting Scots greats Mike Schmitz ’80, Lamar Rudd ’95, Kari Bailey-Shimmin ’97 and Constance Jackson ‘01 will form the 28th class to be inducted in the Hall of Fame on Oct. 22 at 8:30 a.m. on the main concourse of the Huff Athletic Center. The four inductees will then participate in the annual Homecoming parade at 11 a.m.

         *The gridiron career of Mike Schmitz is behind him by three decades and counting. For those who weren’t fortunate enough to watch him, what was he like? Think of another athlete who wore #2 in college, Deion Sanders, but with hard hits and an unselfish attitude replacing the “Neon.”

         Like Sanders, Schmitz often found the end zone despite the fact that the other team started off with the ball. The All-Midwest Conference defensive back intercepted 11 passes in his career, returning two for touchdowns. His 227 yards of interception and kick returns vs. Olivet in 1978 included an incredible three TDs, a school record that may never be broken. In 1978, Schmitz’s punt return average (20.6 yards) was second in Division III, and he was third in kickoff return average (24.5) and fourth in interceptions (7).

         The former Southern High School added one more special teams assignment to his resume, handling Monmouth’s punting duties.

         *Players with tremendous upside in baseball are often “five-tool” talents. Lamar Rudd had so many weapons in his toolbox that he not only starred on the diamond, but on the basketball court, too.

         Power? Check. Rudd belted a school-record 17 home runs in his Monmouth career. He helped the Scots win three Midwest Conference titles by driving in 98 runs, hitting .352 and posting a career .624 slugging percentage. Rudd earned first-team All-Midwest Conference honors as a junior and a senior. The latter year, he slugged seven homers and hit a robust .438.

         Speed? Indeed. The Quincy, Ill., product not only stole 20 bases, but he used his quickness to snare a school-record 127 steals in basketball, where he helped the Scots to MWC playoff appearances in each of his four seasons. Rudd scored 855 points and dished out 351 assists, the second-highest MC total at the time of his induction. 

         *The ink on Kari Bailey-Shimmin’s plaque will not be dry long before it needs to be changed again, as the all-time winningest coach in the history of Monmouth’s volleyball program is still chalking up victories. Entering the 2011 season, she had a record of 253-180, and no one has a longer tenure as a women’s head coach in MC history.

         What is set in stone are the numbers from her outstanding career as a Fighting Scot player: 944 kills, 149 aces and 1,427 digs. When the two-time All-MWC honoree was inducted, she ranked in the top seven all-time in all three categories.

         As a freshman from nearby Union High School, Bailey helped Monmouth to a school-record 25 victories in 1993, and the Scots also reached the 20-win plateau in 1994. During her 13 years as head coach, the Scots have reached that level seven more times, including the new school record of 26 victories in 2002.

         *There may never be another Fighting Scot who has a women’s track and field career as brilliant as seven-time All-American Constance Jackson. If there is, there is going to be one very happy Monmouth coach.

         In 2001, Jackson earned the highest NCAA finish by a Monmouth woman, placing second in the 200-meter dash at the national outdoor meet. She added two more All-American honors in the 200 and four in relays.

         A product of Peoria’s Woodruff High School, Jackson sprinted to a school-record 30 Midwest Conference titles, including a record six at the 2001 indoor meet. Sometimes, she achieved victory by herself in times such as 12.24 for 100 meters and a school-record 24.25 for 200 meters. Sometimes, she did so with a baton in hand, as she is part of MC’s fastest 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 squads. And sometimes, Jackson simply took off and flew, soaring to four long jump titles, with a best of 18’5-3/4.

      Monmouth’s M Club Hall of Fame is located next to the Trotter Fitness Complex on the main concourse in the Huff Athletic Center.

Dan Nolan

Monmouth College Sports Information Director

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