Dec 16, 2011 3:52 AM by Lee Douglas/RMAC
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --- December 15, 2011 -- Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) commissioner Joel R. Smith has announced that six individuals and two teams will be inducted into the 2012 RMAC Hall of Fame. Dan DeRose (CSU-Pueblo), Mike Dunlap (Metro State), Dan Fix (Colorado Mines), Devon Herron (Metro State), Julie Jenkins-Donley (Adams State) and Pat Porter (Adams State) are the individual honorees. In addition, the 1985 Adams State women's indoor track & field and the 1986 Western State men's cross country teams will be inducted.
The tenth annual Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Hall of Fame ceremony will be on Friday, July 20, at the Colorado Springs Marriott hotel. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. (MDT), followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the banquet at 7 p.m. More information, including cost of the dinner and room rates, will be available in the near future. In addition to the Hall of Fame, the 2011-12 Coaches of the Year will be recognized along with Honor Student-Athletes.
The 2012 RMAC Hall of Fame class was chosen by a committee comprised of Patti Arnold (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel), Eric Danner (RMAC), Marv Kay (Colorado Mines), Todd Kelly (CSU-Pueblo), Con Marshall (Chadron State), Joan McDermott (Metro State), Sarah Meier (RMAC), Larry Mortensen (Adams State) and Smith (RMAC). Below is biographical information on each of the inductees.
RMAC Hall of Fame, Class of 2012
Dan DeRose, CSU-Pueblo
Football Player, Athletic Director
As a football player, DeRose is the CSU-Pueblo career leader in tackles (415), career assisted tackles (255) and holds the CSUP single season record in assisted tackles (91). DeRose also owns the record for longest fumble return for a touchdown (69 yards). He was a two-time all-RMAC selection (first team in 1983) and was selected as a member of the RMAC Football All-Century Team. DeRose was selected as an Academic All-American by CoSIDA in 1983. As a track & field athlete, he set the school record in the shot put (54'0"). Post CSU-Pueblo, he signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos in 1984 and played for three games with the New York Giants in 1987. Under DeRose's leadership as athletic director at CSU-Pueblo (then the University of Southern Colorado) from 1991-96, baseball returned to the University after a nine-year hiatus, plus women's soccer and softball were added as programs. The Rawlings Sports Complex was also built, becoming home of the baseball, softball and soccer programs. In 1994, DeRose was named the NAADD Fund Raiser of the Year after raising more than $1.5 million for the athletics program. He helped to form "The Friends of Football", a group that was instrumental in CSU-Pueblo bringing back football in 2007, raising over $13 million to fund the building of the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl, named after his parents. Support dollars also helped CSU-Pueblo bring back women's track & field and wrestling. In 2009, DeRose was named the NAADD Donor of the Year.
Mike Dunlap, Metro State
Men's Basketball Coach
Dunlap led the Roadrunners to two NCAA Division II national championships in 2000 and 2002. He left Metro State with a career record of 248-50 (.832) overall and 142-29, (.830) in RMAC games. Dunlap was named National Coach of the Year three times (2000, 2002, 2004) and was recognized as the top men's basketball coach in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference history at the Centennial Celebration in 2009. Metro State went to the NCAA Division II tournament in each of his nine seasons as head coach. In five of those nine seasons, MSCD went to the Elite Eight (1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005). Dunlap's teams also captured four RMAC regular season championships and six RMAC Tournament championships. Since leaving Metro State in 2006, Dunlap has served as assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets, University of Arizona and the University of Oregon. He is currently assistant head coach at St. John's University and is filling in as head coach during games while Steve Lavin recovers from surgery.
Dan Fix, Colorado Mines
Fix arrived at Colorado Mines via Wray High School and wrestled for the legendary Jack Hancock. He was a five-time All-American (NAIA and NCAA) at 138 pounds, and helped the Orediggers to a pair of national team runner up finishes in 1963 and 1964. Fix was a three-time RMAC champion (1961, 1962, 1964, he did not wrestle in 1963 due to injury). In 1961, he took fourth place at NAIA Nationals. In 1962 he was fourth in NCAA Division I wrestling at 138. In 1964, Fix placed third at the NCAA Division I level. That same year he was second place NCAA Division II. Fix was the 1964 Mountain Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Champion and two-time Colorado School of Mines Outstanding Wrestler. In 1964, Fix was a United States Olympic trials finalist. In 2009, Fix was recognized as one of the top 12 wrestlers in RMAC history by the Centennial Celebration wrestling selection committee.
Devon Herron, Metro State
Herron is the only volleyball player in Metro State history to earn RMAC Player of the Year honors twice (in 2002 and 2003). She was named all-conference in each of her seasons and holds the school record for career assists with 6286 (nearly 3,000 more than the next-closest player on the list). Her 14.33 assists per set in 2000 is still a Metro State single season record, and her assist average in each of her other three seasons also rank among the top-five in school history. She earned All-America honors following her junior and senior seasons at her setter position. Herron led the Roadrunners to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four years and conference regular season and tournament championships in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Herron's assists average during her career was 13.85 per set. Herron was selected to the RMAC All-Time Volleyball team in 2009.
Julie Jenkins-Donley, Adams State
Cross Country and Track & Field Runner
Hailing from the San Luis Valley town of Moffat (Moffat HS) Jenkins is a four-time national champion and 19-Time All-American as a middle and long distance runner. She was named to the RMAC's All-Time Women's Track & Field team during the 2009 Centennial Celebration. Jenkins was a member of 1985 National Championship Indoor Track & Field Team (which is also being inducted into this class). Jenkins still holds the ASC school-record in the 800 (2:03.14, set in 1984). She still holds the NAIA Indoor National Championship records of 1:21.78 (600-yards) and her mark of 2:10.69 (800-yards) still stands. She won the 1984 NAIA Outdoor title in the 800 meters and the 1985 NAIA Outdoor title in the 1500 meters. Jenkins earned three of her All-America honors in cross country (1982, 1983, 1984), finishing 13th, second and fourth in the nation, respectively Jenkins was a two-time individual RMAC Cross Country Champion (1983 and 1984), helping ASC win the team titles in both of those years. Jenkins won at least six individual RMAC titles on the track in events ranging from the 400 to the 1500 and the 4 x 100-meter relay. She helped ASC win the RMAC Outdoor Track & Field team title in 1985. Jenkins transferred to Brigham Young University for her senior year and earned three All-America honors and the 1987 NCAA Division I Indoor 800m title. Jenkins owns the BYU School records in the indoor mile and outdoor 800 meters. After graduating, she competed in 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
Pat Porter, Adams State
Cross Country and Track & Field Runner
Porter was named as the RMAC's All-Time Top Cross Country Runner during 2009 Centennial Celebration. In 1980 and 1981, Porter was the NAIA Individual National Cross Country Champion while leading ASC to national team titles in both of those years. He was also an All-American and ASC's number two runner on 1979 NAIA National Championship team (behind individual national champion Sam Montoya). All three of those teams have been inducted into the RMAC Hall of Fame. He was also the RMAC individual cross country champion in 1980 and 1981. Porter won the 1982 NAIA two-mile Indoor Track & Field title. His RMAC Track & Field individual championships include the 5,000 Meters (1981); 3000-Meter Steeplechase (1980 & 1981) and three-mile run (1980). Porter led ASC to the 1980 & 1981 RMAC Outdoor Track & Field team crowns. He was inducted into NAIA Hall of Fame in 1987. After graduating, Porter was a two-time U.S. Olympic Team Member (1984, 1988) and won a record-setting eight USA Track & Field senior men's cross country national titles.
1985 Adams State Women's Indoor Track & Field Team
In 1985 the ASC women's indoor track & field team won the first ever national championship in the sport (male or female) by any RMAC team. At the meet held in Kansas City, Mo., the then-Indians held off second place Prairie View A&M 67-64. Milan Donley was named NAIA Coach of the Year. Julie Jenkins (who is being inducted into the RMAC Hall of Fame as an individual) was the national champion in the 800 yards, winning in a blazing time of 2:10.69, which was a new NAIA, record that still stands today. RMAC Hall of Famer Lori Risenhoover won the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, eight inches. This was Risenhoover's second national title in that event. The RMAC did not sponsor the sport of women's indoor track & field until 1992.
1986 Western State Men's Cross Country Team
This was the first national team championship for legendary Coach Duane Vandenbusche. Led by the "Venezuelan Connection" of Eduardo Navas, Juan Diaz, Frank Oropeza and Jose Rojas, the Mountaineers were able to tie longtime rival Adams State to be NAIA co-champions in 1986 at the finals hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisc. The other members of the top seven included: Steve Cathcart, Steve Roch and Doug Meade. Other instrumental members of the team included Kyle Caudle, Ryan Robinson, Bob Guidry, Stevin Johnson, Dan Buford, John Paitel and Russ Dryer. The RMAC Championship meet proved to be a big hurdle, as only the top two teams would advance to the NAIA Nationals. Adams State, the defending National Champions, took one of those spots and Western had to battle Fort Lewis for the second spot. The Mountaineers overcame 10 inches of fresh snow on the course in Golden to edge Fort Lewis, 57-59, and advance to the Nationals. Adams State was the overwhelming favorite, but Western was able to compete. Navas finished second, Diaz was third and Cathcart finished eighth. Later came Oropeza (31st), Roch (56th), Meade (98th) and Rojas (197th). The team results were not known right after the race, so the Mountaineers didn't learn of their fate until the awards banquet that night. The tie between Western and Adams marked the first time in cross country history that two teams had tied for the National Championship.