Thomas More Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Thomas More Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The Thomas More College Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its 2014 class on Saturday, February 22.

The 10 person hall of fame class includes: John “Jay” Campbell ’68, Dr. Shannon Galbraith-Kent ’98, Fred C. Geraci ’72, Monsignor Donald F. Hellman ’49, Kimberly (Kreimer) Ealy ’07, Cathy (Santillo) Lynch ’06, John W. Pratt ’85, Nicholas A. Rice ’03, Bradley M. Thoma ’06 and Dr. Beth (Rechtin) Venard ’93.  The College will have a special recognition as the 1991 football team will be honor as the Team of Distinction.

The inductees will be recognized in a ceremony Saturday, February 22 on the Thomas More campus as a reception will be held at 6 p.m. and dinner and the induction ceremony will follow at 7 p.m.  Tickets for the ceremony are $25 and are available via the internet at thomasmore.edu/HOF or by calling (859) 344-3346 by February 15.

Thomas More College Hall of Fame Class of 2014

John “Jay” Campbell ’68 (Baseball)
Campbell played baseball from 1965 to 1968 and a number of his pitching records are still in the Top-10 in school history.

He ranks fifth in single-season strikeouts with 66 in 1967, is fourth in in career strikeouts with 171, eighth in career complete games with 12 and is 10th career earned run average with a 3.84 ERA.  Jay also served as the Sports Information Director during his four years at the College.

Dr. Shannon Galbraith-Kent ’98 (Women’s Basketball)
Galbraith-Kent directed the Saints on the offensive end of the court from 1994 to 1998 and was a member of the Saints’ first NCAA Division III tournament team, which advanced to the regional finals of the 1997 season.

She holds the Thomas More career record for assists with 430 and is first (145), fourth (134) and sixth (127) in single season assists.

Fred C. Geraci ’72 (Baseball)
Geraci was one of Thomas More’s top pitchers from 1969 to 1972 and is ranked in the Top-10 of career and single-season earned run averages.

He holds the career school record ERA for pitchers that pitch at least 100 innings with a 2.34 ERA and is ranked fourth and 10th in single-season ERA for pitchers that work at least 25 innings as he had a 1.57 in 1971 and 2.16 in 1970.

Monsignor Donald F. Hellmann ’49 (Baseball/Men’s Basketball)
Monsignor Helman was one of the pioneers of the Thomas More/Villa Madonna baseball and men’s basketball programs.

He was a member of the first-ever baseball and men’s basketball programs after the College began to offer men’s athletics and played against teams that are currently NCAA Division I like Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati and Miami University.

Kimberly (Kreimer) Ealy  ’07 (Softball)
Ealy was the Saints’ top hitter from 2004-07 as she is ranked in the Top-10 in seven Thomas More career batting record categories.

She is first in batting average (.440), hits (204) and doubles (52), is third in home runs (14), fourth in at-bats (463), fifth in runs scored (114) and sixth in runs batted-in (83).

Cathy (Santillo) Lynch ’06 (Women’s Soccer)
Lynch is one of the top scorers in the history of the Thomas More women’s soccer program as she played for the Saints from 2002 to 2005.

She holds to Thomas More career school records as she holds the record for goals scored with 53 and points with 122.

John W. Pratt ’85 (Men’s Tennis)
Pratt played on the men’s tennis from 1982 to 1985 and was the first men’s tennis scholarship player as Thomas More was member of the NAIA during the 1980’s.

He led the team in wins for two seasons and was named a runner-up for the National Arthur Ashe Award and was named All-KIAC and first team NAIA Scholar All-American.

Nicholas A. Rice ’03 (Football)
Rice is one of the top linebackers to play for Thomas More as he played from 1999-2002.

He had 286 career tackles, including 20.5 sacks and 54.5 tackles for a loss as he was named to the 2002 AFCA All-Good Works Team and a 2002 AFCA All-American.

Bradley M. Thoma ’06 (Baseball)
Thoma played baseball for the Saints from 2003 to 2006 and is one of the top hitters in school history as he is in the Top-10 in nine categories of the Thomas More career batting record book.

He is third in doubles (48), fourth in runs scored (158), runs batted-in (143) and triples (nine), fifth in games played (159) and hits (204), sixth in at-bats (536) and walks (75) and is eighth in home runs (19).

Dr. Beth (Rechtin) Venard ’93 (Volleyball)
Venard played volleyball from 1989 to 1992 and was one of the top blocks as she helped lead 1991 team to its first-ever NCAA Division III Tournament appearance and the 1992 team to the NCAA Division III Final Eight.

She holds the Thomas More career record for total blocks (512) and block assists (410), while ranking third in block solos (102).  Venard is also second in single-season total blocks with 155 in 1991 and single-season block assists with 117 in 1991, while 147 total blocks and 92 block assists in 1992 both rank third in school history.

Team of Distinction

1991 Football Team
The 1991 Thomas More football team was second-ever team in program history and the first team in program history to post 10-0 undefeated regular season.  The team was coached by Vic Clark and the defensive coordinator was Joe Schlager.

The team won the 1991 Association of Mideast Colleges Conference (AMCC) and began a streak of five straight championships.  The Saints opened the season with a 37-7 win over Kentucky Wesleyan University and defeated across-the-river rival, the College of Mount St. Joseph in Bridge Bowl II during the eighth week of the season.