Green Terror Sports Hall of Fame inducts new members
Eight Green Terror athletes joined more than 200 WMC/McDaniel College champions in the Sports Hall of Fame Nov. 2, including John “Jack” Baile ’62, M.Ed.’73, Richard Estes ’98, Kenneth Gill ’61, Jill Ibex ’01, Jill Krebs ’02, Teron Powell ’02 and Andrew Steckel ’92, MS’94, and Suzanne Stettinius ’11.
The names of these athletes, with their biographies and athletic records of achievement, were added to the Sports Hall Fame electronic kiosk and glass wall of fame displayed in Gill Center’s Klitzberg Pavilion, and were applauded at the Nov. 2 banquet held on campus.
The Green Terror Sports Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Alumni Association, is designed to recognize alumni athletes who have acquired prominence in athletic fields of endeavor and who have made a positive contribution to society. Additionally, it aims to recognize other friends of the college who have contributed significantly to the athletic program.
Jack Baile ’62, M.Ed. ’73 was a four-year starter on the baseball team, playing second base with a career batting average of .303. He made second team All Mason-Dixon Conference in 1959 and in 1960, Baile batted 1000 with three RBIs to beat Randolph- Macon.
A three-year starter and co-captain on the men’s soccer team, Baile received several honors in both 1960 and 1961 including first team All Mason-Dixon Halfback, first team All Maryland Halfback, and first team All South Halfback as selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association. During his years at WMC, Baile was selected to these teams over players from much larger schools including Maryland, Navy, North Carolina and Drexel Tech. In 1959, when he was a sophomore, WMC was ranked 17th in the nation and WMC defeated Drexel, then defending national champion. Baile also played on the basketball team for two years.
Since college, he has managed the 3rd Armored Division Baseball Team, played on various softball and basketball league teams, and coached YMCA youth baseball and basketball and Little League baseball, along with volunteering for such organizations as United Way, Girl Scouts of America, YMCA, the Carroll County Historical Society and The Shepherd’s Staff. Baile retired in 1995 from a full-time career as a physical education educator and former middle-school principal and organized the County’s outdoor school program in 1964. His roots stretch back to the college’s first Board chair John Smith, Baile’s great-great grandfather, and its namesake, William Roberts McDaniel, Baile’s great uncle.
Richard Estes ’98 competed in four sports during his time at WMC: soccer, wrestling, baseball and tennis. He was named to the soccer All Conference team (1993, 1995 & 1996) and the baseball All Conference team in 1996 & 1997. A center fielder and short stop, he was named Offensive Player of the Year (1996 & 1997) and MVP in 1997. He was an individual conference champion in wrestling in 1997 and he also played on the men’s tennis team in 1995. After college, he played semi-professional baseball for the South Penn League and for the Maryland Major Soccer League
He served as head coach for three soccer teams and two baseball teams, and coached wrestling at Liberty High School. He is employed professionally as a systems sales manager for Johnson Controls Inc.
Kenneth Gill ’61 was one of 27 freshmen in 1957 who signed up for football under newly appointed Coach Bob Waldorf. Gill was the starting end on both offense and defense for three years. In 1960, Gill became the leading possession pass receiver and second leading tackler on WMC’s team that finished with a winning 6-3 record and was named co-holder of the Mason-Dixon Conference crown. While at college, Gill was active in the Student Government Association, the Student Leadership Conference, the Men’s Dormitory Council and the Men’s Council. After graduation, he entered the armed forces as a lieutenant, eventually joining the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. In 1973, Gill founded a foodservice and equipment distributing company that now ranks among the largest in the country. In 2009, the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association honored Gill with its lifetime achievement award.
Since 2002, Gill was elected a college trustee following more than a decade of voluntary service to the college. Most recently, he has led the campaign to build a new multi-million-dollar stadium on campus that the Board of Trustees voted to name in his honor. Gill Stadium is scheduled for dedication at Homecoming 2012.
Jill Ibex ’01, a forward/center for the women’s basketball team from 1997-2001, scored a total of 1,330 points, the eighth player in the college’s history to surpass 1,000 points. She was captain in her senior year and achieved several records: fifth in total points scored (404), fifth in scoring average (16.2); sixth in field goals made (147), seventh in field goals attempted (339); third in free throws made (110); second in free throws attempted (152); eighth in rebounds (194); eighth in defensive rebounds (121); and eighth in offensive rebounds (73); and third in blocked shots (50). During her basketball career she was named first team All Conference (2000 &2001), Team MVP (2001), Conference Academic Honor Roll (2001) and Women’s Alumnae Athletic Award (2001). Prior to graduation, Ibex was honored with the Richard A. Clower Award for Excellence in Exercise Science and Physical Education and earned departmental honors in Exercise Science. She was inducted into the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and remains active in the sport through the County’s women’s basketball league.
She completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in 2003 and a master’s degree in Community/Public Health Nursing at the University of Maryland in 2009. Currently, Ibex is working as a Nurse Consultant at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Baltimore.
Jill Krebs ’02 has set a standard of achievement that sets the bar high for future distance runners at the college having been the #1 runner on the only team (both men’s and women’s) to win a conference cross country championship. She was a three-time national qualifier (1999, 2000, 2001) in cross country and twice named All-American (1999, 2000). In track, Krebs was four-time national qualifier in both the 5K and 10K events and in outdoor track, she was a two-time 10,000-meter conference champion (2000, 2001).
In 2002, Krebs was named Maryland’s NCAA Woman of the Year (in all athletic divisions), and awarded a NCAA post-graduate scholarship. Krebs graduated Phi Beta Kappa and earned both the Malone and Faith Millard awards during her senior year.
She continues to run having competed in two marathons (Philadelphia, Pa. and Richmond, Va.) and has assisted with coaching of the college’s indoor/outdoor track & field teams. Currently, she is working on her dissertation toward completing a Ph.D. at Drew University and is a visiting lecturer in Religious Studies at McDaniel.
Teron Powell ’02 was a four-sport athlete at the college, competing in football, basketball, and indoor and outdoor track & field. He was the starting wide receiver on multiple conference championship football teams; the 2001 conference champion in the triple jump; silver medalist for triple jump in 1999 & 2000; and earned a championship in the 4X400 relay at the 1999 Penn Relays and a conference championship in the 4X400 relay in 1999. He is listed in the college’s standing football records for all purpose yards (#3 at 1194 yards); total points scored (#2 at 86 pts.); pass receptions (#6 at 47); pass reception touchdowns (#1 at 14); touchdowns scored (#2 at 14); kick return yards (#4 at 316); and kick returns (#6 at 13). Powell was honored in post-season football with selection to the All Centennial Conference First Team in 1999 and 2001 and was a Second Team pick in 2000. He also was the college’s Defensive Player of the Year (2001-2002) in basketball.
Since 2008, Powell has contributed much in community service as program director of the Girls Group Home, program director of the Girls Shelter and program director of the Family Therapy Program. Currently, he is the Executive Director at Silverman Treatment Solutions in Columbia, MD.
Andrew Steckel ’92, M.S.’94 was an exemplary wide receiver who as team captain set the conference single-season record for yards per catch at 22.82 in 1991. As the team’s offensive MVP, Steckel is remembered for an impressive 12-catch, 292-yard game against Gettysburg in 1990. He is listed in the college’s standing records for total points scored (#8 at 48 pts.); pass reception yards (#4 at 776); and pass reception touchdowns (#4 at 8 TDs). He was honored with selection to the All Centennial Conference First Team in both 1990 and 1991, received All America Honorable Mention in 1991 and was named Sports Illustrated Small College Player of the Week in 1990.
Steckel graduated Phi Beta Kappa and earned the Jim Stephens (football) award and Havens award during his senior year. He also made Dean’s List all four years and was named to the GTE Academic All American District II and Academic All-Conference First Team. He continued his studies on the Hill and completed a master’s degree in Human Service Management and worked as a residential counselor for the Target Community & Educational Services program.
Since college he has been involved in numerous community service activities including service on the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities and Maryland Mass Transit Consumer Advisory Committee. Currently, he works as a district manager for Arch Care Consultants, a private vocational rehabilitation company.
Suzanne Stettinius ’11, competed on the Green Terror swim team, strengthening her skills in preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympics where she was one of three Americans competing in modern pentathlon, a five-sport event that includes swimming, running, shooting, fencing and riding. She qualified based on her performance in Pentathlon events, from World Cup events to world championships held in Brazil, Hungary, Russia, Italy and China, despite a broken collarbone from a horse riding accident in 2011 and a pulled hamstring from a fencing luge that ended in a split during a World Cup match in April 2012. She competed in her first modern pentathlon competition in 2005 at the Canadian National Modern Pentathlon Championships, where she came in first in the juniors division, and fourth overall.
Stettinius transferred to McDaniel in 2008 during her sophomore year. After missing almost her entire junior season with a broken neck, she finished her senior year with two top swims, one in the 1,000 meters freestyle and the other in the 1,650 meters freestyle.