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About This Year’s Inductees

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Green Terror Sports Hall of Fame Award 2018

Presented to an athlete who has performed outstandingly as an undergraduate and who has contributed to society since leaving the College; or a person who is recognized for outstanding and special services, who was actively engaged in the College athletic program (staff, coaches, administrators), and who has contributed to society since leaving the College. Visit the Sports Hall of Fame page for more information.

Brent C. Fuchs ’00

Brent Fuchs '00
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Brent C. Fuchs ’00 played baseball all of his four years on the Hill, amassing many accolades along the way. He was the 1997, 1999 and 2000 Team Pitcher of the Year. During his senior year, he won the Jim Boyer Memorial Award and was named 2000 Team MVP and 2000 2nd Team All Centennial Conference Pitcher. He set a record for Career Games Pitched (46), and scored high in Career Games Started (28), Career Complete Games (17), Career Innings Pitched (214 2/3), Career Saves (10) and Career Strikeouts (210).

A Business Administration major with a minor in Accounting, he is a certified financial planner involved in financial, estate, business succession, and investment planning with Heritage Financial Consultants, LLC. In addition, he is also a licensed life and health insurance agent. Fuchs is a member of the Resource Group (composed of the top 200 advisors affiliated with Lincoln Financial Advisors). He has also qualified for the Million Dollar Roundtable each year since 2012. In 2016, he was recognized as the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce’s Businessman of the Year.

An avid sports fan, Fuchs enjoys playing golf when he can. He actively supports a number of local organizations including Sweet Caroline, Caroline County 4-H, Caroline County Library, and the Chesapeake YMCA. He lives in Denton, Md., with his wife, Lucy, and two children, Paight and Sadie.

 

 

Jeffrey Groff ’01

Jeffery Groff '01
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During his first two years on the Hill, Jeffrey Groff ’01 helped the football team become Centennial Conference champions with 10-0 seasons in 1997 and again in 1998. But it was with winter and spring Track and Field that he decided to go the distance all four years. In 2000, he became the 2000 Centennial Conference track and field decathlon champion during the event’s inaugural year and achieved a repeat performance in 2001. He is a WMC/McDaniel decathlon record holder and a recipient of the WMC Football Jim Stevens Freshman Award (1997). He also received the Steve Robert Wilson ’75 Memorial Award given to two seniors with the most outstanding record in track and field.

A Physics major with a minor in Chemistry, Groff was a member of the College’s Honors Program and the Society of Physics Students (SPS), and was inducted into Sigmi Pi Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa honors societies. He earned an M.S. in Applied Science and a Ph.D. in Applied Science with a specialization in Theoretical Biophysics, both from the College of William & Mary. In 2013, he was awarded the McDaniel College Scholar Alumni Award in recognition of leadership for change. He is an associate professor of Physics at Shepherd University, where he was awarded the 2017 Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award and chairs the Institute of Environmental and Physical Sciences. He lives in Martinsburg, W.V., with his wife, Amanda Lofton Groff ’02, and their two children.

 

Frederick John Kiemle ’72

An all-around athlete, Frederick John Kiemle was a member of the football, wrestling and track and field (javelin) teams during his years at Western Maryland, now McDaniel, College. Honored with the Fellowship of Champions recognition, Kiemle was named freshman football player of the year in 1968, first team defensive tackle on the Mason Dixon Conference team in 1969 and again in 1971, Mason Dixon 191 lb. wrestling champion 1969-70, All State defensive tackle in 1971 and WMC team captain in 1971. He was honored on the Fellowship of Champions for his role on championship teams and as an individual champion. A Biology major and member of Beta Beta Beta Biology honors society and Delta Pi Alpha fraternity, he opened his dental practice shortly after his graduation from Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1979 and is still practicing today in Cumberland, Md.

 

Carol Morelock Patterson ’66

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Carol Morelock Patterson of Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, was a member of the field hockey and volleyball teams during her time at WMC and was elected as president of the Women’s Athletic Association for her senior year. She embraced the limited options given to women during her years on the Hill, since female sports teams, with the exception of basketball, were limited to an intermural level. With passion and skills for lacrosse, and no lacrosse team or sorority lacrosse competition, she was asked to teach the Physical Education majors’ lacrosse skills and fundamentals. Patterson graduated in 1966 with a degree in Physical Education and began an impressive career in teaching, coaching, refereeing and administration. She has coached lacrosse in Baltimore County, New York State and at SUNY Buffalo and Niagara University, in addition to working as an assistant professor in Physical Education at Niagara. She worked on the Board of Directors for the Iroquois Nationals, a nonprofit organization for promotion of Native American sports teams and helped organize and coach the National Canadian Women’s Lacrosse team. She was inducted into the Western New York Lacrosse Hall of Fame, earned the Canadian Lacrosse Association Certificate of Merit for over 25 years of service and the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Association Recognition Award for outstanding contribution to the development of women’s lacrosse. Additionally, she earned a master’s degree in education from SUNY Buffalo, and was actively involved with her late husband, John Wesley Patterson, in the company Tuskewe Krafts, a wooden lacrosse stick manufacturer on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation. 

 

Art Renkwitz ’65

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During his time at WMC, Art Renkwitz was no stranger to athletics having played and excelled in three sports: football, track & field and tennis. On the football field, Renkwitz played both offense and defense as an interior lineman. He lettered all four years (1961-64), received honorable mentions in the Mason Dixon and Middle Atlantic Conferences and earned public recognition as an All-Maryland Selection. He was a member of two Western Maryland Conference Championship teams (’62, ’63) and was elected as co-captain in 1964. Renkwitz participated with the WMC track and field team and lettered all four years. He also played on the tennis team during his final two years of college, earning a letter in his junior year. After graduating in 1965 with a degree in Physical Education and Education, he began his extensive teaching and coaching career, earning an advanced professional certificate in Biology from the Maryland State Department of Education and a master’s of Education degree from Salisbury University in 1998. He served as science department chair for nearly 20 years and has worked on several science and technology curriculum projects with the Maryland State Department of Education and Maryland Public Television. In 1995, he was named Dorchester County’s Computer Teacher of the Year. He retired after 48 years of teaching in 2013.

 

January Scott Vaughan ’99

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January Scott Vaughan of Chesapeake City, Md., was the captain of the 1998 Centennial Conference softball championship team and the WMC softball team MVP in 1999. She was the starter at short stop for all 127 games during her four years, a captain from 1997-1999 and received a bid to the NCAA tournament. She had the 10th highest batting average, fifth most runs scored and fifth most hits. Vaughan graduated in 1999 with a degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education followed by an advanced professional certificate. She is a physical education and integrated arts teacher for Cecil County Public Schools, where she earned the Simon McNeely Award and a nomination for Cecil County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Vaughan also coached Bohemia Manor High School softball and volleyball, Chesapeake City Little League and YMCA basketball. In November of 2017, Vaughan earned a Governor’s Citation for her role in organizing Veteran’s Day programs.

(l to r) Art Renkwitz ’65, Carol Morelock Patterson ’66, Brent Fuchs ’00, Jeffrey Groff ’01, January Scott Vaughan ’99