Ball State has announced its 2013-14 Hall of Fame induction class, which includes Brady Hoke (football/contributor), Kerri Schoultz (field hockey), Katie Shea (softball), Brad Snyder (baseball), Tim Walton (football) and the 1965 football team.
This year’s class will be inducted into the Hall of Fame Fri., Feb. 14, and introduced at the Ball State men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader Sat., Feb. 15. For further information on attending the induction banquet, please call the Cardinal Varsity Club office at 765.285.4190.
Hoke, who lettered in football for the Cardinals from 1977-80 and served as head coach at Ball State from 2003-08, earned four letters as a linebacker and coached the Cardinals to one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2008. As a player, Hoke was a team captain as a senior in 1980 and selected to the All-Mid-American Conference Second Team. He led the Cardinals and ranked sixth in the MAC with 150 total tackles, including seven tackles for loss and two sacks, as a senior. Hoke was second on the team in tackles as a junior with 95 and third as a sophomore with 98. As the Ball State head coach, Hoke guided the team to 34 wins in six seasons and back-to-back bowl games in 2007 (International Bowl) and 2008 (GMAC Bowl). Hoke led Ball State to a 12-0 regular season and the MAC West Division Championship in his final season as the team’s head coach.
Schoultz earned four letters in field hockey from 1996-99 and graduated magna cum laude with a 3.83 grade-point average on Ball State’s 4.0 scale as a marketing major. Schoultz was a 1999 All-America Second Team selection and a 1998 All-America Third Team choice, while helping the Cardinals to a four-year record of 64-21, including a 42-4 mark against MAC teams. She helped Ball State to four MAC Championships, two league tournament titles and a berth in the 1997 NCAA Championships where Ball State advanced to the Final Eight. Schoultz, who was one of only three players in MAC history to earn first-team all-league accolades in all four seasons, completed her career ranked No. 1 at Ball State in assists in a career (76), assists in a season (32 in 1999) and assists in a game (6 in 1999). She completed her career ranked fourth in NCAA in career assists, while starting all of Ball State’s 85 games in her career.
Shea earned four letters in softball at Ball State from 2000-03 and graduated magna cum laude with a 3.819 GPA as an exercise science major. A 2003 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, Shea was a 2002 and 2003 Academic All-American and was named the MAC Player of the Year as a junior in 2002. Shea concluded her career as Ball State’s all-time leader in batting average (.357), hits (203), doubles (39) and total bases (265). A two-time All-MAC First Team choice, Shea was named to the all-league second team as a freshman and sophomore. She started all 39 games as a senior and topped the team while ranking seventh in the MAC with a career high .387 batting average.
Snyder was drafted in the first round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft and was the No. 18 pick overall by the Cleveland Indians. He was a 2003 Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger All-America First Team selection and was honored in 2001 as a Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. Snyder helped guide the Cardinals to a 36-21 overall record and a 17-10 conference mark as a junior, his final season of collegiate baseball. During the 2003 season, Snyder posted a career best .405 batting average to rank fourth in the MAC. The 2003 MAC Player of the Year and first-team All-MAC selection, Snyder led the league in doubles (25), walks (49) and total bases (154). He ranked second in the MAC in runs scored (68), runs-batted-in (61) and on-base percentage (.522). Snyder established single-season school records in walks, doubles, doubles per game (.45) and runs per game (1.24) during the 2003 season. In his three seasons at Ball State, Snyder compiled a .378 batting average, which tied for the second best mark in school history. An All-MAC Second Team selection as a sophomore, Snyder was named the MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player in 2002.
Walton earned four letters as a member of the Ball State football team from 1985-88 and continued his playing career in the National Football League with the Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles. Walton received Ball State’s John Magnabosco Award as the team’s most valuable player as a senior plus was named to the All-MAC First Team and received honorable mention on the Associated Press All-America Team. Walton started all 11 games for the Cardinals as a senior in 1988 and tallied 140 total tackles, while ranking eighth in the MAC with 11 tackles for loss. He ranked fifth in the MAC in tackles (138) and tackles for loss (14) as a junior, while starting 10 games and playing in all 11 at Ball State. Walton, who missed only one game in his four seasons, helped the Cardinals to an 8-3 record as a senior.
This marks only the third year Ball State will induct a team into its Hall of Fame, and the 1965 football team is being inducted as the first ever squad to advance to a bowl game after recording a 9-0 regular season record. Under the direction of head coach Ray Louthen, the Cardinals tied Tennessee State 14-14 in the Grantland Rice Bowl to end the season at 9-0-1. Frank Houk completed 30-of-62 passes for 563 yards, while his top receiver that season was Steve Demuth with eight catches for 203 yards. Jim Todd led the team in rushing with 128 carries for 850 yards.