Four new members, as well as one team, will be enshrined into the Buena Vista University Athletic Hall of Fame this fall during halftime ceremonies of the BVU and Central College football game on Saturday, September 16, 2017 inside of J. Leslie Rollins Stadium. Kick-off against the Dutch is scheduled for 1:00pm.
The BVU Hall of Fame committee voted that Katie (Maguire) Campbell, Carlos Martinez, Ryan Schweitzberger and Jesse Schmidt, along with the 1984 Softball Team and its pitching coach, Rusty Mohler, will make up the Class of 2017.
Katie (Maguire) Campbell was a four-year starter on the BVU women's basketball team from 2002-06 and turned in an illustrious playing career. She was a four-time All-Iowa Conference selection, while being named the league's Most Valuable Player as both a junior and senior. She ranked fourth all-time in program history in scoring (1,724pts), first in career assists (578), first in three-point makes (238) and second in career steals (262). She was a two-time All-American by the WBCA, a three-time Academic All-IIAC performer and was voted a Third Team Academic All-American as a senior. She helped lead the Beavers to back-to-back IIAC Championships (2003-04 & 2004-05). Campbell graduated from BVU in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She is married to BVU men's basketball alum, Jordan Campbell, and the two currently reside in Treynor, Iowa, as she serves as a Kindergarten teacher for the Treynor Community School District. They have four children, Dallin, Zoey, Toby and Landry.
Carlos Martinez was a stand-out placekicker not only for the Beavers from 1998-01, but also throughout all of Division III. He was a three-time All-American and was named the DIII Kicker of the Year as a junior in 2000. He finished his career tied for second in DIII history with 48 made field goals, a mark that also set an IIAC record. He also tied a league record with five made field goals in a single game – four of which came from beyond 40 yards. He finished with 251 career points which is second in program history among kickers. Following his BVU career, he went on to an illustrious playing career in the AFL from 2002-14. He ranked fifth all-time in league history with 1,177 points, making 76 career field goals and 949 PAT's. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Management from Buena Vista in 2006. He and his wife, Nicole, currently reside in Powder Springs, Ga., where he works as an Account Manager IV for Hilti. The couple has two children, Chase and Brooklyn.
Jesse Schmidt was also a stand-out player on the BVU football team from 2002-05 and was also a member of the Beaver men's basketball team from 2003-06. On the gridiron, Schmidt put his name in the BVU record books for several receiving marks. He ended his career ranked atop the career charts in catches (132), touchdowns (33) and total yards (2,314). He was a three-time All-IIAC selection. Similar to Martinez, Schmidt also went on to a stellar AFL career. He began with the Quad City Steamwheelers (2007-09) before joining the Iowa Barnstormers (2010-12). He was named Offensive Player of the Year in 2009 for the Steamwheelers and finished his career with the Barnstormers as the franchise's all-time leading receiver.
On the court for BVU, he was a three-time letterwinner and was part of a conference championship team. He ranked third on the team in scoring as a senior (8.8ppg) and also hauled in 5.5 rebounds per contest. Schmidt graduated from BVU in 2006 with a degree in Business Marketing. He is now employed by Titan Machinery in Des Moines, Iowa, and resides in Clive with his wife, Jessica, and their two children, Gia and Beau.
Ryan Schweitzberger was a four-time letterwinner for current BVU Hall of Fame Coach, Al Baxter, on the wrestling mat. He was a two-time All-American for the Beavers and became the fourth individual national champion in the program's history in 1998 (150 pounds). He also captured his only IIAC individual title that same year. He finished his career with an overall record of 87-27, including a career-best 36 as a senior and was 62-15 over his final two campaigns. Schweitzberger earned a Business Management degree from BVU in 1998 and went on to serve as an assistant coach for the Beavers in 1999-00. He also spent time as a high school assistant coach at Cedar Falls High School from 2001-05. He is currently employed as an Account Executive at Palmer Group and lives in West Des Moines with his wife, Angela.
The 1984 Buena Vista Softball Team is the university's first-ever 'team' to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame, and it will go in alongside its pitching coach, the late Rusty Mohler. The team remains the only team sport to capture a national title when it did so it 1984. It finished the year with a 29-8-1 overall record, including a perfect 12-0 mark in conference play, giving the team its second straight IIAC championship. In those 12 league games, the Beavers allowed a total of only 15 runs and posted seven shutouts. They went through the national regionals and World Series with only one loss and captured the NCAA crown with a pair of victories over Trenton State by scores of 2-0 and 3-1. Pitcher Chanel Finzen was the IIAC Most Valuable Player that season and also a Second Team All-American. Jeanne Demers and Libby Kestal were each First Team selections. Head coach, Marge Willadsen, was named both the IIAC and the DIII National Coach of the Year.
Willadsen's long-time pitching coach, Rusty Mohler, will also be inducted posthumously in conjunction with this elite softball team. Mohler was the team's pitching coach for 26 years and was part of over 500 victories. During his long tenure, Mohler coached three pitchers who went on to be named IIAC MVP's and earn All-American honors. Two of those hurlers were All-Americans multiple years. He conducted several pitching clinics on campus and worked with numerous area youth and high school pitchers over the years until his death in March of 2007.
A formal banquet to recognize all of the above mentioned individuals will take place later that evening inside of the Siebens Forum on the BVU campus.