11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
PELLA—Four athletics standouts who have made careers of education and service will be inducted into the Central College Athletics Hall of Honor as part of the college’s homecoming festivities Sept. 25-26.
Initiated in 2002, the hall will expand to 33 members with the induction of Dick Bowzer ’66 (baseball, men’s basketball, football, men’s tennis, coach), Kim Doyle ’86 (women’s golf), Mark Muyskens ’81 (men’s cross country, men’s track and field) and Jamie Mahnke Zyzda ’92 (softball).
A public reception for the inductees is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 in the aerobics room on the second floor of the Ron Schipper Fitness Center. The plaque unveiling and formal induction will be staged at 11 a.m. in the Schipper Center lobby. The inductees will be recognized at halftime of the Central-Coe homecoming football game that afternoon as well.
Central’s hall of honor is intended to recognize those who were exceptional performers in the athletics arena as a student-athlete, coach or administrator, and who have distinguished themselves in life after graduation through service and leadership. To be eligible for consideration, a nominee must have graduated or served as a Central coach/administrator at least 15 years earlier.
Dick Bowzer ‘66
Men’s basketball, men’s tennis, baseball, football, coach
A servant-hearted leader on and off the playing field, Bowzer is in his 43rd year as assistant football coach at Central, the longest tenure at one school for any active assistant in the U.S. He was named the NCAA Division III assistant coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association last January. Bowzer was also assistant men’s basketball coach at Central for 10 years and head men’s tennis coach for two seasons. The Jackson, Mich. native was a versatile athlete, earning 11 varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and tennis at Central before graduating in 1966.
Bowzer is an associate professor of exercise science at Central and was department chair for many years. He received the college’s Outstanding Faculty Performance Award for Effective Teaching in 2003-04.
Bowzer is also heavily involved in service work, particularly through Second Reformed Church in Pella, where he is in his third three-year term on the consistory, serving as a deacon. He’s twice served on the church’s executive committee with many years on various church councils and has participated in several mission trips and projects.
Kim Doyle ‘86
Doyle was a team leader during an era of women’s golf dominance at Central. A four-time all-Iowa Conference pick, Doyle was the team and league MVP in 1984. She also earned a spot on the Iowa Small College Tournament team three times and the National Small College Tournament team in 1985.
Doyle was a three-year team co-captain and helped the Dutch win four league titles before graduating in 1986. In 1984 and 1985 she received the team’s Maurine Timmer Most Valuable Player Award. An Oelwein, Iowa native, Doyle spent a term of study with Central’s program in the Yucatan in Mexico. For six years she worked as an assistant researcher for Global Evangelism Movment before spending the past 11 years prior to her induction living in Pakistan and Afghanistan as an aid worker for various non-governmental organizations. She will return to Afghanistan following a sabbatical in the U.S.
Mark Muyskens ‘81
Men’s cross country, men’s track and field
An honors graduate from Central in 1982, Muyskens was the 1981 Iowa Conference men’s cross country MVP. He was a two-time NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country Championships participant, leading Central to a national team berth in 1980 and earning an individual spot in 1981. Muyskens was also a three-time NCAA track and field qualifier in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and a three-time league champion in the event as well. He was a two-time team co-captain in cross country, a track and field co-captain in 1982 and team MVP in both sports.
Muyskens earned a doctoral degree in chemistry from the Univ. of Wis.-Madison and is a chemistry professor at Calvin College (Mich.), where he has taught since 1989. He spent a year as a visiting scientist at Columbia Univ. (N.Y.) and later at the Univ. of Calif.-Riverside.
Jamie Mahnke Zyzda ‘92
Central’s career softball victories leader, Zyzda posted a 76-29 mark, leading Central to four NCAA Division III tournament berths and the 1991 national championship. She also helped the Dutch place fourth in the U.S. in 1989 and third in 1990, with Iowa Conference titles in 1990 and 1991. Zyzda was a first-team all-America selection in1991, a two-time NCAA national finals all-tournament team honoree, a three-time all-conference pick, a two-time team co-captain and the 1990 team MVP. She threw a school record 723 innings, a record 99 complete games and 31 shutouts with a stingy 0.93 career earned run average.
Zyzda came to Central following a stellar career at Sioux City East High School where she posted a 109-23 record. She was inducted into the Iowa Girls’ High School Softball Hall of Fame in 1999.
Zyzda is in her 15th year as a teacher at Sioux City East High School where she was also head softball coach for 11 seasons, guiding the Raiders to fourth-place state tourney finishes in 1997 and 1999. She continues to serve as a youth softball coach.
Central College Athletics Hall of Honor inductees
2002 Vern Den Herder ’71 (football, men’s basketball)
Dr. Camilla Ratering McCalmont ’82 (women’s cross country, track and field)
Richard “Babe” Tysseling ’32 (baseball, basketball, football, track and field; coach and athletics director) Ron Schipper (football coach, athletics director)
Richard Schultz ’50 (baseball, basketball, football, track athlete, coach and athletics director, NCAA executive director, USOC executive director)
Jeff Verhoef ’80 (men’s basketball)
2003 Gertrude Beintema (athletics office manager)
Dr. Richard Dykstra ’65 (football)
Brian Goldsworthy ’85 (men’s golf)
Marcie Thurn Rohach ’83 (women’s track and field)
Clarence “Tiny” Wilkins ’32 (men’s basketball)
2004 Denise Boll Baker ’84 (women’s basketball, track and field)
Dana Snoap ’73 (men’s basketball, baseball)
Dr. Kenneth J. Weller (president, NCAA leader)
2005 Tom Stone ’66 (football)
Scot Storjohann ’85 (football, wrestling)
Nancy Cisar ’84 (women’s track and field)
2006 Laurie Sutten Flynn ’88 (softball, women’s basketball)
Joe Jaspers ’88 (men’s golf, men’s basketball)
Scott Lindell ’87 (football)
Dr. Lori Nolte ’82 (women’s cross country, women’s track and field)
2007 Lisa Broek ’83 (women’s track and field)
Eldon Schulte ’58 (football, basketball, track and field, baseball, coach)
Rich Thomas ’87 (football)
2008 Harold De Bie ’65 (men’s basketball)
Bruce Heerema ’63 (football, men’s track and field)
Christi Van Werden ’91 (softball, women’s basketball)
2009 Dick Bowzer ’66 (football, men’s basketball, baseball, men’s tennis, coach)
Kim Doyle ’86 (women’s golf)
Mark Muyskens ’81 (men’s cross country, men’s track and field)
Jamie Mahnke Zyzda ’92 (softball)