• 11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
  • 32 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 176 Iowa Conference titles
  • 23 Iowa Conference all-sports titles

Hall of Honor inducts three for Homecoming weekend

General Information | Sept. 30, 2011

PELLA—Three star athletes who went on to careers of distinction in collegiate teaching and coaching are the newest members of the Central College Athletics Hall of Honor.

Initiated in 2002, the hall will expand to 39 members with the induction of football fullback Rich Kacmarynski ’92, women’s tennis competitor Shannan Mattiace ’90 and football and track and field standout Kevin Sanger ’93. They will be honored as part of Central’s homecoming festivities Sept. 30-Oct. 1.oaching are the newest inductees in the Central College Athletics Hall of Honor.

The inductees will be recognized at halftime of the Central-Coe homecoming football game Oct. 1, with the plaque unveiling and formal induction staged after the game at approximately 3:45 p.m. in the Schipper Fitness Center lobby. They will also be introduced at the alumni homecoming dinner at 5:45 p.m. in H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse.

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.

Rich Kacmarynski ‘92

Ardently committed to the student-athlete ideal, Kacmarynski earned distinction at Central as both a football player and a coach. He was a 1992 honors graduate, later receiving a master’s degree at Iowa State University. A first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American and NCAA postgraduate scholar, Kacmarynski was the 1991 Iowa Conference and team MVP as a fullback. He rushed for 2,725career yards and 37 touchdowns while helping Central gain three NCAA playoff berths and play in the 1988 Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. Kacmarynski was a three-time all-Iowa Conference honoree and Central team co-captain, receiving the school’s O’Donnell Award as most valuable freshman, Mentink Award for leadership and sportsmanship, Lankelma Award as the outstanding underclass player and Heerema-Schilder blanket as team MVP.

He was selected as an inaugural member of the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served a year as the national chair.

Earlier Kacmarynski starred for Mallard High School and in 2005 he was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Football Hall of Fame.

After five years as an assistant, Kacmarynski succeeded his college coach Ron Schipper, compiling a lofty 62-15 (.805) record from 1997-2003, piloting the Dutch to four NCAA playoff berths and four league titles. He was named the NCAA Division III West Region coach of the year in 1998 and won league coaching honors in 1998 and 2000.

He served as an assistant at Pella Christian High School for two seasons, then spent the 2006-07 campaigns as offensive coordinator at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke. Kacmarynski has served as Pella Christian’s head coach since 2008, leading the program to its first state playoff berths in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The Eagles have also claimed three straight district titles and have compiled a 25-7 record during Kacmarynski’s tenure.

Kacmarynski’s wife, Mindi (Remsburg), was also a CoSIDA Academic All-American as a softball player at Central. They have five children.

Shannan Mattiace ‘90

Able to combine a love for tennis and a passion for international study, Mattiace excelled at both before graduating with honors in 1990. She studied at Central’s programs in London and the Yucatan, Mexico but was still a four-time Iowa Conference placewinner. Only once did she finish lower than third in the league in singles or doubles and she captured the No. 2 singles title in 1989, as well as the No. 1 doubles crown in 1988. She was a two-time De Haan Award winner as team MVP and also served as team captain in 1989.

Also active on campus, Mattiace was named to the first-ever USA Today All-Academic team, which was based solely on distinction gained in the classroom. She was awarded Central’s Julia Van Houweling Scholarship Medal and the John Allen Writing Award before being named a Fulbright Scholar, returning to study in Chiapas, Mexico in 1995-96. She then spent a year as a visiting fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California-San Diego, and taught at Bates College (Maine).

After earning master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Texas at Austin, Mattiace joined the faculty at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. in 1996 and is an associate professor of political science. She spent another semester in Mexico in 2004 after being named a Rockefeller Foundation Resident Fellow in the Humanities at the Centro Regional de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias. She has authored and co-authored numerous books, book chapters, book reviews and journal articles.


Kevin Sanger ‘93

Sanger’s tireless efforts helped build a track and field powerhouse at Central. An all-Iowa Conference performer in football and track and field in college, Sanger continued to have an impact in both sports as a coach for 14 years. The Sanger name was an integral part of Central athletics throughout the past two decades as Kevin was the oldest of four brothers from Britt, Iowa who were football and track standouts at the college as well. He starred at defensive end and helped Central compile a 36-5 record with two league titles and two NCAA playoff berths. Sanger was also a conference placewinner in the shot put and discus, helping the Dutch win three conference men’s track and field crowns.

After earning a master’s degree at Iowa State University, Sanger returned to Central  in 1994, serving as assistant men’s and women’s track and field coach for a year before taking over as head men’s coach in 1995. He became head women’s coach as well in 2000 and served as assistant football coach for 14 seasons.

A relentless recruiter, Sanger piloted Central to five conference men’s track titles and was named the league’s coach of the year six times, guiding the Dutch to top-10 national team finishes in 2000, 2001 and 2002. In his final 10 years, Sanger’s men’s and women’s outdoor squads recorded 11 national top-25 team finishes, with the men reaching third place in 2000 and the women climbing as high as 14th in 2004. His athletes claimed 10 individual NCAA national championships and received All-America recognition more than 90 times.

In 2001, Sanger received a presidential service standard award for his work for the college. After leaving Central he earned his doctoral degree at Iowa State.


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)


2010    Jeff Blythe ’87 (football)

            Gary Boeyink ’59 (men’s basketball, baseball; coach/administrator women’s            

                basketball, men’s basketball, baseball, softball, women’s golf, football)

            Emilie Hanson ’95 (women’s basketball)


2011    Rich Kacmarynski ’92 (football)

            Shannan Mattiace ’90 (women’s tennis)

            Kevin Sanger ’93 (football, track and field)


Central College