Feb. 18, 2011
The Saint Louis University department of athletics inducted its 2011 Billiken Hall of Fame Friday evening at the Busch Student Center. Eleven individuals, the Luechtefeld family and the 1999-2000 men's basketball team were enshrined. The group will also be introduced at halftime of the Billiken men's basketball game Feb. 19 against Charlotte at Chaifetz Arena.
The Billiken Hall of Fame welcomed its initial class in 1976. Since then, more than 250 student-athletes, teams and dignitaries have been selected for induction. This year's inductees represent five categories.
The honorees follow by category:
BILLIKEN GREAT - PIONEER (Prior to 1980) Kent Jackson (Ice Hockey, 1974-78) - As a defenseman, Jackson was instrumental in helping establish the Billikens as a factor on the national stage. He led SLU to two Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season titles (1975 and 1977) and two tournament championships (1975 and 1976). Jackson was an All-Conference selection all four years during his career and was a first team choice in 1977. Jackson is one of only three players in the rich history of the CCHA to earn four All-Conference selections.
BILLIKEN GREAT - CONTEMPORARY (1980 to present) Nicole Bohnenstiehl Pinaire (Softball, 2001-03) - Playing just three seasons at SLU, Bohnenstiehl completed her career as one of the greatest all-around players in program history. When she graduated, she held virtually every pitching record including wins (41), strikeouts (672), shutouts (20) and ERA (1.72). In addition, she held the marks for home runs, RBIs and slugging percentage. Bohnenstiehl pitched the only perfect game in program history and set a single-game record with 17 strikeouts. She was a three-time All-Conference USA selection and two-time Academic Honor Roll pick.
Brett Bredensteiner (Baseball, 1995-98) - Bredensteiner started all 200 games during his career. He is second in career hits (247), second in home runs (43), tied for second in RBIs (182) and still the all-time leader in runs scored (169), triples (16) and total bases (459). Bredensteiner's 18 home runs are the second-highest single-season total, and his career average of .328 is the 11th highest in program history. At the time of his graduation, he held the single-season record with 135 total bases. Bredensteiner was a freshman All-American and the Great Midwest Conference Freshman of the Year in 1995.
Megan Capellupo Lehr (Swimming, 2002-05) - Capellupo helped the swimming program establish itself in Conference USA. She was the first SLU swimmer to achieve the NCAA "B" standard in any event (the 200 breaststroke). Capellupo was named the CollegeSwimming.com National Swimmer of the Week in January 2005 and was the first Billiken C-USA swimming champion in any event. She was named SLU's Outstanding Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2005 and still holds the school record in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke.
Janet Darpel Leigh (Volleyball, 1987-90) - Darpel was a three-time Midwestern Collegiate Conference first-team selection and helped the team tie a school record with 31 wins in 1988. She helped lead the team to conference titles in 1988 and 1989. When Darpel graduated, she was the career record holder in kills (1,464), solo blocks (205) and total blocks (495). Her solo blocking record still stands. In addition, Darpel recorded the first triple-double in program history.
Evan Frederick (Golf, 2002-05) - Frederick is the program's all-time scoring leader and holds virtually every individual scoring record. During his career, he was tournament medalist three times. Frederick's career stroke average was 74.21, and he set the single season standard of 72.82 as a senior. He is the holder of the 18-, 36- and 72-hole event marks. Frederick was a two-time Cleveland Golf All-American and twice was selected All-Conference USA. He was voted the 2005 SLU Outstanding Male Student-Athlete of the Year.
Meg Gleason (Cross Country, 1995-99) - Gleason became the first Saint Louis University student-athlete to be named a Rhodes Scholar, one of the most prestigious honors in higher education. She was one of just 32 recipients of the honor in December 1998. Gleason attended the University as a Presidential Scholar, and graduated with a degree in philosophy with a minor in biology. As a senior, she recorded a career-best time of 19:24 over 5K at the All-Missouri meet, which was good for eighth place on SLU's individual performers list. Gleason was a two-time recipient of the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal Award, given to those with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Jack Jewsbury (Men's Soccer, 1999-2002) - Jewsbury was a two-time All-American, an Academic All-American and the Conference USA Player of the Year in 2000. He finished his career tied for 10th place on SLU's scoring list with 101 points on 38 goals and 25 assists. Jewsbury helped the team qualify for the NCAA Tournament all four years, including an appearance in the quarterfinal round in 2001. A member of the Billiken All-Half Century team, he has been a standout for the MLS Kansas City Wizards and has been called to the U.S. National Team camp.
Kevin Johnston (Men's Soccer, 1987-90) - Johnston is SLU's all-time winningest goalkeeper with 52 victories in the nets. He posted a career goals against average of 0.90 to rank fifth all time, and his 280 saves are third most in program history. Johnston backstopped the team to NCAA Tournament appearances all four years. He twice posted 18 wins in a season to set the program record, and he holds the record for shutouts in a season with 16. Johnston was a three-time All-Region and All-Conference selection, and he was named to the Billiken All-Half Century team.
Beth Yagge Conrod (Softball, 1999-2003) - Yagge started 199 out of 200 games during her career and helped the team set a record with 25 wins in 2001. She finished her career fourth all time in hits (141), fourth in runs scored (59), second in doubles (30) and fifth in RBIs (52). Yagge still holds the records for putouts and chances, and her .979 career fielding percentage still ranks in the top 10. She was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team and earned the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal every year. In addition, Yagge was a third-team Academic All-American. Following her SLU career, she was one of six recipients of the C-USA Post-graduate Scholarship.
DISTINGUISHED ALUM - PIONEER Nick Riggio, Sr. - Riggio was a three-year letterwinner for the baseball team. He hit over. 300 and helped the Billikens win the Missouri Valley Conference title in 1953. After graduation from SLU, Riggio served in the United States Air Force for two years and was stationed in England. He played soccer professionally as a goalie in England, one of the first Americans to do so. After his discharge from the Air Force, Riggio attended law school and worked as an attorney for more than 50 years. He represented his neighborhood in a case against the National Lead Company and stopped a potentially hazardous environmental situation from developing. Missouri Governor Joseph Teasdale appointed him to the State of Missouri's Board of Economic Advisors. Riggio was elected to the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 1985.
DISTINGUISHED ALUM - CONTEMPORARY The Luechtefelds (Dave, Stan, Jeff, Donna, Ryan) The family played a combined 18 seasons for the Billikens and scored 3,074 points. Dave began the run with a Billiken Hall of Fame career from 1959-60 through 1961-62. His brother, Stan, played three years from 1961-62 until 1963-64. Dave's son, Jeff, continued the family legacy when he joined the Billikens in 1987-88 and registered 719 points and pulled down more than 323 rebounds. Donna, who played from 1990-91 through 1993-94, ranks 13th in women's history with 1,200 points and is fourth in program history with 677 rebounds. Ryan tallied 762 points during his four-year career that began in 1995-96
BOB BURNES AWARD 1999-2000 Men's Basketball Team - This group will forever be known for the "Miracle in Memphis" when, as the No. 9 seed, they won four games in four days to claim the Conference USA title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The team defeated Southern Miss to begin its memorable run, and beat No. 1 Cincinnati in the quarterfinals. After dispatching Tulane in the semis, the Billikens defeated DePaul 56-49 to win their first C-USA championship. Members of the Billiken squad were first-team All-Conference member Justin Love, C-USA All-Tournament selection John Redden, Matt Baniak, Chris Braun, Drew Diener, Dave Fergerson, Josh Fisher, Chris Heinrich, Maurice Jeffers, Andrew Latimer, Marque Perry, Troy Robertson, Larry Simmons and Justin Tatum. The coaching staff consisted of head coach Lorenzo Romar, assistant coaches Randy Bennett, Cameron Dollar and Lance LaVetter. The student managers were Devin McFadden, Declan O'Neill, Rich Kuehnle and Lamont Smith.