Mount Union Announces 2018 M Club Hall of Fame Class & Special Award Winners; Ceremonies Sept. 21-22

The 2018 M Club Hall of Fame Class - Matt Campbell, Dan Pugh, Becky Blaser, Michelle VanAtta, Doug Brown, Chris Bobish, Steve Allaire, Sean Egan
The 2018 M Club Hall of Fame Class - Matt Campbell, Dan Pugh, Becky Blaser, Michelle VanAtta, Doug Brown, Chris Bobish, Steve Allaire, Sean Egan

The University of Mount Union M Club Hall of Fame will induct its 2018 class and give its special awards on Friday-Saturday, September 21-22.

An eight-person hall of fame class includes Steve Allaire '89 (men's soccer), Chris Basich '03 (track and field), Rebecca Blaser '02 (women's soccer), Doug Brown '99 (cross country), Matt Campbell '03 (football), Sean Egan '94 (men's soccer), Dan Pugh '02 (football) and Michele VanAtta '91 (women's soccer).

The induction ceremony is on Friday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Giese Center for the Performing Arts on campus with a reception will follow. All award recipients will be recognized at halftime of the football game on Saturday, Sept. 22 against John Carroll which begins at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium. Game tickets are available at the gate for $10.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to the Office of Alumni Engagement at alumni@mountunion.edu or 330-823-2030 to plan accordingly.

Steve Allaire '89 (men's soccer), a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, was a three-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference First Team selection and a two-time all-region pick. He played on a pair of OAC championship teams in 1984 and 1986.
   
Chris Basich '03 (track and field), a native of Painesville, Ohio, was a nine-time All-American thrower whose best finish was a second place in the shot put at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
   
Rebecca Blaser '02 (women's soccer, a native of Alliance, Ohio, was a four-time All-OAC selection who was the 2001 OAC Women's Soccer Forward of the Year. She also was the 2001 OAC Clyde Lamb Award winner as one of the top female scholar athletes in the conference. She still ranks fifth at Mount Union in career goals (30) and points (74).
   
Doug Brown '99 (cross country), a native of Mansfield, Ohio, earned All-OAC cross country honors four times. In 1997, he placed second in the nation overall and led the Purple Raiders to a second place team finish at the NCAA Championships.
   
Matt Campbell '03 (football), a native of Massillon, Ohio, was an All-American and an Academic All-American defensive lineman on teams that won three-straight national championships. He was a two-time All-OAC first team pick and the 2002 Paul Hoernemann Award winner as top defensive lineman in the OAC. He had a then school-record 55.0 tackles for loss and 26.0 sacks which are still third and fifth respectively all-time at Mount Union.
   
Sean Egan '94 (men's soccer), a native of Bay Village, Ohio, was a four-time All-OAC First Team and two-time all-region selection. He was the team's leading goal scorer in 1992.
   
Dan Pugh '02 (football), a native of Norwalk, Ohio, was the 2002 Gagliardi Trophy winner as the top all-around football player in NCAA Division III. A two-time All-OAC First Team selection he was an All-American and the Mike Gregory Award winner as the OAC's top back in 2002. His 4,514 rushing yards is currently fourth all-time at Mount Union.
   
Michele VanAtta '91 (women's soccer), a native of Glenwood, N.J., was a three-time All-OAC pick who helped lead the Purple Raiders to their first-ever OAC women's soccer regular season title in 1988. Her 20 assists and 60 points still rank third and 10th all-time at Mount Union.
   

 

To be inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame, a student-athlete must have earned a degree from Mount Union and received two letters in one sport, or one letter in two or more sports. Athletes are eligible for selection 15 years after graduation. Consideration will be based solely on Mount Union varsity participation, preceding graduation.

"The record of the proposed inductee must be exemplary in both performance and in character. There must be no question as to the deserving qualities that the inductee possesses."

The M Club will also give the following special awards.

Robert Atkinson '73 will receive the Hugh Jae Award – an award to recognize M Club members who have distinguished themselves in service to the M Club.  The award is named for Hugh Jae, a 1954 Mount Union grad who was an M Club Hall of Famer, professor and administrator at Mount Union.
   
Todd Haverdill '99 will receive the Duke Barret Award of Excellence – an award to honor a member of M Club, in recognition for career experiences or activities that have brought honor and recognition to the individual and, in turn, Mount Union. This award is the highest honor, outside selection for the M Club Hall of Fame, that M Club may bestow upon an individual member.  The award is named for Duke Barret, a 1951 graduate who was an avid M Club member and chair of the HOF committee, former Mount Union football coach from 1956-61 and long-time supporter of Mount Union and Raider athletics.
   
Sean Moore '97 will also receive the Duke Barret Award of Excellence – an award to honor a member of M Club, in recognition for career experiences or activities that have brought honor and recognition to the individual and, in turn, Mount Union. This award is the highest honor, outside selection for the M Club Hall of Fame, that M Club may bestow upon an individual member.  The award is named for Duke Barret, a 1951 graduate who was an avid M Club member and chair of the HOF committee, former Mount Union football coach from 1956-61 and long-time supporter of Mount Union and Raider athletics.
   
Anne (Zimmer '95) Graffice will be awarded an honorary membership into the M Club. This represents the highest honor, which may be bestowed upon an individual who is not a member of M Club. This award is given to an individual who may or may not have graduated from Mount Union that through their efforts have given exemplary service and/or support to Mount Union athletics.