Former Central Missouri and current NFL tight end Delanie Walker is among the 11 persons elected to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Hall of Fame Class of 2016, which will be inducted June 1 at the Truman Forum Auditorium at the Kansas City Public Library on the Plaza. Reservations for the Hall of Fame program, which starts with a 5:30 p.m. reception before the 7 p.m. ceremony, are available on a first-come, first-served basis by registering at TheMIAA.com.
The honorees are:
Becky Belland, Central Missouri volleyball, three-time All-American and 1990 NCAA Division II player of the year
Chris Brown, Pittsburg State safety, school-record tackler, set Division II record with 21 tackles in 1992 runner-up finish by Gorillas
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Eric Czerniewski, Pittsburg State quarterback, 2010 Harlon Hill Trophy winner and conference record-holder for career and single-season passing yards
Jim Frazier, Missouri Southern football coach/athletic director, led Lions to 1972 NAIA title and holds school’s career victory record
Kenneth Gardner, Truman State track and field, football, basketball coach/athletic director, won every indoor and outdoor conference track and field title from 1959-68
Aaron McConnell, Pittsburg State, four-time All-American and conference defensive player of the year in 2003
Jeanette (Mott) Owens, Pittsburg State cross country/track and field, Division II national champion steeplechaser in 2002 and conference female student-athlete of the year
Neal Philpot, Pittsburg State quarterback, two-time All-American who set conference career records for total offense and rushing yards by a QB
Eddin Santiago, Missouri Southern men’s basketball, conference career record-holder in steals and assists
Delanie Walker, Central Missouri tight end, Pro Bowler for Tennessee Titans in 2015 after catching 94 passes for 1,088 yards and six touchdowns
A.J. McDonald, Southwest Missouri basketball and golf coach, inaugural legacy inductee, won five conference titles as a basketball coach and 17 MIAA titles as a golf coach