The Clarke University Athletics Hall of Fame will induct five new members on Sept. 29 as part of the university's 2012 Homecoming Weekend. The Athletics Hall of Fame was formed in 2011 to recognize student-athletes, coaches and contributors who have demonstrated extraordinary performances and achievements in athletics. The induction ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in Rose O'Toole Hall.
2012 Clarke University Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Class
· Julie Bokermann ‘01
· Megan Koppenhoefer ‘01
· Scott Savary ‘94
· Jenny Berg Thate ‘03
· Jaron Warner ‘01
Bokermann, of St. Louis, Mo., participated in soccer, softball and tennis.
Bokermann won seven NIIC conference tennis titles and was a member of four Northern Illinois - Iowa Conference (NIIC) conference championship teams. She compiled a 105-22 overall record (47-11, singles; 58-11 doubles) and was 57-3 overall in conference play, including a 30-0 mark in doubles action. Bokermann's 105 combined wins tops Clarke's four-player 100-win club and her 82.6 winning percentage is the highest among four-year players. She was named the 1998 NIIC Player of the Year
Bokermann picked up four varsity letters in softball and was a member of the 1999 NIIC championship team. She earned two varsity letters in soccer and competed on the 1998 NIIC championship squad.
Koppenhoefer, a native of Seneca, Ill., was a three-sport standout at Clarke, competing in basketball, softball and volleyball.
A two-time all-conference basketball selection, Koppenhoefer was a member of three NIIC conference championship teams. She was named a pre-season honorable mention All-American by Division III News as a junior and was also tabbed as the publication's NIIC Player of the Year.
As a member of Clarke's softball program, Koppenhoefer twice garnered first-team All-Conference honors and helped lead the Crusaders to the 1999 conference title. She earned honorable mention All-Conference honors in 2000 and was named Clarke's co-MVP in 2001.
Koppenhoefer ranks among the Top 10 in several volleyball statistical categories at Clarke, including kills, service aces, block assists, total blocks and points.
Koppenhoefer was named the recipient of the Top Newcomer Award in all three sports as a freshman and was the 2001 recipient of the Ed Colbert Athletics Career Achievement Award.
A native of Dubuque and a product of Wahlert Catholic High School, Savary was the first student-athlete recruited and signed by Clarke's baseball program. Savary batted a team-high .427 with a .710 slugging percentage in his final season and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the Major League Baseball June amateur draft following his graduation.
A two-time MVP, Savary earned Midwest Classic Conference All-Conference and NAIA All-District 15 honors in 1994.
Savary is Clarke's all-time RBI leader with 112 and continues to ranks in the Top 10 in many of the Crusaders' career statistical categories. He ranks third in triples (9), home runs (15) and slugging percentage (.578), fourth in batting average (.363), fifth in doubles (28), sixth in runs (96) and on-base percentage (.443), seventh in at-bats (424) and ninth in games played (137).
Savary was cited as an NAIA Scholar-Athlete in 1994.
Thate, of Minneapolis, Minn., was a member of Clarke's soccer program and many of her school marks still stand today. She helped lead the Crusaders to NIIC championships in 1998 and 2001.
A four-time All-Conference selection, Thate still ranks as Clarke's all-time leader in goals (56), goals per game (.88), assists (23), points (135), points per game (2.11), shots (263) and shots per game (4.11).
Thate owns the school record for points in a game (9 vs. Central College on 9/9/98) and shares the programs single-game record of goals in a game (4 vs. Central College on 9/9/98), and still owns school single-season standards in points (55, 1998), points per game (3.06, 1998), goals (21, 1998), goals per game (1.17, 1998), shots per game (4.28, 2000) and shots on goal (2.4, 2001).
Thate garnered MVP honors following the 2000 season.
Warner, a native of Marrero, La., was a three-time team most valuable player and a three-time NIIC All-Conference selection as a member of Clarke's basketball program.
Warner was named a D3Hoops.com honorable mention All-American after his senior season and was cited as the NIIC Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Year. He led all conference scorers that season, averaging 27.3 points per game.
In the final home game of his collegiate career, Warner scored a school-record 52 points to lead Clarke to an 89-82 double-overtime win over Rockford College. He scored 15 of the Crusaders' 17 points in the second overtime. His 52-point outburst was an NCAA Division III best that winter and still ranks as Clarke' single-game scoring record.
Warner finished his career at Clarke's second all-time leading scorer with 1,685 points. He currently ranks third on the all-time scoring chart.
Members of last year's inaugural class included Jenni Christopher ('05), Catherine Dunn, BVM, Ph.D., Jill (Christopher) Kalvig ('98), Keith Sanders ('91) and Chad Schockemoehl ('97).