Warren Wilson Owls
Hall Of Fame

The intent of the WWC Athletic Hall of Fame is to recognize the extraordinary efforts and achievements of athletes, coaches, teams and contributors to WWC, and reinforce a sense of history, tradition and respect for WWC intercollegiate athletics.  In its inaugural year, the committee determined that the first inductees, the charter members, should embody the intent, spirit and historical context of WWC athletics.

The inductees have been highly valued by students and alumni for decades. Each of them has nurtured stories of service and excellence that are held as examples of WWC athletics at its finest.

Click here to watch the 2013 Hall of Fame Private Ceremony

2015 Nomination Form

Nomination & Induction Criteria  
 

2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

Dean Kahl
Class of 2013
Recently retired after 44 years as professor of chemistry, Dean Kahl is being honored for his tenure as the cross country coach from 1969-1991. For twenty-two years, he trained about 150 runners, most of who had never run competitively. "The Big Blue Running Machine", men and women, ran the mountain trails, over the hills, through the cow pastures against much larger, better funded teams from regional colleges. During his time, he organized the successful "Warren Wilson Invitational", always run at homecoming, and one of the most anticipated events of the cross country season. Click here for complete bio...

   

 

Hank Steinbrecher
Class of 2013
Coach Steinbrecher came to WWC in 1973 on the heels of Hall of Fame soccer coach Sam Millar. During Steinbrecher's five years, his teams racked up an impressive 45-22-6 record, including capturing the N.A.I.A, District 6 title. He was named the Coach of the Year in 1975. "My true education began at Warren Wilson," he writes. "I was given a fantastic opportunity to work with outstanding people at a community of educators….I remain very proud of those student-athletes and my award belongs to them." Click here for complete bio...

   

 

James Martin '46
Class of 2013
James "Pee Dab" Martin excelled in three sports--football, baseball & basketball--during his four years in the WW High School (1943-46).  After graduation, he attended Western Carolina University on a basketball scholarship and received his B.A. in education in 1951. "Athletics was an important part of my experience at Warren Wilson, and contributed far more to my growth and development than I did to the athletic program." Click here for complete bio...

   

 

Anne Lundblad
Class of 2013
Anne Riddle Lundblad has been a counselor on staff at the WWC Counseling Center since 2001 and is a national and world champion in the sport of ultra running.  Anne began running ultra events in 1999 and since that time has obtained 9 national championships, a world silver medal,  and currently holds a gold medal for the USA in the world championship 24 hour race.  Yes, Anne ran 140 miles in 24 hours, helping to place her and her team members in the #1 position.   In addition to her running career and her career as a counselor at WWC, Anne is married to another national champion runner, Mark Lundblad, and she has a champion daughter, Emma, and a dog, Sadie, who simply can't keep up. Click here for complete bio...

   

 

Jimmie Terry '83
Class of 2013
Jimmie Terry played and captained the WWC Men's Basketball team from 1979 through 1983, and was named team MVP for all four years.  His team won 78 games in his four years, including two Conference Championships leading to two national championship tournament berths.  Jimmie was named All-Conference his sophomore, junior, and senior years and to the All-Tournament team at the National Championships. Jimmie averaged over 20 points and over 10 rebounds in every game he played.  In the words of one of his 6 nominators: "Simply put he was the best player on what is likely the best team in school history!" Click here for complete bio...


   

Kylie Krauss '07
Class of 2013
Kylie Krauss was a relentless worker at WWC who set the bar with her training regimen. She raced for the Warren Wilson Mountain biking team during all 4 years from 2004-2007 and graduated with her major in biology as a member of the forestry crew.  During her time at Warren Wilson the mountain bike team racked up one 3rd place finish at Nationals and three 2nd place finishes at Nationals.  In 2007 Kylie won the omnium and cross country National Championship and assisted the team with the 2nd place finish.  After college, she raced professionally for ProBikes and for Independent Fabrications where she continued to receive National awards.  Her tireless work ethic set a standard for the WWC mountain biking team and all of Warren Wilson athletics. Click here for complete bio...

 

2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

Photo gallery from the 2012 HOF induction weekend

 
Dave Davis '83
Class of 2012
Dave Davis was a member of the Owls basketball team from 1979-83.  He was captain his senior year, helping the 1981-82 and 1982-83 teams win regional championships and advance to the national tournament both years.  Davis began his stellar 21-year coaching career at Warren Wilson, coaching the Owls during the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons.  After successful coaching stints at Barton College and Pfeiffer University, Davis is currently in his second season as the head men's basketball coach at Newberry College.  Davis has amassed a career record of 372-226 for a 62 percent winning percentage.  Click here for complete bio...


 
Sam DeVries
Class of 2012
Sam DeVries, namesake of DeVries Gymnasium, was a member of the Owls community for 42 years from 1934-76.  Known around campus simply as "Coach," DeVries served as the Warren Wilson athletic director and head coach of the football, basketball and baseball teams for many years.  DeVries helped establish the Warren Wilson College athletic department and led the department through the 1950s and 1960s. Click here for complete bio...


 
Hugh Himan
Class of 2012
Hugh Himan, a former economics professor and baseball coach for the Owls, began working for the College in 1974 and served the school for over 20 years. He was the program architect of the baseball team and served as the head baseball coach for the Owls for nine years. Himan positively influenced numerous students in the classroom and on the field.  Click here for complete bio...


 
Ernst Laursen '49
Class of 2012
Ernst Laursen played on the Warren Wilson football team from 1945-48.  After graduation, Laursen worked on the college farm for 40 years. He was also the head men's basketball coach for a decade during 1960s and 1970s.  Click here for complete bio...



 
Sam Millar
Class of 2012
Sam Millar was hired by Warren Wilson College as the building architect in 1957 and stayed through 1971. He began the Owls soccer program in 1960s, and as the head coach, built it into one of the most successful junior college programs in the nation.  Later Millar founded the soccer program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.  Click here for complete bio...



 
Rodney Lytle '73
Class of 2010
Rodney Lytle was a member of the Owls basketball team from 1969-1973.  He twice earned all-conference honors and helped the Owls win two conference championships.  After graduation, Rodney was the assistant coach from 1973-1975 and head JV coach from 1973-1974.  He was named head coach from 1984-1989.  For nearly 40 years, Rodney has remained a long time recruited and mentor for WWC athletics.  Click here for complete bio...


Hall of Fame Committee Members:

Tim Deuitch '83, Co-Chair

Rodney Greene '87, Co-Chair

Steven Kane '87, Board of Trustees

Rodney Lytle '73, Director of Alumni Relations

Stacey Enos, WWC Athletic Director and Head Women's Soccer Coach

Ian Robertson, Dean of Work

Jil Meadows '84, College Counselor

Diana Sanderson, College Archivist

William Monts, Men's Basketball Coach

Kelly Ball, Administrative Assistant