Mesa brings back Hall of Honor with 4 new members

For the first time in four years, the Mesa State Hall of Honor will welcome a new class of inductees.

Former coaches Jack Perrin and Doug Schakel and former student-athletes Tracy Bennett and Pam Glenn Hager will be in the 2010 Hall of Honor class.

“It’s a great class,” Mesa State Athletic Director Butch Miller said Wednesday after the class was announced. “Schakel is a legend around here. He’s meant a lot to the college. I didn’t get to see Bennett play, but I remember the name.

“Pam was a player here when I was here. I remember how good she was and the run those teams had. Jack has meant a lot to Mesa State College as well.”

This is the first Hall of Honor class since 2006, when Christopher Allen, Hugh Cook and Kristi Courter were inducted. This is the 12th class to be inducted. The first Hall of Honor class was in 1996.

Bennett, Glenn Hager, Perrin and Schakel will be inducted Jan. 15, 2010, at Brownson Arena. They will be honored at halftime of Mesa State’s men’s basketball game against the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs at 8 p.m. on Jan. 16.

“The Hall of Honor is a special place in the department,” Miller said. “I’m excited to get it going again. We weren’t getting the numbers of applicants. It’s something we’ll try to do every other year, instead of every year. We’re excited to have it back.”

Bennett was a two-time NAIA All-American and two-time All-RMAC kicker for the football team from 1986-1989. During his career, the Mavericks advanced to the NAIA quarterfinals in 1986 and 1988. He holds school records for most point-after attempts in a season (60, NAIA record), career (185), most points by a kicker in a game (18), season (103, NAIA record), career (354) and tied for the longest field goal (54 yards).

After his football career, Bennett, a Grand Junction High School graduate, started a career as a photographer and founded ChipShot Films. He lives in the Los Angeles area.

Glenn Hager was a three-time All-RMAC volleyball player from 1992-95 and an RMAC Tournament Most Valuable Player. She ranks second all-time in school history in total blocks (649), block assists (482), digs (1,783) and games played (528). Glenn Hager made Mesa State’s Dean’s List and President’s List. She is a teacher and coach at a junior high school in Casper, Wyo.

Perrin led the Mesa football team from the junior college ranks into the NAIA. Under Perrin, the Mavs won four Intermountain Collegiate Athletic Conference titles and achieved a No. 2 national ranking in the National Junior College Athletic Association. He was the RMAC Coach of the Year in 1977 and had seven players play professionally.

Schakel served as Mesa State’s men’s basketball coach, teacher and athletic director before retiring. In his 18 seasons as the men’s basketball coach, he posted a 304-195 record (.609 win percentage) and led the Mavericks to six RMAC championships.

Schakel developed the Mesa State Basketball Camp in 1978, which is now among the largest camps in the country.

He coached nine All-Americans and several Academic All-Americans.

Schakel was Mesa State’s athletic director from 1979-1981 and again from 1998-2001.

In 2001-02, he was an assistant coach for Steve Kirkham’s women’s basketball team, which became the first RMAC women’s basketball program to host an NCAA Division II regional tournament. In Schakel’s 30-year coaching career, he won 503 games and lost 285.


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