Highland Community College



Hall of Fame

Dear Friend:

Beginning in 1997, the Highland Community College Athletic Hall of Fame Was established for the purpose of recognizing and honoring former student athletes, coaches, faculty, staff, athletic teams, and special contributors whose accomplishments have brought prestige, honor, and/or support to the Highland Community College’s Athletic Department.

Each year, Highland Community College accepts nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame. To nominate a prospective candidate for induction, you may submit your nomination by going online at www.highlandcc.edu and looking under athletics. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Greg Delzeit, Athletic Director, at gdelzeit@highlandcc.edu, or by calling 785-442-6039.

Those eligible for induction include:

1)    Former stand-out athletes who were freshman no later than 2004;

2)    Coaches, faculty, or administrators who have served the college for five years;

3)    Honorary individuals who have served the interest of Highland Community College’s athletics

Nominations are an on-going process, and once received, stay in the nomination selection category each year, and all candidates continue to be reviewed each year. Please keep in mind that to be processed as a candidate for the Class of 2015 induction, any new nominations will need to be received by July 1, 2015.

Each fall Highland Community College hosts an induction ceremony for the inductees who have met the criteria for nomination and approved by the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. This year’s induction ceremony will take place Saturday, September 19, 2015, in the Walters Wellness Center on the Highland Community College campus.

The Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has been organized to research, evaluate, and select candidates for induction. Their work is possible because of efforts of people like you who have been nominated, called, or submitted information regarding possible candidates.

If you know of anyone needing to be recognized for this distinction, please fill out a nomination form and submit it at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely yours,

Greg Delzeit

Athletic Director


Hall of Fame

On behalf of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of Highland Community College,  members of the HCC Athletic Hall of Fame Committee are most honored to recognize the selection of the following to our Hall of Fame. 

Name Inducted
Paul Stanley Simmons 2014-09-13
Clarence M. "Fuzz" Lewis 2013-09-15
Glenna Batchelder 2013-09-15
Martin "Marty" Allen 2013-09-15
Trumane Bell 2003-08-23
Dr. Jack D. Nutt 2001-08-25
Fred Keenan 2001-08-25
Richard Eugene Hewins 2001-08-25
Russell Karn 1999-08-28
Terry Joyce 1999-08-28
Dean Barber 1998-08-29
Frank Davis 1998-08-29
John Beverly Misse 1998-08-29
William (Bill) T. Noll 1998-08-29
Ben Allen 1997-08-23
Dale Kessinger 1997-08-23
Ed Morland 1997-08-23
Harold "Tony" Jeter 1997-08-23
Jan Schwartz 1997-08-23
John C. Leimbach "J.C." 1997-08-23
Richard Paul Cotton 1997-08-23
Robert McDowell 1997-08-23

HCC 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame

The Highland Community College Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce its 2014 candidate for induction in the Hall of Fame:  Paul Stanley Simmons.

Simmons came to Highland after graduating from Midway High School in 1965. He went on from Highland to receive his Bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University in 1969.  While at Highland, he participated in football, basketball, and track in 1965 and ’66 and helped win the Conference in football both years.

While at Fort Hays, Simmons was All-Conference in 1968; led the team in tackles, was All District 10, and was Honorable Mention NAIA Little All-American.  Paul also played baseball; he had a .380 batting average and chalked up three individual records.  In 1969, Paul was the 14th athlete to receive the Paul Busch Gross Award, which is given each year to the graduating athlete deemed most outstanding in scholarship, citizenship, leadership, and athletics at Fort Hays State.  

Paul married Mary Miller Simmons in 1966. They have four children, Dave, Paula, Barry, and Tammy, and have six grandchildren.  In addition to farming, Paul owned and operated P&S Muffler & Radiator Shop in Hiawatha.  He retired in 2010, and loves spending time with his grandchildren, who are the light of his life.  Paul noted, “If I had it all to do over again, I wouldn’t change a thing!”

The 2014 Induction will take place on Saturday, September 13, in the Walters Wellness Center on the Highland campus.  Along with Simmons’ induction, a reception and recognition will be conducted of the 1984 Scottie football team which had the most wins in a season.

Activities will begin with registration at 9:30 am in the Walters Wellness Center.  Simmons’ induction will begin at 10:30, followed by the recognition of the 1984 football team and a luncheon at 11:30.  Those assembled will then convene in the Barber Room of the Scottie Stadium Center for a reception and to watch the Scotties as they host Iowa Western with a 1:00 kickoff on Kessinger Field.  Simmons and the ’84 team will then be recognized again at halftime on the field.

Those attending the Hall of Fame induction and recognition of the ’84 team in the Walters Wellness Center are encouraged to reserve the $6 luncheon tickets in advance by contacting Athletics Administrative Assistant Darla Tracy at 785.442.6040 or dtracy@highlandcc.edu.  Payment for the luncheon will be during the 9:30-10:30 registration in the Wellness Center on the morning of September 13.

Hall of Fame Member Biographies