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 Highland Community College’s Athletics.

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 Tyler Nordman, Athletic Director, at tnordman@highlandcc.edu, or by calling 785-442-6039.

Those eligible for induction include:

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

2)    Coaches, faculty, or administrators who have served the College for at least five years

3)    Honorary individuals who have served the interest of Highland Community College 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 any given year, new nominations will need to be received by July 1 of that year.

Each fall, Highland Community College hosts an Induction Ceremony for the inductees who have met the criteria for nomination and been approved by the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. This year’s induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2016, in the  Library 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,

Tyler Nordman

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
Thelma Schmitz Strathman 2015-09-19
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



Highland Announces 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction


The Highland Community College Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce its 2015 candidate for induction into the Hall of Fame:  Thelma Schmitz Strathman.

In 1981, a standout student athlete from B & B High School (Baileyville), Thelma Schmitz Strathman chose to continue her academic and athletic careers at Highland Community College.

Strathman enriched her talent in both volleyball and basketball under the leadership of veteran coaches Glenna Batchelder in volleyball and Marty Allen in basketball.  Her athletic ability and team leadership helped pave the way for both programs to continue Scottie success.  The 1981-82 basketball team recorded a 21-9 season.  The 1982-83 volleyball team went 21-13, winning the NJCAA Region VI Independent Volleyball Tournament, and Thelma received selection to the NJCAA Region VI Volleyball Team. 

Academically, Strathman was a NJCAA Academic All American both years, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honorary Scholastic Society, plus a member of Who’s Who in American Colleges.

In 1983, Strathman continued her athletic and academic careers at Kansas State University.  She was a member of Kansas State University’s volleyball team and received a Bachelor of Science in Education, and then a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. 

Strathman’s career as a high school volleyball coach and math instructor has been recognized with the following accomplishments: 

                                   Chosen as Kansas Volleyball Association’s 1A Volleyball Program of the Year

                                    Kansas Volleyball Coaches’ 400 Win Club

                                    Coaching State/College Post Season All Star Matches

                                    Kansas Governor’s Scholars Teacher of Influence Award

                                    Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers



Strathman commented that, “With a wonderful coach, a great group of teammates, and the support of the entire Highland community, I couldn’t have asked for a better college experience.”

The 2015 induction will take place on Saturday, September 19, in the LIBRARY on the Highland campus. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE ORIGINAL PLAN. Along with Strathman’s induction, there will be a reception for and recognition of the 1982 Scottie Volleyball Team which was the NJCAA Region VI Independent Tournament Champions, also in the Library.

Activities will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. in the LIBRARY.  Strathman’s induction will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the recognition of the 1982 volleyball team and a luncheon at 11:30 a.m.  Those assembled will then convene in the Barber Room of the Scottie Stadium Center for a reception and to watch the Scottie football team host Ellsworth (IA) Community College with a 1:00 p.m. kick-off on Kessinger Field.  Strathman and the 1982 team will then be recognized again on the field at half-time of that game.

Those wishing to attend the Hall of Fame induction and recognition of the 1982 team are encouraged to reserve the $6.00 luncheon tickets in advance by contacting Athletic Director Assistant Alison Cole at 785-442-6040, or acole@highlandcc.edu.  Payment for the luncheon can be made during the 9:30-10:30 a.m. registration.