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  Walter 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,

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 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction/Special Recognition


The Highland Community College Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has tabulated the votes and is pleased to announce the following selections for induction to the 2016 Hall of Fame scheduled for September 17, 2016.



Roger Gormley attended Highland after graduation from Midway High School in 1964. He

graduated from Highland Community College and went on to Kansas State Teachers College

where he graduated with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Management.


At Highland, Gormley lettered 2 years in basketball and track helping win Interstate Conference

titles for both programs each year. The 1964-1965 basketball team had a 21-1 record and the

1965-1966 team had a 24-3 record. Gormley was the Track Captain his sophomore year and

earned the High Point trophy at the Highland Relays, placing 1st in the 200, 400, and high

hurdles, as well as placing 3rd in high jump.


Gormley worked at the Quaker Oats Company for 32 years and then 3 years as a Career

Coordinator at Highland Community College. He has been a lifetime supporter of HCC and the

community, cheering on teams and volunteering at events such as HCC track meets, quiz

bowls, and volleyball tournaments. While on the Highland High School Board, he pushed to get

the new track. He has also served as the secretary of the HCC Booster Club many years,

keeping up the charter and collecting donations. Gormley is currently on the Alumni Board at







Darla Tracy has given the Highland Community College 48 years of service. After graduating from HCC, she began her first position in the financial aid office. From there she served as secretary for the president, Dr. Jack Nutt. In 1980 she moved to the Athletic Department where she served as an administrative assistant to three different athletic directors. Not only was she the welcoming face that the student athletes encountered as they entered the athletic offices but also she managed to keep the athletic department running smoothly. The athletic directors depended a great deal on her organizational skills.


Tracy had a great rapport with the student athletes and coaches. Keeping an office filled with Scottie memorabilia and filled candy dishes made everyone feel so welcomed. Many students and former coaches have kept in contact with her. Tracy was a wealth of knowledge when it came to former student athletes and coaches. That speaks volumes for her dedication to her position as administrative assistant to the athletic director. Tracy was a staunch supporter of all HCC sports attending games both at home and away. Tracy was a true Scottie through and through.


Her 36 years of service with the HCC Athletic Department certainly demands the respect of her colleagues, coaches, and students. HCC very proudly recognizes Darla Tracy as a member of the HCC Athletic Hall of Fame.



Marta Rene' McKee McClung, A Wetmore High School 1992 graduate, chose HCC to continue her academic/athletic career. McClung participated in cross country, indoor/outdoor track, and marathon. Team accomplishments included a 3rd place finish at the 1993 NJCAA National Cross-Country Meet followed by a 2nd place finish at the NJCAA National Marathon Meet in the spring of 1994. Individually she was crowned the 1994 NJCAA Marathon Women's champion. Academically she was recognized as a Distinguished Academic All-American in 1993-1994 for cross country, indoor/outdoor track, and marathon teams.


Both her academic/athletic abilities continued with success at Truman State University.

McClung won the 1996 MIAA 3000 Meter Championship. She was also a member of the

1995-1996 Women's Cross Country All Academic Team. Marta graduated Summa Cum Laude from Truman State in 1996 then received an MA degree in Special Education. She was named outstanding student in special education among graduate students that year.


McClung has taught special education for 20 years at Glendale Elementary in Independence,

Missouri where she received Teacher of the Year recognition.


When asked about her experiences at HCC, McClung said, "My years at HCC were definitely

some of the most memorable and enjoyable of my life. Any success that I achieved at HCC can be attributed to Coach Schwegler who expected excellence in both athletics and academics. My hope is that I can make as big of a difference in the lives of my students as Coach Schwegler made in mine."






The Hall of Fame Committee has also tabulated the votes and is pleased to announce the

selection for special recognition of the 3rd place National 1993 Cross Country Team and the 2nd

Place National 1994 Marathon Team. These teams will be recognized following the induction

ceremony on September 17, 2016.



3rd Place Team NJCAA Women's National Cross Country Championship 1993


Left to Right names: Jamey Gray, Amy Bales, Angela Thorne, Cindy Buessing, Rachelle Turner, Marta McKee, Faye Stone




2nd Place Team NJCAA Women's National Marathon Championships 1994

Left to right names: Marta McKee, Jamey Gray, NJCAA Committee Chair, Amy Bales, Coach Tim Schwegler




The Hall of Fame activities will begin with registration at 9:30 AM in the Walter Wellness Center on the campus of Highland Community College. The inductees' ceremony will begin at 10:30 AM followed by the recognition of the 1993 Cross Country and 1994 Marathon teams followed by a luncheon at 11:30 AM. Those assembled will then convene to the Barber Room of the Scottie Stadium Center for a reception. The Scottie football team will host Iowa Central Community College. Kick off is 1:00 PM Kessinger Field. Inductees plus the 1993 Cross Country Team and 1994 Marathon Team will then be recognized again on the field at half time of the game.


Those wishing to attend the Hall of Fame Induction/Team Recognition 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 AM - 10:30 AM registration.