Quincy University to Hold Hall of Fame Ceremony Saturday
Quincy University will induct six individuals and three teams into the Sports Hall of Fame at an honorary brunch this Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. The brunch will be held in the Hall of Fame Room located in Q.U.'s Health & Fitness Center at 20th & Oak.
This year's Hall of Fame class represents the diversity of exceptional athletes and teams that have come through Quincy University. The following individuals and teams will be formally inducted during the honorary brunch.
· Coach Steve Hawkins, Men's Basketball
· Gina (Ensalaco) Gasbarre, Softball & Women's Volleyball
· Jim Eagan, Men's Soccer
· Tim Bliefnick, Football
· Matt Steffe, Men's Basketball
· Father John Ostdiek, Meritorious Service
· 1984 Softball Team
· 1984 Women's Volleyball Team
· 1994-95 Men's Basketball Team
Steve Hawkins' men's basketball teams amassed 137 wins during his nine-year coaching tenure (1991-200), which is the fourth-most in school history. Hawkins is currently in his 19th year as the head men's basketball coach at Western Michigan.
Gina (Ensalaco) Gasbarre '85 was a setter on the volleyball team and an outfielder on the softball team during her four-year career at Quincy. Gasbarre was voted the Most Valuable Player on the 1984 volleyball team as she led the Hawks to the NAIA National Tournament that season.
Jim Eagan '95 was a member of the men's soccer team during his four years at Quincy University. He was on the NAIA National Championship team in 1971, the year the men's soccer team won their third championship in school history
Tim Bliefnick '05 was a linebacker on the football team and finished with 287 career tackles, fourth-best in school history. His 104 tackles as a senior in 2004 rank fourth all-time in a single season. Bliefnick was named to numerous All-Conference teams during his career and was an NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete.
Matt Steffe '98 was a member of the men's basketball team during his four years at Quincy University. He was part of the first ever NCAA National Tournament team as the teams' sixth man. After finishing his college career, Steffe played professionally in Croatia. He is currently the co-founder and president of D1 Basketball DFW.
Father John Ostdiek will be honored for Meritorious Service. For nearly 60 years, Fr. John has served as the chaplain of Quincy University. Fr. John played a key role in bringing soccer to the University in the 1960s. Fr. John recently celebrated his 70th Anniversary as a Franciscan Friar, with most of those years including service to Hawk athletic teams.
The 1984 softball team, coached by Sharlene Peter, was one of the best in school history. With a 41-11 record, the team advanced to the NAIA National Tournament championship game, finishing as the runner-up. The nucleus of that team returned in 1985 to win the national title.
The 1984 women's volleyball team, also coached by Peter, finished the season with a 35-10 record, winning the first NAIA District 20 championship in school history. Those 35 wins are good enough for the third-best in a single season.
The 1994-95 men's basketball team, coached by Hawkins, finished the season with a 23-7 record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. The team was one of just 20 Quincy University teams to record more than 20 wins since 1940.
Tickets are available at $20 per person and reservations are required. For more information contact Quincy University Alumni Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.