Anderson University will induct five persons into the Athletic Hall of fame during Homecoming, 2004. Barrett Bates, Brad Lamb, Ron Patty, Bob Weigle and Jackie (Determan) Tretten will officially be inducted during the eighth annual Anderson University Athletics "Hall Of Fame" Dinner scheduled Saturday (Oct. 16) in the Schield Dining Room at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15. Persons interested in attending are asked to RSVP in advance to the Alumni Office by calling 765-641-4100. In addition, "Coach" Galen Smith, a longtime friend of the Ravens' intercollegiate athletics program, will be recognized with a Special Achievement Award. The five former Raven athlete inductees will bring the total to 47 members of the exclusive club, which was established in 1997.
Barrett Bates has been a part of the Raven family for the past six decades and founded the AU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997, when he was Athletic Director. He came to Anderson University from Elmore, Ohio, to play basketball. Over the next 44 years, Bates would be an athlete, coach, athletic director and professer at AU. Bates scored more than 1,400 points on the court, won more than 200 games on the bench and was in charge of 16 sports as they won numerous conference champions before his retirement in 2003. He served as the Athletic Director for 20 years after coaching the men’s basketball team for 19 seasons (1975-93) and starting on the varsity team for four from 1959-63. He has been on the floor or bench for the last two conference titles in school history (1962 as a player and 1982 as coach).
Brad Lamb came to Anderson University in the fall of 1986 from Springboro, Ohio, to run track, but ended his career on a football field. Lamb was considered the best receiver to play football at Anderson University, becoming the first Raven to be drafted by the NFL in 1991 (7th round). Lamb was named a 2nd team All-American, was a two-time All-Conference player and still holds six school records. Lamb was also one of the top track athletes at Anderson and still holds the school record in the 100 meters. He was a five-time All-Conference champion and a All-American in the long jump in 1990. After leaving Anderson, Lamb played four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, including two Super Bowls.
Bob Weigle came to Anderson University in the fall of 1960 from York Springs, Pa., to play baseball. Weigle was the first Anderson University baseball player to win All-American honors, being named first team in 1965. Weigle was a two-time All-Conference selection (1964-65) and a two-time team MVP (1964-65). He currently ranks second on the career earned run average list (1.99) and third on the career complete games list (21). After leaving AU, Weigle played professional baseball for five years in the Washington Senators/Texas Rangers minor league system.
Ron Patty came to Anderson University in the fall of 1950 to play football and baseball. Patty was a three-time All-Conference selection in baseball after the 1952-54 seasons. He led the team in RBI and home runs during his career and had a 3.70 ERA on the mound his senior season. On the gridiron, he threw for 2,155 yards and 12 touchdowns from 1951-53 and rushed for more than 400 yards and 13 touchdowns while being named team MVP after the 1952 and 1953 seasons. He also caught 11 passes and averaged 30 yards per punt over his three-year career as the starting quarterback and punter.
Jackie (Determan) Tretten came to Anderson University in the fall of 1979 to play basketball and volleyball. She was a four-year starter on the volleyball team. She held several school hitting records and was named team MVP. On the basketball floor, she was a four-year lettermen and still holds the school record for field goal percentage in a game (7-of-7 vs. Taylor in 1982) and rebound average in a season (12.7 in 1982). She scored 538 career points, averaging double figures in the last three years. She had 549 rebounds, which ranks fourth on the career list. She led the team in rebounding her final two seasons, including a career-high 280 in 1982. She was also a member of the state championship team in 1982, which played in the regional in Wisconsin.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, liberal arts institution of approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business, education, nursing, and theology.