Athletes Honored at Hall of Fame Dinner

Six former athletes were inducted into the 2008 Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame in November. Gary Trumbauer ’79 served as emcee for the Sixth Annual Induction Ceremony, which honored the alumni for their outstanding contributions to intercollegiate athletics.

Albert Kempfert Charles McShane Greg Osbourne Tracy (Little) Schuetz Mike Sheppard Michael “Spider” Webb
Albert Kempfert '67
Baseball, Basketball, Football

Al Kempfert played on three CLC teams and lettered in all three sports. He played defensive end on the 1966 Kingsmen football team that finished 8-2 overall, and was the "star" of the basketball team with 1,131 career points and an average of 10.4 points a game. He was chosen MVP of the basketball team in 1967. In baseball, Kempfert earned his second team MVP award as well as the Captain's Award. As a pitcher, he had 20 career wins and currently ranks second in CLU history with 21 complete games pitched in two seasons. He is a recipient of the George Carter Chi Alpha Sigma Christian Athlete Scholar Award.

Charles McShane ’76

A 225-pound defensive tackle, Charles McShane came to CLC in 1974 to play football for Coach Bob Shoup, H ’93, and rapidly made his mark. His first year, he was named NAIA District II Second Team, won CLC’s Iron Man award and was named the team’s Most Valuable Lineman. The following year, McShane was named NAIA District III First Team All American, UPI Little All-Coast, Third Team Associated Press Little All American, First Team All-Lutheran, and was chosen NAIA District III Player of the Year. He was also a member of the 1976 undefeated track team. After graduation, McShane was drafted in the 12th round by the Dallas Cowboys. He then played as a linebacker with the Seattle Seahawks for two years.

Greg Osbourne ’84

Like many CLU athletes, Greg Osbourne was recruited by Coach Shoup to play football as a defensive back. After injuring his knee, he dedicated himself to golf, his “other” sport, for the next three years. He made the All Conference team all three years and was voted Most Valuable Player in 1982 and 1984. He was named First Team All-District in 1983 and 1984 and led the Kingsmen in qualifying for the NAIA National Golf Tournament both years. In 1984, he was the NAIA District III Individual Champion. Despite playing in pain from a debilitating injury, Osbourne finished in fourth place at the national tournament, giving him All-America honors.

Tracy (Little) Schuetz ’97
Softball and Volleyball

Tracy Little played volleyball at CLU from 1993 to 1996 and was instrumental in the Regals’ winning the SCIAC Championship the last three years. In 1995, CLU also won the West Region Championship and was runner up in the NCAA Division III Championship in which Little was named First Team All-Tournament. She was named SCIAC Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996. Little also played second base on three SCIAC championship softball teams – 1994, 1995 and 1996. She was chosen Second Team All-SCIAC in 1994 and First Team All-SCIAC in 1995 and 1996. She was named to the All-West Region Second Team in 1995 and the All-West Region First Team in 1996, the same year she was named Second Team All-America. Little currently holds the single season school record for runs scored (54) and has the second highest career batting average (.451).

Mike Sheppard ’73
Baseball and Football

A two-sport athlete at CLU in the early 1970s, Mike Sheppard played wide receiver in Coach Shoup’s football program and shortstop/second base for Coach Ron Stillwell. A member of CLU’s 1971 NAIA National Championship football team, Sheppard was chosen Outstanding Lineman in the championship game. In 1971 and 1972, he earned All-District III honors and was named to the 1972 All-Lutheran College Team. In baseball, Sheppard was selected to the NAIA District III team in both 1972 and 1973. He currently is second all time in CLU history for stolen bases with 56. He was captain of the team his senior year and went on to play minor league baseball. Sheppard, who remains active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was chosen both Outstanding Christian Athlete and Outstanding Senior at CLU. He has dedicated his professional life to coaching football. (See feature story - Lessons from Mt. Clef Stadium.)

Michael “Spider” Webb ’77, MPA ’82

Michael Webb was a guard on CLU’s basketball team in the 1970s under Coach Don Bielke, H ’99. He holds the school record for career assists with 507 and set a single-season assist mark his sophomore year with 145, which he matched the following season. He currently ranks as the seventh most prolific career scorer in Kingsmen history with 1,341 points. He averaged 12 points per game and 115 assists per season during his four years as a Kingsman. Webb earned a doctorate in public administration from University of La Verne in 2000 and currently is an adjunct faculty member in CLU’s Criminal Justice Department.

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