July 26, 2006
Eight former student-athletes, including three former men's basketball players, will be inducted into the Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 30. The honorees, who will comprise the Class of 2006, will be formally enshrined at a dinner-ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. (EDT) in the Reilly Room of Atherton Center on the Butler campus.
Chosen as Butler's Hall of Fame Class of 2006 are former student-athletes Gary Green (football, 1959-61), Chuck Schwanekamp (football, 1974-77), Barry Collier (men's basketball, 1974-76, men's basketball head coach, 1989-2000), Tom Orner (men's basketball, 1975-79), Mike Chrobot (football, 1975-78), Lynn Mitchem (men's basketball, 1979-83), Julie VonDielingen Shelton (women's basketball, 1989-93) and Mary Majewski Shaw (women's basketball, 1989-93). The eight new members will constitute the 16th class to be inducted into the Butler Hall of Fame.
Green was a three-year letterwinner and starting fullback on the most successful football teams in Butler history. He rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and scored 12 touchdowns, while helping the Bulldogs to three consecutive Indiana Collegiate Conference championships. The Butler running back was named first team All-ICC in 1960 and second team all-conference in 1961. He played on two undefeated Butler football teams and helped the Bulldogs to a three-year record of 26-1.
Schwanekamp earned four varsity letters as an offensive lineman on Butler's football teams from 1974 to 1977. He helped lead the Bulldogs to three conference championships, and he earned first team All-Heartland Collegiate Conference honors as a senior. Following his graduation from Butler in 1978, he began a successful high school football coaching career at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis and at Plainfield High School. He's one of just three coaches to lead two different high schools to the Indiana state football finals. He led Bishop Chatard to Indiana state football championships in 1983 and 1984, and he guided Plainfield to a state runner-up finish in 2001.
Collier was a two-year starting forward and two-year leading rebounder for the Bulldogs, 1974-76. He was a team, co-captain, co-Most Valuable Player and first team all-conference performer as a senior. He returned to Butler as head coach of the men's basketball team in 1989 and set the foundation for more than a decade of basketball success. Collier guided the Bulldogs to two Midwestern Collegiate Conference regular season championships, three conference tournament titles, three appearances in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship and three trips to the National Invitation Tournament. He was named MCC Coach of the Year in 1991, 1997, 1999 and 2000, and he compiled a Butler career coaching record of 196-132 (.598) for 11 seasons! His 196 wins are the second most in Butler history.
Orner was a two-time Butler Most Valuable Player and a four-year basketball letterwinner. He was named Indiana Collegiate Conference Player of the Year in 1977-78, the same year that he led the conference in scoring with a 20.8 average. The talented backcourt player currently stands third on Butler's all-time list for free throw shooting with an .848 career percentage, after holding Butler's all-time record for 13 years. He stands fourth on Butler's single season free throw shooting list with a .909 percentage in 1978-79. Orner led the Bulldogs in scoring in 1977-78 and 1978-79, and he finished his career with 1,134 points, good for 22nd place on Butler's all-time scoring list.
Chrobot, a four-year football letterwinner as a tight end, was a two-time Heartland Collegiate Conference Lineman of the Year, 1977 and 1978. He was named conference Player of the Year in 1977, and he was tabbed as Butler's Most Valuable Player in 1978. A two-time, first team all-conference performer, Chrobot set a Butler career record with 18 touchdown receptions. He stands second on Butler's all-time list for pass receptions (137) and ranks seventh in all-time receiving yards (1,702).
Mitchem became the first player in Butler basketball history to be named the Bulldogs' Most Valuable Player for three consecutive seasons, 1981-83. He was a four-year starting forward and a three-year All-Midwestern Collegiate Conference performer. The South Bend native led Butler in scoring and rebounding for three consecutive seasons, and he finished his collegiate career with a Butler all-time record 1,798 points. He currently stands third on Butler's all-time scoring list and ranks fourth on the school's all-time rebounding chart.
Shelton, perhaps the top women's basketball player ever to wear a Butler uniform, finished her career as Butler's all-time leading scorer and as the second all-time leading scorer in the Horizon League. She's the only player in Butler women's basketball history to score over 2,000 career points, finishing with an all-time record 2,018 points. She was a four-time, first team all-league performer, and she was named Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year in 1992-93. The talented center was named District 4 Freshman of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers in 1989-90 and was picked to the All-America team by Basketball Times in 1992-93. She currently owns 11 Butler single game, single season and career basketball records.
Shaw joined Shelton on Butler's women's basketball teams from 1989 to 1993. She was Butler's backcourt leader during that period, and she became the first player in Butler women's basketball history to lead the Bulldogs in assists per game for four consecutive seasons. She compiled the second-highest assist total (583) in Butler women's basketball history, just one assist shy of Butler's all-time record. She also compiled 332 career steals, the second-highest total in Butler and Horizon League history! The gifted point-guard holds Butler's all-time record for minutes player, and she ranks in the "Top 10" on Butler's all-time list for three-point field goal shooting. She was named to the MCC All-Newcomer Team in 1990 and earned All-MCC honors in 1993.
The Butler Hall of Fame was created in 1991 to provide a forum in which those who have brought honor and respect to Butler University and its athletic program could be acknowledged and permanently enshrined in Hinkle Fieldhouse. Inductees have made exceptional contributions to the prestige of the University in the field of athletics, and continued to demonstrate in their lives the values imparted by athletics. The Hall of Fame wall is located at the front entrance to Hinkle Fieldhouse.