Two alumni and two former coaches were honored in October by being inducted into the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame (BAHOF) as part of Homecoming Weekend. BAHOF was established in 1988 for the purpose of honoring those individuals who have gained recognition and fame for themselves and Ottawa University as a result of their endeavors and accomplishments while a studentathlete, coach or director of athletics at Ottawa University. For a complete list of BAHOF members, as well as nomination information, visit www.ottawa.edu/bahof.
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Antoni “Tony” Van Lieden
Tony Van Leiden was instrumental in developing the Ottawa University soccer program. He served as assistant coach in the 1960s, helping lead the Braves to three conference titles and three top 10 finishes at the NAIA National Tournament. He became head coach in the 1970s, keeping the program going after budget cuts and restrictions were put on the number of games the team was allowed to play each season.
Van Leiden was a long-time assistant manager at several Ottawa grocery stores from the early 1960s to the late 2000s, including Cheney’s Market, Pence’s IGA, Ray’s IGA, Waymire’s Grocery, and Country Mart. Prior to the grocery business, Van Leiden was a fabric cutter at Mode-O-Day in the 1950s. He was active in First Baptist Church, Ottawa Sertoma and the Ottawa Kiwanis Club. He and his wife, Billie Jean, have two sons, Rick and Tim, who accepted the posthumous honor in his place. Coach Van Leiden died on July 24, 2012, in Ottawa, Kansas.
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