Six athletes are slated for induction into the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame (BAHOF) on October 24 in the Mowbray Union, 1001 S. Cedar Street, Ottawa, Kansas. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6:30. Registration is required at www.ottawa.edu/alumni, or call Susan Trendel at (785) 248-2331 for more information.
The Braves Athletic Hall of Fame (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 student-athlete, coach or director of athletics at Ottawa University.
Conner is in her 18th year serving in the athletic department at Ottawa University. Conner is entering her ninth year as OU’s first female director of athletics. Previously, she served as the Lady Braves head basketball coach for 11 years. She has also been an associate professor in the OU Physical Education department, Academic Advisor and taught in the Liberal Arts Studies Program. Conner is in her seventh year serving on the Executive Committee of the KCAC including two years as the chair.
As OU’s Director of Athletics, Conner has amassed a number of honors for the University, including 200 Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athletes, 48 NAIA All-Americans, 160 KCAC Players of the Week, and 519 All-KCAC selections. In addition, ten teams have earned regular season KCAC Championships with 11 teams making NAIA National Tournament appearances including in football, women’s soccer, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, softball and volleyball. Five teams have also won KCAC Tournament Championships. From 2005-2013, 52 teams were named NAIA Scholar Teams; in August of this year, 14 teams were simultaneously named NAIA Scholar Teams, the most in school history. Under her watch, the OU athletic department has been named a Five Star Champions of Character Institution five times.
With Conner at the helm, ten OU coaches have been named KCAC Coach of the Year, two have been named Kansas Basketball Coaches Association (KBCA) College Coach of the Year and two have achieved Region Coach of the Year. During her tenure, the Ottawa University Athletic Department has been committed to building opportunities for student-athletes by adding women’s golf, as well as men’s and women’s tennis programs. In 2010-11, Conner was named the KCAC Athletic Director of the Year.
As head women’s basketball coach, Conner had a record-breaking 2006-07 season before resigning to focus on her administrative role. She finished as the most winning coach in Lady Braves history with 162 victories. She earned the KBCA 4 Year Women’s College Basketball Coach of the Year award in 2003-04 and again in 2006-07. Conner led the Lady Braves to the KCAC Basketball Tournament Championship three times and to the NAIA Division II National Tournament three times. In 2007, she guided OU to the first ‘Sweet 16’ appearance for any sport while competing at the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Tournament.
Conner was a four-year all conference selection on the basketball court for the William Jewell Cardinals, earning HAAC Player of the Year in 1991 as the fourth all-time career scorer (1,893). Conner also earned all-district and all-conference honors in softball and lettered on the first ever women’s soccer team for WJC. She was named William Jewell Athlete of the Year twice and was inducted into William Jewell’s Hall-of-Fame in 2004.
Conner lives in Shawnee, Kansas, with her husband Tim and their four children, Cole, Kylie, Zoey, and Brodie.
Guth was a four-year starter in football, 1991-1994, though it took several games into his freshman year to be a starter in the secondary. He played special teams all four years. In 1994, he was named First Team NAIA All-American and was a First Team All-KCAC selection at defensive back; he was an Honorable Mention All-KCAC selection in 1993. During his career, Guth amassed 91 tackles (51 assisted, 40 individual), 12 pass breakups, four fumble recoveries, and 11 interceptions – nine as a senior, which ranks Guth second in the OU record books. He is also tied for second in the record books for single game interceptions (3), and he achieved a career-high nine tackles versus both Bethel and Panhandle State University. Guth also earned a season-high eight tackles versus Southwestern College his junior year. During his four years on the field, the Braves recorded KCAC seasons of 5-4, 5-3, 5-3, and 5-3.
“I am reminded daily of the parallels between sports and life,” said Guth. “It’s about dedication, sacrifice, preparation, hard work, communication, passion, and teamwork. I loved all my teammates, and we have all built bonds for life. I’m super proud to be an OU Brave.”
Guth graduated from Ottawa University in 1995 with a degree in business administration. For nearly 20 years, he has been involved in transportation, extensively within the motor coach industry. Guth’s career has moved him to Florida and California, and he currently serves as senior vice president, managing four motor coach dealerships, two in California, one in Minnesota and one in Kansas.
Guth lives in Huntington Beach, California, with his wife Debra, also an Ottawa University graduate. The couple has three children, Caley, Chloe and Brady.
On the OU gridiron, Hull was a three-year letter winner. He amassed 156 career receptions, with single-season receptions of 61 in 1998 and 56 in 1999. Hull finished his career with 2,132 total yards – 922 in 1998 and 784 in 1999, and 30 touchdowns. He helped lead OU to a ranking of 12th in the NAIA in 1997. Hull made his mark in the OU record book. He is ranked third in career receptions (156), sixth in single game receiving yards (196), is tied for second in single game touchdown receptions (3), is tied for ninth in single game receptions (11), and is fifth in career receiving yards (2,225). Hull also had the game-winning touchdown versus William Jewell College in 1998. He was an NAIA First Team All American tight end (’98, ’99); a Don Hansen First Teach All American tight end (’98, ’99); a KCAC First Team selection as a tight end (’97, ’98, ’99); a two-time KCAC Offensive Player of the Week selection; a UAA Honorable Mention selection (’96, University of Chicago); and the National All Stars Bowl MVP (2000). Hull also played basketball for Ottawa University for three years. He graduated from in 2000.
Since 2007, Michael Hull has been an entrepreneur, owning and serving as president of two tourism businesses, Cabo Submarine and Cabo Jet Pack, in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Prior to that, he was a vice president of corporate restructuring for Mesirow Financial (2006-07) and manager in the Financial Advisory Services for KPMG LLP (2000-06), both out of Dallas, Texas. In June 2012, Hull received his Mexican naturalized citizenship. Active in the community, Hull volunteers at a local boys’ orphanage and during the summer to help clean up local beaches and ocean floors through trash removal.
Hull lives in Laguna Beach, California, with his wife, Mary, and children Maddox, Mason and Micah.
Reinaldo (Randy) Mijares
Mijares was voted the 1983-84 OU Male Athlete of the Year. In 1984, he was an NAIA Indoor All-American in the mile with a time of 4:14. Mijares was an eight-time All-HAAC/All-KCAC Performer on the track (outdoor and indoor) and a two-time All-HAAC/ All-KCAC Performer in cross country. He finished second at the 1984 KCAC Cross Country Championships. In addition, Mijares was a three-time All-HAAC Indoor Conference Champion; earned the school record in the outdoor 1500M with a time of 3:56; was a two-time qualifier for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships (the 1,000M in 1981 and the mile in 1984, placing fifth with a time of 4:14); and qualified for the 1983 NAIA Cross Country National Championships. Mijares was part of the HAAC Championship teams for cross country and outdoor track in 1981 and for indoor and outdoor track in 1982.
Mijares graduated from Ottawa University in 1984 and from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1992. He is the founder and president of Eastside Medical Consultants, a hospitalist group located in eight hospitals in the Wichita, Kansas, area. He is also the co-founder and owner of GoRun Wichita, a running specialty store that is heavily involved in community and charity fundraising for such organizations as TeamUp Kansas, Girls on the Run, and the YMCA Youth Program. The business also offers a college scholarship for area cross country runners. As a carry-over from his OU days, Mijares is the head track and cross country coach at Trinity Academy of Wichita.
Mijares lives in Wichita, Kansas, with his wife Jessica. The couple has two children, Alexis and Evan.
As a community college transfer student, Smith participated in track and field only two years at Ottawa University (1986-87). In that short time, he became a three-time NAIA Track and Field All-American; was the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Champion in the high jump (7’0”); was a two-time NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championship qualifier, as well as a two-time NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship qualifier; was KCAC Champion in the pole vault (15’6”); and earned All-KCAC honors twice. Other accomplishments during his OU athletic career include setting a Field House record in the high jump (7’2”) at the Pitt State Invitational; setting a school record in the pole vault with a jump of 15’6.5″; winning the pole vault at the NAIA District 10 meet (14’6”); and placing fifth in the high jump (6’9”) at the NAIA Track and Field National Championships.
Smith graduated from Ottawa University in 1988. He is currently a road driver for what is now FedEx Freight. He started as a dock worker in 1988 with Arkansas Freightways, which changed to American Freightways before being sold to FedEx approximately 10 years ago. He moved up to a city driver in 1992 then to road driver in 1994.
Smith lives in Liberty, Missouri, with his wife, Kimberlie. The couple has a daughter, Hollie.
During his four-year career at OU, Winn was a member of both the football and track teams.
On the track, Winn was the 1971 NAIA National Champion in the javelin. He finished runner up in 1972, finishing his career as a two-time NAIA All-American. In 36 track and field meets in his four-year career, Winn only finished out of first in the javelin five times. He broke five meet records and set OU’s mark in the javelin at 254-03 at the Drake Relays. Winn was the Missouri Valley AAU Champion and the Drake Relay Champion in the javelin. He is a three-time KCAC Champion (1969-71) in the javelin and won the HAAC Championship in 1972.
On the gridiron, Winn was a four-year starter at defensive back and was a member of the 1970 KCAC Championship team and 1972 HAAC Championship team. He led the team and broke the school record with 10 interceptions in 1972. That single season mark held until 2000. He was a First Team All-HAAC performer and earned First Team All-District 10 honors in 1972. Winn had two interceptions in the 1972 Mineral Water Bowl victory over Friends University. He finished his career with 19 interceptions, which ties Winn for first in the school record books.
Following graduation in 1973, Winn went to work for JC Penney, where he became a senior merchandise manager with responsibility for a department that did $2 million in sales, resulting in numerous sales awards. He then formed and managed Winn Merchandising, an athletic sportswear company, for 12 years before becoming number one in outside sales with Time Warner Cable. After the company transitioned to Telecable of Overland Park, Winn joined the Kansas City Star circulation department, winning the paper’s Stars on Grand Award and setting sales records for penetration in his territories. He currently works for Hendrick Chevrolet, where he helped develop the Internet Sales Department and has made Presidents Club 10 of 12 years.
Winn lives in Mission, Kansas. He has one daughter, Holly, and three grandchildren, Nikolas, Ella and Aidan.
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