Four individuals and one group of teams will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame as the Class of 2013 on Saturday, Feb. 16. Katie Boone, Floyd Henderson, Paul Nauman and Jack Todhunter will all be inducted, as well as the Crusaders' cross country teams from 1963-1965.
Boone, who played women's basketball for the Crusaders from 2001-2005, helped lead Valparaiso to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances over her four-year career, as well as a WNIT quarterfinal appearance. She was named the Mid-Continent Conference Newcomer of the Year for the 2001-2002 season, was honored as the Mid-Con Tournament MVP in 2003 and earned Second Team All Mid-Con honors for the 2003-2004 campaign. Boone ranks second in program history in career assists (448) and fifth in steals (186).
Henderson, who was a member of the football and track and field squads, was the first African-American student-athlete to compete for Valparaiso University. Henderson, who graduated from Valpo in 1957 after having his career interrupted by military service from 1953-1955, was known on the gridiron for his electrifying runs, both from his halfback position on offense and as part of the Crusaders' punt return game.
Naumann is a 1957 Valparaiso graduate who earned four letters in both baseball and football for the Crusaders. On the diamond, he was a First Team All-Conference selection as a left fielder in 1954. Meanwhile, on the gridiron, he set single-game records for touchdowns (4) and points scored (24) which still stand today and rushed for 1,278 yards over his career, including a senior season where he had team-high totals of 637 rushing yards and 264 receiving yards. Nauman went on to a standout coaching career which earned him election into multiple Hall of Fames.
Todhunter was a baseball player who graduated from Valparaiso in 1963. Todhunter was named a First Team All-American following a senior season in which he batted .382 and was also a First Team All-ICC selection. He led the Indiana Collegiate Conference with a .452 batting average in league play as a freshman, a campaign in which he hit .391 overall. His .364 career batting average is tied for sixth all-time in Crusader history.
The Crusader cross country squads from 1963, 1964 and 1965 put together perhaps the most impressive run of high finishes in national competition in Valparaiso athletics history. The Crusaders placed fourth in the NCAA College Division national meet in 1963, seventh in 1964 and third in 1965, leading the Vidette Messenger to write “...for a record unmatched by any other competitors and one which makes Valparaiso a national power on the cross country scene.” Over the three years, the Crusaders won 26 of 28 dual meets, five of six invitationals, a pair of Indiana Collegiate Conference team championships and three Indiana Little State titles.
The Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Hilltop Gym of the Athletics-Recreation Center on campus. The banquet is slated to begin at 11 a.m. The cost of the banquet is $30 per person for the buffet dinner and reservations can be made by calling Sharon Jackson at 219.464.5471 or 800.803.7184 ext. 72. The deadline for making reservations is Feb. 8. The inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the men’s and women’s basketball games played that day.