2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Pat Daugherty, Baseball (1965–82)

Pat Daugherty served as the Head Baseball Coach on the Centerville campus from 1965–1982. He led the Falcons to their first ever trip to the Junior College World Series in 1973 and took them back to the series again in 1981.  In his 16 seasons as head coach his teams compiled a record of 640-245, an average of 40 wins per year.  They topped all college teams in Iowa in wins in 1976 when they went 45-12 and just missed out on qualifying for the World Series.  While in Centerville, Pat was also an assistant football coach for the Falcons.  Daugherty left Indian Hills in '82 to accept a job in the Montreal Expos organization.  He had worked for the Expos during the previous 10 summers as a manager in the clubs' minor league system. He was with the Expos when he had a chance to take a position with the Colorado Rockies and is still a member of the Rockies' organization, currently serving as a special assistant to the general manager.  As a testament to his widespread success, the former IHCC coach has been inducted into four Hall of Fames.

 

Tara McClure Isable, Softball (1997–99)

Tara McClure Isable led the Warriors both in the pitcher's circle and at the plate during the 1998 and 1999 seasons. While at Indian Hills, she was named first–team all–region, second–team All–American and was named team Co–MVP in both her freshman and sophomore seasons, and holds a community college record for most strikeouts in one game with 20. Tara compiled a career record of 43–6, a 0.73 ERA, struck out 490 batters, and hit 33 home runs. She still holds the Indian Hills record for strikeouts in a season (267) and a career.  She is also 2nd in career complete games and shutouts and has the best strikeout-to-walk ratio and strikeouts-per-7 innings rate.  She posted 12 shutouts as a soph and nine her freshman season.  Following two years at Indian Hills, she pitched at the University of Louisville where she compiled numerous other honors and records. Tara also represented the United States in the Canada Cup and was honored by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union for amassing more than 100 Career wins in her high school career at Cardinal HS.

 

Phillister Jebet Sang Kitur, Volleyball (2003–04)

Philister Jebet Sang was a member of the first Indian Hills volleyball team to compete in the NJCAA National Tournament and the Warriors finished third at the tourney during her sophomore year. While at Indian Hills, she was named first team all–region during her freshman and sophomore seasons, led the national tournament in kills, was named to the all-tournament team at the national tourney and was a first-team All–American as a sophomore. When her Indian Hills career was finished, she was the season and career leader in kills and kill percentage. She continued her career at Texas Tech University where she was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year following her junior season. Philister also represented her country in international competition when she competed in the 2004 Olympics as a member of the Kenyan national team.

 

Duane Kuiper, Baseball (1968–70)

Duane Kuiper was a starting middle infielder for the Falcons during the 1969 and '70 seasons. While playing for Centerville Community College, Duane was named first–team all–region, first–team all–district and honorable mention All–American.  He had chances to start his pro career while in Centerville, but despite being selected in the MLB draft a handful of times, he opted to continue his college career.  After graduating from Centerville Community College, he continued his baseball career at Southern Illinois University and then signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1972. Kuiper played 11 seasons in the major leagues with the Indians and later with the San Francisco Giants. He is still in the Giants organization as a broadcaster and has won seven local Emmys throughout his career. He was voted by Cleveland Indians fans as one of the 100 best players in Indians' history.

 

Ron Oswalt, Football (1964–2007)

Ron Oswalt has served Indian Hills as an athlete, coach, athletic director, dean, and instructor for more than forty years. Ron was a member of the Falcons football team during the 1964 and 1965 seasons and was named first–team all–conference both seasons. After graduating from Centerville Junior College, Ron attended Drake University where he led the team in rushing during both his junior and senior seasons. Following his career at Drake, Ron had stints in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings and the Cleveland Browns. In 1971 he returned to Centerville as an assistant football coach.  He continued his coaching career at Drake before returning to IHCC.  Ron also served Indian Hills as athletic director, dean of students and as an instructor in the arts and sciences division and has been an adjunct instructor after his retirement.

 

Pete Mickeal, Basketball (1996–98)

Pete Mickeal played a key role in the Warriors back–to–back national championships in 1997 and 1998. While wearing the Indian Hills uniform he was named all–region as a freshman and sophomore and named National Player of the Year and National Tournament MVP as a sophomore.  He left Indian Hills as the second-leading scorer all-time with 1,392 points and the career leader in free throws and free throw attempts.  Following his career at IHCC, Pete competed at the University of Cincinnati and was named first–team all–league during both his junior and senior years and was an honorable mention All–American his senior season. He was drafted in 2000 by the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, and played with Kansas City and Tampa in the ABA. Pete has played internationally with teams in the Philippines, Greece, Russia, South Korea, and Spain. He was the first Warriors basketball player to have his jersey retired.

 

Rick Upchurch, Football (1970–72)

Rick Upchurch was a standout performer for the Falcons football team during the 1970 and '71 seasons. He was named first–team all–conference after both his freshman and sophomore seasons and was the first athlete in school history to be named a first–team All–American in football.  As a freshman, he scored 15 TDs, ran for 1171 yards and was 5th in the conference in total offense, gaining 1529 yards.  The next year he had 1221 yards of total offense and was 3rd in the league in rushing yards, starring for the college's first-ever conference championship team.  That season, he scored four TDs against both Waldorf and Marshalltown.  After graduating from Centerville Community College, Rick attended the University of Minnesota where he was a second–team all–conference pick in the Big Ten. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 1974 and played nine seasons with the Broncos and still holds several team and league records. He was a five–time All–Pro selection and played in four Pro Bowls. Rick was selected to the NFL's All–Decade team in the 1970s and 1980s.