2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Wade Clark, Football, Baseball, Basketball and Track (1965-67)

Clark was a star on Centerville Community College teams at a time when those squads began to bring regional and national recognition to the college.  He was the starting quarterback on the CCC football team as a freshman and sophomore with the program in its infancy.  Clark became the first NJCAA baseball All-American in school history, named to the Honorable Mention list after his freshman season.  He hit .400 for the Golden Falcons that year, and then posted a .376 batting average the following year and also led the team in stolen bases.  The Centerville native also played basketball for the Falcons and took part in track too as the college was debuting that sport in the mid-1960s.  Clark later played baseball at the University of Iowa. 

   

Bill "Chief" Gayton, Baseball (1979-81)   

Gayton, known as "Chief" to almost everyone, produced two solid seasons for the IHCC baseball team, culminating in his being named to the all-tournament team at the JUCO World Series his sophomore season.  He was named a first-team All-American that year after batting .400 and setting new school records for homers (14) and RBIs (62).  One of a number of recruits who came to Indian Hills from Aberdeen, S.D., his hometown, Gayton was also chosen for the all-region and all-sub-regional teams after his sophomore campaign.  As a freshman, Chief hit .308 with 30 RBIs and was selected to the all sub-regional squad.  He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 1981 MLB Draft and played three years of professional baseball.  Since ending his playing career, Gayton has had a long career in the professional ranks, including a stint as the scouting director of the San Diego Padres.  He is currently an advance scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

   

Rick Mathews, Baseball and Basketball (1965-67), Baseball Coach (1986-92)

Mathews played two seasons of both baseball and basketball for the Falcons and later coached the baseball team for six seasons, following up his IHCC coaching tenure with a long, successful career in professional baseball.  A pitcher, Mathews was undefeated for the Golden Falcons over a two-year span.  He also played on the Centerville Community College basketball team for two seasons.  Then, after playing baseball for two years at Drake University, he embarked on a coaching career that begin with stops at high schools in Eddyville and Marshalltown.  He later led Iowa Western CC to three JUCO World Series trips in five years at the Council Bluffs school.  Mathews, a native of Cincinnati, Iowa, worked part-time during the summer for the Kansas City Royals, and later was a minor league manager and worked in player development for the Royals before taking the head baseball coaching job at Indian Hills in 1986.  His IHCC teams had a winning percentage of nearly .700 in six seasons and the Falcons finished fifth after qualifying for the 1992 JUCO World Series. Over the ensuing two-plus decades, Mathews has been in the Colorado Rockies organization in a variety of roles.  He is currently a scout for the Rockies.

 

Breon Michel, Softball (1998-2000)

Michel was one of the prolific bats on an IHCC softball team full of sluggers that won 126 games over two years and made two appearances in the national tournament.  As a freshman, she was named to the all-region second team and was an academic All-American.  The next year she was a first-team all-region and first-team All-American choice while again being selected an academic All-American.  Michel is the single-season home run leader with 19 and ranks in the top 10 all-time in RBIs, runs, total bases and slugging percentage.  She is the career leader in eight offensive categories and is number-one in homers (35) and runs scored (155).  After leaving Indian Hills, Michel took her talents to Armstrong Atlantic University in Georgia where she posted a career batting average of .290, a slugging percentage of .415 and an on-base percentage of .332, while making the all-conference, all-region and all-district teams.

 

Teejay Jackson  TeeJay Jackson, Basketball (1988-90)

Jackson, 25 years after ending his Indian Hills hoops career, is still the school's all-time leading scorer and holds a number of other offensive records as well.  In his first season with the Warriors, Jackson averaged an eye-popping 29.2 points a game, fourth in the nation, and also collected 10 rebounds per contest.  He scored 30 or more points in 14 games and four times scored 40 or more points while garnering Honorable Mention All-American honors, the second basketball All-American in school history.  The next season, with a stronger supporting cast, Jackson still averaged 19.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.  He left IHCC with school single-season records for points scored, field goal attempted and made, and free throws attempted and made, and he remains the career leader in points, field goals attempts and field goals.  Jackson, who came to Indian Hills from Bolingbrook, Ill., concluded his playing career and continued his education at Tennessee-Chattanooga.