Terry Black, Basketball (1997–99)
Black starred on Indian Hills teams that won national championships in 1998 and '99. He was twice named to the All–Region team, averaging 11.8 points and 7.8 rebounds as a freshman and 13.8 points and 7.6 rebounds as a sophomore. He shot 63 percent from the field in his two–year career. After leaving IHCC, Black was a standout for two years at Baylor University. He had averages of 11.2 points and 7.7 rebounds as a junior and led the Big 12 Conference in steals while being named the league's Newcomer of the Year. As a senior, the 6'4" Black led the conference in rebounding (8.4 per game) and increased his scoring average to 15.4 while shooting over 60 percent from the field. He was named first–team all–Big 12 and played internationally with the Big 12 All–Star team. His international career spanned eight years and he played for teams in Italy, South Korea, Germany and Finland.
Ron Clark, Football, Baseball, and Basketball (1962–64)
A Centerville native, Clark played baseball and basketball for Centerville Junior College and was also a member of the college's football team in its inaugural season in 1963. He was a starting running back for the Golden Falcons and helped lead them to a 4–4–1 record. Clark averaged in double figures in basketball as a freshman. He led the baseball team with a .430 batting average his first year and hit .400 as a sophomore. After graduating from college, Clark returned to his hometown and started a career in education that lasted nearly four decades, coaching football, basketball and track for more than 30 years. He has also been a member of numerous civic and professional organizations in Centerville.
Shane Rawley, Baseball (1973–74)
Rawley used his career at Indian Hills as a springboard to a professional baseball career that spanned 12 years in the Major Leagues. As a freshman at Indian Hills, he compiled a record of 6–2 with 63 strikeouts while allowing only 30 hits and 19 runs for a team that won the conference championship. Following that season, Rawley was drafted by the Montreal Expos and in 1978 he made his big league debut with the Seattle Mariners. The lefthander pitched a dozen seasons with Seattle, the Yankees, Philadelphia, and the Minnesota Twins. His best season was 1987, with the Phillies, when he won 17 games and led the National League in games started with 36. Rawley won 111 games in his career and was named to the N.L. All–Star Team in 1986. He had a career ERA of 4.02 with 991 strikeouts and 40 saves.
Brad Smith, Golf (2004–06)
Smith is the first golfer to be elected to the IHCC Hall of Fame. He was the medalist at the NJCAA National Tournament as a sophomore and his winning score of 271 included an IHCC school-record 62 in the second round. He was a first–team All–American as a soph after being named second–team All–American in his freshman season when he had a seventh–place finish at the national meet. Smith had a stroke average of 74.0 his freshman year and won three tournament titles. He lowered his stroke average to 72.8 the next year and had four top–five finishes. After graduating from IHCC, Smith attended the University of Alabama–Birmingham where he was named the Conference Newcomer of the Year as a junior. His senior season Smith was chosen for the All–Southeast Region team and was first–team all–conference. He was a conference all–academic choice both years at UAB. Smith has played golf professionally since 2008.
Kelly Uhde–Coulter, Softball (1994–96)
The IHCC softball program's first two–time first–team All–American, Uhde–Coulter had a dominant career at Indian Hills, helping lead her team to two National Tournament appearances. Uhde–Coulter was named first–team All–Region twice and was voted the team MVP and the Most Outstanding Offensive Player in the region following her sophomore season. She is prominent in the IHCC record book, ranking first all–time in batting average, hits, RBIs, home runs, on–base percentage, and slugging percentage. In single–season stats, she is first in batting average, total bases, RBIs and on–base percentage and second in slugging percentage, doubles and hits. Her 94 RBIs in the 1995 season was, at that time, the second–highest total for a single season in the NJCAA. Before embarking on her IHCC career, Uhde-Coulter put up some big offensive numbers at Ottumwa High School, where she earned all-state honors four times and still holds the school records for homers in a season (14) and in a career (31), and is tops in career slugging percentage (.911).
Dr. Lyle Hellyer, Lifetime Contributor
For 40 years, Hellyer made a lasting impact on the athletic programs at Centerville Junior College, Centerville Community College and Indian Hills Community College. A former high school coach in Missouri, Hellyer was hired in 1961 as the Dean of Centerville Junior College. He later became the Vice President of Academic Affairs and, in 1973, Hellyer was named President of IHCC, a job he held until his retirement in 2001. Two years after he arrived in Centerville, Hellyer started a football program on campus and it quickly became one of the top junior college programs in the country. Hellyer also started the volleyball program on the Ottumwa campus in the 1990s and he strengthened the other sports at the college during his tenure, making every one of them a national title contender. Under his presidency, there were an unprecedented three straight national championships in basketball, a national title in golf, 11 national tournament appearances in softball and five trips to the Junior College World Series for the IHCC baseball team. From his retirement home in Arizona, Hellyer has maintained a keen interest in the college's athletic programs.
Bob Traxler, Lifetime Contributor
For more than three decades, Traxler has been an ardent supporter of the Indian Hills baseball program. He has spent countless hours working on the Falcons' fields and other facilities and has worked behind the scenes to make the IHCC program one of the finest in the Midwest. Traxler was instrumental in a project to improve Pat Daugherty Field in the early 1990s, helping with the construction of a press box, concession stand, and bleachers. He assisted in the installation of lights and a scoreboard the next year, aided in the construction of dugouts, and worked for months to help install new bleacher seating to the main grandstand at the diamond three years ago. Traxler has also helped with scores of other projects at the IHCC Complex. He was the recipient of the IHCC Outstanding Service Award in 1992 and was named Centerville's Citizen of the Year in 1993. Every year an Indian Hills baseball player receives a scholarship funded by Traxler. And he is still a regular at Indian Hills basketball games as well as Falcons' baseball games.