TIFFIN - Three individuals and a team were inducted into the Heidelberg University Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Saturday. Dale Vernon, Jeff Brock, Des Lawless and the 1991 women’s soccer team comprised the 28th class to be enshrined.
Dale Vernon, a 1995 graduate, capped off his time on the mats at Heidelberg by claiming fifth place at the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Tournament. In doing so, Vernon became the fourth Student Prince to earn All-American status.
“In wrestling, like most sports, the scoreboard is how we measure success,” said Vernon at the induction ceremony. “But the true measure of success is how we live, what we’ve learned and the experience we have shared with our teammates.”
Vernon, who currently works as a principal of an investment firm, was a two-time National Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-American and the first Heidelberg grappler to be an All-American and an Academic All-American in the same season.
2000 graduate Jeff Brock capped off his record-setting career in grand fashion. In his final game for the Student Princes, Brock set a school record with 301 yards rushing on 51 carries in a 31-22 win over Muskingum. For his career, he amassed 4,077 yards, breaking the school career rushing record set by Bryce Tuohy.
“When I broke Bryce’s record, he wrote me a letter of congratulations,” said Brock. “I hope one day to write a similar letter to one of Coach Mike Hallett’s players.”
Brock was a three-time All-OAC selection.
The most dominant Heidelberg team throughout the 1990s was the women’s soccer program. Des Lawless was the head coach of the Student Princes from 1991-1997. With a career record of 106-32-2, including a 56-7 OAC record, Lawless’ winning percentage remains the highest in OAC history.
“A coach cannot achieve success without good players,” said Lawless, a native of England. “I was fortunate to have a whole lot of them.”
Lawless coached four teams to regular season titles and five teams to OAC tournament wins.
With an overall record of 16-1, the 1991 women’s soccer team remains one of the most accomplished squads in Heidelberg history.
With Lawless at the helm, the team won an OAC title with an 8-1 record and outscored opponents 87-8.
“We all came to Heidelberg, we came to play soccer – and we came to win,” said Lynne Kraemer, who accepted the award on behalf of the team.
Three Student Princes earned All-OAC First Team honors and four were named Academic All-OAC after the ’91 season.