Four Rams to be inducted into Cornell Hall of Fame
October 08, 2009
Cornell College will induct four former student-athletes into its Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday, as part of Homecoming weekend. The Hall of Fame banquet will be held in conjunction with the annual "C" Club Breakfast, starting at 8 a.m. in The Commons.
Cornell's 2009 Hall of Fame class features a pair of track and field teammates in Dick Paul, '58 and Dale Martin, '59, football All-American "Father" Tom Zinkula, '79 and three-sport standout Lisa Schwein, '85. Cornell's Hall of Fame, which was established in 1971, has 155 members with the induction of this year's class.
Jim White, '87, current softball coach at Clear Creek-Amana High School, will be honored as Cornell's Alumni "C" Club Coach of the Year. Cornell seniors Kristin Paczosa (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove) and Chris Handke (Bellevue, Iowa/Bellevue) are recipients of the Paul Maaske Award, which recognizes the male and female athletes, who in their academic junior year, lettered in two or more sports and accumulated the highest grade point average.
Paul was part of five Midwest Conference team championships and claimed 24 event titles during a distinguished track career at Cornell. He helped lead the Rams to three conference indoor team titles (1956, 1957 and 1958) and a pair of outdoor crowns (1957 and 1958). Paul ran on 17 championship relay teams, highlighted with a three-year title run in the 880-yard relay at the Drake Relays from 1956-58. Paul was a member of relay teams that broke or tied 12 meet records. He took individual wins in the 8-lap, 12-lap, 60-yard low hurdles and 100-yard dash with the Rams. In 1958, Paul was named the team's track and field captain and the college's "C" Club President. He taught in the East Aurora, Ill., School District from 1958-1994.
Martin helped guide Cornell to Midwest Conference track and field team titles in each of the four years he competed. He was a member of the league's freshman championship team in 1956. The Rams captured both indoor and outdoor conference team titles in 1957, 1958 and 1959. Martin's relay teams set or tied eight meet records. He won seven relay titles as a Ram, six of them which included Hall of Fame classmate Paul in the foursome. In 1957, Martin ran on the winning 880-yard relay at the Drake Relays and the conference champion mile relay. He served three years on active duty and nine years with the Reserves in the Marine Corps before leaving with the rank of captain.
Zinkula, a four-year football letterwinner from 1975-78, was named Honorable Mention AP College Division All-American in 1977 and 1978. He earned first team all-Midwest Conference accolades in 1976, 1977 and 1978. Zinkula was team captain and Most Valuable Player in each of his final two years with the Rams. Zinkula's teams fashioned a fine four-year record of 30-6, winning conference titles in 1976 and 1978. He was named First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American three years. Zinkula, an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner in 1979, received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics/business. He was "C" Club President, Mortar Board President and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Schwein earned 11 varsity letters as a rare three-sport athlete at Cornell, excelling in volleyball, softball and basketball. She lettered four years each in volleyball (1981-84) and softball (1982-85) and three years in basketball (1982, 1983 and 1985). Schwein was a key figure on Cornell's conference championship basketball team in 1981 and the conference title volleyball squad in 1983. She was a first team all-conference softball performer and team captain in 1985. Schwein was tabbed Cornell's Freshman Female Athlete of the Year in 1981 and Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 1985.
White has enjoyed remarkable success as head softball coach at Clear Creek-Amana, owning a 682-107 mark in 15 years there. He guided the 2009 Clippers to the Class 3A title with a perfect 45-0 record, becoming only the fourth high school softball team in Iowa state history to go through a season undefeated. White's teams have won five state championships. The Clippers have placed in the top three in eight of the team's 10 state tournament appearances under White.
White has been named Iowa State Coach of the Year four times and District Coach of the Year nine times. In 2008, he was a finalist for National High School Coach of the Year. During his time at Clear Creek-Amana, White served as athletic director for 10 years and also coached football, wrestling, baseball and girls track. At Cornell, White was an all-conference baseball player and a member of the Rams' conference championship wrestling team.
Paczosa, who carries a 3.48 cumulative GPA, is a fourth-year volleyball letterwinner and three-year basketball letterwinner. She is pursuing a double major in kinesiology and psychology. Paczosa was on the Dean's List in the spring of 2008 and 2009. She is vice president of SAAC (student-athlete advisory committee). Paczosa is in Mortar Board, a senior honor society, and also a member of Health Profession Society and ACTION. On the court, Paczosa has earned all-conference honors in both volleyball and basketball.
Handke, who owns a 3.91 GPA, has earned three varsity letters each in basketball and baseball. He is majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology. Handke, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 41st round last June, plans to first pursue a career in professional baseball and then work toward a PhD in the Biosciences. He is a two-time academic all-conference selection in basketball and baseball. Handke is a recipient of the Sutherland Dows Award and the Frank G. Brooks Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Outstanding Junior Award. He's a member of Tri-Beta and FCA. Handke earned all-conference honors in basketball as a junior.