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Eight Greats to be Inducted into Baldwin Wallace University Athletic Alumni Association Hall of Fame

BEREA, OHIO --  Eight Baldwin Wallace University greats will be feted at a banquet on October 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Strosacker College Union in Berea and formally inducted into its Alumni Athletic Association Hall of Fame on Oct. 4 as part of Homecoming festivities when the Yellow Jackets host Mount Union College on Tressel Field at The George Finnie Stadium at 2:00 p.m.
       
The eight new members of the Hall of Fame are recently retired Athletic Director and Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Bankson, Larry Mills ‘83 (football), Doug Haubert ‘90 (football), Mark Massey ‘90 (football and baseball), Joe Mackey ‘95 (basketball), Rochelle Meyer Miller ‘97 (track), Julie Work ‘98 (basketball) and Michelle Lehnhardt Hartley ‘98 (cross country and track).
       

Steve Bankson retired last spring as the winningest basketball coach in school history, the second winningest men’s basketball coach in the state of Ohio and the third winningest in Ohio Athletic Conference history with 701 victories overall during his 44-year coaching career.
       
At BW, Bankson compiled a 420-328 record with five OAC titles and five NCAA Division III postseason appearances. As the athletic director at the College, Bankson helped the BW men to capture the 1989-90 OAC All-Sports Trophy and worked to ensure that each team was funded, equipped and given the opportunity to be successful.
       
Prior to coming to BW, Bankson compiled a 232-90 record in 12 seasons at Lorain County Community College and a 49-25 record at the high school level in Indiana and Michigan.
       
Bankson and his wife, Rosie, have three daughter, including two who graduated from the College, and reside in Elyria.
       
Larry Mills ‘83 was a baseball and football player at the College and was one of the best defensive backs and all-purpose players in school history. He played defensive back on defense and wide receiver on offense, ran back both punts and kickoffs and was the holder for placekicker Steve Varga.
       
He was a three-year starter and lettermen on the gridiron and first-team All-OAC player in 1982, an OAC Defensive Player of the Week (versus Wooster) on a team that was ranked No.1 nationally for much of the season. He once held the Finnie Stadium record for longest kickoff return for a touchdown (94 yards versus Otterbein in 1979) and punt return for a TD (55 yards versus Ohio Northern in 1979). He still co-holds the record for most interceptions in a game (three versus Wittenberg in the 1980 OAC Championship Game. Mills also was a starter on the undefeated team of 1980 and played on three OAC Championship teams. He had seven career interceptions and scored touchdowns four ways in his career (receiving, kickoff return, punt return and interception). Mills played for both Lee Tressel and Bob Packard.
       
In addition to his gridiron and baseball career at BW, he was a member of the Kappa Mu Epsilon (mathematics) Honor Society and active in the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
       
Mills currently resides in Charlotte, N.C. with his wife, Angela, and three daughter, and serves as the Regional Vice President of Titan Technology Partners.
       
Doug Haubert ‘90 currently serves as the director of The Sports Dome and resides with his wife and four children in North Canton. He was best known as one of the finest defensive linemen in school history and earned Associated Press Little All-America (1988 and 1989), Pizza Hut (1988 and 1989) and Football Gazette (1989) All-American accolades. He was a two-time first-team All-OAC selection (1988 and 1989) and received both the Paul Hoernemann Award as the OAC’s Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman was named the Cleveland Touchdown Club Player of the Year award winner in 1989.
       
In addition to his exploits on the gridiron at BW, Haubert was a business administration major and active in the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
       
In addition to his job and family, Haubert is a member of the Archeological Society of Ohio, the treasurer of the North Canton Youth Football Board and is active both in his church and high school alma mater, St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Louisville.
       
Mark Massey ‘90 played football but was best known for his exploits on the baseball diamond.
       
Massey is still the only Yellow Jacket baseball student-athlete to ever be tabbed as the OAC Most Valuable Player Award winner.  and earned both first-team NCAA All-Mideast Region and Division III All-America honors.
       
Massey had a career batting average of .358  and a slugging average of .535 to rank 18th all time. He also ranks16th all- time in on-base average and 19th in stolen bases. In 1991, he earned OAC all-tournament team honors. In 1992, in addition to being the OAC MVP and an All-American, Massey was both an OAC Hitter of the Week and an OAC Pitcher of the Week and earned first-team All-OAC honors, was BW’s Most Valuable Player and a team captain.
       
In addition to playing baseball and football, Massey served as a Resident Assistant and Course Assistant on campus. He also served the College as a Past President of BW Lettermen’s Association.
       
Massey and his wife, Lisa, have three daughters and reside in Independence. He is currently the owner of M & M Express Solutions.
       
Joe Mackey ‘95 currently serves as a teacher and the men’s basketball coach at Brunswick High School.  He earned his master’s of education degree in 2000 from Marygrove College.
       
As a basketball player at BW, Mackey was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at point guard, served as a team captain, for two years and was the 1995 Kenneth Steingass Award winner as BW’s Male Athlete of the Year. In 1995, he was a first-team All-OAC selection. Mackey led the Yellow Jackets to three straight OAC Final Four appearances and to the NCAA Division III “Sweet 16”. He currently stands 18th on the school’s all time career scoring list.  As a senior, he received the Cleveland Cavs Lenny Wilkens Award as the “Best Player in Cleveland Area Colleges”.
       
Since leaving BW, Mackey served as the assistant varsity coach and Cuyahoga Falls High School and now at Brunswick. In 2001, Mackey was named as the Medina County Coach of the Year. In 1998, he served as a counselor at the Premier Playmakers Series at the Omni Fitness Club and conducted a number of Boys Youth Basketball Skills Camps. 
       
Mackey and his wife, Laura (Branca ‘94), reside in Brunswick.  
       
Rochele Meyer Miller ‘97 was an outstanding competitor in track and field and was a five-time All-American (indoors and outdoors). She helped the Yellow Jackets win seven OAC titles. She competed in the hurdles, long jump and heptathlon.
       
As a senior, Meyer Miller set school records in the 55-meter hurdles and long jump and earned All-America accolades at the NCAA Division III National Meet for a fourth place finish in the heptathlon and eighth place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. Indoors that year, she placed third in the 55-meter hurdles and 10th in the long jump. As a junior, placed fifth in the heptathlon. During her career, Meyer Miller won numerous OAC individual titles and All-OAC accolades and was named as the “Sparky” Adams Most Valuable Female Athlete.
       
Today, Meyer Miller has been a sales specialist for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals for the past 11 years and is highly involved in mental health awareness. She and her husband, Brian Miller ‘98, live in Broadview Heights with their three children.
       
Julie Work ‘98 currently serves as the Director of Communications for the National Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) office which is located in Westlake. She was best known at BW for her”work ethic” on the basketball court as one of the best scorers and rebounders in school history.
       
Work started all 112 games of her collegiate career and her 1,146 career points rank fifth and her 830 rebounds are second all-time. She led the Yellow Jackets to four straight appearances in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
       
Individually, Work was a four-year letterwinner and starter (1995-99), earned All-OAC honors three times, Academic All-OAC accolades twice, was an OAC Player of the Week twice, earned second-team All-Great Lakes Region and Division III All-America accolades in 1997-98. Following graduation, Work served as a graduate assistant and then assistant Sports Information Director at the College and was the Director of Media Relations at the Ohio Athletic Conference.
       
Work currently resides in Sagamore Hills.
       
Michelle Lehnhardt Hartley competed in both track and cross country and helped to lead the Yellow Jackets to 11 OAC titles, including all four years in both cross country and indoor track.
       
Individually, Lehnhadt Hartley ‘98 was one of the most versatile track student-athletes in college history. She excelled  in the 400-meter dash, middle distance races and high jump. She earned NCAA Division III All-America accolades in both the high jump and as a member of the 1600-meter relay team. She also competed at the NCAA meet in the 800-meter run.  Her best finish at the NCAA meet was a fourth place showing in the high jump in 1996. She also placed 10th in 1997.  Lehnhardt Hartley was a multi All-OAC and All-Ohio competitor.
       
In addition to her exploits on the track, Lehnhardt Hartley was an outstanding student and a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.
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