University to Induct Five into Athletic Hall of Fame
Five former Baker University standouts will be inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, at the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame Induction and Student-Athlete Awards Banquet at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 10100 College Blvd.
In addition to inducting new members to the Hall of Fame, we will recognize Baker’s current NAIA All-Americans, All-America Scholar-Athletes and All-Heart of America Athletic Conference performers.
The social begins at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The cost of the Induction and Awards Banquet is $40 per person. For more information, contact the Baker University Alumni Relations Office at 888.781.2586 or alumni@bakerU.edu.
The Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at halftime of the homecoming game against MidAmerica Nazarene on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Liston Stadium.
Jim Dick, ’63, was a two-time conference champion in the long jump and set a school record in that event. His best jump of 23 feet, 5 inches ranks fourth in Baker history and that mark ranked 11th nationally in the NAIA in 1963. After graduating, he became an admissions director with two colleges in Colorado and Tennessee before co-founding and becoming CEO of Career Communications Inc. of Overland Park, Kan.
Jerry Jones, ’64, coached men’s basketball for 17 years at Kansas Wesleyan and five years at Indiana University in South Bend, setting school records for victories at both schools. He finished with 224 victories at Kansas Wesleyan, where he won conference championships in 1986 and 2000 and was recognized as conference coach of the year both years. At South Bend, he recorded 100 victories. In 2007 he was inducted into Baker’s School of Education Wall of Honor for his achievements in education.
Meghan Lewis Houtsma, ’02, was Baker’s top golfer for four years and served as the team captain from 2000 to 2002. She placed first or second in more than 20 tournaments, including three conference and regional titles. Houtsma qualified for four national NAIA tournaments, placing as high as second while earning three All-America honors. After graduating from Baker she earned a law degree from the Washburn University School of Law. She is a staff attorney for Syracuse (Kan.) Dairy LLC.
Bob Peters, ’70, was a four-year letter winner in track, competing in the shot put, discus and high jump, and lettered one year in football. From 1997 to 2011 he excelled as a shot putter in senior competition, becoming an 11-time USA Track & Field All-American. He won 46 state shot put championships, broke 35 state and local meet records and one national meet record. In 2002, 2004 and 2008 he was ranked fifth in the United States and in 2008 he was No. 8 in the world. He established a veterinary practice in the Kansas City area, where he has worked for 35 years.
Johnie C. Seals Jr., ’80, was a four-year letterman in basketball and finished with 1,307 career points, a school record at the time. He set school records with 153 free throws in one season and an 84.1 percentage for free throws made. He finished his career with a free-throw percentage of 81.1 percent to set a school record. During his senior year, Seals led the team in rebounding and in blocked shots to earn first-team all-conference honors. Professionally he has worked in accounting and information technology. He has spent the past 15 years working as an IT specialist for the Williams Companies and at IBM.