Athletics Misc (1082)
Kenneth D. Sterns
A standout high school athlete from Hiawatha, Kansas. Enrolled at Baker to play basketball for Coach Davee and to participate in track.
Became a four-year letterman in basketball playing at the center position. His 6’6” height and jumping ability led to numerous blocked shots and rebounds on the defensive side of the court while adding measurably to his offensive scoring average.
During his junior campaign, led the team in scoring with 312 points for an 18.4 point per game average. As a senior was the first Baker player in four years to be named to the KCAC all-conference squad.
Following his senior year, was honored as one of the top 10 players in an AAU basketball tournament in Wichita where he played for the Topeka Stevenson Roofers Team.
In track was one of Baker’s all-time greatest in the high jump. Lettered all four years and set the conference high jump record in 1949 and the intramural high jump record in 1950 and 1951. Took first place in the high jump at the 1951 Kansas Relays.
Active in the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and as a member of numerous intramural teams.
Following graduation, was employed in the insurance business for four years prior to moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he settled into a sales career in the building materials industry. Retired in 1987.
Married Baker schoolmate Helen Swayze, class of 1953, and together they have a daughter, Jane Lee.
Raised in Baldwin City. Enrolled at Baker where he soon earned a starting position on the football team as a strong-side blocking end. During his sophomore year was the leading receiver scorer and played equally well on the defensive side of the ball, where he earned two all-KCAC honors, and honorable mention his junior year and was first-team selection his senior year.
Also excelled in track where he only failed to take first place in small-college competition in the high hurdles on two occasions. Won the KCAV high hurdle event for three years. His Baker (14.7 seconds) and conference (15.0 seconds) records in the high hurdles stood for several years.
Also participated and earned team points in the low hurdles, shot put and discus. Additionally, participated in the University’s intercollegiate basketball team for 3 ½ years and earned the 1949 Goetz Athletic Scholarship Award for having the highest GPA of any Baker letterman.
After graduation form Baker, earned a master’s in education from Purdue in industrial recreation and studied government administration and horticulture while serving as head of municipal park and recreation departments. Received the Award of Merit in 1972 from the Mid-Continent Park and Recreation Conference and coordinated the creation of the 5,600-acre LaCygne Lake Complex.
Is an active church member and volunteer, a member and longtime trustee of the Zeta Chi fraternity and has served the University in a number of volunteer capacities for class reunions and athletics.
Is married to the former Greta Kanzig, class of 1951. They have three children, Stephen ’75, Katrina, ’77, and Denise ’79.
The Chubbs were honored as Baker’s Family of the Year in 1974.
Raised in Franklin County, Kansas, where he attended Appanoose Rural High School. Played on two Appanoose basketball teams which went to the state high school tournament.
Enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1943 and earned letters his freshman year in both varsity football and basketball.
Enlisted in the U.S. Army as an infantry soldier in June of 1944. Saw extensive action in the European theater of World War II and fought in the “Battle of the Bulge.” Received the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart four wounds received in action.
Re-entered Baker in the fall of 1946. Accelerated his education so that he received his Bachelor of Arts degree after a total of just three years. Also found time to earn four additional letters, two each in football and basketball and was invited to play in the Mo-Kan All-Star game.
Career was dedicated to teaching, coaching and as a school administrator. Taught and coached at St. John’s Military School 1948-1950; taught, coached and served as principal at Bison Rural High School 1950 to 1965; and served as superintendent of the Otis-Bison USD 403 from 1965 to 1991.
On campus, was a member of the Zeta Chi fraternity. Following college, became active in a wide array of community service activities, including Boy Scouts, Men’s Club of the United Methodist Church and as a Charter Board Member of the High Plains Mental Health Center.
Married Baker schoolmate, Donna Jessen, Class of 1950. Together they had two children, Kris Randal Waldren, Class of 1971 and Dana Kirk Randel, Class of 1973.
Passed away January 4, 1992.
Attended North Kansas City High School from 1959 to 1962. Played offensive tackle and center. Lettered and was named to the all-conference squad for both 1960 and 1961.
Enrolled and played freshman football at William Jewell College prior to transferring to Baker in January 1963.
As a Wildcat, became the starting center under head football coach Jim Irick and held the position through his sophomore, junior and senior years, lettering all three.
Known as a tenacious competitor and blocker, was a member of the front line that helped elevate the Wildcats to national prominence in rushing statistics during the fall of 1964. Following his senior year, was named to the honorable mention all-conference squad.
Not only active in varsity athletics, but an intense participant in campus intramural athletics.
Member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity where he was elected and served as vice president. Member of the B-club.
Following graduation, earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. Returned home to Kansas City, taking a position with TWA. Initially accepted a position in the audit department and has subsequently moved to positions of increased responsibility in finance and accounting. Currently serves as manager of Passenger Refunds.
Served as a volunteer coach for the Jets in the Northland Football League for seventh and eighth grade for a period from 1989 to 1998.
Passed along his love of competition to his children and has spent the previous 10 years as their most ardent fan and in traveling to their sporting events whenever possible.
Married to Kathy Kruckenberg McCann. Together they have three children: Sarah, Katie and Scott.
Dr. Karl Spear
Son of longtime Baker coach Karl Spear who was inducted in the initial class of Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame inductees in 1977. Thus becomes the first father/son inductees in University history.
As a young boy, served as a ball boy for several teams coached by his father. Later graduated as the salutatorian of the Baldwin High School class of 1957 where he began his athletic career in earnest.
As a Wildcat, lettered four years each in football and golf. Known as a leader throughout his career, served as senior co-captain of the team, which went 8-1 with a 27-8-1 combined career record. Designated to the all-conference squad after sophomore and junior seasons and the first-team all-conference and all-Methodist All-American squad his senior year. As a junior, received designation as a second-team member of the All-American Academic Team and was elevated to first-team status his senior year.
On campus, was active in a wide range of activities including: member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, serving as vice president as a junior and pledge trainer as a senior; as a member of the German Club, serving as president as a junior, member of the B-Club, serving both vice president and president, won the Garrett Mathematics Scholarship; won the Freshman Chemistry Award; and upon graduation was initiated into Alpha Delta Sigma, a national honorary academic fraternity.
Following graduation with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, he completed graduate research at the University of Munster, Germany, and later earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Kansas in 1967.
Following three years at the Oak Ridge National Research Laboratory, joined Penn State University in 1970 where he currently serves as professor of Materials Science and Engineering, as Associate Head of the Intercollege Graduate Program in Materials and as the Coordinator of Graduate programs in the Department of Materials and Engineering.
Has won numerous honors and awards in his field, is a member of several professional associations, has authored or co-authored over 175 publications and three patents, and has given more than 265 presentations around the world. Current research emphasis is on the safe storage of radioactive waste materials.
Married to his college sweetheart, Nancy Boudrot, ’62. Together they have three children: Kalie, Sally and Karl III (Charlie).
Charles Sherman Kolacny
Raised in WaKeeney, Kan., where he attended his first two years of high school. Lettered in football, basketball and track. Moved with his family to Baldwin where he continued in these same sports, lettering a total of seven times between the two schools.
Enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1946 and became an immediate starter on the football team as a halfback and later added duties as the extra-point and field-goal kicker. A significant highlight of his football career came in 1947 when he scored on an 89-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game against Rockhurst.
As a senior, he led the Wildcats to a 7-2 record and the conference championship of the KCAC. Baker’s record during his career was 22-13-1. Earned a total of nine athletic letters at Baker; four each in football and track, and one in basketball. In football, was selected all-conference second team all four years. In track, won nine conference medals and scored points in seven different events.
On campus was a member of the B-Club for four years, serving as treasurer as a junior, and was a member of the Independent Students Association.
Following graduation, taught and coached for a year at the Post’s middle school at Fort Leavenworth. Afterward, returned to Baker to assist with coaching football and track for a year.
During his career, spent 23 years as a member of the Kansas Highway Patrol. Retired in 1976 as the “Safety and Education” and Training Officer where he was instrumental in establishing the Cadet Lawman Program in cooperation with the American Legion.
After retirement from the Highway Patrol, operated an antiques business until 1999.
Served as a Scout master and Explorer Scout adviser for 19 years.
James H. Kean
Raised in Johnson County, Kansas. Attended Olathe High School. Lettered in four sports in high school; basketball two years; track two years; cross country two years; and football one year.
Enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1956. Became a crucial member of the basketball and track squads as a freshman. Through four years at Baker, lettered four times in each sport.
Received numerous honors for athletic achievements in basketball, including honorable mention all-conference 1957; second-team all-conference 1960; and first-team all-conference 1958 and 1959.
Set school and conference records in rebounding (28 vs. Sterling in 1956) and for free throws (15-for-15 vs. McPherson in 1956). Remains one of the top all-time scorers in University history.
On campus, served as president of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity in 1960. Was an academic scholarship recipient from 1957 to 1960; on the Dean’s Honor Roll 1957-1960; a member of the B-Club 1957-1960; recipient of the Goetz Athletic Scholarship Award 1959-1960; and served as president of the senior class in 1960.
Following graduation, continued education at the University of Kansas. Received a master’s degree in public administration in 1962.
As a young adult, continued in basketball competition and was a key team member of the Ideal Market team of Boulder which advanced to the 1969 AAU National Basketball Tournament in Macon, Ga.
During career, served as the assistant city manager and acting city manager (twice) for the city of Boulder, Colo. Since 1968, has been self-employed with several successful businesses in Boulder, Colo., and Chandler, Ariz.
Daughter is Jori Lindsay and sons Mike Kean and Tod Kean. Married to Rebecca L. Kean.
Harold L. Reade
Graduated from Moran (Kan.) High School in 1924. Played football four years, serving as team captain as a junior and senior.
Enrolled at Baker in the fall of ’24 and made an immediate impact on the football team where he lettered all four years and was selected for all-league honors for three years. Served as team captain his junior and senior years. On campus, was an active member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Earned a bachelor’s degree in 1928. In 1944, earned a master’s degree from Kansas University.
Began his teaching and coaching career at La Harpe (Kan.) High School in 1928. In 1930, moved to Nevada (Mo.) High School where he guided the football team to four Southwest Missouri League Championships in five years.
In 1935 was hired by Shawnee Mission Rural High School to teach government and constitution. He coached track for one year, golf and basketball for 16 years, and football for 20 years.
His football teams won 110 games, lost 38 and tied 11 while winning eight Northeast Kansas League Championships and one Sunflower League title. His basketball teams won 235 games while losing only 76, a winning-percentage of 76 percent on the way to nine NEK League Championships and two Kansas State AA Championships. His golf teams won eight league championships.
Though known as a strict disciplinarian who wouldn’t allow players to suit up for games unless their grades were “C” or above, he was widely respected by his former athletes. His 1946-47 basketball team had eight of its 10 squad members selected for membership in the National Honor Society.
Served as City Councilman in Overland Park for eight years and was elected as the council’s first president. Served as a Johnson County Republican Precinct Captain, was a 32nd degree Mason, and a member of the United Methodist Church and several education groups and societies.
Married classmate Thelma Roberts and together they had one son, Dr. H. Karl Reade. Coach Reade passed away March 1974.
Attended and graduated from Washington High School in Kansas City, Kansas. Earned a total of six varsity letters in the sports of football, basketball and track.
Enrolled as a freshman at Baker in 1954. Participated in track in 1955 and for four years in football, where he earned a letter his senior year. Also was an active member of Zeta Chi fraternity.
Graduated in 1958 with an AB degree in zoology in 1960. Earned a Bachelor of Science in education at the University of Kansas and a Master of Science degree in education in 1962.
Taught chemistry and science at Lawrence High School from 1960 to 1993, where he served as assistant track coach from 1960 to 1968 as head cross country coach from 1963 to 1993 and as head girls’ track coach from 1978 to 1993.
Coaching record includes coaching 24 individual state champions in track and cross country and five state championship track teams.
Honors include: winning a 1977 Meritorious Teaching Award from the Westinghouse Science Foundation, being named the 1979 Kansas Track Coach of the Year in Girls’ track, being named the 1980 Regional Girls’ Track Coach of the Year, being nominated for the National High School Girls’ Track Coach of the year in 1980 and receiving the 1989 National High School coaching Award from Scholastic Coach magazine.
Served for 37 years as an official at the KU Relays and as the KU Relays Referee in 1982.
Member of the United Methodist Church. Past President of the Kansas Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. Member of the Zeta Chi Board of Trustees, 1964 to present. Received the Zeta Chi Alumnus of the Year. 1994 and a Special Service Award in 2000. Elected Clerk of Wakarusa Township in Douglas County Kansas, 1994 and 1998.
Married to Pat Corken, class of 1957. Together they have two children, Susan Sublett Newton ’81 and Steve C. Sublett.
Attended high school at Bonner Springs High School. Lettered in football and track. Earned first-team all-conference honors and was named to the All-KC Area Team in football.
Enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1954. Played and lettered all four years in football. Also participated in campus activities as a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and sang in the University Choir all four years.
Graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts in physical education. Shortly after, began a career in teaching and coaching. In 1965 earned a Master of Arts in guidance and counseling from the University of Kansas.
During his career, coached seven sports: Basketball, football, track, baseball, softball, volleyball and tennis. Since 1967 has taught and coached at Fort Osage (Mo.) High School
His career basketball coaching record includes
Junior high boys Won 80 Lost 36
Sophomore boys Won 30 Lost 31
High school boys Won 61 Lost 47
High school girls Won 401 Lost 192
College women Won 22 Lost 23
Total winning percentage: 64%
Coaching record includes a total of 14 conference championships, 6 district championships, 5 sectional championships and 12 invitational tournament championships.
Honored on 13 occasions as Conference “Coach of the year”. Additionally, was recognized twice by the Independence Examiner as Coach of the Year. Honored by the Kansas City Area/Sports Connection as their Coach of the Year for girls sports.
Has three children: Robert Hillman Williams, Karre Wiederholt Kelly and Sheri Anne Williams.