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Native of Grain Valley, Mo. Valedictorian at Grain Valley High School. Played quarterback and led the Eagles to a league championship senior season. Played quarterback at William Jewell College, where he majored in mathematics and physical education, with minor in Spanish in 1963. Led Cardinals to conference championship and national ranking senior season. Coach and athletic director at Odessa (Mo.) high School for six seasons. Odessa football teams had combined 43-16 record. Became coach and athletic director at Moberly (Mo.) High School. Led football teams to 2-10 record in four years. Coached at Central Missouri State University where he earned M.S. and Ed.S. degrees. Became head football coach, track coach, and athletic director at Highland (Kan.) Community College. Women’s track team finished third in the nation in 1976. Later coached football at Illinois State and Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. Became fifteenth head football coach at Baker in 1980 and led Baker to first playoff appearance in school history in first year. Appointed athletic director in 1991. Guided the Wildcats to 10 NAIA playoff appearances and one bowl game in 14 years as head coach, including five NAIA semifinal appearances and one national championship appearance in 1986. His record at Baker was 123-28-1, with 10 losses coming in national playoffs. In his tenure the Wildcats were ranked in the NAIA Division II top-25 poll 129 consecutive weeks- a national record dating to 1983, the year Baker attained it’s first number one ranking. Richard had the best winning percentage (.816) of any NAIA coach at the time of his death. His teams won 10 conference championships and never finished below third. He was named conference coach of the year six times and coached over 30 NAIA All-American Scholar-Athletes and over 150 All-American, all-district, and all-conference athletes. His wife Nancy serves the University as Associate Dean of Students. Their daughter, Amy, and son, Pat, are Baker graduates.
Richard D. Hedges
Dick graduated from Blue Mound High school where he was active in a wide range of activities and athletics. He enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1956 and immediately made an impact on the football team in which sport he lettered all four years. In addition he was selected for an additional honors being named to the 1st team All Kansas Athletic Conference team in both his junior and senior years. On a national basis he was named to the 2nd team Methodist All-American squad. On campus he was a member of the Zeta Chi Fraternity and served as its president one year. He graduated in 1960 with a A.B. Degree in Social Science. Following graduation he began a career that would lead him from teaching and coaching in several high schools n the state of Kansas all the way to presidency of a University and to being named to the Kansas Board of Regents. His first coaching opportunity came in Baldwin City where his coaching influence turned around a mediocre program and made the Baldwin Bulldogs into a winning team. Five years later he moved into administration as assistant principal at Columbus, Kansas while maintaining his full-time coaching responsibilities as well. His program there was successful and he also sent several players from Columbus to Baker including previous Baker Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Ken Jones ’70. He had one additional appointment with both administrative and coaching duties for two years at Hutchinson before making an important move to Fort Scott where he was named principal in 1979. In 1983 he made a jump from high school ranks to the being named president of Fort Scott Community College, a position he retained until 1991. Following two short stints away from Fort Scott, first with private industry and letter with Johnson County Technical School he was summoned once again to take the presidency of Fort Scott Community College. He remained president until 2001. During his career he was both a member and in leadership positions with numerous civic, arts related and educational associations. He additionally has served as Mayor of Fort Scott for three terms. He earned both a Masters Degree in Secondary Education Administration and later an ED. S., Degree from Pittsburg State University. In 2004, Pittsburg State named him as their outstanding alumnus. In 2007 he was appointed to a four-year term as a member of the Kansas Board of Regents by Kansas Governor, Kathleen Sebelius. He was married to Karen, his wife of many years who passed away in 2006. Together they have two grown sons, Lance and Kyle and six grandchildren.
Roger Anderson Farmer
Roger Farmer was born on the island of Barbados in the East Indies of the Caribbean. As a young buy he moved with his family to Brooklyn, New York where he attended Thomas Jefferson High School. There he participated in and lettered in football as a wide receiver. Following high school he attended Eastern Arizona Junior College in Thatcher, Arizona. He played one year of basketball at Eastern and two years of football where he started as a wide receiver. At the conclusion of his junior college career he received offers to play football at several universities, including NCAA division I schools. He elected to attend Baker after being aggressively recruited by a former Arizona High School Coach who was then coach of the Baker Wildcats, Joe Girardi. At Baker, Roger continued to grow and improve as a wide-out. According to former assistant coach Keith Hackett. Roger had a unique blend of speed, moves and great hands all leading to his being one of the most outstanding wide receivers ever to done a Baker jersey. In his senior year he caught 59 passes for 1,014 yards. For his efforts, he was voted to the All-Conference first team. The All-District first team and became one of the first players from Baker to receive designation as a NAIA First Team All-American. Following graduation on 1978 he went on to pursue a career in football and signed with the Baltimore Colts of the national football League. In addition to Baltimore he also was on the roster of the New York Jets for a time. At the conclusion of his NFL career he returned to the Midwest and took a position as the wide receiver coach at former Heart of America Conference rival, Tarkio College. At the insistence of his agent, he signed briefly with Montreal of the Canadian Football League before deciding to conclude his professional football career in favor of other career opportunities. Through his career he had worked as a Clinical Child Care worker and as a fire-fighter and Emergency Medical Technician where he received citations for meritorious service. He retired from firefighting due to injuries he received in 2000. Since 2001 he has worked with the city of East Providence, Rhode Island on an alternative-learning plan. In the past seven years he has continued to work with youth and athletics as a volunteer varsity football receivers coach. During that time those teams have won four championships. He also is an avid volunteer to numerous charitable activities with agencies. He has three children, Krista, and twins Marcus and Breana.
George Stuart "Pop" Bretnall
Born September 11, 1895 in Blairstown, Iowa. He served in the medical corps in France during World War I. He captained the track team at Cornell College, graduating in 1921 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While a student at Cornell he was a member of the United State track team, which competed in the 1920 Olympic games held in Antwerp, Belgium. Coach Pop came to Baker in 1922 and was named Head track coach. He was also named assistant football and basketball coach. Has head track coach his teams won the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference championship 9 consecutive years, from 1928 to 1937. Was hired by Iowa State University in 1937 as head track coach. His teams won five championships in track and cross-country. He retired from Iowa State in 1967. Was a charter member of the Cornell College Sports Hall of Fame (1972). Coach Pop passed away March 20, 1974. Was inducted into the Iowa Track Coaches Hall of Fame in 1977.
Jessica Walters Ohlde
Jessica graduated from Ell-Saline High School in Brookville, Kansas. Following high school she initially attended Cloud County Community College where she continued the excellence she had achieved in high school to receive awards and to earn regional and national recognition in both volleyball and track and field.
She enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1998 and made an immediate impact on the volleyball squad where she was named to the 1st team all HAAC team, was named a conference “Player of the Week”, the NAIA’s “Top Hitter of the Week” and led the NAIA in kills/game. Her record of 5.2 kills per game continues as a University record in 2010. During her senior year, she helped the team improve from a record of 15-18 the previous year to a record of 26-13. She was named to the HAAC All-Conference 1st team, was the conference’s “Most Valuable Player of the Year”, was named to the All-Region VI 1st team and as a NAIA 2nd Team All-American. Having completed her years of playing eligibility she then served as a student assistant coach for the 2000 volleyball squad.
Jessica had just as distinguished career in the sport of track and field. In 2000 she was named the Most Valuable Player while participating in the pentathlon, long jump, high jump and shot put during the indoor season and in nine separate events during the outdoor season. She finished 1st in the conference in the Triple Jump and as a member of both the shuttle hurdle relay team and the 800 M sprint medley relay team. She continues to be named in the Top 5 of all-time participants in Baker Track and Field Standings. In 2001 she served as a Student Assistant Coach for Track and Field and placed 4th in Florida State Relays Heptathlon and 5th at the KU relays in the same event while competing “Unattached”.
Jessica is married to Canaan Ohlde. Together they have two children, Conner and Greyson.
Brad & Terry Roepke
Both Terry and Brad graduated from Valley Heights High School in Waterville, Kansas where they excelled in football, basketball and track. Following graduation Brad moved on to Highland Community College where he was a two-year letterman and Defensive Player of the year in 1981. Terry went to Coffeyville Community College where he played for legendary coach, Dick Foster, and alongside future Heisman Trophy winner, Mike Rosier. After a promising freshman year, Terry spent a year coaching as he recovered from a serious knee injury as a sophomore.
The brothers were recruited and ultimately reunited at Baker by Coach Charlie Richard where they became the heart and the soul of an outstanding defense that would be developed around them over the next three years. Brad was named 2nd team all-conference and Outstanding Defensive Lineman in 1982 and in 1983 was selected 1st team all-conference, Outstanding Defensive Lineman, 1st team all-district 10 and honorable mention NAIA All-American. As Captain of the Defense, Terry was named to the all-conference team each year, was the leading tackler on the team in 1982 and was the Outstanding Linebacker in 1983. He additionally was named the NAIA National Player of the Week in 1983 for his game against Missouri Valley. A knee injury in 1984 forced him to the sideline for half the season, returning in time for the post-season playoffs.
The 1983 Baker defense anchored by the Roepkes was truly one of the greatest small college defenses ever assembled. Winning conference titles in both 1983 and 1984, the defense scored an average of 4.1 and 5.7 points a game respectively. Records notched by the ‘83 Cats included: total yards allowed in a game (-19); total rushing yards allowed in a game (-50); total rushing yards allowed in a season (310); yards per rush for a season (.95); safeties scored in a season (6); most wins-regular season (10); fewest loses-a regular season (0); and most consecutive shutouts with (6) (tie).
Both men have volunteered many hours coaching youth and in numerous civic activities in their hometown. Terry is married to Alice and together they have two sons, Alex and Luke. Brad is married to Lynn and they have 5 children and four grandchildren.
Fred Calvin Purvis, Jr.
Fred graduated from Baldwin High School. During the summers of high school he participated in Babe Ruth baseball and was a member of the State’s runner-up team. He enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1966 and lettered each of his four years in both football, where he played quarterback and safety, and in baseball. In baseball he was a life-time .400 hitter while playing for a different head baseball coach each year. He was named to the All-KCAC baseball squad all four years and was an All-District 10 squad member his junior and senior years. Following graduation he received numerous offers to try-out for professional baseball teams, but due to his draft status he joined the military where he was named the outstanding Training Leader in his Basic Training group at Fort Ord, California.
After his military service he returning to Kansas and joined the Shawnee Mission School district where he taught physical education and coached high school football. In 1974 he changed careers and became an Air Traffic Controller in Olathe, KS. After seven years he returned to his roots in Baldwin City and to the classroom and athletic field where he again taught and coached at the junior high and high school levels. He was assistant coach on both the high school football and basketball teams that took State Runner-up and as an assistant coach in track and head coach of the junior high’s basketball team he was part of several league championships.
His own athletic competition didn’t stop at graduation as he was constantly involved in softball with local ASA and USSSA slow pitch teams. During his softball career he was part of 7 World Championships, was named the Most Valuable Player once, was the Most Valuable Offensive player twice and was named to the “All-World” team on 17 occasions. In the late 1990’s he began throwing the shot putt, hammer and weight in regional and national senior track and field events. He reached the level of All-American in four separate events: the hammer, the weight, the super weight and the weight pentathlon. As a volunteer for Baker he ran the time clock for Baker home football games for nearly 20 years. He is married to Linda Diane Purvis and together they have two daughters, Amy Michelle and Stacy Lynn and four grandchildren. He resides in Scottsdale, Ariz.
William D. White
Bill came to Baker after highly successful years in athletics at both the high school and Junior College levels. He graduated from Chanute High School and then went on to play both football and basketball at Independence Junior College where in football he was named to the all-conference team in 1956. In basketball he was selected to the Eastern Division all-conference team and team captain his sophomore year.
He was recruited to play his final two years of college athletics by Coach Karl Spear at Baker. He got his chance to play in his first game and ended up playing quarterback calling the plays, passing, running, punting and kicking extra points and field goals on offense while he ran back punts and kickoffs on special teams and also played in the defensive secondary. He literally led the Wildcats to records of 6-2-1 in 1957 and 8-1 and an undefeated KCAC championship his senior year. For his efforts he was a unanimous choice all KCAC and was additionally selected to the Methodist College All-American First Team in 1958. In basketball he had a 15 point per game average and was selected to the second team All-KCAC team his senior year. He went out for track in the spring of 1959 and won enough points in competition to meet the letter requirement and thus became the only Baker Athlete that year to win letters in football, basketball and track.
Following graduation he coached and had success at both the high school level at Moran and later Horton and Independence and at the collegiate level as an assistant at Pittsburg State (where he earned an MS degree) and later as head coach at Independence Junior College. In 1973 he entered the real estate business and began his own business in 1978. Throughout his career he was heavily involved in civic activities, on boards and as president of the Optimist Club.
He has been married to his wife, Marie for 54 years and together they have three children, Sally, Tim and Janelle and nine grandchildren.
Robert V. Courtney
Bob graduated from Quinter Rural High School in Kansas. When his family moved to Baldwin City, Bob enrolled at Baker. He played basketball and participated in track, lettering and excelling all four years in each sport. In track, he ran the high and low hurdles and was the conference high jump champion in 1954. He was also actively involved in the football program as he served as the team’s manager in 1953 and 1954. Also on campus, Bob was an active member of the Zeta Chi fraternity. In 1957 won the Goetz Athletic Award before graduating with a degree in Mathematics. For his leadership and scholastic achievements, he was named to the Alpha Delta Sigma honor society.
He began a graduate degree in mathematics at the University of Kansas while coaching for two years at Lyndon High School. Having won a National Science Foundation Program stipend to Louisiana State University he went on to earn his Master’s degree in Mathematics in 1961. At the conclusion of graduate school he accepted a teaching position at Shawnee Mission East High School where he taught for three years before accepting an offer to return to Baker as a Professor of Mathematics. He was later named Chairman of the Mathematics Department, a position he continued in until retiring in 1997.
During his years on the Baker faculty, Bob earned numerous awards for his teaching including being named in 1987 to the Baker Faculty Award and in 1991 to the University’s Distinguished Faculty Award. He was active in a wide range of extracurricular and campus wide activities including many in the area of athletics. He served for many years as the Baker Faculty Athletic Representative and in appointments as the Heart of America Athletic Conference Eligibility Chair and the NAIA District 10 Eligibility Chairman. He spent untold hours checking the transcripts of every Baker student-athlete in every athletic program to insure compliance with eligibility rules and regulations.
He is married to Marlene and together they have two children, Bruce and Deborah and four grandchildren.
Patti was a three-sport letter winner including starting for three years and being the team captain for two years in basketball at O’Hara High School (Kansas City, MO) where she was honored as an All- Conference, All-District, All-Metro selection in basketball her senior year. She enrolled at Baker and made an immediate impact starting all four years in basketball. She was voted the winner of the Hustle Award three times and 2 times to the Southwestern College All-Tournament Team. On campus she was a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Mu Gamma and Sigma Tau Gamma graduating with honors in English Education and Psychology. In 1992 she earned an MS degree in Education from the University of Kansas.
Upon graduation from Baker Patti embarked upon a distinguished coaching career in basketball and volleyball at Ottawa University from 1988-1996. During those years she led the Lady Braves basketball squad to become a regional power and to their first ever national NAIA ranking. In 1996 she left coaching to undertake a challenging position in athletics administration with the National Collegiate Athletic Association where she developed and implemented the NCAA CHAMPS/ Life Skills Program Orientation and Training for 50 new institutions and conference offices and additionally assisted with the implementation of NCAA Title IX conferences. In 1999, Patti was named the Executive Director of WIN for KC, an organization she transformed into a nationally recognized organization that empowers girls and woman through promoting the lifetime value of sports and fitness while at the same time providing opportunities for leadership development. The growth of the WIN for KC organization was a direct result of her leadership, vision and direct hands-on involvement in virtually every aspect of the organization. In 2010 she took on yet another challenging assignment as she currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Association of Collegiate Woman Athletics Administrators (NACWAA).
In addition to all of these former and current responsibilities she is a highly sought after national speaker and for ten years served among others as a color analyst for ESPN and Fox Sports Midwest doing broadcasts of high school and collegiate women’s volleyball and basketball games. She belongs to numerous associations and serves in a number of volunteer and community leadership roles including with the Central Exchange and as an Executive Committee member for the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation.