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MMcCannMerton McCann

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.

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Nomination Procedures

Anyone is eligible to write an open letter of nomination regarding an individual they believe to be worthy of induction to the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame. The nominations must be received by December 31 to be considered for induction during the next calendar year. Once an individual is nominated, he or she remain in an active file for review by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. The selection committee sends recommendations in the spring to the President of the University for final approval for fall induction.

Nominating Categories

- Former Baker University athletes

- Current and former coaches or athletic administrators

- Meritorious service to the Baker University athletic programs

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