News >

Monday, Sept. 21, 2009
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Baker University to induct five into Athletic Hall of Fame

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University will induct four alumni and a former athletic director into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2, at DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park.

The inductees will be Charlotte Lewis Piper, Class of 1943; Jerry Steele,’53; Clarence Hawk, ’63; David Johnson, ’85; and Dan Harris, who retired in 2009 after serving 14 years as the Wildcat athletic director. Lewis Piper will be inducted posthumously.

The inductees will be recognized during halftime of the homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 3, against Culver-Stockton. Kickoff is 2 p.m.

Their Hall of Fame plaques will hang in the Hall of Fame rotunda at the Collins Center on the Baldwin City campus.

Here are the Hall of Famers at a glance:

Charlotte Lewis Piper, 1943

Charlotte Lewis Piper majored in physical education before beginning a career in education and coaching swimming at the University of New Mexico. She was also active in the AAU and associations for women’s athletics and swimming in New Mexico. Lewis Piper was author of the Official Swimming and Diving Rules for the National Association for Water Sports. Lewis Piper traveled internationally as a member of the U.S. swim team staff and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. (She will be inducted posthumously).

Jerry Steele, 1953

Jerry Steele was a four-year letter winner in basketball and a three-year letter winner in football for the Wildcats. He served as a teacher and coach at schools in Valley Falls, Blue Rapids and Chanute before becoming superintendent of schools in Chanute and Pittsburg. In 1982, he was honored as the Outstanding Superintendent in Kansas by the Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators.

Clarence Hawk, 1963

A four-year starter and two-time all-conference selection in basketball, Clarence Hawk set a Baker school record with 28 rebounds in a game. After graduating from Baker in 1963, the Atchison native obtained a law degree from UMKC in 1969. He was a prosecuting attorney for Moniteau County, Mo., for six years and a municipal attorney in various cities. He continues to practice law in Osage Beach, Mo.

David Johnson, 1985

David Johnson was a conference singles and doubles tennis champion in 1982-1985 for the Wildcats. He also was crowned District 10 singles champion in 1984-85 and District 10 doubles champion in 1982-85. The team captain in 1984-85, Johnson was an NAIA All-American in 1985 when he posted a 27-4 singles record and 27-3 doubles record. Johnson, who received a bachelor’s degree in administration, is Executive Vice President and a Corporate Officer of Anchor Packaging Inc. of St. Louis.

Dan Harris

Dan Harris retired at the end of the 2008-2009 academic year after serving as a coach and administrator at Baker for 26 years. He was assistant football coach from 1983 to 1994 and head baseball coach from 1983 to 1995 before being named athletic director in 1995, a position he held for 14 years. His honors include conference baseball coach of the year in 1992 and 1993; HAAC athletic director of the year in 2002; NAIA Region V athletic director of the year in 2002; NAIA Co-National Athletic Director of the Year in 2002; and National Association of Collegiate Directors Central Division Athletic Director of the Year in 2003 and 2009. He was inducted in 2007 into the NAIA Hall of Fame for meritorious service.