Homecoming 2015 | October 2-3
Athletic Hall of Fame & Student-Athlete Awards Banquet | Oct. 2
The weekend kicks off Friday evening with the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction and Student-Athlete Awards Banquet. Five former Baker University standouts — Zach Kindler, Carlos Grace, ’01; Mike Ewing, ’80; Tim Sheldon, ’94 and Christina (Billups) Brumley, '97 — will be inducted homecoming weekend into the Athletics Hall of Fame.
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 event will take place at 6 p.m. at the Overland Park Marriott at 10800 Metcalf, Overland Park, Kan.
Homecoming Events | Oct. 3
- 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Baker Wetlands Discovery Center Open House
- 10 a.m. Baseball & Softball Alumni Games | More info and RSVP
- 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Social | Hall of Fame Rotunda, Collins Gym
- 7:30 p.m. Theatre production "Treasure Island" | Rice Auditorium
Homecoming Football Game vs. Peru State College | Oct. 3
On Saturday, the main event is the Alumni Tailgate Luncheon and the football game at Liston Stadium, where Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at halftime. Younger fans enjoy the Wildcat KidZone in the northeast corner of the stadium.
- Noon – Free Alumni Tailgate Luncheon Under the Alumni Tent (sponsored by Kansas State Bank)
- Noon – Wildcat KidZone | Inflatables for the the kids to enjoy
- 2 p.m. – Kickoff | Baker Wildcats vs. Peru State
2015 Hall of Fame Class
Christina (Billups) Brumley, '97, was an outstanding four-year starting goalkeeper for the Wildcat women’s soccer program. As a freshman, she helped lead Baker to its first winning season in program history with a 15-4 record, and the Baker defense led the nation in goals per game allowed at .53.
She was named the Heart of America Athletic Conference defensive player of the year her sophomore season and as a junior received honorable mention for the NAIA All-America team. Her senior season, she earned third-team All-America honors and represented Baker on the Umbro Select College All-Star team at the All-Star game in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
After graduating cum laude from Baker in 1997, she married Lance Brumley, ’94. She is an elementary school teacher in Nixa, Missouri, where she and Lance live with their three daughters, Allison, Carlee and Megan.
Tim Sheldon, ’94, one of the greatest quarterbacks in Baker football history, played for the Wildcats from 1990 to 1993. He stands third all time in passing yards (5,584) and third all time in total offensive yards (6,214). He also holds the Baker record for total yards in a season with 3,314 and passing touchdowns with 26 in 1993.
Following his Baker days, Sheldon served as an assistant coach of defensive backs for one year for the Wildcats before moving into sales and sales management. He is now a co-owner of a filtration company in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Waterford, Michigan, and has been serving this industry for the last 18 years while living in the Kansas City area.
Mike Ewing, ’80, was named to the All-HAAC football team three times and twice to the All-District 10 team. In 1980 he was named a first-team NAIA All-American. The Wildcats also qualified for its first postseason bowl game with an appearance in the Boot Hill Bowl during his playing time under the guidance and direction of fellow Baker Hall of Fame member Joe Girardi.
After graduating, Ewing accepted a teaching and coaching position at Highland Junior High School in Kansas City, Kansas. He taught science and was the head football coach, head track coach and basketball coach. After seven years at Highland, he transferred to Turner High School, where he taught health and physical education and performed the duties of defensive coordinator for the Turner Bears. In 1990, Ewing left Turner High School to work for the Hershey Chocolate Co. in Columbia, Missouri. During his career at Hershey, he worked in Omaha, Nebraska, and most recently in Philadelphia.
Zach Kindler served as Baker’s head men’s and women’s cross country and track and field coach from 2007 to 2014. He passed away on Aug. 4, 2014, after a sudden medical emergency. He was a beloved coach, father, husband and friend of the university, and will go down as one of the most successful coaches in the history of Baker athletics.
Kindler's program reached unprecedented heights in 2012-13 with a HAAC championship in men's cross country, men's indoor track and field, women's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field and women's outdoor track and field.
Under Kindler's leadership, Stephanie Nelson won the javelin at the 2012 NAIA National Championships and Jeremy Gathright in 2013 was the men's 400-meter national champion. During his time at Baker, Kindler was named HAAC Coach of the Year 15 times and won four cross country conference championships and nine track and field conference championships.
Carlos Grace, ’01, played football for the Wildcats from 1997 to 2000 and graduated in 2001 with a degree in sociology.
He earned an NAIA first-team All-America award in 1999 and also team MVP that year. He became a two-time first-team All-American in 2000. He serves as a behavior specialist at Alice Johnson Junior High School in Channelview, Texas. He lives in Texas with his wife Magdalena and children, Victoria, Maya and James.