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.