Athletics Hall of Fame to Induct Two New Members

The Trinity Christian College Athletics Department will welcome two new members to its Hall of Fame in an induction ceremony in January, 2018.  Andy Jellema ’09, a cross country and track leader, and Sara Ooms ’11, a women’s volleyball standout, will be the fifth class added to the Hall of Fame since it was established in 2007. The induction ceremony will take place in the DeVos Athletics and Recreation Center on January 20, 2018.  

“We are excited to continue the tradition of inducting new members to the Athletics Hall of Fame,” said Trinity athletics director Bill Schepel. “Each of the new inductees made a significant mark on Trinity and our athletics program and we look forward to honoring these individuals at the induction ceremony.”

Here is a brief look at each of the 2018 inductees.

Andy Jellema ’09 was a standout and leader as a distance runner on the cross country and track teams from 2006-2009 after transferring to Trinity after his freshman year at the University of Southern Indiana.  On the cross country team he was a three-time NAIA national qualifier with his best finish of 41st place in the 2008 national meet.  He placed in the top four at the conference meet in each of his three seasons to earn All-Conference honors each year. He was earned NAIA All-Region three times and received NCCAA All-American recognition in each of his three seasons. Jellema ranks second in Trinity’s records book in the 8K with a time of 25:16. His success and level of performance paved the way for other top runners to compete at Trinity.

On the track Jellema set almost every distance record for Trinity and currently ranks in the top four in the 800, 1500, 3000, 5000, 10,000 meters, steeplechase, 4 x 800 meter relay and marathon. He holds the marathon and 3000 meter records.  Jellema was the men's program's first NAIA national qualifier, achieving the standard in the 10,000 meter and marathon. With an eighth place finish in the 2009 marathon, he became Trinity’s first athlete to place at the national meet. He also placed in the top eight in individual and relay events in the indoor and outdoor NCCAA National Championships in each of his three seasons. In 2009 he earned NCCAA Indoor All-American honors in the distance medley relay.

Jellema earned Trinity’s Keith Albers Memorial Award in 2008-09 and was a conference scholar-athlete.

Sara Ooms '11 was a four-year starter at middle hitter for the women’s volleyball team from 2007-2010. In her career she recorded 1,397 kills and currently ranks third in Trinity’s records book.  She set a single season attack percentage record in 2010 at .389 percent and ranks second overall with a .311 career percentage. In addition she ranks in the top ten in kill average (2.54), total attacks (3233), solo blocks (101), and assisted blocks (367). Sara earned NAIA All-American Third Team honors in 2010 and NCCAA All-American in that season as well. She was a two-time CCAC All-Conference selection and CCAC Player of the Year in 2010. In addition she received NCCAA and NAIA/AVCA All-Region recognition. She was also a NAIA, NCCAA, and CCAC Scholar-Athlete.  Sara received the Liz Metcalfe Award (Women’s Award) in 2010-11.

In her four years on the team, the Trolls had a 91-66 overall record and in the 2010 season she was part of the team that advanced to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round for the first time in the program’s history. That season the team also advanced to the NCCAA National Championship Final Four and she was named to the national All-Tournament Team.
More information regarding the Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be released at a later date.