Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Recognized

The Athletics Department of Trinity Christian College inducted two new members into the Athletics Hall of Fame on January 20, 2018. Sara Ooms ‘11 and Andy Jellema ’09 made up the fifth class added to the Hall of Fame that was established in 2007 to bring its total to 17 honored individuals.  

“The Hall of Fame induction is a wonderful tradition and continues to be highlight of our year,” said athletics director Bill Schepel. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to celebrate the induction of these two outstanding recipients and recognize the impact they made to athletics and the Trinity community.”

The inductees were honored at a luncheon in the DeVos Athletic Center and later introduced at the home basketball contest. At the induction ceremony each inductee was introduced, presented with an award, and given the opportunity to share some thoughts.

“I am humbled to be receiving this recognition and am merely a representative to acknowledge and remember the accomplishments of my team,” said Sara. “I am blessed to have been part of the Trinity community that enabled me to play a sport I love to the best of the abilities that God gave me while also pursuing a degree in nursing.”

“Thank you for this honor, but none of it would have been possible without the choices and sacrifices that the team, Coach Brickman, and my parents made,” shared Andy. “God coordinated all those people to be in my life and to make those choices that allowed me to excel.”

The 2018 inductees:

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, currently ranks third in Trinity’s records book in total kills, set a single season attack percentage record, and ranks second overall in career attack percentage. In addition she ranks in the top ten in kill average, total attacks, solo blocks, and assisted blocks. Sara earned NAIA All-American Third Team, NCCAA All-American, CCAC All-Conference, CCAC Player of the Year, and scholar-athlete honors. She also received the Liz Metcalfe Award. Sara was also a member of the program’s first NAIA National Championship qualifying team and a member of the NCCAA National Championship Final Four team.  

Andy Jellema ’09 was a standout distance runner on the cross country and track teams from 2006-2009.   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 was the program’s first NAIA national qualifier. He earned All-Conference and NCCAA All-American honors in each of his three seasons. He ranks second in Trinity’s records book in the 8K with a time of 25:16. On the track Jellema set almost every distance record for Trinity and currently ranks in the top four in the nine events, including records in the marathon and 3000 meter.  He was a NAIA national qualifier in the 10,000 meter and marathon and became Trinity’s first athlete to place at the national meet with an eighth place finish in the 2009 marathon. He earned NCCAA Indoor All-American honors, received the Keith Albers Memorial Award, and was a conference scholar-athlete.

Click here for video Hall of Fame Induction ceremony luncheon.