Hall of Fame
After 35 years of intercollegiate athletics competition, Trinity Christian College started a process to recognize some of its most deserving athletes and coaches. The Trinity Christian College Athletics Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class during Homecoming festivities in February 2007.
“The time was right to initiate an athletics hall of fame,” said Jeff Raymond, athletics director. “There are many individuals who played a significant role in Trinity athletics over the years, and they deserve to be recognized. I hope this is just the start of an ongoing tradition of honoring the many athletes, coaches and supporters who have made important contributions over the years.”
2007 Inductees (Inaugural Class)
Lois (Hovinga) Cole '67 was instrumental in starting women's athletics at Trinity. She coached the women's basketball team from 1974-1984 and the volleyball team from 1976-84. Her volleyball squads won three NCCAA District titles and played in the NCCAA national tournament three times, including a runner-up finish in 1984. She coached the basketball team to a NCCAA District title in 1979 and twice participated in the NCCAA national tournament. In addition to her coaching duties, Cole spent time as the Chair of the Physical Education Department and as the athletics trainer.
Kim (Pothoven) Gritters '94 was a three-sport star for the Trolls, earning a total of 11 letters in volleyball, basketball and softball. She was an All-Conference selection and played in three NCCAA national tournaments with the volleyball team. On the basketball court she was a NCCAA All-American in 1994 while averaging 17.5 points per game. She ranks first all-time at Trinity with 215 career 3-point field goals and fifth all-time with 1,553 career points. In softball, she earned NCCAA All-District honors and posted a career batting average of .335. She ranks first at Trinity with 84 career RBI's.
George Huisman '74 was the first star for the men's basketball program. He scored 2,187 career points, including a school-record scoring average of 29.5 points in 1971-72. He also holds the Trinity marks for most points in a game (51), and highest career scoring average (22.0). Huisman led Trinity basketball to winning records in its first three seasons as a varsity sport, with an overall mark of 41-30 between 1970 and 1973.
Dave Ribbens spent 23 years with Trinity athletics, including time as head coach of four different sports and as athletics director. As athletics director he guided the program in growth from four to 12 sports, served as the CCAC commissioner and as the NCCAA president. He coached men's soccer for 21 years, posting a career mark of 177-209-12. As women's basketball coach he built a record of 113-83 in seven season and took the team to the NCCAA national tournament four times. Ribbens also spent five years as softball coach and one season as women's soccer coach.
Barb Schaaf '87 was a standout performer on the women's basketball and softball teams. She averaged 15.3 points for her career in basketball and twice earned NCCAA All-American honors. On the softball field she also earned NCCAA All-American recognition and ended as Trinity's all-time leader in career batting average (.482) and single season batting average (.516). Schaaf later returned to coach the women's basketball team for four seasons and the softball team for three seasons. After graduation she earned a spot on the U.S Team Handball National Team and competed in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
Bob Schaaf '94 was a four-year letter winner in both basketball and baseball. He scored 1,293 career points in basketball and ranks third all-time at Trinity in career assists (54) and fifth in career steals (150). He earned All-Conference honors in 1993. He was a three-time NCCAA All-American selection in baseball and earned NAIA All-American recognition in 1993. Schaaf ranks first all-time at Trinity in career batting average (.412), career home runs (29) and career RBI's (107). He was the first Trinity player to be drafted and spent time in the Dodgers organization. He returned to campus to coach the baseball team for four years and guided the squad to three appearances in the NCCAA national tournament.
Suzanne (Wiltjer) Jonkman '90 was a standout performer for the women's basketball team from 1986-90. She earned NCCAA All-American honors in each of her four years and was named the CCAC Player of the Year in 1989-90. She led the team to the NCCAA national tournament three times and earned NCCAA National All-Tournament honors in 1987 and 1989. Jonkman holds numerous school records, including career rebounds (1,437) career scoring average (20.3 ppg.), and single-season rebound average (13.9 rpg.), and also holds Trinity records for most points (50) and most rebounds (26) in a single game. She ranks second all-time in career points (2,359) and career field goals made (1,011), and third in career field goal percentage (.512). Jonkman received Trinity's Women's Athletics Award in 1989-90.
Kevin Koeman '02 established himself as one of the top collegiate basketball players in Illinois history while playing for the Trolls from 1998-02. He scored a school record 3,007 points, which ranks second all-time on the Illinois collegiate scoring list. He was a four-time NCCAA All-American, three-time NAIA All-American and was named All-CCAC in each of his four years. In addition, he was named CCAC Freshman of the Year in 1998-99, CCAC Player of the Year in 1999-00 and 2000-01, and was honored with the NCCAA Pete Maravich Player of the Year Award in 2001-02. Koeman leads the Trinity career record book in field goal percentage (.621), field goals made (1,162), free throws made (564) and scoring average (22.4 ppg.). He is also second in career rebounds (907) and seventh in career assists (316). He scored a school-record 853 points in 2001-02. Off the court he earned NAIA and NCCAA Scholar-Athlete honors, and was the recipient of the Keith Albers Award in 2001-02.
Deb (Noort) Lindemulder '85 was a two sport star for Trinity from 1981-84. As a four-year player for the volleyball program she led the team to the NCCAA national tournament on three occasions, earning NCCAA National All-Tournament recognition each time. She was named to the NCCAA All-American team in 1983 and was named NCCAA Most Valuable Player in 1984, leading Trinity to a second place national finish. Lindemulder played three years on the basketball team, averaging 18.6 points per game for her career. She ranks first at Trinity in career field goal percentage (.581) and single season field goal percentage (.616). She led the squad to a pair of NCCAA District championships and two appearances in the NCCAA national tournament. Lindemulder earned Trinity's Women's Athletics Award in 1983-84.
J. Scott Stan '89 became a prolific scorer for the men's soccer team from 1985-88, playing under Hall of Fame coach David Ribbens. He was named to the NCCAA All-American team three times. He holds the Trinity record for career goals (86) and career points (198), and set the school mark for goals in a season (28) in 1986. He also dished out 26 assists in his career. During his four seasons Stan recorded three goals in a game on 10 occasions, and scored four goals in a game four times. He was named Trinity's Keith Albers Award winner in 1988-89.
Kara Bruxvoort ‘03 was a standout on the women’s basketball team from 1999-2003. She is currently Trinity’s all-time leading scorer with 2,771 points, ranks second in career scoring average (19.8), rebounds (1,410) and field goal percentage (.559), and third in blocked shots (434). In addition, she holds single-season scoring records with 800 points and a 22.5 average. She was a two-time NAIA All-American, including a 1st-team selection in 2003, and earned NCCAA All-American honors all four years. Bruxvoort led the team to a regular-season CCAC Co-Championship in 2002-03 and to the NCCAA national tournament in 2001 and 2003, with a 4th-place finish in 2001. Her other honors included CCAC Freshman of the Year in 1999-2000 and CCAC Player of the Year in 2001-02 and 2002-03. Bruxvoort also earned Trinity’s Women’s Athletic Award in 2001-02. She was a NAIA and NCCAA Scholar-Athlete.
Steve Hilbelink ‘81 was member of the men’ soccer program from 1977-80, its first years as a varsity sport at Trinity. He became the Sports Information Director in 1981 and served in that capacity until 1996. He kept and compiled stats for all of the Trinity athletics teams, and started and updated the all-time record book. He developed computer stat programs, functioned as the photographer, and archived detailed records and stats for each team. Hilbelink also served as statistician and press contact for five NCCAA national tournaments held at Trinity and was the NCCAA Midwest District SID for 16 years. In addition, he worked as the NCCAA national statistician for volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and softball.
Jonathan Lenarz ‘97 played for the men’s soccer team for three years from 1994-1996. In 1996 he was named the NCCAA Player of the Year, becoming the first Trinity athlete to receive the honor. He was named a NCCAA All-American for three straight years, earned All-Conference and NAIA All-Region honors in 1996, and was named a NAIA and NCCAA Scholar Athlete in 1995 and 1996. Lenarz ranks 2nd all-time at Trinity in career points (151), 3rd in career goals (57) and 4th in career assists (37), and holds the school mark for single season assists (18). His 1994 season included 23 goals and 14 assists. He helped the team advance to the CCAC finals in 1994 and 1996. Lenarz returned to Trinity to coach women’s soccer in 1998, leading the team to a 7-11-1 record. He spent two years as the head men’s coach (2002-03), guiding the squad to a school-record 16 wins in 2002, a NCCAA Regional title and a 5th-place finish at the NCCAA National Tournament.