Hiram College inducted six, five former student-athletes and one contributor, into the William H. Hollinger Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 11, as part of the 2020 inductee class. Traditionally, the College honors the inductees during the annual Homecoming celebration, however the 2020 event was postponed due to COVID-19.
Established to honor those who have made a significant contribution to the College’s athletic history, Hiram has inducted more than 300 individuals to the Athletic Hall of Fame since 1964. In June 2006, the College formally named and dedicated the Athletic Hall of Fame to honor William H. Hollinger ’43, a coach and director of Hiram’s athletic program for 33 years.
The 2020 inductees include:
Tom Bodmer ’76
A three-sport athlete, Bodmer was a four-year letter winner for both the Hiram men’s soccer and swimming & diving teams, adding another varsity letter in golf. A multi-year All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) honoree, including a 1974 First-Team All-PAC selection, Bodmer served as a men’s soccer team captain in 1975 and was named the Team MVP. In the pool, Bodmer was a member of several PAC Championship relay teams, winning the 400 and 800 relays in 1974, the 800 in 1975 and then 400 in 1976, and captaining the team his senior year.
Off the field, Bodmer was a four-year member of both the Varsity Club and Phi Gamma Epsilon, serving as the president of the Varsity Club for two years. He was also the recipient of the McCombs Memorial Scholarship for his outstanding athletic and academic achievements.
Following his graduation from Hiram, Bodmer worked as a manufacturer’s representative in the athletic apparel industry, helping supply major events such as the Ryder Cup. Now with RE/MAX International, Bodmer has transitioned to a career in real estate since moving to Arizona, where he’s become one of the top producers in the area over the past 21 years.
Outside of work, Bodmer has coached both swimming and soccer, is a certified mediator through the Office of the Attorney General in the State of Arizona and is a member of the Sister Cities Association of Scottsdale.
Although Favier never coached at Hiram College, his impact was widely felt by the athletes he coached both before and after they arrived at Hiram. Over his many years as a coach in the Northeast Ohio area, Faiver introduced and sent numerous student-athletes to Hiram, many of which went on to have stellar careers. In total, Faiver’s athletes earned more than 190 varsity letters while at Hiram, numerous All-America and All-Conference accolades and 10 have been inducted into the Hollinger Hall of Fame.
Off the diamond, Faiver worked for Youngstown Lithographing for 40 years as a bookbinder and cutter before retiring in 1994. Faiver also served in the U.S. Army in the 44th Engineer Group during the Korean War.
A member of the Youngstown Oldtimers Baseball Hall of Fame, Liberty Township Baseball Hall of Fame, Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame, Trumbull County Sports Hall of Fame and Girard High School Hall of Fame, Faiver passed away in Feb. 2016.
Joe Lisko ’00
A four-year letter winner for Hiram baseball, Lisko was the first First-Team All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) selection in Hiram baseball program history, and is the Terriers’ all-time leader in at-bats (519), total bases (274) and runs batted in (127). Lisko also ranks second in program history in hits (181), sacrifice flies (18) and games played (149), tied for second in home runs (17), third in doubles (32), fourth in runs scored (121) and 10th in slugging percentage (.528).
Lisko’s senior season in 2000 still ranks among the best in program history, with the most runs scored (56), runs batted in (56) and total bases (105) in a season, the second-most home runs (10) and hits (59) and the second-highest slugging percentage (.705) in a single-season in Hiram baseball program history. Off the field, Lisko was a two-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a four-year member of the Chemistry Club and played four years of intramural basketball.
Lisko went on to earn his master’s degree in organic chemistry from Youngstown State and has worked at Johnson & Johnson, Cephalon, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently, Lisko is the Administrative Officer with the management and operations team of the CDC’s Division of Laboratory Sciences in Atlanta, Ga. overseeing more than 400 staff members.
Named an inventor on seven scientific patents and the author of 23 peer-reviewed publications, Lisko also volunteers as a young baseball coach and enjoys woodworking, golf, cooking and chasing after his three boys during his spare time.
Mike McDevitt ’08
A two-time All-NCAC Second-Team selection, McDevitt was a four-year letter winner for Hiram men’s basketball, a two-time captain and one of just 28 Terriers to reach the 1,000-point mark with 1,021 career points. The 2007 Donald M. Campbell Award winner, McDevitt still ranks in the Top 10 in Hiram men’s basketball program history in defensive rebounds (320), defensive rebounds per game (3.1), offensive rebounds (154) and games played (102).
His 43-point performance against Wittenberg on Feb. 2, 2008, still ranks as one of the Top 10 individual scoring performances in men’s basketball program history, as well as his three-point field goal percentage, .667, that night.
A two-year member of Hiram’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, McDevitt went on to earn his MBA from Ohio Dominican University in Dec. 2009 and has worked for MPW Industrial Services since 2010 in several different positions, currently as the Director of Sales.
Stephanie Schnetz ’02
The first student-athlete in Hiram women’s volleyball history to achieve 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs, Schnetz was a four-year letter winner for Hiram women’s volleyball from 1998-01. A three-time All-NCAC selection, Schnetz earned a pair of honorable mention honors in 1999 and 2000, before garnering a second-team selection in 2001. Schnetz was also named an NCAC Scholar-Athlete in 2001.
For her career, Schnetz totaled 1,052 kills and 1,446 digs, both of which rank in the Top 10 in program history. Schnetz also still ranks as the Terriers’ career leader in service aces with 228. Off the court, Schnetz was a member of the JJ Turner Society, the Ski Club and the Dean’s List.
Following her graduation from Hiram, Schnetz served as a research assistant at Case Western Reserve University before attending medical school at Ohio University from 2004-08 and completing her residency in emergency medicine at South Pointe Hospital in 2012. Currently, Schnetz works at Hillcrest Hospital as an Emergency Medicine Physician and is also the Vice-Chair of the Enterprise Emergency Management Committee at the Cleveland Clinic.
Outside of work, Schnetz enjoys outdoor sports, was the first overall female finisher at the Findley Triathlon, and twice qualified for the USA National Triathlon Championships.
Megan Taylor ’08
A member of three NCAA Tournament teams, one NCAC tournament championship squad and one NCAC regular-season championship team, Taylor was a four-year letter winner for Hiram women’s volleyball and the 2008 Helen M. Petroskey Award winner. A 2005 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Honorable Mention All-American, a three-time AVCA All-Great Lakes Region selection and a three-time All-NCAC First-Team selection, Taylor graduated Hiram as one of the most distinguished setters in program history.
As a freshman, Taylor was named the 2004 NCAC Women’s Volleyball Newcomer of the Year, as well as an Honorable Mention All-NCAC selection. Taylor went on to earn first-team all-conference honors each of her next three years and was named to the NCAC 30th Anniversary All-Decade Team in 2012. Taylor still ranks as the Terriers’ all-time leader in assists (4,852) and sets played (474), as well as Top 10 in attack percentage, service aces and matches played. She is one of just two Terriers in Hiram women’s volleyball history to notch 1,000 career assists and 1,000 career digs.
Off the court, Taylor was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team and an NCAC Scholar-Athlete in 2007. Taylor was also a student ambassador and tour guide on campus, an orientation leader, and served on Hiram’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Currently an academic advisor at Illinois State University, Taylor earned her master’s degree in exercise and health studies from Miami University and has worked in higher education for the past 11 years. A member of Illinois State’s Vote Engagement Coalition, Taylor enjoys reading, being outside and recently started going on backpacking trips when not busy with her two kids.
The College will celebrate the accomplishments of the 2021 William H. Hollinger Athletics Hall of Fame inductees during the annual Homecoming celebration on October 23, 2021.