HIRAM, OHIO — Hiram College will induct eight new members into the William H. Hollinger Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday (Oct. 1). Established to honor those people who have made a significant contribution to Hiram’s athletic history, the College has inducted over 250 alumni and friends to its Athletic Hall of Fame since 1964. In June of 2006, Hiram formally named and dedicated its athletic Hall of Fame in honor of William H. Hollinger ’43, who coached and directed the College’s athletic program for 33 years.
The induction ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with a brunch in the Dix Dining Hall located in the Kennedy Center. Following the ceremony, the inductees will also be honored at the home football game against non-conference opponent Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) University which begins at 1 p.m. Below is biographical information about each of the inductees making up the 2011 Hall of Fame class.
John R. Burr ’83
John Burr was a four-year member of the football team as a student-athlete at Hiram. He is a 1983 graduate of the College and was a four-year letter winner as a defensive lineman.
During his playing career, Burr earned second-team All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference honors as a junior. In his final season, he was first team All- PAC and was tabbed as an honorable mention Associated Press All-American. Burr was a key member of the 1982 conference champion team on which he also served as team co-captain. That season, the Terriers posted a 6-3 overall mark and a 6-1 record in the PAC to win Hiram’s first conference championship in football. The previous season, Hiram had finished a strong second in the PAC with a 5-2 record and an overall mark of 6-3. Burr was knownboth for his quickness and strength, and former coach Joe Malmisur credits Burr’s play at the nose guard position with sometimes occupying two and three opposing blockers, allowing the linebackers to make unimpeded tackles.
An outstanding student in the sciences, Burr earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at The Ohio State University. He is currently serving as a principle scientist with Proctor and Gamble. He has also held positions as manager of veterinary services and animal welfare with The Iams Company (1989-99) and associate veterinarian at the Sinclair Veterinary Clinic. Burr also served his alma mater as a member of the President’s Council on Science Initiatives and contributed to the building of Gerstacker Science Hall.
Burr currently resides in Brookville, Ohio.
Michael Dobran ’99
Michael Dobran is a 1999 graduate of Hiram and a two-year member of the Terrier baseball team (1997-98), where he was a two-year letter winner and team captain as a senior.
Dobran began his collegiate career at Wright State University before transferring to Hiram prior to the start of the 1997 season. While at Hiram, he was a two-time first-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference award winner and was a two-time first-team NCAA Division III All-Mideast Region player (1997-98). In just two seasons with the Terriers, he set a combined four single-season and career records and is still currently the record holder in three of these categories. Dobran holds the school’s single-season record in hits (63) and doubles (15), both of which he set during the 1998 season. He is the program’s all-time leader with a batting average of .405. In addition, Dobran earned the NCAA Division III “Toughest to Strikeout” award as a senior in which he had 152 at-bats in 40 games and only struck out once.
Following graduation, Dobran went on to pursue a career in education and spent 11 years as a high school math teacher with four different schools, including James A. Garfield, Massillon Washington, Copley and Glen Oak. He is currently an assistant principal at Alliance Middle School in Alliance, Ohio.
Dobran currently lives in Canton, Ohio.
Myrtis E. Herndon
Myrtis Herndon has played a pivotal role in the development of women’s intercollegiate varsity sports throughout her career at the local, state, regional and national levels. She aided in the development of policies and procedures governing women’s participation in sports through the creation of numerous organizations in Ohio and the region. Herndon served as commissioner of three of these organizations from 1971-74 in Ohio and the Midwest overseeing regional collegiate sports championships for women. Herndon has published 14 books and articles on physical education and sports, winning awards from the International Olympic Committee.
Herndon served as a long-time professor at Hiram and also served as head coach for the softball and volleyball teams early in each program’s existence at the College. She began her teaching career at Hiram in 1958, shortly after earning her Master’s in Education from Northern Illinois College. She left Hiram College briefly in 1962 to serve two years in the Peace Corps, but returned to the College in 1966 where she taught until her retirement in 1995. She has remained heavily involved both at Hiram and in various national women’s sport organizations. Herndon continues to be a supporter of Hiram and women’s athletics and was a key contributor to the construction of the campus softball field, which is named in honor of her.
Since retiring from Hiram College, Herndon has received numerous awards for her work in women’s athletics and was recently acknowledged by her alma mater, Florida State University, receiving the FSU “Champions Beyond the Game” award which honors former women athletes who have excelled in life after college sports.
Herndon currently resides in Allons, Tennessee.
Ronald L. Kilpatrick ’64
Ronald Kilpatrick is a 1964 graduate of Hiram and was a two-sport athlete as a student. He competed in both indoor and outdoor track (1961-64) as well as cross country (1960-63).
He was a three-year varsity letter winner in cross country and earned four varsity letters in track. Kilpatrick was both an accomplished long distance runner in track and cross country runner, having
served as the team captain his final two seasons (1962-63). Kilpatrick was also voted the cross country team’s “Most Valuable Player” on two occasions (1962-63). Kilpatrick was the team’s top runner in several events throughout his career and was a consistent winner in meets against conference and non-conference foes alike. He also recorded several seasons in which he finished as the top point earner on the team.
In addition to success on the cross country “trails,” Kilpatrick was a successful student and a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Gamma Mu honor societies. He was also a four-year member of the “H-Club” and served as president of the Phi Gamma Epsilon fraternity as a senior in 1964.
Following graduation from Hiram, Kilpatrick spent 35 years with International Business Machines and held a variety of executive positions in sales and marketing, including area manager for the Southwest United States headquartered in Los Angeles. In addition, he has served as vice president of marketing for the IBM Printing Systems Division; general manager for the IBM Storage Systems Division in San Jose, California; and was a member of the IBM executive committee.
Kilpatrick retired in February of 2000 and currently resides in Bonita Springs, Florida.
Heidi (Gerhardstein) Niedermier ’99
A 1999 graduate of the College, Heidi (Gerhardstein)Niedermier had a very successful track and field career as a student-athlete at Hiram. While her coaches relied on her overall athletic talent to provide team depth in the relays and various field events, it was in the high jump where Niedermier truly excelled. She competed all four years (1995-99) during the indoor and outdoor seasons and was a multi-time qualifier in both the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships and the NCAA Division III National Championships.
Niedermier qualified for three NCAA national championship meets in the high jump and earned All-American honors at each meet. During the 1997 season, she set the school record in the high jump at three separate meets and ended up placing fourth in the NCAA indoor meet to earn the first of her three All-American awards. She went on to again earn All-American honors that same year during the outdoor season and to this day retains the Hiram record in the high jump. An outstanding student in the classroom, earning a degree in Biology, Niedermier was also awarded the Helen M. Petrosky Award in 1998 which is given to the top overall Hiram College female athlete.
Niedermier is currently a stay-at-home mom and resides in Bellevue, Ohio.
Catherine (DiOrio) Reesman ’92
Catherine (DiOrio) Reesman is a 1992 graduate of Hiram College and was a three-sport athlete (soccer, softball and track). She was a varsity letter winner in both softball and soccer, but was known more for her role in the creation of the women’s soccer program at Hiram.
Reesman played an integral role in and is one of those considered to be the “founders” of the women’s soccer program at the College. She served as a team co-captain in 1991 during the program’s first season of existence in varsity competition. Prior to women’s soccer becoming a varsity sport at Hiram in 1991, Reesman led the women’s soccer “club” in all aspects from scheduling opponents to “recruiting” players to take part in the games.
Leading up to that inaugural season, Reesman aided the athletic department in hiring the programs first-ever head coach (Bruce Knight), as well as submitted ideas for uniforms. Once it was determined that Hiram would sponsor a varsity women’s soccer program, the first team consisted of 18 players and included athletes from other sports such as track and softball. They played
opponents that included now NCAA Division I Cleveland State University.
In addition to being a member of the soccer club and team, Reesman was also involved in other student organizations on campus which included the Rugby Club, Delta Chi Lambda, Education Club and Choir, and was an actress in the Drama Club. After graduation, Reesman went on to earn her Master’s in Education, as well as receiving her Administrative Certification in Education from Central Washington University. She has held several teaching and administrative positions in the Seattle area and in Northeast Ohio. She is currently the supervisor of special education in the Westerville City School District and working on her doctorate in education from Youngstown State University.
Reesman currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.
Michael Rogich ’97
Michael Rogich graduated from Hiram in 1997 and was an accomplished soccer player all four years as a student-athlete. He was a four-year letter winner and a two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference award winner. Rogich earned second-team All-OAC accolades as a junior (1995) and went on to cap a standout career as a first-team pick following his senior season in 1996. He was also the 1996 OAC Offensive Player of the Year and was a first-team All-Ohio pick, NSCAA All-Mideast Region, and All-American.
During Rogich’s career, Hiram posted a 58-19-5 record and made the program’s only NCAA Division III National Tournament appearance in 1995, advancing to the “Sweet 16” round. Rogich was a member of the squads that captured two OAC Tournament titles (1994 and 1996) and finished as runners-up in 1993 and 1995.
Rogich left his mark in the Hiram record books with a combined four single-season and career men’s soccer records. Rogich is the current single-season record holder for goals in a season (17) and total points in a season (44). He also owns the career mark in goals scored (41) and in total points (109) having scored 41 goals and 26 assists. In addition, his 26 career assists ranks second all-time in program history. Rogich played in 79 career games, which also ranks second most by any Terrier.
After graduation, Rogich received a playing contract with the Rockford Raptors of the USISL (United States Interregional Soccer League) Professional League in 1997. He is currently an Ohio board certified health inspector with the Delaware General Health District in Delaware, Ohio. In addition to being named to the Hiram Hall of Fame, Rogich is also a member of the Ursuline High School Hall of Fame in Youngstown, Ohio.
Rogich currently resides in Powell, Ohio.
Danny Young ’92
Danny Young had a standout four-year career on the men’s basketball team (1988-92) as a student-athlete at Hiram. He was a four-year letter winner as a guard/forward and currently ranks sixth on the Terrier all-time scoring list with 1,452 career points.
Young was a two-time team captain (1990-92) and ended his career as a two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference player, including earning second-team accolades as a senior. As a senior, Young earned “OAC Player of the Week” honors and was also named the “National Division III Player of the Week” in early December. Young is the basketball program’s sixth all-time leading scorer and is tied for second all-time in number of games played (100), fifth in field goals made (483), eighth in three-pointers attempted (263), and fifth in triples made (132).
During his days on campus, Young was also an active member of the African-American Student Union and worked in the admission office. Following graduation in 1992, Young pursued a career in
education and has served in a variety of roles in the field ranging from teacher and guidance counselor to his current position as principal at Shaker Heights Middle School. He is also currently the head men’s basketball coach at Shaker Heights High School. Young has been an educator with the Shaker Heights School District for the past 20 years and is very active in his church affairs as both an elder and youth counselor.
Young currently resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio.