The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Missouri Southern Sports

September 20, 2012

Four to be inducted into MSSU Athletics Hall of Fame

Basketball players Eddin Santiago and Katie Gariss Marsh, sprinter Heather Hoyle Sams and men’s soccer coach Dr. Hal Bodon are being inducted into the Missouri Southern Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend.

A dinner and induction ceremony are scheduled tonight, and a noon luncheon will be held Saturday. The inductees also will be introduced at halftime of the Lions’ football game Saturday night against Southwest Baptist.

Santiago started four years at point guard for the Lions and was the floor general during the Lions’ 30-3 season and NCAA Division II Tournament semifinal run his sophomore year in 2000.  He graduated as the Lions’ career leader in assists (804) and steals (383), which were also MIAA records. He ranks 12th in school history with 1,108 points, and the Lions posted an 82-37 record during Santiago’s career from 1998-2002.

Santiago is a professional player in the Superior Basketball League in Puerto Rico, helping his team to the 2007 championship. He and his wife Daisy live in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Gariss ranked eighth on the women’s basketball career scoring list with 1,230 points, and she averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds. She graduated with a 4.0 grade point average and was named CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year in 2002.

Gariss and her husband Jeff have three children, Kinley (5), Hunter (3) and Will (4 months). The family lives in Joplin where she is a physician’s assistant at Ortho of the Four States.

Hoyle ran the anchor leg on the Lions’ 4x100 relay team that finished third in the Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1999. She holds school records in the 55-meter dash and the outdoor 4x100 relay, and she earned academic all-American honors three years.

Today Hoyle is a physician’s assistant at an asthma and allergy clinic in Bentonville, Ark. She and her husband Ty have three children, Reagan (6), Reese (4) and Rylan (8 months).

Bodon started the men’s soccer program in 1972, and the first games were played four years later. His teams went 138-74-21 during his 11 years as head coach. He then became a fulltime professor of communications until his retirement in 1996.

Today he is an adjunct professor at Dixie State (Utah). For the last three years he has been director of soccer tournaments for the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah, an event that attracts more than 10,000 athletes from all 50 states and 25 other countries. Bodon and his wife, Sonja, live in Utah and have two sons, Peter and Michael.

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