The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


June 10, 2011

Lipira, Smith, Moorman inducted into MIAA Hall of Fame

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pat Lipira and Rod Smith from Missouri Southern and Brian Moorman from Pittsburg State were inducted into the MIAA Hall of Fame on Thursday night during the league’s annual awards dinner at the Downtown Marriott.

Lipira compiled a 632-275 record as the Lions’ softball coach from 1982-2000, highlighted by the 1992 NCAA Division II national championship. She directed the Lions to four MIAA titles, two regional titles and also was the Lions’ volleyball coach from 1981-87.

Smith set conference football records in career receiving yards (3,122) and touchdowns (35) with the Lions. He signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos and set franchise career receiving records for catches, yards and touchdowns.

Moorman was a standout punter and hurdler at Pittsburg State from 1995-99 and is now the Buffalo Bills’ punter. He led Division II in punting his junior and senior seasons, and he won three straight 400-meter hurdles national titles from 1997-99. He earned All-America honors 10 times.

Central Missouri had four individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame — basketball players Ron Nunnelly and Carla Eades, men’s basketball coach Lynn Nance and women’s basketball coach Jorja Hoehn.

Other individuals inducted: track and field athlete Armstead and sports information director Bill Cable from Truman State, football coach Mel Tjeerdsma from Northwest Missouri State and men’s basketball officials supervisor Ron Zetcher.

Six national championship teams were also inducted — Southwest Missouri State’s 1963 men’s golf team and 1974 men’s cross country team, Central Missouri’s men’s and women’s basketball teams from 1984 and Southeast Missouri State’s 1984 men’s cross country team and 1985 men’s indoor track & field squad.

Central Missouri’s Lindsay Lettow and Northwest Missouri’s Jake Soy took home the Ken B. Jones Awards as the MIAA’s top student-athletes.

Lettow is the sixth Central Missouri student-athlete to be named the Ken B. Jones Award winner, and the third female to win the award for UCM. Lettow is the reigning NCAA Division II indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon national champion.

She has maintained a 3.73 grade-point average in psychology while minoring in Spanish, was selected as a CoSIDA second-team academic all-district award winner, and will be a 2011 MIAA Scholar Athlete Award winner as well. Lettow has also been active in many athletic and community activities throughout her time at Central Missouri.

Soy is the fifth Bearcat to earn the award in the last 10 years, and second in a row. Soy was an All-MIAA first team selection, tying the MIAA’s career record of 40 touchdown receptions. He earned an Academic Excellence Scholarship, and earned full waiver of out-of-state tuition rates based on his performance in the classroom. He was a second-team Academic All-American as awarded by CoSIDA, as well as first-team all-district. In the community, Soy has been involved in several organizations.

Truman State  was presented the award for the highest academic success rate (ASR), and Missouri Western won the award for the highest differential of student-athlete graduation rate above overall student body graduation rate.

Pittsburg State’s “Ladies Night at the Pitt” won the MIAA Community Engagement Award of Excellence, and Central Missouri’s Dr. Charles M. Ambrose was named the MIAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Mentor of the Year.

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