The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


July 2, 2012

MSSU announces 2012 Hall of Fame

Missouri Southern unveiled its 2012 Athletics Hall of Fame on Monday, announcing plans to induct three players and a coach in September.

Coach Hal Bodon will join athletes Heather (Hoyle) Sams and Katie (Gariss) Marsh and Eddin Santiago in the hall. The class will be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend on Sept. 21 and 22.

The weekend includes an induction ceremony and dinner on Sept. 21 and an introducing during MSSU’s home football game against Southwest Baptist on Saturday.

Dr. Hal Bodon

Bodon was the first men’s soccer coach in school history. He led the team from 1976 until 1987. He compiled a career record of 138-74-21 and serves as the namesake for MSSU’s soccer field. He retired from MSSU in 1996 and is currently an adjunct professor at Dixie State University.

Heather (Hoyle) Sams

Hoyle was an All-American sprinter on the women’s track and field team in the late 1990s. She was part of a third-place 4x100 relay team at the 1999 NCAA Division II outdoor championships and was also a national qualifier in three events in 1998. She was an All-MIAA honoree in each of her four years at MSSU.

Katie (Gariss) Marsh

Gariss was a three-year starter on the women’s basketball team from 1998 to 2002. She was named the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year in 2002, one of just two MSSU athletes to ever earn that honor.

She was first-team All-MIAA and All-District in 2000-01 after averaging 18 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. For her career, she averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting .485 from the field and .735 from the free-throw line.

Eddin Santiago

Santiago was a four-year starter at point guard for the MSSU basketball team. He finished his career as the all-time school leader in assists (804( and steals (383) while ranking second all-time in games played. He assists and steals marks rank tops all-time in the MIAA while his steals record is the second-most in Division II history.

He was a three-time, first-team All-MIAA selection and a two-time All-American selection. He was the MVP of the 2000 NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament, the year MSSU fell in the national semifinals to eventual champion Metro State.

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