Hall of fame welcomes newest inductees

Julie Campbell Beatty, Robert Bergman, Don Katzman, Jeff Knecht and Ken Trinkle were inducted into Hanover College's Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, Nov. 9, during its 19th-annual ceremony in the Horner Health & Recreation Center.

Beatty, a 1995 graduate, was the first four-time all-conference player in Hanover volleyball history. She led the Panthers to a pair of Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference titles and four 20-win seasons, including a school-record 30 wins in 1994.

She was the first player in program history to record more than 1,000 career kills and 1,500 digs.

Hanover’s outstanding senior athlete, she also set the College’s track record in the 100-meter dash in 1992. The mark stood for more than 20 years before being eclipsed last spring.

Bergman, a 1961 graduate, was a member of Hanover’s football squad for four years and earned all-Hoosier College Conference honors as a senior.

Bergman served as head football and track & field coach at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology from 1968-1976. He led the Engineers’ football team to a pair of conference titles and guided the track program to a string of 27 consecutive meet victories during a three-year span.

He also served as head football coach at DePauw University during the 1977-1978 seasons.

A 1981 graduate, Katzman was three-time all-Hoosier-Buckeye Collegiate Conference and all-NAIA District 21 linebacker for Hanover’s football squad from 1977-1980. He was a first-team all-American as a senior and earned honorable-mention all-American recognition as a sophomore and junior.

Katzman finished his career as the leading tackler in school history, setting marks for most tackles in a game (33), season (190) and career (526).

Knecht, a 1986 graduate, was a three-time all-Hoosier-Buckeye Collegiate Conference selection for Hanover's baseball team. As a sophomore, he was a NAIA all-District 21 honoree and was also tabbed the squad’s most valuable player.

He set school pitching records with nine wins in a season and 276 career innings. Both marks stood until 2003.

He continues to hold Hanover’s record for home runs in a season (11) and game (three).

A 1965 graduate, Trinkle was a three-time all-Hoosier College Conference selection for Hanover’s basketball team. A four-year letterwinner, he was the program's most valuable player as a junior and senior and an honorable-mention all-American selection as a senior.

A longtime high school basketball coach, baseball coach and athletic director, Trinkle finished his playing career with 1,068 points and currently ranks 32nd among the Panthers’ career-scoring leaders.

Started in 1995, the Hanover College Athletic Hall of Fame exists to recognize individuals who have served Hanover athletics with distinction, either by virtue of their performance as a coach, a team member, or by meritorious efforts on behalf of athletics, either as an undergraduate or in years after leaving the institution.

The hall of fame, which resides in the Horner Health and Recreation Center, currently honors more than 100 individuals who have left their mark on Hanover athletics.