Athletics News
Men's squad third in cross country poll

The Hanover College men's cross country team has been picked to finish third in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference this fall.

Hanover received 77 points in the HCAC's pre-season coaches' poll. The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was the unanimous choice to capture the league title, recording 100 points and all 10 first-place votes. Manchester University landed second with 90 points.

The Panthers' first race of the season will be Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Sodexo Grizzly Invitational in Shelbyville, Ind. The squad will compete in the Indiana Intercollegiates (Little State) in Terre Haute, Ind., Friday, Sept. 18.

The Heartland Conference's championship race will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, in Shelbyville, Ind.

HCAC Cross Country Poll

Rose-Hulman, 100 (10)

Manchester, 90

Hanover, 77

Franklin, 68

Anderson, 59

Bluffton, 58

Defiance, 37

Earlham, 31

Mount St. Joseph, 16

Transylvania, 16

Tennis tabbed for third straight HCAC title

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's nine head coaches have selected Hanover College's women's tennis team to win the league's championship for the third straight season.

The Panthers received 80 points in the conference's pre-season coaches' poll, including eight of the nine first-place votes. The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was second in the balloting with 68 points, while Franklin College was third with 64 and claimed one first-place vote.

Hanover opens its fall season Tuesday, Sept. 1, on the road against Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Ind. The team will make its first home appearance of the season Wednesday, Sept. 9, against Oakland City University at the Zeddies Tennis Center.

The Panthers' Heartland Conference opener will be Saturday, Sept. 12, at home against Rose-Hulman. The HCAC's championship tournament, meanwhile, is set for Oct. 16-17 in Indianapolis, Ind.

HCAC Tennis Poll

Hanover, 80 (8)

Rose-Hulman, 68

Franklin, 64 (1)

Transylvania, 53

Anderson, 44

Manchester, 38

Earlham, 25

Mount St. Joseph, 23

Defiance, 10

Harriers edge field for HCAC's top spot

Hanover College's women's cross country edged Manchester University for the top spot in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's preseason coaches' poll.

Hanover, the defending league champions, earned 96 points in the coaches' poll, including six first-place votes. Manchester was right behind with 94 points and four of the 10 available first-place votes.

The Panthers open the 2015 season Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Sodexo Grizzly Invitational in Shelbyville, Ind. The squad will return to action Friday, Sept. 18, in the Indiana Intercollegiates (Little State) in Terre Haute, Ind.

The Heartland Conference championship meet is slated for Saturday, Oct. 31, in Shelbyville, Ind.

HCAC Cross Country Poll

Hanover, 96 (6)

Manchester, 94 (4)

Franklin, 77

Anderson, 71

Rose-Hulman, 61

Defiance, 44

Bluffton, 42

Earlham, 34

Mount St. Joseph, 17

Transylvania, 14

Former all-HCAC guard joins men’s basketball staff

Former all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference guard Mike Floyd has joined the Hanover College athletic department as an assistant coach with the Panthers’ men’s basketball program.

Floyd, a 2010 graduate of Defiance College (Ohio), comes to Hanover after three seasons as an assistant coach at Piedmont College (Ga.).

While at Defiance, Floyd helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the Heartland Conference’s tournament title, and earn a berth in the NCAA III national tournament, in 2010. He also sparked Defiance to the HCAC’s regular-season crown in 2008.

Floyd, the Yellow Jackets’ team captain as a junior and senior, ranked among the nation’s top-25 assist leaders during his final two collegiate seasons. He capped his career ranked second in school history with 501 assists.

In three seasons at Piedmont, Floyd was responsible for academic monitoring, recruiting, scouting, strength and conditioning, and the program’s community service efforts. He also helped resurrect a struggling program.

He joined Piedmont's staff prior to the 2012-13 season, which was eventually cancelled following seven games. He helped jump-start the team's resurgence through recruiting and mentoring. The revamped squad eventually earned a 3.41 grade-point average, posted a nine-win improvement from his first to second season on the bench, and earned numerous individual USA South Conference honors, including the league's rookie of the year last winter.

Floyd received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Defiance in 2010. He earned a master’s of business administration from Piedmont in 2013.

Soccer picked in middle of league pack

Hanover College's men's soccer team has been picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the chase for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's 2015 title. The Panthers earned 63 points to land fifth among 10 teams in a preseason polling of the HCAC's head coaches.

The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology topped the poll with 96 points and six first-place votes. Transylvania University (Ky.) was second with 92 points and four of the 10 first-place votes. Anderson University (71) and Franklin College (67) placed just ahead of the Panthers in the poll.

Hanover, 5-10-3 overall last fall, starts its campaign Tuesday, Sept. 1, at home against DePauw University. The Panthers' first league match will be Saturday, Oct. 3, on the road against Bluffton University (Ohio).

HCAC Soccer Poll

Rose-Hulman, 96 (6)

Transylvania, 92 (4)

Anderson, 71

Franklin, 67

Hanover, 63

Earlham, 52

Defiance, 34

Manchester, 26

Bluffton, 25

Mount St. Joseph, 24

Panthers top HCAC soccer poll

The Hanover College women's soccer squad has been selected to repeat as Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference champions in a preseason polling of the league's 10 head coaches.

Hanover, coming off back-to-back Heartland Conference championship seasons, received 99 points in the coaches' poll, including nine of the 10 possible first-place votes. The Panthers were 16-5 overall last season, capturing the HCAC title with an 8-1 record and earning the program's second straight berth in the NCAA III national tournament.

Franklin College was picked second in the poll with 91 points and one first-place vote. The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology landed third with 70 points and Transylvania University (Ky.) was fourth with 68 points.

Hanover kicks off its season Tuesday, Sept. 1, on the road against DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. The squad's first home match will be against Aurora University (Ill.), Saturday, Sept. 12.

The Panthers' first Heartland Conference tilt will be Saturday, Oct. 3, at Bluffton University (Ohio).

HCAC Soccer Poll

Hanover, 99 (9)

Franklin, 91 (1)

Rose-Hulman, 70

Transylvania, 68

Manchester, 63

Anderson, 50

Mount St. Joseph, 40

Earlham, 37

Bluffton, 17

Defiance, 15

Five selected to join hall of fame

Hanover College has selected James Hammond, Michelle Cline Holmes, Robert Johnson, Thomas Mayer and Erin Matson Reder to join its Athletic Hall of Fame. The hall of fame’s 21st-annual induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Nov. 7, 10:30 a.m., in the Horner Health & Recreation Center.

Hammond, a 1979 graduate, played four seasons with Hanover’s basketball squad and two seasons on the Panthers’ tennis team. He scored 1,203 career points and helped lead the basketball squad to three Hoosier-Buckeye Collegiate Conference championships and one National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) District 21 title.

Named the basketball squad’s most valuable player as a senior, Hammond also earned all-conference and all-district honors that season. He was additionally an all-conference selection for the tennis team as a senior and earned all-district 21 and team most valuable player honors.

The college recognized Hammond as its outstanding senior male athlete in 1979.

Holmes, a 1992 graduate, was a four-time all-Hoosier Conference for Women performer for Hanover’s cross country team and earned all-conference honors with the track & field squad. She qualified for the NAIA national championships in 1991 and earned all-Little State honors as a freshman and junior.

She was a member of Hanover’s first two intercollegiate women’s track & field teams (1991-1992) and set school records in the 1,500-, 3,000- and 5,000-meter events.

A four-time all-NAIA scholar-athlete recipient, Holmes was named Hanover’s top senior female athlete in 1992 and also received the College’s Long Citation as outstanding senior woman.

Johnson, a 1971 Hanover graduate, was a four-year member of Hanover’s football squad. The NAIA awarded him with all-American honors after his senior season, despite a knee injury that limited his playing time. Johnson was also a three-time all-Hoosier Collegiate Conference and all-NAIA District 21 defensive end.

In the spring of 1972, he became the second player in school history picked in the National Football League draft; the Kansas City Chiefs took him in the 16th round. Though released by the Chiefs during the preseason, the Chicago Bears picked him before another injury to his knee ultimately derailed his playing career.

In addition to Johnson’s efforts on the football field, he also threw the shot put and discus for Hanover’s track & field team for three seasons and was a member of the wrestling team for one season.

Mayer, a 1973 graduate, was a two-year starter at linebacker for Hanover’s football team and earned all-Hoosier Collegiate Conference honors as a sophomore. A leg injury ended his playing career during his junior season, but he still earned post-graduate tryouts with the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings.

Instead of chasing a playing career, Mayer elected to pursue a career in medicine. After earning his medical degree, he completed his residency in Utah and later held emergency medical appointments in Florida for a decade.

In 2001, while serving as chair of the department of emergency medicine at a hospital in Fairfax, Va., Mayer served as director of medical assets while treating those injured during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The afternoon of the attack, it was Mayer who requested the American flag hang from the damaged Pentagon wall. It quickly became one of the iconic images from the tragedy.

Mayer, who earned a Hanover Alumni Achievement Award in 2004, also served as the first medical director of the National Football League. In that role, he was responsible for oversight of the care of all NFL athletes.

Reder, a 2003 graduate, was a four-time most valuable runner and all-Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference honoree for Hanover’s cross country team. She was a three-time academic all-American and the school’s first runner to qualify and compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) III national cross country championship.

Additionally a four-year member of Hanover’s track & field team, Reder earned all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior. Named the team’s most valuable runner as a senior, Hanover also named her the College’s outstanding senior female athlete that same year.

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.

Volleyball second in HCAC coaches' poll

Hanover College's volleyball team has been picked to finish second among 10 teams in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's annual preseason polling of the league's head coaches.

Hanover received 85 points in the coaches' poll, including one first-place vote. The Panthers finished 17-17 overall last fall, including 6-3 mark and third-place finish in the Heartland Conference's final standings.

Bluffton University (Ohio) earned eight of the 10 available first-place votes and tallied 97 points to claim the top spot in the poll. Defiance College (Ohio) landed behind Hanover in the poll with 74 points and one first-place vote.

Hanover will open its 2015 campaign Tuesday, Sept. 1, against Spalding University (Ky.) at 7 p.m. in Louisville, Ky.

The Panthers’ first home appearance of the season will be Wednesday, Sept. 9, against Berea College (Ky.) in Collier Arena. The squad's Heartland Conference opener is slated for Friday, Oct. 2, against Anderson University in Anderson, Ind.

HCAC Volleyball Poll

Bluffton, 97 (8)

Hanover, 85 (1)

Defiance, 74 (1)

Franklin, 67

Mount St. Joseph, 60

Rose-Hulman, 54

Transylvania, 47

Anderson, 31

Manchester, 22

Earlham, 11

Gridders seventh in HCAC preseason poll

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's nine head football coaches have picked Hanover College's squad to finish seventh in this fall's chase for the league championship.

Hanover received 31 points in the preseason polling of the Heartland Conference's coaches. The Panthers posted a 2-8 overall record last season, including a 2-6 mark in league games and a seventh-place finish in the HCAC standings.

Franklin College recorded five of the nine available first-place votes and tallied 77 points to earn the top spot in the coaches' poll. Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio) placed second with 71 points, including two first-place votes.

Hanover will open its 2015 campaign Saturday, Sept. 5, with a Community Day game at home against Centre College (Ky.). The contest, open to the public free of charge, will kick off at 1:30 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.

The Panthers’ first Heartland Conference tilt will be Saturday, Sept. 19, against the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.

Hanover's annual Hall of Fame Day is slated for Saturday, Nov. 7, against Manchester University. The Panthers will cap the season the following week in the annual Battle for the Victory Bell at home against Franklin College. Both contests will start at 1:30 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.

HCAC Football Poll

Franklin, 77 (5)
Mount St. Joseph, 71 (2)
Bluffton, 55
Rose-Hulman, 50 (1)
Manchester, 45
Defiance, 37
Hanover, 31
Anderson, 25 (1)
Earlham, 14

Women's track among top U.S. academic squads

Hanover College’s women’s track & field team has earned all-academic team honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

To qualify for the USTFCCCA's academic honor, teams must attain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.10 or higher on a four-point scale. The 31 members of Hanover's women’s squad earned a collective 3.26 grade-point average.

The USTFCCCA presented academic honors to 170 women's teams across the country, including four from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

USTFCCA All-Academic Teams