(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The University of Central Missouri has three individuals named to the MIAA 2014 Hall of Fame.
Brad Hill, Rick Ladjevich and Rhesa Sumrell will each be inducted from Central Missouri.
The MIAA Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for June 5 at the Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch, at 4801 Main St., in Kansas City, Mo. The event will be held in the Truman Forum Auditorium.
Brad Hill – Mules Baseball Coach, 1995-2003
Hill coached the Mules from 1995-2003, compiling a record of 418-91 (.821) over that time. He led the Mules to the 2003 National Championship and was named the National Coach of the Year. The Mules also earned a national runner-up finish in 2001. His teams finished first in the MIAA regular season all nine years and they won eight conference championships after finishing second in the 1999 conference tournament. His teams won seven regional titles during his nine seasons. The Mules were 202-17 in conference play during his tenure.
Rick Ladjevich – Mules Baseball, 1993-94
Ladjevich was a two-time All-American for Mules baseball, earning National Player of the Year honors in 1994 when he helped lead the Mules to the National Championship. He hit .857, going 12-for-14, with nine RBI in the 1994 regional tournament. He was a third team All-American in 1993. He set the UCM and MIAA record for RBI in a season with 97 in 1994, while batting .460 with 14 home runs. He holds the Central Missouri and MIAA career record with a .445 batting average. He is tied for the MIAA single-game records with four home runs and 10 RBI and holds the conference’s single-game record for total bases with 17.
Rhesa Sumrell – Jennies Softball Coach, 1988-2006
Sumrell is the winningest coach in Jennies softball history, posting a record of 614-359 overall. She has a career record of 822-527 and ranks 15th all-time in Division II coaching victories. The Jennies made the NCAA Divsion II Tournament seven times during her tenure. Sumrell won four MIAA titles at the helm of the Jennies and two regional titles in 1989 and 1994. She coached 11 seasons at Missouri Western compiling a record of 194-150 with three consecutive trips to the NAIA National Tournament. Sumrell was named the NAIA Coach of the Year in 1982 after leading Missouri Western to the national title. She was inducted into the UCM Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. She is also a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame and the Missouri Western Hall of Fame.