The 2016 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Hall of Fame class includes five individuals who had stand out careers on and off the playing fields. This year's class includes Lyn (DeLaney) Gerber, Bill Killen, Michael LeVan, Terry Logue, and Stefan Neece.
|Lyn (DeLaney) Gerber|
Former Principia College women's tennis head coach Lyn (DeLaney) Gerber becomes the first inductee into the SLIAC Hall of Fame for women's tennis, and along with fellow class inductee Michael LeVan, pushes the number of Principia individuals in the SLIAC Hall of Fame to 13. Gerber served as the face of Principia women's tennis for over 25 years, including four years as head coach of both the women's and men's programs. Over her three stints with Principia, beginning in 1979 and concluding in 2009, Gerber's teams recorded 257 wins. Gerber guided the Panthers to a conference record nine SLIAC Conference titles and eight SLIAC Conference Tournament Championships. Gerber coached 90 First-Team All-Conference players and five SLIAC Player of the Year winners. She was named the SLIAC Coach of the Year four times and led the Panthers to a NCAA Division III National Championship in 1983.
Bill Killen, a former men's soccer head coach at MacMurray College, is the third Highlander to be inducted into the SLIAC Hall of Fame. Killen helped put together a powerful Highlander team in the early 1990's, reaching the NCAA Division III National Tournament three consecutive seasons (1990-92). During his time at MacMurray, 1985-96 and 1998-2006, Killen guided his teams to 183 wins and five SLIAC Championships. In 1991 he was named the Midwest Region Coach of the Year and was a two-time SLIAC Coach of the Year (1991 and 1992). Killen coached 50 All-Conference players during his tenure including four SLIAC Players of the Year, 15 All-Region performers, and a NCAA Division III All-American.
Michael LeVan, a men's tennis standout from Principia College, gives Principia a conference record 13 individuals in the Hall of Fame. LeVan is just the second men's tennis player to be honored by the conference. LeVan made an immediate impact on the courts for the Panthers from 2004-06, becoming the first player to be named SLIAC Player of the Year three times during his career. A three time First-Team All-Conference performer, he went undefeated in singles competition during conference play. LeVan led both on and off the court, serving as team captain all three years. He concluded his career with a .727 winning percentage, going 48-18.
Long time administrator Terry Logue is the sixth individual from Westminster College to enter the SLIAC Hall of Fame. Logue began his career at Westmisnter as Sports Information Director in 1995 before moving on to Athletic Director, where he helped in the transition of moving Westminster from the NAIA to NCAA Division III. While at Westminster Logue put together the foundation of the Blue Jay athletic department; doubling staff size and heading up the renovation of field sport facilities. He was responsible for the creation of Westminster's booster clubs, Hall of Fame, student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC), and Chi Alpha Sigma (National College Athlete Honor Society. During his six years as Westminster Athletic Director he saw his programs capture 20 conference titles while earning several national accolades including the school's first-ever CoSIDA Academic All-American and a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship recipient. Logue also served a term as the SLIAC President as well as on the NCAA Division III Budget Committee. Logue left Westminster in 2012 and officially retired from higher education in 2015. He was inducted into the Westminster Hall of Fame this past fall.
Stefan Neece becomes just the fourth Greenville Panther to enter the SLIAC Hall of Fame and the first in baseball. Neece, a first baseman for the Panthers from 2006-10, set numerous single season and career records on the field for the Panthers. He finished his career at Greenville with a .402 batting average with 51 home runs and 212 runs batted in. As a senior he hit .487 with 19 home runs and 67 runs batted in, leading NCAA Division III in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and walks per game. During his time with Greenville he helped lead the Panthers to a 96-75 record, finishing as runners-up in the SLIAC Tournament on three occassisions. Neece is just one of two players in conference history to be named the SLIAC Player of the Year twice, winning the award in 2006 and 2010. He was a four time First-Team All-Conference performer and was named First Team ABCA All-America in 2010. Following graduation Neece signed a professional contract with Las Cruces Vaqueros of the Pecos League.