Athletes in Action

Northwood inducted six legends into its Athletic Hall of Fame on October 22 at the Hach Student Life Center following the football game. Inductees were selected based on their athletic prowess, contributions to the athletic programs, success, and character as well as their positive representation of Northwood University.

“We are excited to be able to honor these outstanding individuals and to pay tribute to the long history of Northwood athletics,” said Dave Marsh, Northwood Athletic Director. “Each of the inductees was a pioneer in their sport and in the development of our athletic program. Without them, we would not be enjoying our current success.”

This year’s induction of the following honorees marks the 11th class of the Athletic Hall of Fame, which now features 59 total members.

ED CLEMENTS – Baseball, 1995-97
Ed Clements was a three-year standout for the Northwood University baseball team. He earned First Team All- Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) all three seasons at Northwood, tying for the most in school history. He remains the lone player in Northwood history to be named the GLIAC Player of the Year, earning the honor following his sophomore season when he hit .369 with nine home runs and 36 runs batted in. His best statistical season was his senior campaign, when Clements hit .369 with 10 home runs and 45 runs batted in. Over his Northwood career, Clements batted .366 with 22 home runs and 111 runs batted in. He stands at NU’s all-time leader in career on-base percentage (.503) while ranking second in slugging percentage (.654). Clements also stands fourth in Northwood history in home runs and sixth in career RBIs.

OSKARS VASKIS – Men’s Tennis, 1999-2002
In the best era of Northwood University men’s tennis, Oskars Vaskis stands as one of the best players in program history. A four-year player for Northwood who won over 150 matches in his career, Vaskis was named First Team All-GLIAC in every season of his career. He was a key player on the best team in school history, leading Northwood to a third-place national finish in 2002 during his senior campaign. A two-time All-American, Vaskis teamed with fellow Hall of Famer Markus Kaempfer to earn a pair of top-10 national rankings in doubles (No. 6 – 2001, No. 3 – 2002). He also finished his senior season ranked No. 18 nationally in singles. The 2002 ITA Midwest Region Senior Player of the Year, Vaskis was a part of Northwood teams that won the GLIAC Championships all four years of his career without dropping a single match in conference play.

KYLE KOLBE – Football, 2003-06
Kyle Kolbe is the winningest quarterback in the history of Northwood football. A three-year starter for the Timberwolves, Kolbe finished his career with 3,125 yards rushing. At the time, it was the most rushing yards for any quarterback in the history of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Kolbe ranks third in school history in rushing yards, sixth in points scored (192) and is in the top 10 in all passing categories. Over his three years as a starter for the Timberwolves, Northwood went 28-7, reached the NCAA Playoffs three times and won the GLIAC Championship in 2004. Kolbe was the quarterback for nine team offensive records set, including rushing yards in a season (3,925), points scored in a season (483), and total offense in a season (5,138). He earned Honorable Mention All-GLIAC honors three times as well as Academic All-GLIAC honors four times in his career.

MEGAN STARNES – Women’s Basketball, 2005-09
Megan Starnes was the leader of the Northwood University women’s basketball team that had one of the greatest turnarounds in the history of the GLIAC. Entering her junior season, Northwood had won less than 28 percent of their games over the previous 15 years. Over her final two years at Northwood, Starnes led NU to a 39-17 overall record and a 29-11 GLIAC record. Northwood reached the GLIAC Tournament for the first two times in program history and went to the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Starnes became the first Division II All-American in school history following the 2008-09 season. A two-time First Team All-GLIAC honoree, Starnes is one of four players to finish her career with 1,000 points and 700 rebounds (1,246 points, 707 rebounds). A threeyear captain, Starnes earned All-Region honors twice, was named CoSIDA Academic All-District, and claimed two GLIAC Commissioner’s Awards.

DICK HARMON – Contributor, 1991-Present
Fans who have been to a Northwood basketball or football home game during the past 25 years will recognize the voice of Dick Harmon. He has been the public address announcer at Northwood home games since 1991. Harmon has had a remarkable attendance record over the years, announcing nearly every game over that span. A former teacher at Bay City Western High School, Harmon also has been the long-time public address announcer for the BCW Warriors athletic events. He retired as a teacher from Bay City Western in 2008 after more than 40 years. For his dedication to the Timberwolves, Harmon was awarded the Northwood Athletics “Key to the Campus.” He has been part of some of the biggest and most memorable moments in Northwood Athletics. Harmon’s passion, dedication, and loyalty to the Timberwolves has been a constant over his career.

athletes_photo1RONNIE MCCOY – Football/Men’s Track & Field, 1979-83
Recognized posthumously, Ronnie McCoy was one of the finest two-sport athletes to compete at Northwood University. A four-year starter for the football team, McCoy played cornerback and also served as a kickoff/punt returner. In track & field, McCoy was a standout in the sprints. A member of the 1980 GLIAC Championship team, McCoy was a two-time champion in the 60-meter dash at the GLIAC Indoor Championships. He also was a national qualifier for the NAIA National Championships in the 100 and the 4X100-meter relay. McCoy was a part of the outdoor 4X400-meter relay team that still holds the Northwood outdoor school record (3:09.27).