Feb. 10, 2009
Six former student-athletes, including a two-time All-American and three athletes who were named conference Player of the Year, have been chosen as the 2009 induction class of the Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame. The six honorees will be recognized at halftime of the men's basketball game between Butler and Loyola on Saturday, Feb. 15. The formal Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on June 7.
Selected for induction into Butler's Hall of Fame this summer are former student-athletes Harry Muta (football, 1973-75), Lori Adams Moseley (volleyball, 1986-89), Arnold Mickens (football, 1994-95), Jon Neuhouser (men's basketball, 1995-98), Joy Aschenbrener Sweeney (women's soccer, 1995-98), and Sarah Schuetz Stremlow (women's basketball, 1995-98). The six athletes make up the 19th class to be inducted into the Butler Hall of Fame.
Muta, a three-year letterwinner as a running back, helped lead Butler to three consecutive Indiana Collegiate Conference Championships, 1973-75. He led the ICC in rushing and earned first team all-conference recognition as a senior. That same season, he set a Butler and conference record for the longest rush with a 96-yard run for a touchdown against Valparaiso. Muta was the Bulldogs' second all-time leading rusher when he completed his senior season, and he currently ranks seventh on Butler's all-time list for rushing yards with 2,445. He also ranks eighth on Butler's all-time list for rushing attempts with 478.
Moseley (Adams) was a four-year starter on Butler's volleyball teams from 1986 to 1989, and she helped lead the Bulldogs to four consecutive Horizon League championships. She was a two-time all-league performer, and she was selected as the league's Player of the Year in 1989, the same year that she earned third team recognition on the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Midwest Region squad. Moseley was named Butler's Most Valuable Player as a senior, and she finished her career as one of Butler's single match, single season and all-time leaders in kills, attacks, hitting percentage and service aces. She still has the second-highest single match totals in Butler history for kills (31) and attacks (87), and she continues to rank among Butler's top six all-time in kills (1,356), hitting percentage (.257) and service aces (144).
Mickens played only two seasons with the Bulldogs after transferring from Indiana University, but they were two of the most electrifying campaigns in Butler football history. He was a two-time All-American, and he set 18 NCAA Division I-AA game, season and career football records! The bruising tailback led the nation in rushing with a school- and NCAA-record 2,255 yards in 1994, and he finished fourth in Division I-AA in rushing in 1995 with 1,558 yards! He set an NCAA record by rushing for over 200 yards in eight consecutive games in 1994, and he finished with 10 career 200-yard rushing performances. He even rushed for 203 yards in one half against Valparaiso! He led the Pioneer Football League in rushing for two straight years, was named PFL Offensive Player of the Week eight times and was selected national Player of the Week six times! At the end of his final season with the Bulldogs, Mickens ranked third on the NCAA Division I single season rushing chart behind Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State and Marcus Allen of Southern California.
Neuhouser, a four-year regular with the men's basketball teams at Butler from 1995 to 1998, helped lead Butler to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in his final two seasons. He was a two-time, first team all-league player, and he was named Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now Horizon League) Player of the Year in 1997. The 6-6 forward was named Butler's Most Valuable Player in 1996-97, and he was selected as the MCC Tournament Most Valuable Player in 1998. Neuhouser led the Bulldogs in scoring for three straight years, 1995-98, and he's the only player in Butler men's basketball history to lead the team in rebounding for four consecutive seasons! He finished his career with 1,485 points, which ranks 10th on Butler's all-time scoring list, and 719 rebounds, which ranks sixth on the school's all-time rebounding chart.
Sweeney (Aschenbrener) was a standout member of the Butler women's soccer team from 1995 to 1998, and she currently stands second on Butler's all-time lists for scoring (109 points) and goals (44). She earned All-Horizon League honors in each of her four years with the Bulldogs, including first team recognition three times! She was named Horizon League Newcomer of the Year in 1995, and she earned a Horizon League All-Tournament honors in 1996, 1997 and 1998. She further was named to the All-Great Lakes Region Team by both the National Soccer Coaches of America Association and by Soccer Buzz. Sweeney is Butler's all-time women's soccer leader in shots (280), and she ranks second all-time in goals scored (44). She also stands second on Butler's all-time list for points (109) and third on the Bulldogs' all-time chart for assists (21).
Stremlow (Schuetz) was a dominant performer on Butler's successful women's basketball teams from 1995 to 1998. She helped lead the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1996, and she helped Butler to a WNIT berth in 1998. She earned first team all-conference recognition twice, was named to the league all-defensive team three times and was selected as the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year in 1997-98. The two-time Butler Most Valuable Player led the Bulldogs in scoring for two straight years and in rebounding for three consecutive seasons. She finished her career with 1,320 points, which currently ranks ninth on Butler's all-time scoring list, and she was named to the 10-player Butler University Women's Basketball Team of the Sesquicentennial in 2005-06.
The Butler Hall of Fame was created in 1991 to provide a forum in which those who have brought honor and respect to Butler University and its athletic program could be acknowledged and permanently enshrined in Hinkle Fieldhouse. Inductees have made exceptional contributions to the prestige of the University in the field of athletics, and continued to demonstrate in their lives the values imparted by athletics. The Hall of Fame wall is located at the front entrance to Hinkle Fieldhouse.