June 10, 2008
Eight former student-athletes, including the top rusher in Butler football history, the top scorer in Butler men's soccer history and the first Butler men's basketball player to be named Horizon League Player of the Year, were formally inducted into the Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday (June 8). The Butler Hall of Fame Class of 2008 was honored at a special induction banquet/ceremony held in the Riley Room at Atherton Center on the Butler campus.
Introduced as Butler's 18th Hall of Fame induction class were former student-athletes Tony Pence (football, 1978-81), Tim Mylin (track and cross country, 1979-83), Steve Roberts (football, 1986-89), Darin Archbold (men's basketball, 1988-92), Scott Lawler (men's soccer, 1989-92), Chris Johnson O'Neil (women's soccer, 1991-94), and Jennifer Kintzel McGurn (women's volleyball, 1994-97), plus Special Service Award recipient Dr. Mark Bohnert (football, 1972-75). Butler Director of Athletics Barry Collier, a member of the 2006 Butler Hall of Fame class, presided over the formal induction ceremony.
Pence established himself as one of the finest defensive linemen to wear a Butler football uniform over four seasons as a varsity regular. He led the Bulldogs in tackles for loss and quarterback sacks in 1979, 1980 and 1981, and he topped the team in total tackles in each of his final two seasons. He was a three-time, first team all-conference performer, and he was named Butler's Most Valuable Defensive Player for two straight seasons (1980-81). In 1980, he was chosen as the Heartland Collegiate Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year. At the time of his graduation, Pence held Butler's single game, single season and career records for solo tackles and quarterback sacks, and he continues to be Butler's all-time leader in quarterback sacks (39)!
Mylin was one of the premier distance runners in Indiana during his four seasons as a track and cross country performer at Butler. He was the Indiana "Big State" steeplechase champ in 1981, and he set Heartland Collegiate Conference records in both the steeplechase and the 5,000 meter run that same year. He also set Butler's cross country course record, as well as Butler's four-mile track record. The gifted runner was named HCC Track Athlete of the Year in 1981 and was selected as the HCC's Most Outstanding Cross Country Runner in 1980. He was a three-time Butler track and cross country MVP, a two-time team captain, and he won eight varsity letters.
Roberts was one of the most prolific performers in Butler football history. He finished as the Bulldogs' all-time leading rusher and all-time leading scorer, and he set Butler single game, single season and career records for points, touchdowns and rushing yards. He was a four-year varsity letterwinner, a three-time Butler Offensive Most Valuable Player, a three-time, first team all-conference running back, a two-time Heartland Collegiate Conference Player of the Year and a two-time Kodak All-American! The talented tailback was a finalist (one of eight players) for the Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the best football player in the NCAA Division II, in both 1988 and 1989. He led the nation (NCAA Division II) in scoring in 1988, and he finished second in the nation in rushing in both 1987 and 1988. Roberts rushed for 4,623 yards in four seasons with the Bulldogs, becoming the only player in Butler history to rush for more than 4,000 yards, and he finished his career with 63 touchdowns and 386 points.
Archbold, a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter for the Bulldogs, became the first Butler men's basketball player to be named Horizon League (formerly Midwestern Collegiate Conference) Player of the Year in 1991. That season, he led the NCAA Division I in free throw shooting (.912) and finished second in the conference in scoring (21.8 ppg). He led Butler in scoring for three consecutive seasons and finished his career in fourth place on Butler's all-time scoring list with 1,744 career points. He set a Butler single season scoring record with 770 points in 1991-92, and he continues to hold Butler's all-time record for three-point field goal shooting (.465). Archbold was a two-time all-conference selection and a two-time Butler MVP. He was named to Butler's All-Century Team in 1998 and to Butler's Team of the Sesquicentennial in 2006.
Lawler played on the first Butler men's soccer team in 1989 and immediately became the face of the program. He had 14 goals and 12 assists in the that initial campaign, and he went on to finish his career with 50 goals and 27 assists. He remains Butler's all-time leading scorer with 127 career points, and his 50 goals are still Butler's all-time record. The 12 assists that he recorded in that first season remain as Butler's single season assist record, and he shares the Bulldogs' single match record for goals (4) and points (8). Lawler, who started 75 consecutive matches, was a three-time all-conference performer and a two-time All-Mideast selection. He played on the gold medal winning North team at the 1991 U. S. Olympic Festival, and he went on to play professional soccer with eight different teams.
O'Neil (Johnson) was one of the pioneers of women's soccer at Butler. She played on Butler's first team in 1991 and went on to compile a record-setting career. She remains Butler's all-time leader in assists (40), and she stands third on Butler's all-time scoring list (108). She's fourth in all-time goals at Butler (34), and she shares Butler's single match records for assists (3, three times) and points (8). A four-year varsity letterwinner and two-time Butler Most Valuable Player, she is one of just five players to be named first team All-Horizon League for four consecutive years! In 1994, the talented forward became Butler's first women's soccer All-American when she was picked second team on the NSCAA/adidas All-America squad.
McGurn (Kintzel) was the setter on several of the most successful volleyball teams in Butler history, including the only Butler volleyball team to advance to the NCAA Tournament. She helped Butler to a 94-42 record over four seasons, capped by a 28-7 mark and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1997. She was a three-time all-league player and she was named Horizon League Player of the Year as a senior. She was named to ten consecutive all-tournament teams during her career, and she finished her four seasons as the Butler and Horizon League career record-holder in assists (5,483). She holds three of Butler's "Top 10" single season assist totals and four of Butler's "Top 10" single match assist totals. She also ranks second at Butler in career aces (215) and third in career digs (1,678).
Bohnert was a three-year letterwinner and starting offensive guard on three conference championship football teams at Butler. He helped the Bulldogs to an 8-2 record and an Indiana Collegiate Conference Championship in 1974, Butler's best season in more than a decade. The following year, he helped Butler top that effort with a 9-1 record and another conference title. The 1975 squad set a Butler single season record for rushing yards (2,544) and that mark still stands today! After graduating from Butler in 1976, Bohnert went on to earn a degree from the Indiana University School of Dentistry, and he has been the team dentist for Butler athletics, as well as numerous other sporting events in Indianapolis, for more than a quarter of a century!
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.