Five Chosen For Butler Athletics Hall of Fame

Five Chosen For Butler Athletics Hall of Fame
Jen Marlow (left) and Thomas Jackson

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Five former student-athletes, each well-chronicled in the school’s record books, have been selected for induction into the Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame.  The new Hall of Fame class includes record-setters in track, baseball and volleyball, and two athletes who were cited among the best basketball players in the first 150 years of Butler University!

Chosen for induction this year as Butler’s 23rd Hall of Fame Class are former student-athletes Steve Abbott (track and field, 1958-60), Bob Lambert (football, baseball, 1976-80), Amy (Pickett) Lamb (volleyball 1995-98), Jen Marlow (basketball, 1995-99) and Thomas Jackson (basketball, 1998-2002).  The Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will be formally inducted at a luncheon ceremony on the Butler campus on Saturday, Sept. 21, and will be introduced at halftime of the Butler-Dartmouth football game later that evening.

“The Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame is very pleased to welcome this outstanding class of inductees,” said Butler Director of Athletics Barry Collier.  “Their noteworthy accomplishments and character are inspiring and bring honor to the University.  These five inductees exemplify The Butler Way.”

Abbott was a premier performer in the long jump during his time at Butler, ranking as the best in Indiana and one of the best in the Midwest.  He broke a 17-year-old Butler record with a jump of 24-feet, 5-inches in 1958 and then topped his own record with a leap of 24-feet, 5 1/2-inches in 1960.  That mark stood for more than a decade.  Abbott also set a Butler record in the triple jump (broken later) and established the Indiana Collegiate Conference long jump record.  He was a two-time ICC champion, and won individual titles at both the Little State Meet and the Big State Meet.  In 1960, he was presented the Outstanding Achievement Award for Track and Field by the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.

Lambert, who passed away in January of 2013, was a two-sport athlete, earning seven varsity letters while competing on Butler’s football and baseball squads.  He had a solid football career, helping Butler to a conference co-championship in 1977 and earning honorable mention All-Heartland Collegiate Conference recognition in 1979.  But it was on the baseball field where he really left his mark.  The three-time, first team all-conference catcher set Butler single season and career records for home runs (both since broken) and won a conference batting title in 1978.  He led the Bulldogs in home runs for three straight years and helped lead Butler to a pair of conference titles.  He was Butler’s Andy Williams Award winner in 1980.

Lamb was a three-time, first team All-Horizon League volleyball player, one of just 15 players in league history to accomplish that feat.  She dominated the middle of Butler’s defense for four seasons and finished her career as Butler’s all-time leader in blocks.  She still stands second on Butler’s all-time list for kills and hitting percentage, and she ranks in the “Top 5” on the Horizon League all-time lists for both kills and block assists.  The four-year varsity letterwinner was named Horizon League Newcomer of the Year in 1995, and she was a four-time league Player of the Week.  She led the conference in kills for two consecutive years and helped the Bulldogs to a conference title in 1997.      

Marlow was a “do-it-all” player on the basketball court.  She led Butler in scoring (1998-99) and assists (1996-97 and 1997-98) and she owns Butler’s single season (.517, 1997-98) and career (.443) records for three-point field goal shooting .  She was Butler’s third all-time leading scorer at the time of her graduation, and she still ranks among Butler’s all-time leaders in scoring, assists, three-point field goals, free throws, three-point field goal shooting and free throw shooting.  Marlow was named All-Horizon League three times and was chosen to the league’s All-Defensive, All-Newcomer and All-Tournament teams.  In 2005-06, she was one of ten players named to Butler’s Team of the Sesquicentennial.

Butler’s all-time leader in assists and steals, Jackson set the point-guard standard for the Bulldogs during a heralded four-year career.  He became the first (and only) player in Butler basketball history to record 1,000 career points and 500 career assists, and he finished his four years with 95 victories, two NCAA Tournament appearances and two trips to the NIT. The 5-9 guard led Butler in assists for four consecutive seasons and topped the Horizon League in assist/turnover ratio for three straight years.  He was a two-time, first team All-Horizon League player, was named to the league’s All-Defensive Team for two straight years, was chosen MVP of the 2001 Hoosier Classic and was picked All-Tournament at three different regular season tournaments.  Jackson was named Co-Recipient of Butler’s Most Outstanding Male Athlete Award in 2001-02, and he was selected to the 15-player Butler 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 enshrinement wall is located at the front entrance to Hinkle Fieldhouse.