PEORIA, Ill. – Bradley Athletics will honor its past, both recent and distant, during its annual Hall of Fame festivities during the final home weekend of the 2013-14 men’s basketball season.
The 2013-14 Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame induction class will include the 1998 soccer team, record-breaking baseball pitcher Wyman Carey, two-time Missouri Valley Conference women’s golf champion Kelly Dillon and soccer All-American Tim Regan. Previously inducted into the Hall of Fame shortly after his Bradley playing career ended, Carey will join Regan with photo status in recognition for the achievements on the national stage.
The quartet of inductees will be the honored guests at the final Braves Club Game Day Luncheon of the year Feb. 21 in the Renaissance Coliseum Basketball Performance Center and the official enshrinement will take place during halftime of the Feb. 22 men’s basketball game versus Loyola Chicago at Carver Arena. Tickets for the Braves Club Game Day Luncheon are $20 for Braves Club members and $25 for non-members and are on sale by contacting the Braves Club Office at 309-677-2667. Tickets for the Feb. 22 men’s basketball game versus Loyola Chicago are on sale now at the Bradley Athletics Ticket Office in Renaissance Coliseum or online at BradleyBraves.com.
1998 Bradley Soccer Team
The 1998 Bradley Soccer team enjoyed a worst-to-first season to win the first Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship in the program’s history and the squad’s 14-2-2 overall record remains the best single-season winning percentage (.833) in the program’s 27-year history. Bradley had managed just one Valley win during five consecutive last-place finishes in the MVC from 1993-97, but broke through under then third-year head coach Jim DeRose in 1998, winning the program’s first conference title by going 6-1-0 in the league race. The six Valley wins remain tied for the most single-season league wins in a season in Bradley history and the .857 league winning percentage remains the best by the Braves.
After suffering a 1-0 loss at Vanderbilt in the conference opener, the 1998 Braves won their final six league games by outscoring their opponents 10-2 in those six outings. Bradley earned at least a share of its first Valley title by taking down #7 Creighton, 1-0, in overtime Nov. 6 at Becker Park, then followed with a 1-0 home win against Drake Nov. 8 to claim the title outright.
Wyman Carey, Baseball
Wyman Carey was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame Feb. 27, 1960 but he will be elevated to photo status in recognition of his national achievements during the 2014 ceremonies. A left-handed pitcher, Carey posted a 24-4 (.857) career record with a 2.06 earned run average for the Braves from 1955-57. His 261 career strikeouts stood as the school record for 54 seasons until Joe Bircher eclipsed the mark in 2012.
Carey led the Braves to the 1956 College World Series by posting an 11-2 record with a 2.05 ERA and his 120 strikeouts in 113.0 innings in 1956 remain the single-season school record 57 seasons later. As a junior in 1957, Carey led the nation with a 0.37 earned run average by allowing only three earned runs in 73.1 innings, while posting an 8-1 record with 95 strikeouts. His school-record single-season ERA has not been threatened in the last 56 seasons and it is believed to still rank among the top 10 single-season marks in NCAA Division I history (the NCAA record list is only seven deep with 0.35 ranking seventh).
Carey earned second-team All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association in 1957. Following his junior season, he signed with the Detroit Tigers organization and pitched professionally for seven seasons, including five at the Triple-A level.
Kelly Dillon, Women’s Golf
Kelly Dillon won the 1999 and 2002 Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Golf individual championships, becoming the second player in league history to twice earn medalist honors. The first Bradley women’s golfer to break 70 and the first-ever Valley women’s golfer to break 70 at the conference tournament, Dillon fired a 69 during the opening round of the 1999 MVC Women’s Golf Championship at WeaverRidge, a performance that included a hole-in-one on the par-3 4th hole, and propelled the Braves to the first outright conference championship by a women’s team in Bradley Athletics history.
Dillon also led the Braves to their second Valley championship and first-ever NCAA Regionals appearance in 2002 by winning her second individual title.
Not only was Dillon a three-time All-MVC performer (1999, 2001, 2002) on the course, she also was a three-time MVC Scholar-Athlete (2000, 2001, 2002) in recognition of her combined athletic and academic achievements. The female recipient of the 2002 B-Club Most Outstanding Athlete Award, Dillon was selected to the MVC Women’s Golf All-Centennial Team.
Tim Regan, Soccer
The 2002 Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Tim Regan anchored Bradley’s defense throughout his four-year career, guiding the Braves to a 51-30-7 record and the first two NCAA Tournament appearances (2000, 2002) in program history. Named a second-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and a third-team All-American by College Soccer News in 2002, Regan was a two-time NSCAA All-Midwest Region selection and a four-time All-Missouri Valley Conference pick, as well as a two-time, first-team MVC Scholar-Athlete honoree.
A tri-winner of the 2003 Charles Orsborn Award, the top Bradley University award presented to a student-athlete in recognition of academic and athletic achievement, as well as community service, Regan also earned the 2003 B-Club Most Outstanding Male Athlete Award.
One of four Bradley Soccer players selected to the MVC All-Centennial Team, Regan was picked in the second round (17th overall) of the 2003 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by the NY/NJ MetroStars and he played five MLS seasons for the MetroStars (2003-05), Chivas USA (2006) and Red Bulls (2007). He currently serves as the U.S. Soccer Academy Director for the St. Louis Scott Gallagher program.
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