ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, will induct the 2018 class of the Adrian Bulldogs Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday as part of Homecoming activities. The ceremonial dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in the Tobias Center of Ritchie Hall, preceded by the Walk of Fame (5:15 p.m.) from the Caine Center and reception (5:30 p.m.).
This year's honorees include Walter Chany Jr '69 (Cross Country/Track & Field), Lauree Dermyer '05 (Volleyball), Lindsey Eshelman '09 (Volleyball/Tennis), Jill Green Pedersen '91 (Tennis/Field Hockey), Vincent Harkins '97 (Soccer) and Michael Lewis II '07 (Football).
Today's spotlight feature is on Jill Green Pedersen '91, who excelled in tennis and field hockey.
Pedersen said she was honored and humbled to learn that she was chosen for induction to her alma mater's hall of fame.
Dual All-Conference Threat
Calling Warrensburg, Mo., home, Pedersen was a standout in two sports during her Bulldogs career evidenced by two All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association citations in field hockey during the 1988 and ’89 seasons, and two more all-MIAA awards in tennis, including to the 1991 conference’s first team.
Pedersen was a force on the court with three most valuable player awards on the women's tennis team from 1989 to 1991. She earned the MIAA Sue Little Sportsmanship Award for tennis in 1991--the first Bulldog since 1977--emblematic for fair play on the court in the memory of the 1954 Albion graduate. She twice was All-MIAA, including to the 1991 conference’s first team after securing Adrian's only point at No. 1 singles in the MIAA Tournament.
From 1968 to 1990, both the College and MIAA sponsored field hockey as a varsity sport. Pedersen was a three-year starter for Coach Teri Faust from 1987-89, a member of one of the last teams to suit up for the Adrian Bulldogs. Like tennis, she shined in field hockey as a two-time all-conference first team pick.
In one of her best games, the physical education major and biology/sports medicine double minor netted both goals in a 2-1 win over Berea (Ky.) in a tournament hosted by the Bulldogs. Pedersen scored the game-winner with only three minutes left in the contest.
Pedersen--who earned the AC Physical Education Award for academic performance, extra-curricular participation, professionalism and contribution to the overall campus community--recalls her greatest memory of her AC athletic career as the look on her coach’s face after informing her how she undergoes summer conditioning training. “As a freshman entering AC from the Upper Peninsula town of Escanaba, I told Coach (Amy) Gilmartin that I played "kick the can", a hide-and-sprint game in my backyard. That was not the response Amy was looking for and I cannot explain the expression on her face.”
Pedersen stays current on her craft as a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and Missouri Athletic Trainers' Association. She also provides in-home child care and guides long-term rehabilitation programs for stroke and ACL reconstruction.
What She's Doing Now
After earning a master degree in exercise science from the University of Central Missouri, Jill worked in sports medicine clinic for five years. Then for the past 18 years, she has been a certified athletic trainer for high school athletics – currently with the Warrensburg R6 School District.
Pedersen and her husband, Kirk ’91, make their home in the Show-Me State with their children: James, 20; Jodi, 20; and Amber, 14. The family attends First Presbyterian Church.
In its 49th year, the Hall was established in 1969 to recognize former athletes and coaches who have distinguished themselves in the field of intercollegiate athletics at Adrian College either by their performance on athletic teams during their undergraduate years, by their strong leadership in their profession, or their meritorious efforts on behalf of the athletic program at the College.
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Previous HOF Inductee Spotlights
Walter Chany Jr. ‘69 (Monday, Oct. 1)