2014 Hall of Fame
1997 Football Team
The 1997 Football team came into the season with something to prove. The previous year ended with a 3-6 overall record and a 1-4 record in the MIAA. Head Coach Jim Lyall was entering his eighth season and the Bulldogs tied for second place during the 1995 season. This year would be different however led by a determined team who had great leadership.
The team captains of Aaron Klotz, Chad Henline, Jared James and Dave Hutchison wanted to make their senior year one to remember. The Bulldogs started the season with seven straight wins including a 27-24 win at home against Alma. The Bulldogs trailed 24-20 late in the fourth quarter when they went on a 74-yard drive that ended with a Sam Fields two-yard touchdown run with 16 seconds left in the game. The next week Adrian captured a 26-19 win over Hope in Holland in front of a capacity crowd of over 5,000 fans. Adrian dominated the second half outscoring the Flying Dutchmen 12-0 including a Sam Fields one-yard touchdown run with 1:35 left in the game to seal the victory.
The team’s only loss of the season came at Albion on November 1, but they rebounded with a 17-6 win at Kalamazoo to secure a share of the MIAA championship which was the first title for Adrian since 1989. The Bulldogs were 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the MIAA. Jeremy Lewin, Chris Kelbert, Dan Hutchison and Dave Hutchison were all First Team All-MIAA members on offense. Tim Moore, Ed Kennedy, Chad Henline and Aaron Klotz were all First Team All-MIAA members on defense.
Chuck McCallum ‘61 (Contributor)
Chuck McCallum, Class of 1961, is this year’s recipient of the Bulldog Athletics Honor Award which recognizes former student-athletes, coaches and administrators of Adrian College who have made outstanding, widely recognized contributions to the field of athletics.
Chuck was a four-year varsity letter winner in football playing under head coach Les Leggett. He also earned three letters in baseball playing under head coach Howard Emrick. Chuck excelled in both sports and was named All-MIAA in baseball during the 1960 season. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Adrian College in 1961, Chuck went on to earn a master’s degree from Michigan State University in 1963.
Chuck made his greatest contribution as a game official in football and basketball. He began while still at Adrian College and was a Michigan High School Athletic Association registered official from 1958-82. He was selected as president of the Lansing Area Officials Association from 1969-80 and helped establish an educational program while growing membership from 20 to 150 officials. Chuck was acknowledged as one of the finest officials in the state of Michigan and worked the boys basketball state finals from 1980-82.
Chuck also worked in the collegiate ranks during football season having began working Mid-American Conference games in 1970. The Big Ten Conference came calling and Chuck started to work those games in 1972. It didn’t take long for the National Football League to recognize Chuck’s excellence on the field and he began officiating NFL games from 1982-95. Upon hearing of the news that Chuck was now an NFL game official, then University of Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler told him, “Congratulations on reaching the height of incompetence!” Chuck was selected to work an NFL playoff game in four different years before his retirement in 1995.
Carrie Meyer ‘98 (Women's Soccer)
Carrie Meyer was a four-year varsity letter winner in soccer for the Bulldogs. She did one thing better than anyone else in the history of the College and that was protect the net. Carrie was recognized as MIAA Honorable Mention as a freshman in 1994. She also was selected as Second Team All-MIAA as a sophomore and junior in 1995 and 1996. Carrie ended her career as a senior by being named First Team All-MIAA as a goalkeeper.
Carrie was voted as the team’s Most Valuable Player during the 1996 and 1997 seasons and was a GTE Academic All-American as a senior in 1997. She played 5,240 minutes in net for the Bulldogs and holds school records for career saves with 1,049 and goalkeeper games played with 67. Carrie also holds the single-season save record with 326 stops in 1994.
Carrie graduated in the spring of 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and later earned her master’s degree in counseling education and psychology from Western Michigan University. She currently resides in Palm Coast, Florida and is a senior team leader with Target Corporation.
Michelle Marshall Desotell ‘03 (Softball)
Michelle Marshall Desotell was a four-year letter winner in softball for the Bulldogs. She was named Second Team All-MIAA during her freshman season in 2000. In addition, Michelle was chosen First Team All-MIAA as a sophomore and junior during the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
Michelle was a three-time team Most Valuable Player and excelled in the classroom as evidenced by being named Third Team Academic All-District in 2003 as a senior. She batted .298 in 146 career games with 77 runs scored, 133 hits, 17 doubles, six home runs and 59 RBI’s. Michelle ranks second at Adrian College with 45 career stolen bases and 288 career infield assists. She also spent time in the circle where she ranks third at Adrian College with 45 complete games. Michelle won 30 games and threw 458.2 innings during her career.
Michelle graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Adrian College in 2003. She is married to Jason Desotell, who also is a graduate of Adrian College, and the couple have two sons – Jaxon and Bryson. They reside in Macomb, Michigan and Michelle has worked the past 10 years as an estimator/project manager for Eugenio Painting Company out of Grosse Pointe Woods.
Steve Brooks ‘03 (Men's Basketball)
Steve Brooks was a four-year varsity letter winner in basketball under head coach Buck Riley. Brooks was a three-time First Team All-MIAA selection from 2001-03 and was also named Adrian College Co-Outstanding Male Senior Athlete in 2003. Steve was voted team Most Valuable Player in 2002 as a junior and averaged 16.8 points per game.
Steve ranks third all-time at Adrian College with 1,523 career points and also checks in first all-time with 253 three-pointers made and 320 free throws made. Steve averaged 20 points per game as a senior and was the MIAA scoring champion for the 2002-03 season. After his senior season, he was named Second Team All-Great Lakes Region. In total, he played in 104 career games and shot 41.6 percent from the floor, 38 percent from behind the arc and 79.2 percent at the free throw line.
Steve graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Adrian College in 2003. He also has earned his master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in education with a secondary science certification. Steve is a captain and company commander in the United States Army and resides in Columbia, South Carolina with his wife, Beth an Adrian College graduate, and daughter Isabelle.
Dan Walter ‘03 (Men’s Basketball)
Dan Walter is a four-year varsity letter winner in basketball playing for head coach Buck Riley. Dan along with teammate and 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Steve Brooks was named Adrian College Co-Outstanding Male Senior Athlete in 2003. He was named Second Team All-MIAA in 2001 and 2002 and garnered First Team All-MIAA honors as a senior in 2003.
Dan was named the team’s Most Valuable Player during the 2002-03 season and averaged 19.4 points per game in the MIAA becoming the league’s scoring champion. After his senior season, he was named to the All-Great Lakes Region squad after scoring 491 points and grabbing 127 rebounds.
Dan ranks first all-time at Adrian College with 579 career field goals made and is fifth all-time with 238 assists and 130 steals. He sits second all-time in school history with 1,620 career points having averaged over 15 points per game in 104 career contests. He finished his career shooting 44.4 percent from the floor, 35 percent from behind the arc and 74.5 percent at the free throw stripe.
Dan graduated from Adrian College with a bachelor’s degree in 2003 and later earned a master’s degree from Tiffin University in 2006. He was a graduate assistant coach at Tiffin while working on his master’s degree and also spent time as an assistant coach at Adrian College and Tusculum College. He and his wife, Veronica, reside in Knoxville, Tennessee with their son Watson.