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Four Redbird legends selected for ISU Hall of Fame

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[JULY 21, 2004]  NORMAL -- Four outstanding student-athletes spanning four decades of excellence simply describes the Illinois State University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2004, consisting of Sue Daggett Miller, Joe Galvin, Mark Huber and Tina Lindsey. Additionally, longtime public address announcer and public address assistant Dave Colee will be honored with the Campbell "Stretch" Miller Award.

This group will officially be inducted during the Hall of Fame banquet at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington. The 2004 class will also be recognized at halftime of the Illinois State-Eastern Illinois football game on Sept. 18.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame ceremony are $25 per person and can be purchased through The Redbird Club office. To order tickets for the event or for more information, please call Pat Cattron at (309) 438-3803.

"The Hall of Fame banquet continues to be a special event annually for our athletics department," said Linda Herman, interim director of athletics and current member of the Hall of Fame Committee. "Sue, Joe, Mark and Tina all had stellar careers here at Illinois State University and are all worthy of the ultimate athletic achievement bestowed on them, while Dave has volunteered countless hours and continues to be an integral part of Redbird athletics."

Sue Daggett Miller lettered four years at Illinois State and left as the most decorated female athlete at ISU and in the Missouri Valley Conference. During her career, Daggett Miller claimed a league-record 17 individual conference championships in addition to being a three-time all-America selection and the 1995 NCAA District V cross country champion.

Her numerous conference championships include the 1995 and 1996 cross country titles; the 1997 indoor mile championship; the 1996 and 1997 indoor 3,000-meter titles; the 1994, 1996 and 1997 indoor 5,000-meter championships; the 1997 1,500-meter run; the 1996 and 1997 outdoor 3,000-meter titles; the 1995 and 1997 outdoor 5,000-meter runs; and the 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997 10,000-meter championships.

"It is an absolute honor to be selected for the Hall of Fame," said Daggett Miller. "I attribute much of my success to the coaches, especially John Coughlan, the therapists and all the support to make it happen. Illinois State University was an outstanding experience for me. Not only did I learn a great deal in my field of study, but I also received so much knowledge about life, athletics, friendships and teamwork."

Daggett Miller, a native of Random Lake, Wis., was also named the Missouri Valley Conference Female Track Athlete of the Meet three times, earning the award at the indoor championships in 1996 and both the indoor and outdoor meets in 1997. She was also a 1994 Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic All-America selection, while being named a three-time All-Valley Academic Cross Country selection and a four-time All-Valley Academic Track and Field honoree.

Daggett Miller is currently residing in Sheboygan, Wis., where she is the branch manager at Kohler Credit Union and still actively running in southeastern Wisconsin.

Joe Galvin lettered at Illinois State from 1976 to 1980 and was an inside presence on the Redbird basketball team. The 7-footer is one of Illinois State's 35 members in the 1,000-point club, with 1,022 tallies in his career. He also ranks third in the Redbird record book with 132 blocked shots in his career. He is also fifth in career field goal percentage at 53 percent.

A native of Bloomington, Galvin was the starting center for the Redbirds for three seasons, including Illinois State's first nationally ranked 1977-78 team. ISU posted marks of 24-4, 24-10 and 20-9 during that time, with a pair of appearances in the National Invitation Tournament. As a starter, Galvin averaged better than 12 points and nearly eight rebounds per game, and he still owns a school record by blocking nine shots in one game.

"It is a great honor to be selected to the ISU Hall of Fame," said Galvin. "Growing up in Bloomington, I had the opportunity to attend the first Will Robinson basketball camps, watch other ISU basketball Hall of Famers Doug Collins, Rick Whitlow and Ron deVeries, and play many high school games in the magical Horton Field House. During my four years at ISU we won 20 games each year and played in three postseason tournaments -- during a time when only 48 schools received postseason bids. We created a culture of winning and established a national reputation for ISU basketball. I look back on my time at ISU as a tremendous learning experience both personally and academically."

Selected by the Indiana Pacers in the fifth round of the National Basketball Association amateur draft, Galvin eventually played three years of professional basketball in Spain before retiring from the game and returning to the United States. He is currently a vice president and research director of CRM strategies for Gartner, the world's leading independent information technology research and advisory firm.

 

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Mark Huber was a baseball letter winner from 1975-78 and the ace of the Redbird pitching staff for his last three seasons.

In 1976, Huber helped lead the Redbirds to the NCAA Midwest Regional and a 41-21 overall record. In a classic pitchers' duel in the second game of the regional, Huber squared off against Eastern Michigan's Bob Welch, who was later drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the 1977 Major League Baseball amateur draft. EMU claimed the 3-0 win, but Huber went eight innings and only allowed one earned run with four strikeouts. It was Huber's only loss of the season, as he ended the campaign with a 7-1 record and a 1.66 earned run average.

Huber, from Havana, still ranks No. 5 in Illinois State's record books for career earned run average after limiting his opponents to 2.18 runs per game. He is also tied for No. 4 with 20 career victories.

"It's a great honor and something that I didn't expect," Huber said about joining the ISU Athletics Hall of Fame. "I went to Illinois State with no real expectations. I just wanted to play baseball and get a degree. It ended up being one of the greatest times of my life."

In 1977, Huber led the Redbird pitching staff with a 1.36 earned run average and 66 strikeouts, before posting a 6-2 mark and a 3.28 earned run average his senior season.

After college, Huber signed as a free agent with the Chicago White Sox. Currently, he is working as the caddie for Doug Tewell on the Champions Tour.

Tina Lindsey lettered four years at Illinois State, from 1991-94. A three-time all-conference selection, Lindsey earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in 1993 and 1994 and All-Gateway Conference recognition in 1992. As a junior, Lindsey led the Redbirds to a conference championship and was named the Illinois State Female Athlete of the Year in 1993.

During her collegiate career, Lindsey was named the league's player of the week 15 times. She finished third individually her senior season, firing a 231 over three rounds. Lindsey won four collegiate tournaments during her career: the 1994 Norte Dame Irish Invitational, the Redbird Classic in 1993, the 1992 Spartan Invitational (tied for medalist honors) and the Colorado State Ram Invitational in 1991.

"Needless to say I wasn't expecting this. It's such a great honor," Lindsey said. "Going to Illinois State was such a great learning experience for me, especially attending a school that had more students than my hometown. It gave me a totally different outlook on things. In high school, I played on the boys' team, and in college it was my first real experience being on a team with girls. I was also the only freshman on the team and really looked to the seniors for leadership."

A 1994 recipient of the Laurie Mabry Award, the Mason City native currently resides in Bloomington, works for Golfstat, and is an instructor at Ironwood Golf Course and Bloomington Country Club.

This year's Campbell "Stretch" Miller Award winner is Dave Colee. The award is named for Miller, a Redbird athlete who went on to broadcast Illinois State games in the 1940s before joining the St. Louis Cardinals' broadcasting team. The award named in his honor celebrates the contributions of those whose main services were not playing or coaching, but important to the program's success.

"I'm humbled to be named the 'Stretch' Miller Award winner," said Colee. "All you have to do is look at the people who have received this honor over the last 25 to 30 years to realize what kind of company you're in. Sure, I have put in a lot of time in athletics and with the band, but they're labors of love."

Colee has been involved with Illinois State athletics since 1977, when current public address announcer and previous "Stretch" Miller Award winner Steve Adams asked him to be his spotter for Redbird football and men's basketball games.

For the last 22 years, Colee has been the public address announcer for Illinois State's Big Red Marching Machine during football halftimes. This fall, Colee will begin his ninth season as the public address announcer for Redbird women's basketball games.

In addition to attending and volunteering at numerous Redbird home events, Colee also works as a superintendent of administrative services at State Farm Insurance, where he has been for the past 16 years, following a 15-year career at Illinois State University in admissions and as registrar.

[Todd Kober,
director of athletics media relations,
Illinois State University]

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