WAVERLY, Iowa-Eight individuals will be inducted into the Wartburg Athletic Hall of Fame Oct. 20 as part of the annual Homecoming weekend festivities.
Dave Devine '01: Devine was a three-year member of the football team as a defensive back. He was a three-time All-Conference selection, including two First-team honors, and received three All-American honors in 1999 and two in 2000. Devine still holds the single game school record with three interceptions which occurred against Dubuque in 1999. He resides in Shawnee, Kan., where he is a mortgage banker.
Teresa "Cordes" Graven '88: Graven was a four-year member of the women's cross country and track and field teams. Graven was a two-time All-American as she placed sixth at the 1987 NCAA National Indoor Championships in the high jump with her mark of 5'5" and second in the 1988 NCAA National Outdoor Championships in the same event with her height of 5'7.75". She received the college's Hertel Award (outstanding two sport athlete) in 1988. Graven lives in Horicon, Wis. where she is a business education teacher.
Chad Klunder '95: Klunder was a four-year member of the football team as a defensive back and played in all 43 games in his career. He finished his time in a Knights uniform with 243 total tackles which included 140 solo tackles. Klunder was a two-time First-team All-Conference selection and was an Honorable Mention All-American his senior season. He was a member of the 1993 Iowa Conference Championship team and the 1994 squad that advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. Klunder resides in Granger, Ind. where he has served as the Director of Football Operations at the University of Notre Dame since 2005. He previously served as a graduate assistant for the Irish and was the running backs coach and coordinator of football operations at Harvard from 1998-2002.
Nick Mitchell '00: Mitchell was a four-year wrestler and competed on the 1999 National Championship team. He was a three-time All-American where he finished as the National Runner-up in 1999 and placed third twice in his career. Mitchell was part of four Iowa Conference championship teams, was a three-time Iowa Conference individual champion and compiled 114 wins in his career. He has been the head wrestling coach at Grand View University in Des Moines since 2008 and has started the program from scratch. The Vikings took fifth at the NAIA National Tournament in 2011 and won the National Title in 2012. Mitchell lives in Ankeny.
Richard Nickels '76: Nickels was a three-year member of the men's basketball team and played on the 1974 and 1975 Iowa Conference Championship teams. He played in 82 games in three years and finished with 1,244 points, which ranks 14th on the program's list of all-time leaders. Nickels lives in Waukesha, Wis. where he works in the Department of Parks and Land Use for Waukesha County. He has been president of the Prairie Ridge Homeowners Association for seven years and serves on the Izaak Walton League of Milwaukee County, a conservation-based organization.
Brianne Schoonover '02: Schoonover was a four-year member of the women's basketball and women's track and field teams. In basketball, she played on two Iowa Conference Championship teams, and was a three-time All-Conference selection, two-time Academic All-American and an All-Region selection. Schoonover finished her career as the program's eighth-leading scorer with 1,314 points. On the track, she was named the conference's MVP in 2002 and was a three-time IIAC Champion in the 400m and 4x400m relay. She was a two-time conference champion in the 4x100m relay and won the 200m dash her senior year. Schoonover was a seven-time Drake Relays Champion and two-time Academic All-American. She was honored as the department's 2001 Hertel Award winner (outstanding two-sport athlete and earned the Chellevold Award (for outstanding academic and athletic success) the following year. Schoonover graduated Summa Cum Laude (with a cumulative GPA of 3.96), was an accounting and business administration double-major, qualified for the Dean's List in all eight semesters, was named the Duane Schroeder IIAC Female Athlete of the Year her senior year and received a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She resides in West Des Moines and is a senior manager for Ernst & Young LLP, where she has worked since 2002.
Jennifer "Donohue" Talbott '01: Talbott was a four-year member of the volleyball and women's basketball teams and a three-year member on the women's track and field team. In volleyball, she ranks second on the program's list of career leaders in attack percentage (.261) and sixth in kills with 1,302. She was a Second-team Lutheran Brotherhood All-American her senior year, a three-time Verizon Academic All-American, two-time All-Conference honoree and an AVCA All-Region selection. In basketball, she played on the 2000-01 of Iowa Conference Championship teams which advanced to the Elite Eight. She finished her career with 934 points and 418 rebounds and was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. On the track, Talbott was a GTE Academic All-American her senior year, as well as a CoSIDA Verizon Academic All-American. At the time of her graduation, she held school records in the 100m hurdles, 4x200m relay and shuttle hurdle relay. Talbott resides in Ames and is a Health Care Administration Executive Director for Regional Operations at McFarland Clinic.
Matt Thede '01: Thede was a four-year member of the baseball team where he played in 156 games, had a .410 lifetime batting average. He is the program's all-time leader with his .715 slugging percentage and 28 home runs. He was twice named the Iowa Conference MVP, was a four-time All-Conference selection and still holds the conference record with 45 RBIs in 2000. Thede was a two-time All-American and Regional MVP. He signed a contract with the Montreal Expos as a catcher in 2001 and played three seasons in their minor league system. Thede resides in Ely and is a biology teacher and baseball coach at Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids.