Five Inducted in 2014 BAHOF

Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in "2014 BAHOF", BAHOF, "Beau Basler", "Dan Chapla", "Shane Koranda", "Steffen Smith", "Steve Shelton"

Beau Basler ‘97

Education:
Ottawa University - BA in Human Services
 
Current/Past Business, Profession or Occupation:
After graduating from Ottawa University in 1997, Beau spent 15 years as a children’s case manager with the Elizabeth Layton Center/Franklin County Mental Health Clinic in Ottawa, Kansas. For the last four of those years, he also served as a firefighter, first with the Leavenworth Fire Department and then with the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department. In 2012, Beau transitioned to firefighting fulltime. In addition to his “day job,” Beau continued his athletic involvement as the Piper (KS) High School baseball assistant/head coach (1998-2009), the Piper High School assistant basketball coach (2005-2008) and the Piper Middle School 8th grade coach (2007-2008).
 
Family Members:
Wife:  Heather
Daughter:  Ella
Sons: Ethan, Estes
 
Current/Past Community Involvement:
Prior to his daughter’s retirement from softball at age 8, Beau coached her softball team and currently coaches his son’s baseball team. He also coached the American Legion Baseball team from 1992-2004 and was a volunteer at the Franklin County Mental Health Clinic between 1995-1997.
                                                           
OU Athletic Participation:
Baseball (1993 - 1996)
 
Beau’s baseball career at OU was marked with a number of honors. In 1994, he was an Honorable Mention All-KCAC Utility Player. During his peak performance in 1995, he earned First Team All-KCAC (outfield), was voted KCAC Player of the Year, captured a spot on the All Region IV First Team (outfield), was an Honorable Mention All-American Outfielder, and was recognized as a KCAC Pitcher of the Week. In his senior year, Beau again made First Team All-KCAC as an outfielder.
 
A true student-athlete, Beau was recognized with the academic/human services honor of receiving the 1997 Carol Sandstrom Distinguished Humanitarian Award.

Dan Chapla ‘93

Education:
Ottawa University - BA in Political Science
 
Current/Past Business, Profession or Occupation:
Dan has been the head women’s basketball coach at William Woods University since 2008, the same year he was voted American Midwest Conference Coach of the Year. During the 2010-11 school year, he set the school record for wins with 30-5 and has led the team to six straight national tournament appearances. Previously he served as head women’s basketball coach at Culver-Stockton College from 2003-2008.
 
Family Members:
Wife:  Gara
Daughter:  Ivy
Son:  Luke
 
Current/Past Community Involvement:
Dan has volunteered at Bartley Elementary School in Fulton, MO, as well as for the “Little People’s” golf tournament in Quincy, IL. He is a member of the WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) and the MSHSBA (Missouri State High School Basketball Association).
                                                           
OU Athletic Participation:
Basketball (1989-1993)
As a 4-year letterman and 3-year starter on the Braves basketball team, Dan Chapla earned All-KCAC honors as a guard his junior and senior years. He was also an Honorable Mention NAIA All-American, a District 10 First Team Selection, an All-KCAC First Team Selection, a District 10 Championship Team Selection, a District 10 Player of the Week, and a KCAC Player of the Week his senior year. Dan led the team in steals and assists his senior year, helping them advance to a NAIA National Tournament appearance. They finished the year second in the KCAC. Throughout his OU career, Dan amassed 293 career assists (5th all-time in the OU record books), 120 career steals (13th in the record books), 29 double-digit scoring games, and a career-high 22 points versus Kansas Wesleyan as a senior.

Shane D. Koranda ‘96

Education:
Ottawa University - BA in Broadcast Communication & P.E. Teacher Certification
Fort Hays State University – Numerous Teacher Certifications
Southwestern University – MA in Adaptive Special Education
Newman University – ESOL Teacher Certification
 
Current/Past Business, Profession or Occupation:
Shane is in his 18th year as a teacher and coach of football, wrestling, baseball, and track & field; he has also served as an athletic director. At Fort Hays State University (KS), he helped produce 11 track & field NCAA All-Americans, including a District II National Javelin Champion; at St. John’s Military School (KS), he coached 2 league track champions; at Sanders Middle School (AZ), his football teams were 15-1 with 1 league champion, and he produced 17 league wrestling champions and 3 high school state track placers. In Wichita, he has produced 2 league runner-up track teams and a two-time undefeated team champion, as well as numerous Top-6 and All-City Track Champions.
 
Shane is also in his 15th year as a KSHSAA sports official, and is the acting crew chief in football, in wrestling (including 8 state tournaments) and track.
 
Family Members:
Wife:  Linette Koranda ‘96
Daughters: Kaycee, Kaylee
Sons:  Chase, Isaiah (Joined the Koranda family through adoption)
 
Current/Past Community Involvement:
Shane serves as a deacon for his church, sits on the board of directors for the Pregnancy & Family Resource Centers, and has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America for 37 years.
 
OU Athletic Participation:
Football (1990-1993 & Student Coach in 1994)
Track and Field - Javelin (1991–1994)
Koranda was a three-time KCAC Javelin Champion, finishing in the top three at the District 10 meet in 1991, 1992, and 1993 and Champion in 1994. He was a three-time NAIA All-American in the javelin; a two-time Penn State Champion; placed first in 16 meets during his collegiate career; and was a member of the NAIA All-Star team that traveled to Barcelona, Spain, where he became the Catalonian National Champion, with a college career best throw of 210’ 10”. He still holds the OU school record (new javelin) with a throw of 205’ 7”.

Steve Shelton ‘88

Education:
Ottawa University - BA in Biology
Emporia State University - MA in Education Leadership
University of Kansas – PhD in Education: Educational Leadership and Policy Administration
 
Current/Past Business, Profession or Occupation:
Steve is currently the Assistant Superintendent for the Raytown (MO) School District. Steady and progressive, his career began as a middle school science teacher at Atchison Middle School (KS). He then served as the assistant football coach at Fort Scott Community College (KS), athletic director/head football coach/biology teacher at Shawnee Mission West High School (KS), associate principal at Shawnee Mission North High School (KS), and principal at both Raytown High School (MO) and Gardner Edgerton High School (KS). In 1997, Steve was selected as a Kansas City Chiefs High School Coach of the Week.
 
Current/Past Community Involvement:
Steve has been strongly involved in the Raytown Rotary Club, previously serving as both president and treasurer. He is also past president of the Raytown Kiwanis, serves on the Truman Heartland Foundation Advisory Board, and is an associate pastor at Cherry Grove Baptist Church.
 
Family Members:
Wife:  Jennifer Crosby
Daughters:  Mallory Shelton, Karoline Shelton, Samantha Shelton
Son:  Drew Crosby
                                                           
OU Athletic Participation:
Football (1984-1988)
Track (1985, 1986)
Steve was a four-year letter winner in football and a two-year letter winner in track. He helped lead the Braves to a four-year record of 15-25 playing for head coach Glen Percy. As a defensive back, Steve was a four-year starter for the Braves. He earned Honorable Mention NAIA All-American honors and was a First Team All-District 10 selection in 1987. He was a four-time All-KCAC selection, earning First Team honors three times and Second Team honors once. Shelton is sixth in the OU record book in single-season interceptions (7 in 1984), and he earned the Dick Peters Memorial Award in 1987. On the track, Shelton earned All-KCAC honors in the javelin in 1985 with a third place finish.

Steffen Smith ’88

Education:
Cloud County Junior College and Metropolitan Junior College
Ottawa University, Bachelor of Arts in Biology
 
Current/Past Business, Profession or Occupation:
Steffen is a road driver for what is now FedEx Freight. He started as a dock worker in 1988 with Arkansas Freightways, which changed to American Freightways before being sold to FedEx approximately 10 years ago. He was promoted to city driver in 1992, then to road driver in 1994.
 
Family Members:
Wife: Kimberlie
Daughter: Hollie
 
Current/Past Community Involvement:
Staying true to his athletic background, Steffen has served as an assistant coach for his daughter’s sports teams and volunteered with a number of 5K races.
 
OU Athletic Participation:
Track and Field (1986-1987)
As a community college transfer student, Smith participated in track and field only two years at Ottawa University. In that short time, he became a three-time NAIA Track and Field All-American; was the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Champion in the high jump (7’0”); was a two-time NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championship qualifier, as well as a two-time NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship qualifier; was KCAC Champion in the pole vault (15’6”); and earned All-KCAC honors twice. Other accomplishments during his OU athletic career include setting a Field House record in the high jump (7’2”) at the Pitt State Invitational; setting a school record in the pole vault with a jump of 15’6.5”; winning the pole vault at the NAIA District 10 meet (14’6”); and placing fifth in the high jump (6’9”) at the NAIA Track and Field National Championships.