Posted by Paula Paine on March 13, 2013 in Alumni, Athletics, BAHOF, "BAHOF inductees", "Bob Schoonover", Events, "Homecoming 2012", "The College"
Two alumni and two former coaches were honored in October by being inducted into the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame (BAHOF) as part of Homecoming Weekend. BAHOF was established in 1988 for the purpose of honoring those individuals who have gained recognition and fame for themselves and Ottawa University as a result of their endeavors and accomplishments while a studentathlete, coach or director of athletics at Ottawa University. For a complete list of BAHOF members, as well as nomination information, visit www.ottawa.edu/bahof.Click here to read about the other inductees. Dave Holtwick '76Melissa "Missy" Ringhausen '94Antoni "Tony" Van Lieden
Robert “Bob” Schoonover
During his time as men’s soccer coach at Ottawa University, Bob Schoonover led the Braves to three straight trips to the NAIA National Tournament. He was named Area II Coach of the Year in 1971, ending his career with a 67-30-3 (.670) record. He led the Braves to three Conference Titles, one Mo-Kan Championship in 1969, and two Mid-West Conference Championships in 1970 and 1971. He coached 16 All-Area II Selections, one Area II Offensive Player of the Year, one Area II Defensive Player of the Year, four NAIA All-Americans, three NAIA All-Tournament Selections, fourteen All-Conference selections, one Conference Offensive Player of the Year, one Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and three Midwest All-star selections. Schoonover spent more than 50 years working in secondary and higher education before retiring in May 2011. Before beginning his career in higher education, he served as a high school teacher, coach and principal. He coached collegiate soccer on-and-off for more than 20 years, founding the soccer program at Hardin Simmons University in the 1970s and coaching four All-American players who went on to play on a World Cup Team. He also was responsible for starting the soccer program at Cumberland College in the early 1990s.