Class of 2019
The Women's Volleyball teams these three years distinguished themselves for their spirit and skill on and off the court. The 2004-06 Taylor University Fort Wayne (TUFW) women’s Lady Falcons volleyball team had the longest period of success in school history. The 1984 Fort Wayne Bible College volleyball team had the best overall record at 26-1, but no other volleyball teams finished higher nationally than these three TUFW teams. For three successive years, 2004, 2005, and 2006, the Lady Falcons placed 3rd, 2nd, and 2nd, respectively, in the national tournament matches in their own home gym, when TUFW hosted the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Tournaments starting in 2003.
From its earliest roots, the Fort Wayne campus thrived in part because of the many godly employees who went beyond the call of duty without seeking personal recognition for their sacrificial service. Agnes Saddington h09 is one such person. Her 20 years of behind-the-scenes service were crucial to the success of the Athletic Department, and to the well-being of the student athletes she loved.
Every coach wants to find that next piece of the puzzle to elevate the team and lead to more wins. During the early 2000s, Brenda (McDonald) Keim g04 was that piece for the Lady Falcons volleyball team. Brenda was one of the stepping stones crucial to the celebrated success of the women’s volleyball teams in 2004 – 2006. “Brenda, along with many others, are the foundation the three Hall of Fame teams . . . were built on,” Coach Scott Haddix g94 said. “Those players all played their part in the success that was to follow.”
Gary Ringenberg g79 was an outstanding athlete and team leader on the tennis and basketball teams at Fort Wayne Bible College during the late 1970s.
Michael Collins was one of the most outstanding soccer players the campus ever had. As a senior, Mike approached the milestone of scoring his 100th goal – a rare feat for collegiate players. The athletic department made arrangements with the referees, and when Mike scored that 100th goal, he grabbed the ball out of the net as a keepsake and ran to the sideline to celebrate with his teammates and exuberant fans. “I still have that ball today,” he said.
Scott Haddix g94 began his coaching career at Taylor University Fort Wayne (TUFW) as assistant to his wife, Anne. She was head coach of women’s volleyball until 1997, when she took a leave of absence upon the birth of their first child. Athletic director Bud Hamilton agreed to let Scott take his first foray into the head coach position with the Lady Falcons. He continued in this role for 10 seasons, during which the team competed in eight National Championship Tournaments and played in three consecutive national championship matches.