Athletic HOF Announces ’13 Class
RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The 2013 Class of Rio Grande Athletic Hall of Fame will feature a National Basketball Association coach, lifestyle change strategist, vice president and chief commercial officer for an international corporation, and a professor of sports medicine and exercise physiology at Bangor University in Wales.
The four-member class – better known throughout the Rio family as Bernie Bickerstaff, Jenny Olding, Matt Powell and Steven Kehoe – will be honored at the Rio Grande Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 16.
“The Athletic Hall of Fame is an outstanding showcase of the Rio Grande spirit, and the 2013 Class is as accomplished and worthy as any we have ever inducted,” Alumni Relations Director Annette Ward said. “These four individuals not only excelled within their athletic disciplines and were true champions of character during their days at Rio, but each has also carried those same characteristics throughout their personal and professionals lives.”
The Nov. 16 banquet serves as the closing of Homecoming Weekend and follows the Bevo Francis Invitational basketball tournament. The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. with formal program scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Alumni Relations office at 740-245-7431.
Bickerstaff, an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA, was the starting point guard on the men’s basketball team from 1961-62. He averaged 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals per game.
The Benham, Kentucky native concluded his collegiate career at the University of San Diego, where he also became an assistant coach in 1968. After three seasons he took over as head coach and compiled a career record of 54-49 thanks to a 19-9 record in 1972-73.
In 1973, Bickerstaff joined the NBA’s Washington Bullets (now Wizards) as an assistant coach. His NBA career included head coaching stints with the Seattle Supersonics (1985-90), Denver Nuggets (1994-96), Washington Bullets (1997-99), Charlotte Bobcats (2004-07) and Los Angles Lakers (2012-13). He also served numerous front office capacities throughout his career, most notably as president and general manager for Denver when the Nuggets became the first eighth-seed in league history to upset top seed in the first round of the 1994 playoffs.
Jenny Olding, a lifestyle change strategist in Tampa, Fla., was four-year (2003-06) standout for the women’s softball team from the moment she stepped on campus. She finished as a three-time All-America Mideast Conference 1st Team selection (2nd Team as a freshman) having started all 186 games with a career .419 batting average, 61 doubles, 15 triples, 26 home runs, 158 runs scored and 170 RBI.
Olding also was named to the NAIA All-Region IX Team and an All-America Mideast Conference Scholar Athlete as a junior and senior. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sales Communication and a 3.9 GPA.
After graduation, Olding enjoyed a successful career in corporate sales in which she was consistently ranked among the top 5 percent of her peers. She became a six-figure earner at the age of 27 and is a multiple President’s Club Award winner.
Olding’s entrepreneurial spirit led to her launch of Lifestyle Change International this summer. She is currently working on her first book, a CD series and scheduling various speaking engagements geared toward college students and young professionals.
“Thank you so much … What an honor and a pleasure,” Olding said when informed of her induction. “My time at Rio was very unique and special, and something in which I will never forget.”
Steven Kehoe, a professor at Bangor University, was NAIA National Championship MVP for the 2003 men’s soccer championship team, a three-time All American (2001-03), four-time All Region First Team (2000-03), four-time All American Mideast Conference First Team (2000-03) and three-time team captain with a career record of 81-6-6.
Kehoe signed to play for the United Soccer Leagues’ Pittsburgh Riverhounds for one season before returning to Rio as an assistant coach for the 2004-05 season.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports and Exercise Science with a minor in Biology, Kehoe became a professor at Bangor University and teaches sports medicine and exercise physiology for a program ranked among the United Kingdom’s top 10.
Matt Powell, vice president and chief commercial officer for Ormet Aluminum Corporation, graduated from Rio in 1995 as the second all-time leading scorer in men’s basketball history behind only Bevo Francis with 2,367 career points. He was an honorable mention All American in 1992-93 after averaging 23.5 points per game, was two-time All District (1993-95) and shot over 43 percent from three-point range as a co-captain his senior season (1994-95).
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and minor in Mathematics, Powell quickly found profession success with wide-ranging international experience in a variety of senior technical, operations and commercial roles in the aluminum industry. His experience includes process and project management, research and development management, strategic development and international commercial management.
Powell has spent eight years with Ormet in various senior technical and manufacturing roles, as well as nine years with Century Aluminum as vice president of U.S. and Asian operation, commercial activities.
“It is truly a great honor and I am very appreciative,” Powell said. “I was extremely fortunate to play with some great players and play for some fantastic coaches, such as coach (Earl) Thomas.”
Rio Grande takes great pride in awarding outstanding alumni, athletes and former faculty members with various recognition awards. We encourage nominations from alumni and former faculty and staff. Nomination forms for alumni awards, Athletic Hall of Fame and Educators Hall of Fame are available in the Alumni Relations office and are due by Feb. 1 of each year. For more information, or to request forms, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.