Don Brubacher Inducted into Tabor College Athletic Hall of Fame

May 12, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College hosted its annual Athletic Hall of Fame and Sports Banquet on Sunday, May 11. Nearly 400 people packed into a very steamy Tabor gymnasium to honor former coach/athletic director and alumnus Don Brubacher, plus salute all the academic and athletic honors for our student-athletes.

Towards the end of the ceremony, Tabor inducted Brubacher into the Tabor College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Brubacher was excited to be back on campus and honored to be inducted with this prestigious group.

“When I think of the people who are already in the Hall of Fame, it’s a humbling thing to be considered for this,” Brubacher said. “It’s been surprising and really more fun than I thought to see the variety of people who have come tonight; my former players, my former colleagues. It’s been good to connect with a lot of old friends.”

Rusty Allen, vice president of intercollegiate athletics at Tabor College, said Brubacher’s induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame was well-deserved.

“Don Brubacher served Tabor College with excellence and hard work for better than 30 years,” Allen said. “Personally, he was a mentor to me and I have deep appreciation for the time we worked together. God used his gifts in amazing ways. Not only in the Tabor Athletic Department, but the entire institution benefited from all that he gave.”

Brubacher transferred to Tabor College as a student-athlete in the fall of 1972. He played and lettered in basketball two years. His senior year, Brubacher was named to the KCAC All-Conference team.

As a fifth year senior, Brubacher was a player and coach for the men’s soccer team, plus the assistant men’s basketball coach. Brubacher graduated in the spring of 1975 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, physical education and health, along with teacher licensure.

In 1976, Brubacher returned to Tabor College to coach men’s soccer and women’s basketball. He remained at Tabor College for the next 31 years.

Brubacher coached the men’s basketball team for 25 years (1978-1995 & 1999-2007), the men’s soccer team for 11 years (1974-1975, 1976-1984, 1986-1988), the women’s soccer team for three years (1998-2001) and the women’s basketball team for two years (1976-1978). Brubacher was also the Tabor College athletic director for nine years (1999-2008).

During the 25 years Brubacher coached the men’s basketball team, he was named KCAC Men’s Basketball Coach-of-the-Year nine times and his teams won 10 regular season conference championships and two post-season tournament championships.

Brubacher was also named the KCAC Women’s Soccer Coach-of-the-Year two of his three years. His teams won the KCAC Conference Championship in 2000-2001.

The Tabor College athletic teams were very successful during Brubacher’s tenure as athletic director. During those years, the following teams were KCAC Conference Champions: football-two years, women’s basketball-two years, volleyball-five years, women’s soccer-two years, men’s tennis-2 years, and men’s soccer-one year.

Brubacher and his wife Janette currently reside in Hillsdale, Mich., where he is the director of athletics & recreational sports, plus chairman of the sports studies department at Hillsdale College.Description:

Student Athlete Honors

The Male Athlete of the Year Award was presented to Tabor College senior running back James Monroe Jr. Monroe played for the Bluejays from 2010 – 2013 and compiled 3,927 rushing yards, 278 receiving yards and 108 touchdowns in his career. After the 2013 season, Monroe was named the KCAC Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-KCAC. He finished his senior season ranked number four in the NAIA Division I in total rushing yards with 1,773 and number seven in all-purpose yards with 1,856 and number eight in rushing yards per game with 136.4. He also broke the Tabor College career rushing record, which stood for 40 years.

The Female Athlete of the Year Award was presented to Tabor College senior point guard Nikki Lewis. The 5’0 Tahlequah, Okla. product was the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year as well as a First Team All-Conference selection. She not only led the Lady Jays and the KCAC in total assists and assist per game, but also led the NAIA in each of the categories as well. On the year, she averaged 11.0 points per game, to go along with 222 assists (6.9 per game), and 3.8 rebounds per game. Lewis also led the KCAC and ranked 2nd in the NAIA in assist to turnover ratio (2.810), and finished 26th in the NAIA in total steals (77). In the conference, Lewis also ranked 15th in scoring, 5th in three point field goal percentage, 6th in three point field goals made, 2nd in steals and she tied for 10th in double-doubles with three. For the second consecutive year, Lewis was honored by the NAIA, as she received All-American honors for her performance this past season for the Lady Jays basketball team. A year after being named an Honorable Mention All-American Lewis, earned Third Team All-American honors after leading the Lady Jays to the KCAC Conference Championship title and an NAIA national tournament appearance.

“Nikki and James are great examples of what we look for in our student athletes,” Allen said. “They were not only very talented and very effective during competition, but they were outstanding students with outstanding character. Their leadership and Christian influence on our campus is going to be missed.”

The Scholar Athlete of the Year Award was presented to volleyball player Hollister Wolf. The 5’4” setter from Moundridge, Kan. played from 2010 – 2013 for Tabor College and finished her career with 3,973 assists, 1,177 digs, and 113 kills in 449 games. Wolf ranked 15th in NAIA Division I in assists per game with 10.510 and ranked 28th in total assists with 1,272. Wolf has a cumulative GPA of 3.92 and is majoring in business with a concentration in marketing.

“I can’t say enough about how well Holli Wolf has represented herself, her team and our college during her four years at Tabor,” Allen added. “She is the epitome of the student-athlete. She managed to be outstanding on the court and outstanding in the classroom. She has set an example for her teammates and all of our student athletes in the future.”