Quincy University will induct eleven individuals into the Sports Hall of Fame at an honorary brunch on Saturday, April 15, at 9:30 a.m. in the Hall of Fame Room, located in the QU Health and Fitness Center (20th & Oak). Reservations are required to attend.
Spring 2023 Individual and Professional Achievement Inductee:
Brady Collings earned his degree in sports management and sports marketing from QU in 1995, and he made significant contributions to the QU men’s volleyball program. At the end of Collings’ QU volleyball career, he was fifth in kills, fourth in aces, and third in digs. Before coming to QU, Collings was training to be an alpine ski racing athlete when he met two former college volleyball coaches who took a keen interest in teaching him how to play volleyball. Collings’ passion for volleyball grew, and he changed course and dedicated his training to volleyball. Collings’ leadership role with the team helped build a legacy for the QU men’s volleyball program. After earning his degree, Collings pursued a career in the sport gear arena. Collings has worked for four companies including Nike, Spyder, Global Brands Group, and Liberated Brands, and today he is the Global GM/Brand President of Spyder, one of the world’s most recognizable and credible outdoor sportswear brands and sponsor of the U.S. Winter Olympic team.
Spring 2023 Individual Inductees:
Fernando Barretto graduated from QU in 2004 with a degree in graphic arts for business. He continued his education at Quincy University, earning his MBA in 2005. In his four years at QU, Barretto stood out as a pillar of the Quincy Men’s Volleyball team. Known for his fiery style of play, Barretto was an all-conference selection three out of his four years at Quincy and was chosen as an All-American Honorable Mention in 2002. Twenty years later, Barretto still ranks in the top five all-time in three different categories: hitting percentage, total kills and blocks.
Rasaan Hall is a 1996 QU graduate with a degree in public relations. Hall had a strong showing on the basketball court his junior and senior years, and he went on to play for Athletes in Action and professionally with the William Jones Cup in Taiwan and with the Chinese Basketball Association.
Hall’s stats speak for themselves. During his two seasons at QU, Hall set the school record for 3-point field goal percentage and ranked fourth in NCAA Division II 3-point field goal percentage. He totaled 804 points in two seasons. Hall won the team free throw award and led the team in charges taken. Hall was voted as team MVP and named Honorable Mention All-American his senior year.
Paul Jackstadt graduated from Quincy College in 1971 with a history degree. In his first year at Quincy College, Jackstadt was the only freshman to make it from JV to varsity. He played in five games. As Jackstadt’s skills progressed, he moved up to be a starter his sophomore year, scoring 246 points that season and shooting 56% from the field. His junior year, Jackstadt became the leading scorer on the team, averaging 16.4 points per game. As a senior, Jackstadt averaged 20.8 points overall and 23.8 points per game. He scored 541 points his final season and shot 50% from the field. Jackstadt scored 41 points in one game his final season. The record for individual player most points per game is 45, which is still held by Jackstadt’s assistant coach, Dewey Kalmer.
Bob Pollihan earned his accounting degree from Quincy College in 1973. Pollihan’s exceptional soccer skills, tenacity on the soccer field and leadership in QU soccer and in St. Louis soccer communities merit a QU Sports Hall of Fame induction. Pollihan played a key role in the 1971 QU men’s soccer team winning a national championship and in the 1972 team getting to the finals. Pollihan was a member of the first, second and third place QU national soccer tournament teams. He was on the all-national tournament team in 1970 and on the District 20 all-star team in 1971, and Pollihan is a member of the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame. Pollihan earned a starting position early in his freshman season and remained a starter throughout his college career, playing four different positions.
Kim Pingsterhaus Rakers graduated from Quincy University in 1999 with a degree in accounting. Rakers was a two-sport athlete, playing basketball for two years and volleyball for four years. Rakers played a significant role on the Lady Hawks Volleyball Team. She finished her senior year as the all-time leader in kills, digs and service aces. In the GLVC, Rakers ranked fourth in kills, ninth in digs and first in service aces. Rakers’s awards include single season record of 423 digs her freshman year, school record of 33 kills in one game, Brother Clete VanAckeren Award for Academic & Athletic Achievements, 1998 GTE College Division District V All-American Women’s Volleyball Third Team, First Team All GLVC, GLVC Player of the Week two times, and McDonald’s Invitational All-Tournament Team. She was nominated for the Mart Heinen Award of Excellence in Intercollegiate Athletics and for the Richard F. Scharf Paragon Award.
Heath Tagtmeyer graduated from QU in 1995 with a finance degree. Tagtmeyer came to QU as a two-sport athlete. He was a two-year starter on the Division I men’s soccer team and was awarded the 1992 rookie of the year. Tagtmeyer’s stronger sport was baseball where he played for three seasons. He was a true offensive threat, ending his baseball career with a .352 batting average, 167 hits, 105 runs, 107 RBIs, and 31 stolen bases. Tagtmeyer’s offensive power was rivaled by his presence on the mound. He won 13 games in two years including two shutouts. He won eight games in 1995 which was the highest mark of all time, and his 82 innings pitched was the fifth highest of all time. To top off Tagtmeyer’s athletic career at QU, as a senior he became the placekicker for the football team. He kicked a school record 48-yard field goal. That record stood for 26 years.
Brenda Walters Tanker graduated from QU in 2001 with a biological sciences degree, and she was a key player on the women’s volleyball team. Tanker left QU as the university’s all-time assists leader with 5,107 assists over her four-year career, an assist record that still stands. Tanker broke her own assist record with 1,615 assists her senior season, the most for any Lady Hawk in a single season. Tanker also set the record for most assists in one game her junior year with 80 assists, and she re-set that mark her senior year with 90 assists.
Bart Toennies graduated from QU in 1994 with a sociology degree. His contributions to the QU baseball team set historical standards. In his senior season, Toennies was the all-time leader in triples, doubles, and RBIs. His batting average of .446 his senior year was the second highest in the history of Hawk baseball and ranked him thirteenth in the nation. Toennies’ slugging percentage was .846, which was good for fourth in the nation. He was the third all-time leader in home runs both for his senior season and his career with 9 homers his last season and 17 for his two-year QU baseball career. To go along with his power, Toennies was the seventh all-time stolen bases leader. He tallied 19 stolen bases in his senior season and 26 in his career. One more stat that really stands out was Toennies’ career batting average of .419 which put him just behind Hall of Famer Jason Rakers for second highest in the history of Hawk baseball.
Spring 2023 Professional Achievement Inductees:
Rick Hummel spent two years at Quincy College before getting his journalism degree at the University of Missouri and moving on to a renowned sports writing career. Hummel is an author and sports columnist best known for his work for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, a 51-year career that started with a young man’s love for sports. He worked as a student spotter for QHS sports broadcasts. He covered sports for the Quincy Herald-Whig during his summers in college and then worked at the Colorado Springs Free Press/Sun while serving in the U.S. Army. Hummel was hired by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1971 and took over as beat writer for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1978. He covered countless Cardinals playoffs, including three World Series champions, 35 World Series and the last 42 All-Star games. Hummel was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and was awarded the Missouri Sports Writer of the Year three times. In addition to baseball, Hummel reported on professional basketball and hockey and on college football, basketball and boxing. Hummel’s last day at the Post-Dispatch was November 30, 2022, at the age of 76.
Dustin Jacoby attended QU for three semesters in 2009 and 2010 and was the quarterback for the football team under Bill Terlisner, “Coach T.” Jacoby chose to forego his redshirt senior season at QU and focus his talents on professional Mixed Martial Arts. Jacoby made his amateur debut at the Oakley-Lindsay Center in Quincy and advanced quickly through the amateur ranks. After going 6-0 in his first six professional bouts, Jacoby made his UFC debut in 2011. He came up short in his first two attempts at getting his first UFC victory and was released from the promotion in 2012. Committed to becoming a professional athlete, Jacoby competed in an 8-man kickboxing tournament and defeated the three opponents he faced, and he started a career in Professional Kickboxing. Jacoby won three of the five tournaments he competed in and got a shot at a World Title fight. After a losing a close decision, Jacoby focused on getting back into MMA and competing in the UFC. On October 2020, Jacoby got his first UFC victory almost a full decade after his UFC debut. He currently has six UFC victories and is ranked #13 in the world in the Light Heavyweight division.
For more information about the QU Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, contact the QU Advancement Office at 217-228-5227.
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