The University of Saint Francis is pleased to announce that the 1999 USF football team and three individuals have been selected for induction into the USF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
The 15th USF AHOF Class also includes USF Head Football Coach Kevin Donley, outstanding softball pitcher and player Wendy Minor and Kely Sandels, who played soccer and basketball at USF. With the addition of the 1999 football team and three individuals, the USF AHOF now has three teams and 48 individuals.
Coming off a 2-8 1998 season, the first in the history of the USF football program, the 1999 team began a string of eight consecutive Mid-States Football Association Mideast League championships posting an 8-3 overall record, 6-0 in league play. USF was unranked to start the season, but finished No. 12 in the NAIA Top 25 and qualified for the first of nine consecutive NAIA Football Championship Series appearances, currently the longest consecutive streak in NAIA football.
Kevin Donley directed his first 10 USF teams to one of the best 10-year starts in NCAA and NAIA football combined with a 102-22-0 record, an .827 winning percentage, and three NAIA FCS Championship Game appearances in the first nine years of the football program. In 29 seasons as head coach at Anderson College (IN), Georgetown College (KY), California University (PA), and USF, Donley has compiled a 217-108-1 record. At USF Donley has had members of his teams earn 71 All-MSFA Academic and NAIA Scholar Athlete recognition.
Kely Sandels, a 2000 USF graduate who also earned her graduate degree from USF in 2002, was a 2-sport athlete for two years playing basketball and soccer. In soccer she was a 4-Time MCC All-Conference 1st team selection, a 3-Time NAIA All-Region VIII 1st Team, a 2-Time NAIA Honorable Mention All American, an NAIA 2nd Team All-American and a 3-Time NAIA Academic All-American. She finished No. 1 on the USF assist list with 62, and third in career points with 123. A Bishop Luers High School grad, Sandels is one of only six members of USF/SFC soccer to finish with 100 or more points in a career. As sophomore guard in 1997-98 led USF basketball in assists with 92 helping USF to a then record 31-win season, a 31-6 record and USF advanced to the NAIA Division II Tournament quarterfinals.
Wendy Minor played first base when she wasn’t pitching and finished with a .345 3-year batting average for head coach Larry Westendorf. She posted a 3-year 2.35 earned-run-average. Her senior year she was named Mid-Central Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year.
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