University to honor athletic standouts
Four former Baker University standouts will be inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, at the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Banquet at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center.
New to the annual event is the recognition of Baker’s current NAIA All-Americans, All-America Scholar-Athletes and all-Heart of America Athletic Conference performers.
The Hall of Fame inductees — Greg Mohns, ’72; Bobby Bates, ’82; Carl Danzig, ’87; and Patti Phillips, ’88 — will be recognized at halftime of the homecoming game against Culver-Stockton on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Liston Stadium.
Here’s a look at the Hall of Fame class for 2011:
Greg Mohns, ’72
A two-year letterman on the offensive line, Mohns was an assistant coach at Oklahoma State and Arizona State before joining the staff of the Kansas City Chiefs, where he held numerous positions over six years. In 1991, he began a career in the Canadian Football League, where he was director of player personnel and assistant general manager for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He served a year as director of player personnel for the Memphis Mad Dogs in 1995 before becoming the assistant general manager and director of football operations for Toronto in 1996 when the Argonauts won the Grey Cup Championship.
He currently is the director of player personnel for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL.
Bobby Bates, ’82
Bates ranks second on Baker’s career receiving chart with 1,945 yards, leading the Wildcats in receiving for three consecutive seasons. He also is No. 1 for career receiving touchdowns with 26, including 16 in one season. Bates has coached youth athletics for several years. He has been the head girls basketball coach at Ponder (Texas) High School since 2006 and has a career coaching record of 566-284, including stints at Denton (Texas) High School and Valley View (Texas) High School.
Carl Danzig, ’87
Danzig served two years as a team captain and ranks sixth on the school’s scoring list with 1,732 points. He went on to coach as a graduate assistant at UMKC, where he earned a master’s before becoming an assistant at Bucknell University. During his 11-year tenure, the Bison posted a 180-135 record and were the Patriot League championship runner-up four times. In 2001, he was named head coach at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pa. He has led the Royals to an 82-53 record and to a “Sweet-16” appearance at the NCAA Div-III tournament following a 24-win season in 2003. In 2010-11, he led the Royals to a record of 21-7 and the school’s 20th appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Patti Phillips, ’88
A four-year starter in basketball, Phillips was the head women’s basketball coach at Ottawa University, where she led the Braves to the top of the Kansas College Athletic Conference and the school’s first national ranking. She worked for the NCAA as the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program Coordinator in Education Outreach before becoming the director of the Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City, a nonprofit dedicated to leadership development in girls and women through participation in athletics. Since October 2010, she has been the chief executive officer of the National Association of College Women Athletics Administrators. She is also a frequent color commentator of several national sports networks for women’s basketball and volleyball.