SIUE announces Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Seven individuals and three teams will be inducted into the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 on Saturday, Oct. 14, at SIUE’s Meridian Ballroom, located in the Morris University Center.

This year’s honorees include Ryan Cox (baseball), Alicia (DeShasier) McConnell (softball/women’s track and field), Laurie (Foederer) Rinderer (women’s tennis), John Meisel (Jean McDonald Service Award), Patty (Tiddy) McWhite Albert (women’s tennis), Dr. Vaughn Vandegrift (special recognition) and Katie (Waldo) McKown (softball). The teams inducted this year are 1984 women’s tennis, 1985 women’s tennis and 2007 softball.

This is the 13th class to be inducted since the SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame started in 2005. The Hall of Fame seeks to recognize the achievements of former student-athletes, coaches, administrators and teams that have participated in the intercollegiate athletics programs at SIUE, as well as to celebrate the history of the institution. A complete listing of Hall of Fame members is available at

Reservations for the event can be made by contacting SIUE Athletics at 618-650-3155. Tickets are $40 and include a social for the inductees at 5:30 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m. This year’s event is presented by the Cassens & Sons Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler and the Missouri Athletic Club.