Five Hall of Fame inductees

WICHITA, Kansas — Wichita State’s Pizza Hut Shocker Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022 was inducted at halftime of Wichita State’s men’s basketball game against SMU on Feb. 5. This year’s class includes Chelsey Feekin, Brent Kemnitz, Aliphine Tuliamuk, Gordon Vadakin and Hunter Veith. They were also honored at a Feb. 4 dinner at Beggs Ballroom.

The dinner featured each inductee as well as presenters Chris Lamb, Eric Wedge, Kirk HunterMark Lewis and Steve Rainbolt.

The addition of this year’s class brings the total of former Hall of Fame coaches and student-athletes to 151, while there are 13 overall selections.

Here’s a look at their success at Wichita State:

Chelsey Feekin, volleyball (2009-13)

Setter for the Wichita State volleyball program from 2009-2013… Named to the AVCA Third Team All-American in 2013 and an Honorable Mention All-American in 2012… Member of four NCAA Tournament teams and helped team at the 2012 Sweet Sixteen…Helped the team to the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles…Named first team all-regions in 2012 and 2013…Two-time first-team all-valley selection…MVC co-player of the Year 2013…Named MVC All-Team of the Tournament in 2012 and 2013…Twice named MVC Athlete Scholar…Had 34 career double-doubles…Had three career triple-doubles…End career at Wichita State , first in strike percentage (.431), fifth in assists per set (8.66) and ninth in assists (2,755).

Brent Kemnitzbaseball coach (1979-2016)

Baseball pitching coach at Wichita State from 1979-2016…Winningest pitching coach in Division I baseball history…Twice WSU led all NCAA Division I teams in ERA… 1982 team set NCAA record 46 complete games while leading nation in 2.53 ERA… 1991 staff led NCAA in 2.91 ERA… Helped Shockers to seven appearances in the 1989 University World Series and National Championship…Nine pitchers were selected in the first round of the MLB draft…Coached Darren Dreifort to the Golden Spikes Award as well as National Player of the Year honors in 1993…Coached Bryan Oelkers to National Pitcher of the Year honors in 1982 after leading all Division I pitchers with 166 strikeouts…Coached 17 major leaguers, 21 All-Americans and 20 Freshman All-Americans in 38 years coaching career at Wichita State… The teams have won 23 MVC regular season titles, 17 MVC tournament titles, nine regional championships and made 27 NCAA tournament appearances… Named one of the top three pitching coaches in the country by College Baseball Insider in 2011… Member of the Hall of of fame from Perry High School, the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame and the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame…Currently serves as Assistant AD for Outreach and Staff Development for Wichita State Athletics.

Aliphine Tuliamuk, cross country/athletics (2011-13)

Cross country runner and distance runner for Wichita State’s cross country and track and field programs from 2011-2013… Was a 13-time All-American, most in Wichita’s track and field history Wichita State… Won 11 All-America honors in track and field, including six outdoors (2011, 5000m and 10,000m; 2012, 5000m and 10,000m; 2013, 5000m and 10,000m) and five indoors (2011 , 5000m; 2012, 3000m and 5000m; 2013, 3000m and 5000m)… overall at the NCAA 10,000m Outdoor Championships in 2012, best result of his career… Was a two-time All-American in cross country -country in the NCAA, finishing 12th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2011 and fourth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2012… His fourth-place finish is the highest in program history cross country…Won 13 Missouri Valley Conference titles, 11 in track and two in cross country…Was the co MVC indoor 3000m and 5000m conference for three consecutive seasons (2011, ’12, ’13), won five individual outdoor titles (2011, 5000m; 2012 5,000m and 10,000m; 2013 5000m and 10,000m)…Back-to-back MVC Cross Country Individual Champion (2011, ’12)…2011 Midwest Region Athlete of the Year…Ended career with seven all-time top 10 records, including four school records that still stand today… Also ended her career with two cross-country school records that still stand… Placed first at the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta and represented the United States at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Gordon Vadakin, bowling coach (1978-2019)

Made the Wichita State bowling program a national powerhouse as head coach from 1978-2019…Coached 18 national championship teams, including seven women’s and 11 men’s…Coached nine champions individual nationals…Coached 15 professional bowlers who went on to win 61 professional titles…Coached 145 All-Americans, 25 Bowlers of the Year and 239 Academic All-Americans…Led the Wichita State team to 369 wins in tournaments… Won 45% of total tournaments entered… Produced 96 national team members… Member of United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame… Member of Team USA in 1983 as an amateur bowler and won a team silver medal at the FIQ World Championships… Member of the United States team in 1989 when he won titles at the USBC Open Championships and the American Zone Championship of the FIQ.

Hunter Veith, athletics (2013-18)

Multi-event athlete for the Wichita State Athletics Program from 2013-2018… Earned First-Team All-American honors in the indoor heptathlon in 2018… Earned First-Team All-American honors -American in the outdoor decathlon in 2017… Won second-team All-American American Honors in the indoor heptathlon in 2017… Finished second overall in the 2018 NCAA indoor heptathlon with 6,090 points… A Finished sixth overall in 2017 Outdoor Decathlon with 7,866 points… Finished ninth overall in 2017 NCAA Indoor Heptathlon with 5,760 points… Qualified for NCAA Indoor Championships three times, including at the heptathlon and long jump in 2017 and heptathlon in 2018… Qualified for NCAA outdoor championships twice, including 2017 and 2018 in decathlon… Won five Missouri Valley Conference titles, including the long jump outdoor and indoor long jump, outdoor decathlon and indoor heptathlon twice… Named eight times in all conferences during his career… Won academic honors in all conferences in 2018… Completed his career first i In the Shocker’s record books in the indoor heptathlon and outdoor decathlon, second in the indoor long jump, fourth in the indoor 60m hurdles and fifth in the outdoor long jump.

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