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Former players, staff added to Hall of Fame

Brook Clifford, Staff writer

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NKU’s David Lee Holt Athletics Hall of Fame inducted nine new members on Feb. 17 at The Bank of Kentucky Center. The inductees for 2013 included NKU’s former president, an NKU founder and a handful of sports players.

Shannon Lewandowski

Shannon Lewandowski (formerly Smith) was an NKU women’s basketball player that helped her team advance to and win an NCAA Division II regional championship and make it to the elite eight. She is now the director of enterprise solutions at Rockfish Digital. She lives in Fort Mitchell, Ky. and is married.

Speaking on being inducted: “I’m just honored, it’s an honor to be inducted alongside so many wonderful people.”

Nancy Winstel

Nancy Winstel, former women’s basketball head coach, took NKU to two Division II championships and was named coach of the year six times in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, once as national coach of the year by the Women’s Basketball Coach Association. She also was on NKU’s first women’s basketball team in 1974 and scored 787 points in three seasons.

Craig Sanders

Craig Sanders formerly played basketball for NKU and holds the title of all-time leading scorer with 2,007 career points. He now lives in Batavia, Ohio where he teaches basketball lessons for kids and is a pharmaceutical rep. He is married and has three kids, with a fourth on the way.

Speaking on being inducted: “It feels great, it’s never something I thought I had a chance at. Once in a lifetime deal, it’s a thrill.”

Kim Keyer-Scott

Kim Keyer-Scott played golf for NKU and was a four-time All-American and helped the team advance to two Great Lakes Valley Conference titles. She was freshman of the year in 2001 for GLVC and has the best individual finish in the history of NKU women’s golf at the NCAA national championships.

James Vortruba

James Votruba was NKU’s president for 15 years and presided over the university while it had its most successful athletics program. He helped bring the BOKC to campus. He is married and has five children and still serves the university as a professor.

Speaking on being inducted: “I was completely surprised when I was notified. I was deeply honored, of course, to be thought of in that way. It celebrates the achievements of some of our finest athletes, what they did while they were here and what they’ve done since they left.”

Kristen Perkins

Kristin Perkins (formerly Koralewski) played volleyball for NKU and was a Great Lakes Valley Conference player of the year her junior and senior year. She is now a purchasing manager for Nucor Steel company and is married with three kids.

Speaking on being inducted: “Well being chosen was humbling, looking at the class I was inducted with I was very shocked because it is such a prestigious class to be inducted with.

James Claypool

James Claypool was one of the founding fathers of Northern Kentucky State College. He was the first employee of Northern Kentucky and began as a professor of history and dean of admissions. He hired all the first coaches and was in charge of athletics for eight years. He is now retired and a speaker for Kentucky Humanity Council. He has been married for fifty years and has two children and four grandchildren.

Speaking on being inducted: “I’m truly honored, I’ve been involved with the program from day one and it gave me an opportunity to honor the early student athletes and I accepted the honor on their behalf.”

Jason Martin

Jason Martin, former NKU baseball player, was a lead hitter on the team in 1999-2002. He had a hand in helping the baseball team come out as a regional powerhouse. He was NKU’s all-time career hits leader with 270, earned All-American honors as a junior and is looked at as one of the best hitters in the program’s entire history.

Stephanie Leimbach

Stephanie Leimbach, former NKU softball player, set several offensive records during the four seasons she was here (2002-2005). She was an All-American honors mention when NKU set a season record of 55-0 in 2005. Leimbach was NKU’s all-time leader in hits, stolen bases, runs scored and at-bats.

Nancy Winstel, Jason Martin, Stephanie Leimbach and Kim Keyer-Scott could not be reached for comment at time of publication.

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