Six former Kohawk athletes will be inducted into the Coe College Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming weekend, Sept. 15-18. The 2011 class of inductees includes Iowa residents Joel Holst ’85, Tom Kaloupek ’86, Joe Whitters ’89 and Paige Stamp Telecky ’00. Mike Matzen ’86 of Orion, Ill, will also be honored and Wally “Skip” Swan ’65 is being inducted posthumously.
Holst, head baseball coach at Wartburg College in Waverly, was a four-year starter and two-year captain for the Coe baseball team. He was a three-time all-Midwest Conference selection and was named all-region his junior year. Also a three-year starter for Kohawk football, Holst won the Midwest Conference’s Roy Le Clare Award for the two-sport student-athlete with the highest grade point average during his junior year. A .403 career hitter, Holst is the only player in school history to top .400. He was team MVP his senior season, when he led Coe in at-bats, hits, singles, triples, stolen bases, walks, on-base percentage and batting average.
Kaloupek is practice administrator at OB GYN & Associates in Cedar Rapids. The Grinnell native lives in North Liberty with his Kohawk wife Sandra O’Hara Kaloupek ’87. At Coe, he excelled in football and baseball. A three-time all-conference running back in football, he was co-captain his senior year, when the Kohawks made their first NCAA Division III playoff appearance. He held the career school record for rushing touchdowns with 24 until a fellow named Carey Bender came along. An outfielder with a career .355 batting average, he was second-team all-Midwest Conference as a junior and team captain his senior year in baseball.
Whitters owns a landscaping business and lives in Swisher with his Kohawk wife Jerri Altenhofen Whitters ’91. He won three Midwest Conference wrestling championships at two different weight classes and was a member of the 1989 conference championship team – Coe’s last wrestling championship. A three-time national qualifier, Whitters placed third in the nation his senior year.
Telecky lives in Cedar Rapids and coaches pitching for the Cornell College softball team. She led the nation in strikeouts her sophomore season at Coe, averaging 10 per seven inning game, and held the career strikeouts record until this spring. She ranks fourth with 549 innings pitched and fourth with 57 career wins at Coe. Much more than just a pitcher, Telecky’s .375 career batting average is sixth best in school history.
Matzen owns a construction company in Orion. A four-year football letterwinner and two-time all-conference performer, he excelled as punter and offensive guard. He averaged yards per punt and led the nation in punting yards his senior season, when he earned All-America honors from Kodak, Pizza Hut and the Associated Press. He still holds Coe’s career record at 40.4 yards per punt.
Swan, a native of Van Horne, died in 2003. He was the leading scorer for Kohawk basketball and an all-conference performer, averaging 20.5 points per game. He scored a career high 37 points against Grinnell his senior year. A two-sport star, Swan was a three-time all-conference baseball player who earned co-MVP honors his senior season.The inductees will be honored at the 39th Athletic Hall of Fame Reception and Dinner on Sept. 16. They will also be honored in the Homecoming Parade and before Coe’s football game with Simpson College on Sept. 17.