2012 Hall of Fame Inductees
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Friday, November 02, 2012 at 7:10 PM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The Athletic Department of Olivet Nazarene University recognized the 2012 inductees into the Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Hall of Fame during the Homecoming festivities on Friday, Nov. 2. This year’s honorees included Carmin (Green) Gallops(’07), Alicia Hammel (’04) and Greg Bruner (’88).
Gallops was a two-sport athlete while at Olivet, competing in cross country and track from 2003-2007. The 13-time NAIA All-American still holds three track records and is 2nd or 3rd in seven other events. In 2007, she was an NAIA National Champion in the 1,000 meter run and a member of the National Championship 4X800 meter relay team. She was also an NCCAA National Champion 11 times in her career.
“Running at Olivet for Coach McDowell inspired a passion in me for running that has continued even beyond graduation. I treasure all those memories and friendships I made on the ONU track and cross country teams”, said Gallops. “They will never be forgotten.”
Gallops got married in March 2012 (Ben) and is currently working as a Registered Dietitian at Trinity Medical Center in Moline, Ill. After graduating from Olivet in 2007, she moved to Harrisonburg, Va. to attend James Madison University where she completed her master’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise.
Since graduating, Gallops has continued to run and train. She has ran in a number of half and full marathons, most recently completing in the Boston Marathon in April 2012.
Hammel was a member of the Tiger softball team from 2003-2004 after transferring from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. In 2004 she was named an NAIA All-American, an NFCA All-American and an NCCAA All-American. She was also recognized as the CCAC Player of the Year and the NCCAA National Player of the Year. In her two-year career at Olivet, she helped lead the Tigers to an overall record of 114-30, including a third place finish in the NAIA.
"It was a good day for the softball program when Alicia transferred to ONU from the University of Illinois. She was an outstanding player and person while she was here,” said head softball coach Ritchie Richardson. “In the two years that she played for the Tigers, the program won 114 games, the best two year total in the program's history. I am proud that she is being recognized as one of our very finest with her induction into the Hall of Fame."
Since graduating from Olivet, Hammel has earned a second bachelors degree in Accounting. She is currently employed by Costin, Hammel & Leake and is sitting for her CPA exam. She resides in Tinley Park, Ill. with her husband Patrick.
Bruner is being recognized for his Meritorious Service from 1988-present. He has served as the shot clock operator for the men’s basketball team for 25 years. His service started in Birchard Gymnasium and moved with the Tigers to McHie Arena in 1990. In addition, he has served for 13 years on the football “chain gang”.
“This is exciting for me. It’s amazing that a guy who was never allowed to play sports as a kid because of a heart defect, has been given the chance to be a part of such a great tradition as the ONU Athletic Hall of Fame”, said Bruner. According to him, “Olivet is my life, my career and my passion.”
Bruner has been on staff at ONU for 25 years and has served as the Financial Aid Directory for the past 11 years. He met his wife of 26 years, Tina, as a freshman while playing ping pong in the basement of Ludwig Center. They have four children: Marcus (24), Joshua (20), Sierra (14) and Lily (9).