COLUMBUS, Ohio – A quartet of former Panthers in Mike Bell, Kevin Green, Paul Page and Gina Schneider comprise the 2017 Ohio Dominican Athletic Hall of Fame class, and that group will be recognized during Homecoming ceremonies the weekend of Oct. 6-7.
Induction into the Ohio Dominican Athletic Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors that a Panther student-athlete can receive. The Hall of Fame formally recognizes former students and coaches who excelled in Ohio Dominican athletics as well as friends of the university who helped to advance the overall athletics program to new levels. The Hall of Fame encourages student-athletes to strive to attain the highest standards of performance and conduct.
The group will be honored during the Athletic Hall of Fame Recognition Dinner on Friday, Oct. 6 and will be publically recognized at halftime of the Homecoming football game, which kicks off at noon on Saturday, Oct. 7 against Hillsdale.
"This is a special group of individuals and we are honored to induct them into the Hall of Fame," Athletic Director Jeff Blair said. "They meant so much to the growth of this athletic department and university and are terrific ambassadors of Ohio Dominican. We can't wait to have them back on campus and inducted into the Hall of Fame."
Mike Bell ('96) ranks fifth on the men's basketball scoring list with 1,426 career points and holds ODU's all-time record with 533 assists, registering three of the top four single-season assist marks. His 255 steals are also an ODU record. Bell earned a trio of NAIA All-District 22 honors and during his senior season garnered First Team All-MOC recognition.
Kevin Green ('98) was an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American in 1997 after hitting .396 with five homers, 34 RBIs, 40 stolen bases and 72 runs scored. He was also named First Team All-MOC and was selected to the NAIA All-Great Lakes region team that spring. In 1996, he hit 10 home runs, stole 31 bases and scored 47 runs as well.
Paul Page spent 29 years at Ohio Dominican, compiling a 1,007-552-7 (.645) coaching record leading the baseball program and spending 16 years as the university's athletic director during that time as well. During his tenure, the baseball program captured 11 regular season titles, nine conference tournament championships, six regional championships in 13 appearances, and made six NAIA World Series appearances. The Panthers won at least 30 games in a season a remarkable 22 times in Page's tenure, including 10 40-win seasons. In 1996, the Panthers notched a 36-20 record and finished fifth at the NAIA World Series, the best finish in school history. As the athletic director, Page helped in the planning and development of Alumni Hall, which opened in 1989, as well as expanding the athletic department from six varsity sports to 16 varsity sports.
Gina Schneider ('13) earned First Team All-American and AMC Player of the Year honors in 2006 as she batted .521 with 19 homers, 71 RBIs and 24 doubles while also drawing 30 walks for a .596 on-base percentage. Schneider set ODU single-season records in all of those categories but OBP that season. She earned all-region accolades all four season with the Panthers and was a three-time First Team All-AMC selection. Schneider was also named to the All-AMC Freshmen Team in 2004. Schneider is ODU's record holder in career home runs (33), RBIs (166), doubles (56), total bases (384) and slugging percentage (.631).
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