(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – Thomas More has announced its 10-member 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame class today, including football All-American Matt Atkins ('05), women's soccer All-American Abby Gindling-Asman ('13), softball standout Dana Bors ('11), two-time COSIDA Academic All-American Chris Fisburn ('10), three-sport studen-athlete John M. Griffin ('66), volleyball standout Jody Harris-Kirch ('02), one of the best pitchers for Villa Madonna College Mike McPherson ('66), women's basketball standout Holly Roberts ('03), Joe Roesel ('65) of men's basketball, and instrumental athletic boosters Anita ('57) and Don Schneider. The College will have a special recognition as the 1965 baseball team will be honored as the Team of Distinction.
The inductees will be recognized on Saturday, October 13 following a Saints' home football game with a ceremony in Steigerwald Hall inside the Saints' Center on the Thomas More campus.
Matt Atkins ('05)
Atkins was a four-years starter for the Saints. He was a part of the 2001 team that went undefeated, named a 2002 All-American, blocked for 9,935 rushing yards, and was a captain of the team his senior season.
Abby Gindling-Asman ('13)
Gindling-Asman was a three-time First Team All-President's Athletic Conference (PAC) member during her time at Thomas More. She was a three-time NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region selection. In 2012, she was the PAC Player of the Year and a member of the D3Soccer Third Team All-American and the NSCAA Second Team All-American.
Dr. Dana Bors ('11)
Dr. Bors set multiple records for the Saints during her stint on the softball team, including third in career wins (45), first in strikeouts (470), and third in innings pitched (453. She ended her career with a 1.92 ERA. She was a member of the PAC Championship teams in 2009 and 2010 and part of the 2008 All-Conference team. In 2009, she was selected as a member of the Second Team All-Region, named Conference Player of the Year, and First Team All-Conference. In 2010, she was a member of the Third Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference. Bors was selected as a member of the PAC 60th Anniversary Team. Bors holds her PhD from IUPUI in Analytical Chemistry.
Chris Fishburn ('10)
Fishburn was a four-time All-PAC Honor Roll member and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American during his time at Thomas More. He was named to the All-PAC Second Team in 2007 and 2009. He currently sits third in most at-bats (603), second in runs scored (162), second in hits (215), seventh in sacrifices (23), and 10th in games played (155). He was the team captain on the 2010 team that made a school record with 33 wins and made an NCAA Semifinals Appearance. In 2010, he was named First-Team All-PAC and Second Team ABCA All-Mideast Region. He was awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award. Fishburn was also selected to the PAC 60th Anniversary Team.
John M. Griffin ('66)
Griffin was a three-sport athlete at Villa Madonna, as he was a baseball and men's basketball standout and also ran cross country as he earned 10 total varsity letters. In 1964, he ended the season with a .378 batting average and eight total stolen bases. In 1965 he was named captain if the first-ever KIAC Championship team. Throughout his four years at Villa Madonna he was a four-year starter and a two-time captain. Griffin received the Most Valuable Player award for his dedication to the team. Griffin was a member of first-ever conference championship game in the College's history. He was the MVP of the basketball team his junior year and won the Brienich Award his senior season. Griffin was Who's Who in American his senior year, which recognizes athletes that stand out on the field/court and in the classroom.
Jody Harris-Kirch ('02)
Harris-Kirch was a four-year starter and a two-time captain for the women's volleyball team at Thomas More. She currently sits in fifth for most all-time games played (500), fourth in kills (1,400), third in attacks (4,160), and fourth in digs (1,828). She joins fellow Hall of Famer Jenny Boerger as being one of the only players to be in the Top-5 all-time for kills, digs, and attacks. Harris-Kirch went on to coach volleyball at Roger Bacon High School as an assistant coach for five years. There, she helped coach the team to two state championships..
Mike McPherson ('66)
McPherson was a standout pitcher on the Villa Madonna team in 1964-66. He posted a 15-5 record to go along with the team's overall 42-19 record over the three years. He currently sits third all-time in school history for a single season ERA of 1.17. He sits fourth all-time with his career ERA of 2.72, and ninth all-time in strikeouts for one season with 60 in 1964. McPherson was a three-time conference champion.
Holly Roberts ('03)
Roberts was a women's basketball standout and at the time of her graduation, she sat third as all-time leading scorer with 1,219 career points, despite missing part of her freshman and sophomore years. She was named to the All-Region team, played in the NCAA tournament, while advancing to the second round as she scored 26-points against No. 1-seed Hope College. She was the first player in 2002-03 to record 30+ points in a single game, her career high being 36. She currently sits ninth in most points in a season. Roberts currently sits second all-time in most free-throws in a season with 179, seventh all-time in free-throws attempted with 374, eighth all-time in three-point field-goals made with 128, and fifth all-time career free-throws made with 285. She coached at Gallatin County for nine years and was named Eight Region Coach of the Year and advanced to two All-A State Final Fours, won three-straight district titles and advance to regionals four-straight years.
Joe Roesel ('65)
Roesel was a men's basketball standout from 1960-64 for Villa Madonna. His junior year, he led the team in field-goal and free-throw percentages at .490 and .780 respectively. He was a winner of the "Zip Award", which is presented to the athlete for demonstrating the most hustle and spirit. He was the captain of the team his senior season, the second leading scorer, the co-MVP, and the winner of the Bob Breinich Award. Being the lone senior on his team his final year, he led the team to a 13-13 record, after coming off only a nine-win season the previous year. He was a tri-athlete, playing men's basketball, tennis, and cross country. Roesel also was the Student Council President, a member of the Accounting Society, and received the Outstanding Student Achievement Award.
Anita and Don Schneider
The Schneider's are an instrumental part of starting the Booster Club in 1979 with Coach Jim Connor. They started Friday Night BINGO, which helped fund the groundwork for the now Connor Convocation Center. After their son Jeff graduated in 1982, the Schneider's continued to work BINGO for many years. Anita herself was a graduate of Villa Madonna College.
Teams of Distinction
1965 Baseball Team
The 1965 Villa Madonna baseball team was coached by Jim Weyer and had a 15-5 record, including a 9-1 mark in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC). Villa Madonna swept a doubleheader with Transylvania University on May 15 to clinch the KIAC Championship, which was the first-ever conference championship in the College's history.
During the 1965 season Villa Madonna played Georgetown College, Xavier University, University of Cincinnati, Union College, Marian University, University of Pikeville, Berea College, Hanover College Bellarmine University and Transylvania.