Southern Athletics Announces 2012 Hall of Fame Class

Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern department of athletics has announced its 2012 list of inductees into the MSSU Athletics Hall of Fame, including three players and a coach. All will be inducted and honored during Hall of Fame Weekend, September 21-22.

Hal Bodon (Men's Soccer - 1972-1996), Heather (Hoyle) Sams (Women's Track and Field - 1995-99), Katie (Gariss) Marsh (Women's Basketball - 1998-2002) and Eddin Santiago (Men's Basketball - 1998-2002) will all be enshrined as the 2012 class of the Hall of Fame.

The newest class will be present at an induction ceremony and dinner on Friday night, Sept. 21 and will be introduced as new Hall of Fame members at halftime of the Lions' football game vs. Southwest Baptist on Saturday, Sept. 22. Inductees will also be invited to come back to Joplin and ride in the Homecoming Parade on October 6.

Dr. Hal Bodon – Bodon was the first head coach of the Missouri Southern men's soccer program, introducing the sport in 1972. The team's first games were played in 1976 as he served as the head coach for 11 seasons, later moving to the classroom full-time as a professor of communications until his retirement in 1996.

Bodon has a career record of 138-74-21 resulting in a .637 winning percentage. The field at Missouri Southern is named in his honor (Hal Bodon Field). After retiring from Southern, Bodon went on to serve as a missionary in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and currently is an adjunct professor at Dixie State University in Utah. For the past three years, Bodon has been Director of Soccer Tournaments for the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. These games attract more than 10,000 athletes every year from every state
in the union as well as 25 foreign countries. Bodon and his wife, Sonja, reside in Utah and have two sons, Peter and Michael. Peter graduated cum laude from Missouri Southern in 1981 with a degree in biology. Michael graduated from Brigham Young University in 1989 with a degree in finance and earned his MBA from the University of Utah in 1993. 

Heather (Hoyle) Sams – Hoyle was an All-American during her time at Southern where she was a sprinter for the women's track and field team. She was part of a third-place 4x100m relay team at the 1999 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, running the anchor leg of the event.

Hoyle was also a national qualifier in 1998 in the outdoor championships in three different events (100m, 200m and 4x100m relay), while qualifying for the 1997, 1998, and 1999 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships in the 100m and 200m. An All-MIAA honoree in each of the four years she competed at Southern, Hoyle was also on the MIAA Academic Honor Roll in each of those seasons. She earned Academic All-American honors three separate times, taking home first-team honors as a senior, while earning second team honors as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore. She is the school record holder in the indoor 55m dash, as well as the outdoor 4x100m relay.

Upon graduating from the honors program at Southern in 1999 with a degree in pre-med (biology), Hoyle went on to the University of Oklahoma where she earned her masters degree in allied health. She currently serves as a physician's assistant at an asthma and alergy clinic in Bentonville, Ark., where she is married to her husband Ty. The couple has three children, Reagan (6), Reese (4) and Rylan (six months). 

Katie (Gariss) Marsh – Gariss was a three-year starter for the women's basketball program at Missouri Southern from 1998-2002. Named the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year in 2002, she is one of only two Missouri Southern student-athletes to ever earn that honor.

A standout on the court, Gariss was named first-team All-MIAA and All-District in 2000-01, after averaging 18.0 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. She finished second in the MIAA in both scoring and rebounds, while producing eight double-doubles that season. She also was named honorable mention All-American that season.

For her career, Gariss averaged 12.9 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game, while shooting .485 from the field and .735 from the free-throw line. She finished her career as the eighth-leading scorer in Missouri Southern history with 1,230 points and added 588 rebounds to go with that total.

In the classroom, Gariss graduated with a perfect 4.00 GPA, while making it through the honors program at Southern, serving as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President, and actively participating in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was a two-time Academic All-American, a two-time MIAA Presidential Scholar, a two-time Academic All-MIAA pick, and a three-time MIAA Academic Honor Roll honoree.

Gariss and her husband Jeff, have three children Kinley (5), Hunter (3) and Will (two months). The family resides in Joplin where Katie is a physician's assistant at Ortho of the Four States.

Eddin "Guaya" Santiago – Quite possibly the best point guard to ever wear the green and gold, Eddin Santiago was the best floor general in the MIAA and one of the best in all of Division II in his four years at Southern. He was a four-year starter at Southern and finished his career as the all-time leader in assists (804), and steals (383), while ranking second all-time in games played. His assists and steals marks rank tops all-time in the MIAA, while his steals record is the second-most ever in all of Division II.

Santiago also helped lead the charge for the best-team ever in Southern history. His 1999-2000 Lions finished the season 30-3 and made a trip to the Division II Elite Eight, falling in the national semi-finals by one point to eventual national champion Metro State. He scored 1,108 career points, ranking him 12th all-time in Southern history, while leading the Lions to an 82-37 record in his four years.

During his time at MSSU, Santiago was a three-time, first-team All-MIAA selection, while being named three times to the All-Region team. He was an All-American selection twice and was named the MVP of the 2000 NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament. Santiago graduated from Missouri Southern in 2002 with a degree in criminal justice administration. He is a professional basketball player in the Superior Basketball League in Puerto Rico where he helped his team to the 2007 Championship. He has helped his team to the championship game six times and was the steals leader in 2002 and the assist leader in 2003. He also holds the team record for assists in a game (16) and was named to the All-Defensive team in 2003. Eddin and his wife Daisy reside in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. 

The Missouri Southern Athletics Hall of Fame was established to pay tribute and give deserved recognition while enhancing school tradition by honoring former athletic letter winners and/or coaches who have shown distinctive, unique or exceptional ability while at Missouri Southern or since graduation. The honorees must be graduates of Missouri Southern and there must have been a lapse of at least 10 years since the individual last participated in athletics at Southern.

With the addition of the 2012 class, the MSSU Athletics Hall of Fame now includes 101 members and two teams.