Five Saint Joseph's College alumni have been inducted into the SJC Sports Hall of Fame. The inductees include Bill Massoels '89, Melvin Wood '83, Zac Wells '97, Katie Flynn Felke '80, and Lou Pinto '97.
A cross country and track and field athlete as a student, Bill Massoels graduated with the fastest 10,000 meter time in school history, a record that stood for 12 years, and the second fastest 5,000 meter time, which stood for 13 years. Massoels' time in the 10,000 meter run still sits in the top ten in school history, and his 5,000 meter run time ranks eleventh. He has coached every athlete ahead of him - with the exception of one - on both lists.
In cross country, Massoels graduated eighth in school history in the 10,000 meter course and had the 16th fastest 8,000 meter course time, a mark that fell out of the top 50 in 2011. He still sits among SJC's top 40 10,000 meter runners.
Massoels' career as the head men's and women's cross country and track and field coach is just as impressive as his student-athlete career. He is responsible for more than 90% of both sports' best performers and has coached an SJC record 24 All-Americans and 88 Academic All-Americans. A two-time winner of the GLVC Coach of the Year Award, Massoels has coached in 39 national championships.
Melvin Wood led the GLVC in scoring in the 1982-83 season averaging 25.4 points per game. A two-year co-captain of the team, he set a GLVC record by scoring 305 points in a 12-game stretch and was named the team MVP for the 1982-83 season. In his career, Wood averaged 19.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Wood is a member of the team's 1,000 point club, finishing with 1,052 and ranking 18th on the all-time scoring list at the time of his graduation. He is now ranked 35th on the list. He was named Second Team All-GLVC for the 1981-82 season and GLVC Player of the Year and First Team All-GLVC for the 1982-83 season.
Zac Wells translated an excellent career as a student-athlete into an impressive run as Merrillville High School's head football coach. Featuring a 75% winning percentage and five Coach of the Year Awards, Wells' team has come within one win of playing in the Indiana State Championship three of the last six years. Wells serves as a board member for the Indiana Football Coaches Association and hosts an annual recruiting fair attended by dozens of college coaches and high schools.
A Psychology major at SJC, Wells was a standout in both baseball and football. He played baseball for three years and was a starter on the 1996 national championship runner-up team. Wells was a four-year starter in football and a member of the 1996 team that set the school record for wins in a season (nine). A captain his junior and senior years, Wells graduated from SJC ranked sixth in career tackles with 363 and shared the record for most sacks in a game with three.
Joining the basketball team in just its second year of existence, Katie Flynn Felke set a high standard for future Pumas to follow. SJC went 61-18 during Felke's playing career, which spanned the 1976-80 seasons. She scored 529 points in those four years despite not playing in the three-point era. Her point total ranks 43rd in school history and was ranked first when she graduated. Felke was also a standout player for the Puma volleyball team led by Linda Taulman. The head coach of Rochester High School's varsity volleyball team, Felke has led the team to 17 sectional championships, four regional championships, three final four appearances, and 714 wins. Felke was a varsity basketball assistant coach on the 2004 team that won the Class 2A State Championship.
Lou Pinto's baseball career at SJC is marked by several spectacular statistical lines and honors. In Pinto's four years as a Puma, the baseball team was a two-time conference champion and the 1996 regional champion and NCAA Division II national championship runner-up.
As a member of the baseball team, Pinto was named Academic All-Conference 1995-97, All-GLVC First Team 1996, North Central Region First Team 1996, All-American Third Team 1996, North Central Region Tournament Team 1996, All-GLVC Tournament Team 1995-96, and NCAA Division II Baseball Championship All-Tournament Team 1996. Pinto hit four home runs with 10 RBIs in one game and hit home runs in the final two at-bats of his career. SJC was 145-60-2 in Pinto's four years on the team, and his .363 career batting average ranks ninth in school history. In the 1995 season, Pinto helped the Pumas lead all of NCAA Division II baseball in double plays turned.
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