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MMA Athletic Hall of Fame

The Athletic Department is currently seeking nominations for enshrinement into the MMA Hall of Fame for the 2019 year.  Any former athlete, team, or coach that is five (5) years removed from their time at the Academy may be nominated for possible inclusion.

Selections will be announced during halftime of the HOMECOMING football game versus Slater High School at 7:00 p.m. on Friday September 13, 2019.  The "Golden" Anniversary class of 1969 and "Diamond" Anniversary class of 1994 will also be recognized.

Nominations can be made BY June 1, 2019 via email to ryan.nowlin@missourimilitaryacademy.com.



Missouri Military Academy Athletic Hall of Fame

This letter jacket, which belongs to
David Arbogast '65,  is donated to Missouri Military
Academy in honor of all of  the former, present
and future letterman and M-Club members.
Teams and Members Listed Chronologically
Ed Lindenmeyer, Class of 1923
Ed Lindenmeyer, Class of 1923, played on two conference champion football teams at M.M.A., and was later named to the 1st Team All-American list while a student-athlete at the University of Missouri.
Reb Russell, Class of  1924
Reb Russell, Class of 1924, was a three-sport letterman at M.M.A. and was selected as a 1st Team All-American fullback at the prestigious Northwestern University.
1930 Colonel Football Team
The 1930 Colonel Football team earned the title of  "Co-Champions of the Little Ten Conference.  The team was captained by Fred L. Morris, Class of 1931 (center, front row), also cadet battalion commander.  Coach Joy W. Kistler, later Athletic Director at Louisiana State University, said, "The game deserves the best.  It's a man's game.  No mucker, cheat, no quitter measures up to its code, which demands 100% loyalty to team and school, plus the courage to fight hard and fair to the last whistle."
1937 State Champion Colonel Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Team
Front Row:  Dexter Farnsworth (manager), John Frank, Jack Webb, Sam Russo, Jack Barber, Leroy Sanderson, Vic Driscott, Dick Reitz; Back Row:  Jack Bushyhead, Paul Frank, Bill Buenger, Dean Selock, Franl Russo.  Not PIctured:  Robert Evans, Hal Hawkins, Martin Jorjorian, Joe Rosenfield, George Ruppert, Bennet Somberg.  Coach:  Capt. Jack Carr.
1938 Missouri State Indoor Track Champions (Class B)
1938 Missouri State Indoor Track Champions (Class B):  Front Row:  Warren Hector, Richard Reitz, Tom Aydelotte, Marvin Stepson, Bill MacGreevy, Victor Driscoll; Back Row:  Sim K. Sims (manager), Ed McKim, Dean Selock, Frank Russo, Bill Wesiert, Jack Bushyhead (captain), Coach Jack Carr.
Capt.  John S. Carr
 CAPT. John S. Carr, a native Bostonian, served M.M.A. from 1922-1942 as instructor of commerce and English.  He coached Colonels track teams to indoor and outdoor State Championships (Class B) in 1937, and an Indoor State Championship in 1938.
 MAJ James S. Fulkes
Major James S. Fulkes, a native of Tennessee, served M.M.A. for 35 years, 1937-1972, as the Director of Athletics; coach of varsity football, wrestling, swimming, track, boxing; instructor of Spanish; and "C" Company tactical officer.
Jack Bushyhead, Class of 1939
Jack Bushyhead, Class of 1939, was a State Champion (1937) and is the current M.M.A. record holder in the 440-yard dash (51.5 seconds).
Lt. Col. Joe D. Bailey
 Lt. Col. Joe D. Bailey served the Missouri Military Academy from 1940 to 1980.  He was a graduate of Northeast Missouri State College and a protégé of legendary University of Missouri football coach Don Faurot.  He came to M.M.A. in 1940 as a history teacher, varsity football and basketball coach.
He produced two undefeated Colonels football teams (1964 and 1974) and was recognized as one of the most successful wrestling coaches in the state.  He became the Director of Athletics and Dean of the Faculty, and served as a director of the City of Mexico recreation program for many years.
           He served in the United States Navy during World War II, and later with the Department of Defense as a recreational specialist in Germany.
During his tenure at M.M.A. he was a mentor to many cadets and young faculty officers.  He was often heard to exclaim, "Sum buck boys!"  Only he and his young charges knew, in each case, whether he was disappointed, elated or surprised, based on circumstances and inflection in his voice.
Dean Bailey retired from M.M.A. after the 1979-80 school year.  During the Academy's Centennial year, 1988-89, he was cited by M.M.A. with the Distinguished Service Award.  He died in 2007 at age 91 in Bend, Oregon.
Col. Guy K. Troy, Class of 1940
Col. Guy K. Troy, Class of 1940, was a graduate of West Point, was captain of the United States Modern Pentathlon Team at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland.
1941 M.M.A. Football Team
The 1941 M.M.A. Football Team were the co-champions of the Central lMissouri Conference and included, First Row:  Epple (trainer), Schneiter, Boudoures, Hager, Blankenbaker, Merendino, Hill, Price, Schiweck, Heffernan, Baile, J., and Scheinberg;  Second Row:  Fries (manager), Podzemek (manager), Allgier, Wismer, Walsh, Bigheart, Aitken
1947 Colonels Football Team
Members of the 1947 Football Team:  (Left to right):  Brown, Crowley, Reigle, Kerr, Logan, Romick (Captain), Moore, M., Edman, Donaldson, Durgan, Parker, Beckley.  Second Row:  Phillips, Owens, McClasky, Stephens, L., Gaiswinkler, Albright, R., Bilyea, Capobianco, O'Toole, Cannon, Abbott, Reiner.  Third Row:  Coach Joe Bailey, Vick (manager), Cracchiolo, Rejos, Anderson, C., Jeffries, Harter, Finch, Miles, Phelps, Murray, Camp, and Gebel (manager).
Col. Tim Donovan, Class of 1947
Col. Tim Donovan, Class of 1947 (left), won all his varsity wrestling matches at M.M.A. by pin, and was Missouri State Heavyweight champion.  He earned all-CEMO Conference 1st Team honors in football and won 3rd Place in Shot Put in the State Track Meet.  A member of the M.M.A. Legion of Honor, he is pictured with C0-Captain Bob Meadows and the fabled gold football in 1946.
1950 Undefeated Colonel Boxing Team
1950 Undefeated Colonel Boxing Team.  Front row:  Carl Anderson, Frank (Bill) Austin, Charles Ellis (captain), Walter HAsty, Richard Noonan; Second row:  Coach Rex Rodenbaugh, Neil Newton, Stanley Zydlo, Jr., Leslie Broad; Third row:  Lauro Martinez, Loyd Harriss, Joe McAley
1952 M.M.A. Football Team
The 1952 M.M.A. Football Team, co-champions of the Central Missouri Conference included, First Row:  Green, L.L., Marose, Mills, Johnston, Wyatt, Wilson, Haney, Schulman, Northwood;  Second Row:  McCall, DeGerinis, Pinch, Perterson, G., Connelly (co-captain), Bowman (c0-captain), Vines, Clark, O'Neal, Peterson, F., Coach William Yancey;  Third Row:  Hogen, G., Speros, Rockel, L. CHandler, Foley, Hunt, Schmoller, Gifford, McCormack, Weaver;  Fourth Row:  Knudson, Kleine, McNamara, D., Rudman, M., Sennett, Vaugahn, Garbova, Bristow, Meinert.
Daryl Pinch, Class of 1953
Daryl Pinch, Class of 1953, was selected to the Missouri All-State 1st Team and CEMO All-Conference football team as a tight end for the Co-Champion Colonels (7-1) of 1952.  A letterman in basketball and track, he won a 4-yr scholarship to the University of Mississippi.
Mackie Johnston, Class of 1955
Mackie Johnston, Class of 1955, captained the M.M.A. baseball, football, and basketball teams.  He was 2nd team All-CEMO Conference running back, battalion commander, president of Delta Phi, winner of the Plaque for Best Athlete, and president of the M.M.A. Alumni Association, 1974-1975.
Bob Gibbons, Class of 1956
Bob Gibbons (#47), Class of 1956, team captain scored 40 points against Kemper Military Academy on February 4, 1956 to set the M.M.A. basketball single-game scoring record.  The third-high scorer in the CEMO Conference, he lettered also in football and baseball.
1962 Undefeated M.M.A. Wrestling Team (7-0)
The undefeated 1962 M.M.A. Wrestling Team (7-0) finished fifth in Missouri High School Districts.  Front Row:  Dunn, G., Aschinger, F., Connor, Binder, Renow, McDowell, Yusman, Rosendahl, Morrell;  Second Row:  Ryan, Alden, Lawing, Williams, Powell, Pifer, Brogan, Keaton, T., Keaton, W., Schaffer, Reidelberger,;  Third Row:  Schmidt, Sutton, Pesci, Miline, S., Emberton, Laird, Hale, Metcalf, Russell, Andrews (manager);  Fourth Row:  Coach Joe Bailey, Baugh, Cooper, Hayes, Graham, G., Shelly, Larson, Finch, C., Nickols, Blatherwick.
1963 Undefeated Wrestling Colonels
The Undefeated 1963 MMA Wrestling team (10-0) finished 14th in the Missouri State Wrestling Tournament.  Front to rear:  Dinsmore, Hale, Keaton, Baum, Rawdon, Coach Joe Bailey;  Clockwise:  Coach Don Cockerill, Driver, Pifer (captain), Laird, Ward, Williams, Graham, and Allen.
Larry Pifer, Class of 1963
Larry Pifer, Class of 1963 (pictured at his induction on September 28, 2013) is a long-overdue inductee into the Missouri Military Academy Athletics Hall of Fame.  He was a four-year letter winner in football who was captain his senior season and won the Len Japp Outstanding Lineman Award during his career.  He earned four letters in wrestling and captained the team as a junior and senior.  He was a three time Tri-Military Champion and qualified for the Missouri State Tournament three times, finishing second as a senior.  Additionally, he won three letters in baseball, captained the team and batted over .300 as a senior.  A four-year member of the M-Club, Pifer served as President his senior year.  He won the James Ireland "Fighting Heart" cup in 1962 and the Best Athlete Award in 1963.
1964 Undefeated Colonel Football Team
The Undefeated (7-0-1) M.M.A. Football Team of 1964.  First Row:  Seary, Schoemaker, von Winitsky, Vincel, Rosenberg, Park, Kennedy, Morris, J., Best, Shoemaker; Second Row::  Craig, Jobin, Davis, Maupin, Mortenson, Schaffer, Christy, Diesi, Arbogast, Hoyt, Daily.  third Row:  MacLlellan, Coach Enrest Lehto, Leach, Jones, Rosendahl, Royer, Passick, Rovik, J.C., Glenn, Faden, Nigro, Coach Don Cockerill, Coach joe Bailey.  Fourth Row:  Blades, Kleissle, Ince, Graham, Shippey, Gerth, Guth, Reno, and Wisdom
Dave Arbogast, Class of 1965
David Arbogast, Class of 1965.  At 185 pounds, Arbogast placed 3rd in the 1965 Missouri State High School Wrestling Championship Tournament by upending one reigning champion after another.  "Arbo" as he is nicknamed, finished the season with a 26-1 record, with a majority of them by pin.  As a half-back and defensive end on  the undefeated 1964 Colonels football team, "Arbo" racked up 7 touchdowns and recorded more than 40 tackles which led him to being named to the State of Missouri All-District Football Team. 
Gary Schaffer, Class of 1965
Team Captain Gary Schaffer, Class of 1965, receives the "Gold Football" from the Captain of the Kemper MIlitary Academy football team after M.M.A.'s victory.  The 1964 team went undefeated.  Gary Starred in football, wrestling, baseball and track, earning Varsity letters in all of these sports.  He finished 4th in the Missouri State High School Wrestling Championships.  He received the Babe Ruth Sportsmanship Award, the Red Ireland "Fighting Heart" Trophy and the "Football Trophy."
1974 Undefeated Colonel Football Team
The Undefeated  (10-0) MMA Football Team of 1974
Front Row:  Wolach, Kenderish, Canella, Wrage, Lunch, G., Lampl;  Row 2:  Shropshire, Ingraham, Berkhoff, Steinegger, Dunn, Wittman, Carlson, Lynch, R., Diaz, Lesinksi:  Row 3:  Davison, LTC Joe Bailey, Chiaradonna, Prieto, Vlahek, Jadwin, Waters, Wallace, Rapps, Gant, Padgorski, Lutes, CAPT. David Steinmetz, CAPT. John Hegwein; Row 4:  Cathcart, Block, Haberman, Calhoun, Nedblake, Bruns, Groenweghe, Henderson, Castle, Laursen, Ward, and Price.
LTC:  Tom Wittman, Class of 1975
LTC Tom Wittman, Class of 1975, made Missouri All-State Honorable Mention at the Center position for the undefeated (10-0) Colonels Football team of 1974.  Wittman lettered in basketball and track and was the valedictorian for his graduating class.
Dean Ahlstrand, Class of 1982
Dean Ahlstrand, Class of 1982, pitched a no-hitter for the Colonels, played professionally in the Houston Astros organization, and sponsors the Ahlstrand Trophy for the best baseball player at M.M.A. each year.
LTC Ron Rosendahl
LTC Ron Rosendahl served M.M.A. for 31 years as a biology teacher and head swimming coach, 20 years as the head baseball coach, 10 years as the Director of Athletics, and 5 years as an assistant football coach.  During his tenure as swim coach, he led our teams to over 100 victories in dual lmeets.  His 1983 team was undefeated and has been inducted into the M.M.A. Athletic Hall of Fame.  LTC Rosendahl also served as the head baseball coach for 20 years, earning over 100 victories.  As Director of Athletics in the 1980's his calm and decisive leadership and sense of sportsmanship served as models for both cadets and faculty.
1982-83 Undefeated Colonel Swim Team
 The Undefeated 1982-83 Simming team (8-0):  First row:  Hank Unite, Scott Nussbaum, Shawn Williams, Enrique Mondragon, Felix Ware, Ricardo Mondragon, Luis Montiel, Mario Corsalini, Richard Shirley; Second Row:  Bill Battle, Trent Frohock, Paul Kispert (captain), Ernesto Krogh-Hansen (captain), Chris Gehring, Chris Wilson, Eric Aronowitz, Mark Guffey, Jong-Ki Kim, Kurt Stoessel, Rafael Umana, Brent Underwood, Marco Gonzalez, Jeff Loney;  Third row:  Carlos rendon, Jamie Herrero, Bryan Faulkner, Gus Waterhouse, Ed Razim, Trace McClure, Scott Rennard;  Fourth row:  Chet Plegge, Fernando Lopez, Coach Ron Rosendahl. 
1985 Colonels Football Team
The 1985 Fighting Colonels Football Team earned the 1985 Mid-Missouri Conference Championship.  They were inducted into the M.M.A. Athletic Hall of Fame on October 3, 2015.
Wilfredo Aldana, Class of 1990
Wilfrido Aldana, Class of 1990 was a Missouri District Champion in 1988 and 1989, and a 6th place finisher in the 1988 Missouri State Golf Championships.  He was awarded the McDonough Trophy as the Best 120-pound athlete at M.M.A.
Jerry Dawson, Class of 1991
Jerry Dawson, Class of 1991, won the 5th place medal in the Missouri State High School Wrestling Championship Tournament in 1991, finishing the season with a 26-2 record.  For three years in a row, Dawson was considered one of the best heavyweight wrestlers in the state of Missouri winning three consecutive District and Sectional Championships as well as being a three-time Missouri  State Tournament Qualifier.
1992  Undefeated Colonels Tennis Team
The 1992 Undefeated Colonels Tennis Team was inducted on September 29, 2012.  The Colonels were coached by Walter Diehl and went undefeated during the regular season and finished second in the Missouri State High School Tennis Championships.
1992 Colonel Soccer Team
The 1992 Colonel Soccer team were winners of the 4th place title at the 1992 Missouri State Soccer Championships.  The team incluldes:  Front ros:  Phillip Dieffenbacher, Federico Villareal, Ramiro Trevino, Jose Wunsch, Gustavo Grenados (captain), Luis Caballero, Xavier Menchaca, Rafel Diez Pineyro, Alfredo Couturier, Jose Hausman;  Back row:  Capt. Todd Greenberg (Assistant Coach), David Yancey, Roberto Hernandez, Oscar Fukuda (captain), Hivels Zavala, Brandon Rullan, Chris Mills, Matt Melhorn, Drew Carr, Francisco Creo, Trey Underwood, Tomas Gonzalez, Emilio Alverde, Maj. Richard Twells (Head Coach).
Major Richard Twells
Major Richard Twells coached wrestling for 20 years with one District Chmpion and 50 state qualifiers.  He coached soccer for thirteen years, winning two District Soccer Championships and fourth place in the Missouri State Soccer Championships in 1992.  He won 120 games as Head Soccer Coach.  Major Twells also served the Academy for 22 years as a teacher, advisor, and role model.  He is pictured with his 1992 team after they won the Academy's first-ever District Soccer Championship title.
Tom Berry, Class of 1993
Tom Berry, Class of 1993, set the current M.M.A. rifle marksmanship record by firing 548/600 against Quincy High School on December 14, 1992.
Tomas Gonzalez, Class of 1994
Tomas Gonzalez, Class of 1994, was leading soccer scorer in the State of Missouri in 1993 (47 goals) as a member of the District Champion Colonels.  He later played for the collegiate champion University of Monterrey Trojans.  He won 6th Place in doubles in the Missouri State Tennis Tournament.
Raul Badiola, Class of 1995
Raul Badiola, Class of 1995, broke the school record in the shot put with a throw of 49 feet, 4 1/2 inches in a triangular meet versus Southern Boone and Mark Twain on May 4, 1995.  The previous record was set by Frank Russo, '38, with a mark of 48 feet, 9 3/4 inches in 1938.