Recognizing Outstanding Athletes

During a luncheon over Homecoming weekend, six alumni and one coach were inducted into SU’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Megan (Elliott) Dodson ’99 excelled as a sprinter in track and field and as a distance runner in cross country. Dodson is a two-time PSAC Champion in the 400 meters, winning outdoor championships as a junior and senior and posting eleven career PSAC place-winning performances. At the time of her graduation, Elliott held outdoor school records in the 400 meters (56.53) and the distance medley relay (12:08.12) and indoor school records in the 400
meters (59.20), 800 meters (2:19.64), and the 4x4 relay (4:01.30). In cross country, Dodson was an All-PSAC top-twenty finisher each season and achieved three All-Region top-twenty finishes. She was an integral part of the 1998 team that finished third at the NCAA Championships, which remains SU’s best national finish in the sport.

Ron Johnson ’03 is one of five Red Raiders to ever play in an NFL regular-season game—playing in three games for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2003. A three-time All-PSAC defensive lineman, Johnson finished with 158 total tackles, including thirty-five for loss, and eighteen sacks. At the time of his graduation, Johnson ranked sixth in school history for career sacks and remains eighth in the category. He led Shippensburg and ranked second in the PSAC with eight sacks in 2001 during his junior year. Johnson was set to play for the Eagles in 2004 but sustained a career ending back injury.

Jay Kipp ’92 is an All-American baseball first baseman who ranks second in school history for RBIs (144) and third all-time in batting average (.383) after playing a part in teams that won both conference and regional championships. Kipp competed in the NCAA Division II Baseball Championships College World Series as a junior. In four years he helped SU compile a record of 109-72-1, for a winning percentage of .602. Kipp is a two-time All-PSAC performer whose best season came as a senior, in which he was an ABCA Third Team All-American. He set the SU single season record with 134 total bases, while his thirteen home runs ranked second most in SU single season history. At the time of his graduation, Kipp’s career RBI total was a school record, while his career batting average ranked second.

Katie (Rowlands) Carr ’00 was a versatile three-time All-PSAC second baseman and pitcher in softball. During her tenure, SU had three secondplace PSAC Tournament finishes, three East Regional Tournament appearances, and posted a 144-60 (.706) record. Overall, Carr hit .354 in 196 career games with fifteen home runs, 129 RBIs, thirty-two doubles, five triples, and seventy-seven runs scored. From the circle, she was 12-5 with a 2.13 ERA, making eighteen starts and throwing 118 career innings with eleven complete games. Her 129 career RBIs remain fourth in SU history, while her fiftytwo RBIs in the 1999 season are the second most by a Raider. Carr’s best season came as a junior in 1999, when she set a school record with seventy-one hits and batted .420, ripping career highs of seven home runs, fifty-two RBIs, and fifteen doubles.

John Sell ’81 was an All-American offensive lineman for the Red Raider football team from 1977-1980. He started three years as a guard or center, and is one of the best offensive lineman to suit up for the team in the last forty years. A top five “Blue Chip” state lineman from Littlestown High School, Sell signed a professional contract with the Philadelphia Eagles after his graduation in 1981. An injury resulted in him being one of the team’s final cuts. His best year at Ship came as a senior in 1980, a season for which he earned Associated Press “Little All-America” honorable mention honors in addition to All-PSAC and All-ECAC First Team honors. Sell earned the football team’s prestigious Vinton Rambo award as the outstanding senior lineman.

Don Stankus ’56 was a valuable member of the football team during the glory days of the Red Raiders, playing on Shippensburg teams from 1952-55 that combined for a 26-3-2 record. In 1955, his senior season and SU’s first with new coach Jack Roddick, Stankus was a co-captain and the team’s halfback. He received All-Pennsylvania Conference honors after leading the Red Raiders with seventy-five rushes for 452 yards and in scoring with six touchdowns and forty-three points after converting 7-of-9 PAT attempts. In Stankus’s sophomore season in 1953, Shippensburg led the country in total defense, rushing defense, and passing defense. He also was a regular on the track and field squads coached by Roddick; he was a PC place-winner in both the broad jump and the shot put.

Bob Yocum ’70 (honorary) was an assistant baseball coach at Shippensburg for twenty-one years from 1974-1994. He worked with Hall of Fame coach Art Fairchild, assisting with all aspects of the program. Yocum’s record as an assistant was 581-300-6, for a winning percentage of .658. The team won six PSAC Championships and appeared in the PSAC Tournament fourteen times. The Raiders also competed in the NCAA Tournament twelve times in Yocum’s twenty-one seasons, including two NCAA Division II College World Series berths. Overall, as one of SU’s longest tenured coaches in any sport, Yocum instructed nineteen American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Americans and fifteen honorable mention All-Americans. Yocum and Fairchild also coached nine players selected in the Major League Baseball (MLB) draft and at least five others who signed as MLB free agents.