Dopp stacks up post-season awards
Danny Dopp ’20/’21G cemented his place in Earlham athletics’ history when he was named a First Team Academic All-America selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), when the organization’s Division III Baseball Academic All-America team was unveiled in July.
Dopp is the first Earlham student-athlete to capture Academic All-America honors in the nearly 70-year history of the program, managed by CoSIDA since 1952.
“Earlham has been around since the mid-1800s and has had athletics for almost that same length of time. It is a testament to Danny’s hard work and what he has accomplished on the field, in the classroom, and as a leader on our team that has led to his success in each of those areas, allowing him to become Earlham’s first Academic All-America honoree and the baseball program’s first All-America selection,” said Steve Sakosits, Earlham’s head baseball coach.
Dopp, a native of South Haven, Michigan, was selected as the First Team’s designated hitter, in national voting conducted among CoSIDA members at Division III institutions.
Dopp completed the 2021 season as a D3baseball.com Third Team All-American, becoming the program’s first Division III All-America honoree. He earned First Team All-Mideast Region honors from both D3baseball.com and was selected to the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association All-Mideast Region squads.
Dopp was Earlham’s team leader in hits (59), doubles (17), home runs (10), and runs batted in (41), and completed his career with a wholesale renovation of the Earlham Baseball record books.
He was among HCAC leaders in hits (fifth), doubles (third), home runs (second), and RBI (ninth), and among Division III statistical leaders Dopp finished the season ranked 33rd in doubles and 36th in home runs. He tied Earlham’s single season HR record with 10 and ranks among Earlham single season leaders in hits (fifth), RBI (fourth), and doubles (second). Dopp was named HCAC Hitter of the Week on May 10, 2021, after helping Earlham secure a home opening round series over Manchester University in the HCAC Baseball Tournament.
Dopp finished his career with Earlham career records for hits, doubles, and RBI, and ranks among career leaders in at bats, home runs, and runs scored. A three-time All-HCAC selection, Dopp earned Second Team All-HCAC honors in both 2018 and 2019, and was a 2017 HCAC All-Tournament selection. He graduated on May 22, 2021, with his Master of Education degree.
Written by Karina Steitz ’23
It was a year of competition unlike any other year, with fall seasons shifting to spring, lots of COVID testing, and slimmed down schedules, but Quaker student-athletes were both resilient and well represented in post-season awards.
Graduating baseball team members received their diplomas in a special ceremony at Sadler Stadium a day after their classmates due to post-season play.
Women’s volleyball placed five individuals on the All-HCAC honorees list with Sarah Dickman ’22 and Giselle Mora ‘22 earning first team honors and Erin Wagner ’23 and Jennifer Shamel ’23 receiving honorable mention. First-year Maria Young ’24 was named to the all-newcomer squad.
Men’s lacrosse made program history by placing five individuals on the All-HCAC roster. Logan Reihing ’22 and Avery Rush-Elias ’21 were named second team for midfield and Josh Wilson ’21 and Ben Adkins ’24 were named second team for defense, with Donovan Shea ’24 receiving second team at long stick middie.
In women’s basketball, Kayla Bowling ’21 was named a second team All-HCAC selection for the second straight year. She averaged 15.3 points per game and 5.4 rebounds in 2021.
Jamel Barnes Jr. ’21 received second team All-HCAC honors in men’s basketball; he averaged 18.2 points per game and 5.6 rebounds in 2021 and scored more than 1,000 points in his Earlham career.
Men’s cross country placed four individuals on the All-HCAC roster. Austin Burt ‘21 received first team honors in cross country to go with second team recognition in outdoor track, with Alexander Roberts ’23, Ian Gorley ’23 and Henry Foultner ’23 getting the nod as honorable mention selections.
In addition to Burt, men’s outdoor track & field placed three individuals on the all-conference teams with John Mahaney ’24 receiving first team All-HCAC honors and Blessed Shumba ’23 earning Second Team All-HCAC recognition. During the indoor track and field season,sprinter Sheldan Lindsey ’22 received third team All-HCAC honors. Mahaney was also named an All-Great Lakes Region selection in the javelin by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Senior Garret Schuler ’21 earned All-HCAC honors for the third time in his career at Earlham, finishing in a tie for sixth place. Schuler carded a one-under 71 on Sunday and was among a group of four golfers to post a six-over 222 for the tournament.
Two women’s soccer players received the nod for Honorable Mention All-HCAC: Jennifer Douyere ’21 and Emma Jones ’22. Both players started in all nine games this season in defensive roles.
Men’s soccer also had two individuals who received honorable mention All-HCAC: first-year Quentin Berry and senior Jeffrey Douyere. Berry scored his first collegiate goal this year versus Franklin, and Douyere earned All-HCAC honorable mention for the second time in his career at Earlham.
Six members of the women’s track & field team earned All-HCAC honors during the spring. Lyndsey Hermes ’22 was a first team All-HCAC honoree in the indoor season and second team All-HCAC in outdoor track & field. Sophomore Madison Huelskamp ‘23 earned second team All-HCAC at the conference indoor meet. Jennifer Douyere ‘21, mentioned previously in women’s soccer, also received third team All-HCAC for indoor track. Elena Stirn ’23, Shianna Bellingham ’22 and Esther Mano ’21 received Third Team All-HCAC for their efforts at the HCAC indoor meet.
Women’s outdoor track & field placed five individuals on the All-HCAC team, with Rosie Newhart ’21, Sarah Dickman ’22, and Shianna Bellingham ’22 receiving first team All-HCAC recognition. Lyndsey Hermes ’22 and Esther Mano ’21 were second team All-HCAC honorees. Dickman was also tabbed for first team All-HCAC honors in women’s volleyball.
Three members of the baseball team received All-HCAC recognition. Third baseman and DH Danny Dopp ’20/’21G and pitcher Joey Gerbus ’21 were both first team All-HCAC selections, while Austin Hatfield ’20/’21G) was tabbed for honorable mention. Gerbus and Marc Gendreau ’21 were also named to the all-tournament team after leading Earlham baseball to a runner-up finish at the 2021 HCAC baseball tournament in Lexington, Kentucky.
Both Dopp and Gerbus earned First Team All-Mideast Region honors, while Dopp was named a Third Team All-American by D3baseball.com and a First Team Academic All-America selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Hutchinson named Earlham’s new athletics director
Adam Hutchinson, most recently the assistant athletics director at Kean University, was named the new director of athletics at Earlham College. He began his duties at Earlham on July 1.
“I am pleased we were able to attract a candidate of Adam’s background and experience to lead our athletics program,” said Bonita Washington-Lacey, Earlham’s vice president for student life and dean of students. “Adam’s recent coaching background, leadership experience and expertise in mentoring young coaches make him a great fit for Earlham Athletics. Moreover, his commitment to building an athletics program centered around collaborative leadership, transparency and inclusivity make him an extraordinary match for Earlham College.”
“I look forward to working with Adam as Earlham’s intercollegiate athletics program becomes a model for Division III athletics,” said Washington-Lacey.
Hutchinson joins Earlham Athletics from Kean University, an NCAA Division III institution in Union, New Jersey, where he served as assistant director of athletics for internal operations and student-athlete development since October 2020. In that role, he coordinated and developed a comprehensive development program for over 400 student-athletes in the athletic department. In addition, he had oversight of diversity and inclusion initiatives for the department. Other duties included assisting with the oversight of internal business operations while developing policies and procedures that enhanced the academic success and graduation of every student-athlete.
While at Kean, Hutchinson also served as the athletics diversity and inclusion designee and was the point of communication between the NCAA national office, athletics department, the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) and campus regarding information around inclusive programs, emerging diversity issues and other related equity initiatives that needed to be shared or addressed.
“I would like to thank President Anne Houtman and Dean Washington-Lacey for this opportunity to join Earlham College. I would also like to thank the Earlham athletic department staff and the Earlham alumni I met with during the search process. Their passion and professionalism in representing the College and recruiting me was incredibly persuasive,” said Hutchinson.
“My family and I believe strongly in the college’s mission. We look forward to contributing to the continued success of Earlham College Athletics and our future in the Richmond community,” said Hutchinson.
A 1993 graduate of Amherst College, he played basketball from 1989 to 1993 and earned a bachelor of arts degree in Black studies. He earned his master of science in sports management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst after receiving an NCAA Graduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics (only eight awarded nationally each year based on distinction earned as an undergraduate).
Hutchinson earned a graduate certificate in diversity and inclusion from Cornell University in February 2020 and has been a guest speaker at the NCAA Division III Institute for Administrative Advancement since 2019.
2021 Hall of Fame inductees for Earlham Athletics
The 2021 class of inductees into the Earlham College Athletics Hall of Fame includes two of the most successful head coaches in the modern era of Earlham athletics. Both gave the Quakers their first sustained success as an NCAA Division III institution and brought excitement to Earlham sports as the Quakers transitioned into the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Jocelyn Keller, who returned to Earlham as head women’s soccer coach after previously serving as an assistant, took an outstanding class of first-years, added some new players and coached the combined group into a four-year dynasty.
Adam Van Zee guided Earlham men’s tennis to unprecedented levels of competitive success in a sport where the Quakers had posted just 10 conference wins in the North Coast Athletic Conference over the 19 seasons prior to his arrival in Richmond.
Earlham College is proud to recognize these two former coaches with induction into the Earlham Athletics Hall of Fame.
Head Women’s Soccer Coach, 2008-11
Jocelyn Keller served as Earlham’s head women’s soccer coach from 2008 to 2011, the most successful four-year span in program history, while leading the program in the transition from the North Coast Athletic Conference into the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Under Keller’s leadership, Earlham women’s soccer closed out its NCAC era in 2009 with a 12-7-1 record and an appearance in the NCAC Tournament championship match. Four players received conference post-season recognition, including NCAC Newcomer of the Year Joy Doucette.
Keller led the Quakers to the HCAC regular season championship in 2010, Earlham’s inaugural campaign in the Heartland Conference, as well as an appearance in the HCAC Tournament championship game. Earlham finished the season with a 14-6-1 record, setting a still-standing program record for victories in a season, and Keller was recognized as the HCAC Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year. She is one of only eight Earlham head coaches to earn HCAC coach of the year honors. Eight Earlham women’s soccer players received post-season conference honors, including Offensive MVP and 2019 Earlham Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Karman Duchon. Under Keller’s tutelage, Duchon also earned NSCAA All-Region honors in 2008.
More success followed in 2011, when Earlham women’s soccer repeated as the HCAC regular season champions and advanced into the HCAC Tournament. Seven players received All-HCAC recognition with Ikumi Doucette earning Offensive MVP honors, marking the second straight season an Earlham women’s soccer player had earned the conference offensive MVP award. A third Keller-recruited Earlham women’s soccer player would capture the accolade in 2012 as Joy Doucette was tabbed for HCAC Offensive MVP honors.
Earlham women’s soccer recorded a 49-25-3 overall record in four seasons under Keller’s tutelage, reaching conference post-season play in three of the four years.
Keller, a 2004 DePauw University graduate, began her coaching career as an assistant at Earlham under Jim Watts (2001-07) and went on to coach at Williams College and Washington & Lee University before returning to Earlham in 2008. She proceeded to coach at Carleton College in Minnesota for eight seasons and completed her graduate degree in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota. Keller currently serves as the head girls soccer coach at The Blake School in Minneapolis and has a private practice as a licensed therapist in the Twin Cities. She resides in southwest Minneapolis with her husband, Ethan Johnson, and their daughter, Ilse, with a second daughter expected in September 2021.
ADAM VAN ZEE
Head Men’s Tennis Coach, 2009-13
Adam Van Zee led Earlham men’s tennis from 2009 to 2013, taking the program to unprecedented levels of success.
Under Van Zee’s guidance, Earlham captured three straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships from 2011 to 2013.
In 2010-11, the Quakers’ first season in the HCAC, Van Zee led Earlham to a 17-4 overall record, 7-1 in the HCAC, and was recognized as the league’s Coach of the Year. Six Earlham tennis players were tabbed for inclusion on the All-HCAC or Honorable Mention squads, and the Quakers advanced to face Luther College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championship.
That success was duplicated in 2011-12 when Earlham posted a 19-2 overall record, including a 9-0 march through the conference schedule. Van Zee received Coach of the Year honors for the second straight year, and newcomer Anton Bartashevich was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year. Six members of the squad earned HCAC post-season honors, including four All-HCAC selections. The Quakers faced Baldwin-Wallace in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championship, narrowly falling to the Yellow Jackets in nine matches.
The Quakers made it three-in-a-row in 2012-13, when Earlham posted a 19-3 overall mark and again went 9-0 in conference play. Under Van Zee’s guidance, Bartashevich earned HCAC Player of the Year honors and was one of five Earlham men’s tennis players to gain a spot on the All-HCAC squad. Van Zee received a third consecutive HCAC Coach of the Year award, and the Quakers went on to face Coe College in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championship after receiving a first-round bye.
Van Zee began the 2013-14 season with the Quakers before stepping down to accept a development position at Wabash College. Earlham men’s tennis finished that campaign with six more All-HCAC awards as well as another MVP laurel for Bartashevich, while Phil Locklear was named the HCAC Freshman of the Year.
During Van Zee’s first two seasons at Earlham, the Quakers competed in the North Coast Athletic Conference where the signs of the program’s future success became visible. Earlham improved from a 4-10 record in Van Zee’s first season to an 8-10 mark in 2009-10, with Brad Maisey earning NCAC Newcomer of the Year honors.
Over his five years at the helm of Earlham men’s tennis, Van Zee posted a 67-29 overall record and a 25-9 ledger in conference matches. He is one of eight Earlham coaches to earn HCAC Coach of the Year honors and the only one to earn the award on multiple occasions.
A 2007 graduate of Wabash College, Van Zee worked with the Earlham women’s tennis program while attending graduate school at Ball State University. He currently serves as a major gifts officer for the IUPUI School of Health & Human Sciences.
Stories by Pete Lefresne and Karina Steitz.