From left, Daniel Swintosky '95, Brynn Rentz Wade '77, Vince Bingham '98, Lori Rechter Harper '84, Elaine Russell '98, Muffet Harmon Eskra '93, Fred Peters '77, Mark Browning '90, David Windley '65, Sean Carey '92
Ten alumni inducted into Pioneer Hall of Fame
Ten alumni representing six sports and four decades of Transylvania athletics heritage were inducted into the Pioneer Hall of Fame on May 22. The Hall of Fame recognizes former athletes, coaches, and others who have made outstanding contributions to Transylvania athletics.
Vince Bingham '98 is men's basketball all-time leading scorer with 2,109 points. He played on four straight NAIA tournament teams and helped the Pioneers win 94 games during his four seasons. In 1998 he became the first Pioneer to be named a first-team All-American in basketball and was also Great Lakes Regional Player of the Year and male Pioneer Athlete of the Year. He played professional basketball in Austria for two seasons. He has served as Transylvania's coordinator of multicultural affairs since 2001.
Mark Browning '90 was a four-year letter winner in golf and basketball. He played in two NAIA national golf championships, was a district medalist, and was part of a district championship team. In basketball, he played on teams that won 85 games, including the 1987-88 team that posted a 26-4 record and advanced to the NAIA national championship. He played on four straight NAIA tournament teams. He is vice president of pricing and traffic for Dayton Freight Lines in Dayton, Ohio, and lives in Springboro, Ohio.
Sean Carey '92 was a three-time letter winner on the soccer team. He was selected for three NAIA All-American teams, including first-team status as a senior. He played for Pioneer teams that won 48 matches, including a 20-3-1 mark in 1990. In his senior year he was elected male Pioneer Athlete of the Year and named a third-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. In New England, he played semi-professional and professional soccer and became a head coach. He teaches third grade in Northborough, Mass.
Muffet Harmon Eskra '93, a three-sport standout, was a four-year star in softball and field hockey, and played basketball for a season. In field hockey, she was twice named to all-tournament teams for two separate conferences. She is an investment executive with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc., in Shawnee Mission, Kan.
Lori Rechter Harper '84, a two-sport standout, starred in field hockey and tennis. She played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for the tennis team and was a two-time Kentucky Women's Intercollegiate Conference doubles champion and winner of the KWIC singles title as a senior. She serves on the board of the Pennyrile Tennis Association as a tennis official and referee for the Unites States Tennis Association. In 2010 her team advanced to the USTA national championship. A member of the Transylvania Board of Trustees, she is vice president for the Rogers Group, Inc., in Hopkinsville, Ky., a crushed stone producer that employs more than 1,600 persons in five states.
Fred Peters '77 was a standout tennis player, earning three varsity letters. He is a life member of the United States Tennis Association. He refereed basketball for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association from 1975-93. He has served on the Transylvania Board of Visitors, Alumni Executive Board, and reunion planning committees. A member of the Kentucky and national associations of criminal defense lawyers, he is self-employed as an attorney in Lexington.
Elaine Russell '98 starred in basketball and field hockey for four years. In field hockey, she was a four-year starter, a team captain, and a conference Most Valuable Player, earning all-region recognition three times. A four-year starter in basketball and twice named team captain, she is Transylvania's second all-time career scorer with 1,664 points and first in rebounding with 1,085. She was female Pioneer Athlete of the Year in 1998. She is director of sports marketing and alumna adviser for Chi Omega at Western Michigan University
Daniel Swintosky '95 starred on the basketball team as an NAIA All-American as well as an All-Region and All-District performer. He is second on the school's all-time scoring list with 2,000 career points. He played on teams that won 92 games, including a 26-8 mark in 1994-95 when the Pioneers qualified for the NAIA national tournament. After playing professional basketball in Germany for one season, he returned to his hometown of Louisville, where he is now president of Marine Electric Company.
Brynn Rentz Wade '77 was a standout on the tennis court, winning varsity letters each of her four years on the team. A member of the Holleian Society at Transylvania, she taught in the Fayette County public schools from 1977-79 and now serves on the Lexington Christian Academy board of directors while volunteering for Sunshine Ministries and Lighthouse Ministries.
David Windley '65 was a four-year letter winner on the golf team and a team captain as a senior. He was chosen for the Senior Athletic Golf Award and was also active in the intramural program throughout his career. He retired in 2007 from Blue & Co. LLC, a regional CPA firm in Carmel, Ind., that he founded in 1970 with five employees and that celebrated its 40th year in business in 2010 with 300 employees.