Oct. 18, 2005
By Tom Weber
CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois University Athletics Department announced its 2006 Hall of Fame Class Tuesday. The six-person class, which will be inducted in a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, features men's basketball players Chris Carr and Rick Shipley, wrestler Don Millard, baseball player Wayne Grandcolas and track stars Jennie (Horner) Smith and Darren Plab.
Chris Carr (1992-1995) played forward for three seasons with the Salukis and helped lead the team to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1993, 1994 and 1995. He was named the MVC "Player of the Year" in 1995 after leading the league in scoring with 22.0 ppg. Carr still ranks among the school's career leaders in points (19th) and blocked shots (12th). The Salukis had a combined record of 69-26 during Carr's career and won three-straight Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championships. Carr was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the 1995 NBA Draft and scored nearly 2,000 points during his six-year career that included stints with Phoenix, Minnesota, New Jersey, Golden State, Chicago and Boston. Carr currently resides in Eden Prairie, Minn., where he owns 43 Hoops Inc., (www.43hoops.com) which trains young basketball players.
Rick Shipley (1987-91) is regarded as one of the best rebounders in school history. During four seasons with the Salukis, he totaled 983 rebounds, which still ranks fifth in school history. On March 5, 1989, Shipley grabbed an incredible 20 boards against Illinois State. No Saluki player has accomplished that feat since. Shipley was the MVC rebounding champion in 1991, when he averaged 9.0 rpg. Also a gifted scorer, Shipley piled up 1,359 points, which ranks 15th in school history. In 1991, he earned Second-Team All-MVC honors and was named to the MVC All-Tournament team. The Salukis made three National Invitation Tournament appearances during Shipley's career and were a combined 76-52. Shipley currently resides in the Chicago area and works as a sales manager for RS Used Oil Services.
Don Millard (1962-64) was a two-time NCAA champion grappler during the Salukis' golden era of wrestling. Millard won both the NCAA College Division championship and University Division championship in the 167-pound weight class in 1964. He was the first person in school history to win an individual title at the University Division level. Millard finished the 1964 season with a 16-2 record. In 1962, Millard won the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship in his weight class and was one of five Saluki qualifiers for the University Division meet, where SIU finished tied for sixth. He finished the year with an 18-4 record. Millard spent 12 years teaching high school after graduation and is currently self-employed and resides in Terre Haute, Ind.
Wayne Grandcolas (1951-54) was an outstanding pitcher for the Salukis more than 50 years ago, and only a rotator cuff injury during his senior year prevented him from pursuing a pro career. Grandcolas led the team in victories and innings pitched each season from 1951 to 1953. He threw a no-hitter against Arkansas State in 1953 and also led the league in stolen bases with nine. As a senior in 1954, Grandcolas pitched through the rotator cuff injury and then missed the last six weeks of the season with a broken leg. Nevertheless, he recorded a career record of 23-7 and still ranks ninth in school history in wins (9th) and ERA (2.18). Grandcolas is currently retired and living in St. Louis, Mo.
Jennie (Horner) Smith (1992-1995) was one of the nation's top distance runners during her stellar career at SIU. She earned All-American status in 1995 in the indoor mile. Horner also won six MVC track titles and one cross country title. Her track championships were in the indoor mile (1994 and 1995), the indoor 1000-meter (1995), the outdoor 1500-meter (1994 and 1995) and the outdoor 3000-meter (1995). She was also named MVP at the indoor meet in 1995, and her times in the indoor mile and outdoor 1500-meter set MVC Championship records. Horner's mark in the 1500-meter still stands today. She won the MVC's cross country championship in 1994 in the 5K. Horner still ranks among the career record holders at SIU in numerous events and owns the school record in the outdoor 1500m. Presently, Horner works for State Farm as a public affairs communications specialist.
Darren Plab (1991-92) is the most accomplished high jumper in school history. He won NCAA national high jump championships in 1991 and 1992. Plab represented SIU and his country at the 1992 Olympics, though he did not medal. Plab was a four-time All-American, finishing 5th (1991) and 2nd (1992) in the indoor high jump and winning the outdoor high jump in both 1991 and 1992. Remarkably, he is still the SIU record-holder in the high jump with a mark of 7'-6 1/2'' in the indoor and 7'-8 1/2'' in the outdoor. Plab resides in nearby Mascoutah, Ill., and owns and operates a lawn care business.