2003-04 Saluki Hall of Fame Class Unveiled

    Dec. 2, 2003

    By Tom Weber

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois University athletic department announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2003-04 on Tuesday. The six-person class, which will be inducted in a ceremony on Jan. 30, 2004, includes Oyd Craddock (Football, 1976-79), Steve Heckel (Men's Golf, 1966-69), Sterling Mahan (Men's Basketball, 1987-91), Jamie Schuttek (Softball, 1994-97), Doug Shields (Baseball, 1987-90) and Rob Siracusano (Men's Diving, 1992-95).

    Craddock is regarded as one of the best defensive backs in school history and played on the highly successful Division I Saluki teams of the late 1970s before the program joined the Division I-AA ranks. The team was 25-19 during Craddock's four seasons, including a 7-4 record in 1978 and 8-3 record in 1979. Craddock started 43 out of 44 games in his career and was a three-time all-conference selection. He was named both Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press and First Team All-MVC in 1979. He earned second-team All-MVC honors in 1977 and 1978. He was also named to the conference's all-academic team in 1979. Craddock recorded 426 tackles in his career and ranks second in that category in school history. He also ranks third in career interceptions at SIU with 11. The Salukis ranked first in the MVC in scoring defense in 1978 and 1979, and second in 1977. The Salukis were also first in total defense in 1978. Since graduation, Craddock has worked the last 23 years for IBM in sales, marketing and management. He began his career with IBM in his hometown of New Orleans and relocated to Atlanta in 1995.

    Heckel, who has been the head professional and co-owner of Crab Orchard Golf Club in Carterville, Ill. since 1972, was a vital member of the successful Saluki men's golf team of the 1960s and went on to have a prolific professional career. The SIU golf team recorded a combined record of 50-18 from 1967 to 1969. Heckel led the 1968 team with a 73.6 stroke average and was the only Saluki chosen to compete in the NCAA post-season tournament. The 1967 team finished fifth in the College Division NCAA Tournament, and Heckel was second on the team in stroke average. As a professional golfer, Heckel was a PGA Championship qualifier in 1987 and a United States Senior Open Championship qualifier in 1996, 1998 and 1999. He served as the Gateway PGA Vice President for 12 years and was the Gateway PGA Player of the Year in 1988. He has won numerous Gateway PGA honors, including "Merchandiser of the Year" in 1988, Professional of the Year in 1990 and Teacher of the Year in 1995. In addition, he was the Gateway PGA Senior Champion in 1997 and 1998, and match play champion 1988, 1991 and 1999. He is also a member of the Southern Illinois Golf Association Hall of Fame.

    Mahan had a stellar four-year career during a remarkable era of Saluki basketball in the late '80s. He ranks among the career leaders at SIU in numerous statistical categories including ninth in (1,503 points), eighth in 3-pointers (118), third in free throws made (383), second in steals (171) and fourth in assists (381). He was a First Team All-MVC performer in 1990 and was named Second Team All-MVC in 1991. He also made the MVC All-Defense team in 1990. Mahan ranks highly in several single-season categories, including first in assists in a season with 144 in 1990. The Salukis were 76-52 during Mahan's career, won the conference title in 1990 and recorded three-straight National Invitation Tournament bids from 1989-91. In Mahan's senior year, the team advanced to the third round of the NIT before losing to Stanford. Mahan currently resides in Wyatt, Mo., where he works for a construction company.

    Schuttek is one of the best softball players in the history of the university and the Missouri Valley Conference. A pitcher and designated player, Schuttek was a three-time First-Team All-MVC performer (1994, 96 and 97) and was the conference's Most Valuable Player in 1997. She was also named All-American in 1997, one of only three All-Americans in the program's history. The Salukis were 120-77 during Schuttek's career, including a 41-16 mark in 1997 that included wins over Mississippi, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Michigan and Missouri. Schuttek rewrote the Saluki record book and still ranks first in career wins (69), complete games (73), winning percentage (.734), shutouts (23) and RBI (130). She also ranks first in numerous single-season categories, including RBI (44), batting average (.439), winning percentage (.933) and Wins (28). Schuttek was an immediate success at SIU, leading the team in hitting her freshman year with a .439 average in 1994. Among the many highlights of her career were a no-hitter thrown at Evansville on April 2, 1996. After graduation, Schuttek was drafted by the Women's Professional Softball League. Schuttek currently resides in Herrin, Ill., and after several years in business, has returned to Southern Illinois University to to complete a degree in elementary education.

    Shields played outfield for the Salukis and was a member of the 1990 team, SIU's last to make an NCAA Tournament appearance. The Salukis were 49-14 in 1990 and won two games in the NCAA Regional Tournament. Shields was named Third Team All-American that season and led the team in home runs (9) and RBI (64). His career numbers still rank among the best in school history. He stands fourth in career RBI (146), second in career games played (236), third in career at-bats (781), fourth in career runs scored (169), third in career hits (256), fourth in career doubles (46) and third in career total bases (373). He was named First-Team All-MVC in both 1989 and 1990 and led the '89 team in hitting with a .364 average. Shields was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1990 and played several years in the minor leagues. Shields currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he works as the superintendent for Ameritek Homes.

    Siracusano was one of the world's top divers in the early '90s and had an amazing career at SIU. He was a seven-time All-American on the 1 and 3-meter boards. He competed in four NCAA Meets in his four years and led SIU to three Top 25 finishes at the NCAA Meet. He competed in 10 of 10 U.S. National and National Indoor Championships from 1990-95 and became the first diver since Greg Louganis to place a new dive in the NCAA rule book. A member of the United States Diving National Team, he competed at the 1994 World Championship Trials and earned a fifth place finish, the highest finish of all active NCAA collegiate divers. He also participated in the national team's 1994 tour of China and Germany and competed in the Olympic Sports Festival in 1991, 93 and 94. Siracusano holds SIU Pool records on the 1-meter (341.48) and 3-meter (386.47) boards in a dual meet (six dives) and on the 3-meter (583.50) board in a championship meet dual (11 dives). He also holds school records in the 1-meter dual (376.80) and championship (547.72) and 3-meter dual (427.40) and championship (597.05) dives. In 1995, he became the first MVC champion in the 1 and 3-meter dives. Siracusano is a native of Long Island, N.Y. and currently resides in suburban Chicago where he works as an investment broker for Wachovia Bank.