FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The University of Saint Francis Athletic Hall of Fame welcomed one team and four former student-athletes in at the CASPYs event on Satruday.
The four USF student-athlete graduates chosen for induction as the 24th class includes six-time Outdoor/Indoor All-American and two-time NAIA hammer throw champion Jean (Marqueling) Longsworth (track and field), Chris Van Horn (football), Travis Potchka (baseball), and Bob Dissinger (men’s basketball).
The team selected was the 1997 USF Women’s Soccer team which finished 19-3 and was coached by Ken Nuber, who is in the USF AHOF.
All four individuals set records at USF in their respective programs while the 1997 women’s soccer team set records for wins, won the conference regular season, the conference tournament title and earned a berth in the NAIA Championship Regional final four.
Longsworth is USF’s only two-time individual track and field champion winning the hammer throw in 2010 and 2011 after a second-place finish in 2009. She is a six-time NAIA Outdoor/Indoor Track and Field All-American. The Bishop Dwenger High School graduate still holds the USF record in the hammer, shot put, discus, weight throw and indoor shot put.
Van Horn, a Snider H.S. graduate, is a 2005 USF graduate who set records for career sacks (26.5), single-season sacks (15.5 / 2004) and single-game sacks (3.5). The defensive end helped USF reach the NAIA Championship Game for the first time in program history in 2004, was All-NAIA First Team and set the USF career record for sacks yardage with 244. He helped lead the Cougars to NAIA Championship Games in 2004 and 2005.
Van Horn was a two-time First Team All-Mid-States Football Association all-conference selection.
Potchka was an outstanding centerfielder and lead-off batter for the Cougars from 2007-10. He finished with five career records and three single-season records. The Elmhurst H.S. graduate finished as the USF career leader in hits (275), runs scored (172), batting average (.364), stolen bases (51) and at-bats (735). He set USF records for single-season hits (81 in 2008), runs scored (51 in 2009) and at-bats (2010 in 2008). He finished No. 2 on the games started list with 210.
His senior year he finished with a .427 batting average in league-only games, eighth best in 2010. As a junior Potchka helped USF to its best baseball season — 32-21 overall and second-place in the Mid-Central Collegiate Conference at 17-7.
NAIA Region VIII
All-MCC – 2008, 2009, 2010
Gold Glove — 2010
Potchka Player of the Week
March 23, 2009
March 16, 2009
Apr. 28, 2008
Dissinger was a Cincinnati, Ohio native who became just the 11th Cougars to score 1,000 or more points in career finishing with 1,012 playing from 1991-95. He led USF in rebounding as a junior. His contributions went beyond the court as Dissinger also spent countless hours researching and compiling stats for Saint Francis College basketball historical purposes.
This is the 24th class of USF AHOF inductees, which started with the class of one in 1989 – founder of the then Saint Francis College athletic program, athletic director and Coach Terry Coonan. The USF AHOF will expand to 83 individuals and seven teams with the addition of the 2017-18 class.