2011 Athletic Hall of Fame Class Inducted

     Athletic Hall of Fame Indictees

New Inductees: The Athletic Hall of Fame 2011 Class featured (from left) Eric Gappa, Andrew Tochterman, Elwood "Woody" Stroupe and A.J. Wilkerson.

The Athletic Hall of Fame now has five new members following this year's induction ceremony. The group featured:

Eric Gappa (MA, '96)-The former football career receiving record holder with 22 touchdown catches, he still ranks in the top five in school history with 113 receptions for 2,042 yards, and set a then school record with 192 receiving yards against Hanover in 1993. He is now a math teacher at North Judson-San Pierre High School in Indiana.

William Rumbley (ME, '43)-"Big Bill" was a three-year starter for football teams that finished 17-4 in his career, including an 11-1 mark in 1941 and 1942. He earned three all-Little State honors as a tight end, and also set a school record in the high jump in track. He died in 2004 after a distinguished career that included service with General Electric and the family-owned Rumbley Trucking Company.

Woody Stroupe (ChE, '60)-Woody was Rose-Hulman's first Academic All-American, a four-year letter winner, and a two-year captain for the football and basketball teams. He was a wide receiver, outside linebacker, and kicker for the 1958 undefeated football team. He has enjoyed a successful post-graduate career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and work in the nation's nuclear engineering program.

Andy Tochterman (ChE, '01)-He was a baseball threat as a hitter and pitcher, with a .351 career batting average, a school record 11 triples, and 157 strikeouts. Andy earned all-conference and all-region honors. He has spent the past decade working with the Guidant Corporation (now Abbott Laboratories) in engineering, marketing, and sales.

A.J. Wilkerson (ME, '97)-A.J. ranks fifth in school history with 2,553 career rushing yards, highlighted by 914 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore in 1994. He earned all-league honors in 1994 and 1995 as part of the top statistical rushing offense in school history. Today, A.J. is part-owner of Validated Custom Solutions and Open Control Solutions. ■