TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology inducted five new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 6 at the Sports and Recreation Center.
Zack Johnson (1998), Jennifer (Krause) Lawrence (2002), James McTaggart (1895), Rob Nichols (1999) and David Yeager (1968) were added to the shrine.
Capsules of the 20th anniversary Rose-Hulman Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Class are below.
ZACK JOHNSON (Mechanical Engineering, 1998) -- Zack earned two first-team all-Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference selections in men's basketball in 1995 and 1996. He helped lead the 1995-96 team to its first NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in nine years and crossed the 1,000-point mark with 1,003 career points. He currently ranks sixth in school history with 129 three-point field goals and averaged over 16 points per game as a junior and senior. After graduation, the entrepreneur has owned several Wabash Valley business and currently runs the local video game lounge eBash.
JENNIFER (KRAUSE) LAWRENCE (Civil Engineering, 2002) -- Jennifer became the first four-time all-conference selection in a women's sport at Rose-Hulman and set 17 school records that still stand today. She smashed 1,766 kills for the volleyball team and also holds career school records for solo blocks (255), block assists (262) and total blocks (517). She also played one season of basketball at Rose-Hulman. Today, Jennifer serves as Executive Director of the Boone County Solid Waste Management District.
JAMES McTAGGART (Chemical Engineering, 1895) -- James earned three state championships in the 440-yard dash and three in the 220-yard dash at the Indiana Intercollegiate Championships. His efforts helped Rose Polytechnic achieve two team state championships against modern day NCAA Division I, II and III competition, including Notre Dame, Purdue and Indiana. Following his graduation, James enjoyed several chemical engineering related positions in Pittsburgh and Southern Indiana prior to his passing in 1929.
ROB NICHOLS (Mechanical Engineering, 1999) -- Rob earned first-team all-region and all-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference honors during a historic 1999 season to cap one of the top baseball slugging careers in school history. Nichols batted .440 with 66 hits, 22 doubles and eight home runs for the first 30-win team in program history in 1999. The breakthrough season lifted his career totals to a .378 batting average with 116 RBIs, 108 runs scored, 38 doubles and 18 home runs as a Fightin' Engineer. Today, Rob serves as lead assembly engineering at the Wixom Performance Build Center in Michigan.
DAVID YEAGER (Mechanical Engineering, 1968) -- David graduated as the second leading scorer in Rose Polytechnic basketball history with 1,047 career points. His efforts helped the Fightin' Engineers earn the Prairie Conference Championship in 1968 and also helped the team achieve a 51-35 record during his playing career. He is also listed in the Rose-Hulman record book for a 14-free throw performance against New York Tech in 1965. Today, David works as a full-time consultant to the automotive supplier Metaldyne after a distinguished 35-year career including 21 patents at Ford Motor Company.
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