2014 Homecoming Features Hall of Fame Inductions | Benedictine College

2014 Homecoming Features Hall of Fame Inductions

Monday, October 20, 2014

Benedictine College celebrated its annual Homecoming in winning style, with impressive victories in football, volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer. The weekend also included the unveiling of the new statue of St. Scholastica as well as the traditional Homecoming parade, bed races, dance, and the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This year, the Hall of Fame class included Guy Galley, Sr., 1950; Joe Laffleur, 1969; Tim Parich, 2000 and the 1974 Men’s Soccer Team.

After his honorable discharge from the United States Navy in 1946, Guy Galley, Sr. came to St. Benedict’s College, now Benedictine College, on the GI Bill to play football. He graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and would go on to be a teacher, coach and school counselor for the next four decades. He passed away on Sept. 11, 2008.

“Guy was a leader on the field and in life as a whole,” said Frank O’Malley, a longtime friend from the Class of 1952 who handled the introduction. “It is an honor and a privilege to present him as a member of the Benedictine College Athletic Hall of Fame.”

Joe Laffleur was one of the most prolific scorers of all time in Raven soccer history.He was a first team All-Conference player in each of the three years he was eligible and led the team in scoring his senior year. His teams had a record of 31 wins, nine losses and two ties. In 1969, Laffleur was named one of the Outstanding College Athletes of America.

“You learned from Joe,” said Ken Winkleman, a former teammate of Laffleur’s who introduced him. “He was constantly taking us underclassmen under his wing and giving us advice so we could help the team. As a young freshman, how do you learn? You learn from inspiration from somebody like Joe Laffleur, who taught you how to learn from your mistakes and how to elevate your game.”

Tim Parich was honored as an exceptional athlete in Track & Field just as the program was getting started in the late 1990s. As a pole vaulter, he qualified for the NAIA National Outdoor Meet four years in a row and the National Indoor Meet twice. In 2000, he finished 4th in the nation at the Indoor Meet and was named an All-American. His record 16’ 1” vault still stands as the school record today. In addition, Parich was a kicker on the Raven football squad and earned All-Conference honors in that capacity as well. He is in the record books as 7th in Scoring – Kicking with 147 points.
 

“A lot of these guys you see in the Hall of Fame had to deal with some adversity,” said Parich’s former coach, Denny Murphy. “Tim is a young man that had to deal with quite a few hardships. His first obstacle was about 16 feet in the air. His second obstacle was that he had a coach that didn’t know anything about pole vaulting, plus he didn’t have a pit, he didn’t have a pole, he didn’t have a runway.  He was out of luck.”

“But all four years he amazed me,” Murphy said. “He had no facilities, no coach, and just a giant heart. And because of that, he was able to take fourth in the national indoor meet, became an All-American, and became All-Conference eight times without much of an opportunity to practice or hone his skills. He still holds the pole-vaulting record at over 16 feet and Tim turned out to be very good at getting over obstacles.”

Parich said he learned a Bible verse his freshman year that carried him through the adversity. Before every kick and every vault, he would say, “I can do all things through Jesus Christ, who strengthens me.”

“I came to Benedictine a 17-year-old kid and the people here prepared me for life,” said Parich.

Forty years ago, the renowned 1974 men’s soccer team under Coach Terry Hanson made it to the semifinals of the NAIA national championship tournament, finishing third overall in the program’s first trip to the tournament. The team was loaded with talent that included future Hall of Famers Keith Korte, Gordon “Gus” Guzenski, Tom Buergler and Tom Gorczyca, All-American Keith Korte, and future All-Americans Tom Buergler and Jerry DiSalvo. Goalkeeper Dennis Ayer helped this powerful team finish with 11 shutouts that year, including one in the Area II Championship against archrival Rockhurst College. Coach Hansen, forwards Mike Buncher and John Schindler, backs Tom Buergler and Keith Korte, and goalkeeper Dennis Ayer were named to the Area II All-Star Team. Keith Korte was named to the All-National Tournament Team and Terry Hanson was named the National Coach of the Year that year.

Hanson offered a brief introduction of the team.

“I wasn’t a soccer guy, I was a baseball coach,” he said. “I wanted to make these guys good men, good husbands, good fathers and good grandfathers. On the soccer part, I had to take a step back. I had good players, I had great captains, and I had a great assistant coach, one of the players, Don Klosterman.”

The team captains, Don Klosterman, Tom Buergler, Dennis Ayer and Keith Korte, then went ahead and introduced each member of the team by number. The team was further honored that night at the Benedictine College Soccer Complex during the men's soccer game.

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