Hall of Honor Class of 2012
Class of 1990
To be called the best tight end he had ever been around by a legendary head coach is pretty big for a guy from a small high school in Northern Illinois. But that’s the accolade Craig Cleland received at the close of an outstanding football career for the Buccaneers. Cleland redefined the position from primarily a blocker to a big-play receiver during his career, finishing with 73 catches for 1,401 yards and a then-record 14 touchdowns. His 19.2 yards per catch still stands as the all-time record while his 14 TDs still hold the third spot. As a senior this fierce competitor was a team captain and MVP, First Team All-MWC and a Pizza Hut All-American selection. Following graduation he got into the coaching ranks at his high school alma mater, North Boone, for a short time before doing television work in Guam as a producer, reporter and on-air anchor. He joined Continental Airlines and continued his world travels as a senior buyer and senior material planner. He earned his MBA at UW-Madison in Supply Chain Management in the Spring of 2012.
Class of 1999
Dedicated and driven described Eddie Rock from early on. If there was a roadblock he figured a way around it. Those traits came in handy on the Buccaneer Soccer field from his midfield position, figuring out how best to give his teammates an opportunity to score. He made the right decision enough times to record 19 career assists, the third-highest mark in school history. He also did his own scoring by notching 17 goals and finishing with 53 career points. His best season came as a senior in 1997, when he led the team in scoring with seven goals and six assists while earning the team MVP award, First Team All-MWC honors, and All-State recognition. He also became just the third Buccaneer to earn All-Region honors that season. His drive continued after graduation as he worked with several political campaigns and earned a law degree before co-founding Libero Sports, an international boutique sports business firm specializing in soccer and headquartered in Chicago.
Class of 2001
From childhood, Carpenter considered herself an independent individual. That was no more apparent than when she was setting middle distance standards for the Buccaneer track & field team that still stand today. She was an NCAA All-American in Track & Field and a three-time national qualifier (twice in track and once in Cross Country). She was also a four-time Midwest Conference Champion in track, a two-time runner-up in the MWC Cross Country Championships, and is still the holder or co-holder of eight Beloit College track and field records. After graduation, she continued running and racing, winning several road and track races in Alaska and winning three gold medals at the World Outreach Games in Montreal in 2006. She also continues to use her degree in Creative Writing, appearing in publications like The New York Times, Curve, The Writer, the Anchorage Daily News, Inside Passages, the Alaska Pride Blog and more. She is currently the Director of Communications at the Blood Bank of Alaska in Anchorage.
Class of 2002
Height isn’t necessarily a must to be a great rebounder. But there’s no doubt it helps. For Beloit College, 6’4 was more than tall enough to propel Grant to the top of the chart in career rebounding for the Buccaneers. He established the new record in the final game of his collegiate career and finished with 733. But he wasn’t just a rebounder, still standing sixth on the all-time scoring list with 1,296 points. A three-time All-Midwest Conference performer and three-time team MVP, he was the MWC’s Player of the Year in 2001, just the second Buccaneer to earn that honor, and also earned All-District laurels. After graduation, he was a Child Welfare Specialist for the Department of Children & Family Services in Chicago and was also a retail manager. Currently, with a desire to soon get into coaching, he is in clinical research for Pfizer, doing research on drugs before they reach the market.