2016 Hall of Honor
Brenda Erdman Miller
Class of 1996
Goal-oriented, focused, committed. Those three words describe Brenda Erdman Miller from a young age. “She never did, and has never done, anything where she didn’t give 100%,” said Bill Flanagan, the Executive Advisor to the President at Beloit and someone who has known Miller since she first stepped on campus. A three-sport standout who earned nine letters, Miller was a part of championship teams in Volleyball and Basketball and was a two-time Conference Champion in Track & Field. “She takes full advantage of every opportunity and is always successful,” continued Flanagan. In Volleyball, she was All-MWC in 1995 and a three-time Academic All-MWC honoree. In Basketball, she was twice the team’s Most Improved Player while also earning Academic All-Conference honors. And in Track & Field, she won the Shot and Discus title in back-to-back years and was an NCAA qualifier while being named team MVP twice. Her accomplishments helped her to be recognized with every major Athletic Department honor: the Donald “Red” Janssen Award, the Scholar Athlete of the Year and the Ruth Peterson Award and the Blanket Award.
Class of 2000
Toughness, competitiveness and the ability to perform under pressure were part of Marc Montoya’s life well before he attended Beloit. A New Mexico native, Montoya was a prep standout on the diamond and captured a state high school wrestling championship. He never made a visit to Beloit during his recruitment, enrolling based solely on the phone conversations between he and head Buccaneer Baseball coach Dave DeGeorge. But Coach had uncovered a gem for the program. “He played with a flair,” said DeGeorge in describing the career of Montoya. A four-year letterwinner for the Buccaneer Baseball team as an infielder/pitcher, Montoya was a three-time First Team All-Midwest Conference selection, a two-time team captain and a two-time team Defensive Player of the Year. He also won the team Pitcher of the Year Award as a sophomore and was team MVP as a senior. “He was one of the best infielders in program history,” continued DeGeorge. “He was fun to watch, confident and always a showman. He came up with big plays when we needed them and was always incredibly entertaining to watch, regardless if he was on the mound or in the infield.” A near .300 hitter thru his career, “Cap on the Mound Guy” ranked in the top three for career fielding assists, hit by pitch and games played.
Class of 2007
In describing himself coming out of high school Josh Hinz noted that he is “athletic, humorous and hard-working.” He was not just an outstanding Men’s Basketball player while at Beloit. “I would say he is arguably one of the best players, if not the best player, in the program’s history,” said his coach, Cecil Youngblood. “He made everyone around him play at a higher level. And his talents and accomplishments speak for themselves.” A four-year letterwinner for the Buccaneer, Hinz was a three-time First Team All-MWC honoree and a two-time All-American and All-Midwest Region selection. His name is all over the Beloit Basketball Record Book. In addition to ranking in the top three in six single-game categories and in four single-season lists, he still holds the career record for points, field goals made, free throws made and rebounds, all of this while shooting 55% from the field and 80% from the free throw line. He had two 50-point games in his career and still shares the NCAA Division III single-game record for rebounds with 36. Youngblood finished by saying “He was one of the best players I have ever had the privilege to coach in any sport and one of the most talented I had seen at the highest level of Division III.”
Dr. Robert W. Hodge
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and having received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, Hodge arrived at Beloit College, where he became a history professor, at the young age of 26. He eventually was named Chair of the History Department. After several years of successful teaching, Hodge was contacted by then-Athletic Director Bill Knapton, asking if he would be interested in temporarily filling the position of Women’s Tennis coach. While continuing to teach his beloved history courses, Hodge soon found out that coaching tennis was yet another passion in his life, and he soon became the permanent women’s tennis coach in 1984. From 1984 thru 2011 Beloit College won five Midwest Conference Women’s Tennis Championships and competed at the National level a number of times. He had 12 seasons with 10-plus dual meet victories and posted over 250 career dual-meet wins during his tenure. He helped produce 44 individual champions, including the most in Conference history at #1 Singles (10), #2 Singles (8), and #1 Doubles (7). Hodge is currently enjoying his retirement in San Diego, California, where he lives with his wife, Diane. Between them, they have four sons and eight grandchildren