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-Joe Goldufsky, class of 2010, was one of 22 football players from across the nation selected to the Allstate Insurance/AFCA Good Works Team in 2009.  Goldufsky led a season-long campaign for the Buccaneer Football team in support of the efforts to battle Type 1 Juvenile Diabites.  The honor included a trip to the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans and introduction at halftime of the game in front of a national TV audience.

-The Beloit College men’s basketball team made history on February 3, 2005, when they played on ESPN2. This game was the first NCAA Division III, non-championship game to ever to be nationally televised. Over 1 million viewers in 425,000 homes across the country tuned in to watch the Buccaneers beat Grinnell College.

-Joe Davis, a 2010 graduate and former Buccaneer Football player, spent two seasons as the voice of the Montgomery Biscuits baseball team, an affiliate of the Tampa Rays, and started a job in the Fall of 2012 as an announcer for ESPN.  Davis will do the call for collegiate football as well as do basketball games during the Winter months.

-Jesse Owens served as the guest speaker at the first Athletic Hall of Honor ceremony on March 29, 1963.  The legendary Ed Merrill, class of 1902, was the lone inductee that first year.

-Josh Hinz, Class of 2005, was featured on ESPN’s Cold Pizza for his record breaking performance of 36 rebounds in a single game. Hinz also scored 50 points to go along with his rebounding performance.

-Ted Serafini, Class of 2005, placed his name and the name of Beloit College in the NCAA record book when he tied a NCAA record with four blocked kicks. Ted blocked 3 extra points, and one blocked punt against St. Norbert. This record places Ted amongst all football players at the Division I, IA, Division II, and Division III level.

-John L. Griffith, class of 1902, was one of the founders of the Drake Relays, one of track & field's premier events, in 1910.  Griffith was also the first commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, formerly known as the Western Conference.

-Michael Jordan did the opening coin toss for a Beloit College home football game during the 1985 season. Jordan and the Chicago Bulls used the athletic facilities for their preseason training before the 1985 season. The Bulls showcased their talents in Beloit’s Marvin Fieldhouse in 1985 and again in 1986.

-Beloit College ’s logo, a Buccaneer head, caused a nationwide stir in the mid 1990’s when the College battled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL for the rights to use the logo. Beloit’s president at the time, Vic Ferrall, offered to play Tampa Bay in a football game for the rights to the logo. Eventually, Tampa Bay backed off and later changed its logo to the current one it now displays on its helmet.

-The Buccaneer men's basketball program was "expelled" from the Midwest Conference following the 1950-51 season.  Among the reasons, as implied in numerous documents, was the fact that the team was "simply too good." Under Dolph Stanley the team won 40 straight games from 1947-48 to 1950-51, many by lopsided scores.  The program was reinstated for the 1959-60 season.

-USA Olympic gold is an honor that Ron Bontemps earned as a 1952 captain of the Olympic basketball team. Bontemps, a 1951 graduate of Beloit College, held the all-time scoring record for 55 years.

-Stacy Schmidt-May led the nation in free throw percentage at 91.7% in her senior season at Beloit College. Stacy has been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Honor and still holds the all-time leading scoring record.

-An exciting punt return play by Beloit College football player Mike Brechler earned recognition by ESPN as the play of the year and the nationally acclaimed ESPY Award in 1993.

-Beloit College served as co-host for two straight NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships.  Along with the College of Wooster, the Bucs were involved in the 2010 meet at the University of Minnesota and the 2011 event at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

-Beloit College graduates have made an impact on the Big Ten and the Milwaukee Bucks. Buccaneer teammates John Erickson and John Orr are both members of the Class of 1949 and the Athletic Hall of Honor. John Erickson went on to be a successful coach at the University of Wisconsin while John Orr with the University of Michigan. Erickson was the general manger of the Milwaukee Bucks when they drafted the legendary Lew Alcindor, later known as Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

-Leland (Larry) MacPhail, class of 1910 and Athletic Hall of Honor inductee, introduced night baseball to the major leagues in 1935. He was the general manager and/or owner of the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, and New York Yankees.

-The late Bernard Darling, Class of 1928 and Athletic Hall of Honor member, played on three Green Bay Packer Championship teams (1929, 30 & 31) before becoming a Big Ten official.

-Bill Knapton, Head Men’s Basketball Coach from 1957-1997, compiled some staggering statistics.  Besides 557 career victories, he also led the Buccaneers to 31 winning seasons, including 20 straight from 1976 to 1996; his teams won 345 Midwest Conference games and ten MWC Championships, including a stretch of three straight from 1980-83 and four titles in five years; and his teams earned nine NCAA Division III Tournament berths, including five straight from 1978-83.  Knapton also had a strong influence on the game of basketball as a whole. He served on the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee from 1981-86, during which time the three-point shot was introduced.  Knapton originally voted no for the three-point arc and the measure was defeated when the voting ended in a 6-6 tie.  The following year, Knapton changed his vote to yes and the measure passed 7-5, thus Knapton and Beloit College are noted for the incorporation of the three-point shot into game.