CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL 3 OF OUR 2017-18 MONROVIA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES; LINDSEY “TANSEL” SCHNELL, NANCY “MAPLE” KULIESIS, AND COACH WAYNE STAHLEY!
Our first inductee into this year’s Hall of Fame class is a 1997 Monrovia graduate, and a prolific 2 -sport star for the Bulldogs. She made the varsity teams for both Volleyball and Track as a freshman and never looked back. As a standout for the Lady Bulldogs Volleyball squad, she received All-West Central Conference honors twice. In Track and Field, she earned All-Conference honors all 4 years. Our nominee began to establish herself as an exceptional short distance runner, winning conference titles in the 200m, 400m and 4x400m relay. She also captured a conference crown in long jump. At the State Level, she garnered IHSAA sectional and regional titles in the 400m, and was a 2-time State qualifier in the 400m as well.
Our nominee continued her education and athletic career at Marian University. There, her solid academic performance earned her a spot on the Dean’s List. In Volleyball, she holds the Knights All-Time records for career kills and blocks. She was a 3-time All-Conference performer and was named to the NAIA All-Region Second Team in 2001. In track, she continued to excel. For the Knights, she was an 8-time Conference Champion and a 4-year NAIA National qualifier for both Outdoor and Indoor Championships. She ran to a 2nd place finish in the NAIA Indoor Championships and still holds the Knights school record time for the 800m.
Our nominee turned pro as an 800m runner and competed in the US Indoor and Outdoor National Championships over a 7-year span starting in 2006. At the Indoor Championships, she placed 5th in 2010 and 4th in 2012. In 2011, she was ranked 8th nationally in the 800m, and after just missing the cut in 2008, her running career culminated in 2012 with a trip to Eugene, for the Olympic Trials. Her talent even garnered a corporate sponsorship with Brooks Running Apparel from 2010 – 2013.
The Nation and the World caught a glimpse of what her hometown already knew. She was an incredible talent!
The Monrovia Athletics Hall of Fame now welcomes . . . Mrs. Lindsey Tansel Schnell
Our next entrant into the Monrovia Athletics Hall of Fame is a 1986 graduate.
In the mid-1980s, like many other high schools at the time, very few sports were offered for girls. Volleyball, Basketball and Track were the only sports available, and our nominee excelled at all 3.
In Volleyball, she was a 4-year varsity starter earning All-West Central Conference honors while developing a reputation as having a devastating spike!
In Track and Field, our nominee was just as successful in the Shot-put, Discus, and as a hurdler, earning several WCC championships.
Basketball was where our nominee received most of her attention. As a 4-year varsity player, she earned All-Conference honors, and set the record for the most points scored in a sectional game at 31 her junior year. As a senior, our nominee was being heavily recruited by several Division 1 schools including Michigan State and Indiana. During a game her Senior year, our nominee suffered an ACL tear. Sadly, at the time, that sort of injury was career ending.
Quickly putting the disappointment of her injury behind her, she rebounded in the Spring and resumed competing in the Shot-put and discus. In an incredible display of perseverance, she was able to win several events during her rehabilitation.
When our nominee’s athletic career at Monrovia, she was the Bulldogs first female 10-letter winner. In fact, she lettered all four years in all three varsity sports that were offered to girls, finishing with 12 Varsity letters.
While we will never know what might have been had fate not intervened with the injury, we do know what was. In short, a Hall of Fame High School career.
The Monrovia Athletics Hall of Fame is pleased to welcome . . . Mrs. Nancy Maple Kuliesis
Our final entrant this evening left his mark not only on Monrovia Football, but on the game as a whole.
Growing up on Indianapolis’ south side, our nominee developed his competitive spirit at Chartrand High School. There he earned 8 Varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball, earning a football scholarship from Butler University.
After college, our nominee was an Assistant Football Coach at Hamilton Southeastern High School. In 1976, he was hired to guide the fortunes here at Monrovia. The impact was immediate. Practice at Midnight on the first official practice day and a live-in camp which laid the foundation for the development of the Monrovia Football Family. His first team narrowly missed the post season but two years later, the template of expectation was permanently set as Coach Stahley guided the Bulldogs to their first undefeated regular season. Though they came up short in the opening round of the Class A Playoffs, the unblemished ’78 campaign stood alone for over 30 years. It should be noted, he survived a cerebral hemorrhage during that 78 season.
In 1981, our inductee was charged with rebuilding the program at Terre Haute North Vigo. He spent 20 years there and retired as the Patriots all-time winningest head coach. During his time at Terre Haute North, his leadership helped propel several players into the ranks of the NFL. Names like Anthony Thompson, Ernie Thompson and Steve Weatherford will agree much of their success is owed to our inductee. One year ago, the Press Box at the Patriot Football Complex was renamed in his honor.
Not only did he cultivate football players into hard working men, successful in all walks of life, his influence spread as his players and assistant coaches went on to lead teams of their own. His coaching tree includes names like Rick Streiff, Kelly Scott, Steve Englehart, Warren Cook, George Gettle, Mark Bless and Indiana High School Football Hall of Famers Mike Gillin and Jim Kaiser.
Sadly, our nominee left us after an illness last October, but through those he taught and coached, his legacy will live for years to come.
It is with honor, the Monrovia Athletics Hall of Fame welcomes . . .
Coach Wayne Stahley.