October 23, 2013
One of the many highlights of MacMurray College Homecoming 2013 was the induction of four new members into its Hall of Fame on Saturday night during the annual Alumni Reception and Awards Ceremony in McClelland Dining Hall. This year’s class included Thomas Allen (Class of ’61), Rachel Frasch (Class of ’05), Lonnie Fulte (Class of ’69) and Derek Suttles (Class of ’04).
Allen was an original member of the Highlanders’ basketball team as a starter on the ’57 team and a three-sport athlete while at MacMurray. He was also the first member of MacMurray’s track and field team and set a school record in the pole vault at 13’ 6”. Allen was also a member of the Highlanders’ soccer team, and currently serves as the President and CEO of Rocky Mountain Sports Management.
Rachel Frasch (’05) was also inducted into the Hall of Fame for her outstanding softball career. The only female in the history of MacMurray College athletics to be named the team’s Most Valuable Player for four years, Frasch earned SLIAC first-team team all- conference and “Newcomer-of-the-Year” honors. She also established single-season strike out and earned run records. Frasch was a three time team captain, and earned 1st or 2nd team All-Conference honors each of her four years for the Highlanders. She was also a two-time recipient of the Victor Sheppard Award. Frasch currently teaches and coaches in the U-46 school district at Larkin High School.
Fulte was the first MacMurray College baseball player to sign a professional contract, inking a free-agent deal with the Seattle Pilots in 1969. He was a team captain and led the team with a .349 batting average in his senior season when he earned MVP honors. He also led the NCAA DIII in runs batted in per game and was named to the NCAA All-Midwest Region First Team. Upon graduating from MacMurray, Fulte went on to be a decorated high school coach and administrator. Fulte has been inducted into five other sports Halls of Fame for his outstanding playing and coaching careers.
Suttles set more statistical records than any other player in Highlander basketball history during his four-year career at MacMurray. He averaged 18.9 points per game average in his freshman season and helped lead the Highlanders to a SLIAC conference title and a spot in the NCAA DIII National Tournament. He was selected SLIAC “Newcomer of the Year” and made SLIAC First-Team All-Conference honors in his first season. Derek ended his career by scoring 613 points, averaging 24.5 points per game his senior year. He was the team’s MVP, and earned the Victor Sheppard Award. Suttles earned SLIAC First-Team All-Conference honors three times during his career and still owns the career scoring record with 1,984 points, and is ranked second all-time in rebounding (861) and blocked shots (63). Derek is a deputy for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department.