The MAC Hall of Fame is a neat, neat thing that I tried to encapsulate last year with MACwood Squares. That was because the last class they announced was in 1994 ... so I thought maybe it had gone by the wayside. And then, of course, the Mid-American Conference goes out and announces six new members:
- Karen Fitzpatrick, Ball State field hockey coach
- Herb Deromedi, Central Michigan football coach
- Ben Curtis, Kent State golfer (and 2003 Open Championship winner)
- Wayne Embry, Miami men's basketball player and (Milwaukee Bucks executive)
- Mike Schmidt, Ohio baseball player (and Phillies Hall of Famer)
- Bob Nichols, Toledo men's basketball coach
All outstanding choices and a much-needed nostalgia trip. Three coaches — Fitzpatrick, Deromedi and Nichols — were masters of the MAC (at least I'm assuming that about Fitzpatrick, since I don't follow field hockey much). Curtis and Embry embody recent accomplishments after leaving their alma mater, which is really what college is all about.
And I'm surprised Schmidt wasn't already in. When he retired after the '89 season he had already cemented himself as one of the best, if not the best, third baseman in baseball history.
Looking forward to the next MAC Hall of Fame class in, at this pace, 2030!