PEORIA, Ill. – Five former Braves who combined for 17 All-Missouri Valley Conference awards during their respective careers on The Hilltop will be enshrined in the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame during the annual induction ceremonies Jan. 6-7 surrounding the men’s basketball game versus Creighton.
The Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012 includes men’s basketball player Rob Dye (Springfield, Ill./Southeast H.S.), soccer player Bryan Namoff (Rockford, Ill./Boylan H.S.), softball player Kim Suffield (Washington, Ill./Washington Community H.S.), soccer player Stephen Wylie (Baton Rouge, La./University H.S.) and women’s cross country and track runner Angie Zimmerman (East Peoria, Ill./Metamora H.S.).
Rob Dye, Men’s Basketball, 1996-2000
A member of the Bradley Basketball Team of the Decade for the 1990s, Dye is one of 12 Bradley men’s basketball players to become two-time, first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference selections. After earning honorable mention All-MVC honors as a sophomore in 1998, Dye was a first-team pick as both a junior (1998) and senior (1999). The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 12.4 points per game during his career and currently ranks 15th on Bradley’s all-time scoring list with 1,453 career points, second only to Squeaky Melchiorre’s 1,608 points for players standing less than 6-foot-3.
In addition to his offensive output, Dye ranks fifth in program history with 195 career steals and shares The Valley single-game record for steals in a game with nine Jan. 13, 1999 at Missouri State.
Dye helped the Braves to a pair of MVC regular-season runner-up finishes and NIT appearances in 1997 and 1999.
Bryan Namoff, Soccer (1997-2000)
The third-leading scorer in Bradley Soccer history, Namoff was the first-ever Brave selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft as the 15th overall selection in 2001 by D.C. United. He remains the highest-drafted player in program history and went on to play nine seasons MLS seasons for D.C. United before suffering a career-ending head injury in 2009. In addition to his play for the Black-and-Red, Namoff earned a U.S. Senior National Team appearance Jan. 20, 2007 in an international friendly versus Denmark.
Converted to a defensive player as a professional, Namoff was third in D.C. United history with 195 games played at the time of his injury. He has remained with the D.C. United organization as Special Projects Manager.
At Bradley, Namoff was an honorable mention All-American by CollegeSoccerNews.com in 2000, he was a three-time NSCAA All-Midwest Region honoree and he was a four-time All-Missouri Valley Conference pick. One of four Braves selected for the MVC All-Centennial Team in men’s soccer, Namoff produced the second-best scoring season in Bradley history by totaling 40 points on 15 goals and 10 assists in 2000. His 15 goals remains tied for the single-season school record and his 32 career goals are tied for the second-best total in Braves history.
In the four years prior to Namoff’s arrival, the Bradley Soccer program produced a 21-46-8 (.333) overall record, including a 0-19-2 (.048) Valley record. In Namoff’s four years at Bradley, however, the Braves went 50-27-4 (.642) overall, including a 16-15-1 (.516) Valley record, won the program’s first MVC regular-season title in 1998 and earned the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth in 2000.
Kim Suffield, Softball (1997-2000)
One of the top hitters in Bradley Softball history, Suffield led the nation in doubles per game during her junior season in 1999, making her one of seven Bradley student-athletes to lead the nation in a statistical category. A two-time, first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference pick in 1999 and 2000, Suffield also earned NFCA All-Mideast Region honors in 2000.
Suffield still holds Bradley Softball career records for games played (210), doubles (44), runs batted in (134) and slugging percentage (.520) and she owns a share of the school career triples (18) record. Her 134 RBI’s were second in Valley history at the time of her graduation and still rank sixth all-time in league history. In addition to leading the nation in doubles per game in 1999, Suffield led The Valley with eight triples in 2000.
Stephen Wylie, Soccer (1995-99)
Wylie scored 51 points on six goals and 39 assists in 72 career games and helped the Braves to their first-ever Missouri Valley Conference title in 1998. His 39 career assists easily sit atop Bradley’s all-time list, 11 more than the second-best total, and rank second in Valley history. After redshirting the 1997 season with a knee injury, Wylie came back to set the single-season school record with 12 assists during Bradley’s 1998 MVC championship campaign.
A three-time All-MVC selection, Wylie was a first-team pick in 1998 and an honorable mention choice in 1996 and 1999. He also earned second-team NSCAA All-Midwest Region honors in 1998. Wylie moved into Bradley’s back line for his senior season and was named the MVC Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 20, 1999 and earned a spot on the all-tournament team at the 1999 MVC Tournament after helping the Braves earn their first championship game appearance.
Angie Zimmerman, Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field (1997-2001)
A five-time All-Missouri Valley Conference performer, Zimmerman helped the Braves to the 1998 MVC Women’s Cross Country co-championship, the first-ever conference title for any women’s sport in school history. Zimmerman won the 5,000 meters and was the runner-up in the 3,000 meters at the 1999 MVC Indoor Track and Field Championships. She added all-conference runs in the 10,000 meters at the 1998 MVC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, as well as the 1997 and 1999 MVC Cross Country Championships.
A two-time All-NCAA Midwest Region runner, finishing 17th in 1997 and 14th in 1998, Zimmerman was the 2001 recipient of Bradley University’s Charles Orsborn Award.
The quintet of Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame inductees will be honored guests at the Jan. 6 Braves Club Gameday Luncheon at the Michel Student Center and the official enshrinement will take place during halftime of the Jan. 7 men’s basketball game against Creighton at Carver Arena.
article courtesy BU Sports Information