Four new members are set to be enshrined into the Buena Vista University Athletics Hall of Fame this fall. Doug Smith ’69, Brad Jones ’77, Jennifer Erickson ’96, and Adam Jones ’02 will be formally inducted on Saturday, September 1, 2012, during halftime ceremonies of the Beavers’ season-opening football game with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Smith was a stand-out baseball player for Buena Vista, earning four varsity letters and was a three-time All-Conference and All-America selection. He’s still tied for second on the program’s all-time career list in triples (12) and is tied for third in stolen bases (50). He was taken in the professional baseball draft by different teams in each of his four years. He later went on to serve 35 years as a teacher/principal in the Council Bluffs School District before retiring in 2004.
Brad Jones was a four-year letterwinner as a linebacker on the gridiron for the Beavers from 1972-75, while also playing one season of baseball. During his football career, he was part of Iowa Conference Championship teams in both 1972 and 1973 and the Boot Hill Bowl Championship team of 1975. He was tabbed as a First Team All-Conference linebacker in 1974. Since graduating from Buena Vista, he has spent 35 years as the owner of Jones’ Nursery in Storm Lake.
Erickson was also a two-sport stand-out for the Beavers, earning four letters in basketball and two more in softball. On the court, she played on two IIAC Championship teams (1995 and 1996), while also earning First Team All-Conference accolades both years, in addition to Honorable Mention All-America honors in 1996. She remains the program’s career leader in rebounds with 854. She was also a two-time letterwinner in softball and played on two IIAC Championship teams. Erickson currently serves as a Marketing Director for Dell and lives in Chicago, Ill.
Adam Jones was also a stand-out on the basketball court during his career at BVU. He remains second on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,831 career points, including a school record 269 three-pointers. He was a three-time First Team All-IIAC performer and a two-time league MVP. He also became the university’s first Jostens Trophy award winner in 2002. Jones currently serves as Guidance Counselor/At-Risk Coordinator in the Dallas Center-Grimes School District and lives in Grimes, Iowa.
Kick-off between the Beavers and Pioneers is scheduled for 1:00pm inside of J. Leslie Rollins Stadium. A formal banquet to honor the four individuals will take place later that evening on the BVU campus.
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