Truman to Induct 2012 Hall of Fame Members

Basketball player Amy Eagan, football player Chad Guthrie and former athletic director Walter Ryle will be the 2012 inductees to the Truman Athletic’s Hall of Fame at the Alumni and Friends Banquet, Oct. 19.

Amy Eagan (’01), originally from Shelbina, Mo., was a four-time all-conference standout for the Bulldogs from 1996-1999. She was the starting point guard for the Bulldogs when they set a school record 22 wins while advancing to the “Sweet Sixteen” in the 1999 NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament. She tallied double figures in 76 collegiate games and started 98 of her 100 games played for the Bulldogs. Eagan finished her Truman career with 1,527 points, currently fourth all-time. She is the career record holder in assists and steals and also holds the Bulldog single-game point record with 46 against Southern Indiana in 1998.

Eagan worked as a student assistant coach for Karin Nicholls following her playing career and played professionally in Asker, Norway. She was an assistant coach at Quincy (Ill.) University helping the Lady Hawks to a pair of “Sweet Sixteen” and an “Elite Eight” appearance. Eagan became a head coach at St. Ambrose (Iowa) University and was named the All-Midwest Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year in 2007. In 2010, she became the head coach at Ashford (Iowa) University where she is currently working.

A native of Newton, Iowa, Chad Guthrie (’94), was one of the most dominate running backs for the Bulldogs since Paley Mills in the early 1960s. He was a two-time All-American earning first-team honors from the Don Hansen Football Gazette in 1991 and was a third-team choice in 1992. Guthrie earned all-conference honors three times during his Bulldog career while finishing second all-time in Truman rushing yards with 4,146.

Guthrie and the Bulldogs qualified for the 1990 and 1992 NCAA Division II playoffs. His 1991 rushing total of 1,649 yards is the second-most yards gained in school history. He rushed for a career-best 280 yards against Northwest Missouri in 1991 and holds the school record for most yards in a half with 218 in a 1992 game against Southwest Baptist (Mo.) University. Guthrie was recently inducted into the Iowa High School Football Hall of Fame.

Walter Ryle (’54, ’56), has been a Bulldog his entire life. Ryle was a history professor on campus starting in 1955 and became chair of the Athletics Committee in 1973. From there, Ryle represented the University at Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Association meetings and served as the league’s vice-president from 1985-1988 and then president of the conference from 1988-1991. During his presidency, the league endured one of their biggest expansion periods, hired a full-time commissioner and renamed the league to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Ryle agreed to become director of athletics in 1994, and he oversaw the department’s 21 programs for the next five years. He was instrumental in the upgrade and construction of the Kenneth Gardner all-weather track at Stokes Stadium.

Ryle was inducted into the MIAA Hall of Fame in June.