December 30, 2014

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Hall of FameCollege of the Ozarks has announced their selections for the 2015 Sports Hall of Fame.  The inductees named are Kayli Combs, Tom Schexnayder, Al Waller, and Marty Waller.

Kayli Combs played basketball for the Lady Cats for three years (2006-2009), after transferring from Missouri State University.  In her three years, the Lady Cats won 98 games, were National Runner-Up two times, and made the Final 4 all three years.  When Combs graduated, she was the 6th leading scorer in Lady Cat history with 1,672 points, number 7 in assists (304), number 5 in steals (213), and held the career record for 3-point shots made (331).  Combs was a 3rd Team All-American in 2007, a 1st Team All-American in 2008 and 2009, and an Academic All-American her junior and senior years.  Her number "25" was retired at the end of her career.

Tom Schexnayder was a four-year letter winner in Cross Country and Track from 1974-1978 and served as team captain in both sports his junior and senior years.  He helped lead the Bobcats to seven NAIA District 16 Championships (3 in outdoor track, 2 in indoor track, and 2 in cross country) and eight Conference Championships (4 each in Track and Cross Country).  He was named NAIA All-District 16 nine times.  Schexnayder held three school records at one time and held the distinction of being the only School of the Ozarks athlete to earn All-District 16 Honors in track as a sprinter and All-District Honors as a runner in cross country.

Al Waller has served the College of the Ozarks Athletic Department for 38 years from 1977 to 2015, including Men's Basketball Coach for 25 years (458 wins, 12 Conference Championships, and six national tournament appearances), Athletic Director for 26 years, Co-Director of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament for 16 years, and Cross Country Coach during the 2014 season.  He also served as Commissioner of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference for 17 years and was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2004.

Marty Waller coached the College's Cheer Team with passion for 27 years and developed them into one of the top small college cheer teams in the nation.  She also played a significant role in the success of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament by serving as chairperson for the Opening Ceremonies, half-time entertainment, and East Pass Gate for 16 years.  Marty retired from College of the Ozarks in 2014 after serving as Director of the Child Development Center for 21 years.

Congratulations to each of these four individuals who will be officially inducted and honored at the 31st Annual Sports Hall of Fame Luncheon to be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015.