On Saturday, January 31, the College of the Ozarks inducted four new members into the Sports Hall of Fame--Kayli Combs Price, Tom Schexnayder, Al Waller, and Marty Waller. A luncheon was held in their honor, and each inductee was recognized for the significant impact they have had on the Athletics Program at College of the Ozarks.
KAYLI COMBS PRICE: Kayli played basketball for the Lady Bobcats for three years (2006-2009) after transferring from Missouri State. In her three years, the Lady ‘Cats won 98 games and were National Runner-Up two times and in the Final Four all three years. When she graduated, Kayli was the 6th leading scorer in Lady ‘Cat history (1,672), number 7 in assists (304), and number 5 in steals (213); she also held the career record for 3-point shots made (331). Kayli was a 3rd Team All-American in 2007, a First 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: Tom was a four-year letter winner in Cross Country and Track from 1974 to 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 in Track and 4 in Cross Country). He was named NAIA All-District 16 nine times (4 in Outdoor Track, 4 in Indoor Track, and 1 in Cross Country). Tom held three school records at one time, as well as the distinction of being the only S of O athlete to earn All-District 16 Honors in Track as a sprinter and All-District Honors as a runner in Cross Country.
AL WALLER: Al served the College of the Ozarks Athletic Department for 38 years from 1977 to 2015, During his tenure, he was the Men’s Basketball Coach for 25 years (458 wins, 12 Conference Championships and 6 National Tournament appearances), Athletic Director for 26 years, Co-Director of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship 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: Marty coached the 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 National Championship by serving as a chair 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 all!