PORTSMOUTH – Shawnee State University is proud to announce its 2013 Hall of Fame Class. Five members - Adam Davenport, Dan Grummitt, Becky Holden Elkins, Sarah Downing (Koehler) and John Koustomer – will make up this year's Hall of Fame Class. The 2013 Hall of Fame Banquet will held on January 18, 2013 at 6 p.m. in the Sudexo Ballroom. The Homecoming Game will be the following day with a basketball doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.
Adam Davenport (Men's Basketball) becomes the sixth men's basketball player inducted into the SSU Hall of Fame and the first since Kirk Ruggles from the Class of 2007. Davenport played four seasons at Shawnee State (2001-05). He finished his career with 1,381 points, which was the third-highest total in school history at the time. He currently ranks fourth on the all-time scoring list. During his senior season, Davenport was a first-team All-AMC selection. This came after being named second-team All-AMC as both a sophomore and junior. In his first season at SSU, he was a member of the team that advanced to the AMC Tournament finals and was one game from the NAIA Tournament. He played in 126 games and made 110 starts. He averaged 13.4 points per game over his four seasons, including a career-best 18.4 points per game as a senior.
Dan Grummitt (Baseball) becomes the fifth baseball player to be inducted into the SSU Hall of Fame and first since Brian Harrison, who was inducted with the 2008 Hall of Fame Class. Grummitt played three seasons (1996-98) at Shawnee State and during those three seasons he helped lead the Bears to 71 victories against just 40 losses and one tie. He batted over .340 in each of his three years with the Bears and finished with a career batting average of .363. His highest batting average came during the 1997 season when he hit .415. In his final season with the Bears, Grummitt hit .344 and scored 53 runs while driving in 44 more. He also hit 15 home runs that season to finish his career with 25. He finished his career with 91 runs, 86 RBI, 14 doubles and seven triples. After completing his Shawnee State career, he went on to be drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (now Rays) in the 22nd round of the MLB Amateur Draft, becoming the only SSU player to play on a Major League Baseball affiliated roster. He reached the AAA level by the 2003 season, playing for the Durham Bulls before his career ended.
Becky Holden Elkins (women's basketball, softball, tennis, cross country and soccer) was the only player to come through Shawnee State and play on five different varsity teams during her four-year career. Perhaps even more remarkable is that she not only played on five teams but was a key contributor to each, earning All-Conference accolades in basketball, tennis and softball. She played all four years on the women's basketball team and was a member of the 1999 National Championship Team. She scored 793 career points and holds the program's career record for free-throw percentage (81.2%). Holden Elkins played in a total of 119 basketball games, making 67 starts. During her final season, she averaged 11.4 points per game and was named first-team All-AMC. In softball, she was named honorable mention All-Conference during the 1999 season, helping her team to a 36-12 record. She was also a first-team All-AMC performer in tennis during the 2002 season. She was both an NAIA Scholar-Athlete and All-AMC Academic Team member for multiple teams. Holden Elkins was also a Joe Smith Award recipient, given to the outstanding senior that exemplifies attitude and sportsmanship.
Sarah Downing (Koehler) (Women's Soccer) becomes the first member of the Shawnee State Hall of Fame to play exclusively on the women's soccer team. In her four seasons at Shawnee State (2004-07), Downing rewrote the women's soccer record books and led her team to the program's first winning records during her final two seasons. In those final two seasons, the Bears won 17 games. In the first four years of the women's soccer program before Downing arrived at SSU, the Bears won just 20 games total. She still holds the school record for goals (56), points (132), game-winning goals (13) and hat tricks (8). She also ranks third in program history in assists (20). She also holds the single-season record for goals (22), assists (11) and points (55). One of her most memorable years came during the 2006 season when she led the NAIA in goals and was a second-team NAIA All-Region selection. She was also NAIA Player of the Week for September 6, 2006. Starting all 71 games that she played in her four years, she was a four-time All-AMC selection while also being named a two-time Academic All-Ohio performer. She is the only player in Shawnee State history to score 10 or more goals in each season.
John Koustomer (Ralph Kavanaugh Home Team Award). At the recommendation of the Hall of Fame Committee, John Koustomer becomes the sixth member of the Shawnee State Hall of Fame as a recipient of the Ralph Kavanaugh Home Team Award. Koustomer has been a very active member of the Golden Bears at Shawnee State. He has supported all 13 of Shawnee State's varsity programs throughout his time as a Golden Bear. Koustomer can also be spotted several times throughout the season traveling with many of the Shawnee State programs when they are on the road. Shawnee State Athletics, ranging from the coaches, to the student-athletes and administration is always appreciate of the community support that it receives, which is exemplified by Koustomer.