2008 Hall of Fame class announced
Atkinson, Ludmann, Moyer, Stacy to be inducted
October 6, 2008
Jenny (Eagan) Atkinson
Jenny (Eagan) Atkinson was a key player in what was the developing renaissance of the WC women’s basketball team. A point guard from Seton High School in Cincinnati, she came to Wilmington College with reluctance that lasted but a moment.
“When I visited Wilmington, I fell in love as soon as I was on campus,” she said. “Everybody was so friendly. Coach [Jerry] Scheve was awesome to meet with. I instantly liked him, and after four years it was even better than the first day that I visited. If I could, I’d come back today and do it all again.”
Atkinson was an undeniable force who could win a game with a jaw-dropping assist, a long jumper or a spin dribble-drive to the basket. Her 522 career assists rank third on the all-time WC list and her 1,333 points rank eighth in team history.
As impressive as the 1996 All-American’s statistics are, perhaps her greatest influence was on the culture of the WC program, contributions that continue to set the standard more than a decade later. When Scheve picked up career win No. 300 on Jan. 25, 2006, he put Eagan’s impact into context.
“When Jenny came here, we were kind of at our low point,” Scheve said. “During her sophomore year, we made her a captain because of her leadership abilities. Over the next three years is when we really got the program turned around. A big reason for that was her doing. There’s a lot of things our captains today think are rules from me that were really rules that Jenny Eagan passed down as a captain 10 years ago.”
Atkinson works for Cincinnati Financial Corp. She and her husband Steve reside in Ross. They have a son Ty and a daughter Katie.
JoAnne Ludmann came to Wilmington with designs on avoiding soccer. That didn’t happen. In fact, the Anderson High School graduate not only found, but also helped re-define soccer at Wilmington College.
“I came to Wilmington because I was burnt out playing soccer, and my high school basketball coach wanted me to play basketball at Wilmington,” Ludmann said. “But my dad really wanted me to play soccer and Steve seemed like he wasn’t going to be too crazy, too demanding.”
“Steve” was WC head coach Steve Spirk, who recruited a freshman class in 1993 that was destined to win 66 games over four seasons of unprecedented success. Ludmann played in the midfield as a freshman, but moved to central defense in 1994 and became the standard to which future WC sweepers would aspire.
An All-American her senior season, Ludmann started all 79 games of her WC career. Her 20 assists rank ninth on the WC all-time list — but it was her presence on the field and feel for the game that perhaps most helped the Quakers to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances.
A product of the high-profile high school and club ball hotbed on Cincinnati’s eastern edge, Ludmann relished the less busy, more personal environment that Wilmington College offered.
“Everybody was there because they wanted to play. It was more for the love of the game instead of because you had to,” Ludmann said. “I really enjoyed the family of the school. To me, that was the best part. You’d have friends come visit you from the Ohio States and UK’s of the world, and they would always tell us to never transfer, because everybody at Wilmington was friends.”
Ludmann works for Columbia Beauty Supply, a division of L’Oreal. She lives in Charlotte, N.C.
Steve Moyer spent his first year with the Wilmington College football team as a member of the offensive line. The transfer from Eastern Kentucky University, however, longed to make tackles rather than throw blocks. In 1977, he was switched to linebacker, launching what turned out to be the most prolific three years of individual tackling in team history.
“I played offensive tackle my freshman year, but I didn’t feel like I was in the groove yet,” Moyer said. “But I always felt like I was at home, that Wilmington was a good place to be. The small-college environment was what I needed and wanted. There were a lot of good people and good friends. That’s what was most important to me.”
Moyer said the linebacker position fit him best because of its physical nature and that it gave him the opportunity to “legally hit people.” He liked it so much that he hit people in record numbers. In 1977, Moyer recorded 130 tackles and snagged five interceptions. A year later he set the single-season tackles record of 170 that stands 30 years later. In just three seasons, the Valley View High School graduate compiled 427 tackles, also a record that continues to endure time’s test. Moyer’s nine interceptions also rank on the WC Top-10 list.
A two-time All-American, Moyer not only left an individual legacy, he also helped set the table for Wilmington’s 1980 run to the NAIA national championship game. He described his football memories at Wilmington as precious, but the personal experiences as priceless.
“The games were nice, but the associations I had with my teammates and my coaches are most important to me,” Moyer said.
Moyer is a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Valley View Middle School. He and his wife Martha reside in Farmersville. They have four children, Sasha, Erin, Steven and Rebecca, and two grandchildren.
Wayne Stacy arrived on the Wilmington campus in the fall of 1988, by way of Bethel-Tate High School and the University of Cincinnati. His goal was to become a two-sport athlete. Twenty years later, his name in the WC football and track and field record books is proof enough that his goal was attained.
Recruited by Bill Ramseyer to play football for the Quakers, Stacy said his two-sport dream that would never have materialized at UC became an instant reality at WC.
“Coach Ramseyer made it possible. One of the things he told me when he recruited me was that ‘when it’s football season, you’ll be at football, and when it’s track season, you’ll be at track,’” Stacy said. “Even as a coach now, I see kids are pulled in a couple directions, but he made it incredibly easy to do both. That was one of the biggest reasons I came to Wilmington.”
Stacy didn’t take long to splash upon the scene. In 1989 he set the school record in the discus and decathlon — records that still stand, like his 100-meter dash mark established in 1991. On the football field Stacy played safety in 1988 and finished with four interceptions and 80 tackles.
The departure of Derron Calvert and Keith Regenhard created a void at wide receiver that he was chosen to help fill. In the next two seasons he pulled down 117 catches for 1,803 yards and 20 touchdowns, numbers that occupy Top-10 positions in the WC all-time charts. In 1990 he was named an NAIA All-American.
Stacy is the cross country and track and field head coach at William Penn University. He has three children; Jacob, Lauren and Zach. He resides in Indianola, Iowa.