GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- The 2018 Tusculum University Sports Hall of Fame class has been announced and three new members will be inducted during Homecoming festivities on Saturday, October 13th. This year's inductee class includes NCAA Division II's all-time leading passer Bo Cordell, former athletic director Ed Hoffmeyer and All-American tennis player Lukas Winkelmann.
The induction ceremonies will take place at the Sports Hall of Fame and Alumni Breakfast during homecoming weekend, which will be held at the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Student Commons on the Greeneville campus.
BO CORDELL (Football)
Cordell played quarterback at Tusculum from 2009-2013 where he accounted for the most prolific passing career in NCAA Division II history. The Cincinnati, Ohio native owns 15 NCAA Division II records, including career passing yards (16,265 – 4th all NCAA divisions), career completions (1,397 – 3rd all NCAA divisions), career pass attempts (2,187 – 3rd all NCAA divisions) career total offensive yards (16,432 – 4th all NCAA divisions) and total offensive plays in a career (2,572 – 2nd all NCAA divisions).
Cordell was named the South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Year on two occasions and was a two-time national finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which recognizes the NCAA Division II National Player of the Year.
He owns 13 SAC football records, including career touchdown passes (112) and touchdowns responsible for (127).
He threw for over 400 yards in 16 games during his career, including six occasions eclipsing the 500-yard plateau.
During his Tusculum career, Cordell was recognized for his success off the gridiron. He was named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy presented by the National Football Foundation.
Cordell graduated from Tusculum in 2013 while majoring in business administration with a concentration in international business. In the spring of 2014, he signed as a free agent with the Montreal Alouttes of the Canadian Football League.
Cordell was also named to the prestigious American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team®, where was one of only 22 collegiate football players in the nation (NCAA-BCS, NCAA-FCS, NCAA II, NCAA III, NAIA) to be recognized.
Cordell was very active on campus and in the community. He volunteered with the Tusculum Mentors Program, Earth Day, Tusculum Lunch Buddies program, Boys and Girls Club Youth Football Clinic, Adopt-a-Highway program and served as a representative with the Pioneer Student Athlete Advisory Council. He also volunteered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Breast Cancer Awareness.
He is currently the Director of Business Development at Landair in Atlanta, Georgia.
ED HOFFMEYER (Athletic Administration)
From 1998-2007, Ed Hoffmeyer guided the Tusculum Athletic Department to one of the most successful periods in the history of the university.
During his nine years at Tusculum, he emphasized the term student-athlete, which has resulted in the Pioneers being one of the leaders in the South Atlantic Conference in honorees to the League's Academic Honor Roll since officially joining the conference in 1998. The Pioneers have enjoyed success both on and off the field, including 15 SAC regular season championships, nine SAC Tournament titles and 20 NCAA Tournament appearances.
During his tenure, the Pioneers were honored with 18 SAC Scholar-Athletes of the Year Awards, 13 Conference Players of the Year and 15 SAC Freshmen of the Year. Also included are 21 All-Americans and six Academic All-Americans®.
During his time as athletic director Tusculum's teams posted a .600 winning percentage, accounting for over 60 winning seasons, the most ever by the TU athletic department in a nine-year period. In all, the Pioneers won over 1,400 games or matches since 1998.
Tusculum's athletic facilities saw major renovations during Hoffmeyer's watch. Renovations included: a new press box and grandstand areas for Pioneer Field (football/soccer and now lacrosse), an indoor athletic practice facility and field house, and lighted soccer fields on the East end of campus. In 2004, the final construction was completed for Pioneer Park, the 2,400-seat home of Tusculum baseball, giving Tusculum one of the finest venues of its kind in collegiate sports. The J.C. "Red" Edmonds Softball Field also received a facelift with the installation of a state-of-the-art playing surface in 2003 and the installation of lights in the spring of 2006.
In 2007, Hoffmeyer along with his wife Linda, were the recipients of the Tusculum Sports Benefactor of the Year Award which honors those who have made outstanding and significant contributions to the TU athletic department and the institution overall.
For eight years (1991-1998) he served as athletic director at Mars Hill University. Hoffmeyer oversaw a rapid growth in MHU athletics, as the number of varsity sports grew from nine to 16. The Lions claimed four conference titles and boasted 16 South Atlantic Conference Scholar Athletes during his tenure. Like Tusculum, he oversaw MHU's transition into the NCAA from the NAIA in 1991.
Hoffmeyer stepped down as athletic director at Tusculum in 2007 to return home to Mars Hill and serve as the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid of his beloved alma mater, a position he would serve in for four years until his retirement in 2011.
Hoffmeyer remained on the Mars Hill campus though to serve as the Lions' men's and women's golf coach. Hoffmeyer previously served as men's golf coach from 1995-1998, leading the Lions to a No. 10 regional ranking in 1998. He was honored by his peers and was named the SAC Coach of the Year during the 1997-1998 campaign. Hoffmeyer would guide the MHU golf teams for five more years before retiring in 2016.
After 20 years in private business, the 1968 Mars Hill graduate returned to his alma mater in 1988 where he served as Alumni Director for three years before accepting the athletic director's post in 1991.
Hoffmeyer was active on a number of national and regional athletic committees. He served as national chair of the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship Committee. He was a member of the NCAA Division II Athletic Directors Association's Board of Directors and served as chairman of the South Atlantic Conference Athletic Directors Council.
While a student-athlete at Mars Hill, Hoffmeyer was a member of the Lions' track and field team, where he ran the intermediate hurdles, 440-yard dash and was on the two relay teams. He also lettered one season on the Mars Hill basketball team.
Hoffmeyer was inducted to both the Mars Hill University Hall of Fame and the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame in 2008.
LUKAS WINKELMANN (Tennis)
Winkelmann produced the finest playing career in the history of the Tusculum men's tennis program and proved to be one of the best all-around student-athletes in the University's history.
He was named the South Atlantic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Year on three occasions, becoming the first three-time winner in league history. He finished his collegiate career with a 70-7 singles record and was a four-time All-SAC performer including 2012 when he was tabbed the SAC Freshman of the Year.
During his collegiate career, he led the Pioneers to two South Atlantic Conference championships in 2013 and 2015. From 2011-2015, Tusculum posted a combined 63-22 overall record, including 32-8 in league play, finishing the season year with a pair of national rankings.
He saved his best season for last in 2014-2015 as Winkelmann was ranked as high as 10th nationally and second in the Southeast Region in the ITA singles rankings, becoming the first player in program history to garner All-America distinction. He also became only the ninth SAC singles player to earn ITA All-America honors, fifth during the NCAA II era of the conference (since 1994) and the first since 1996. He finished his senior season with a perfect 18-0 singles record at the top flight and finished his collegiate career with a 50-match regular season winning streak. He and his brother Jonas Winkelmann paired up to compile a perfect 19-0 record in 2015 to earn All-SAC first team honors in back-to-back seasons. The Winkelmann's finished the year listed ninth in the ITA Southeast Region double rankings.
But as impressive Winkelmann was on the court, his success in the classroom was more outstanding.
He was a three-time Academic All-America® first team selection becoming the first Tusculum student-athlete to earn Academic All-America® first team honors on three occasions in a career. Lukas and Jonas Winkelmann both earned Academic All-America® distinction during their careers becoming the only siblings in school history to accomplish this feat.
He was the 2015 recipient of the South Atlantic Conference Presidents Award, the most prestigious honor the league awards to its student-athletes. He graduated with a 3.97 cumulative grade point average as a pre-medicine major. The three-time SAC Men's Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year. He graduated from Tusculum in 2015 with summa cum laude honors.
He was named the Tusculum College Male Athlete of the Year three times and was selected as the 2015 Division II Collegiate Commissioners Association (D2 CCA) Southeast Region Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Winkelmann is completing his postgraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia.