Central Missouri has four individuals elected to MIAA Hall of Fame

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The MIAA announced it 2015 Hall of Fame inductess on Wednesday morning and the University of Central Missouri was well represented with four individuals from its storied athletic tradition being elected to the hall. Former Mules Basketball coach Kim Anderson, former Jennies track & field national champion Kristin (Anderson) Swisher, former Jennies Track & Field and cross country national champion Darla (Curp) Moberly and former Mules Baseball pitcher Danny Powers will each be inducted from UCM.
This year’s Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 3 at the Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch at 4801 Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri. The event will be held in the Truman Forum Auditorium. Reservations for the event are available by visiting themiaa.com and filling out this form HERE. Reservations will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
Below is a summary of the Central Missouri inductees:
Kim Anderson – Mules Basketball Coach, 2002-14
Anderson led Central Missouri to the 2014 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship in addition to MIAA Regular Season and NCAA-II Central Region crowns and was named the NABC Division II National Coach of the Year. In 12 seasons at UCM, Anderson compiled a 274-95 (.743) record and became the winningest coach in Mules Basketball history. He led the Mules to six MIAA Regular Season Championships, including each of his final three seasons, four MIAA Tournament Titles, three Final Fours and the 2014 National Championship. Over his final 11 seasons, no school in the MIAA won more games than Central Missouri. The Mules qualified for every MIAA Tournament during his 12 seasons and made seven trips to the NCAA-II National Tournament. He was a two-time MIAA Coach of the Year. His teams had three 30-win seasons, the only three in program history. They won 20 or more games seven times and his six MIAA championships are the most of any coach in school history.
Kristin (Anderson) Swisher – Jennies Track & Field, 2001-06
Anderson was a two-time National Champion for Jennies Track & Field, winning the 2005 steeplechase and the 2006 indoor 5,000 meters. She was a six-time All-American earning honors in the 2003, 04 and 05 steeplechase; the 2005 and 06 indoor 5,000 meters; and the 2006 indoor distance medley relay. She holds the school record in the indoor 5,000 meters, indoor distance medley relay and steeplechase. She is second all-time at UCM in the outdoor 5,000 meter run, third in the indoor mile and outdoor 1,500 meters, fourth in the indoor 3,000 meter run and outdoor 3,000 meters and seventh in the 10,000 meters. She was the MIAA’s Ken B. Jones Award winner as the conference’s top female student-athlete and the Division II Female Student-Athlete of the Year. She was a 25-time All-MIAA performer during her career. She recently qualified for the 2016 United States Olympic Trials in the marathon.
Darla (Curp) Moberly – Jennies Cross Country and Track & Field, 1982-86
Moberly was an eight time All-American in track and cross country and won the first national title in Jennies’ track & field history when she won the outdoor 3,000 meters in 1986. She still holds the Walton Stadium records for the outdoor 3,000 and 5,000 meter runs. She is the UCM record holder in the indoor 3,000m run, 1,000m run (discontinued event), and ranks fourth in the mile run. She is the UCM outdoor record holder in the 3,000m, 5,000m, and 10,000m runs and ranks second in the 1500m run. She won the 1986 Dr. Peggy Martin Award as UCM’s top female senior student-athlete.
Danny Powers – Mules Baseball, 2003-05
Powers was the 2005 National, Regional and MIAA Pitcher of the Year. He was a first team All-MIAA, All-American and the 2005 Rawlings/ABCA National Player of the Year. A two-time All-MIAA selection, he was also named to the Central Region All-Tournament team three times, including MVP of the regional as a senior. He Holds UCM single-season record for wins (15), is second all-time in career wins with 31. He also holds single-season record for strikeouts with 129 in 2005 and his 277 career strikeouts is also a program record. His 2.47 career ERA is 10th best in program history. His 113.0 innings pitched in 2005 are second most in a single-season in UCM history and his 255 career innings are the fourth most all-time. Powers went 7-1 in the NCAA Tournament during his three years in the cardinal & black, including a win in the 2003 National Championship game against Tampa.