DECATUR — Millikin University will induct four new members in the Millikin Athletic Hall of Fame during the annual Alumni Awards and Hall of Fame Induction dinner on Friday, Oct. 6, as part of homecoming.
The 2017 Induction Class includes former football player and wrestler Richard Harvey, football player and wrestler Tom Mahoney, men’s basketball player Mike “Mickey” Sprinkle and multi-sport athlete Leslie Waddell-Glore.
Richard Harvey, a Mount Zion graduate and 1993 Millikin grad, is being inducted for his play as a football quarterback and a wrestler in the 158- and 167-pound weight classes. Harvey also participated in track and field while at Millikin.
In football, Harvey was a four-year starter in football and was a member of the 1989 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Championship team that advanced to the NCAA playoffs.
As a wrestler, Harvey was a three-time CCIW Wrestling Champion and a three-time NCAA Championships qualifier. He served two years as wrestling team captain.
After graduating from Millikin, Harvey earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Illinois University. Harvey is current the assistant principal, head wrestling coach and assistant football coach at Rochelle Township High School. While at Rochelle, Harvey has coached multiple state wrestling champions, all-state wrestlers, and an Elite Eight team.
Harvey was a in the first induction class of the Mount Zion High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was recognized as Assistant Coach of the Year by the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association and has twice been nominated for that organization’s Head Coach of the Year award.
Tom Mahoney, Millikin class of 1990, is being honored for his play on the Big Blue football and wrestling teams. Mahoney was a defensive tackle and center for the football team and wrestled in the 190-pound weight class.
In football, Mahoney was a three-year letter winner and a team captain on the 1989 CCIW Champion and NCAA playoff team. He was named to the CCIW All-Conference First Team in 1989 and earned Honorable Mention All-Conference in 1988.
In wrestling, Mahoney was a four-year letter winner. He served as team captain for one season and was named Millikin’s Most Valuable Wrestler in 1988-89. Mahoney was a CCIW Champion two times and twice qualified for the NCAA Tournament. He earned All-American honors in 1988-89 with a seventh place finish at the National Tournament with an overall season record of 35-4-1.
After graduating from Millikin, Mahoney earned a master’s in education at Loyola University and his doctorate from Western Illinois University in 2017. He currently the superintendent of the Oregon Community Unit School District 220 in Oregon, Illinois.
Mahoney has been a state and national presenter on topics related to education leadership. In 2015-16, he was named the Superintendent of Distinction by the Illinois Association of School Administrators. Mahoney has coached several all-state wrestlers and football players during his career.
Mike “Mickey” Sprinkle, class of 1958, is being inducted for his excellence in basketball.
When he graduated, Sprinkle was only the sixth player in school history with more than 1,000 career points playing in an era without the three-point basket. He scored 18 field goals in one game, which at that time was one shy of the school record of 19 set by Scott Stegall. As a sophomore, Sprinkle finished third in all levels of NCAA basketball in free throw percentage. Sprinkle was the first Millikin alumnus to play basketball professionally in Europe.
Since graduation, Sprinkle has earned a degree in International Business, Universitae du Poitieu (Poitiers), France. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of American Motel Hotel Brokers Network.
Sprinkle had a decorated military career working in intelligence as a cryptography specialist. He was granted top-secret security clearance and stationed in Poitiers, France, at headquarters for communications intelligence. Sprinkle was awarded “Top American Soldier for French-American Relations” by U.S. generals stationed in France and was named “American Soldier for American-French Relations” formed by presidents Kennedy and DeGaulle.
After his military career, he founded American Hotel Motel Brokers Association, now the oldest continuous hotel and motel brokerage and investment firm in United States.
Leslie Waddell-Glore, class of 1985, is being honored for achievements in track and field.
Waddell-Glore was also a member of the Millikin women’s basketball and tennis teams.
In track and field, Waddell-Glore threw the shot, discus and javelin earning four varsity letters. Waddell-Glore earned NCAA All-American honors in 1983 with a sixth place finish in the javelin. She was a three-time NCAA qualifier in the javelin and once in the shot put. Waddell-Glore won the Illinois Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (IAIAW) State Champion in javelin and shot put in 1984. She was twice named Millikin track team MVP and twice named the MVP for field events. Waddell-Glore is the Millikin school record holder in the old javelin at 143 feet, 4.5 inches (43.70 meters). She is on Millikin’s Top 10 Performance List in the javelin, shot put and discus.
Since graduation from Millikin, Waddell earned a master’s in business administration at Illinois State University. She currently works at Southwest Corrugated Inc. in Houston.