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Hiram Athletics to Induct Six New Members Into Hollinger Hall of Fame

Hiram Athletics to Induct Six New Members Into Hollinger Hall of Fame

Hiram College Athletics, and Director of Athletics Ellen Dempsey, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, are proud to announce the Hiram College Hollinger Hall of Fame 2018 induction class. Those inducted this year include: Tom Cammett '85, Carlton Dean III '05, Jenny Hatfield '00, Shana (Toth) McDonald '06, Thomas Platt '71 and Tim Tallbacka '91.

Tom Cammett served in many facets for Hiram College until 2001. A 1985 graduate, Cammett was a two-sport athlete for the Terriers, earning four letters in football and another three on the baseball diamond during his tenure.

On the football field, Cammett helped the Terriers to a winning record in his four seasons on the field, as Hiram posted a mark of 18-17-1 between 1981-84. Additionally, the Terriers tallied a record of 16-11-1 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference, a record which included snagging the conference championship with a 6-1 mark in 1982.

A staple on special teams, Cammett continues to hold many kicking records for the Terriers. His four made field goals against Case Western Reserve on October 3, 1981, continues to hold as Hiram's single-game mark. He also still holds the record for career field goals made (22) and attempted, as well as the single season mark for attempted field goals.

Following graduation, Cammett worked in the National Basketball Association for five years, serving with both the Cleveland Cavaliers (1985-86) and the Washington Bullets (1986-1990), before returning to collegiate athletics.

Tom served as the Sports Information Director at his alma mater, while also spending time as the assistant baseball coach and photographer, from 1994-2001.

Having passed in 2015, Cammett will be inducted posthumously during the Hall of Fame ceremonies, and will be represented by his brothers William and Greg, and children; Elizabeth, Nicholas and Will.

Carlton Dean III was a four-year letterwinner for the Terrier men's basketball program. A two-time All-NCAC selection, Dean finished his career ranked 11th on the all-time Hiram scoring list (1,324) and still holds that spot, today.

Three times in his career, Dean averaged double-digit scoring, posting 10.1 points per game as a sophomore, before upping that to 16.2 points per night as a junior. Also during his junior campaign, Dean shot a career-best .477 from the field en route to earning All-NCAC Honorable Mention honors.

Dean's senior season was one of the top-ten individual scoring years in Hiram College history. He became just the sixth player at Hiram to top 500 points in a single season, averaging 20.1 points per night. That year, he ranked 39th in the country in scoring while also setting career highs in rebounds per game (5.2). For his efforts, he was named a Second-Team All-NCAC honoree.

For his career, Dean averaged 13.1 points per game while shooting nearly 47% from the field. Additionally, he added 4.8 rebounds per night while appearing in 101 career games.

After earning his degree at Hiram, Dean went on to play basketball overseas in Spain, Amsterdam and Germany. He currently serves as the CEO and President of Demarrt Building Services, while also serving as a partner at Ease Global Logistics and Venia Medical.

Also a four-year player on the hardwood, Jenny Hatfield was a four-time letterwinner for the women's basketball team.

Having played in 87 career games, Hatfield averaged 11.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists from her guard position in her four years. She currently ranks seventh on Hiram's all-time list in made field goals (373), ninth in field goal attempts and points per game, and 10th in field-goal percentage (.403).

Hatfield led her Terrier teams in scoring in three of her four seasons, including her freshman campaign, in which she averaged 10.4 per night. That year, Jenny posted a career-high .451 shooting percentage while also averaging 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per night.

Her top scoring season came in 1998-99 as she posted 372 points en route to 16.2 points per game. She was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week, twice that season, Hiram's last in the OAC.

In the Terriers' first year in the North Coast Athletic Conference, Hatfield once again led the team in scoring (11.7), while averaging 3.1 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals, en route to NCAC Honorable Mention honors.

Since graduation, Hatfield has spent her post-graduate career as an elementary school teacher within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, where she has been since 2001. In addition, she has served as a test coordinator for the Iowa Maple Elementary School since 2011.

Shana (Toth) McDonald is perhaps one of the most decorated volleyball players in Hiram College history. The four-year letterwinner helped the Terrier volleyball team to a mark of 96-39 in her four years, while also posting a record of 26-6 in the NCAC.

The pinnacle of success for the team during McDonald's era was the team's NCAC regular season title when the Terriers tallied their first, and only, undefeated conference season in school history. That year, Shana was named the NCAC Player of the Year, an All-Great Lakes Region selection, and an AVCA Division III All-America Honorable Mention honoree.

During her award-winning senior year, McDonald ranked 37th in the Nation in hitting percentage (.363), registering 393 kills and a career-best 225 digs. Additionally, she added 113 total blocks.

McDonald earned First-Team All-NCAC status three times over her final three seasons with the Terriers. She also earned scholar-athlete honors in both 2004-05 and 05-06.  

In the Terrier record books, (Toth) McDonald ranks at the top of the leaderboard in both kills (1,689) and total blocks (756). Her kill total of 486 in 2004 still ranks third on the Terrier's single-season list.

Following graduation, McDonald attended pharmacy school at The Ohio State University, where she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2011. She currently works as a licensed pharmacist for UnityPoint Health hospitals in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

A multi-record performer in the swimming pool, Tom Platt was a four-year letterwinner for the Hiram swimming & diving program.

One of the leaders of the swimming program in the late 60s, Platt was a three-time Captain for the Terriers and was named team MVP in each of those three seasons.

A six-time Hiram record holder, Platt made his mark in both the backstroke and the individual medley. Platt held the 100 yard backstroke record for 20 years, until it was broken 2007 Hall of Fame inductee Kevin Mannes.

Additionally, Platt held the 200 yard backstroke record, as well as the 160 and 200 yard individual medley records. He also was a member of a quad that held both the 400 medley and 400 freestyle relay records.

Following graduation, Platt went on to achieve his Master's degree from Bowling Green State University and his Ph. D. from The University of Alberta in 1978. He then served as a full-time faculty member in higher education; first at the University of Richmond (1978-85) and then at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, where he retired from being a full-time professor in 2015.

Tim Tallbacka was a four-year letterwinner for the men's basketball team from 1987-1991. Having played in two separate conferences during his time, Tallbacka earned honors from both the Presidents' Athletic, and Ohio Athletic, Conferences.

Playing in the PAC for the first two years of his Terrier career, Tallbacka earned all-conference laurels, twice, including second-team honors in 1989.

He earned honorable mention laurels following his freshman season in 1987-88, leading the Terriers with 13.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per night. He followed that with a career-high in both points (14.6) and rebounds (5.5) per night en route to his second-team status.

After Hiram moved to the Ohio Athletic Conference for the 89-90 campaign, Tallbacka was twice named Academic All-OAC. He averaged 9.2 points per night as a junior, shooting a career-high 47% from the field.

For his career, Tallbacka played in 99 total games, shooting .442 from the field and 73% from behind the charity stripe. He currently stands as one of Hiram's 26 1,000 point scorers, having amassed 1,020 throughout his career.

Following graduation in 1991, Tallbacka has spent the last 27 years as an educator, and 19 as a basketball coach in the Ashtabula, Brookfield and Conneaut school districts. As a coach, Tallbacka has earned multiple laurels. In 2000, he was named the Northeastern Conference and Ashtabula County, Coach of the Year. He earned the same laurels in 2003 while also being named the ACBF Coach of the Year.

The inductees into the Hollinger Hall of Fame will be honored during homecoming weekend for Hiram College, which takes place the weekend of Sept. 29. The honorees and their guests will be invited to an induction ceremony and luncheon before being honored prior to kickoff of the Terrier football team's matchup with the Gators of Allegheny College.