ORU Athletics inducted three new members into the Hall of Fame Saturday during halftime of the men’s basketball game against the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
The class of 2016 included Keith Mucha, Rachel Talbert-Andres and Ken Tutt.
Keith Mucha played first and third base on the 1982 and 1983 baseball teams.
“I was the first person in ORU history to hit three home runs in one game,” said Mucha recalling the memory he is the most proud of.
He also had a .364 hitting percentage and 22 stolen bases. Mucha posted single-season records with 65 RBI and 54 walks in his final season and is in the top-10 for career home runs with 33 before being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1983.
Baseball was a large part of Mucha’s life, but he said it wasn’t the only good thing about ORU.
“I attended four different colleges and my favorite memory was how caring the professors and all my instructors were,” he said. “It was great because they really cared about you as a person and took time if you needed help.”
Mucha recently retired from a 26-year law enforcement career.
Rachel Talbert-Andres was a dominant force in the throwing events during her time on the track and field team from 2007-10.
“I was floored when I got called by Athletic Director Mike Carter. I was on top of a ladder and he said ‘are you sitting down?’ and didn’t give me a chance to get down,” said Talbert-Andres with a laugh. “It’s a huge honor. I’ve been wanting this, but never really expected it to happen.”
She was an NCAA All-American for discus in ’08 and ’09 and finished third in the nation in 2010.
“I got third there and wasn’t necessarily happy about it at the time, but it’s probably the achievement I’m most proud of,”Talbert-Andres said.
She holds the current record of most conference titles for a female athlete with nine. Her Summit League championships came in the javelin (4), discus (3) and shot put (2).
Her other honors include outdoor athlete of the year twice, outdoor field athlete of the year, outdoor newcomer of the year award and player of the week. She holds the Summit League record for four player of the week awards in a single season and nine honors for her career.
Talbert-Andres currently runs her own painting business and is training to make it onto the 2016 Canadian Olympic team.
Ken Tutt made his mark on the men’s basketball record books while he was on the team from 2003-07.
He said he was surprised at the induction, but was filled with gratitude.
“I was just really happy because you know other people noticed all the hard work you put in over the years,”Tutt said.
He is the seventh leading scorer in Golden Eagle history with 2,019 points, led the 2003-04 team with 579 points and is the third leading three-point scorer with 319 shots.
Tutt assisted in leading the basketball team to one NIT in 2005, two NCAA Tournaments in ’06 and ’07 and conference regular season titles from 2005-07. He received Mid-Major Freshman of the year and Mid-Continent newcomer of the year in 2004.
“My experience playing for ORU was wonderful,” said Tutt. “I played for some great coaches and I had some great teammates here. We all played together and tried to do what we could to put Oral Roberts [University] on the map and make a name for us.”
Tutt retired in April 2015 after playing overseas for eight years. He has a 4-month-old daughter.
Men’s basketball player Caleb Green and women’s basketball player Debbie Yow were both voted into the Hall of Fame but were not inducted due to scheduling conflicts.
Sports photos courtesy of ORU Athletics