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Top-tier: ORU honors three inductees into Hall of Fame

Andretti Bain

Bain became ORU’s first national track champion after winning the 400m dash at both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships. Bain was a three-time All-American while at ORU and won 11 conference championships. Bain’s top achievement was a silver medal for the Bahamas in the 2008 Olympics.

Parrish Purnell Jr.
There’s a difference between choosing a school and being called to a school. Track star Andretti Bain feels that he was called to ORU.

Bain achieved success at the highest level during his tenure at ORU. He went from an average athlete to an Olympic silver medalist, and now he’s been inducted into the Oral Roberts Athletic Hall of Fame.

Bain grew up in Nassau, Bahamas where he enjoyed running at a young age. He was inspired by the glimmer and shine of his uncle’s college track trophies that he saw daily in his grandmother’s home.

As Bain grew so did his interest in running track at the collegiate level. He chose ORU after several friends were given scholarships to attend.

When Bain got to ORU he was an “average athlete”, as described by his college coach, Joe Dial.

“He was a good athlete, nothing special, but he had an unbelievable work ethic,” Dial said.

Bain knew he was destined for greatness, and constantly professed it. Dial recalls him saying, “I’m going to win an NCAA championship.”

In 2008, Bain won both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor championships in the 400m race.

Bain then took his talent to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, representing the Bahamas. Bain won the silver medal in the 4×400 relay. He recalls the first thing that went through his mind as he crossed the finish line was, “Thank you Jesus.”

Bain’s nickname “Da Bahamian Dream” is about accomplishing dreams.

“I adopted that name for two reasons,” Bain said. “To honor my country, and to honor the fact that we discover our purpose in life through living out our dreams.”

When he is not training for the 2016 Olympics, Bain can be found in the Bahamas running his own business with his wife. “Da Bahamian Dream” Sports & Lifestyle Nutrition Store is another dream come true for Bain.

“My dad owns a pharmacy in the Bahamas, so wanting to follow in his footsteps, I’ve developed a desire to become a business owner also,” Bain said.

Bain considers his induction into the ORU Athletic Hall of Fame as another testament to God’s goodness.
“This is truly a great honor, another dream come true.”

Steve Holm

Holm set ORU records in 2000 with 104 hits and a .437 batting average. He was named a second team All-American and the conference player of the year. He was named to the all-conference first team both of his seasons at ORU. Holm was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2001. He played 12 seasons as a professional, three at the Major League level.

By David Sauer
Former baseball player Steve Holm was inducted into ORU’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Jan. 25.

He attributes his experience at ORU as what prepared him to achieve so many goals.

“It was very humbling to have been inducted into the hall of fame at ORU and be mentioned along with all of the great athletes who have played there over the years,” Holm said. “I believe it meant more to me now that I am done playing, and I can look back at everything the game of baseball provided me.”

Holm played on the ORU baseball team from 2000 to 2001. In 2000 he broke team records for most hits in a season with 104 and batting average with .437.

ORU won 49 games that year and made it to the NCAA regional championships.

Holm was named a second team All-American in addition to being named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year.
Holm signed with the San Francisco Giants after the 2001 baseball season and made his major leagues debut on April 4, 2008.

Holm said his debut was a dream come true.

“When they told me that I had made the team out of spring training in 2008, it began to sink in that I had finally made it after seven seasons in the minor leagues,” said Holm. “I had dreamed of playing in the Big Leagues since I was a 4-year-old hitting baseballs in my backyard.”

Holm played professional baseball for 12 years, three of which were played at the Major League level.

During his last year as a professional baseball player, Holm got an offer to be the associate head coach at Sacramento State University. Holm took the coaching position and is about to enter his second season coaching at Sacramento State.

Holm said that without his ORU degree in Recreation Administration, he wouldn’t have been able to take the coaching position.

“The first thing he asked me was if I had my degree,” Holm said. “And I told [him] I did indeed have it and I had finished up the last few classes at the beginning of my professional career. I never would have been able to get this job without the degree that I received from ORU.”

Orieta Zuzic

Zuzic was named Summit League Player of the Year in 2005 and shared Player of the Year honors in 2006. She holds the Summit League record for career kills with 2,307, the only player to have more than 2,000. She also holds the Summit League record for aces, with 296, and earned first and second place on the kills-in-a-season list.

By Ryan Woods

Orieta “Ori” Zuzic was a standout volleyball player for the Golden Eagles from 2003-2006. She achieved Hall of Fame status with 2,307 career kills and is the only player in Summit League history to have more than 2,000 in a career.

Zuzic also registered 296 career aces, 93 more than anyone in conference history.

“Ori was a tremendous person and a model student-athlete. She always brought her best effort to practice and was a joy to coach,” said ORU Head Volleyball Coach Sheera Sirola.

Zuzic started 35 matches her freshman year while averaging 5.13 kills and 2.65 digs per game. She set a new school and conference single-season record for kills with 626.

“First match, when she was a freshman we set her 63 times, and we thought her shoulder was going to fall off. I asked her after the match if her shoulder was okay, and she said, ‘Of course. Why?’,” said Sirola. “That was her, just a tough competitor. She never got injured, except maybe a sprained ankle here or there.”

That toughness and determination led to three more years of dominating the Summit League on her way to back-to-back Player of the Year honors in 2005 and 2006, and becoming a record 12-time Offensive Player of the Week.

“She was a tremendous leader and competitor who never gave up, regardless of what the score of the match was. I could always count on her to give her best effort,” said Sirola.

Zuzic is the fifth volleyball player to be inducted into the ORU Athletic Hall of Fame. She currently resides in Croatia with her family.

 

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