Luers Grad Kurtz Headlines USF Hall Of Fame Class

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Athletic Hall of Fame will welcome four new members in October on Homecoming Weekend.
Leading the three-person, one-team class is Brian Kurtz, who was the NAIA Rawlings Football Player -of -the -Year in 2006 and led the Cougars to their third consecutive NAIA Football Championship Series title game.
Kurtz is joined by Adam Longsworth (Track and Field), Michelle (Martin) Nolan (Basketball), and the 1981 Saint Francis College men’s golf team that was the first USF/SFC team to qualify for an NAIA national championship event.
Kurtz earned his USF BA in 2008 after setting the USF record for career tackles (393) as an inside linebacker and tying the USF record for career tackles average (7.7 per game). He set a USF single-season record for tackles with 133 in 2006. The Bishop Luers High School grad was also the first USF player named to an American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America Team, was Victory Sports Network Player of the Year, MSFA Mideast League Player of the Year (2006).
Longsworth, who is the USF track and field/cross- country coach, was a two-time NAIA All-American and a 14-time NAIA Championship qualifier in the discus, shot put, weight throw (indoor) and hammer. Longsworth was All-Mid-Central College Conference four times and won five MCC event championships. He set and continues to hold USF records in the discus, hammer and weight throw. The Elmhurst High School grad also became the first USF track and field athlete to be named Little State Male Field Events Athlete of the Meet (2007) winning the shot put and discus.
Nolan played for SFC from 1993-96 and finished No. 2 on the career scoring list with 1,398 points in 111 games for Head Coach Larry Westendorf. The then 5-foot-8 guard still ranks No. 6 on the Lady Cougars’ career scoring list after scoring in double figures in 73 games including 14 games with 20 or more points. Nolan played a key role in SFC’s first two NAIA Women’s Basketball Championship (Division II) appearances in 1994-95 and 1995-96. The Bishop Dwenger High School graduate earned all-conference honors back-to-back as a junior and senior. She was named to seven all-tournament teams including MVP of the 1995 Shari Coons Memorial Tournament (Tri-State University).
The 1981 SFC men’s golf team became the first team to qualify for an NAIA championship event when it won the District 21 championship by 16 shots and finished 23rd nationally at Waterwood, Texas, in the 33-team field. The Cougars advanced under the guidance of Head Coach Al Manochio, who passed away in 1989. Team members included Steve Riley, Scott Riley, Mike Bair, Chris Leeper and Mike Meehan. Scott finished tied for third in the two-day District 21 Championship at Norwood Golf Club (Huntington, Indiana.) with a 151. He finished the second-round with a 73, which tied for the low round of the two-day, 36-hole championship.
This is the 21st class of USF AHOF inductees, which started with the class of 1989. The USF AHOF will expand to 71 individuals and four teams. The Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Celebration will be at the USF North Campus on Friday, Oct. 3, starting at 7 p.m. All USF AHOF members will be recognized at halftime of the USF football game on Sat., Oct. 4, against Siena Heights University at 7 p.m.

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