Alma, Mich. - Six former Scots will be inducted into the Alma College Athletics Hall of Fame, as announced on Thursday (Dec. 5) by Steven Rackley, Director of Athletics. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 4, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Art Smith Arena on the campus of Alma College.
Below are the six individuals to be inducted as the Alma College Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019:
Jim Cole - Coach Jim Cole was one of two longest-tenured football coach in Alma College history, leading the Scots for 21 seasons (1991-2011), ranking him fourth in the MIAA. He posted a record of 114-90, the most wins in program history, including a 68-53 mark in MIAA play. He won MIAA titles in 1999, 2002, and 2004 and was responsible for guiding Alma to three NCAA Division III football playoff appearances. Coach Cole is the only football coach in Scots' history to guide the team to 100 or more victories. He also coached the women's track and field team from 1984-1991 and led the men's squad from 1987-1991. Under his guidance, Alma's women's team won seven MIAA titles. He also mentored nine track All-Americans. The football coaching suite was dedicated in his honor in 2017.
Josh Brehm - Brehm is Alma College's most decorated quarterback in program history. He is the program leader in career passing yards (10,706), completions (919), touchdown passes (85) and total offense (12,247 yards). Brehm was named the 2006 Gagliardi Trophy winner (NCAA Division III Heisman) when he led Division III in total offense, passing yards, and yards per game as a senior. He was also named the MIAA MVP for his efforts that year. During his time with the Scots, Brehm set the NCAA Division III record for consecutive passing attempts without an interception (288) and a Division III record for most consecutive games with 300 or more yards of total offense (10). He also tied the NCAA Division III record with nine consecutive games of 300 or more yards passing. Brehm was a two-time All-MIAA First Team selection in 2004 and 2006 and was also named to All-MIAA Second Team in 2005. He ranks seventh in NCAA Division III career history with 340.2 passing yards per game and seventh in NCAA Division III single-season history with 408.4 yards per game in 2006.
Bud Acton - Bud Acton was the MIAA men's basketball MVP for the 1963-64 season and is one of only three men's basketball MVPs in Alma College history and the first to receive the honor. He was the MIAA scoring champion that year (389 points, 32.4 ppg) and is a two-time All-MIAA First-Team selection in 1962-63 and 1963-64. Acton is the owner of multiple school records, including posting 48 points against Albion on January 11, 1964, 615 points in the 1963-64 season and tallying 29.3 points per game that year, as well. He made and attempted a school-record 250 out of 486 field goals in 1963-64. He ranks second and third in single-season rebound totals (342 in 1963-64, 311 in 1962-63) and owns the top three single-season rebounds per game totals in program history (16.3 in 1963-64, 15.6 in 1962-63, 14.0 in 1961-62) having pulled down a school-record 29 rebounds against Olivet on February 9, 1963. His 1,190 career points are the 11th-most in school history and his 765 career rebounds are the fourth-most in program history. Acton appeared in 23 games for the San Diego Rockets (1967-68) of the NBA after making the team as an undrafted player.
Brenda Smith Jolls - Brenda Smith Jolls was Alma's first NCAA All-American in track when she finished sixth in the heptathlon in 1985. In addition to that hallmark achievement, Brenda was a high-level contributor for the track and field team for all of her four seasons.
Rainy Inman - Rainy Inman was a four-time MIAA Champion in both discus and track from 1994 to 1997. She was also a two-time MIAA Champion in the shot put. Inman was named an NCAA All-American in 1995 after placing eighth in the discus and again in 1997 when she finished seventh.
Amy Wolfgang - Amy Wolfgang was a three-time All-MIAA track and field honoree ('88-'90) during her time at Alma. She was named the MIAA's co-most valuable performer in 1990. Wolfgang was a six-time MIAA Champion in multiple events, including the 1,500-meter run in 1989 and 1990, the 400-meter hurdles 1988, 1990 and a tie in 1989, and the 1,600-meter relay in 1990. She also finished seventh in the 1,500-meter run in the NCAA Championships in 1990, earning All-American status. She was also named to the All-MIAA Cross Country team in 1989. Alma College was the MIAA Track and Field Champion in each of Wolfgang's three years as a Scot.