CRETE, NE — The Doane Tigers will add another seven people to its hall of fame this Spring. 

Five former Doane athletes, one former coach and an administrator will be added to Doane's Athletic Hall of Fame on March 31. Included in the 2023 class are: Lindsay Anderson Sullivan, Rachel Hagerman Hambidge, Brijesh (BJ) Lawrence, Jared Schuurmans, Brandon Wiese, former coach David Ziola and administrator Cody Vance. 

All five athletes in the class are Nebraska-natives. Vance is also from the Cornhusker State while Ziola has ties to Nebraska outside of Doane. 

You can read brief career biographies of all the inductees from the Doane University Athletics Department below:

LINDSAY ANDERSON SULLIVAN (Women's Basketball - Class of 2010)

Sullivan arrived at Doane from Holdrege, Nebraska and shined in the bright lights on the hardwood for the women’s basketball program. To this day, she is the only woman to reach the 2,000-career points mark. A four-year starter, she finished her career with 2,012 points, an average of 16.0 points per game, and 772 field goals made - all current Doane records.

At the completion of her career, she stood third in 3-point field goals made (169), seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.330), fifth in free throws made (299), and sixth in steals (246). Her career-high of 34 points against Dakota Wesleyan in 2007 is tied for fourth-most in a single game.

Sullivan was a three-time NAIA All-American and three-time First Team and one-time Second Team All-GPAC selection all while excelling in the classroom where she was a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete and a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.

RACHEL HAGERMAN HAMBIDGE (Volleyball - Class of 2007)

Hambidge came to Doane from Norris High School and rewrote the Tiger volleyball record books for a setter. She split time at setter during her freshman year in the 6-2 offensive attack but would run the show her next three years on her way to a school-record 4,813 career set assists.

Hambidge recorded a career-high 71 assists in a five-set match with Morningside in 2004 and she would equal the mark in 2005 in a four-set match with Concordia. Her top mark of 49 assists in a three-set match against Peru State in 2005 puts her atop of the single-game records for assists in a three, four, or five-set match.

Hambidge was named the NAIA Setter of the Week in November 2006 after averaging 14.5 assists per set in wins over Nebraska Wesleyan and Concordia. For her career, she was named an NAIA Second Team All-American and a three-time First Team All-GPAC honoree.

BRIJESH "BJ" LAWRENCE (Track and Field - Class of 2013)

Lawrence, an Omaha native, found his way to Doane around the time he got his calling to the sport of track and field. He started his career at Nebraska-Omaha as a football player but found that the track is where he would make his mark on college and international athletics and he transferred to Dana College. He was a four-time All-American at Dana in 2010 but a month after winning his first national title in the 100m dash, the school would close and Lawrence was left looking for a new home.

He would join a handful of Vikings in making their way to Crete and Lawrence picked up where he had left off. He earned five All-American honors in 2011 with three national titles and he won a pair of national titles during the indoor 2012 season. Unfortunately an injury late in his senior year prevented him from competing at nationals.

Lawrence still holds the school records for the indoor 60m and 200m dashes and the outdoor 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay. He competed for the country of St. Kitts and Nevis at the World Championships (2011) and twice in the Olympics (2012, 2016). Lawrence would compete internationally from 2010-2017, earning four medals as a member of the 4x100m relay team.

JARED SCHUURMANS (Track and Field - Class of 2010)

Schuurmans’ arrival at Doane timed up perfectly with the revival of conference team championships in the men’s program. The Tigers last won an indoor conference championship in 2001 and would win four starting when Schuurmans arrived to Crete from Norfolk in 2007. The outdoor title drought had been longer, since 1988, and the Tigers would bring home the trophy three times, starting in 2008.

He was awarded the GPAC Men’s Outdoor Performance of the Meet in 2008 and 2009. Schuurmans won seven individual GPAC indoor and outdoor titles between the shot put and discus and earned 15 all-conference honors by placing in the Top 8 of an event.

On the national level, Schuurmans won the 2010 national title for the discus after earning a Top 4 finish each of the previous two seasons. He also added an All-American performance in the shot put in 2009. Following his national title in 2010, he competed at the USA Track and Field Championships where he took 16th. Schuurmans turned professional and would pursue further accolades in the discus on a national and international level. In 2015, he hit a throw of 64.64m (212-00.75) to win the USA Track and Field Championships.

BRANDON WIESE (Men's Basketball - Class of 2003)

Wiese, a native of Adams, Nebraska, brought his lanky 6-8 frame to Crete and dominated the lane on the basketball court for four years. He was a four-time First Team All-Conference selection and a two-time NAIA All-American, earning Second Team honors in 2002 and First Team honors in 2003. During both All-American seasons, he averaged a double-double.

Wiese is one of two Tigers, joining Doane Hall of Famer Steve Bartek, to have posted 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. Wiese ranks fourth all-time with 2,038 points and fourth in rebounds with 1,036. He holds the school record with 157 blocks and is third in field goals made with 813. In January 2003, he scored a career-high 36 points against Nebraska Wesleyan and about a month later, he recorded a career-high 22 rebounds against Dana. In addition to excelling on the court, he was an NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

DAVID ZIOLA (Asst. Track and Field Coach 2002-2019)

Ziola was one of the premier horizontal jumps coaches in the nation and Doane was able to benefit from that expertise for nearly 20 years. He came to the Tigers in 2002 and served as an assistant coach and professor until 2019.

During his tenure at Doane, Ziola coached 45 men’s and women’s athletes to NAIA All-American honors in the long or triple jump. Of those, seven would win an NAIA National Championship. The Tigers’ Top 10 record books are filled with athletes who jumped for Ziola. Each of Doane’s top marks in the men’s and women’s long and triple jumps are athletes under Ziola’s watch.

He propelled many to new lengths, coaching the only women (five) to clear 40 feet in the indoor and outdoor triple jump and the only men (three) to clear 50 feet for the outdoor event. He coached and taught at Arlington High School and Midland Lutheran College before coming to Doane.

CODY VANCE (Student Worker/Administrator 1979-Present)

Vance (originally from Bladen, Neb.) has long been involved with Doane Athletics, first starting as the public address announcer for football beginning in 1979 when he was a student. He was hired by Doane following his graduation in 1982 and worked in the Admissions Office where he would help recruit a large number of future academic and athletic stars to campus. There are plenty of stories told about recruiting trips around the state of Nebraska with legendary Tiger coaches such as Fred Beile, Bob Erickson, Fran Schwenk, and Gene Steinmeyer.

In 2001, Vance moved into the Advancement Office where he would take his relationships built in recruiting to reconnect with alumni. He continued to remain involved with Athletics during this time, helping organize alumni events both on campus and at road venues that Tiger teams would compete at.

Vance joined the Athletics Department in 2009 as Assistant Athletics Director for Community Outreach. In this role, he has brought the relationship building full circle as he connects with families of recruits, current students, alumni, and the Crete community. To this day, the “Voice of the Tigers” is still behind the mic “since 1979” enthusiastically supporting Tiger student-athletes and coaches.