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Hall of Champions

FCA’s Hall of Champions was established in 1991 to honor individuals who have demonstrated a consistent commitment to Jesus Christ through the ministry of FCA. They are considered volunteer “All Stars” who have given above and beyond the call of duty and have upheld the Four Core Values of FCA:  Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence.

Class of 2014 – FCA Hall of Champions

Don Chalmers

Don-Chalmers-photoChalmers’ involvement with FCA began when he attended one of the first sports camps in Estes Park, Colo. While at camp, he gave his life to the Lord and has since supported the ministry with his time, resources and vision. Greatly involved with FCA Wrestling, he volunteered and financially supported the ministry, and he served as the National Board of Trustees Chairman from 2010-2011.

Diagnosed with a rare form of cancer only a few years ago, Chalmers resolved to make the most of his opportunities and influence and initiated the re-launch of FCA New Mexico. He made the initial pledge to fund the position of State Director, served on the task force to help build awareness and momentum, and assisted with the search and hiring committee of the new position. Chalmers went to be with the Lord on Easter Sunday this spring. His life was spent helping others, and in his own words, “giving hand ups, not hand outs.”

Paul Dietzel

DietzelCoach Dietzel used his influence as one of the most recognized names in college sports to help pioneer FCA in its infancy as a board member, national speaker, donor, volunteer and coach. He played football at Duke University until enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a B-29 Bomber Pilot for WWII. After the war, he continued to play at Miami of Ohio until 1947. He attended his first summer camp in Estes Park in 1958 and returned as a speaker for the next five years, continuing to inspire athletes for decades.

Dietzel’s head coaching career includes LSU, Army and South Carolina. He was the recipient of numerous football coaching awards, such as SEC Coach of the Year and AFCA National Coach of the Year with LSU’s national championship in 1958, and the inaugural FCA Christian Coach of the Year in 1971. Coach Dietzel spoke with passion and conviction at hundreds of FCA events throughout his lifetime and served as FCA Board of Trustees Chairman from 1963-1967, and Vice President from 1961-1962. He commanded respect, and though he passed away in 2013, Dietzel’s influence lives on in service to the ministry to which he dedicated himself.

Sylvia Hatchell

Hatchell-Photo-2Hatchell has been a constant encourager and friend of FCA for over 25 years, speaking at campus Huddles and leading a women’s Bible study while amassing over 900 wins in a 38 year coaching career, standing number two all-time in women’s basketball history. AP National Coach of the Year in 2006, she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame two years prior. A 2013 member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Hatchell attends various fundraising events and avidly supports her players who want to go to FCA Camp.

Hatchell recognizes that her platform comes as an opportunity to impact athletes for Christ. Bringing her expertise and insight to faith and athletics, she wrote as a regular contributor to Sharing the Victory magazine on topics such as performance, Bible reading and body image. Diagnosed with leukemia in 2013, she is now in remission and a true pioneer of competing through challenges while staying fully committed to God’s work.

Clendon Thomas

Clendon-Thomas-212x300Active in FCA as a speaker, leader and volunteer for 58 years, Thomas gave himself to the ministry through his platform as a standout athlete. He led the nation in rushing in 1955, ’56 and ’57 as a running back at the University of Oklahoma and was an All-American in 1957 before an NFL career that spanned 11 years. Thomas has been a pivotal part of cultivating the ministry in Oklahoma, even helping to secure a plane and volunteering as a pilot to fly staff and speakers around the state.

He attended his first FCA Camp in Estes Park in 1956 and has served on FCA’s National Board of Trustees, chairing the board for two years, and on the State Executive Board in Oklahoma, becoming Oklahoma’s first board president. Thomas is a humble man who loves Christ and the ministry of FCA and has devoted countless hours, talents and resources to further God’s kingdom through the vehicle of athletics. His faithful support to the ministry is invaluable.

With the addition of Chalmers, Dietzel, Hatchell and Thomas, the Hall of Champions now includes 86 members. The honorees are determined by an FCA selection committee following a nomination process that includes staff, volunteers, athletes and members of the organization’s Board of Trustees. You can view the full list of Hall of Champions members below.

Previous Inductees into FCA’s Hall of Champions

Class of 2013

Dick Abel - Past FCA President

Jose Camp - Wrestling Coach

Mark Johnson - Baseball Coach

Frank Kelly III - Board Member/Volunteer


Class of 2012

Ron Brown – College Football Coach

Neil Lomax– Professional Football Player

Kathy Malone Sparks – Athletic Trainer

Class of 2011

Kyle Rote, Jr. – National Soccer Hall of Fame

Bill Yeoman – College Football Coach

Deb Patterson – College Basketball Coach

Class of 2010

Donn Moomaw – College Football Player

Jim Scrogins – FCA Huddle Coach/High School Football Coach/AD

Sue Semrau – College Basketball Coach

Ken Smith – Pastor/Volunteer


Class of 2008

Edward Britton III – Lacrosse Athlete

Charles Kemble – Volunteer

Betty Probasco – Golf

James “Buck” McCabe – Senior VP/CFO

Madeline Manning Mims – Track and Field Olympian


Class of 2006

Mike Kolen – NFL Player

John “Bull Bramlett – NFL Player

John Gordy – NFL Player


Class of 2004

Larry Nelson – PGA Golf

Jim Rexilius – High School Football Coach

Fisher DeBerry – College Football Coach

Otto Graham – NFL Football Coach


Class of 2002

Carl Erskine – Baseball

John Erickson – Past FCA President

Danny Lotz – Basketball/Trustee

R.V. Brown – Football/Volunteer

Morley Fraser – Athletics Director/Volunteer


Class of 2000

Tony Dungy – NFL Football Coach

Faye O’Dell – High School Football Coach

Captain Bill Lewis – FCA Golf Ministry


Class of 1998

Bunny Martin – Volunteer

Bobby Richardson – MLB Baseball

Dick Schultz – Volunteer

Grant Teaff – College Football Coach

Harry J. Lloyd – Volunteer


Class of 1995

Steve Largent – Congressman and NFL Football

Branch Rickey – Baseball


Class of 1992

Paul Anderson – U.S. Olympian

Kay Yow – College Basketball Coach

Jerry Kindall – College Baseball Coach

Betsy King – LPGA Golf

Class of 2009

Dal Shealy – Past FCA President

Ken Hatfield – College Football Player/Coach

Bob Lilly – NFL Player

Larry Mize – PGA Golf


Class of 2007

Albert Long, Jr. – Multi-Sport Athlete

Jimmy Feix – College Football Player/Coach

Dick Harp – Coach


Class of 2005

Gary Cuozzo – NFL Player

Jean Driscoll – U.S. Olympian

Prentice Gautt – NFL Player

Frosty Westering – College Football Coach


Class of 2003

Dr. O.K. Bailey – Volunteer

Ray Hildebrand – Former staff/volunteer

Mike Singletary – NFL Football

Jim Myers – Football coach

Joan Cronan – Athletics Director/Volunteer


Class of 2001

Jane Albright – College Basketball Coach

Bobby Bowden – College Football Coach

John Lotz – College Administrator

Freddy Mitchell – Volunteer

Tom Osborne – College Football Coach


Class of 1999

Tanya Crevier – Basketball

“Deacon” Dan Towler – NFL Football

Don Shinnick – Volunteer


Class of 1997

J.C. Watts – Congressman and College Football

Raymond Berry – NFL Football Coach


Class of 1994

Peggy Kirk Bell – LPGA Golf

Nick Hyder – High School Football Coach

Don McClanen – FCA Founder and College Basketball Coach


Class of 1991

Tom Landry – NFL Football Coach

Archie Griffin – Heisman Trophy Winner

Steve Owens – Heisman Trophy Winner

Roger Staubach – Heisman Trophy Winner

James N. Jeffrey – Volunteer

Dick Lane – Volunteer

Dan Stavely – College Football Coach