FAYETTE, Mo. - Central Methodist athletics officials announced the school's 31st Hairston Hall of Fame class on Wednesday. The Class of 2013 is comprised of four individuals and four teams. The eight entities to be inducted cover more than 80 years of Central Methodist's athletic history.
"The 2013 Hairston Hall of Fame Class is one of the most decorated classes in school history," Central Methodist Vice President for Institutional Growth and Student Engagement and Athletic Director Ken Oliver commented.
Eight sports are represented in the class, which includes: Fred Smith (baseball), Patrick Stroupe (men's cross country/track and field), Matt Clutter (men's basketball), Evelina Slatinska (women's cross country/track and field), the 2004 volleyball team, the 1928 football team, the 1930 football team and the 1934 football team.
Hall of Fame Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 28. The Induction Luncheon will take place in the Inman Student and Community Center's Dealy Room at 1:30 p.m. CT. The class will also be recognized at Central Methodist's football game against Graceland (Iowa). Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for children age 10 and under. To RSVP, please contact Sherry Wells at 660-248-6346 or email@example.com. Please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 30.
The Hairston Hall of Fame was established in 1983 through a gift from William L. Hairston, a 1933 graduate of Central College (now Central Methodist University). It honors the outstanding accomplishments of the school's athletes and coaches and recognizes significant contributions to the athletic programs. The Hairston Hall of Fame currently includes 67 former athletes and coaches as well as 14 teams.
A native of Columbia, Mo., Fred Smith enters the Hairston Hall of Fame in 2013 as a former student-athlete. He was a four-year member of the Central Methodist baseball team as an infielder and pitcher from 1982-85. He was a unanimous three-time All-HAAC first-team choice (1983-85) and a two-time All-District selection as a junior and senior. In 1984, Smith received All-Region honors and was named to the NAIA All-America team, becoming the first player in program history to receive the distinction. In four years for the Eagles, Smith batted .427 and averaged eight home runs and 40 RBIs per year. He also totaled 14 wins as a pitcher.
Smith also lettered in men's soccer and was a member of the 1981 men's basketball team and 1984 football squad.
In the fall of 1983, Smith was invited to try out for the first United States Olympic Baseball team.
After earning a Bachelor's degree from Central Methodist in 1985, Smith turned down offers to play with the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers to begin his baseball coaching career, starting with his alma mater as an assistant and Residence Hall Director from 1986-90.
Smith then taught and coached in Missouri public schools from 1990-2007. In this time span, Smith coached several district championships with two teams reaching the state's Final Four. His high school winning percentage is .730.
Page 2 of 2 - In 2007 Smith returned to Central Methodist as the head baseball coach. Among his accomplishments, Smith received the CMU Champions of Character Coach of the Year award in 2008 and 2012. In 2012, the Eagles' baseball team was honored as the NAIA Champions of Character Baseball Team of the Year. Smith was recognized as the HAAC Champions of Character Coach of the Year in 2012.
Smith most notably led the 2013 Central Methodist baseball team to its first HAAC regular-season title and berth in the NAIA National Championship. The team also won the HAAC Baseball Championship Series Spring Classic for the first time since 1975. For his efforts, Smith was selected as the HAAC Coach of the Year.
In six years at the helm of the Eagles, Smith surpassed the 100-win plateau while coaching 21 Academic All-Americans, two NAIA honorable mention All-Americans and sending three players to the professional ranks.
Smith retired from coaching in the spring of 2013 to assume the principal job at Laura Speed Elliott Middle School in Boonville, Mo.
Smith and his wife, Gayla, reside in Boonville.