Five To Be Inducted Into 2008 Class Of Indiana State Athletic Hall Of Fame

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TERRE HAUTE, IN – Five former Indiana State University athletes will be inducted into the ISU Athletic Hall of Fame in February, it was announced Friday. The 16th class of the ISU Athletics Hall of Fame will include George Chestnut, Brian Dorsett, Chris Hicks, Julie Koebcke and John Sherman Williams.

The induction ceremony will be held on at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 16 prior to the Indiana State-Illinois State basketball game at Hulman Center.


George Chestnut was a three-sport athlete at Indiana State University from 1932-1933, competing in football, basketball and baseball. Although Chestnut only played at Indiana State for two years, he was the football team’s top receiver and top defensive player in during the 1932 season. He was also the leading scorer and rebounder for the basketball team, and was a top pitcher on the baseball team.

Chestnut was a 6-foot-4 starting center for the Indianapolis Kautskys of the National Basketball League and was considered one of the best centers in that league. He had some impressive company on the Kautskys including John Wooden, who would later come to ISU as the men’s basketball coach, and Cy Proffitt, who would later be a coach and school administrator in the Terre Haute schools.

Chestnut died in Warren, OH, in 1983.


Brian Dorsett had an outstanding career as a catcher for Indiana State University from 1980-1983 and then spent 13 years playing professional. Dorsett was named to the 1983 All-NCAA Regional team, the 1983 All-MVC First Team, and the 1983 All-MVC Tournament team. During the 1983 season, Dorsett led ISU in RBI’s with 53, hits with 65, at-bats with 175 and home runs with 13. In 1982, Dorsett led the Sycamores with 17 doubles.

An all-around athlete from Terre Haute North High School, Dorsett was drafted in the 10th round by the Oakland A’s in 1983 and played in the Minor Leagues for his first three years. He was traded to Cleveland in 1987 and made his major league debut later that year. Dorsett also played for the California Angels, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and finished his professional career with the Chicago Cubs.


Chris Hicks was an outstanding offensive lineman for the Indiana State University football team from 1973-1975. He was named a First Team All-American in 1975.


Koebcke was the 1991 Indiana High School State Discus Champion and continued that championship form while a member of the Indiana State University track and field team. Koebcke was a three time All-American in Discus, and Academic All-American and a two-time National Strength and Conditioning All-American.

In 1993, Koebcke placed seventh in discus at the NCAA Championships, was ninth in 1994 and sixth in 1995. Also at the 1995 NCAA Championships, Koebcke finished 10th in the shot put.

Koebcke was a five time Missouri Valley Conference champion and was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Centennial Track and Field team earlier this year.


A 6-foot-5 small forward, John Sherman Williams played at Indiana State from 1983-1986 and started every game for four years. His 113 consecutive starts is still a school record as well as 4,107 minutes played and 520 points scored during his freshman year. He finished his career as the second leading scorer all-time and his 47 points against West Texas State during his sophomore game was also second best all-time by a Sycamore.

Williams was the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year, second team freshman All-American by Basketball Weekly. In 2007, Williams was named one of the top 50 players in Missouri Valley Conference history, joining other former Sycamores Larry Bird and Carl Nicks in that elite group.


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