February 19, 2013
SUBJECT: FOUR INDIVIDUALS HONORED AT TWENTY-NINTH SPORTS HALL OF FAME
By: Morgan Sowell
College of the Ozarks honored S of O alumnus Glen Gaines and C of O alumna Cindy Russell Rear, former Track and Cross Country Coach Robert Osburn, as well as the late Colonel Gary Herchenroeder at the Twenty-Ninth Annual College of the Ozarks Sports Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon on Feb. 9.
Sports Hall of Fame Honoree Glen Gaines started for the School of the Ozarks High School Basketball Team from 1954 to 1957. After graduating from S of O, Gaines took a year off before returning to S of O junior college in 1958. At that time he enjoyed his positions as a starter for the junior college basketball team, catcher on the baseball team, and sprinter on the track team. Gaines participated in the dorm council, worked with the fire department and served as class officer.
Honoree Cindy Russell Rear played volleyball from 1993 to 1996, after transferring to College of the Ozarks from Southwest Baptist University. During her career she received many honors: The Hustle Award, Mazzio’s All-Conference, Rockhurst All-Tournament, First Team All-Conference and NAIA Midwest Region All- Regional team. A member of the 20 Kill Club, Russell accomplished 20 kills against Ouachita Baptist University her senior year.
The College also posthumously inducted Associate Professor of Military Science Colonel Gary Herchenroeder, a long-time employee and avid Bobcat Athletics supporter, into its Sports Hall of Fame. Herchenroeder served as the chair of athletic committee for many years. A retired Army Black Hawk helicopter pilot, he served in both Operation Desert Storm, as well as the Army National Guard. Colonel Herchenroeder is remembered for piloting the much-loved Bobcat Blimp at home athletic events and during NAIA National Tournament.
The College honored Coach Robert Osburn at the Luncheon and announced that the track would be officially named the Coach Robert Osburn Track. Coach Osburn came to School of the Ozarks in 1957, after serving in the United States Air Force during World War II. He coached track and cross country, after earning his Bachelor of Science from Northwest Missouri State University and Master of Education from University of Missouri. Osburn was named Coach of the Year twice and earned the distinction of being named District 16 Coach of the Year at least nine times in his career. While under his leadership, the Track and Cross Country Team won 25 conference championships and seven district championships. He also coached Jesse Beard, a qualifier of the United States Olympic Trials in track and field.