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Folks, Thielemier Krussel Inducted into Hall of Fame

on October 13, 2009 by Janet Edwards

Maryville University President Mark Lombardi, Jill Theilmeir Krussel, Lonnie Folks and Director of Athletics Tony Duckworth
Maryville University President Mark Lombardi, Jill Theilmeir Krussel, Lonnie Folks and Director of Athletics Tony Duckworth

Lonnie Folks ’82, ’88, and Jill Thielmier Krussel ’01, were inducted to the Maryville University Athletics Hall of Fame during the recent Hall of Fame dinner held during Alumni Weekend.

Folks was involved in Maryville Athletics for more than 20 years. He was a member of the men’s soccer and baseball teams and was named the men’s soccer Freshman of the Year in 1978. He later coached the women’s soccer, women’s basketball and softball teams. He was a two-time SLIAC Coach of the Year in both women’s soccer and softball.

The women’s soccer team won three consecutive conference titles (1996-98) and also won the conference tournament crown in 1998. The 1996-98 teams all posted undefeated conference records. The softball squad won the SLIAC title in 1997. He coached two SLIAC Players of the Year, three SLIAC Newcomers of the Year and 80 All-Conference award winners.

Krussel was a four-year member of the women’s soccer team, including the squads that won three consecutive SLIAC regular season titles, from 1997-99. The 1999 team also qualified for the NCAA tournament. She holds the No. 2 spot on Maryville’s list of career records in three categories: games played (78), goals (40) and points (134). She was a three-time First-team All-SLIAC selection and was named the conference’s Player of the Year in 1999.

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