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Morningside College Announces 2018 M-Club Hall of Fame Inductees

August 30, 2018, in Athletics

(Sioux City, Iowa) – Morningside College will induct former standout athletes Cleo Franklin, Scott Larson, Nabil Sorathia, and Mike Winklepleck and coach and administrator Jerry Schmutte into the M-Club Hall of Fame as part of its Homecoming 2018 festivities on Saturday, Oct.13.

In addition, Morningside will honor Nicole Newberg Goodwin as M-Club Coach of the Year.

         The induction ceremony will take place at the annual M-Club Brunch on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. in the Yockey Family Community Room of the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Avenue. Cost for the brunch is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance reservations can be made by calling (712) 274-5315. Reservation deadline is Friday, Sept. 28.

         Franklin, a 1981 graduate, was a standout guard who has one of the highest career scoring averages at Morningside with 875 points in 56 contests for a norm of 15.6 points per game. Franklin earned first-team All-North Central Conference (NCC) honors for the 1978-79 and 1980-81 seasons after joining the team as a transfer from Muscatine Community College.

Franklin joined Morningside for his junior season and made an immediate impact that year when he led the team in scoring with 411 points for a 16.4-point average. He was a third-team all-district selection and was named to that season’s all-tournament team at the annual NCC Holiday Tournament.

Franklin was named the team’s MVP and was a first-team all-district selection as a senior when he scored 425 points. He was also Morningside’s second leading scorer and third leading rebounder with an average of 15.1 points and 4.2 rebounds a game.

Larson, a 1988 graduate and remarkable shortstop, was a four-year starter and two-time All-North Central Conference (NCC) performer for the Morningside baseball team. He was also named a first-team Academic All-American as a senior. Larson collected 176 hits in 515 at-bats for a .342 batting average with 35 doubles, four triples, 22 home runs, and 123 RBIs during his Morningside career.

Following a solid freshman campaign where he hit .281, Larson’s career took off as a sophomore when he batted a career-high .381 and led the team with 48 hits, 12 doubles, six home runs, and 34 RBIs. Larson was tabbed to the NCAA Division II All-North Central Region Team and was named a third-team All-American.

Larson earned All-NCC honors in his 1987 junior campaign when he led Morningside with a .367 batting average and also topped the team with 47 hits, seven doubles, two triples, six home runs, and 31 RBIs. Larson was a repeat All-NCC selection as a senior when he hit .333 with career-high totals of 12 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, and 39 RBIs.

Sorathia, a 2008 graduate, was a four-time All-GPAC men’s tennis player who played in the No. 1 flight in both singles and doubles. Sorathia logged a 27-15 singles record for a .643 winning percentage during his Morningside career. His 27 career singles triumphs were the second highest total in school history at the time of his graduation.

Sorathia had a 27-16 record in doubles competition to finish his career with 54 combined singles and doubles victories for the second highest total in the Morningside record book at the time of his graduation.  Sorathia had a 23-10 record for a .697 winning percentage when paired with Joel Patrick for the most victories and the highest victory rate by any doubles tandem in Mustang history.

Sorathia had a 7-1 singles record as a junior to set a Morningside single-season record with a .875 winning percentage.

Winklepleck, a 2007 graduate, earned NAIA All-America recognition and first-team All-GPAC honors in both baseball and football. He was a three-year starter in baseball as a third baseman and outfielder and a four-year starter at defensive back in football. Winklepleck was a three-time first team All-GPAC performer in football and was Morningside’s all-time leader with 20 career interceptions at the time of his graduation.

He also amassed career totals of 136 solos and 211 assists for 347 total tackles, 18 pass breakups, 18.5 tackles for losses of 61 yards, and eight fumble recoveries. Winklepleck led the Mustangs in fumble recoveries in each of his four seasons with the team.

As a junior, Winklepleck was named a Football Gazette first-team All-American and a NAIA second-team All-American as well as a Football Gazette second-team All-American and an honorable mention NAIA All-American.

In baseball, Winklepleck collected 184 hits in 484 at-bats to finish with a .380 career batting average with 37 doubles, six triples, 11 home runs, 110 RBIs, 152 runs scored, 95 walks, and 44 stolen bases. His152 runs scored was a school record and he was named Morningside’s MVP following his sophomore and senior seasons.

Winklepleck was a NAIA honorable mention All-American and a first-team All-GPAC performer as a senior when he had 77 hits in 177 at bats to finish ninth in the nation with a .435 batting average. He also had 15 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 45 RBIs, and led the Mustangs with 18 stolen bases, a .610 slugging percentage, a .558 on-base percentage, and school-record totals of 65 runs and 45 walks. The 49 walks is still a school record, while his 77 hits that season was the second highest total in the Morningside annals at the time.

Jerry Schmutte has enjoyed remarkable success as both a coach and administrator in a career that has spanned over four decades. His overall record in a 22-year career as a collegiate head men’s basketball coach was 368-210 for an impressive .637 winning percentage.

Schmutte complied a 194-135 record in a 12 year-run as Morningside’s men’s basketball head coach and established Morningside career records for victories and winning percentage (.590). He is one of only three men’s basketball coaches in Morningside history to have a winning record with more than two seasons at the helm.

Schmutte’s greatest season at Morningside came in 1994-95 when he directed the team to a 24-8 record en route to an Elite Eight finish in the NCAA II post-season tournament. One of Schmutte’s greatest coaching victories came that season when Morningside upset defending National Champion Fort Hays State 85-82 on the Tiger’s home court in the NCAA II North Central Regional Championship Game.

Schmutte assumed the role of Morningside’s athletic director in 2001, at a pivotal juncture in the college’s history when it made the transition from NCAA Division II to NAIA affiliation and gained membership in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) starting with the 2003-04 academic year. During Schmutte’s time as athletic director, Morningside added men’s and women’s swimming, wrestling, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s soccer, and cheer and dance to its slate of varsity sports.

He was named the 2007-08 Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Athletic Director of the Year by vote of his GPAC peers. Morningside’s athletic teams thrived during the Schmutte era. Under Schmutte’s watch the Mustangs won three NAIA Division II National Championships in women’s basketball and made 10 consecutive national tournament appearances in that sport.

Goodwin, our M-Club Coach of the Year, currently serves as the girls’ basketball coach and athletic director at Kingsley-Pierson High School in Kingsley, Iowa. She began coaching in 2002 as an assistant and became head coach the following year.

The teams Goodwin has coached have gained more experience and in 2012-23 was a breakthrough season with a 15-8 record. The team has been district champions for five years in a row, Western Valley champions for four years in a row, regional finalists for four years in a row, and state qualifiers during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, where they won their first game and lost in the semi-finals. Goodwin also coached volleyball for five seasons.

As a coach, Goodwin enjoys fast-paced, quick transition offense and defense, as well as incorporating many different types of presses and defenses depending on opponents. Goodwin has developed that style over her 14 years of coaching and rebuilding the basketball program.