BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Three great names in the history of Western Kentucky University
Athletics will be inducted as the 27th class into the WKU Athletic Hall of Fame in
ceremonies set for Homecoming Weekend, set for Oct. 14 vs. Charlotte, this fall.
The 2017 class includes ShaRae Mansfield (women’s basketball), John Mutchler
(football) and Jim Rose (men’s basketball) and will bring the number of former WKU
athletes and coaches to earn berths in the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame to 149
since its founding in 1991.
The 2017 class will be inducted in a ceremony highlighting the annual W-Club
Homecoming Brunch, set for 10 a.m. (CDT), Saturday, Oct. 14, on John Oldham Court
inside E.A. Diddle Arena.
The inductees will also be honored in ceremonies on Jimmy Feix Field at halftime of
the annual Homecoming Football Game, set to kickoff at 3:30 p.m. W-Club members
with a valid 2017-18 membership card may claim one complementary ticket to the
football game and purchase additional tickets at a discounted rate.
ShaRae Mansfield (Women’s Basketball, 4 letters, 1998-01)
An All-American as a senior and a three-time All-Sun Belt Conference First Team
selection, ShaRae Mansfield was WKU’s Female Athlete of the Year both her junior and
senior seasons – just the second WKU athlete to be so honored on two occasions; and
the first women’s basketball athlete. She was also named to the All-SBC Tournament Team as a senior. At the end of her Lady Topper career, she was just the second player in pro gram history to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds. Mansfield
currently ranks seventh on the all-time scoring list (1,804 points) and fifth in
total rebounds (1,000). She also ranks ninth in career scoring average (14.2 ppg),
seventh in field goals made (700), fifth in field goal percentage (53.6%), seventh
in free throws made (403), eighth in rebounding average (7.9 rpg) and fifth in
blocked shots (133). Her four Lady Topper teams won 88 games and made three
postseason appearances (two in the NCAA and one in the WNIT). She was drafted in
the third round by the Houston Comets of the WNBA in 2001, but injury ended her pro
career after a short stint playing in Israel. She currently resides in her native
John Mutchler (Football, 1 letter, 1963)
John Mutchler transferred to The Hill from Kentucky in 1962 and played just one
season as a Hilltopper, but made the most of that opportunity, earning All-America
honors as an end (playing both offense and defense) on the 1963 team.
That club, the only undefeated squad in WKU football history, went 10-0-1, won the Ohio Valley
Conference crown and posted an impressive 27-0 shutout victory over the Otto
Graham-coached Co ast Guard Academy in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando. A key factor
on a defense that gave up just seven points a game and an offense that scored 28 per
outing, he was an All-OVC pick and was honored as the league’s Defensive Player of
the Year. His selection on the Williamson Mid-Bracket All-America Team was, at the
time, the highest h onor ever bestowed on an OVC football athlete. College football
in the 1960s had just two divisions, the College Division and the University
Division. WKU and the OVC completed at the college division level. The Williamson
Team honored athletes representing both divisions. He was also a second-team
selection on the AP All-America Team. Mutchler is the son of WKU Athletic Hall of
Famer Brad Mutchler, a stellar basketball and baseball athlete in the mid-1930s.
Mutchler, who grew up in Paducah, Ky., lives in Foley, Ala.
Jim Rose (Men’s Basketball, 3 letters, 1969-71)
Jim Rose came to The Hill from Hazard, Ky., as a highly touted member of the 1967
recruiting class and went on to help lead the 1971 Hilltoppers to third place honors
in the NCAA Final Four, earning All-America honors as a senior.
He was a second round draft pick of the NBA Boston Celtics (the 28th overall selection) in ’71;
and, he was also drafted by the Memphis Tams in the second round of the ABA draft.
Rose was twice named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference Team (1970 and 71). A great
outside shooter in the days before the three-point field goal, he finished his
three-year varsity career with 1,133 points. He was a key factor in leading his
junior and senior teams to a combined 46-9 record (83.6%), back-to-back OVC
championships and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including that Final Four
trip in ’71. Rose, the third member of the ’71 club to be inducted into the WKU
Athletic Hall of Fame (along with Jim McDaniels and Clarence Glover), passed away in
Tickets for the event, which is open to the general public, are $15 each and can be
purchased and/or reserved:
* online at alumni.wku.edu/wclubbrunch17 (then click on the “Registration” box and
fill out the reservation form)
* by calling 1-888-WKU-ALUM (1-888-958-2586) or, locally in the Bowling Green area,
* or, by contacting either W-Club Treasurer Bill Edwards (270-745-6026;
email@example.com) or W-Club Secretary Paul Just
Each W-Club member who has paid his/her 2017-18 dues may claim two complimentary
tickets to the event; however, seating is limited and reservations MUST be made –
either online, by phone with the Alumni Association, or with Edwards or Just – to
ensure seating is available. Non-members, and the general public, are welcome, but
must purchase tickets (see above). Letterwinners who have not yet paid their ’17-18
dues may do so online via credit card (at alumni.wku.edu/joinwclub) or at the door
with a prior reservation.