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‘C’ Club Hall of Fame to add seven new members

June 20, 2019 at 11:46 am

NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- In conjunction with Carleton College’s Alumni Reunion Weekend activities, seven new members are to be welcomed into the 'C' Club Hall of Fame. The 44th annual induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 22 at the Weitz Center for Creativity.

The seven-person 2019 induction class is the ‘C’ Club’s largest in four decades and includes All-American football player Matt Frank ’09, All-American basketball star Zach Johnson ’09, All-American swimmer Ted Marschall ’09, national champion swimmer Marie Marsman ’04, former women’s basketball coach Tammy Metcalf-Filzen, three-sport athlete Heidi Muller ’89, and basketball-baseball star Leon Smith ’74.

MATT FRANK ’09Matt Frank '09, football, C-Club inductee, 2019

One of the best wide receivers in Carleton annals, Matt Frank was only the second player in program history to earn All-America recognition at the position. He finished his illustrious career with a school-record 220 receptions, ranked second in team history with 2,766 receiving yards, and tied for third with 26 touchdown receptions.

After ranking fourth on the team with 21 catches as a rookie in 2005, he blossomed as a sophomore, hauling in a then-school single-season record 74 catches for 1,120 yards (second most in program history) and eight touchdowns. His reception and yardage totals led the MIAC and earned him Football Gazette’s All-America second-team recognition, making him one of only three sophomores named to any of the Football Gazette All-America teams that season.

He was limited by injury to only five games as a junior but returned to smash his own school record with 90 receptions in 2008. Frank totaled 12 touchdowns and 990 yards that season, the third-highest and fifth-best totals, respectively, in team history. Those statistics are particularly impressive considering he missed eight quarters of action—the equivalent of 20 percent of the season—due to a shoulder injury. Frank ranked third among all NCAA wide receivers (all divisions) that season by averaging 10.0 receptions per game and totaled 110.0 receiving yards per contest, a figure that ranked 11th in D-III and 24th in NCAA overall. He averaged 1.33 touchdowns each game, the ninth-best ratio in Division III and 18th among all NCAA wideouts. Frank had six double-digit reception games that year, including the program’s single-game record with 16 catches against St. Thomas on Oct. 25, 2008.

He earned All-MIAC First Team status in 2006 and 2008 and secured D3football.com’s All-West Region honors both years.

ZACH JOHNSON ’09Zach Johnson '09, men's basketball, C-Club inductee, 2019

Zach Johnson established the Carleton all-time record with 2,029 career points, ranking him 16th in Minnesota men’s collegiate basketball history (regardless of division) at the time. His 592 points during the 2008–09 season established a new Carleton single-season mark. He ranked 12th in Division III by averaging 22.8 points per game that season, the fifth-highest figure in team history. Johnson was the first Carleton player in 16 years to lead the MIAC in points per game (22.4 in conference games).

For his accomplishments on the court, he received numerous awards. In 2009 Johnson was named to the D3hoops.com All-America Second Team, becoming only the fifth All-American in Carleton men’s basketball history. That same year, College Sporting News named him the MIAC’s “MVP” and “Player of the Year,” marking the first time in the publication’s history that CSN gave both honors to the same player. He garnered All-MIAC honorable mention as a rookie, then took home All-MIAC First-Team distinction the next three years. He was named to both the D3hoops.com All-West Region Team and the NABC All-West District Team in 2007–08 and again in 2008–09. His play helped the Knights advance to the postseason all four years, including the 2006 NCAA Championships, which was Carleton’s first-ever trip to the national tournament.

Johnson was the first player in recorded school history to accumulate at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 250 assists for his career. He finished his time at Carleton with 584 boards, 264 assists, 147 steals, and 44 blocked shots. At the time he graduated, Johnson ranked fifth in school history for career steals, sixth in career scoring average (19.1 points) and total assists, and 12th in total rebounds. He also played one season as a member of the Carleton football team.

TED MARSCHALL ’09Ted Marschall '09, men's swimming and diving, C-Club inductee, 2019

One of the most decorated and accomplished swimmers in Carleton history, Ted Marschall was an eight-time All-American—the second-highest total in program history—and received All-America Honorable Mention three other times as he advanced to the finals at the NCAA Championships in 11 of 12 chances during his career.

At the 2006 national meet, he earned his first All-America award with a fifth-place result in the 400-yard individual medley. The following year he posted fourth-place finishes in both the 200 IM and 400 IM events. As a junior Marschall became the third men’s swimmer in team history to capture a trio of individual All-America awards as he was the national runner-up in the 200 IM and 400 IM in addition to a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke. He capped his collegiate career in 2009 with two more All-America swims, taking fifth in the 200 IM and eighth in the 200 breaststroke.

Marschall was an eight-time MIAC individual champion and captured 19 All-MIAC awards overall, including a perfect 12-for-12 in individual events. He won the 400 IM all four years, the 200 IM on three occasions, and the 200 breaststroke as a junior.

Marschall was voted the 2008 MIAC Men’s Swimmer of the Year, earned Carleton’s Warren L. Beson Memorial Award in 2009, and was honored with the swim program’s Warnecke Award for leadership, sportsmanship, and scholarship in 2008 and again in 2009. In addition to being a four-time CSCAA Scholar All-American, he was twice selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Men’s At-Large Team. For all of his accomplishments, Marschall was also awarded a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. He established MIAC Championships records on seven occasions. Ten years later, Marschall still holds the school record for the 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 breaststroke, 1000 freestyle, and 1650 freestyle along with four pool records.

MARIE MARSMAN ’04Maris Marsman '04, women's swimming and diving, C-Club inductee, 2019

Marie Marsman is one of the most accomplished athletes in Carleton and NCAA Division III swimming history. She raced for Carleton and competed for her country as she was the lone NCAA Division III member of the U.S. National Team that competed at the 2003 World Games in South Korea. She swam on the silver-medal winning 400-meter freestyle relay and placed 16th in the 100-meter freestyle. Marsman took a year off from Carleton to train for the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in 2004.

A 21-time All-American, Marsman earned a MIAC-record nine NCAA titles, seven of those coming in individual events. In 2002, she swept the 50, 100, and 200-yard freestyle swims to become the first Carleton Knight to win three individual national titles in one year. The following season Marsman was the NCAA champion in the 100 and 200 freestyle. She returned in 2005 to add individual national crowns in the 50 and 100 freestyle as well as help the Knights win the 200 and 400 freestyle relays at the NCAA Championships, as Carleton became the first MIAC school to win two national relay titles in the same year. The NCAA Swimmer of the Meet in 2002 and again in 2003, she was also a three-time finalist for the Honda NCAA D-III Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Award (2002, 2003, 2005).

Marsman was voted the MIAC’s Female Swimmer of the Year in 2002, 2003, and 2005. She won all 12 individual MIAC Championship races in which she competed, with those titles coming across four different events. Marsman was also a 10-time MIAC Champion in relay events.

She established then-national records in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle and was the first Division III female to swim the 100 freestyle in under 50 seconds. She still holds the MIAC 100 freestyle record; owns the Carleton 50, 100, and 200 freestyle records; and is a member of three Carleton record-holding relay teams.

TAMMY METCALF-FILZENTammy Metcalf-Filzen, women's basketball, C-Club inductee, 2019

Tammy Metcalf-Filzen is one of the most successful and decorated coaches in any sport over Carleton’s 150+ year history. After serving as the women’s basketball assistant coach from 1992 to 1997, she took over the head coaching position from 1997 to 2010, amassing a 226–122 record, making her the winningest coach in program history. Carleton women’s basketball owned a combined .310 win percentage in the 24 seasons prior to Metcalf-Filzen’s arrival, making her school-record .649 win percentage even more impressive. Carleton averaged more than 20 wins per season from 2000 to 2009, including a school-record 25 victories in both 2002–03 and 2003–04 with both squads nationally ranked throughout the year.

Under her direction, the Knights were three-time MIAC regular season champions (2003, 2004, and 2005) and five-time playoff champs (2001–04 and 2008). Metcalf-Filzen was the first coach in conference history to lead a team to four consecutive MIAC Playoffs titles in any sport, regardless of gender. She guided her team to four straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, including three consecutive trips to at least the second round. Metcalf-Filzen was honored as both MIAC Coach of the Year and West Region Coach of the Year in 2001, 2003, and 2004. She coached a three-time All-American, 25 First-Team All-MIAC performers, four MIAC Sixth Player-of-the-Year honorees, 12 MIAC All-Defensive Team selections, and 13 MIAC All-First-Year players. She also served as Carleton’s head women’s soccer coach from 1994 to 1997, guiding that program to double-digit wins in 1995 and 1997.

Metcalf-Filzen, who was inducted into the St. Olaf Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 due to her stellar playing career for the Oles, joins Charles Lunder (‘C’ Club class of 1990) as the only individuals to be inducted into both the Carleton and St. Olaf Athletic Halls of Fame.

HEIDI MULLER ’89Heidi Muller '89, softball, C-Club inductee, 2019

Heidi Muller participated in four seasons each of volleyball, basketball, and softball during her time at Carleton, an interesting development considering she told the Carletonian that she had not planned on playing any sport in college. However, Muller tried out for the volleyball team, enjoyed the camaraderie, and quickly became a three-sport collegiate student-athlete. She played on teams that established school records for victories in all three sports, and her leadership was recognized through her selection as a team captain within each program.

Muller made her greatest impact on the diamond, where she was a four-year starter at shortstop and a three-time All-MIAC selection. Her .385 career batting average, 120 hits, 21 doubles, 16 triples, 88 RBI, and 19 stolen bases were each the program standard at the time. Although she last suited up for the Knights 30 years ago, she still holds the team record for career triples (second-best in MIAC history), ranks second in RBI, and is third in batting average.

Muller batted better than .340 every season, including a blistering .432 during her junior campaign. She set the team single-season record with six triples in 1987 and still owns three of the top-10 RBI seasons in program history, including a then-school record 31 RBI in 1988. Muller displayed a keen batting eye as she totaled only 13 strikeouts over her four seasons—including two seasons with only one strikeout apiece—while walking a total of 34 times over that same span.

She appeared in 55 basketball games over her four seasons at Carleton and was a member of the volleyball program that totaled 112 victories over four years. Muller was the 1989 recipient of Carleton’s Ele Hansen Award.

After her playing career ended, Muller returned to Carleton as an assistant coach and then served as the interim head coach for softball during the 1992 season.

LEON SMITH ’74Leon Smith '74, men's basketball, C-Club inductee, 2019

Leon Smith was a three-time letter winner in both basketball and baseball during his time at Carleton. A basketball captain his junior and senior seasons, Smith was named to the five-player All-Midwest Conference First Team for the 1972–73 and 1973–74 campaigns. At the time he graduated, Smith ranked fourth in recorded team history with 1,088 career points over his three seasons. His scoring average of 19.4 points over 56 career games and 467 career field goals still rank ninth in the team record book, 45 years after his graduation.

Freshmen were ineligible to play varsity NCAA basketball his first year on campus, but Smith had an instant impact upon being inserted into the lineup as a sophomore. Showcasing his versatility, he played center and was second on the squad with a 14.5 scoring average. Smith shifted to forward the following season and was the conference’s second-leading scorer at 19.1 points per game. His senior year brought another position change — this time he was asked to play guard, and he responded spectacularly by averaging 25.2 points in 17 games, the second-highest scoring average in recorded team history.

On the diamond, Smith earned a spot in the starting rotation as a freshman and was selected to the All-Midwest Conference First Team in both 1971 and 1972. Considered to be the ace of the pitching staff, Smith often drew the toughest assignments for the Knights, even taking on D-II opponents.