Friends University honored four former athletes and one administrator as they were inducted into the Falcon Athletic Hall of Fame Feb 4.
Ron Becker, G’80/M’96
Football, basketball, and tennis
Ron Becker came to Friends University in 1976 after having played football for the University of Kansas for a year. As a Falcon, he played halfback and free safety from 1978 to 1980. During that time, he served as team captain, was named three-time All-District 10 player, and named All-American Second Team in 1979. Becker also played Falcon basketball in 1977, and tennis from 1978 to 1980. He was a member of the Friends University Fellowship of Christian Athletes for three years. Ron graduated in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and in 1996 with a master’s degree in management. He currently works as a general manager for Graco Supply Company. He also is an active member and elder at the Mulvane Christian Church, and serves as president of the Mulvane School District’s board of education.
Lori (Cox) Carter, G’90
Lori (Cox) Carter played Falcon volleyball from 1986 to 1989. She played with three KCAC title teams from 1987 to 1989, receiving the All-KCAC Academic Award for Most Improved Player her sophomore year. She was also named All-KCAC, All-District 10, and team captain – all in her junior and senior years. During her senior year, Lori was named Most Valuable Player, and received the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll all four years she was a student Friends University. In 1990, Carter graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
“I am truly honored to be recognized by Friends University in this manner. There are some incredible athletes in the Friends University Athletic Hall of Fame and to be included in this group is humbling,” Carter said. “The University, athletic department and selection committee created a very special day for all of the inductees. It was very exciting to be back on campus, seeing the old and the new. It was an incredible experience.”
Robert “Bob” Moore, 1957-67
Coach and athletic director
Bob Moore served as Falcon athletic director from 1957 to 1967, basketball coach from 1957 to 1967, track coach from 1957 to 1959, assistant football coach from 1957 to 1959, and head football coach from 1959 to 1967. He was well respected by student athletes because of his dedication to the athletic programs at the University and its students, especially when financial resources were not always available. After retiring from Friends University, Moore helped his brother-in-law run Sunflower Bolt & Nut Company in Kansas City, Kan. In 1975, he managed his own business – Stan’s Sales and Service – in Portland, Ore. Moore died in 2008, and his family said he would be honored by his induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
“He would be proud and grateful to be inducted into the Friends University Athletic Hall of Fame, and acknowledged by the University and the student-athletes he coached,” said Brad Moore, Bob Moore’s son.
Joseph “Joe” Hill, G’04
Joe Hill played linebacker for Falcon football from 1998 to 2000. During that time, he received many honors, including – All-KCAC Second Team and Most Valuable Defensive Player during his sophomore year; All-KCAC First Team, two-time recipient of the KCAC Player of the Week, preseason All-American and Most Valuable Defensive Player during his junior year; and All-KCAC First Team, two-time recipient of the KCAC Player of the Week, preseason and postseason All-American, and Most Valuable Defensive Player his senior year. Joe graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in human services and psychology. Joe currently works as a police officer of the city of Houston.
Hill said he has many special memories of his time at the University.
“One of the best highlights of my time at Friends is the camaraderie I built with my teammates through the years of playing football, and the friendships that continued after graduation,” Hill said. “I have fond memories of winning close games, and how my teammates and I came together for team study groups.”
Hill said he is humbled by his induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
“I am very honored that Friends University recognizes my hard work, commitment and accomplishments on the football field,” Hill said. “I am very proud to be able to share this special moment with my friends and family.”
James Erik “Rick” Tjaden, G’72
Rick Tjaden played defensive tackle for the Falcon football team from 1967 to 1970. During that time, he was named All-Conference in 1969 and 1970, and tri-captain in 1970. He graduated in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology. Rick continued to be involved with the Falcon football team as an alumnus by serving as defensive line coach from 1972 to 1975, defensive coordinator from 1976-1978, and then as weight training coach. He then returned to the Falcon football program as a volunteer coach during the 1991 and 1992 seasons.
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