Bethel College Athletic Inductees for 2005

The Bethel College Athletic Hall of Fame has honored its inductees for 2005. This year's inductees are Bethel College alums Karl Black, Jack Carpenter and Nicole Matunas. The three were guests at the Hall of Fame Golf Classic held Monday, September 12, 2005, at Knollwood Country Club, Granger, IN, and were inducted during the Hall of Fame Banquet on the Bethel College campus, Sunday, September 11.  

Karl Black graduated in 1995 with a BA degree in Liberal Studies. Karl was a four-year letter winner in soccer and is considered one of the best defenders in Bethel College soccer history. He was a first team NCCAA All-American during his senior year in 1991. He was also named team captain for three years. Karl was a 2-time All-Mid-Central Conference 1st Team Player ('90, '91). He was also named to the 1989 NCCAA All-Regional Team. Karl and his wife Danielle have three sons: Braden (4), Kole (2), and Owen (1month). Karl and his family attend St. Mark Missionary Church where he serves as the youth pastor.

Jack Carpenter graduated in 1986 with a BA degree in Elementary Education. Jack received his Master's degree in 1994 in Elementary Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. Jack was a four-year letter winner in basketball and golf. Jack is considered one of the top long range shooters in Bethel College Basketball history. Currently Jack still remains in the basketball record books: 5th in career free throw percentage (83.9), 7th in single season free throw percentage (87.3 in '83-'84), 10th career field goal percentage (55.5), and 22nd in career scoring (1,463 points). Jack's other basketball accomplishments include being named All-American (HM) in the NCCAA in 1984, 2-time NCCAA All-District ('83, '84), Mid-Central Conference 1st team ('84) and 2-time All-NAIA District team – HM ('83,'84). In golf, Jack was a 2-time Mid-Central Conference 1st Team ('83,'84), NAIA All-District ('83), and NCCAA All-District ('83). Jack is married to Lisa and they have two sons, Griffin (12) and Quentyn (11), and a daughter Lindsey (11). Jack is currently an elementary school teacher and coach in the Triton School Corporation. He and his family attend Warsaw Community Church.

Nicole Matunas graduated in 1996 with BA degree in Secondary English Education. She received her Master's degree with honors in Education from Lee University in 1999. Nikki was a four-year letter winner in softball and basketball. In softball she was 1st team NCCAA All-American in 1996 as catcher, member of the 1995 NCCAA National Championship team, 1st team on the NCCAA All-Tournament Team in 1995, 3-time Mid-Central Conference Team ('93, '95, '96), 3-time NCCAA All-Region Team ('93, '95, '96), 2-time NAIA All-District ('95, '96), and played professionally for Georgia Pride in 1997. By her graduation Nikki had also broken several basketball records including career assists (469), games played (126), and single season assists (150). Currently Nikki is a teacher and the head softball coach at Cleveland City Schools in Tennessee where she attends Mt. Olive Church of God.

The purpose of the Bethel College Athletic Hall of Fame is to give special recognition to former Bethel College players or coaches who have excelled in their respective sport. Emphasis upon Christian values, moral character and personal integrity is primary in the selection process. An individual also may be selected for meritorious service based upon his or her contribution to the athletic program and to Bethel College.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of 1,964 includes students from 34 states, 19 countries, more than 20 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. The Bethel campus is situated on 75 beautifully wooded acres in Mishawaka, Indiana.