On Wednesday night at the Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch, the MIAA held their awards ceremony. They also held inductions for their sixth class into the MIAA Hall of Fame. A total of 10 nominees were inducted last night including four individuals that represented University of Central Missouri. Kim Anderson, Kristin (Anderson) Swisher, Darla (Curp) Moberly and Danny Powers were each enshrined into the conference’s Hall of Fame.
Kim Anderson was the Mules basketball coach from 2002 to 2014. Anderson led Central Missouri to the 2014 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship in addition to MIAA Regular Season and NCAA-II Central Region crowns and was named the NABC Division II National Coach of the Year. In 12 seasons at UCM, Anderson compiled a 274-95 (.743) record and became the winningest coach in Mules Basketball history. He led the Mules to six MIAA Regular Season Championships, including each of his final three seasons, four MIAA Tournament Titles, three Final Fours and the 2014 National Championship. Over his final 11 seasons, no school in the MIAA won more games than Central Missouri. The Mules qualified for every MIAA Tournament during his 12 seasons and made seven trips to the NCAA-II National Tournament. He was a two-time MIAA Coach of the Year. His teams had three 30-win seasons, the only three in program history. They won 20 or more games seven times and his six MIAA championships are the most of any coach in school history. Coach Anderson is now the head men’s basketball coach for the Mizzou Tigers where he once played.
Kristin (Anderson) Swisher was apart of the Jennies Cross Country and Track and Field teams from 2001 to 2006. Anderson was a two-time National Champion for Jennies Track & Field, winning the 2005 steeplechase and the 2006 indoor 5,000 meters. She was a six-time All-American earning honors in the 2003, 04 and 05 steeplechase; the 2005 and 06 indoor 5,000 meters; and the 2006 indoor distance medley relay. She holds the school record in the indoor 5,000 meters, indoor distance medley relay and steeplechase. She is second all-time at UCM in the outdoor 5,000 meter run, third in the indoor mile and outdoor 1,500 meters, fourth in the indoor 3,000 meter run and outdoor 3,000 meters and seventh in the 10,000 meters. She was the MIAA’s Ken B. Jones Award winner as the conference’s top female student-athlete and the Division II Female Student-Athlete of the Year. She was a 25-time All-MIAA performer during her career. She recently qualified for the 2016 United States Olympic Trials in the marathon.
Darla (Curp) Moberly was on the Jennies Cross Country and Track and Field teams from 1982 to 1986. Moberly was an eight time All-American in track and cross country and won the first national title in Jennies’ track & field history when she won the outdoor 3,000 meters in 1986. She still holds the Walton Stadium records for the outdoor 3,000 and 5,000 meter runs. She is the UCM record holder in the indoor 3,000m run, 1,000m run (discontinued event), and ranks fourth in the mile run. She is the UCM outdoor record holder in the 3,000m, 5,000m, and 10,000m runs and ranks second in the 1500m run. She won the 1986 Dr. Peggy Martin Award as UCM’s top female senior student-athlete.
Danny Powers played baseball for the Mules from 2003 to 2005. Powers was the 2005 National, Regional and MIAA Pitcher of the Year. He was a first team All-MIAA, All-American and the 2005 Rawlings/ABCA National Player of the Year. A two-time All-MIAA selection, he was also named to the Central Region All-Tournament team three times, including MVP of the regional as a senior. He Holds UCM single-season record for wins (15), is second all-time in career wins with 31. He also holds single-season record for strikeouts with 129 in 2005 and his 277 career strikeouts is also a program record. His 2.47 career ERA is 10th best in program history. His 113.0 innings pitched in 2005 are second most in a single-season in UCM history and his 255 career innings are the fourth most all-time. Powers went 7-1 in the NCAA Tournament during his three years in the cardinal & black, including a win in the 2003 National Championship game against Tampa.