Buena Vista University will hold its annual Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony Sept. 6, with four alumni student-athletes will inducted: Tara Bertram, Doyle Douglas, Ken Fox and Steve McPherson.
Every year the University pays tribute to some of those student-athletes who helped make that tradition so rich by inducting them into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Tara Bertram, a 1985 graduate of BVU, was a major contributor to the Iowa Conference women's basketball championship team in 1985 and still holds school records at BVU. Along with being a two-time second team All-American, the Storm Lake native went on to earn a master's degree in education with an emphasis in sport administration and sport psychology from the University of Kansas, where she was a graduate teaching assistant. Bertram has taught physical education for 18 years in Iowa, Missouri and Indiana. Also, she has coached basketball, softball, volleyball and swimming at different age levels. Currently Bertram lives in Fishers, Ind.
Doyle Douglas graduated from BVU in 1965 and was a four-year letter winner in both football and track. He was a football co-captain, helping his teammates earn two runner-up finishes, and still holds the school record for the best punting average in a season. In track, Douglas was a two-time Iowa Conference champion in shot put, a co-captain, and runner up twice in discus.
Douglas went on to earn his master's degree from Northwest Missouri State University in school administration. Douglas has been very successful in each of the career paths he has chosen: as a teacher, coach, administrator and school board member; in banking as a vice-president and vice-chairman of the board of two banks; as a certified insurance counselor; and as a marketing director.
Douglas is now co-owner of Creative Carts of Tennessee, which makes specialty golf carts. He and his wife. Colleen, live in Cookeville, Tenn., and have four children, two of which are BVU graduates.
Ken Fox, a 1991 BVU graduate, excelled in track and field as a four-time All American and 1990 Indoor National Champion. To this day, he still holds the BVU school record in the indoor high jump. Since graduating from BVU, he has been active in community service projects and also coached high school track.
Fox's career path led him into the mortgage appraisal business for seven years. At the present time, he is employed with Real Estate Services Direct. Fox has won awards in both career fields. He and his wife, Carrie, live in Maple Grove, Minn. and have three children.
Steve McPherson graduated from Buena Vista University in 1974 and was an outstanding performer on both the football and track teams at BVU. As a football player, he helped BVU to two Iowa Conference championships as a four-year letter winner and a two-time All-Conference player. He earned three letters in track and was a two-time participant at the Drake Relays.
McPherson has been involved in community service and is a member of many education and athletic associations. A successful teacher/coach, he moved into administration after earning his master's degree in elementary education from Drake University.
McPherson has also earned a superintendent's certificate from the University of Northern Iowa. He was nominated for Middle School Principal of the Year in Area 5 while serving in that capacity in his hometown of Jefferson. For the past six years, McPherson has been the elementary principal in the North Linn. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Coggon, and have two daughters.
The public is invited to help honor the newest Athletics Hall of Fame inductees during halftime of the BVU football game versus Gustavus Adolphus College on Sept. 6. Kick-off time is 1 p.m.