Four new members to be inducted into BVU Athletic Hall of Fame
STORM LAKE-The Buena Vista University Athletic Department has announced that Randy Braden '76, Todd Candor '87, Marc Renning '91 and Amy (Meggers) Divis '04 will each be inducted into the BVU Athletic Hall of Fame during half-time ceremonies of the BVU vs UW-Platteville football game on Saturday, September 6, 2014.
Braden was a two-sport athlete for the Beavers, succeeding in both basketball and baseball. On the hardwood, he was a four-year letter-winner from 1972-76, earning all-conference accolades twice and MVP honors once. He played on the team's Iowa Conference Championship team in 1975-76. As a freshman, he totaled a school record 405 total points, including one 39-point performance. He was one of just four members in the illustrious 1,000-point club when he graduated.
On the diamond, Braden was a two-year letter-winner (1973 and 1974) and was a member of the team's 1974 conference championship.
A 1976 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education/PE, he began his career in the Van Meter Community School District where he served as a teacher/coach for seven years. He then moved into a career in administration where he served a combined 13 years as K-6 Principal at two different school districts. He continued on in the path of administration, serving as Superintendent at Eagle Grove for five years (1996-2001) before holding the same position at Vinton-Shellsburg form 2001 until his retirement in 2009.
Candor was also a stand-out on the diamond for BVU where he was a four-year letter-winner from 1984-87. He was a Second Team All-IIAC selection as a sophomore before earning First Team accolades his final two seasons. He was a Regional All-America by Converse as both a junior and senior.
He finished his stellar career ranked second all-time in program history with a .406 career batting average. He also ranked in the top-10 all-time in slugging percentage, on base percentage, doubles and total bases. His .462 batting average as a senior was fourth-highest in single season history, while his /453 average as a junior ranked fifth.
Candor graduated with a degree in Finance and banking and his son Kendall is a current member of the Beaver baseball team.
Renning was also a two-sport performer during his collegiate career for the Beavers, competing in both football and baseball. He was a two-year letter-winner on the gridiron while earning four more on the diamond.
Most of Marc's success during his four years on campus came on the diamond. He was a four-time First Team All-IIAC performer and would earn Second Team All-American accolades by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 1989. As a senior, he posted the third-highest single-season batting average in school history (.463). He finished his career ranked in the top-five offensively in total bases (218), walks (72), on base percentage (487), hits (138), doubles (30), RBI (92). He struck out just 42 times in 359 career at-bats.
Marc graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education. He spent 10 years early in his career serving as a fourth grade teacher/coach in the Carroll Community School District. He was then the Director of the BCU Center in Denison, Iowa from 2003-07 and has since been the UNI/DMACC 2+2 Coordinator and faculty member.
Divis turned in a stellar four-year playing career on the hardwood for BVU. She was a four-year letter-winner from 2000-04 as the Beavers went a combined 46-11 over her final two campaigns. She finished her career as the program's third all-time leading scorer with 1,632 points and second in the rebounding at 809. Her 321 rebounds in 2003-4 set a new school record. She was named the Iowa Conference MVP as both a junior and a senior and went on to earn First Team All-American honors as a junior. She was also part of a Sweet 16 team in 2003-04 that went 22-3 overall and 15-1 in Iowa Conference play.
Amy graduated with a degree in Sports Management and has spent the last four years serving as a paralegal with Baylor, Even, Curtiss, Grimit and Witt, LLP in Linvoln, Neb.
The Beavers and Pioneers are scheduled to kick-off at 1 p.m. at the J. Leslie Rollins Stadium on Sept. 6.