Taylor Athletics Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Class


UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor University Athletics Department will induct four new members into its Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 13 as part of its 2018 Homecoming and Family Weekend celebration. The 2018 Hall of Fame Class consists of Chris Holtmann, Bill Jones, Betsy Brown Martinez and Ryne Otis.


Holtmann graduated from Taylor in 1994, following a standout two-year career on the hardwood for the Trojans. The guard collected NAIA All-American honors as a senior and was a two-time all-district selection. Holtmann helped the Trojans to the NAIA’s No. 1 ranking, a 25-9 record and an Elite Eight appearance during his senior campaign and closed his career with 936 points, 229 assists and the program’s best career three-point shooting percentage of .478. After wrapping up his playing career, Holtmann spent five years as an assistant coach at Taylor and has since served in head coaching roles for Gardner-Webb, Butler and Ohio State, earning Big South, Big East and Big 10 Coach-of-the-Year honors.


Jones was a 1965 Taylor graduate and a three-time starting quarterback for the Trojans during their string of three-straight HCC Championships. While under center, Jones guided Taylor to a record of 14 wins, no losses and one tie in league play from 1962 through 1964 and earned First-Team All-HCC honors as a senior. After completing his playing career, Jones went on to win 181 games as a high school football coach in Ohio, coaching his squads to six conference titles. Jones garnered six Coach-of-the-Year honors and was named the 1975 North Ohio Coach of the Year.


Martinez is a 2012 graduate of Taylor and is the only four-time NAIA All-American in the history of the TU volleyball program. The three-time MCC Setter of the Year sparked the Trojans to four-straight MCC Championships and a trio of NAIA National Tournament appearances, while helping TU to a 135-32 overall record and a 49-1 league mark in those four seasons. Martinez finished her career ranked second in program history with 6,087 assists, was named the Natalie Steele Award recipient in 2011 and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in 2012.


Otis also graduated from TU in 2012, after claiming a pair of NAIA All-American and MCC Player-of-the-Year accolades. The slugging first baseman was a four-time First-Team All-MCC standout, helping the Purple and Gold to four conference championships, three NAIA National Tournaments, a 149-70 overall record and an 83-20 league clip during his time in Upland. Otis also claimed the prestigious NAIA Gold Glove Award as the nation’s top defensive first baseman in 2012 and closed his career on the diamond as Taylor’s all-time leader with 41 home runs, 58 doubles, 11 triples and 228 runs batted in.


In addition to the four inductees, TU Athletics will also be celebrating the start of a varsity men’s lacrosse program, which is set to begin competition in March.