Trine University inducted four individuals into its Athletic Hall of Fame during the
Touchstone and Homecoming Celebration Dinner on Oct. 4.
Matt Schlegelmilch, a 1997 chemical engineering graduate, put his stamp on the men’s
basketball program and solidified himself as one of the best three-point shooters
in program history. During his tenure at the university, Schlegelmilch set records for most career three-point field goals made with 290, with an astonishing
43.7 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. He also holds the single-season record
of 134 three-point field goals made in the ’96-’97 season. Schlegelmilch led the team in points and points per game his junior and senior seasons, earning
him a two-time selection to the WHAC First Team All-Conference and contributing to
the program’s second conference championship in 1995. Schlegelmilch currently resides
in Reston, Virginia, and works as a senior systems administrator for The College Board.
Sarah Belote and Andi Gasco competed for the Trine softball team from 2010 to 2013
and are the most prolific catcher – pitcher combination in school history. Through
their four-year career they garnered a record of 136 wins and 43 losses, with an astonishing
conference record of 52-12. They left the softball program with two conference championships,
three conference tournament championships, and four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances,
including a run to the regional championship.
Belote, a 2013 sport management graduate, was not only dynamic from behind the plate,
but at the plate. She holds seven individual game records, three of which are still
NCAA Division III records: most home runs in a game (4), most runs batted in (14)
and most total bases (19). Belote was named MIAA Most Valuable Player her senior year,
earned two First Team All-Conference selections, one Second Team All-Conference selection,
and a Second Team All-Region selection. She currently resides in the greater Detroit
area and works as a campaign director for the non-profit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Gasco, a 2013 psychology graduate, was a standout on the softball field. At the time
of her graduation, she had rewritten Trine’s all-time career record book, breaking
a phenomenal 20 school records. A four-time First Team All-Conference selection,
Gasco was a dynamic threat from the mound and at the plate. In 2013, she was the first Trine
softball player to earn All-American status, being named to the Second Team. She is
a two-time MIAA Pitcher of the Year, 2012 MIAA Most Valuable Player, and four-time
All-Region selection. Gasco is the only player in conference history to receive both
the MVP and Most Valuable Pitcher in the same year. An administrator for Coldwell
Banker, she currently resides in Blanchard, Michigan, with her fiancé, Damon, and
their 5-month old daughter, Nina.
For more than 30 years, Dr. William Gettig has been an avid supporter of the Trine/Tri-State
Athletic Department. Dr. Gettig was instrumental in launching the football program.
He not only advocated the benefits of having a football program on campus to the Board
of Trustees, but also provided significant financial contributions to get the team
off the ground. With a trip to the NAIA National Semi-Finals in 1998 within three
years of starting the program, Dr. Gettig proved his vision was an early success and
forever altered the course of the university. Five MIAA conference championships
and 25 years later, Trine has proven to be a Midwest football powerhouse.
Dr. Gettig is also an enthusiastic fan and supporter of the men’s golf program. During
Tri-State’s NAIA tenure, Dr. Gettig sponsored the Gettig scholarship for male golfers,
allowing many young men to realize their dream of golfing at the collegiate level.
He sponsors the Bill Gettig Golf Invitational each spring. He is so passionate for
the sport and the Trine golf team that he attended every tournament for 28 straight
years, handing out trophies he personally designed for the event to each of the winners.
The same passion and enthusiasm was extended to the men’s and women’s track programs
under Coach Richard Gollnick. According to Coach Gollnick, Dr. Gettig would financially
ensure the teams had the resources they needed to be successful.
Dr. Gettig’s contributions extend beyond Trine and Tri-State’s athletic teams. He
provided the Gettig Fitness Center that serves the health and wellness of Trine’s
entire student population. Each day, students are reminded of the time through our
carillon, which greets them with a different chime each hour. Dr. Gettig has proudly
served as the university president and chairman of the Board of Trustees, providing
invaluable leadership during Tri-State’s laboring years. He single-handedly kept
the university open when it experienced extreme financial crisis by delivering weekly
contributions. Without Dr. Gettig’s dedication and passion for Tri-State/Trine, the
university would not be the pillar of success it is today.