Spartan Club Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2013

Top Row (L-R): Kelly Alexander, Ken Baumeister and Jim Fox. Bottom Row (L-R): Chris Nader, Nancy Moon Tofil and Rich Zdrojewski.
Top Row (L-R): Kelly Alexander, Ken Baumeister and Jim Fox. Bottom Row (L-R): Chris Nader, Nancy Moon Tofil and Rich Zdrojewski.

CLEVELAND – The Spartan Club, in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University Athletics, has announced its Hall of Fame induction class of 2013. Six former student-athletes will join the 324 members previously enshrined since the club’s inception in 1975. The new members will be enshrined at the annual Spartan Club banquet on Friday, April 26.

This year’s class includes five Case Western Reserve inductees and one Heritage selection.

The five CWRU inductees include:
Kelly Alexander ´02 (swimming)
Jim Fox ´97, M.B.A ’01 (basketball)
Chris Nader ´02 (wrestling)
Nancy Moon Tofil ´94 (soccer)
Rich Zdrojewski ´94 (football)

Ken Baumeister (tennis), a 1957 graduate of Case Institute of Technology, is this year’s Heritage selection.

“The Spartan Club is proud to announce the Hall of Fame induction class of 2013,” said first-year President and 1993 CWRU graduate Mike Scheiman. “Much like years past, our selection committee was presented with the incredible challenge of choosing an induction class from a deep pool of outstanding nominees. This year’s class represents the very best of Spartan athletics, and we are looking forward to its enshrinements ceremony on April 26.”

The 2013 Hall of Fame induction banquet begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26 at the Veale Center.

Kelly Alexander

Alexander was a 14-time NCAA Division III All-American during one of the most successful eras for the Spartan women’s swimming & diving program. A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Alexander earned All-American honors during each of her four seasons with eight individual finishes and as a part of six relay teams. Alexander’s top individual performance came during the 1999 NCAA Division III Championship when she finished fourth in the nation in both the 500-yard and 1,650-yard freestyle events. Alexander still ranks second in program history in the 500 free (4:59.89) and 200 free (1:53.86) as well as third in the 1650 free (17:14.33). She is also a member of three school-record relay quartets in the 200 free (1:36.78), 400 free (3:32.67) and 800 free (7:41.13). In 2001, Alexander was named CWRU’s Dorothy L. Hoza Award winner for her strong contribution to the women’s sports program, high level of academic achievement, leadership and service.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in art education from CWRU, Alexander went on to serve as an elementary school art teacher in North Carolina, and she obtained a Master of Art Education degree from East Carolina University. She later earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2011 and currently works as a Marketing Analyst for UPS in Atlanta. Kelly and her husband, Jon Gellin (CWRU ’02), have a three-year old son, David.

Jim Fox

Fox remains the most productive point guard in Spartan basketball history and is one of only five CWRU student-athletes to earn Academic All-America® honors three times. A local product out of Willoughby, Ohio, Fox is the program’s all-time leader with 403 career assists. He also ranks 12th with 1,162 career points and eighth with 110 three-pointers. A 1997 first-team All-University Athletic Association honoree, Fox averaged 17.4 points and 5.8 assists during his senior campaign. He owns the program’s top-two single-season assist totals with 145 in 1996-97 and 125 in 1995-96 as well as the school’s single-game record with 13 in 1996. Of his three Academic All-American® seasons, Fox was twice named a first-team honoree. In 1997, he won the CWRU Patricia B. Kilpatrick Award with the highest four-year grade point average amongst all senior student-athletes.

In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, Fox also holds a Master of Business Administration from CWRU. He worked for General Electric for eight years and is currently in investment management at Parkwood Corporation in Cleveland. Fox, and his wife, Amanda, reside in nearby Concord with their three children, Charlie (8), Ella (6) and Luke (3).

Chris Nader

Nader is one of only five Spartan wrestlers to earn multiple NCAA Division III All-American finishes. A native of nearby Lakewood, Ohio, Nader placed sixth in the nation at 157 pounds in 2001 and eighth in Division III at 165 pounds in 2002. Also the 2001 UAA Wrestler of the Year, Nader ranks seventh all-time in program history with 110 wins (110-42 overall). As a junior, he was named the CWRU Arthur P. Leary Award winner for his leadership, academic performance, sportsmanship and contribution to the athletic department. Those qualities also earned him the Philip K. “Nip” Heim Award as a senior.

Following graduation, Nader served as the team’s associate head coach from 2003-10, and as interim head coach for the 2011-12 campaign. Currently, he is serving as a paralegal for the Robert E. Sweeney Company, L.P.A.

Nancy Moon Tofil

Moon Tofil (formerly Nancy Moon) was a standout on the pitch and in the classroom for the Spartan soccer program. A native of Schenectady, New York, Moon Tofil was a three-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region honoree as well as an Academic All-American® and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner. A three-year captain and two-time winner of the CWRU Dorothy L. Hoza Award, Moon Tofil is one of just three Spartans to be named to the UAA 25th Anniversary Women’s Soccer Team. Moon Tofil ranks second all-time in program history with 53 points and 17 assists, and she is third all-time with 18 goals. A four-year letterwinner, Moon Tofil helped lead the 1991 squad to 12 wins and 10 shutouts – each school records until the 2011 season. Following her senior season of soccer, she joined the Spartan track & field team and won a North Coast Athletic Conference Championship in the 1,500-meter run. She also earned a varsity letter with the 1990-91 women’s basketball team as a freshman.

In addition to graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering from CWRU, Moon Tofil earned a Medical Doctor degree from The Ohio State University and a Master of Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she completed her pediatric residency and pediatric critical care fellowship. Currently, she serves as an associate professor of pediatrics at UAB as well as Medical Director of the Pediatric Simulation Center at Children’s of Alabama. Moon Tofil and her husband, Eric (CWRU ’94), have two children, Jarod (11) and Ryan (7). 

Rich Zdrojewski

Zdrojewski is one of the best defensive linemen in Spartan football history. A native of nearby Willowick, Ohio, Zdrojewski was a two-time Football Gazette All-American in 1991 and 1993 as well as three-time All-UAA and All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection from 1991-93. As a senior, Zdrojewski was named the UAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year and the Hank Critchfield Award winner as the NCAC’s Defensive MVP. A member of the UAA 25th Anniversary Football Team, Zdrojewski ranks amongst the program’s leaders with 225 tackles, 46 tackles for loss and 28.5 sacks.

Following graduation, Zdrojewski began coaching youth football, and he currently competes in triathlons. He is the owner/operator of a Bricks 4 Kidz franchise in McKinney, Texas. Zdrojewski and his wife, Colleen, have two daughters, Kaitlyn and Taylor.

Ken Baumeister

Baumeister was a top singles and doubles player for the Rough Riders during the mid-1950s. Alongside partner Emil Bercezky, the duo went undefeated in doubles competition during the 1955-56 season then helped the squad to a 5-0 start and 6-2 overall record during the 1956-57 campaign under legendary Head Coach Doug Mooney. Baumeister continued to play competitively after graduation, and he was the top-ranked 55 and older singles player in the nation by the Western Tennis Association in both 1990 and 1991. He won a national public parks tournament in the 55 and older division as well as a United States Tennis Association 70 and older tournament.

In addition to his degree in mechanical engineering in 1957, Baumeister went on to earn a Master of Science Engineering degree from the University of Toledo and a Doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Florida. In 1986, NASA awarded Baumeister a medal for exceptional scientific achievement.