WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Seven former student-athletes, all highly accomplished and wonderfully decorated, make up the 2020 class of the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.
The Boilermakers selected for induction are …
~ Ariel (Turner) Gebhardt, volleyball, 2009-12
~ Shaun Guice, track & field, 2000-04
~ Robbie Hummel, basketball, 2008-12
~ Chuck Kyle, football, 1966-68
~ Bruce Parkinson, basketball, 1973-77
~ Casey (Matthews) Spitz, diving, 2009-14
~ Shereka Wright, basketball, 2001-04
This group will join Boilermakers from 19 previous Hall of Fame classes who have been inducted since 1994, when the selection process started, and bring the total number of enshrinees to 167. From its humble beginnings, Purdue Athletics has prided itself on the pursuit of excellence in competition and in the classroom. Its rich history encompasses more than 125 years with more than 9,000 student-athletes, coaches and administrators. Less than 2 percent have been selected for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.
Induction is scheduled for Feb. 21 at New Journey Farms in Lafayette. Tickets will be available through the John Purdue Club in early January. The class will be recognized Feb. 22 during the Purdue men's basketball game against Michigan, as well.
Biographical sketches of the honorees follow.
Ariel (Turner) Gebhardt earned four letters in volleyball from 2009 to 2012. She ranks second in school history with 1,906 career kills and is one of merely seven Boilermakers with 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs (1,030). As a senior, Gebhardt was named the Academic All-American of the Year for volleyball, the first Purdue student-athlete so honored since Drew Brees (football) in 2000. Gebhardt also received the Big Ten Medal of Honor for demonstrating great proficiency in scholarship and athletics and the Varsity Walk Award for bringing national attention to Purdue and was a Senior Class Award finalist. She was a two-time All-American (first-team in 2011 and second-team in 2012) and a two-time Academic All-American. Gebhardt was the Big Ten Player of the Year as a junior after ranking third nationally with 5.46 points per set and sixth with 4.84 kills per set. Her total of 586 kills that season is the second-most in school annals. She is the season (1,682) and career (5,578) leader in hitting attempts. Gebhardt twice was recognized as an All-Mideast Region performer and a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten honoree. She earned 10 weekly plaudits from the conference and is the only Boilermaker to be named national player of the week twice. Gebhardt was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten performer and twice was voted academic all-district. The Boilermakers advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in 2010 and the Sweet 16 in both 2011 and 2012, with Gebhardt being selected to the all-tournament team her sophomore and senior seasons. A native of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Gebhardt earned her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and subsequently played professionally in France and Germany. She was the top point scorer in the French league during the 2014-15 season, and her team won the German Championship in 2016-17. Gebhardt served as a volunteer assistant at the University of Colorado during the 2017 and 2018 seasons while earning her master's degree in aerospace engineering. She is the daughter of Carol Gebhardt and has two sisters, Kendall and Carinne.
Shaun Guice was a four-year track & field letterwinner from 2000 to 2004. He was a seven-time high jump All-American (four indoor and three outdoor), the most of any men's track & field athlete in Purdue history and second to Corissa Yasen (12) among all Boilermaker track & field athletes. Guice finished second at the 2001 and 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, third in 2002 and ninth in 2000. At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, he was fifth in 2000, 2001 and 2004. Guice was a four-time Big Ten Conference champion (2000, 2001 and 2003 outdoor and 2000 indoor), while finishing in the top three at all four conference outdoor championships. He was selected team Most Valuable Player twice and the 2000 Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year. His career-best indoor mark of 7-feet, 5.0 inches (2.26 meters) remains the Purdue record, while he ranks third on the outdoor list at 7-feet, 3.25 inches (2.22 meters). Guice represented the United States in the 2001 World University Games in Beijing. A native of Lima, Ohio, he earned his bachelor's degree in English education and currently works as a teacher, track & field jumps coach and assistant strength coach at his alma mater, Lima Senior High School, where was an inaugural member of the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
Robbie Hummel earned four letters in basketball from 2008 to 2012. He is the only player in Purdue history with 1,500 career points, 800 rebounds and 250 assists. On the Boilermakers' career lists, Hummel ranks fifth in rebounds (862), sixth in free throw percentage (.841), seventh in three-pointers (216) and 10th in points (1,772). He was the Senior Class Award winner in 2012 as the outstanding men's basketball senior student-athlete and a second-team All-American in 2010. Hummel earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2008, 2010 and 2012 – the first three-time Purdue honoree since Rick Mount from 1968 to 1970 – and was the 2009 Big Ten Tournament Most Valuable Player. The Boilermakers advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 2009 and 2010, although Hummel missed the last eight games of 2010 with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He sat out the 2010-11 season after tearing his ACL again. A native of Valparaiso, Indiana, Hummel earned his bachelor's degree in management and was selected in the second round (No. 58 overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. After two seasons, he played in Italy, Russia and Spain before becoming a basketball color commentator for BTN and ESPN. Hummel also represents USA Basketball on the 3x3 World Tour, and his team won the gold medal at the 2019 World Cup in Amsterdam. He is a candidate to be a member of the inaugural 3x3 USA Basketball Olympic team. Hummel is the son of Linda and Glenn and has a brother, Dan.
Chuck Kyle was a three-year football letterwinner from 1966 to 1968. As a senior, he earned consensus first-team All-America honors as a defensive middle guard and earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor for demonstrating great proficiency in scholarship and athletics. Kyle is one of merely four Boilermakers to be selected first-team All-Big Ten on three occasions. He was named to the "Sports Illustrated" All-Bowl team after Purdue defeated USC 14-13 in the 1967 Rose Bowl. On Oct. 28, 1968, Kyle tied the school record with three interceptions against Iowa (since broken), and he set a standard that still stands with 27 tackles (14 solo and 13 assists) in his final game Nov. 23, 1968, in the Old Oaken Bucket game against Indiana. A native of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, Kyle was a high school All-American football player and diver. He was selected in the fifth round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys and went on to play in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1969 and 1970. He also spent time with the Montreal Alouettes (1971) and New York Jets (1972). Following his playing career, Kyle embarked on a successful career as an entrepreneur, business owner, consultant and motivational speaker. His company, TEAM (Transitional Education and Marketing) Service Company, worked with numerous business start-ups and business turnarounds. He has trained thousands of sales people nationally and internationally. Kyle earned his bachelor's degree in economics. His wife's name is Barb, and he has a daughter and two granddaughters. Kyle is an Eagle Scout. He is an active Gideon, active in his church and works in the community, providing food, medical and spiritual support to those less fortunate.
Bruce Parkinson was a four-year basketball letterwinner from 1973 to 1977. A four-year starter at point guard, he served as team captain of the 1974-75 and 1976-77 squads. Parkinson still holds school records for assists in a game (18 vs. Minnesota on March 8, 1975 – the second-most in Big Ten history), season (207 in 1974-75) and career (690). His career total ranks eighth in Big Ten annals. Parkinson also owns the fifth-highest season assist total by a Boilermaker with 183 in 1973-74 and shares the sixth-highest season steal total with 65 in 1976-77. He scored 1,224 points to rank 34th in school annals and recorded 14 double-doubles. Parkinson earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore and was a first-team pick as a junior after averaging 12.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game. As a senior, Parkinson earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor for demonstrating great proficiency in scholarship and athletics, Varsity Walk Award for bringing national attention to Purdue, Grand Prix Award as the outstanding Purdue senior, "Red" Mackey Award for exemplifying the overall success of Purdue Athletics, Ward Lambert Award for academic achievement and academic all-conference laurels. The Boilermakers were 1974 NIT champions – defeating Utah 87-81 for the title – and played in the 1977 NCAA Tournament. He was captain of the 1975 United States gold medal-winning Pan American team in Mexico City. Parkinson was selected in the ninth round of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers but returned to Purdue after a broken wrist limited him to two games in 1975-76. The Washington Bullets subsequently selected him in the fifth round of the 1977 draft. A native of Yorktown, Indiana, Parkinson earned his bachelor's degree in general management and his master's in industrial relations. He was recognized as an industrial management outstanding senior. Parkinson was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004. He and his wife, Jane, have two sons, Austin (who played for the Boilermakers from 2001 to 2004), and Trent.
Casey (Matthews) Spitz earned four letters in diving from 2009 to 2014. She became the first Purdue female athlete to win an NCAA individual championship when she claimed the 3-meter title in 2013. Spitz is the lone Purdue female diver to be a four-time NCAA Championships qualifier, and she was a two-time All-American (3-meter in 2010 and 2013) and three-time honorable mention All-American (1-meter in 2009, 2010 and 2013). She was the 2014 Big Ten champion on 1-meter and was named Diver of the Championships. Spitz still holds school records on 1-meter (351.25) and 3-meter (388.50) and ranks fifth on platform (339.40). After missing the 2011 season due to injury and exercising an Olympic practice waiver in 2012, Spitz was named Purdue Female Athlete of the Year as a junior. She earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor for demonstrating great proficiency in scholarship and athletics her senior year. Spitz was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. A native of Getzville, New York, Spitz earned her bachelor's degree in public relations and rhetorical advocacy. She currently works in digital advertising as a senior account strategist for ZEFR in Chicago, where she lives with her husband, Mike.
Shereka Wright was a four-year basketball letterwinner from 2001 to 2004. She is the only three-time All-American in program history and one of only three 2,000-point scorers and three-time first-team All-Big Ten players. Wright amassed 2,251 points (second in Purdue history) and 793 rebounds (seventh) over the course of her career, to go with 177 blocked shots (10th), 291 assists (17th) and 129 steals. Her 350 offensive rebounds are the most in school annals. Wright made and attempted more free throws than any player in Big Ten Conference history, going 776 for 1,071 from the line. Wright was named to the 2001 Women's Final Four All-Tournament team as Purdue finished as the national runner-up. She was a finalist for national player of the year honors as a junior and a senior. The Boilermakers were Big Ten regular-season champions in 2001 and 2002 and tournament winners in 2003 and 2004, with Wright being selected the tournament most outstanding player on both occasions. Purdue advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight and Sweet 16 during Wright's junior and senior years. A native of Copperas Cove, Texas, Wright earned her bachelor's degree in health and fitness. She was the 13th overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Detroit Shock and went on to play two seasons for the Phoenix Mercury. Wright subsequently was an assistant coach at Texas Tech (2006-13) and Alabama (2013-18) and is in her second season as associate head coach at Vanderbilt in 2019-20. She has a daughter, Lennox.