Oak Park football coach Ken Clemens and Oak Park soccer coach Josh Howard were inducted into William Jewell’s Athletic Hall of Fame Sept. 12.
Clemens, an Oak Park alum, was a four-year letter winner on the football field, earning All-Heart of America and NAIA District 16 honors in every season of his career. As a senior in the fall of 1990, he was named second team all-American by the NAIA after posting a school record 1,036 receiving yards, a mark which still stands. He was named the 1991 Cecil Martin Award recipient for Male Athlete of the Year.
Howard was a member of the 2006 men’s soccer team, considered the best team in program history. The 2006 men’s soccer squad finished the season 18-3-2, including 9-0 in conference play, becoming the first men’s team to boast a perfect league season. They were the champions of the HAAC and Region 16 and reached the final four of the NAIA National Championship. The Cardinals finished the season ranked No. 1 by the Massey Ratings System and No. 3 in the NAIA national poll.
The William Jewell Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1994 to recognize outstanding achievement by William Jewell alumni, faculty or staff in the areas of athletic achievement and coaching or other noteworthy accomplishments as a member of the athletic department.