Article Category Archives: Sports

William Cable (1934-2015)

William "Bill" CableWilliam “Bill” Cable passed away July 28, 2015, at the age of 81. Cable was the school’s first full-time sports information director and served the University for nearly 40 years until his retirement in 1995.

Following graduation from Hannibal High School in 1952, Cable attended Truman for two years, where he was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. He then transferred to the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.

After graduation, Cable immediately started working for Truman, a professional relationship that lasted almost 40 years and was interrupted only by a two-year tour of duty in Korea where he edited an award-winning company newspaper.
From 1958 until 1972, Cable’s time was divided between directing the publication office and creating the first sports information office. In 1972, he was named the University’s first sports information director, a position he occupied until his retirement.

Cable served on various committees of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), including the Academic All-American Committee for student-athletes, and he served as a board member for three years. Numerous publications of his received CoSIDA awards, and he was inducted into the CoSIDA National Hall of Fame in 1988.

Other professional honors and awards include: CoSIDA Warren Berg Award; the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Hall of Fame; Truman Athletics Hall of Fame; and Outstanding Division II Sports Information Director, a designation for which he was most proud.

Harry “The Horse” Gallatin (1927-2015)

Sports-HarryGallatinSeven-time NBA All-Star Harry J. Gallatin (’48) passed away Oct. 7, 2015, at the age of 88. Nicknamed “The Horse,” Gallatin led the Bulldogs to a 59-4 record during his two seasons before proceeding to play and star for the New York Knicks.

The NBA’s original “Iron Man,” Gallatin played 610 consecutive regular season games for the Knicks from 1948 to 1957. In 1954, he led the NBA in rebounding, and he still ranks fourth on the Knicks’ all-time rebound list. His cumulative total of 746 consecutive career games established him as one of NBA’s most durable players.

After his retirement, Gallatin was the head men’s basketball coach at Southern Illinois Carbondale for four seasons before returning to the pro level as the head coach of the St. Louis Hawks. He was named the first NBA Coach of the Year in 1962-63. He returned to the Big Apple to coach the Knicks and spent two more seasons on the Madison Square Garden sidelines.

Gallatin returned to college athletics in 1967 and was named the dean of students at Southern Illinois Edwardsville. He organized and helped start the Cougars’ athletics department, coaching basketball for two years and serving as athletics director for five. His best run as coach came on the golf course at SIUE, as he guided the Cougars to 17 trips to the NCAA Division II golf championship tournament.

In 1991, Gallatin was inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. He was also a member of the Truman Athletics Hall of Fame, the SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame, the Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame, the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Hall of Fame, the NAIA Hall of Fame and the SIU Salukis Hall of Fame. In May 2015, he was recognized at Madison Square Garden with a floor tile in the “Walk of Fame” for outstanding achievements in the history of the Garden.

Cross Country

Brice Pavey

Brice Pavey

The 2015 men’s cross country season featured a team championship at the Haskell Indian Nations Invitational, a second place showing and individual title at the Saint Louis Forest Park Festival and an eighth place finish at the Great Lakes Valley Conference meet. Junior Brice Pavey won the Forest Park Festival back in September and was Truman’s top placer in four of the six meets. Junior Tyler Gardner was the first Bulldog to finish at both the GLVC and NCAA regional meets.


The women’s team was led by junior Laura Tarantino. She was first to finish for Truman in all six races this fall including a first overall at the Lindenwood Dual and second overall at the Forest Park Festival and Haskell Invite. The women won the team title at Forest Park as they beat out 11 other schools for the championship and were second in both the Lindenwood Dual and Haskell Invite. The team was seventh in the GLVC championships and 17th in the NCAA regionals.

Football

Ethan Decker

Ethan Decker

The “road warriors” finished 5-6 and 4-4 in their third season in the Great Lakes Valley Conference after a grueling schedule. The Bulldogs were one of three NCAA Division II schools that played seven road games in 2015. Truman travelled nearly 5,000 miles this season with trips to Witchita Falls, Texas, Detroit, Mich., Indianapolis, Ind., and Chicago, Ill.

After starting the season 1-4, with two of those losses by a total of four points, the Bulldogs won three straight to even their record at 4-4. They then dropped a heartbreaker at Quincy (Ill.) on national television by four points with the Hawks scoring 10 points in the final 1:55 to win. Truman finished with two at home and defeated Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) 10-7 before falling in the season finale to McKendree (Ill.) 31-3.

Eight Bulldogs earned all-conference honors with junior defensive back Austin Zoda earning first-team honors. He was joined on the first team by senior offensive lineman Ethan Decker. Jordan Brown, Nick Reichert, Joey Schenck and Ben Wellman were second-team picks and Brian Craft and Derek Hammann were named honorable mention.

The Bulldog defense was consistently near the top in Division II as they gave up 20.1 points per game and held opponents to less than 340 yards of total offense.

Offensively, the Bulldogs were led by true freshman Andy Satulla. The Rolla, Mo., native earned the GLVC Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a non-conference win over Saint Francis, then scored four touchdowns in a victory over William Jewell (Mo.)

Volleyball

Kayla Bastian

Kayla Bastian

The Truman volleyball team put together a 17-win campaign in 2015, highlighted by a 2-1 weekend at the Midwest Regional Crossover and a home win against nationally ranked Lewis (Ill).

The Bulldogs went 5-3 through the opening two weekends of non-conference tournament play before going on a run that put the team at 13-6 in mid-October. However, a 1-6 stretch through late October put the squad in a tough spot, with a late-season rally not serving as enough to qualify for the NCAA tournament.

Senior middle hitter Ali Patterson was named All-GLVC, joining the second team and earning a fourth all-conference selection. The two-time All-American hit .330 on the season with 2.14 kills and 1.12 blocks per set. Junior outside hitter Kayla Bastian averaged a team-best 2.97 kills per set and added 3.97 digs per set.

The Bulldogs graduate five seniors and will open the 2016 season on the road, Sept. 1.

Soccer

The first conference championship as members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference and an 11th NCAA Division II postseason appearance highlighted the 2015 edition of Truman women’s soccer. The Bulldogs won 15 games and tied a program high with 23 matches played in a single season.

Truman opened the year with a split weekend at home, defeating Ferris (Mich.) State in the season opener before falling to Grand Valley (Mich.) State – the defending national champion coming into the season and the eventual national champion at the end of it. From there, the Bulldogs went on a tear, posting a 12-match unbeaten streak in the middle of the season before a loss at Bellarmine (Ky.) in overtime. Truman then won the final three matches of the regular season and the GLVC tournament quarterfinal all at home, before picking up a draw (advancing on penalty kicks) and wins in the GLVC semifinals and finals to earn the program’s 10th conference title overall and first since joining the GLVC prior to the 2013 season.

The Bulldogs then earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Division II Midwest regional and defeated Cedarville (Ohio) 1-0 in the opening round before falling to Bellarmine by a 1-0 score in the second round.

Individual highlights on the season included the program’s eighth all-time All-American, as senior midfielder Alexis Heffernan scored seven goals this year and 26 during her four-year stint at Truman. Three others – Jessica Hanson (GLVC Defensive Player of the Year), Stephanie Williams, and Megan Whitehead – joined Heffernan on the NSCAA all-region squad, while Cannon earned his 300th career coaching victory.

Truman graduates four seniors but will open the 2016 season at home, Sept. 1.

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TrevorKauffman

Trevor Kauffman

The Bulldog team had its season come down to the final moments of the last regular season game, but the Truman men’s soccer program just missed the GLVC tournament as part of an 8-10 regular season in 2015.

The Bulldogs were nearly unstoppable on their home pitch this year, posting a 7-2 record that included a victory against GLVC champion and NCAA Division II final four participant Rockhurst (Mo.) on Oct. 2.

Truman’s young lineup showed flashes of strength this year, led by freshman forward Trevor Kauffman, who earned third-team All-GLVC accolades behind his six goals. Senior Corey Nolte added four goals and three assists, while redshirt freshman Brian Kane scored two goals and added three assists from his position on the back line.

The Bulldogs graduate four seniors and will open the 2016 season on the road, Sept. 1.

Cannon and Cochran Hit Milestones on Same Day

One coach reaching an historic coaching milestone is cause for celebration. But, two on the same day, from the same school? Now that’s something else!

Mike Cannon

Mike Cannon

On Oct. 23, both of Truman’s soccer coaches – Mike Cannon on the women’s side and Duke Cochran on the men’s side – reached a milestone number of victories along the Bulldog sideline, as Cannon hit win No. 300, while Cochran reached the win No. 100 mark. The former teammates who played together at the University in 1991 both accomplished the feat against Illinois Springfield. The men opened the day with a 2-0 victory before the women tacked on a 4-0 blanking of the Prairie Stars.

Cannon became just the 44th coach in NCAA women’s soccer history (all divisions) and just the eighth coach in NCAA Division II women’s soccer history to reach 300 career victories. He finished his 23rd season at the helm of the Bulldog program in November with an all-time career coaching record of 305-109-49. The program reached the 10-win mark (finishing 15-3-5) for the 21st straight season, the second-longest active streak of all NCAA Division II programs.

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Duke Cochran

Cochran finished the 2015 season with a career coaching record of 101-80-16, having led the Bulldogs to five 10-plus win seasons. Likewise to Cannon, he is the winningest coach in program history.

Both men are slated to return to the sidelines for the start of the 2016 seasons, beginning in August.