Laker Athletics Hall of Fame
The purpose of the Lakeland Community College Athletic Hall of Fame is to recognize those individuals who have contributed significantly to the quality and success of the Lakeland Community College athletic programs.
Class of 2014:
Class of 2012:
Class of 2010:
Persons are eligible for Hall of Fame induction when they meet the suggested eligibility guidelines listed below and have met the required waiting period. Areas in which one could meet the criteria for these guidelines would be in personal or team athletic success, extraordinary service, or significant contribution to Lakeland athletics.
A. Nominees shall be first eligible for nomination five full academic years after completing his/her athletic eligibility, coaching, or employment at the college. Nominees that have not been a student-athlete or employee of the college shall have no waiting period.
A selection committee shall meet and review all eligible nominations submitted. The following is the review process:
Any individual may make a nomination by the deadline established by the nomination committee (March 9). Nominations must be made on an official nomination form, available in the Director of Athletics office, or online. Any supporting documentation must be submitted with the nomination form. Nominations shall be considered for two years after submission.
Student-athletes, who have earned athletic All-American status as established by the Lakeland Community College athletic department, shall automatically be recognized by having their name put on a name plate within the Hall of Fame.
The next Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place during the spring of 2016. Hall of Fame members and All-Americans shall be invited to participate in all future induction ceremonies and nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Hall of Fame inductees shall retain a permanent position within the Hall of Fame and be entitled to all associated member benefits. These include updates within the athletic program and open invitations to all athletic related activities.
Bob Booher has served as Lakeland coach, faculty member, and department chair. He spent 22 years coaching softball (1976-1981), baseball (1982-1991), and women's basketball (1999-2005), helping five student-athletes earn All-American honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) while eclipsing 100 career wins in all three sports along the way. He was named Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2005 while at the helm of the women's basketball program. Booher's contributions to Lakeland extend into the classroom where he held positions of faculty member and chair of the Physical Education Department. He has been the head women's basketball coach at Lake Erie College since 2005, helping the Storm set program records in his nine seasons leading the program.
Bob Carlson was a highly successful coach, faculty member, and administrator at Lakeland. In nine seasons as head coach of the wrestling team (1971-1979), he guided Lakeland to the college's first national championship (1979) while instructing seven NJCAA All-Americans and three individual national champions. He was named NJCAA Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1979 and was inducted into the NJCAA Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1988. He also spent one season as the head baseball coach (1972) and five seasons as the head golf coach (1975-1977, 1982-1983). Carlson also served as a faculty member in the counseling department and as the Assistant Director of Student Activities during his tenure at Lakeland.
Margy Ludwick was a standout three-sport student-athlete competing in volleyball, basketball, and softball from 1977-1979. She was named Female Athlete of the Year in 1977 and earned multiple team awards in all three sports. Ludwick helped guide the women's basketball team to a championship in the Ohio Junior College Tournament en route to Tournament MVP honors in 1978. She was also recognized as the Best Offensive Player (volleyball) and Most Valuable Player (basketball and softball) the same year. A member of the Willoughby South High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Ludwick is a 1982 graduate of Cleveland State University with a degree in elementary education.
Shannon Lee McBride
Shannon Lee McBride was an all-conference and all-region selection as a two-year starter for the women's volleyball team. She was named First Team All-OCCAC as a freshman while guiding the Lakers to a regular season conference championship. McBride ranked among the nation's elite in attack percentage (.870) while setting a program record for kills with 344 in her first collegiate season. She was the runner-up for OCCAC Player of the Year honors while also garnering OCCAC All-Tournament and NJCAA Region XII All-Tournament team accolades.
As a sophomore, McBride helped the Lakers claim the 1999 OCCAC Tournament Championship before earning NJCAA All-Region XII honors at the end of the season. The Brush High School graduate passed away on July 29, 2003. The annual Shannon Lee McBride Memorial Volleyball Tournament has been played on Lakeland's campus every year since 2003 and the family has established an endowment in her memory to award scholarships to qualified women's volleyball student-athletes each September. Her No. 7 jersey was formally "retired" in 2008.
Will Shuster served as head coach of the cross country (1972-1976) and men's basketball (1977-1988) programs and helped guide the Lakers to the basketball program's first conference championship in 1985. In 1986 Shuster and the Lakers went 29-4, establishing the program record for wins in a season which still stands today. In 11 seasons at the helm, Shuster and the Lakers eclipsed the 20-win plateau six times. His contributions on campus extended beyond the athletic department. He held positions as a faculty member in the accounting department and served as the President of the Lakeland Faculty Association.