PARKVILLE, Mo. – Brandon Voorhees (men's basketball, 2006-2007) and Ed Nelson (director of athletics, 1961-1979) have been named the newest inductees to the Park Athletics Wall of Honor, bringing the wall's total to 22 inductees. Both will be celebrated in an induction ceremony Sept. 15 on the University's Parkville Campus.
Tickets for the induction ceremony can be purchased by the general public by visiting https://advancing.park.edu/alumni/homecoming-2017-registration, and a live broadcast of the induction ceremony will air on the Pirate Sports Network at www.parkathletics.tv.
The Park Athletics Wall of Honor is the highest honor bestowed by the Park University Athletic Department. The Wall honors former Park student-athletes, coaches, teams and special contributors whose accomplishments have brought prestige and honor to the Park University Athletic Department. All nominees to the Wall of Honor must be individuals of outstanding quality, high moral character, and fine leadership qualities and must be held in high esteem by their colleagues, coaches and athletes.
"I am very, very proud to have known both inductees and to have the ability to speak not only to the high level of success each one of these men achieved, but the kind of character they possessed while representing Park," said director of athletics Claude English, a 2015 inductee to the Wall. "This Wall of Honor holds a very special place, for me, and this year's inductees embody exactly what we're looking for in representatives of this University."
Ed Nelson, Director of Athletics (1961-1979)
Often tabbed the "godfather" and "founder" of athletics at then-Park College, Nelson coached nearly every sport the Pirates offered in his 18-year tenure and served as the institutions director of athletics. Nelson is responsible for the Pirates joining the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 1961, and in addition to his athletics duties, Nelson served as Park's Dean of Men from 1963 to 1967. He also taught physical education through his entire Park tenure. Nelson passed away in 2008. Nelson, a graduate of William Jewell College, was married for 53 years, and in his high school days, he was a member of National Honor society as well as all-city selection at East High School in basketball. While at Park, Nelson coached golf, tennis, soccer, baseball and basketball, but it's his work as director of athletics, leading Park in to the NAIA, that left a lasting mark on what is now one of Park University's greatest points of pride, its successful athletics program, on the court and in the classroom.
Brandon Voorhees, Men's Basketball (2006-2007)
A 2006-07 First-Team All-American and Basketball Times Co-NAIA Player of the Year, Voorhees led Park University to the 2007 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship, leading NAIA Division I Men's Basketball in scoring at 25.2 points per game. A Grandville, Michigan native, Voorhees had 10 games of 30 or more points, reaching double-digits in 30 of Park's 31 games and reaching at least 20 points 22 times during the season. Voorhees threatened a Park record for single-game points in the team's second game during the 2006-07 season, pouring in 39 points against Midland Lutheran College, and his three other 35-point nights came against quite a list, scoring 35 against Mountain State, 37 against College of the Ozarks, and 36 in a win over then-No. 1 MidAmerica Nazarene University. He finished the season on two All-America teams and led the Pirates to the second round of the NAIA national tournament.