SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Three individuals will comprise the 23rd induction class of the Spring Arbor University Athletics Hall of Fame. Jesse Bachman (’09), Randi (Siedzik) Greenslade (’04) and Herbert Rotich (’07) will be formally enshrined at a banquet on the evening of Saturday, January 26 in the Ralph Carey Forum on the campus of SAU.
Jesse Bachman (’09) – Baseball
Jesse Bachman was a four-year starter for the Spring Arbor baseball program from 2006-09. Over those four seasons, he helped lead the Cougars to a 153-51 record, three conference championships, a NAIA national championship final appearance and a NAIA national championship semifinal appearance.
Bachman earned numerous individual accolades as well. In 2007 after guiding SAC to an incredible 48-5 record and a national runner-up finish at the NAIA World Series, he was named a First Team NAIA All-American, the NAIA Region 8 Player of the Year, and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Player of the Year. He was also a two-time Mid-Central College Conference Player of the Year and a four-time All-League selection.
Bachman’s name litters the program record book. On the mound, he held a career record of 35-10 with a 2.38 earned run average. His 35 victories rank third all-time at SAU while also ranking third in career strikeouts (300) and innings pitched (332.2), and he is tied for first in career shutouts (6). On the offensive side, Bachman holds program career top-10 marks in at-bats (604), hits (223), and stolen bases (63).
Randi (Siedzik) Greenslade (’04) – Women’s Soccer
During her four years with Spring Arbor, Randi (Siedzik) Greenslade was recognized as a three-time NCCAA All-American defender, a NCCAA Region Player of the Year, a four-time All-Conference selection, and was honored as an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention.
According to current SAU head women’s soccer coach Jason Crist, Greenslade was instrumental in impacting the team’s results and shaping the culture of the program. “Randi was the cornerstone on which our entire program was built. She was one of the very first recruits that I signed and she led the program from a 2-16 season (the year before she arrived) to 7-10, then 10-7, 14-6-2, and finally 15-7-1.”
Along the way, Greenslade led the team to many program firsts. In 2002, Spring Arbor captured its first NCCAA regional championship and made its first national tournament appearance before following it up with another regional title and third place national tournament finish in 2003.
Greenslade has served as an assistant coach in the SAU women’s soccer program for eight years while also working as the head varsity girls coach at Western High School.
Herbert Rotich (’07) – Men’s Cross Country / Track & Field
As a member of both the cross country and track and field teams, Herbert Rotich was an 11-time NAIA All-American, a NCCAA MVP, Crossroads League MVP, and an inspirational team leader.
On the track, Rotich was a four-time NAIA indoor national champion, capturing first place in the 800 meter run, 1000 meter run, 4×800 meter relay and distance medley relay. He also helped lead the Cougars to two fourth place team finishes at the NAIA championships.
Rotich dominated at the NCCAA National Championships over his career, racking up 10 national titles – seven in indoor and three during the outdoor season. He set two national records, and still holds the 800 indoor national record.
Rotich still holds five SAU indoor track and field records, including the 800, 1000, one mile, 4×800 and DMR, as well as two outdoor records with the 4×400 and 4×800.
With the cross country team, Rotich earned All-American honors in 2006. He was also a three-time NCCAA All-American and is the only male runner in SAU history to win the NCCAA individual national championship with his first place finish in 2003. He was a two-time conference champion and three-time All-League performer and he still holds the third-fastest 8k time in program history (24:30).
Rotich currently serves as the Director of Financial Aid at Spring Arbor University.