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Delayed by Pandemic, Four Honorees Inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

Dominican University’s athletics department inducted its 2022 Hall of Fame class this summer, enshrining four distinguished and decorated individuals for their stellar contributions to the River Forest institution.

Darcy Kammeier ’10, Lio Tovar ’11, Ken Trendel and President Emerita Dr. Donna M. Carroll were honored during an induction ceremony recognizing them for their excellence. Kammeier was a four-time all-conference performer for the Stars women’s volleyball team, departing the program as one of its most accomplished student athletes. She finished her Stars career ranked third all-time in kills with 1,333.

Tovar, a member of four NACC championship-winning teams, earned Hall of Fame honors for his storied career on the pitch. A four-time all-conference player, Tovar also was named a first-team All-American selection in 2010.

Trendel, who joined the university in 2003, served as the sports information director for nearly two decades. During Trendel’s time at Dominican, he managed and promoted the department while also leading efforts to livestream events and document statistics.

The university’s devoted leader for 27 years, Carroll helped navigate Dominican’s shift from the NAIA to the NCAA and its inclusion in the NACC. Significant renovations to West Campus Field and the Igini Sports Forum were also athletics highlights during her tenure. “It took three attempts to induct this class due to the pandemic, but the third time was the charm,” said Erick Baumann, assistant vice president for athletics and head men’s soccer coach.

“DU athletics wouldn’t have been what it has been, or accomplished what it has accomplished, without Donna and Ken’s contributions. “Darcy was a four-time first-team all-conference player who helped lead in the turnaround that brought national recognition to the women’s volleyball program,” Baumann added. “Lio was a first-team All-American who played in an NCAA Final Four. What a class.”