Drury Adds Latest Class Of Standouts To Athletics Hall Of Fame Saturday
Drury Hall of Famers (from left) Jonas Westerholm, Matias Oddone, (DU President Todd Parnell), Amine Boustani, Christina Tompkins and Kara (Rutledge) Lasater
Drury enshrined its latest class of former star athletes and coaches with Saturday's annual Drury Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Saturday morning at the O'Reilly Family Event Center.
Former Lady Panthers basketball star Kara (Rutledge) Lasater, former swimming standouts Christina Tompkins and Jonas Westerholm, former men's tennis coach Amine Boustani and former tennis star Matias Oddone joined the DU shrine on Saturday, bringing the total to 97 former Panther standouts and contributors in the Athletics Hall of Fame.
A capsule look at the accomplishments of the group:
*Kara (Rutledge) Lasater shares the Lady Panther basketball record for games played in a Drury career with 134 (Amanda Newton). Kara helped her Lady Panther teams to a four-year record of 122-12 and four national tournament appearances. The 2004 team made the NCAA-II national championship game. She is first in all-time assists and steals and is the #3 scorer in the program's history. Kara, who resides in Lockwood, Mo., is now the Director of Operations at the Center for the Assessment and Remediation of Reading Difficulties (CARRD) located on the campus of Pittsburg (Kansas) State University.
*Amine Boustani is the winningest tennis coach in Drury history having posted a 271-62 mark in 14 years as the Panthers’ head coach. His teams made 11 straight trips to the NCAA-II national tournament, highlighted by his 2002 team reaching the national championship match. He earned conference coach-of-the-year honors virtually every year (Heartland and Great Lakes Valley) and was twice the NCAA-II Midwest Region and NCAA-II National Coach of the year. Amine is currently the Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Qatar Tennis Federation in Doha, Qatar.
*Matias Oddone one of Coach Boustani’s nationally-recognized players, graduated from Drury with an 83-11 singles record and a record of 91-25 in doubles. A three-year All-American, Matias and Akos Tajta formed the nation's #1 doubles team in 2004. In 2005 Matias was the #4-ranked singles player in the nation and in 2006 he was the top-ranked player in the nation (NCAA-II). As a team Drury finished fourth, sixth, sixth and third nationally in his four-years as a Panther. Matias now lives in Cordoba, Argentina where he is a systems administrator for Hewlett-Packard.
*Christina Tompkins led the Panther women’s swimming/diving program to its first two NCAA-II team national championships (1997 & 1998) and a pair of third place finishes (1995 & 1996). A five-time individual national champion during her career and a 15-time NCAA-II All-American, Christina was the Drury team MVP in 1998. Christina now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona where she is a licensed massage therapist.
*Jonas Westerholm helped the Drury men’s swimming /diving teams of 1988, 1989 and 1990 to the NAIA National Championship and the 1987 team to a second place finish. He was a 17-time national champion and is one of a select few in NAIA history, and one of only three Drury swimmers, to win three individual titles in one year. In 1989 Jonas won the NAIA national title in the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle events. Jonas now lives in his native country of Sweden where he is a technical export manager for Nibe Energy Systems.