FCA’s Hall of Champions was established in 1991 to honor individuals who have demonstrated a consistent commitment to Jesus Christ through the ministry of FCA. They are considered volunteer “All Stars” who have given above and beyond the call of duty and have upheld the Four Core Values of FCA:  Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence.

Class of 2013 – FCA Hall of Champions


DickAbelwebDICK ABEL
FCA President 1988-92

Former FCA president and United States Air Force Brigadier General “ret” Richard “Dick” Abel served as FCA’s national president from 1988-92, developing the C.H.A.D. principle, based on camps, Huddles, adult chapters and development, a precursor to today’s Four Cs (Campus, Camps, Community and Coaches) of ministry employed by FCA. He advocated an increase in leadership and coaches Camps, and developed the inner city outreach and ministry to women athletes.  

Abel’s connection to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes dates back to his days as an assistant football coach at the United States Air Force Academy in the 1960s, when he accepted Christ at an FCA huddle meeting. He would go on to serve as one of the adult huddle leaders at the Academy for the next three years, before assignments in Vietnam and Hawaii. Abel would initiate FCA huddles in Hawaii, while his wife, Ann, started a huddle for girls at a local high school. He and his family split time between Colorado and Hawaii until 1978, before being assigned to the Pentagon, where he established FCA at nearby Annandale High School, and soon joined FCA’s Virginia state board and later the national board.

Abel retired from the United States Air Force in 1985 and joined the senior staff of the US Olympic Committee. He was named FCA’s president three years later. Following his tenure with FCA, Abel was selected to establish a military ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru). Since retiring from CCC, Abel has established a new ministry, “Leadership is All About People,” directed toward military, government and athletics leaders. He is the author of the book The DNA of Leadership.


JoseCampowebJOSE CAMPO
Wrestling Coach

Jose Campo has served as an FCA Huddle Coach at Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego for nearly two decades. The 1994 National High School Wrestling Coach of the Year and a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Campo has served 18 consecutive years as the head wrestling clinician for FCA’s Western region, and before that, at the Southern California regional camp. He also assists FCA in planning a county-wide coaches clinic.

He created the program Wrestlers for Christ, which all campers go through during FCA Wrestling Camps at which Campo teaches. His coaching technique includes sharing stories learned on his own and from others to help teach life lessons aimed at helping wrestlers mature into adults. 

Campo is a popular speaker, having been featured at FCA’s President’s Weekend and regularly appearing at FCA Huddles across Southern California. The author of the books Wisdom from the Corner and The Gov: A Dream Changer, Campo uses the sales proceeds from Wisdom from the Corner to send children to FCA Camp. The Gov: A Dream Changer is about Campo’s father, Joe, a legendary wrestling and football coach in New York.

 

MarkJohnsonwebMARK JOHNSON
Baseball Coach

Mark Johnson spent 42 years as a college baseball coach, including 21 years as the head coach at Texas A&M and five years leading the program at Sam Houston State. He also spent 16 years as an assistant at New Mexico, Arizona, Mississippi State and Texas A&M.

In 2007, Johnson was the recipient of FCA’s Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching Award, presented annually to the college or high school baseball coach who best exemplifies the Christian principles of character, integrity, serving, teamwork and excellence on and off the baseball field. During his career, he participated faithfully in FCA Huddles across the country, and often served as speaker at FCA events and as the head baseball clinician at FCA Camps.

Johnson has served on local FCA Boards of Directors in two locations and is an faithful donor to the organization. His family has also been active in FCA. Johnson’s wife, Linda, has led coaches’ wives Bible studies, and his sons became Christians at FCA Camps and continue to be heavily involved in FCA activities.

 

FrankKellywebFRANK KELLY III
Board Member/Volunteer

Frank Kelly III was a member of FCA’s first lacrosse team that played in the prestigious Vail, Colo., tournament 25 years ago, and has played an integral role in the success of both FCA Lacrosse and FCA in the state of Maryland ever since. He has been the chairman of the FCA Maryland board of directors in 19 of the board’s 20 years of existence, coming on as the chairman before FCA even had a full-time staff member in Maryland (there are now a total of 48 staff members in Maryland).

Kelly, a former professional lacrosse player who also played football at Cornell and now serves as the chief executive officer of Kelly & Associates Insurance Group Inc., Kelly & Associates Financial Services Inc., KTBSPayroll/KTBSWorkComp, and Kelly Integral Solutions LLC, has also chaired the FCA Lacrosse board of directors dating back to the 1990s, and served on FCA’s National Board of Trustees from 1997-2003.

Called “the ultimate volunteer” by FCA Maryland staff members, Kelly coaches an under-11 FCA lacrosse team in Baltimore and is the development director for an FCA football team in the area. He also volunteers at FCA Lacrosse camps.

 

 

Previous Inductees into FCA’s Hall of Champions

Class of 2012

Ron Brown – College Football Coach

Neil Lomax – Professional Football Player

Kathy Malone Sparks – Athletic Trainer

Class of 2011

Kyle Rote, Jr. – National Soccer Hall of Fame

Bill Yeoman – College Football Coach

Deb Patterson – College Basketball Coach

Class of 2010

Donn Moomaw – College Football Player

Jim Scrogins – FCA Huddle Coach/High School Football Coach/AD

Sue Semrau – College Basketball Coach

Ken Smith – Pastor/Volunteer

 

Class of 2008

Edward Britton III – Lacrosse Athlete

Charles Kemble – Volunteer

Betty Probasco – Golf

James “Buck” McCabe – Senior VP/CFO

Madeline Manning Mims – Track and Field Olympian

 

Class of 2006

Mike Kolen – NFL Player

John “Bull Bramlett – NFL Player

John Gordy – NFL Player

 

Class of 2004

Larry Nelson – PGA Golf

Jim Rexilius – High School Football Coach

Fisher DeBerry – College Football Coach

Otto Graham – NFL Football Coach

 

Class of 2002

Carl Erskine – Baseball

John Erickson – Past FCA President

Danny Lotz – Basketball/Trustee

R.V. Brown – Football/Volunteer

Morley Fraser – Athletics Director/Volunteer

 

Class of 2000

Tony Dungy – NFL Football Coach

Faye O’Dell – High School Football Coach

Captain Bill Lewis – FCA Golf Ministry

 

Class of 1998

Bunny Martin – Volunteer

Bobby Richardson – MLB Baseball

Dick Schultz – Volunteer

Grant Teaff – College Football Coach

Harry J. Lloyd – Volunteer

 

Class of 1995

Steve Largent – Congressman and NFL Football

Branch Rickey – Baseball

 

Class of 1992

Paul Anderson – U.S. Olympian

Kay Yow – College Basketball Coach

Jerry Kindall – College Baseball Coach

Betsy King – LPGA Golf

Class of 2009

Dal Shealy – Past FCA President

Ken Hatfield – College Football Player/Coach

Bob Lilly – NFL Player

Larry Mize – PGA Golf

 

Class of 2007

Albert Long, Jr. – Multi-Sport Athlete

Jimmy Feix – College Football Player/Coach

Dick Harp – Coach

 

Class of 2005

Gary Cuozzo – NFL Player

Jean Driscoll – U.S. Olympian

Prentice Gautt – NFL Player

Frosty Westering – College Football Coach

 

Class of 2003

Dr. O.K. Bailey – Volunteer

Ray Hildebrand – Former staff/volunteer

Mike Singletary – NFL Football

Jim Myers – Football coach

Joan Cronan – Athletics Director/Volunteer

 

Class of 2001

Jane Albright – College Basketball Coach

Bobby Bowden – College Football Coach

John Lotz – College Administrator

Freddy Mitchell – Volunteer

Tom Osborne – College Football Coach

 

Class of 1999

Tanya Crevier – Basketball

“Deacon” Dan Towler – NFL Football

Don Shinnick – Volunteer

 

Class of 1997

J.C. Watts – Congressman and College Football

Raymond Berry – NFL Football Coach

 

Class of 1994

Peggy Kirk Bell – LPGA Golf

Nick Hyder – High School Football Coach

Don McClanen – FCA Founder and College Basketball Coach

 

Class of 1991

Tom Landry – NFL Football Coach

Archie Griffin – Heisman Trophy Winner

Steve Owens – Heisman Trophy Winner

Roger Staubach – Heisman Trophy Winner

James N. Jeffrey – Volunteer

Dick Lane – Volunteer

Dan Stavely – College Football Coach