Southeastern Hall of Fame
GLEN KARNES-CLASS OF 2010
Glen Karnes attended Southeastern College from 1974-1978 where he was a standout basketball player for the Crusaders. He graduated from Southeastern in 1979 with a degree in missions.
Glen scored over 1,200 points for his career and is the program’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,046 rebounds. He averaged a remarkable 14.7 rebounds per game over his career while his 1,203 points is still good for 11th all-time in school history.
In 2003, Glen joined the Fire coaching staff as an assistant coach under Head Coach John Dunlap. Over the next two years, Southeastern would win the school’s first NCCAA II national championship in 2005, and have a combined record of 59-19 over those two seasons.
Sadly, Glen passed away on October 20, 2005, after suffering a heart attack on his 52nd birthday.
Coach Dunlap has continued to remember his legacy by naming an annual basketball tournament in his honor along with creating a service award in his name, which is given out yearly by the Fire basketball program.
The Glen Karnes Memorial Basketball Tournament is dedicated to the life of Glen Karnes while the Glen Karnes Service Award is given to someone within the Southeastern community who exemplifies servant leadership to student athletes at Southeastern University.
“Glen was the epitome of a servant leader here at Southeastern.” said Fire Head Coach John Dunlap. “That was his legacy. He was a close friend that I miss and think of often. He taught me a great deal on how to be a true Christ follower.”
He was also known to many as the ‘Mint Man,’ because of his habit of always having a pocket full of mints, and passing them out to as many people as he could.
Glen is survived by his wife, Linda, and his two children, Glen Jr. and daughter Lori.
“Coach Glen was a great friend to Southeastern,” added Duane Aagaard, Athletics Director. “His impact on our campus went far beyond the men’s basketball program.”
BLAIR BAILEY-CLASS OF 2010
Blair Bailey came to Southeastern College in 1999, from his home state of Georgia, after working in the golf business from 1993-1999.
Golf was always a great passion of his, but he laid aside the game he loved while he was at Southeastern in order to focus on God’s call to ministry.
In 2002, he graduated from Southeastern College with a degree in Christian Ministries.
While at Southeastern, many took notice of his hard work, dedication, and winning attitude, and in 2001, Dr. Mike Rakes hired Blair on full-time within Southeastern’s Student Life Department.
Blair served the university in various roles which included character development and residential director of Bauer Hall.
It was at this time that Blair began to envision a golf program at Southeastern. In 2001, with the help of Southeastern Athletics Director, John Dunlap, the school started a golf program with Blair becoming the program’s first head coach.
In just his third season of coaching, Blair led the program to the school’s first ever national championship at the 2003 NCCAA II National Tournament, in Panama City, Fla.
Also in 2003, the Southeastern Golf team won the Polk County Sports Marketing Team of the Year Award, a prestigious award that is voted on by local coaches and area sports writers. It was the first time any Southeastern Athletic team had ever won a Polk County Sports Marketing award.
The following year Blair and the Crusaders repeated as NCCAA II National Champions in the 2004 NCCAA II National Tournament, giving Blair and the golf program two NCCAA II National Titles in just four years of competition.
He also coached and developed the program’s first ever NCCAA All-American, Mason Crumpler.
Despite all of the accomplishments on the course, it was Blair’s dedication to discipleship at Southeastern that has built lasting dividends.
Blair left Southeastern in 2005, and is currently employed with International Doorway for Education and Athletics, a program that helps place international athletes into American colleges and universities.
Blair, his wife Shannon, and their daughter Mallori, now reside in North Carolina.
SETH READY-CLASS OF 2011
Seth Ready becomes the second men’s basketball player to be inducted into the Southeastern Hall of Fame. He was a standout player for the Crusaders from 1999-2002 and from 2003-2004.
As a freshman, he helped the Crusaders to their first 20 win season in nine years, as he averaged 9.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game.
In the 2000-2001 campaign, Seth helped Southeastern make history by knocking off defending NCCAA II National Champions, Atlanta Christian College, to win the Crusaders’ first South Region title in 10 years. Southeastern advanced to the 2001 NCCAA II National Tournament and ended the season ranked in the nation’s top 10.
The following year, Seth and the Crusaders repeated as South Region Champions, as they finished with a 19-15 record in John Dunlap’s first season as head coach. Southeastern ended the year ranked No. 6 nationally, as Seth was named a Second Team All-Region Player. He finished the season leading the team in scoring with 14.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, while dishing out 4.2 assists per game.
Entering his senior season, Seth took a break from basketball in pursuit of starting a professional singing career. Over the next two years, he toured with singer-song writer, Kirk Franklin, before returning to the hardwood for his senior season in 2003-2004.
In his return, Seth welcomed a team first role, and helped Southeastern to a school record 29 victories. The Crusaders set a South Region record with a perfect 18-0 record, and advanced to the NCCAA D-II National Tournament for the third time in Seth’s career. Southeastern placed fifth in the national tournament, and Seth ended the year averaging 9.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.
He finished his playing career with 1,466 points, which is good for eighth place all-time. He also pulled down over 550 career rebounds, dished out over 330 assists, and added 175 steals.
Reflecting on his career, Seth was a key building block for success within the men’s basketball program. When his playing days were finally over, he had helped Southeastern to a 91-60 record, with three South Region titles, and three NCCAA D-II National Tournament appearances. The year following Seth’s graduation, Southeastern finally won the NCCAA D-II National Championship, bringing home the school’s first national title in men’s basketball.
Seth graduated from Southeastern in 2004, with a degree in mathematics and with a minor in music.
He has spent the past six years traveling with a music career, working with leading artists such as Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, Chris Tomlin, and Travis Cottrell.
Seth and his wife Nirva are approaching their five year anniversary, and the two recently moved back to Lakeland this past August, as Seth was hired as Southeastern University’s worship director.
DEREK BRITT-CLASS OF 2011
Derek Britt becomes the first men’s soccer player ever to be inducted into the Southeastern Hall of Fame. Britt starred for the Fire from 2001-2004, and was the heart and soul of the Crusaders on and off the field during his tenure at Southeastern.
As a freshman, he was second on the team with five goals and 11 points, as he was named to the South Region’s Second Team.
Carrying the momentum from his freshman season, Britt helped guide the Fire to the South Region Championship game as a sophomore, as the Crusaders doubled their win total from 2001. His performance on the field helped him earn South Region First Team honors, as he finished the season third on the team in scoring.
Southeastern once again improved on their win total by two games in Derek’s junior campaign. The Crusaders advanced to the 2003 South Region Championship game, but once again fell short in the title game to rivals Clearwater Christian.
Finally, in his senior season, Derek broke through versus Clearwater Christian, and led the Crusaders to the 2004 South Region Championship. Southeastern finished the year with a school record 13 victories, while advancing to the program’s first ever NCCAA D-II National Tournament. The Crusaders also finished No. 4 in the nation, which set another school record under first year Head Coach Drew Stacey.
Derek completed his senior season with several awards, including a NCCAA D-II All-American Honorable Mention, First Team All-Region, and the team’s most valuable player award.
Over his four seasons at Southeastern, he led Southeastern to 32 wins and a 19-12 South Region record. He was a key element in turning the men’s soccer program around, helping the program go from just three wins his freshman year, to 13 victories in his senior season.
Derek is the program’s all-time leader in assists with 16, third all-time with 65 points, and sits fifth all-time with 24 career goals.
His leadership was not just limited to the soccer field while at Southeastern. As a captain, Derek left a lasting legacy as one of the first Southeastern athletes to step into the Southeastern Athletic Leadership Institute. The Athletic Leadership Institute (ALI) is a leadership training program for Southeastern captains. As one of the founding fathers of ALI, Derek poured countless hours into the program, and left a lasting legacy within the men’s soccer program and the entire athletic department.
Derek graduated from Southeastern University, in December 2005, with a degree in pastoral ministry. Upon graduation he spent three years on staff at Calvary Temple in Indianapolis, Ind., serving as the ministry’s college and young adult pastor.
He was married to his wife Jordan, in January 2009, and the two are now on staff with Chi Alpha campus ministries, at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Ind.
TRISHA SCHUTTER-CLASS OF 2012
Schutter, formerly known as Trisha Moody, starred for Southeastern from 2003-2006, and is considered to be the best women’s basketball player in program history.
Transferring from NCAA D-II Saginaw Valley State University in 2003, she immediately made an impact on the program, helping Southeastern double their win total from 13 victories in 2002-2003, to a record setting 26 win season in 2003-2004. Trisha also led the Crusaders to the program’s first South Region Championship, and a fifth place finish in the 2004 NCCAA D-II National Tournament.
She averaged a double-double her first year on campus, scoring 19.1 points and pulling down 10.2 rebounds per game. Schutter, set single-season school records for field goals made (298), most points scored (705), and points per game (19.1) her sophomore year. By year’s end, Trisha was named a First Team All-Region Player, and a NCCAA D-II First Team All-American.
For the 2004-2005 season, Schutter posted an 18.3 scoring average while pulling down 10.5 rebounds per game. Another remarkable season helped Southeastern to a 23-14 record, and their second straight NCCAA South Region title. Individually, she was named the 2005 South Region Player of the Year while once again being awarded as a NCCAA D-II First Team All-American. After just two seasons, Schutter moved into second place all-time in scoring and rebounding, totaling 1,326 points and 760 rebounds.
Schutter ended her Southeastern career in style, having a record setting senior campaign, guiding the Lady Fire to their third straight 20 win season. She became the first SEU women’s basketball player to be named the NCCAA D-II National Player of the Year, while becoming the first player in program history to earn NCCAA First Team All-American honors three consecutive seasons.
During her tenure at Southeastern, Schutter led Southeastern to 74 victories, two NCCAA D-II South Region Championships, three NCCAA D-II National Tournament berths, and a 27-5 South Region record.
Rewriting the record books, she finished her career with the following school records; most point scored (1,896), most field goals made (754), points per game average (17.8), most rebounds (1,093), rebounding per game average (10.3), most blocked shots (271), and best free throw percentage (75.6%).
Putting her career in perspective, if you compare Schutter's career numbers to include even the men’s program, her 1,093 rebounds are the most in school history. Also, only four-year players Nate Marshall (2,080) and Andrew Thurber (2,074) scored more points at SEU than Trisha.
Her induction tonight marks the first female athlete to enter the SEU Hall of Fame, as she now joins Blair Bailey (2010), Seth Ready (2011), Derek Britt (2011), and the late Glen Karnes (2010) as SEU Hall of Fame members.
In 2006, Schutter graduated from Southeastern with a degree in elementary education. Upon graduation, she returned to her hometown of Saginaw, Michigan, and currently serves Robert B. Havens Elementary School as a third grade teacher. She also stayed connected to the game she still loves, helping coach ninth grade and junior varsity basketball for three seasons.
Schutter is currently pursuing her graduate degree from Concordia University, majoring in Curriculum and Assessment. She was recently married on July 9, 2011, to Dan Schutter.