Sports and Outdoors

Thursday, November 1, 2012

HU gymnasium to be named Platt Arena

From Huntington University:

On Saturday, November 10, Huntington University and the Board of Trustees will honor Forester men’s basketball legend Steve Platt by formally naming the Merillat Complex gymnasium after him.

The ceremony to name the gymnasium Platt Arena will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Merillat Complex prior to the championship game of the men’s basketball Ness Bros./Hall of Fame Tournament.

During his college basketball career, Platt helped the Foresters achieve an overall record of 78-38. He was a four-time All-District Player of the Year and an NAIA All-American, and was featured in Sports Illustrated magazine. Platt still holds several school records and remains Indiana’s all-time collegiate leader in scoring with a career total of 3,700 points. 

As our men’s basketball coach, Coach Platt led the Foresters to 329 wins, including a runner-up finish at the 2006 NAIA Division II National Tournament. He was recognized by Fort Wayne’s News-Sentinel as one of Northeast Indiana’s Top 50 Athletes of the Century. Steve was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996 and the NAIA Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. 

“This is a fitting honor for someone, who as a basketball player, helped put Huntington College on the map with his athletic achievements, and as a coach, took our men’s basketball program to unprecedented heights during his tenure,” said Athletic Director Lori Culler. “We are grateful for all he has done as an ambassador for Huntington University.”

The naming ceremony is open to the public.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 46 NAIA All-America honors and 202 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.

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