2021 SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame Class Announced

2021 SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame Class Announced

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Four former student-athletes, a former coach and one team will be inducted into the SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 9 at SIUE’s Meridian Ballroom (Madison Room) inside the Morris University Center.

This year’s honorees include Mallory Clements (volleyball), Bob Gaus (men’s golf), Phil Johns (wrestling), Tairisha Sawyer (women’s track and field), Brian Korbsmeyer (women’s soccer head coach) and the 2008 women’s track and field team.

This is the 15th class to be inducted since the SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame started in 2005. Previously an annual event, the format has switched to bi-annual. The SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame seeks to recognize the achievements of former student-athletes, coaches, administrators and teams that have impacted the intercollegiate athletics programs at SIUE as well as to celebrate the history of the institution. A complete listing of Hall of Fame members is available at siuecougars.com/honors/hall-of-fame.

The deadline to purchase tickets is Sept. 24. Tickets are limited to inductees and their guests. Due to capacity limits, tickets are not available to the general public currently.

Each inductee is profiled below:









Mallory Clements, volleyball, Mt. Pulaski, Illinois


A two-time All-American in 2006 and 2007 and a two-time Academic All-American 2007 (Division II) and 2008 (Division I), Mallory Clements played at SIUE from 2005-2008, playing as part of the first NCAA Division I team as a senior in 2008. She also was a two-time All-Region performer. Clements holds the SIUE career record for service aces at 189 and triple-doubles with 20. She is No.2 all-time in total assists (4,311) and is fourth in digs (1,459). She also holds SIUE match records for assists (56) and digs (27) in an NCAA Tournament match. She served as an assistant coach with the Cougars following her four years as a player.

Bob Gaus Hall of Fame

Bob Gaus, men’s golf, St. Louis


A two-time All-American in 1981 and 1983, Bob Gaus played four seasons at SIUE from 1980 to 1983 where he captured three tournament titles. The three tournament titles continue to be tied for the most in school history. From SIUE, Gaus went on to play professionally, playing in nine major championships, including the 74th PGA Senior Championship at Bellerive. Gaus is an 11-time Gateway PGA Player of the Year and played full-time on the Buy.com Tour from 1999 to 2001 He was the longtime professional at Tower Tee in South St. Louis County and currently is a teaching professional at Family Golf and Learning Center in St. Louis.

Phil Johns Hall of Fame

Phil Johns, wrestling, Canton, Illinois

Earning All-American status four times at 126 pounds from 1988 to 1991, Phil Johns finished his career with a record of 66-27-2. Johns capped an impressive 1990-91 season with a national championship win and a record of 17-1-1 for the season. As a junior, Johns placed second at the national tournament, finishing at 22-6-1. He placed fifth as a sophomore at the national tournament, earning a record of 14-7-2. He placed fourth at the national tournament as a freshman and had a 13-13 overall record. Johns was part of the 1988 team which placed third as a team at the NCAA championship and was inducted into the SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.

Tairisha Sawyer

Tairisha Sawyer, women’s track and field, Chicago


A six-time All-American (twice as an individual and four times as a member of a relay team), Tairisha Sawyer competed at SIUE from 2004-07. She was named as the Great Lakes Valley Conference Athlete of the Year and Freshman of the Year at the 2004 Outdoor Championships after winning both the 100 and the 200. The first of her All-American awards came at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships in the 200 meters. She followed with an outdoor All-American honor in 2006 at 200 meters. Sawyer was part relay teams which captured All-American status at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championship, the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championship and the 2007 Outdoor Championship (in both 4×100 and 4×400). She earned GLVC Athlete of the Year honors at the 2005 Indoor Championships after winning the 55 and 200-meter dashes. In all, Sawyer collected All-GLVC honors 17 times in indoor and outdoor championships.

Korbesmeyer Hall of Fame

Brian Korbesmeyer, women’s soccer head coach, St. Louis


In 14 seasons as SIUE women’s soccer head coach (1989-2002), Brian Korbesmeyer’s career record stands at 153-77-25 (.649) overall and 53-15-11 (.741) in Great Lakes Valley Conference matches. He is the all-time wins leader for the program. Under Korbesmeyer, the Cougars finished among the GLVC’s top three in seven of eight GLVC seasons, winning GLVC titles in 1998 and 1999. Korbesmeyer was named as the GLVC Coach of the Year in 1999. He led the program to three NCAA Tournament appearances (1883, 1996, 1998). In the 1993 championships, SIUE was the only team to score upon national champion Barry. Korbesmeyer coached 19 All-Region players as well as two-time All-American Janece Friederich. Friederich was the GLVC Player of the Year in 1996 and 1998 and is the program’s all-time leading scorer. He also is a member of the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame and the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

2008 Womens Track team with 4th Place NCAA indoor trophy

2008 women’s track and field team (Full Roster)


The 2008 women’s track and field team placed fourth of 41 teams at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships and then took fifth place of 58 teams at NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships. The Cougars captured the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. The team featured the Indoor national champions in the 4X400 relay with the team of Juliet Alrich, Deserea Brown, Coreen Ellis and Angel Royston. Alrich, Brown and Royston placed in the top eight nationally in the 400, while Ellis finished second in the 800. Brown also placed eighth in the 60-meter hurdles. Christin Butler placed third in the long jump, while Megan Dennis also qualified for the National Championships. Other members of the team include Lindsay Adams, Kimber Barrett, Shelinda Brackett, Breanna Branson, Stacey Briggs, Stephanie Briggs, Kayla Brown, Kelley Flounders, Heather Hackel, Sabrina Hamlin, Maggie Krall, Jessica Levey, Lindsey Mulvey, Jennifer Palovcsik, Natalie Patton, Jennie Satterlee, Valery Taylor, Amber Triner and Sidney Winslow. Head Coach David Astrauskas was assisted by Ben Beyers, Eileen McAllister and Katie Dowell.

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