During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature Michigan State University.
Shawn Horcoff (2000, hockey)
Before embarking on a career in the National Hockey League that now includes more than 800 games played, Horcoff was a model student-athlete in East Lansing. He was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2000, the same year that he was named a first-team All-America selection. Horcoff, who was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, currently plays for the Dallas Stars and eclipsed the 450-point plateau for his career this season.
Greg Kelser (1979, basketball)
Kelser, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1979, was the leading scorer and rebounder on Michigan State's 1979 NCAA Championship team. He was the first Spartan to score more than 2,000 points and collect at least 1,000 rebounds in his career. Kelser's 2,014 points rank fourth at Michigan State and his 1,092 rebounds are second all-time. In 1979, he earned All-America honors, was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and was named to the Wooden Award All-America Team. He also collected Academic All-America honors in 1979. Kelser was a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Pistons and played six seasons in the NBA. He is the lead analyst for the Pistons on Fox Sports Detroit and also serves as a college basketball analyst on BTN. Kelser earned the Michigan State University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004 and was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Val Sterk (1997, volleyball)
One of the most decorated student-athletes in Spartan volleyball history, Sterk earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1997. She was a four-year letterwinner for Michigan State from 1993-96, leading the Spartans to three NCAA Tournaments and a share of the Big Ten title in 1996. Sterk was the National Co-Player of the Year in 1995, a two-time first-team All-American (1995-96), a third-team Academic All-America honoree (1996) and a three-time first-team All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten selection (1994-96). She has left her mark in Michigan State's record book, ranking in the top 10 in nine different career categories, including first in attack percentage (.379) and block solos (128). She led the Spartans in hitting efficiency and solo blocks every year of her career. Following her time in East Lansing, Sterk went on to compete on the U.S. National Team from 1997-2000 and was inducted into the Michigan State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
Allyssa DeHaan (2010, basketball)
DeHaan earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2010 and currently ranks third in NCAA history with 503 career blocks. She holds four of the top 10 spots on the conference's single-season block list, including the top two spots. She was a four-time All-Big Ten selection, four-time All-Defensive Team pick and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. DeHaan was tabbed Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2007 and Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, the same year she earned AP honorable mention All-America status. In addition to her defensive prowess, she ranks fourth in Michigan State history in points (1,649) and fifth in rebounds (919). In 2011, DeHaan enrolled in Grand Valley State's post-graduate physician's assistant program and joined the Lakers' volleyball team.
Kelly Miller (1984, hockey)
Miller, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1984, tallied 164 points (82 goals, 82 assists) during his 165-game collegiate career. As a senior captain in 1984-85, Miller led the Spartans to a school-record 38 wins and was named a First-Team All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist. Miller went on to play in more than 1,000 games during a 15-year career in the NHL. He completed his MBA at Michigan State in 1995 and returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach in 2011.
Robert Jasson (1958, hockey)
Jasson, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1958, tallied 34 points from the blue line between 1955-56 and 1957-58. Named the team's Most Valuable Player at the conclusion of the 1956-57 campaign, Jasson helped lead the Spartans to their first winning record in program history in 1957-58. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jasson was a two-year captain for Michigan State, wearing the "C" in 1956-57 and 1957-58. He was just the second two-year captain in program history.
Jenilee Rathje (2012, volleyball)
A 2012 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Rathje was a four-year letterwinner for Michigan State, leading the Spartans to three NCAA Championship appearances. She ranks first in Michigan State history in matches (142) and sets (496) played. She is also eighth in kills (1,486) and block assists (332) and 10th in total blocks (366). The Mount Pleasant, Mich., native was named third-team All-America and an Academic All-American in 2011. Rathje was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She was twice named MVP of the Spartans in 2010 and 2011. Rathje currently coaches volleyball at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy in Pontiac, Mich.