2014 Hall of Fame Inductees:
Although Harvey Grant spent just one season at ICC, it was an impressive year as he captured NJCAA All-American honors in 1986. A graduate of Hancock Central High School in Sparta, Ga., Grant — who came to Independence after playing one year with his twin brother Horace at Clemson University. He was a part of a Pirate team that went 25-9 and captured the Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division regular season and playoff titles during the 1985-86 campaign. In addition to being named All-American, Grant was named to the All-Region VI team and selected to participate in the East-West Juco All-Star Game and the Texas Juco-USA All-Star Game. He was the recipient of the 1986 Jim Goodman Fan Favorite of the Year Award. After his one season at ICC, where he led the Pirates with an average of 22.4 points and 11.8 rebounds per game, he went on to play his last two years at the University of Oklahoma. The Sooners finished as the national runner-up during his senior season. Grant was selected by the Washington Bullets with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 1988 NBA Draft. He went on to spend 11 seasons in the NBA, including stops with the Bullets (1988-93), Portland Trail Blazers (1993-96), Washington Bullets/Wizards (1996-98) and Philadelphia 76ers (1999). During his career, he recorded scoring 7,781 points (9.9 ppg), 3,436 rebounds (4.4 rpg) and 1,219 assists (1.6 apg).
Considered a pioneer in women’s basketball at Independence Community College, Marguerite Keeley was a member of the first-ever Lady Pirate basketball team and would eventually become the first All-American in the program’s history in 1975. During her freshman season, she led the Lady Pirates by averaging 20.6 points and 19 rebounds per game. One year later, she had another stellar season en route to All-America status, averaging 18 points and 15 boards an outing. She was named the Most Valuable Player as the Lady Pirates claimed the first-ever Region VI championship. The team advanced to the NJCAA Women’s National Tournament in Overland Park, where the Lady Pirates finished eighth place nationally. Keeley had a career-best 36 points and 33 rebounds in a first-round victory over Northeastern Colorado and averaged 28.3 points and 26 boards during tournament action. After graduating from ICC, she went on to play basketball at Wichita State University, where she also lettered in tennis and softball. She spent two years with the Shockers, establishing 14 school records, most of which still remained at the time of her induction into the WSU Hall of Fame in 1986. She later went on to play in the Women’s Professional Basketball League with the Milwaukee Does, Minnesota Fillies and St. Louis Streak. She was a WPBL All-Star who averaged 17.6 points per game.
Leading the Independence women’s basketball team to three straight Region VI championships, Jeff Tadtman still stands as one of the all-time great coaches in ICC history. In his three years with the Lady Pirates, he led the team to an overall mark of 89-21, including two Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division titles and three national tournament appearances. ICC finished eighth nationally in 1994 and 1995 and then as the national runner-up in 1996. Tadtman was named the Junior College Coach of the Year by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association in all three seasons. His 1995-96 team still holds the school record for wins in a season at 34. Four Lady Pirate players were named All-American during Tadtman’s three years at ICC, including Eliza Sokolowska (1994), Julia Terenjuk (1995), Rebecca Baragry (1996) and Ewa Laskowska (1996). After his time in Independence, Tadtman moved up to the NCAA Division I level to coach at UMKC for four seasons. He then moved back to the junior college ranks at Iowa Western. In three seasons, he led the Reivers to a district championship and two national tournament appearances, including a fifth-place finish with a 30-5 mark in 2001-02. Tadtman is preparing to begin his 12th season at Carl Albert State College, where he has a 184-153 mark since 2003. In 21 years overall as a coach, he has a career mark of 385-265 for a .592 winning percentage.
Jack and Jeanine Thompson
Jack and Jeanine Thompson were easily recognized as not only solid teachers in the classroom but also positive influences to the many student-athletes that they dealt with in more than 25 years of service to Independence Community College. Known by many in Independence as Mr. and Mrs. T, the couple was a big supporter of Pirate athletics but also contributed to ICC as a whole as instructors, helping tutor students in pursuit of their education. Jeanine was named the ICC Master Teacher of the Year in 2002 and received Professor Emerita from the college in 2012. She also spent time as the librarian at Riley Elementary School in Independence. Jack spent eight years as a professor in the department of technology at ICC. He also worked in drafting/ design for local industries in Independence and Neodesha. He designed an innovative vehicle used for refueling airplanes at all nationwide airports today. The Thompsons moved away from Independence and eventually landed in Mount Juliet, Tenn., in 2002, where they continue to be a strong influence in the community. Jeanine volunteers as a reader while visiting the local Rutland Retirement Home, and she also tutors high school and college students in English, reading and test taking. Both Jack and Jeanine are active with Glade Church, where they are members of the First Impressions Team and participate in other various activities and committees.