The Creighton University Athletic Hall of Fame announced three inductees Thursday, Rusty T. Komori, II, Korie Lebeda and Laura Spanheimer Dechant. They will be honored April 9th at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Omaha.
Komori leads Creighton in all-time singles wins for men’s tennis at 81, playing his entire career in the top two singles positions and no lower than No. 2 doubles. He ranks No. 1 overall, No. 1 in singles and No. 8 in doubles victories. He served as a team captain for his final two seasons, 1990 and 1991, and earned the MVP award for the men’s tennis team in 1989 and 1991. Komori is the boys tennis coach at Punahou (Hawaii) High School where he has led the team to 20 consecutive state titles, a national record for the most consecutive championships in any sport.
Lebeda played volleyball from 2005-2008, playing the second most matches of any player in Creighton history and starting all 119 matches of her career. She is number one in program history with 5,281 career assists and set a Missouri Valley Conference record by averaging 13.34 assists per set during her freshman year. Lebeda was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference Team three times. She is a graduate assistant volleyball coach at Wayne State College where she is pursuing a master’s degree in education.
Spanheimer was a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year (2003, 2004), earned the 2004-05 Women’s Basketball Team Most Inspirational Award and received Creighton’s Carl M. Reinert, S.J., Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and John J. “Red” McManus Award in 2005. She ranks first in steals (369), seventh all-time in points scored (1,588) and eighth in games played (125). She works at ProCare3 in Omaha and is married to former Creighton golf team member John Dechant.
The Creighton Athletic Hall of Fame started in 1968 with the induction of Bluejay basketball and baseball great Bob Gibson, who played at CU from 1954-57 and went on to a Major League Baseball Hall of Fame career with the St. Louis Cardinals. Since then, 73 other outstanding individuals have also been honored.