The Creighton University Athletic Hall of Fame will add three alumni to its ranks on Monday, April 15, at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Omaha. This year's inductees are Nathan A. Funk, Christy A. Neneman and Daniel S. Smith.
Funk, a 2007 graduate of the College of Business Administration, was a first-team all-Valley, and all-District selection his junior year, leading Creighton in scoring with 17.8 points per game and rebounding at 5.1 per game. Although injured during his senior season with a shoulder injury and medically redshirted, he finished his years at Creighton as one of just six players in Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) history to play in three MVC Tournament finals victories. Funk played in three NCAA tournaments and one National Invitational Tournament (NIT) and amassed a long list of player honors.
After graduating with a marketing degree, Funk played professionally with teams in Germany and Turkey.
Neneman came to Creighton as the reigning Miss Nebraska Basketball from Omaha North High School. In her four years at the University, she established herself as one of the greatest players in MVC history. She earned All-Freshman Team honors her first season, notching 19 points and eight rebounds in her first career start. She continued her success becoming only the second sophomore to be named MVC Player of the Year. She repeated the honor in 2003, one of only four players in conference history to earn the honor more than once.
As a junior, she guided the Jays to the Women's NIT Final Four. Then she led her team to the WNIT Championship in 2004, earning the tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. Neneman finished her career at Creighton with 1,732 points, which remains the fourth best in the school's history. She graduated in 2004 with a bachelors of arts in psychology.
Smith, a left-handed pitcher, came to Creighton in 1988 as a freshman from Apple Valley, Minn., and pitched for the Bluejays through the end of the 1990 season. He was named to the MVC First Team in 1989 and 1990 and to the American Baseball Coaches Association First Team All-America in 1990. He was named Baseball America First Team All-America the same year.
The following year Smith led the Jays to their first NCAA Regional Tournament in 17 years. He was named MVC Pitcher of the Year and finished the season with a 14-3 record and a then-school record 1.96 ERA; 12 complete games, five shutouts and 134 strikeouts. Dan holds school records for strikeouts in a career, with 312 (also 10th in the MVC), and for complete games in a career at 21.
Dan was drafted by the Texas Rangers as the 16th pick in the first round in the 1990 amateur draft and made his major league debut on Sept. 12, 1992. He retired from the game in 1994 and today is a financial advisor in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.