Jags Hall of Fame Welcomes Four
A basketball standout, a soccer star, a cross country stalwart, and an orthopedic surgeon are the newest members of the Jaguars Hall of Fame, which honors top IUPUI contributors to the Jaguars’ athletics program.
The four include: Don Carlisle (men’s basketball), Vangel Nacovski (men’s soccer), Brad Wheeler (men’s cross country), and Dr. Arthur Rettig (meritorious).
Carlisle led the men’s basketball team in both scoring and rebounding in each of his final three seasons at IUPUI and is currently 11th on the all-time men’s scoring list with 1,340 points. Carlisle recently rejoined the IUPUI basketball program as an assistant coach under Head Coach Todd Howard.
Nacovski was a four-time, first-team All-Summit League selection, and was the 2004 Newcomer of the Year and 2007 Offensive Player of the Year for the league. He is ranked second all-time in goals scored and assists. He is also co-recipient of the IUPUI Mel Garland Distinguished Student-Athlete Award.
Wheeler was a four-time, first-team selection in cross country, and was IUPUI’s top finisher in 22 of the 28 career races he ran. At the time of his graduation, he held school records in both the 8,000- and 10,000-meter events. Like Nacovski, he was a Garland Award recipient.
Rettig’s contributions to IUPUI athletics came behind the scenes, as the Jaguars’ long-time orthopedic surgeon. Rettig is a member of Methodist Sports Medicine—part of IU Health—and also has been the team physician for the Indianapolis Colts. He was the 2003 recipient of the Jerry “Hawk” Rhea Award for outstanding service to NFL players and the NFL Physician’s Society.