Heidelberg to induct three into athletic hall

Editor’s note: Heidelberg will be inducting new members into its athletic hall of fame this weekend. Here are short biographies of the inductees.

Adam G. Koppin, ’00

Four-time All-American Adam Koppin certainly left his mark on the Heidelberg track and field and cross country programs. One of the best distance runners in program history, his name is all over the program’s record book – as an individual, as a relay member and as a scholar. Koppin remains the record holder of three individual events and two relays.

Outdoors, Koppin was a dominant force in the 1,500 run – earning All-American status twice (1999, 2000). Koppin played an instrumental role in Heidelberg’s back-to-back outdoor OAC Track and Field team championships. He was named OAC Jim Wuske Most Outstanding Track Athlete for the 1999 outdoor season, winning three titles, the 800m, 1,500m and 4×800.

Koppin holds the distinction of being the first male All-American in the history of Heidelberg’s indoor track program in 1999, a feat he repeated in 2000, both in the 1,500. He received the OAC Don Frail Most Outstanding Track Athlete award following the 1999 indoor season – a meet during which he took home four titles: 500, 1000, 1,500 and 4×800 relay.

He earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for the 2000 indoor season and the 1998-2000 outdoor seasons.

In indoor track, Koppin holds program records in the 1,000, the 1,500, the 4×800 and the distance medley relay. Outdoors, he is the standard-bearer in the 1,500m and the distance medley relay.

For the cross country team, he again was integral in multiple team conference championships, winning in 1998 and 1999. He was an individual national qualifier in 1996, then was part of the team qualifiers in 1997-1999, becoming the first four-time national qualifier in school history. He earned all-region accolades in 1997 and 1998. He was the first four-time All-OAC First Team honoree – one of just two in program history.

Bethany Zuchowski Rust, ’92

One season spent as a seventh-grade cheerleader was all it took for Rossford native Bethany Zuchowski Rust to realize that she did not want to be a spectator. Instead of standing on the sidelines, she excelled in high school track, basketball and volleyball.

Her athletic prowess brought her to Heidelberg in 1988, where she studied psychology. During her time on the court, Zuchowski Rust became a pivotal member of the Student Prince volleyball team. She earned team MVP honors in 1990 and 1991 while serving as team captain.

Zuchowski Rust earned First-Team Ohio Athletic Conference honors in 1989, 1990 and 1991 and finished with 1,015 career kills. She remains the program’s only three-time All-OAC First Team honoree.

After graduating in 1992, Bethany spent a decade in the ever-expanding mobile phone industry. Following her marriage to her best friend, John Rust III, in 1999, their family established Rust & Rust LTD, which continues today in real estate ventures as well as ownership of several additional entities. Bethany serves as secretary of the company.

A desire to ease discomfort in others directed Bethany, in 2001, to attend evening classes at Healing Arts Institute in Perrysburg. The following year, after becoming licensed by The Ohio State Medical Board, she began her own business as a licensed massage therapist and is gratified for the benefits of massage therapy, both for pain relief and anxiety reduction.

John Rhoades, ’90

John Rhoades epitomizes the ideals of NCAA Division III athletics. The Greenville native was a dynamic force in the classroom, on the gridiron and on the track during his time at Heidelberg.

John attended Heidelberg University from 1986-1990, earning a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology. As a student, John held three teaching assistant positions within the Biology Department. These positions involved assisting professors in Freshwater Ecology, Entomology and Ornithology. Under Dr. Ken Baker, John conducted an independent research project in ichthyology, A Study of the Effects of a Toluene Spill in a Local Creek, and conducted benthic macroinvertebrate work in the Water Quality Laboratory under Dr. Ken Krieger Over the years, John has shared the biological data results with Dr. Baker and Dr. Krieger regarding the biological attainment status in the Cuyahoga River from data collected by his staff of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

John competed in football and track and field during his time at Heidelberg, earning the four-year award in pole vaulting and All-OAC honors in both indoor and outdoor track in 1988. He was a four-time national qualifier in the pole vault. In 1989, he finished sixth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, becoming Heidelberg’s first male All-American. At the time of his graduation, John was the record holder in the pole vault.

In football, John was a three-time varsity letterman. In 1987, he was presented with a game ball after blocking a field goal against the conference champion Wittenberg, preserving a season-ending 27-25 win for the Student Princes. In 1989, John was All-OAC Honorable Mention as a defensive back and was presented with the Coaches Award in 1987 for Most Improved Football Player. In 1989, he was honored for touchdown saving plays and outstanding consistency.