Vandalia native Seth Von Behren was inducted to the Waterloo Bucks Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Von Behren played for the Bucks, an Iowa collegiate summer team in the Northwoods League, in 1998 and 1999.
“This is probably a top one or two places in the country that you could send a kid to play summer baseball, and it’s because of the fans and the atmosphere,” Von Behren said in his induction speech. “I appreciate everything you did for me and my family.”
Von Behren, currently the head coach for Maryville University in St. Louis, played in 110 games for the Bucks, hitting .299 and smacking eight home runs. He drove home 88 runs in his career, and stole 25 bases.
In 1998, Von Behren hit .303 and had 49 RBI, which is ninth all-time for the Bucks. The next year, he hit .294 and had 39 RBI.
In addition, he walked 41 times in '99, which ranks sixth all-time at Waterloo.
For his career, he ranks in the top 10 for the Bucks in runs (81), hits (116), triples (four), walks (78) and RBI (88).
“I enjoyed my time here. The fans were outstanding,” Von Behren said in his speech. “It is a true honor to be here (tonight).”
His induction speech can be viewed on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8P2nmhX7Uc.
Other inductees on Saturday were Tim Gradoville and Chad Mulholland.
Collegiately, Von Behren played for Southern Illinois University following his high school tenure with the Vandals.
His coaching career has included stops at West Chester University, the College of Charleston and South Alabama. He was also the director of the St. Louis Pirates Baseball Academy for one year.
He begins his first season coaching Maryville on Feb. 9 at Harding (Ark.) University. He can followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SethVonBehren.