Kansas City, Mo. — Former Missouri Southern point guard Eddin Santiago and former MSSU athletic director and football coach Jim Frazier were inducted into the MIAA Hall of Fame, the conference announced this evening.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place in the Truman Forum Auditorium at the Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch, in Kansas City, Mo.
Frazier led MSSU to the NAIA National Football Title during the 1972 season and is the school’s all-time winningest football coach. Frazier would then serve as the director of athletics, where under his tenure, the school won 23 conference championships and one NCAA Division II National Championship. Frazier helped in the development and improvement of several MSSU facilities including Young Gymnasium, Fred G. Hughes Stadium and the Leggett and Platt Athletic Center.
Frazier was inducted into the MSSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1986.
Santiago was the Lions’ starting point guard from 1998-2002 where he helped the team to MIAA and NCAA Region titles during the 1999-2000 season that saw the Lions go 30-3 and advance to the NCAA Elite Eight, falling in the semifinals.
Santiago holds the MIAA career record in both steals and assists. His 383 career steals rank second all-time in Division II. He was a three-time first-team All-MIAA selection and was twice named an All-American earning MVP of the 2000 NCAA Division II Central Regional Tournament. Santiago is one of just 19 men’s basketball players at Missouri Southern to score 1,000 points and is 16th all-time in MSSU history with 1,108 points.
He holds the top three single-season assists and steals marks in MSSU history, holding the MSSU career record for steals and assists, while ranking third in three point percentage. He has the second-best single-season free-throw percentage in MSSU history (.892) when he led the MIAA in the 2001-02 season. Santiago has seven of the top-ten single-game assist totals in MSSU history, while holding three of the top four single-game steals marks and holding the single-game record in both categories.
Santiago was selected to the MSSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.
The pair join five other individuals (Sallie Beard, Pat Lipira, Rod Smith, Tom Rutledge and Warren Turner) as well as the 1992 NCAA National Champion Softball Team as MSSU members of the MIAA Hall of Fame.