Callan, Jackson Inducted into Maranatha Athletics Hall of Fame

Callan, Jackson Inducted into Maranatha Athletics Hall of Fame

Watertown, Wis. -- The Athletics Department of Maranatha Baptist University has named Roy Callan ('76) and Marsha Jackson to the Maranatha Athletics Hall of Fame for their dedication to and love of Maranatha athletes and athletic competition, and for their accomplishments in athletic competition while at Maranatha.

Roy Callan: a Maranatha Mainstay 

Roy Callan attended Maranatha from 1972-76 and can only be described as versatile, committed, and dependable. 

During his time as a "Crusader", Callan became the first player in Maranatha Athletics history to receive 12 varsity letters as a student-athlete. Callan not only participated and made the varsity squad in Men's Soccer, Wrestling, and Baseball but was captain of each team for at least one season. 

As a wrestler, Callan boasted a 35-4-1 record in the 142 lb. class in his best season (1974-75) and was named Team MVP. Callan's overall wrestling record was 87-21-2 over his career and the Indiana native took fourth place at the NCCAA National Championships. On the soccer field, Callan started every game in his four-year tenure. Callan was a consistent option for the baseball team, as he played four seasons behind the plate for Maranatha.

Outside the lines, Callan served as a society president while getting his undergraduate degree, and met his wife Terrie (Goodell), who graduated with Roy in 1976. 

Maranatha: All in the Callan Family 

The Callan family have an undisputed legacy in Maranatha Athletics. Keeping Maranatha in the family, Roy and Terrie saw three children graduate from Maranatha: Clayton ('03) was a multi-sport athlete and earned NCCAA DII 2nd Team All-America honors in Men's Basketball in 2002-03. 

Nadine (Callan) Nekvasil ('08) was a three-time NCCAA DII Volleyball All-American and holds the program record for service aces (189) while being listed second for kills (1,891) and digs (2,684).

Everett Callan ('10) played 53 games for the Men's Soccer team and accumulated five goals and five assists. Everett was a key component of the 2008 team, which took home the most recent NCCAA Regional Title for the Men's Soccer program.

As a testament to their faithfulness and loyalty to Maranatha, Roy and Terrie were selected as the Alumni of the Year in 2001.

Beyond Maranatha

Callan has modeled faithfulness beyond his collegiate athletic exploits. "Coach Callan" has been a stalwart addition to the staff of Heritage Hall Christian School (Muncie, Ind.), as he has served there for 41 years since graduating from Maranatha in 1976. Callan translated his collegiate soccer prowess to the sideline by coaching varsity soccer for 36 seasons, leading the team to seven IACS state championships while holding a career record of 380-118-28.

Callan has also coached junior high basketball for 32 seasons at HHCS and is actively involved in ministry. Callan's ministry endeavors include the roles of bus driver, youth ministry staff worker, Sunday school teacher, and choir member.


The Maranatha Athletics Department is pleased to induct Roy Callan into the Maranatha Athletics Hall of Fame.


Marsha Jackson: Volleyball and Beyond

At Maranatha, the name 'Marsha Jackson' is unequivocally linked with success on the volleyball court.

Jackson has held a Top-30 ranking in NCAA Division III history for winning percentage (a 396-200 record) and led the 'Crusaders' to five NCCAA Division II National Championships, including an NCCAA National Title in each of her first four years as head coach. Jackson would go on to win her fifth title in just her sixth year coaching and led Maranatha to 11 NCCAA Division II National Tournament appearances. Jackson coached 13 different NCCAA All-Americans during her 18-year tenure, and many of those student-athletes earned multiple All-America honors.

Jackson hit the ground running in her career as head coach, and was named the NCCAA Division II National Coach of the Year in 1989. Later on, Jackson spearheaded success on the NCAA level as well, as she led Maranatha to two Lake Michigan Conference Championship titles, which came in 1995 and 2005. 

Maranatha: All in the Jackson Family

Marsha and her husband Bruce have been nothing short of faithful contributors to Maranatha over the years. Bruce and Marsha had four children attend Maranatha: Scott (1989-91), Bradley (1994), Kimberly (1996) and Shera (2001) all came through the ranks in both the Maranatha Baptist Academy and Maranatha Baptist 'Bible College' (as it was known prior to 2013).

Marsha contributed her teaching talents to the Maranatha faculty by serving as a mathematics professor in the Education Department. On the side, Jackson served on various committees including the Athletics Committee. Her husband Bruce (or "Dr. J"), was also a staunch member of the Maranatha faculty, as he served as the Chair of the Education Department for 22 years.

Beyond the Court

Jackson was an undeniable figurehead for athletic success while at Maranatha, but Jackson saw the importance of ministry as paramount. During her time at Maranatha, Jackson led three volleyball-specific overseas missions trips, taking the team to Brazil once and to Germany twice.

Jackson was committed to the local church ministry as well, as she served at Faith Baptist Church and Calvary Baptist Church during her time at Maranatha. Jackson currently serves in the music and visitation ministries at Canon Community Baptist Church in Canon City, Colorado.


The Maranatha Athletics Department is pleased to induct Marsha Jackson into the Maranatha Athletics Hall of Fame.