Omaha, Neb. -- Three of Creighton’s all-time greats, Keith DeFini, Becky Flynn-Jensen and Scott Stahoviak were inducted into the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet at the Downtown Doubletree earlier tonight. There are now 51 members of the Hall of Fame, which started in 1968 with the induction of Bob Gibson.
Women’s basketball student-athlete Laura Spanheimer and men’s tennis player Tom McCarthy were awarded female and male Rev. Carl M. Reinert S.J. Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, respectively, while Mark Enenbach was named “Jaybacker of the Year.” Spanheimer also won the John J. “Red” McManus Award, while the late Dan Offenburger, a former CU Athletic Director, was also recognized.
Additionally, each Creighton team had one student-athlete claim a Most Inspirational Award for community service as well as outstanding athletic and academic performance.
Bios on DeFini, Flynn-Jensen, Stahoviak and Enenbach are below, as are a list of Most Inspirational Award honorees:
Keith DeFini (click here for a photo)
The 1993 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and a former first-team All-American, Keith DeFini helped the Creighton men’s soccer program reach unprecedented heights during his career on The Hilltop. He becomes the fourth Bluejay men’s soccer player to earn a spot in the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame.
DeFini started all 77 games he played in at Creighton, finishing his career holding or tying 21 Creighton single-game, single-season or career marks. Twelve years after his graduation, 10 of these records remain. Those remaining marks include career points (162), goals (68), multiple-goal games (17) and hat tricks (7) as well as single-game marks for points (10) and goals (4).
As a senior, DeFini was named first-team All-American by Soccer America and the National Soccer Coaches Association after leading the Bluejays with 21 goals. He was also a finalist for the Hermann Award and the Missouri Athletic Club National Player of the Year. Along the way, Creighton went 19-1 and was ranked No. 1 in the country for the final five weeks of the regular-season. In 1994, he was named co-recipient of the Omaha World Herald’s Frederick Ware Award as the state’s top collegiate athlete.
DeFini had 16 goals and seven assists as a junior to earn all-Midwest Region accolades. He was a first-team all-MVC selection in 1991 as a sophomore. DeFini’s career got started in 1991 when he ranked fifth nationally in scoring with 47 points.
Today, DeFini works as a physician’s assistant in orthopedics. He and his wife Nicole reside in Omaha and have a seven-month old daughter, Savannah.
Becky Flynn-Jensen (click here for a photo)
One of four players in school history to rank in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals, Becky Flynn-Jensen becomes the sixth women’s basketball player to be inducted into the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame.
Flynn-Jensen was a starter 92 of her 95 career games as a Bluejay, overcoming a pair of ACL injuries in the process. Jensen was named MVC Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in 1992-93 after leading the team in scoring, rebounding and steals.
One year later, Flynn-Jensen helped the Jays to a 24-7 season that saw them reach the second-round of the NCAA Tournament. She led the team in scoring and earned first-team all-MVC accolades while also being tabbed MVC Defensive Player of the Year. Flynn set a school-record with 105 steals, and also recorded the first triple-double in school history.
Flynn-Jensen led the team in scoring a third-straight season in 1994-95. The junior was again named first-team all-MVC, and was also tabbed a second-team Academic All-American. Sadly, her season was cut short when she tore the ACL in her left knee in the regular-season finale vs. Indiana State.
Less than eight months later, Flynn-Jensen would take the floor to start the first seven games of her senior season. A preseason all-Valley selection, she was leading the team in rebounding and second in scoring when she tore the ACL in her right knee in a Dec. 20 game. Despite the injury, Flynn-Jensen returned to the floor in less than 11 weeks and played in final three games of the season.
Flynn-Jensen graduated from Creighton in 1996 with a B.A. in psychology and journalism and then went on to earn her masters in clinical psychology from the University of Dayton. Flynn has spent the past seven seasons as an assistant coach with the University of South Dakota women’s basketball program.
Flynn-Jensen came to Creighton after a standout prep career at Wakonda (S.D.) high school, where she graduated as the state’s all-time leading scorer with 3,268 points. She made her debut on the varsity team as a seventh-grader and was named South Dakota’s Miss Basketball in 1991 after her senior season.
Becky and her husband of three years, Kyle, have a one-year old son, Jacob.
Scott Stahoviak (click here for a photo)
Scott Stahoviak helped the Creighton baseball program to the 1991 College World Series, earning National Player of the Year honors in the process. Stahoviak was a three-time all-Missouri Valley Conference selection while nabbing all-Region honors at both first base and third base during his career.
Playing under the direction of Hall of Fame coach Jim Hendry, Stahoviak led the Bluejays to the pinnacle of college baseball in 1991 during his third and final year at Creighton. Stahoviak was named National Player of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association while also earning top league honors from the Missouri Valley Conference. Stahoviak hit .449 with 26 doubles, 74 RBI, 120 hits and 87 runs while pacing the top offense in school history.
Stahoviak led the MVC in hitting his final two seasons, hitting .449 with 26 doubles as a sophomore. He earned all-MVC plaudits and was also named to the all-Midwest Regional team. Stahoviak’s Creighton career began in 1989 as he earned Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball.
Stahoviak was a first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins, drafted 27th overall, in 1991. He made his Major League debut on Sept. 10, 1993. He played 344 games over portions of five seasons with the Twins at the major league level.
Stahoviak and his wife, Susan, have a son Michael (10) and daughter Emily (6). They reside in Chicago.
2005 Jaybacker of the Year - Mark Enenbach
Tonight we honor Mark Enenbach as the 2005 Joseph J. Vinardi “Jaybacker of the Year”.
A 1976 graduate of the Creighton University School of Law, Enenbach has been a long-time supporter of Creighton. He is a loyal fan who attends soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis among other sports. Enenbach is also one of the top fundraisers for Bluejay athletics, and played a key role in the establishment of the Legends View Club.
Enenbach currently works at McGrath North Mullin & Kratz law firm in Omaha. He has been a shareholder in McGrath North since 1982. He is a member of the Nebraska Bar Association, Omaha Bar Association and the American Bar Association, on which he is a member of the subcommittee on Debarment and Suspension.
Enenbach’s firm has funded a scholarship program and a legal research center at the Creighton University School of Law. In 2004, the firm's foundation announced a $1 million pledge to establish the McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Endowed Chair in Business Law at the Creighton University School of Law.
He and his wife, Janis, have three sons and a daughter in law----Matthew (CU Law 2004) and Laura Enenbach, Jonathan and Jacob.
Most Inspirational Awards
Men’s Basketball: Tyler McKinney
Women’s Basketball: Laura Spanheimer
Baseball (2003-04): Matt Hammer
Softball (2003-04): Melissa Plog
Men’s Tennis: Tom McCarthy
Women’s Tennis: Deidre Senders
Men’s Soccer: Michael Kraus
Women’s Soccer: Bridget Kelly
Men’s Cross Country: Chas Davis
Women’s Cross Country: Angela Fisher
Crew: Maria Lopez
Volleyball: Janeen Piller
Men’s Golf: John Dechant
Women’s Golf: Audrey Butler
Dance Team: Sarah Lohr