Trail Blazer Hall of Fame

The purpose of the Athletic Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding performance, work, support, and/or contributions to John Wood Trail Blazer athletics. In addition to having demonstrated outstanding ability and having made a contribution to a sport, the inductees must possess such personal qualities as sportsmanship, character and integrity.

Plaques honoring the inductees are displayed on the Hall of Fame wall in the Student Activity Center.

2019 Induction Ceremony Set for
TBD

If you would like to nominate a deserving individual or former team into the John Wood Athletic Hall of Fame, contact the Athletic Office at 217.641.4976 for additional information or complete the official nomination form below. 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA - The Hall of Fame Constitution & Guidelines

Student-athlete, coaching, team and college administrator nominees for the Trail Blazer Athletic Hall of Fame should possess an outstanding athletic, coaching or professional resume of achievement.

Student-athlete, coaching, team and college administrator nominees must have completed their playing, coaching, or administrative career (respective to their nomination) at John Wood Community College at least five (3) years prior to their nomination date.

Strong consideration should be given to awards received (i.e. All-Conference, All-Region, All-American, Player of the Year, etc.), NJCAA postseason success, NJCAA leadership, outstanding achievement in multiple sports, national or international recognition/honors, athletic or professional success after leaving John Wood Community College and outstanding contribution to Trail Blazer athletics as a coach, administrator, or student-athlete.

Team induction will be reserved for teams that attained a high level of success, with strong consideration given to the team performance at their respective NJCAA National Tournament. Conference championships, Region and/or District championships, and in season national rankings will all be given considerable consideration as well.

Dr. John Letts Blazer Pride award nominees must have made significant contributions at least one athletic program at John Wood Community College, with strong consideration given to length of support and/or service to Trail Blazer Athletics.

All nominees must have displayed good citizenship during and after their time at John Wood Community College and continue to be in good standing with the college.

NOMINATION CRITERIA - The Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Nominations can be made by members of the Trail Blazer Athletic Hall of Fame committee, alumni, staff, faculty, trustees and members of the general public.

No self-nominations will be considered.

A nomination will remain active for five years. A second nomination can be made for an additional three years.

The nomination will consist of a completed nomination form and any other materials in support of the nomination such as a biographical sketch of achievements, etc.

 

Hall of Fame Class 2019

Coach Jim Schlager, Women's Softball

Kate Ward, Women's Softball

Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Ryan Neisen, Men's Basketball

Josh Tols, Baseball

Megan Shirey, Women's Basketball

Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Dr. Bill Simpson, Former John Wood Community College President

Kory Hollensteiner, Baseball

Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Shawn Altgilbers, Baseball

Sarah Mitalovich, Volleyball and Women's Basketball

Hall of Fame Class of 2013

Greg Dowdall, Baseball

Michael Elbe, Director of Student Life and Athletics & Head Men's Basketball Coach

Ashley Winner, Softball

Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Joel Box, Men's Basketball

Chris Drake, Men's Golf

Johanna Stephens Voss, Women's Basketball

Hall of Fame Class of 2011

Terry Comiskey, Baseball

Danielle Hibbard Surprenant, Women's Basketball

Clint Walker, Men's Basketball

Hall of Fame Class of 2010

Mike Kurk, Soccer 

Cathy Schlager Lundberg, Softball 

Hall of Fame Class of 2009

Ryan Barnett, Baseball

Brad Crow, Men's Basketball

Tessa Thurman White, Women's Basketball

1994-95 Men's Basketball Team

Hall of Fame Class of 2008

Jessy Fletcher Stephenson, Women's Basketball

Kyle Pryor, Baseball

Kory Neisen, Men's Golf

Wayne Walker, Men's Basketball

1995-1996 Men's Basketball Team