Updated: December 8, 2011 12:08AM
The 1970s, 1990s and 2000s era will be represented at the 2012 Judson University Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony in January as five former athletes will be inducted.
Gary Shelley (1970-74, men’s basketball), Nancy (Smith) Binger (1993-97, women’s basketball/athletic administration); Rob Eastland (1997-2001, men’s soccer), Janee’ (Gregory) Kazda (volleyball, 1997-2001), and Shawna (Jensen) Sipes (women’s basketball, 1998-2002) all have been voted into the hall of fame. The Hall of Fame banquet will take place on Jan. 27 at the Holiday Inn Northwest in Elgin.
The 2012 hall of fame banquet will also feature a new addition as Judson will honor a special team. Starting in 2012, Judson will honor a special team each year for its accomplishments. The first team to be recognized is the 1968-69 men’s basketball team that went 19-7.
The 2012 class features three athletes that hold all-time records for their respective sports, teams that won first-ever championships or went to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time, and numerous individual awards. For more information on the banquet, please contact Jan Andresen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847.628.1580.
A three-year letter winner for basketball, Shelley is in Judson’s all-time top 10 for assists and assists per game and a 1,000-point scorer. In his four years at Judson, he also participated in tennis and cross country.
For his career, he is fourth all-time in assists with 402 and eighth in assists per game at 4.3. He finished with 1,064 career points which is 23rd all-time. He played in 94 games, averaging 11.3 points per game and shot .453 from the floor and .727 from the foul line with 77 steals. His teams went 42-60 with a 16-10 record in his freshman season of 1970-71.
Nancy (Smith) Binger
A big part of the Judson University athletic history as both a player and administrator, Binger was the 1996-97 female athlete of the year and worked for the athletic department for 10 years. She made history as a part of the women’s basketball team and as the director of athletics.
Playing in 115 career games and averaging 8.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, Binger was a NCCAA All-American and a member of the team that made Judson’s first-ever appearance in the NAIA National Tournament (1995-96). In the all-time records, she is third in three-point percentage (.407) and fifth in three-point field goals made (122) and three-point field goals attempted (390). In four years of play, her teams went 69-48 and had the program’s first-ever 20-win season in 1994-95 along with going to the program’s first-ever postseason tournament for the NCCAA. The 1994-95 and 1995-96 were the first teams to post back-to-back 20-win seasons. he also finished with 987 career points.
In 10 years of service to the athletic department, Binger reshaped the look of athletics. She held posts of sports information director, associate athletic director and director of athletics. In her first moves as the sports information director, she put together new historical information for all the sports and reorganized how Judson was being represented to the public.
As an associate athletic director, she changed Judson’s culture for the students by starting the Blue Crew, Judson Jackpot, Judson Olympics and many other marketing items. Working four years as the director of athletics, Judson had some of their finest years in athletics. Binger saw 11 CCAC championships won, hired 10 new coaches, overlooked the addition of 12 new sports, and was key in helping to bring the Chicago Bandits to the campus for three years. She also helped in the renovations of the softball field and tennis courts. In her tenure, three teams received votes in the NAIA National Poll for the first time and two teams played in their first-ever NAIA National or Regional Tournament. Three teams also won their first-ever CCAC Championships under her leadership also.
Janee’ (Gregory) Kazda
Holding three all-time records for Judson volleyball, Kazda led her team to two CCAC North Division Championships in four years of play. The female athlete and scholar-athlete of the year, she also holds two single-season records and was a part of the program’s best season ever in 1997.
Kazda was a four-time NCCAA All-Region member and three-time All-CCAC selection along with being the CCAC North Division Player and Freshman of the Year. Her teams won CCAC North Division championship in 1997 and 2000 and posted a program-best 33 wins with a 28-match winning streak in 1997. She made the NAIA All-Region team twice and was a NAIA and NCCAA scholar-athlete.
She is the all-time leader in kills (1,568), kills per game (3.60), and total attempts (3,999) and is third in career hitting percentage (.288) and sixth for digs (1,292). She holds the single-season records for kills (496; 1998) and for kills per game (4.21; 2000). In the single-season top 10 list, she is mentioned three more times as she is second in kills per game (4.03; 1998), sixth and seventh in hitting percentage (.311; 1999/.304; 1998).
The all-time leader in assists for men’s soccer, Eastland was a part of a NCCAA National Championship and Judson’s first-ever CCAC championship. The CCAC Player of the Year helped Judson to 92 wins in four years.
Finishing his career with 81 assists as a four-year letter winner, he set the single season record for assists with 33 in 1999. He finished his career with 46 goals and 173 points which is sixth all-time. He was a part of Judson’s fourth NCCAA National Championship in 1997 and the program’s first CCAC Championship in 2000. An NCCAA All-Region selection in 1998, he was the CCAC Player of the Year in 2000 and a member of the NCCAA All-Tournament team in 1999.
Shawna (Jensen) Sipes
A part of Judson’s finest season for women’s basketball, finishing in the NAIA National Tournament Elite Eight, Sipes has her name in 13 career top 10 lists. Judson went 97-35 in her four-year span and played in three NAIA National Tournaments while winning four CCAC championships.
The four-time All-CCAC player was only Judson’s second NAIA All-American second team selection and a two-time NCCAA All-American. She holds the all-time record for free throws made (393) while guiding Judson to an Elite Eight finish (1998-99) and two Sweet 16 appearances (2000-01, 2001-02) in the NAIA National Tournament.
With 1,609 career points, she is second all-time behind Meghan McCarty (HOF inductee in 2010) and also is second all-time in free throws attempted (520), three-point field goals made (182), and three-point field goals attempted (504). She won three CCAC regular season championships (1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01) and one CCAC Tournament Championship in 2000-01 and had for 20-win seasons.
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