Oct. 4, 2011
DEKALB, Ill. -- Northern Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame Weekend will take place this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8. Four individuals, one team and one family make up the 2011 Hall of Fame Class, set to be inducted on Friday and will be presented on Saturday at halftime of the football game against Kent State.
The induction class includes: Lee Hansen (baseball, 1969-72), Cindy Conner (women's basketball, 1990-93), Nikki Kozak (volleyball, 1990-93), Justin McCareins (football, 1997-2000), the 1993 NIU Volleyball Team and the Roy Family (special category, men's soccer).
"On behalf of everyone in the NIU Athletics family I would like to congratulate the inductees in the 2011 Hall of Fame Class," NIU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher said when the class was announced. "These Hall of Famers accomplished outstanding things during their time at NIU and truly represent what it means to be a Huskie. I look forward to this year's Hall of Fame Weekend, it is a wonderful tradition and it is always special to see so many Huskie legends return to campus."
The 30th induction class will join the current famed 188-individual, 16-team roster of the Northern Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame, which was founded in 1978. The charter NIU men's Hall of Fame induction took place in 1978, and after a five-year hiatus, it resumed on an annual basis in 1983. The women's Hall of Fame originated in 1986 and the two halls were combined in 1988. The storied group represents a virtual "Who's Who of Huskie athletics" featuring early program pioneers, All-America picks, national champions, top 20 teams, All-Pro athletes, and prominent sports-related figures.
Lee Hansen (Springfield, Ill./Mt. Carroll), baseball, 1969-72
Lee Hansen starred as an ace hurler for the NIU baseball team from 1969-72 and sits second on the all-time pitching wins list for the Huskies (18). He finished his NIU career with a 2.46 ERA, fifth-best in school history, ranks second with 15 career complete games and tenth in career games started with 31.
As a freshman, Hansen started pitched in 10 games, making five starts, and had a 3.29 ERA with a 2-2 record. He struckout 27 batters while allowing just 10 walks. Following that season during summer ball, Hansen was named to the All-Illinois Summer Collegiate League team and threw a no-hitter in his first game.
In 1970 as a sophomore, Hansen posted a 5-3 mark with a 1.59 ERA, the fifth-best single-season ERA in school history. Hansen struck out a team-high 48 batters in 62.1 innings and also recorded a stretch of 30 consecutive scoreless innings. During the summer, Hansen again earned All-Illinois Summer Collegiate League honors while posting a 9-1 record.
As a junior, Hansen posted a 2-2 record while dealing with injuries. He pitched 42.1 innings and recorded 29 strikeouts.
Hansen bounced back to have an outstanding senior campaign in 1972. He earned All-Midwest Conference First Team honors and All-NCAA Regional Tournament team accolades while posting an 8-1 record with a 1.96 ERA. Hansen's ERA and eight victories were both league-highs and his eight wins are also tied for the fourth-most in a single-season by a Huskie hurler. Hansen pitched 69.0 innings during his senior season and recorded 55 strikeouts.
Cindy Conner (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young), women's basketball, 1990-93
Cindy Conner ranks 10th all-time in scoring for the Huskie women's basketball program, having scored 1,520 points while helping lead NIU during one of its most successful periods in program history. Conner also ranks fourth all-time in NIU history in blocked shots (143) and is eighth in school history in field goals made (606). She is also in the top-15 in Huskie history in rebounds with 693 (12th) and steals with 189 (14th).
During the 1990-91 season, Conner's first on the court for the Huskies, she averaged 12.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game en route to being named the North Star Conference Newcomer of the Year. Conner also earned Second Team All-North Star Conference honors while tying for the league lead with 1.4 blocks per game. Conner recorded six double-doubles that season and grabbed an incredible 18 rebounds in a National Women's Invitational Tournament game against Houston.
As a junior in 1991-92, Conner reached the 1,000 career point mark in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Purdue, after helping the Huskies defeat Louisiana Tech in the opening round. Conner was named to the All-North Star Conference First Team while averaging 18.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Conner scored in double figures in all 32 games that season, helping NIU to an 18-14 overall record and the North Star Conference Tournament Championship.
In her final season as a Huskie, Conner earned honorable mention All-American honors from the United State Basketball Writers Association while helping NIU with the Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament championships with a 24-6 record. Conner averaged 16.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game as a senior and posted another 18-rebound game, this time against Valparaiso. Conner and the Huskies reached the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season, playing Georgetown in the first round. Conner was named to the All-North Star Conference First Team for the second-straight season.
Nikki Kozak (Winfield, Ill./Wheaton St. Francis), volleyball, 1990-93
Nikki Kozak, also a member of the 1993 volleyball team being inducted into the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame, currently ranks second on NIU's all-time digs list (1,455), eighth on the school's aces list (125) and 12th all-time in school history in kills (1,215).
In four seasons on the NIU volleyball team, Kozak helped the Huskies win a combined 115 matches, while losing just 29 times, for an overall winning percentage of 79.9 percent.
As a freshman in 1990, Kozak recorded 20 kills and 20 digs against Eastern Illinois. She finished the season with 309 digs and 284 kills.
In 1991, Kozak set a school record with 485 digs while also amassing 310 kills. Kozak recorded 12 double-doubles while helping the Huskies win the North Star Conference Tournament.
While battling a shoulder injury as a junior in 1992, Kozak still led the Huskies with 2.74 digs per game, for a total of 252. Kozak also posted 217 kills and was the recipient of the Northern Illinois F.I.G.H.T Award (For Inspiration, Guts, Hard work, Teamwork). Kozak and the Huskies earned a berth in the National Invitational Volleyball Championships, advancing to the semifinals.
As a senior in 1993, Kozak was named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year. She also earned Mid-Continent Conference Tournament MVP honors while helping the Huskies post 29 wins during her senior season. Kozak led the Huskies in digs (409), kills (404) and service aces (53) during her senior season.
Justin McCareins (Naperville, Ill./North), football, 1997-2000
Justin McCareins holds the Northern Illinois career records for pass receptions (204), receiving yards (2,991) and receiving touchdowns (29). McCareins recorded 13 100-yard receiving games in his NIU career, the most in school history. Three different times in his career, McCareins pulled in three touchdowns in a game.
McCareins also finished with 4,367 all-purpose yards as a Huskie, fourth-most in school history. He averaged 12.4 yards per punt return during his career, the second-best mark all-time at NIU.
In 1998 as a sophomore, McCareins made 54 receptions for 486 yards and five touchdowns. He recorded 12 receptions against Western Michigan, tied for the sixth-most in a game by a Huskie receiver and the most for McCareins in a game during his NIU career.
As a junior in 1999, McCareins pulled in 57 catches, tied for the ninth-most in a single-season at NIU, for 906 yards, the eighth-best single-season mark in NIU history. McCareins caught 10 touchdown passes during his junior season.
During his senior season, McCareins recorded 66 receptions, the fifth-best single-season mark in school history, for 1,168 yards, second-highest in Huskie history. For the second-straight season, McCareins pulled in 10 receiving touchdowns. In addition to his receiving numbers, McCareins was named the 2000 MAC Special Teams Player of the Year while also earning First Team All-MAC honors and Honorable Mention All-America accolades from The Football News during his final season as a Huskie.
Following his career at NIU, McCareins was drafted in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. He played with the Titans from 2001-03 before joining the New York Jets for four seasons from 2004-07. McCareins finished his NFL career by rejoining the Titans in 2008.
The 1993 Volleyball Team
The 1993 NIU volleyball team posted a 29-6 overall record, including a perfect 18-0 mark in Mid-Continent Conference Play. The Huskies swept through the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament, defeating Valparaiso and Wright State to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. In the NCAA Tournament, the Huskies defeated Illinois State in three sets in the first round before falling at Penn State in the second round.
NIU placed five players on the All-Mid-Continent Conference team as Nikki Kozak, Amy Foulke, Kori Schauer and Shelby Snyder all earned first team honors, while Becky Ramsey received second team accolades. Kozak, Foulke, Ramsey and Snyder also earned Mid-Con All-Tournament team recognition.
The Huskies 29-win season was the program's fourth-straight 20-win campaign and NIU posted win streaks of 10 and 15 matches during the season. During their dominant undefeated conference season, the Huskies lost just one set.
Northern Illinois opened the season ranked sixth in the Mideast Region and maintained that position throughout the season, ranking as the top program in the State of Illinois. The Huskies also finished the season ranked 21st in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Rating Power Index.
The 1993 volleyball team roster: Holly Bauer (McHenry, Ill./Johnsburg), Joyce Book (St. Louis, Mo./Bishop DuBourg), Tammy Campbell (Denver, Colo./Colorado Academy), Amy Foulke (Salem, Wis./Central), Danielle Gerenz (Eagan, Minn./Rosemount), Nikki Kozak (Winfield, Ill./Wheaton St. Francis), Becky Ramsey (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Dana Romans (Hammond, Ind./Bishop Noll Institute), Kori Schauer (Belvidere, Ill.), Rita Schultz (Naperville, Ill./Waubonsie Valley), Shelby Snyder (Fountain Valley, Calif.), Becky Stewart (Greendale, Wis.), Amy Vander Meer (Palos Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg), head coach Pete Waite and assistant coaches Jenelle Lantagne and Mark Swaya.
The Roy Family (Willy Roy Sr., Willy Roy Jr., Karsten Roy and Markus Roy, men's soccer, 1987-2000)
The Roy family was elected to the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame in the special category for its collective contribution to the Huskie men's soccer program. Willy Roy Sr. was head coach of the NIU soccer team from 1987-2002, posting a career record of 142-131-22. He was named the National Soccer Coaches Assocation of America Division I Regional Coach of the Year in 1989.
As a player, Willy Roy Sr. played for the U.S. National Team 20 times and was elected to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 1989. Each of Roy's three sons played collegiately at NIU for their father.
Willy Roy Jr. played at NIU from 1987-90 and earned All-Midwest First Team honors in 1990 and All-Midwest Second Team honors in 1989. As a senior, Willy Roy Jr. scored 15 goals, tied for the fourth-most in a single-season in Huskie soccer history. Roy scored 34 goals in his NIU career, also tied for the fourth-most in program history. Willy Roy Jr. was named to the All-Big Central Soccer Conference First Team three times (1987-89) and also to the All-Mid-Continent Conference First Team in 1990.
Markus and Karsten Roy each played at NIU from 1988-91.
Karsten Roy claimed All-Midwest Second Team honors in 1990 and '91. The defender was named to the All-Big Central Soccer Conference Second Team as a sophomore in 1989 and to the All-Mid Continent Conference First Team during both his junior and senior seasons.
Markus Roy was named to the All-Midwest First Team in 1991 and the All-Midwest Second Team in 1989; he also earned Academic All-American honors in 1990 and '91. Markus played goalkeeper for the Huskies, earning All-Big Central Soccer Conference First Team honors in 1988 and Second Team recognition in 1989. Markus also earned All-Mid-Continent Conference First Team accolades in 1990 and 1991.
With the three Roy's on the Huskie roster in 1989 and 1990, NIU posted a 14-4-2 record in 1989 and followed that up with a 13-5-2 mark in 1990. The 14 wins in 1989 are the second-most in a single-season for NIU, while the 13 in 1990 ties for the third-best in school history.
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