Eight enter WIU Hall of Fame

Dan Hensley

WIU has had some great athletes in this past, and every year a handful of these athletes are chosen for the WIU Athletic Hall of Fame. The class of 1999-2000 is a great one, and the eight inductees will be honored for their accomplishments at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which will be held Feb. 11 in the University Union Grand Ballroom. The dinner and presentation will begin at 7 p.m.The first inductee is Kathy Gates-Washington. Gates-Washington played tennis from 1985-89.

She set five season singles and two career singles records and had a winning percentage of 89.5 percent overall during her tenure at WIU. In 1986-87 she had a winning percentage of 95 percent in singles play and currently resides in Macomb.

The second inductee is Don Greco. Greco played as an offensive lineman for the Leathernecks and was so talented that he went on to play for the Detroit Lions in the National Football League. While at WIU, Greco earned Associated Press Second Team and First Team honors, as well as the Kodak First Team. He played from 1977 to 1980 and currently resides in St. Charles, Mo.

Another inductee is Bill Heap. Heap was nominated not for a sport he played but for his years of support and commitment to the athletic program. Heap still lives in Macomb.

The fourth inductee is Brenda Heyl. Heyl played softball from 1984 until 1988 and is the only former softball player to have her jersey retired. She pitched for the Westerwinds and was named WIU Softball Player of the Decade. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

The next inductee is Jerry Holloway. Holloway ran track and played football for WIU from 1975 until 1979. In track, he was an All-American and won the NCAA Division 110-meter high hurdles. In football, he was varsity all four years and started every game. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and still lives in St. Louis.

The sixth inductee is John MacKenzie, who was soccer coach and player for the ‘Necks. As a coach, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America named him Coach of the Year for the Midwest region. MacKenzie lives in Colchester, Ill. WIU’s very own John MacKenzie Alumni Field was named after him.

The seventh inductee, Sue Orstrom, was one of the most talented volleyball athletes to compete for WIU. During her career, which was from 1984 until 1987, she managed to secure nine records.

She has the most kills in both a season and a career, the most attack attempts, digs and service aces. Orstrom is the only volleyball athlete to have her jersey retired. She now resides in Rhode Island.

The final inductee is John Teerlinck. He, too, played football for the ‘Necks and earned All-American honors as well as the team’s defensive MVP Award. The San Diego Chargers drafted him in the fifth round after he graduated in 1974.

He had a career-ending knee injury and is now a defensive assistant coach for the Denver Broncos. Teerlinck lives in Littleton, Colo.

This class is full of great athletes as well as coaches – a great honor for WIU.

There is no doubt that these inductees will set the standard for future players and coaches to strive for.