The event is open to the public, and
the deadline for reservations is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. The cost is
$25 for adults and $15 for children age 18 and younger. Seating is
limited, so early reservations are recommended. To make reservations
or for more information, contact Mary Jo Werth in the college
advancement office at 217-732-3155, ext. 217, or call 877-522-5867
toll-free, or email
The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes
and celebrates the long and exemplary history of athletics at
Lincoln College. In naming the inaugural class, the committee
selected individuals whose accomplishments and involvement represent
as much of Lincoln College's athletic history as possible. The
female athlete from the class of 1981
As a Lincoln College student
athlete, Bowers played volleyball, basketball and softball. She
played on the 1981 softball team that took third place in the NJCAA
national tournament. She was named to the all-regional tournament
team and received the Sportsmanship Award. She received several LC
awards, including Most Dedicated Athlete, Captain's Award,
Volleyball MVP and Rotary Club Female Athlete Academic Award, and
she was the 1981 class valedictorian.
After graduating from Lincoln
College, Bowers attended Illinois State University, where she was a
two-year varsity basketball letter winner. She played on the 1983
GCAC Conference Champions team and in the NCAA national tournament.
After college, Bowers coached high
school and college basketball and golf in Lincoln and Springfield,
and was selected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall
of Fame for Outstanding Achievement in Illinois Basketball in 2009.
Bowers has been a member of the Lincoln College faculty since 1984.
She received LC's Jack D. Nutt Educator of the Year Award in 2010
and a Lincoln College Alumni Achievement Award in 2002.
male athlete from the class of 1995
Hughes was a wrestling all-American
for Lincoln College, placing third at the NJCAA national tournament
After graduation from LC, he
continued to wrestle at Eastern Illinois University, where he was an
all-American as a junior and senior.
Hughes went on to a successful
Ultimate Fighting Championship career, fighting competitively from
1998 until retiring in 2013. He holds the record for most wins in
the UFC, with 18, and was the UFC welterweight champion twice,
successfully defending the title seven times.
Hughes has received many honors and
awards, including being inducted into the EIU Hall of Fame in 2008,
the UFC Hall of Fame in 2010, the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2012 and the
George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2013.
Hughes received Lincoln College's first Young Alumni Achievement
Award in 2009.
male athlete from the class of 1962
Known as the "Winchester rifle" for
his ability to accurately fire off shots with the basketball, Flynn
was a member LC's 1962 team that won the Illinois state basketball
championship, played at the national junior college tournament and
was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall
of Fame in 2004.
Flynn still holds Lynx basketball
records for best individual game average, most individual points
scored in one season, most individual points scored in two seasons
and most points scored in a national tournament -- records set years
before American basketball organizations adopted the 3-point field
goal. He also holds Lynx records for most rebounds (sophomore), most
rebounds (career) and most rebounds in a single game. He is a member
of the Super Lynx 1,000 Point Club.
Flynn is being inducted
Joni B. Comstock,
female coach from 1979 to 1983
During her tenure at LC, Comstock
coached Lynx softball, volleyball, women's basketball and men's
tennis, and also served as the assistant director of athletics.
She earned a master's degree from
Illinois State University in 1981 and went on to pursue a doctorate
and a career in collegiate athletics administration.
Since 2006 she has been the senior
vice president for championships for the NCAA, where she oversees 84
championships played each year by teams from over 1,000 member
Comstock was named a Lincoln
College Honorary Alumna in 2002. She has been recognized as a
Distinguished Alumnus of Eastern Illinois University in 2007, an EIU
Top 10 honoree in 40 years of Title IX, WACDA Regional Director of
Athletics of the Year and Ohio Valley Conference Title IX honoree in
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Charles "Chuck" Lindstrom,
male coach from 1961 to 1983
After a brief career in Major
League Baseball, Lindstrom came to Lincoln College in 1961 to teach
geography and coach baseball. In 1963 he took on the additional role
of director of athletics. During his tenure, competitive athletics
at Lincoln College grew from just men's basketball, swimming, tennis
and baseball to include soccer, golf, wrestling, women's basketball,
softball and volleyball.
Lindstrom's philosophy of coaching
laid a foundation for the athletics program at Lincoln College that
continues today. Under his guidance, LC athletics received both
state and national recognition, and LC athletes have been successful
in both collegiate and professional athletics and in their
Lindstrom was named the American
Legion Baseball Player of the Year in 1953 and was made an Honorary
Alumnus of Lincoln College in 2009.
Jack D. Nutt,
Lincoln College president from 1982 to 2002
Nutt was a visionary leader and
administrator and has been widely credited with reviving and
preserving Lincoln College as one the country's few private junior
colleges. During his two decades as president, Nutt oversaw the
development of the Lincoln College-Normal campus, the establishment
of Midwest College of Cosmetology and the addition of several new
buildings on the Lincoln campus, including the Meyer-Evans Student
Center, Dooley Hall, Gehlbach Hall, the Behrends Admissions
Building, and the Heritage residence halls and student services
In 2001, he started the Lincoln
Center campaign to raise funds for a larger athletic facility and
larger space for the Lincoln museum on the Lincoln campus. The
Lincoln Center, with its Jack D. Nutt Arena, opened in 2010. The
Lincoln Heritage Museum is scheduled to open in the Lincoln Center
Nutt was inducted into the Highland
Community College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and received an
honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Lincoln College in
Nutt is being inducted
Dominic "Doc" and John Guzzardo,
longtime friends and supporters of Lincoln College athletics
From the time Guzzardo's Italian
Villa opened in Lincoln in 1957, the Guzzardo family has been a
friend to Lincoln College athletics and a pillar of the local
community. Family patriarch Dominic, or "Doc," was active in local
government, the chamber of commerce and several prominent
He was also an avid sports fan who
regularly attended Lynx games in Lincoln and on the road --
including traveling to Hutchinson, Kan., in 1962 when the Lynx
basketball team competed in LC's very first national tournament --
and would often provide meals at the restaurant for teams when they
returned late from away games.
Doc Guzzardo was recognized by LC
as an Honorary Letterman in 1981.
He is being inducted posthumously.
has continued in his father's
footsteps: managing the restaurant; serving the community of
Lincoln, including eight years as mayor; and supporting Lincoln
College athletics, including helping kick off the Lynx basketball
Hall of Fame Club in 2010.
John Guzzardo was made an Honorary
Alumnus of Lincoln College in 2006.
The Lincoln College Athletic Hall
of Fame recognizes student athletes, teams, coaches, managers,
administrators, faculty, staff and friends who have distinguished
themselves in the field of athletics at Lincoln College, either by
their performance on an athletic team or by meritorious efforts in
supporting the athletic program at the college.
The Hall of Fame banquet is part of
the 2013 Homecoming and Family Weekend activities taking place Nov.
4-10 on the Lincoln campus.