The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates the long and
exemplary history of athletics at Lincoln College. The inductees
Kim (Green) Wize, female athlete from the class of 1986. Wize was
recruited to play basketball for the Lynx by coach Donna Bonebrake.
While at Lincoln College, Wize was named a Kodak All-American and
part of the Lady Lynx national qualifying team in 1985. She was also
named Co-Captain of the Basketball Team during her sophomore year.
Her list of awards includes: Outstanding Defensive
Player, all-regional team as a freshman and sophomore, Women’s
basketball most valuable player in 1985 and Women’s basketball
player of the year in 1986. Wize finished the 1985-86 season as the
seventh-leading scorer in the nation with a 23.4 points-per-game
average and was sixth in the nation rebounding with a 16.0 average.
While at Lincoln College, Wize shattered the school rebounding
record with 844 over two seasons. Wize went on to play basketball at
Bill Porritt, male athlete from the class of 1970. Porritt was a
member of the first varsity competitive swim team at Lincoln
College. During his time at LC he was named an All American. Porritt
won two national titles in the 100 and 200 backstroke events and
placed in the medley.
After college, swimming continued to be a large part of his life
as he coached the Peoria YMCA swim team for six years. Porritt owned
and operated Peoria Bearing Co., a family business, from 1973 until
Mike De Ment, male athlete from the class of 1972. De Ment played
baseball for Lincoln College under head coach Chuck Lindstrom. He
was Co-Captain of the 1972 Regional Championship team and earned the
AACBC Collegiate All-American Team, District award in 1972. After
Lincoln College, De Ment played baseball on a scholarship to St. Leo
University in Florida. During his time at St. Leo, he was Co-Captain
of the 1974 team and received the “Hustler-of-the-year” award, given
to one athlete campus wide.
After college, De Ment worked and co-owned a manufacturing
company for more than 40 years.
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John Swart, male athlete from the class of 1960. Swart played
basketball under head coach Norm Kaye and was named captain and
most valuable basketball player. While at Lincoln College, Swart
scored 1,141 points in two years and was ranked in the top 20
After LC, he played at ISU where he earned the single game
rebound record with 24. Basketball continued to be a large part of
Swart’s life. He returned to Lincoln College as head basketball
coach from 1964 to 1968.
Since then, Swart has held several different coaching,
administrative and teaching roles at St. Leo University in Florida.
Swart was inducted into the Illinois State Athletic Hall of Fame in
1995 and the St. Leo Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
Norm Kaye, male coach from 1957 to 1964. Coach Kaye was the men’s
basketball head coach and compiled a record of 135-77 during his
tenure. In 1962, Kaye led the men’s basketball team to the Illinois
state championship and the college’s first National Tournament
appearance in any sport, finishing with a record of 30-7. In 2004,
the 1962 team was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches
Association Hall of Fame.
After Lincoln College, Kaye served as head basketball coach and
athletic director, in addition to several administrative positions
at St. Leo University in Florida. During his time at St. Leo, Kaye
founded the Sunshine State Conference in 1974 and contributed
greatly to the conference’s growth into one of the premiere athletic
conferences at the NCAA Division II level.
In 2012, Kaye was awarded a Lincoln College Honorary Alumnus
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 2016
Homecoming Weekend activities taking place from October 31 through
November 5 on the Lincoln campus.
Tickets for the Athletic Hall of Fame banquet are $25 for adults and
$15 for children age 18 and younger. Reservations can be made by
contacting Mary Jo Werth in the Advancement Office at (217) 735-7217
Public Relations & Media Manager