banquet will be held at the Davison-Sheffer gymnasium and includes a
cocktail reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner
and an awards program.
The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates the long and
exemplary history of athletics at Lincoln College. The 2017
Gossett. Gossett is being recognized as a “Friend of Athletics” for
his outstanding support of the Lincoln College athletic program over
many years. Gossett, a member of the Lincoln College class of 1943,
is a well-known business and civic leader. He is a former Trustee at
Lincoln College and received the College’s Alumni Achievement Award
He has been an advocate for education throughout his life, and
served as president of the Lincoln Elementary School District 27 and
a member of the Lincoln Community High School District 404 board. He
is a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran and has served on the
boards of many local organizations.
Zurkammer. Zurkammer has been both a coach and athlete at Lincoln
College. He is being recognized for his athletic achievements as a
basketball and baseball player. He was a member of the 1962
basketball team that finished 11th in the nation with a 30-7 record.
After graduating from Lincoln College, Zurkammer went on to earn
All-American honors in both basketball and baseball at MacMurray
College in Jacksonville.
He returned to Lincoln College in 1965, teaching math and computer
sciences, while also assisting in the athletic program. He coached
the men’s basketball teams from 1967 to 1970. In 1982, he was
appointed Dean of Academic Affairs. He was named Vice-President of
Academic Affairs in 2002 and Provost in 2003. He remained as Provost
until his retirement in 2008. He continues to serve the College as
an adjunct professor in math.
Hemenway. Hemenway joined Lincoln College in 1991 as head swim coach
and physical education instructor. Under Hemenway, the Lynx placed
second in the national championships 12 times. He coached a dozen
national champions, 96 All-Americans and 32 Academic All-Americans.
He was named National Coach of the Year three times.
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Piskorski. Piskorski, a native of Peoria, was an outstanding
baseball player at Lincoln College. After graduating in 1972, he
went on to play for the University of New Mexico Lobos. In his first
year at New Mexico, the team won its first 17 games, including four
wins by at least 10 runs, setting a school record for consecutive
wins that still stands today.
After graduating with a degree in education, he stayed in New Mexico
and went into banking and business. He was also an assistant varsity
head coach at Eldorado (New Mexico) High School from 1983-1987.
Wegrzyn. Wegrzyn was named the 1998 NJCAA Swimmer of the Year and
set NJCAA national records in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke while
at Lincoln College. After transferring to Southwest Missouri State
he was an NCAA Division I National Qualifier in four events. He was
named the 2002 Missouri Valley Conference Swimmer of the Year and
was an Academic All-Conference selection for two years.
After earning bachelor’s degrees in geographic information systems
and organizational communications, he earned a master’s degree in
international affairs administration. In 2007, he joined the
swimming and diving coaching staff of Georgetown University.
He is currently General Manager at B.F. Saul Company in the
Washington, D.C. area. Founded in 1892, B. F. Saul Company is one of
the most successful privately owned real estate companies in the
Nation became the first woman Lynx to win a national championship in
swimming with two first place finishes at the National Junior
College Athletic Association National Meet in 2004, winning the 200
Individual Medley and the 100 Freestyle. She was also an Academic
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 November 6th through
November 11th 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 and Media Manager