College Welcomes New Members to Wildcats Athletics Hall of Fame
Athletic Hall of Fame inductees were honored at the WSC Homecoming and Hall of Fame banquet Oct. 3. They included Amy Brodersen Riggs, '98; Byron Chamberlain '09; Matt Kneifl, '02; the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 men's basketball teams; and Carlyle Garvin, posthumously.
Amy Broderson (Athlete): Arguably one of the best ball handling and shooting guards in Wayne State women’s basketball history, Amy Broderson was a four-year starter from 1993 to 1997. The O’Neill, Neb., native ranks seventh in career scoring with 1,281 points and is third in career steals (194) and third in career assists with 396. She started 95 out of 105 career games and averaged 12.2 points, 4.46 rebounds and 3.77 assists per game and made 46.6 percent of her shots from the field during her career. Broderson helped the 1993-94 team go 22-5 overall, including a perfect 12-0 at home, the first-ever WSC women’s basketball team to go unbeaten at home during the season. As a senior, Broderson averaged a career-high 15.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.79 assists per game.
Byron Chamberlain (Athlete): Byron Chamberlain was a standout wide receiver at Wayne State from 1993 to 1994, leading to a successful nine-year career in the National Football League. In his two seasons with the Wildcats, Chamberlain had 161 catches for 1,941 yards and 14 touchdowns. Chamberlain had 78 catches for 1,015 yards and seven touchdowns in 1993 to help the 9-1 Wildcats lead NCAA Division II in total offense that season. He added another 83 catches for 926 yards in 1994. The 83 catches are the second most in a single season by a Wildcat receiver. His 16 catches against Bemidji State during the 1994 season ranks second most in a single game by a WSC receiver. Chamberlain then went on to a successful nine-year career in the NFL, starting with the Denver Broncos. In 2001, Chamberlain had 57 catches for 666 yards with the Minnesota Vikings to earn NFL Pro Bowl honors at tight end. He finished his NFL career with 167 receptions for 2,048 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 12.3 yards per catch.
Matt Kneifl (Athlete): Matt Kneifl was a standout hurdler for the Wildcat track and field teams from 1997 to 2001, winning four Northern Sun Conference individual titles to go with All-American honors in 2001. Kneifl, a graduate of Newcastle High School in Nebraska, finished seventh at the NCAA Division II Indoor Nationals in 2001 in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 7.55 seconds to earn All-American honors. He also was an Academic All-American in 2001. Kneifl was the NSIC champion in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles in outdoor track in 2000 and in 2001 won the 55 meter hurdles title (indoors) and the 110 meter hurdles title during the outdoor season. Kneifl works for Edward Jones Investments in West Des Moines, Iowa.
1998-99 and 1999-2000 Men’s Basketball Teams (Teams): The 1998-99 and 1999-2000 men’s basketball teams made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances under Coach Greg McDermott, going 23-5 in 98-99 and 26-6 in 1999-2000. The 1998-99 team earned the top seed and hosted the NCAA Division II North Central Regional Tournament. The 1999-2000 team won a school-record 26 games and captured the Northern Sun Conference regular season and post-season tournament titles. The ‘Cats advanced to the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the second straight season and defeated St. Cloud State and South Dakota before falling to eventual national champion Metro State in the North Central Regional championship game. Greg McDermott was named the 1999-2000 NSIC Coach of the Year while Jon Dolliver, Eric Henderson and Brad Joens were selected to the 1999-2000 NSIC All-Conference Team. The two teams combined went 49-11 during the successful two-year run.
Carlyle Garvin – Posthumously (Contributor): The Garvin family has been longtime supporters of Wayne State College. Carlyle Garvin was a member of the 1939 Wayne State College football team and later founded Wayne Sporting Goods in Wayne in 1958. For many years, Garvin officiated at the Wayne State College spring football game and Wildcats alumni basketball games. In the 1970s when Wayne State women’s sports were still club sports, Garvin would buy the gas while local businessman and friend Roy Coryell would provide the vehicles to transport Wayne State women’s teams on road trips. Garvin also provided jobs for WSC student athletes in the summer and paid for coaches’ clinics throughout the school year.