Hall of Fame Members Inducted During Homecoming
Published: 11-5-2013 9:55 am
Wayne State College celebrated Homecoming weekend on campus, Sept. 26-29, which provided the college and the Wayne State Foundation with the opportunity to honor graduates for their accomplishments and support of the college.
Wayne State honored athletic Hall of Fame Inductees at a banquet Sept. 28.
The Hall of Fame inductees:
Tanna (Walford) Albin (Athlete) '07
Albin was a standout high jumper lettering all four years for the Wildcats from 2004 to 2007. The York Public Schools graduate won the NSIC Indoor Championship three times and had one outdoor title. In the 2005 indoor season she was named the NSIC Field Athlete of the Year. She was a three-time NCAA indoor national qualifier and a two-time national outdoor qualifier placing seventh in the high jump at both national meets as a senior. She excelled in the classroom earning USTFCCCA All-Academic honors three times (2005-07) and in 2007 was just one of two WSC athletes in the past 10 years to earn an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. She received her doctorate of medicine degree from the Nebraska Medical Center in 2012 and serves as a doctor of medicine for Family Practice at St. Vincent Health Systems, Carmel, Inc.
Cindy (Stella '82) and Steve Zelinsky '82 (Athletes)
Cindy lettered four years for the WSC Softball team from 1979 to 1982. She earned All-CSIC and NAIA All-District 11 honors during her senior season as a pitcher and during her junior season helped WSC to a seventh place finish at the NAIA National Tournament. After college, she was a successful coach at the collegiate and international level including stops as pitching coach at Minnesota (1992-94) and to develop a program at Washington University in Missouri (1999-2005). She led the team to four NCAA Division III National Tournaments, including a seventh place finish in 2005. She was co-head coach of an 18U Gold team that competed in the womens division at the Canadian International Open in 2012.
Steve was a four-year letter winner for the Wayne State football team from 1978 to 1981. He was a three-time All-CSIC offensive lineman and was NAIA All-District 11 First Team his senior year. He lives in Chesterfield, Mo., where he has won numerous awards in the restaurant industry, including several Vendor of the Year awards in a chain of 350 stores. He has coached youth football and baseball in Chesterfield for the past seven years.
Ryun Williams (Coach)
Williams spent nine seasons (1998-2008) as head womens basketball coach at WSC and is the schools all-time winningest coach with a record of 182-106. He turned the Wildcats into a Northern Sun Conference and North Central/Central Region contender. While at WSC, he led the Cats to the 2005-06 NSIC regular season and tournament titles with a then school record 27 wins (27-4) and the schools first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. In three of his last four seasons, he led the Wildcats to 20 wins or more with two more NCAA Tournament appearances. His 2007-08 team was 22-10 and knocked off national power #6 North Dakota in the first round of the North Central Regional. Ryun moved on to Division I ranks where he spent four seasons at the University of South Dakota, his alma mater. He is now the head coach at Colorado State.
2006 Men's Track and Field (Team)
The 2006 Wayne State College mens track and field team captured NSIC Indoor and Outdoor Championships and, coupled with the 2005 cross country team in the fall, pulled off a rare triple crown that season with conference titles. The indoor team scored 166 points and had three conference champions: Ben Jansen-800 meter run, Matt Schneider-1,000 meter run and the distance medley relay team. The outdoor team racked up 225 points to win the conference title and swept all four post season awards. Jansen was NSIC Track Athlete and Newcomer of the Year, JJ Washington was NSIC Field Athlete of the Year and Marlon Brink was NSIC Coach of the Year. It was the first of back-to-back years that Wayne State swept indoor and outdoor conference titles in track and field.
Roland Lentz '56 (Contributor)
Lentz grew up in Coleridge, Neb., and is a 1956 graduate of Wayne State College. He was involved with Lambda Delta Lambda and Kappa Mu Epsilon as a WSC student. He received a master of arts degree from the University of South Dakota in 1957. Roland taught at WSC from 1957 to 1959. He served as an instructor and math professor at Mankato State, Minnesota from 1962 to 1999. After his teaching career, he retired and moved back to the Wayne area. Lentz is a strong supporter of Wayne State College and can be found at most home sporting events. He has been a Cat Club member since 2005. Roland was a major contributor to the Athletic Facilitys Turf, Track and Soccer project. He supports math scholarships at Wayne State College, where he has been a donor for more than 30 years.