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Alumni Hall of Fame


2011 Inductees

Dennis Kirby (Athlete)


Dennis Kirby was a three year starter at fullback on the Wayne State football team for the 1964, 65 and 66 seasons playing under Coach John Jermier going 18-8.  Kirby was named Most Valuable Player in 1965 and 66 seasons and was a two time All Nebraska College Conference selection along with receiving honorable mention All-American honors in 1966 as a senior.  He was the leading rusher on the 1966 team with 459 yards on 61 carries and six TD’s (7.5 avg.) for 91.8 yards per game.  Kirby rushed for 465 yards as a junior and was also the placekicker leading the team in scoring with 40 points.  Kirby is a graduate of David City High School where he was a two time All-State high school football player.



Rayna Nelsen Cain (Athlete)


Rayna Nelsen was a standout volleyball player at Wayne State College from 1999-2002. The Homer, Nebraska native was a four time All-Northern Sun Conference First Team selection and finished her Wildcat volleyball career ranking fourth on the all time kills list with 1,517.  Nelsen helped Wayne State to the 2001 NSIC regular season title going 16-2 in league play while finishing 24-9 overall.  During her senior season in 2002 she recorded 534 kills that ranks fifth most in a single season. She also finished her career ranking third in block assists with 388.  She was the first Wayne State Athlete to be named All NSIC all four seasons and was an AVCA All North Region Honorable Mention selection as a senior.



Mark Vollmer (Athlete)


Vollmer, a Wisner, Nebraska graduate was a two time All-American triple jumper at Wayne State during his Wildcat career from 1984-88.  He still holds both school records today, 48’ 4 ½” indoors and 48’ 11” outdoors both coming in the 1988 season despite competing with back problems during his career.  Vollmer was sixth in the triple jump at the 1985 NAIA Indoor National meet at 47’ 9” and was fifth as a senior in the 1988 NAIA Indoor National meet at 47’ 7 1/2'”.  Vollmer was a one-time school record holder in the javelin and is married to former Wayne High and Wayne State standout athlete Missy Stoltenberg whose Dad, Del, was a long time football coach at Wayne State and a 2006 Inductee into the WSC Athletic Hall of Fame.



John Manganaro (Coach)


Manganaro served 20 seasons as coach with the Wayne State baseball program from 1990-2009. He was the head coach for 17 seasons and compiled an impressive career record of 506-309-1 (.620).  Manganaro coached Wayne State to six straight Northern Sun Conference regular season titles from 2004-09 and guided the Wildcats to seven NCAA tournament appearances in his last nine seasons as head coach.  He led the Wildcats to a pair of Regional Championship games in 2004 and 2009 and produced All-Americans in six of his last seven seasons as head coach. Under Manganaro Wayne State was the 12th winningest team in NCAA Division II during the 2000’s going 368-157-1 (.701).  WSC also developed one of the finest baseball facilities in the Midwest under Manganaro, the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex.



Don and Nancy Endicott (Contributors)


The Endicotts have been owners of Pac N Save in Wayne since 1987 and have been loyal supporters of Wayne State College and Wildcat athletics.  You can normally find Don cooking at Wayne State football tailgate parties. Pac N Save also caters the Cat Club booster meals at all home basketball games and provides meals for the annual Catbacker Scholarship Golf Tournament every June.  Pac N Save employs numerous Wayne State College students and gives annual scholarships to Wayne State College, including two student appreciation scholarships each semester and the employee scholarship each year.






2010 Inductees

Brad Joens '01

Jeffrey J. Ingrum '80

Brad played basketball for WSC from 1997 to 2001, ranking as the all-time leader in three pointer baskets
with 310 and ranks fourth in career scoring with 1,556 points. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native was a two-time All Northern Sun Conference selection and helped WSC make back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998-99 and 1999-00, helping win the 1999-2000 Northern Sun Conference and reaching the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Brad is currently employed
as a commercial banking officer at Hills Bank and Trust Company in Fairfax, Iowa.



Greg Walker '72

Greg Walker '72

Greg was WSC’s leading receiver for three straight seasons during his four-year career with the Wildcats from 1967 to 1970. He was the top receiver with 20 catches for 363 yards and was the team’s leading scorer with eight touchdowns on the 1970 team that
went 7-3 and qualified for the Mineral Water bowl. The Omaha native finished his career averaging 14.8 yards per catch. He was also a conference champion in the 100 yard butterfly for WSC in the 1969-70 season. Greg works in design/sales at Valley Oasis Pools and is also a partner and coach with Cross Fit in Tucson, Ariz.



Bill Schwartz '83

Bill Schwartz '83

Bill, who is a Wayne native, was a standout baseball player at WSC from 1979 to 1982. He holds the career
home run record at WSC with 37 and ranks fourth in career runs batted in with 178. He was a three-time All NAIA District 11 selection and First Team All Central States Intercollegiate Conference in 1981 after setting
then school records with 18 homers, 67 RBI’s and 61 hits during the season. He was an NAIA honorable mention All-American selection in 1980. Bill is a contractor and managing partner with Sander Properties LLC in West Des Moines, Iowa.




Marilyn Strate '81 BAE, '85 MSE

Marilyn Strate '81 BAE, '85 MSE

Marilyn posted winning records coaching volleyball and softball at WSC. She still ranks as the coach with the
most wins in WSC softball history, going 142-78 in her five years as head coach from 1984 to 1988. Marilyn never had a losing season in softball and coached the Wildcats to backto- back 30 win seasons. In volleyball, she posted a 123-103-1 record in five seasons as head coach from 1983 to 1987. She had winning records in four of her five seasons as head coach. Marilyn works as associate professor of wellness and human performance at Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall, Minn.



Darold ’46 and Maxine Bartels Bobier ‘45

Darold ’46 and Maxine Bartels Bobier ‘45

Darold and Maxine have been generous contributors to WSC, supporting athletics and student scholarships. They established the Darold and Maxine Bobier Endowed Mathematics Scholarship and contribute
annually to athletics.


Darold lettered in three sports while attending WSC (football, basketball & track). He served 34 years as a teacher and administrator in the Denver Public School system retiring in 1987. He also taught Darold ’46 and Maxine Bartels Bobier ‘45 and coached at Cleghorn, Iowa (1946-48) and Hartington, Neb. (1948-53). Maxine retired in 1987 from Adams School District 50 in Westminster, Colo. She taught fourth grade.



2001 Wayne State Baseball Team

The 2001 Wayne State baseball team went 35-10 with a
12-2 record in the Northern Sun Conference. The ‘Cats were NSIC Tournament Champions and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in school history. Coach John Manganaro was named NSIC Coach of the Year and Brady Borner was named NSIC Pitcher of the Year after going 9-2 with a 2.74
ERA and 103 strikeouts on the season.


2001 Baseball Team


2001 Wayne State Baseball Team - front row (l-r): Joe Wall, Joey Baldwin, Andy Schultz, Justin Conley, Justin Carey and Tom Gause. Second row: Student Assistant Tate Meier, Gary Redden, Pat Zahourek, Mike Sorensen, Eddie Burns, Tony Manganaro, Joe Hartman, David Muryn, Steve Clark, Wes Demke and Student Trainer Drew Erks. Third row: Head Coach John Manganaro, Aaron Ligocki, Patrick Coghlan, Eric Fitch, Aaron Hyde, Rob Watt, Brady Borner, Jason Sloger, Joel Tremblay, Scott Hayduk and Assistant Coach Tracy Archuleta. Back row: Andre Duval, Adam Meier, Dustin Nilius, Brian Zimmerman, Adam Walkenhorst, Tim Richt, Chad Walker, Nathan Miller, Brian Disch and Courie Weber. (Not pictured: Ryan Wetterberg and Assistant Coach Bruce Schlecht).


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