Dream It. Believe It. Achieve It.
Craig Jackson, Athletic Director
Phone: 815-825-2086, ext. 5380
"Belief is the knowledge that we can do something. It's the inner feeling that what we undertake; we can accomplish. For the most part, all of us have the ability to look at something and know whether or not we can do it. So in BELIEF, there is power. Our eyes are opened and our opportunities become plain. Our visions become realities." - Wynn Davis
At Kishwaukee College there is a strong belief in success and visions of excellence. Our knowledgeable and caring coaching staff have indeed opened eyes to opportunities and abilities. Take a look at just a few of our athletic accomplishments.
Student Athletes of the Month
2014 Pumpkin Run at the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival
Athletes from the Kishwaukee College Kougars’ Volleyball and Baseball team assisted at the finish line for the 2014-10K Pumpkin Run at the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival, Sycamore, Illinois, on Sunday October 26, 2014. The athletes handed out over 50 cases of water to the runners as they finished the race. The Kougars also cheered on the runners and helped with clean up at the end of the race.
Kishwaukee College Athletes hailed for Academic Excellence
Thirty-two Kishwaukee College student-athletes have been honored with Arrowhead Academic All-Conference honors. Kishwaukee College Athletic Director Karen Wiley has announced the names of the women and men whose accomplishments have extended well beyond the playing fields and courts and into the college classroom. “Credit needs to be given to these student-athletes and their coaches who have stressed the importance of academics. We are working well together here, between coaches, student-athletes, instructors and support staff. I am proud of these academic accomplishments. It speaks well of what we can and are doing here at KC.”
To qualify for the academic honor student-athletes must have competed in one or more sports throughout the year, maintained a 3.0 or above G.P.A., and completed at least 24 hours.
Female athletes and their sports: Softball- Meghan Barrett, Alyssa Marchetti, Kelcee Miller, Nicole Williams, Amanda Woodbury. Volleyball: Elizabeth Aumann, Samantha Basar, Ashley Belcher, Akeelah Muhammad, Samantha Scroggins. Women’s Basketball: Valerierose Agnello, Catie Cox, Rosanna Gambino, Kelsie Kluck, Beth Smith.
Males and their sports: Baseball: Jake Gordon, James Nardini, Trevor Ozenbaugh, Travis Siwiec, Trenton Sopko, Adam Wilson. Soccer: Jorge Caballero, David Dumbacher, Jonathan Hamil, Adam Seiter, Omar Torres, Paul Prawdzik, Ryan Winterton. Men’s Basketball: Taylor Lavery, Raheem Lemons, Joshua Williams, Kaylor Zimmerman.
Kelcee Miller (Softball) and Travis Siwiec (Baseball) earned NJCAA Academic All-American Award for Superior Academic Achievement for maintaining a 3.8-3.9 G.P.A. and completing 4 semesters. Kelsie Kluck (Women’s Basketball) and Omar Torres (Soccer) earned NJCAA Academic All-American Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement for a 3.6-3.79 G.P.A. and having completed 4 semesters.
Kishwaukee College Athletics earns THIRD consecutive Arrowhead Conference All Sports Award
The Athletic Department at Kishwaukee College has earned the Arrowhead Conference All-Sports Award Cup for the THIRD consecutive year. The award is based upon each team’s finish in conference standings. The Volleyball team finished first in the conference. (The soccer team finished 10-10-1, but it is not considered a conference sport. ) The Men’s Basketball team finished fifth in the conference, while the Women’s Basketball team placed in the first spot. Success continued in the spring with our Baseball team finishing in second place and Softball also in the third spot. Cumulative finishes in the conference earned the department the ALL SPORTS AWARD CUP. 2009-10 marked the first year KC had earned the award since its inception in 1999. Congratulations to all the student-athletes and coaches! Hard work pays off!
Sarah Panzau keynote speaker for KC Athletics orientation
Kishwaukee College Athletics held an on-campus orientation on August 27 for the student athletes that kicked off with the keynote address from Sarah Panzau, former two-time National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) volleyball All-American, on responsibility, choices, and consequences. Panzau had spoken to Kishwaukee Student-Athletes during orientation in 2011 and Athletic Director Karen Wiley invited her back because Panzau’s message is such a powerful one. Read more about Sarah Panzau's presentation.
Athletic Hall of Fame
Kishwaukee College Student-Athletes Continuing Their Careers
We are very proud to share with you a list of student-athletes and coaches who have moved on to the DI and DII levels to continue their playing and coaching careers. The list includes just the past 2 years. It is a testament to the quality of our competition, programs and coaching. Our vision for Kishwaukee College Athletics is to be the driving force behind turning student-athletes’ aspirations into enduring success in the competitive arena and in the classroom. View the PDF here.