NIC announces 2017 Athletics Hall of Fame inductees
The North Idaho College Athletics Department has announced the inductees for the seventh Athletics Hall of Fame class, to be held in conjunction with the annual Athletics Awards Banquet. The festivities will be held in the NIC Edminster Student Union Building on Saturday, May 6. The 2017 Hall of Fame Class of inductees includes a highly successful men’s basketball coach and former NIC volleyball standout.
The banquet begins with a social at 5 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m., the Cardinal Athletics Awards ceremony at 6 p.m. and the NIC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the induction ceremony and athletics awards dinner are available for $30 and can be purchased at the NIC Athletics Department Office in Post Hall. Please pre-purchase or reserve a ticket. The 2017 inductees are:
Hugh Watson - Men’s Basketball Coach. Watson spent eight years as the head coach of the Cardinals. Hired in 1996, Watson immediately put together one of NIC’s most successful teams ever. The 1996-1997 Cardinals played to a 33-6 record and a fourth-place finish at the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) national tournament, the highest in Cardinal history. Watson’s success was highlighted by being voted 1997 Coach of the Year for the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC). The Tennessee native returned to his home state to coach at NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., after leaving the Cardinals in 2004.
Collese Dornan - Women’s Volleyball. The Fife, Wash., native found her way to North Idaho in 2004 and helped lead the resurgence of NIC volleyball. Dornan was selected as the first NJCAA Volleyball All-American in school history in 2005. Dornan helped the Cardinals earn the highest ranking in school history at the time at No. 2, and the Cardinals finished the regular season ranked No. 4 in the final NJCAA poll. Dornan was First Team All-Region and earned NJCAA Region 18 All-Tournament honors as the Cardinals won their first SWAC volleyball title as co-champions, with a record of 9-1, and 29-4 overall. Upon graduation, she continued her volleyball career at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tenn.
For more information, contact the NIC Athletics Department at (208) 769-3348 or visit the NIC athletics website at www.nic.edu/athletics.