Inductees into the Charles DeWild Hall of Fame include student-athletes, coaches, staff members, and special contributors.

Student-athletes must have received their degree from Rockford University, graduated a minimum of five years before nomination, and obtained a minimum of all conference/all distict honors. 

Coaches and staff members may be nominated based on winning, awards received, or contributions/distinction brought to Rockford University through their service to the school.

Special contributors must have made a significant impact through their work in external areas related to the Rcckford University Athletics Department.

Congratulations to our 2018 Hall of Fame inductees!

Heidi Burkhart ’02/’09 entered the Chuck DeWild Hall of Fame as one of the top female athletes in Rockford University history, and was a major reason behind the turnaround of the women’s basketball program in the early 2000s. Rockford won 49 games and posted back-to-back second place finishes in the Northern Illinois Iowa Conference (NIIC) during Burkhart’s three years as a Regent, after winning just six games in the previous three seasons combined. In the 2000-01 season, the Regents earned their second ever berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament, with their other trip coming during the 1986-87 season. Burkhart’s accolades extend over all three of her seasons as a Regent. Heidi currently serves as a teacher in the Harlem School District in Loves Park, IL.

Troy DeCook ’03/’06 became the first member of the 2002-03 men’s basketball hall of fame team to be individually enshrined in the Chuck DeWild Hall of Fame. DeCook was a four-year member of the Rockford University men’s basketball program which steadily improved in each of his four seasons. DeCook was a focal point of the 2002-03 team that went 24-4, including a perfect 12-0 mark in conference play. DeCook made a profound impact on the Rockford University men’s basketball team and was a key reason why the Regents won back-to-back NIIC Championships and hosted an NCAA Division III Tournament game. Troy currently serves as a Sales Manager for TTI in Houston, TX.

Marcus Howard ’05 became the first member of the Rockford University football program to be enshrined in the Chuck DeWild Hall of Fame. Howard played on the inaugural football team in 2000 and was a major reason for the program’s early success. In his senior season in 2003, the Regents posted a 7-3 overall record, a program-high for wins in a season, and finished second in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference South Division. To this day, Howard remains one of the most decorated football players in school history. Marcus currently serves as a Behavioral Specialist for at Risk youth in Kennewick, WA.

Jimmy Dercks ’12 entered the Chuck DeWild Hall of Fame following a highly-successful four-year career as the starting shortstop for the Rockford University baseball program. The Regents posted a 72% winning percentage in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) during his four years as a Regent.  Dercks is one of the most decorated four-year RU baseball players in recent history, earning awards and honors throughout his entire time as a Regent. Jimmy currently serves as a Mental Health Specialist in Appleton, WI.


Complete listing of Hall of Fame members


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