reporting pixel for marketing campaign

Campus News

Rockford.edu / News

The Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration Dinner & Induction

12/28/2018 9:10 am

The Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration Dinner & Induction

Dec 28, 2018 | Catalyst

The Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration Dinner and Induction held on November 3, 2018 brought together family and friends, as well as former coaches and teammates for a memorable night in honor of our current Hall of Fame members, and to welcome four new members into the Chuck DeWild Athletic Hall of Fame. The shared stories echoed the value and impact that a Rockford University education and collegiate athletics participation has brought to our student-athletes at Rockford University. Congratulations to our Hall of Fame Class of 2018!

 

From left: Marcus Howard, Jimmy Dercks, Reggie, Heidi Burkhart and Troy DeCook.

2018 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, Ill.

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, Texas.

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, Wash.

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, Wis.

 

Current Hall of Fame members at the event:        

  • Ray Eissens ’70 – Basketball/Baseball
  • Jeff Wirth ’78 – Basketball
  • Mark Bernhardy ’79 – Baseball
  • Gayle Strang ’68 – Coach, Professor
  • Bill Langston ’05H – Athletics Director, Coach, Professor
  • Lee Carley ’98H – Coach, Professor
  • Josh Balcitis ’03, Troy DeCook ’03/’06,
  • Billy Lewis III ’05, Nicolas Newson ’05
    – members of the 2002-2003 Men’s Basketball team

 

A full listing of Chuck DeWild Hall of Fame members can be found at:

www.goregents.com/sports/Hall_of_Fame/Charles_M._DeWild_Hall_of_Fame