November 1, 2018

Five to be Inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

Kishwaukee College Athletics Department will honor five of its former stand-outs during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Tuesday, November 6, between women’s and men’s basketball games, in the Kish Gymnasium. Ron Sweet, Kat Martin, Ashley Beyer, Devin Mack, and Kimi Sikora will each be given honored for their achievements. The induction ceremony will be preceded by a reception on campus for inductees, their family, friends, faculty, and staff of Kish as well as other current and former members of Kish College Athletics.

Ron Sweet served as Kish’s Head Volleyball Coach from 2003-2009. He was the Volleyball Assistant Coach from 2000-2002. He led his teams to an incredible 3 NJCAA National Championships in 2007, 2008, and 2009. He had a career record of 336-43. During his time at Kish, he was honored three times as the NJCAA National Coach of the Year; the 2008 Midwest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Region Coach of the year; six-time Region IV Coach of the Year; and five-time Arrowhead Conference Coach of the Year. His teams were seven-time Region IV Champions and seven-time Arrowhead Conference Champions. Additionally, he had 15 NJCAA First Team All-American players, 12 NJCAA Academic All-American players, and 7 First Team AVCA All-American players.

Kat Martin played basketball for Kish from 2003-2005. She later served as the Women’s Basketball Associate Head Coach and Volleyball Assistant Coach at Kish from 2007-2013. During her time as a student at Kish, she earned single season, game, and career blocking records. She also has the single game rebounding record, an NJCAA DII rebounding record, and was ranked top 10 in single season and career rebounding. She earned recognition as an Arrowhead Academic All-Conference player. While serving as the Women’s Basketball Associate Head Coach, the program earned its first Region IV Championship and Arrowhead Conference Championship; the team also made an appearance in the 2012 NCJAA DII National Tournament Final Four. She notably organized over $7,000 in donations for breast cancer awareness through the “Play4Kay” Pink Zone events. While serving as Volleyball Assistant Coach from 2007-2009, she assisted the team to two NJCAA DII National Championships; two Arrowhead Conference Champions; and two Region IV Regular season and tournament champions, while the team went undefeated in NJCAA DII play in a season.

Ashley Beyer played volleyball for Kish from 2008-2009. She was recognized as the 2008 NJCAA National Player of the Year; 2008 NJCAA DII First Team All-American; 2008 AVCA All-American; 2008 DII National All-Tournament Team and Tournament MVP; and was a 2008 NJCAA DII National Champion. After Kish, she went on to play at the NCAA Division I level for Marquette University and professionally overseas. She currently serves as the Assistant Volleyball Coach at Georgia State University.

Devin Mack played basketball at Kish from 2010-2012. She is one of only two former Women’s Basketball players to be a two-time NJCAA All-American in the College’s history. During her time at Kish, she was honored as 2011 Region IV Freshman of the Year; 2011 Arrowhead Conference Freshman of the Year; 2012 Region IV and Arrowhead Conference MVP; and part of the 2012 NJCAA DII National All-Tournament Team. She was the second all-time leading scorer with 1163 points; earned third and eight single season scoring and fourth and seventh season rebounding. She has individual records for all-time career free-throws and second on the all-time list for rebounds in a single game. She had multiple single game scoring record appearances and was honored as an Arrowhead Academic All-Conference player. She went on to play at the NCAA Division I level for the University of Memphis.

Kimi Sikora, formerly Kimi Hohl, played volleyball at Kish from 2006-2008. She was honored as the 2007 NJCAA National Player of the Year; 2007 NJCAA DII First Team All-American; 2007 AVCA All-American, and 2007 DII National All-Tournament Team and Tournament MVP.  Additionally, she was a two-time NJCAA DII National Champion. She went on to play at the NCAA Division I level for the eventual National Champion, Penn State University team.

 

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