Adrian College Athletics Hall of Fame
The Bulldog Athletics Honor Award recognizes former student-athletes, coaches and/or administrators of Adrian College who have made outstanding, widely recognized and sustained contributions to the field of athletics. Examples of such contributions could include, but are not limited to:
- intercollegiate athletics administration and/or coaching
- professional sports administration, management or coaching
- interscholastic athletic administration and/or coaching
- sports medicine
- sport psychology
- sports journalism
- amateur or professional athletics
- other sport-related professions
Candidates will not be considered prior to 20 years after graduation or leaving the College. Recipients of the Honor Award will be recognized during the annual Athletic Hall of Fame ceremonies during Homecoming. Limited to one honoree in any year; it need not be bestowed annually.
2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Class
James Nowaske ’83 (football) – Canton, Mich.
Jim was a four-year starter at defensive end for the Bulldogs from 1979 to 1982 when they compiled a 30-5-1 overall record for an .847 winning percentage.
The 1980 squad went undefeated at 9-0 and 5-0 in the MIAA to capture the conference championship – the fourth in team history. Jim also was a member of that team's induction to the AC Hall of Fame in 2000.
A force on defense, Jim earned All-MIAA three times, including first team honors in his junior and senior seasons. He capped his senior campaign with a slew of accolades: third-team CoSIDA All-America, AC defensive lineman of the year, team defensive most valuable player and team captain.
As a senior, he helped the 1982 Bulldogs allow just 129.0 passing yards per game and a 231.1-yard average total defense.
After his collegiate career, Jim signed as a free agent with the NFL's Cleveland Browns before embarking on a 21-year career in law enforcement with the Lincoln Park Police Dept. Currently, he is an ISS supervisor with the Lincoln Park Public Schools and educational coach for the Detroit Lions.
Jim received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in sociology.
Kristyne Leigh Sheets Kisov ’09 (softball) – Temperance, Mich.
Krissy started in every game of her Bulldogs career and still sees her name etched prominently in the AC softball record book.
She garnered National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association All-Central Region First Team at-large selection twice and was a three-time All-MIAA pick.
Krissy had her best season in her 2007 sophomore year after transferring from Monroe County Community College, sweeping most of the team awards, batting .510 for a No. 3 national ranking and school record that still stands today, stealing a MIAA-second-best 21 bases to set another school benchmark with a .536 on-base percentage to earn first-team all-conference.
In 2008, she slugged a career-best .540 and set the school record with 38 runs scored.
A year later, Krissy was named the Adrian College 2009 Outstanding Senior Female Athlete after leading the 'Dogs with a batting average of .407 and 14 doubles.
Krissy still owns Bulldogs records for all-time batting average (.431) and on-base percentage (.477), plus she is third with 109 runs scored, fourth with 30 doubles in only three seasons.
Jeffry Nokovich ’07 (baseball, basketball) – Flint, Mich.
Jeff was a four-time All-MIAA standout, including three first-team certificates, as the first dominant pitcher in Bulldog baseball history.
He was voted the league's 2006 most valuable pitcher after posting a 7-3 MIAA-mark only with a 1.83 earned-run average and 92 strikeouts in 68.2 innings. As a senior, he ranked fifth in NCAA Division III with 12.1 strikeouts per 9 innings and 30th in ERA.
As a junior, Jeff was third in the nation with a 13.2 strikeouts/9 figure – which is a school single-season record, set in 2005.
Jeff is Adrian’s career record holder in strikeouts (297), strikeouts per 9 innings (10.79), lowest opponent batting average (.213). He also is the MIAA all-time leader with 232 strikeouts and a 1.60 ERA.
Jeff was a senior member of the 2006 unit that won 20 MIAA games for the first time, sharing the championship with a 21-7 mark.
Jeff not only excelled on the diamond but also on the hardwood as a three-year basketball team captain who made All-MIAA three times. He was twice voted the Bulldogs defensive player of the year and was a three-time recipient of the George Burke Award for pride, hustle and desire. He led the MIAA in steals and assists in 2006.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in business.
Lisa Scheid Wallbaum ’91 (field hockey, softball) – Jackson, Mich.
Lisa excelled in two sports at the All-MIAA level and also lettered one season in women's swimming.
She was a member of the AC softball team from 1988-91 and field hockey squad in 1989-91, while competing in swimming in 1990.
Lisa found most of her success on the diamond as a member of the College's Hall of Fame softball 1990 and '91 teams. She helped Adrian to MIAA softball championships in 1990 and 1991 when the Bulldogs qualified for the NCAA Tournament for their first two national appearances.
She was the 1988 AC rookie of the year after posting a 9-6 won-lost record in the circle. As a sophomore, she had a 1.85 earned-run average in 94.2 innings pitched. As a senior, she was 8-6 with a 1.81 ERA in 81.1 innings.
A two-time CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-District pick, including making the 1991 Academic All-America Third Team, Lisa made second-team All-MIAA in 1989, then made the first unit in 1991. She also was the Bulldogs’ field hockey team most valuable player in 1990 during her second-straight year of receiving first-team All-MIAA in that sport. That was the last field hockey team at the College.
2008-09 NCAA men's hockey team (Head Coach: Ron Fogarty; Captain: Quinn Waller)
In just their second year of existence, the Bulldogs raced through the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association schedule with a 20-0 mark en route to finishing 27-1-1 overall for the best record (.948) in the nation at any NCAA level and led all Divisions with a 26-game unbeaten streak while outscoring opponents 175 to 35 during that stretch.
Adrian defeated eventual national champion Neumann by a 10-1 score on Nov. 2 – one of five double-digit scoring games on the season for the second-year Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs produced six MCHA all-conference standouts, including the 2009 Player of the Year (Shawn Skelly) and Coach of the Year (Ron Fogarty), as well as a MCHA-record 16 academic all-conference performers. Other all-conference members were senior forward Adam Krug, sophomore forward Eric Miller, sophomore defensemen Chris Stansik, Quinn Waller and sophomore goalie Brad Fogal.
2009-10 NCAA men's hockey team (Head Coach: Ron Fogarty; Captains: Quinn Waller, Mike Towns
Juniors Mike Dahlinger, a forward, and Chris Stansik, a defenseman, both were named to the AHCA/CCM All-America Second Team to headline a Bulldogs team that sported records of 24-4 overall and 20-0 in league play. Dahlinger led Division III with 54 points and 41 assists while Stansik led national blueliners with 38 total points.
Freshman forward Zach Graham led Division III rookies with 29 assists and 45 total points to place on the MCHA All-Rookie Team.
Adrian swept the MCHA regular-season and tournament titles for the third year in a row and made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in the process.
The Bulldogs boasted six all-conference honorees – MCHA Player of the Year Dahlinger, junior forwards Sam Kuzyk, Shawn Skelly, junior defensemen Jeremy Klaver, Chris Stansik and junior goalie Brad Fogal – as well as 13 academic all-conference standouts.
2010-11 NCAA men's hockey team (Head Coach: Ron Fogarty; Captain: Mike Towns)
Senior forward Shawn Skelly became the first AHCA/CCM first-team All-American in program history after racking up 21 goals and 27 assists for 48 points. He was third in the nation in total points and tied for eighth with nine power-play tallies.
The team finished with records of 25-4-1 overall and 18-1-1 in the MCHA, including conference regular-season and tournament sweeps and a runner-up finish in the NCAA Tournament. Adrian tied national champion St. Norbert for the most wins (25) and the best record (.850, 25-4-1) in Division III, but the Green Knights edged the Bulldogs, 4-3, in Minneapolis in the final game.
Five skaters and a goalie were tabbed All-MCHA: senior forwards Mike Dahlinger, Eric Miller, Skelly; senior blueliners Jeremy Klaver, Quinn Waller; and senior goalie Brad Fogal. In addition, 15 Bulldogs claimed academic all-conference honors.
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