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MCC to Honor Four New Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

[Wednesday, January 03, 2018]

     

MCC 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees, from l-r: Don Biere, Jodie Kanaly, Matt Miller, Ken Ruud

McHenry County College Athletics Department will host a Hall of Fame induction on Tuesday, January 23 at approximately 7 p.m. The induction will take place between the Women’s Basketball game and Men’s Basketball game. The 2018 Induction class includes two former players and two former coaches.

“We are proud to honor this year’s inductees, to share their accomplishments and contributions to MCC and thank them for being part of our Scot Family,” said MCC Director of Athletics Karen Wiley. “We have amazing individuals to shine the spotlight upon.”

The following are new MCC Hall of Fame Inductees:

Don Biere was the women’s and men’s tennis head coach from 1994-2005. During his coaching tenure at MCC, the women’s tennis teams took conference titles in 2000 and 2001 and qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005. The 2002 team finished ninth of the 29 teams competing at the national tournament. The men’s tennis team was extremely successful, winning the conference title in 1994, qualifying for the NJCAA National Tournament in 1999 and also earned NJCAA Academic Team Honors in 1994. Biere is currently retired and residing in Overland Park, Kansas with his wife.

Jodie Kanaly was a two-sport athlete playing on the women’s basketball and softball teams 1987-1989. The Marengo High School grad was named to the ISSC All-Conference team and All-Region IV Team in 1988-89 season. She also garnered conference MVP honors, scoring 33 points per game and 16 rebounds per game. Jodie was also named to the ISCC All-Conference Softball team and named as the MCC’s team MVP. Following MCC, she played at Mundelein College and attained her Bachelor of Science degree in physical education/health/driver’s education. She has also earned her Master’s degree in educational administration. Her coaching career includes 1998-2002 and 2009-2010 volleyball and basketball at Alden-Hebron High School and 1995-2001 softball at Crystal Lake South High School. She currently teaches at Alden-Hebron Elementary School and resides in Marengo with her family.

Matt Miller was an outstanding men’s tennis player at MCC from 2011-13. The Prairie Ridge High School grad was the #1 singles player, competing to an undefeated regular season in 2012 and named ISCC Player of the Year. In 2013, he competed on an undefeated doubles team, winning the conference title and Region IV title. He also qualified for the NJCAA national tournament in 2013, playing in the #1 Doubles position and singles. He went on to Northern Illinois University to earn his CPA license and currently resides in Chicago.

Ken Ruud is inducted as the women’s basketball coach, which he served from 1997-2006. During his coaching tenure, his teams won seven consecutive ISCC conference titles 2000-2006 seasons, and played in four Region IV Finals. He was also named as the ISCC Coach of the Year seven times. Many of his players also earned post-season honors including: seven NJCAA All-Americans, one Kodak All-American and 1 NJCAA Hall of Fame. He remains active in the coaching world, training area players and consulting with our community’s high school girls’ basketball coaches. He keeps active as a private real estate attorney at law and resides in Marengo.

The McHenry County College Athletics Hall of Fame was instituted in 2004. It honors teams, student-athletes, coaches, administrators and community/volunteers who have demonstrated a high degree of success, significant contributions, or meaningful service to MCC Athletic programs. The nomination form, guidelines and criteria can be found at www.mchenry.edu/hof.

Each inductee and their immediate family is invited to attend the induction ceremony January 17 to receive a Hall of Fame plaque. They will also be honored with a plaque on the Athletic Hall of Fame wall outside of the gym and recognized on the MCC Athletic Hall of Fame section on the athletic department’s web page.

 

 

 

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