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Six individuals and one team will be honored on Friday, January 24th when the Judson University Athletic Hall of Fame holds its 12th annual induction ceremony.

Amy Brendlinger Vlastelica, Bob Dilliard, Leslie Ferguson, Kristin Lundquist DeBoer, Jack Mathias and Lee Paul will bring to 62 the number of former Judson athletes who have been enshrined into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 2003.

Additionally, the 1983-84 men's basketball team will be recognized. This is the third year a team has been honored by the Hall of Fame.

And, the Hall of Fame will also recognize Richard Besancon for his contributions to Judson athletics.


A 2003 graduate, Brendlinger Vlastelica is being inducted for softball. She ranks in the Top Ten in six different career statistical categories, including being second in innings pitched (504 2/3) and wins (40), as well as third in strikeouts (228). Her senior season she was all-conference as well as NCCAA all-region.


Dilliard is being inducted for men's basketball. A 1970 graduate, he scored 1,123 career points. His 22.5 per game average and his 11.9 per game rebound average rank third on Judson's all-time career list.

Six individuals and one team will be honored on Friday, January 24th when the Judson University Athletic Hall of Fame holds its 12th annual induction ceremony.


A 2001 Judson graduate, Ferguson is being inducted for women's soccer. A four-time letter winner, she is the Eagles' all-time leader in assists (35) and ranks second all-time in points (137) and goals (51). She helped the team to a 5th place finish at the NCCAA National Tournament her sophomore year and an 8th place finish her junior year.


Lundquist DeBoer, a 2002 graduate, is being inducted for women's basketball. She is the program's all-time leader in 3-point field goals made (230) and attempted (619) and she ranks in the Top Ten in three other categories. She scored 1,008 career points. A three-time letter winner, she was a two-time all-conference selection and was NCCAA All-Region in 2001-02. She helped Judson each the NAIA Sweet 16 in 2001 and 2002.


Attending Judson from 1972-75, Mathias will be inducted for baseball. A four-time letter winner, he ranks 3rd with 19 career home runs and 7th in career batting average (. 366). He was also a two-time letter winner in soccer.


A four-time letter winner in men's soccer Paul attended Judson from 1998-2002. He led the Eagles to the program's first two appearances at the NAIA National Tournament in 2001 and 2002, as well as the NCCAA National Championship in 2001, a 2nd place finish at the NCCAA National Tournament in 1998 and a 5th place finish in 1999. He was a third-team NAIA all-American in 2002. He was named the NCCAA National Tournament Most Valuable Player in 2002 and was CCAC Player of the Year. He ranks 1st in career goals scored with 96 and 2nd in points with 228. A special note about Paul: He now lives in Egypt, but does plan to attend the induction ceremony.

•The 1983-84 men's basketball team has the most wins in program history with a 24-7 record. The team finished third at the NCCAA National Tournament under the leadership of Coach Sam Harris. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, members of this team will be recognized at the Hall of Fame ceremony.

•Richard Besancon is a pioneer of the Judson athletic program. He helped start the Judson men's basketball program and has been a consistent supporter of the athletic department for many years.

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