The North Idaho College Athletics Department and NIC Booster Club has announced the inductees for the fifth Athletics Hall of Fame class, who will be honored at the NIC Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Banquet beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4 in the Edminster Student Union Building.
The 2013 Hall of Fame Class of inductees includes record-setting baseball player Mike Nyquist, two-time national champ and longtime wrestling coach Pat Whitcomb, and the first women’s team to capture a national championship: the 1987 NIC women’s cross country team.
The banquet begins with a social at 5 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m., the Cardinal Athletics Awards ceremony at 6 p.m. and the NIC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the induction ceremony and athletic awards dinner are available for $30 and can be purchased at the NIC Athletics Department Office in Post Hall. The inductees are as follows:
Mike Nyquist – Baseball: Considered one of the best clutch hitters in NIC history, Nyquist tied the NIC record for most RBIs in a season at the time with 48. Nyquist batted .333 as a freshman in 1986, while leading the Cardinals to a 27-14 record. He became more of a power hitter as a sophomore with 10 home runs, 48 RBI, and a .301 batting average, helping NIC to one of the best records in school history at 32-12. Nyquist played in the Pac 10 for the University of Washington one season, before transferring to Whitworth University where he was NCAA Division II Second Team All-American. Nyquist still holds the record at Whitworth for most home runs in a season with 19.
Pat Whitcomb – Wrestling: In the illustrious history of wrestling at NIC, Whitcomb holds the distinction of being the only Cardinal to become a two-time national champion and be named as the NJCAA Most Outstanding Wrestler. Whitcomb captured back-to-back national titles in 1986 and 1987, and NIC won two team national championships during Whitcomb’s tenure. The Cardinals were an impressive 33-1 in dual matches during Whitcomb’s career. After NIC, Whitcomb wrestled at Oklahoma University before transferring to Western Montana where he finished second at the NAIA national tournament. Whitcomb is currently the head wrestling coach at NIC, where he has led the Cardinals to four national championships, including the 2013 title.
1987 Women’s Cross Country Team: Coached by the late NIC Hall of Fame coach Mike Bundy, the 1987 team captured the first women’s national championship in NIC history. Members of the 1987 national championship team include: Roxanne (Jantz) Brown, Audrey Caren, Diane Armstrong, Jackie Harris, Diana Sisk, Cora Carroll, and Chris Hauger. The Cardinal cross country teams had several high national tournament finishes before bringing home the title in 1987.
For more information, contact the NIC Athletics Department at (208) 769-3348 or visit the NIC website at www.nic.edu/athletics