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The Athletic Hall of Fame at Nebraska Wesleyan University will induct six new members as a part of Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 20.
The ceremony will be part of an induction breakfast, which starts at 9 a.m., in Prairie Wolf Meeting Rooms A & B of the Roy G. Story Student Center. Five former athletes and one Spirit of the Plainsmen award winner will be inducted this year. This year's class includes: Jeff Lindquist (football), Tresa Watson (track & field), Wade Alberts (track& field), Jacquie Neuhaus (soccer), Brian Bohling (football), and Dr. Rick Harley (Spirit of Plainsmen).
Since 1970, NWU's Athletic Hall of Fame has recognized the outstanding contributions of former student-athletes by inducting teams and individuals, as well as other strong supporters of the athletic program. Profiles on the Class of 2012 follow:
Jeff Lindquist ‘94
Jeff Lindquist (Seward, Neb.), who played quarterback from 1991-93, has his name all over the Nebraska Wesleyan passing charts as he led some of the most prolific offenses in school history. After transferring to NWU from Nebraska, Lindquist took over as starting quarterback in game for of his sophomore season and led the Plainsmen offense the next three years. He earned NIAC All-Conference honors in two different seasons.
The Seward H.S., product threw for 5,795 yards in his career which still ranks second all-time at NWU. He is also second in career touchdowns (57) and completions (454). Lindquist has two of the top five passing seasons in NWU season history and is fifth in career total offense. His 29 completions in a homecoming game against Hastings is still the NWU school record today.
Lindquist guided the Plainsmen to three straight winning seasons and was part of the teams that were ranked in the NAIA Top 25 for 45 consecutive weeks.
Tresa (Watson) Wilson ‘95
Tresa (Watson) Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) left Nebraska Wesleyan as the fastest woman in school history. Upon graduation, Watson held five NWU track & field school records including marks in both the 100 meters and 200 meters.
As a sprinter, Watson burst onto the scene in her first season and became one of the top performers in the conference while setting school records in three events in 1991. At the NIAC Conference meet, she was the 100-meter champion in all four years, while also claiming the 60-meter title all four seasons at the Indoor Conference meet. All total, Watson finished her career with 11 NIAC Championship titles.
On the national level, she earned a total of four All-American awards. Her best season was as a senior in 1994 as she was a three-time All-American. She placed third at the NCAA III Indoor Championships in the 55 meters for her highest national finish. She was 6th in the 100 and 8th in the 4x100 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 1994.
The Omaha Central High School graduate earned her first All-American award as sophomore in 1992 when she placed 6th in the 55 meters at the NCAA III Indoor Championships.
Wade Alberts ‘95
A versatile athlete, Wade Alberts (Ainsworth, Neb.) was a nine-time All-America in track & field at Nebraska Wesleyan from 1991-95. Competing in sprints, jumps and relays, Alberts earned All-America status in each season that he competed.
At his final meet, Alberts was the NCAA III National Champion in the long jump to earn his second national championship title. His first national champion honor came in 1993 when he helped the 4x400 relay team set a school record and win the national title at the NCAA III Indoor Championships.
He earned three All-American awards in the long jump, two in the triple jump and four All-American honors as a member of relay teams. At the conference level, Alberts was a nine-time NIAC champion winning NIAC titles in the long jump, triple jump, 300 and on relay teams.
When he graduated in 1995, Alberts held three school records and was on the NWU top 10 charts in 12 different events. He still holds the school record for the indoor 300 yards an is second in the indoor triple jump.
Jacquie Neuhaus ‘99
One of the most prolific soccer players in school history, Jacquie Neuhaus (Omaha, Neb.) holds records that may never be broken. Playing from 1995-98, Neuhaus still holds the NCAA Division III record for career assists with 94, and ranks second in all divisions of NCAA women's soccer in assists.
The Millard South H.S., graduate was an honorable mention NAIA All-American as a junior in 1997. As a senior she was named the NIAC Player-of-the-Year. She was a two-time All Great Plains Region First-Team selection, three-time NIAC All-Conference pick and the captain of the World Herald All-Nebraska Team.
Neuhaus led the Plainswomen to three straight conference championships from1996-98 and three straight trips to the NAIA Regional Tournament. She still holds school records for career assists (94), single season assists (28) and is fifth in career goals (45). She had seven assists in one match against Midland during the 1997 season, which is still tied for the NCAA III record.
Off the field, Neuhaus was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and a NAIA Scholar Athlete.
Brian Bohling ‘00
Brian Bohling (Lincoln, Neb.) was a four-year starter on the offensive line for the Plainsmen from 1996-99 for head coach Brian Keller. Bohling will go down as one of the most dominant lineman to ever put on a NWU football uniform.
Bohling, a Lincoln Southeast High School graduate, was a two-time NAIA First-Team All-American earning the honors during the 1998 and 1999 seasons. In 1998, he was named the Football Gazette Offensive Lineman of the Year.
He was also a three-time All-NIAC selection earning First-Team All-Conference recognition from 1997-99. Bohling started 38 games at offensive guard, missing just two games due to injury. He was the anchor of the offensive line that helped pave the way for four of the top 10 single season total offense totals in NWU history at the time of his graduation.
In 2008, Bohling was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.
Dr. Rick Harley
Spirit of the Plainsman Award
With multiple conference titles in different sports, Dr. Rick Harley has made a lasting mark on the Nebraska Wesleyan athletic department. Currently in his 10th season as the head tennis coach for the Prairie Wolves, Harley has led the NWU tennis teams to 11 Great Plains Athletic Conference tiles since taking over the program in 2004.
Dominance is the one word to describe Harley's tenure with the Prairie Wolves at the conference level. In his nine seasons, he has a combined record of 113-18 for a winning percentage of 86.3% against GPAC competition. His NWU women's teams have gone undefeated in five seasons, including a run of two straight seasons without losing a conference match.
He has led the women's program to five NAIA National Tournaments, making the trip five of the past six seasons. Prior to Harley's arrival, the NWU women had never made the postseason. He has guided the men's team to two national tournaments. Another highlight of Harley's tenure is the team's annual spring break trip to Hilton Head, which he has organized.
Prior to taking over as head tennis coach, Harley had a successful run as head coach of the NWU women's golf team. Under his direction, the Prairie Wolves won four conference titles in seven seasons. NWU only had two conference titles before Harley took over. He also coached the highest placing individual in golf history, coaching the 1999 NAIA National Runner-up.