Waubonsee set to induct three into Athletics Hall of Fame

Waubonsee set to induct three into Athletics Hall of Fame

(Sugar Grove, IL.) — Waubonsee Community College is set to induct three new members to its' Athletic Hall of Fame at the school's year-ending Athletic Banquet on May 16, 2019. The trio consists of Shaun Neitzel, a former Chiefs' baseball standout and highly successful coach at Aurora University; former women's soccer coach Leslie (Ferguson) Raney, who took the program from obscurity to being a perennial Region contender; and four-sport student-athlete Puamuh T. Ghogomu who excelled on and off the court after arriving from the west African nation of Cameroon in the mid-1990's.

Neitzel was a standout three-sport athlete at Oswego High School before arriving at Waubonsee in 1991. A right-handed relief pitcher, Neitzel still holds the Chiefs' single-season marks for saves, career saves and career appearances.46. After graduating from William Penn University in Iowa he joined Aurora University's staff as an assistant baseball coach in 1997. Over the next five seasons he helped the Spartans win five conference championships, while making four NCAA regionals and two national tournament appearances, placing third in 1998 and seventh nationally in 1999. Neitzel then became the head coach at Aurora in 2003, leading one of the most successful college baseball programs in the country for a decade. During his tenure the Spartans won 287 games, including tying a school-record with 38 wins in his final season. Neitzel's teams won six conference titles, made six NCAA Regional appearances and earned two NCAA Division III World Series berths, finishing third nationally in 2004 and seventh in 2006. Neitzel was twice named Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference Baseball Coach of the Year and the American Baseball Coaches Association Central Region Coach of the Year.

Raney was a four-year varsity soccer starter at Jacobs High School in Algonquin. She then went to Judson College where she set several career soccer records, while helping lead the Eagles to a fifth place finish in 1997 and an eighth place finish in 1999 at the National Christian College Athletic Association Finals. When Raney took over Waubonsee's fledgling program in 2004, the Chiefs had won just seven games in four years of existence. By the time she stepped away eight years later the Chiefs had reached the national stage and were a force to be reckoned with in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) and the NJCAA's Region IV. Under Raney's guidance the Chiefs captured a pair of ISCC titles, three Region IV Championships, were nationally-ranked four times and made Waubonsee's first-ever National Tournament appearance placing 7th in the nation in 2011. She was twice named the ISCC Coach of the Year, the Region IV Coach of the Year three times, twice nominated for the National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association Regional Coach of the Year, and was selected the ISCC Female Coach of the Year for 2008-2009. 

Ghogomu arrived in Sugar Grove in 1996 at the age of 16 and quickly became a fixture on campus and in Waubonsee's Athletic Department, as one of the Chiefs' first international student-athletes. In the fall he ran cross country and was a starting midfielder for the Chiefs' soccer team at the same time. In the winter Ghogomu was a reserve on the Chiefs' basketball team, and in the spring he played tennis, all the while being active with organizations on campus as well as serving as a student ambassador and a student senator. In the midst of all those activities, he excelled in the classroom earning NJCAA Academic All-American honors in 1998 and was selected Waubonsee's Vermilion and Gold Award winner, given annually to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the spirit of Chiefs' Athletics. Ghogomu went on to earn a degree in Biology from the University of Illinois in 2001, and later earned his juris doctorate and master's degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations. Ghogomu went on to complete his law degree and for the last 13 years has served as Senior Counsel for the Walgreens Corporation. He currently provides guidance for the company's management regarding labor laws, and represents the corporation in matters pending before several agencies, including the Department of Labor.

Individuals or groups can be nominated for induction. Nomination forms are available online by going to www.GoChiefs.com or through Waubonsee's Athletic Office on the college's Sugar Grove Campus. Inductees are then determined by a selection committee representing Waubonsee's staff, administration and former Waubonsee student-athletes. Nominated athletes must be five years removed from competing for or being associated with Waubonsee. Nominees fall into one of five categories: administrators, faculty and staff; athletes; coaches; community supporters; and specific teams. Criteria for induction varies based on the category of nominee, but includes involvement in sports, dedication to Waubonsee, athletic successes, years at Waubonsee, and contributions to the community or career accomplishments earned after leaving Waubonsee. For more information, please contact the Waubonsee Athletic Department at 630-466-2524.