OCC Raiders honored Academic and Athletic All-American athletes of the past 50 years at a dinner featuring former and current College coaches and keynote speaker Pro Football Hall of Famer Mr. Kellen Winslow, Sr.
Nearly 30 of OCC’s 96 All Americans, or their representatives, and family members attended the January 16 event.
Auburn Hills Campus President and Master of Ceremonies Dr. Timothy Taylor and Director of Athletics Laurie Huber honored the distinguished athletes who competed from the College’s founding in 1966 through 2014, marking the College’s 50th anniversary.
Honored guests included former Auburn Hills Campus President Dr. Gordon May and his wife Pat, Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Dr. Timothy Sherwood and Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services Peter Provenzano. Winslow engaged guests with his memories of being an athlete and thoughts on current events.
The program included testimonials from three former student athletes:
- Natalie Wellman (2009-11) is a Distinguished All-American athlete and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) 3rd Team All-American in Women’s Softball. After completing an Associate degree at OCC, Natalie transferred to Saginaw State University where she completed her Bachelor’s degree.
- Leonard Cole had earned All Region, All-State honors in Men’s Basketball while attending OCC. Leonard transferred to Eastern Michigan where he completed his Bachelor and Master degrees. He has worked in OCC’s Counseling Department for the 35 years.
- Olympian Gary Morgan ran Cross Country for OCC in 1981 and 1982. Gary has completed two Associate degrees as OCC and worked as a General Motors electrician. His passion for running led to his ultimate achievement – making the Olympic Race Walking team (20K) in 1988.
The following All-American athletes were recognized:
Academic All-Americans Athletes:
- Alexis Mullard, NJCAA Distinguished All-American
- Alyss Swindlehurst, NJCAA Distinguished All-American
- Lori Tennis, NJCAA Distinguished All-American
- Natalie Wellman, NJCAA Distinguished All-American
- Pam Boots-Doughty, Women’s Cross Country, 1986-87
- Kevin Davis, All-American, Indoor Track, 1987-88
- Mike Gaulin, 2nd Team, All-American, Women’s Softball, 2013-14
- Christine Hedler-Bicknell, 1st Team, All-American, Women’s Softball, 1987-88
- Sarah Lindsay, All-American, Half Marathon, 2013-14
- Shane Logan, All-American, Half Marathon, 2009-10 and 2010-11
- Lauren Maxwell, 1st Team, All-American, Women’s Volleyball, 2011-12
- Jeff McNeil, Men’s Cross Country, 1991-92
- Manda Messer, 3rd Team, All-American, Women’s Softball, 2013-14
- John Nadolini, All-American, Cross Country, 1969-70
- Cynthia Poly, All-American, Half Marathon, 1981-82
- Brett Smith, All-American, Half Marathon, 2010-11 AND 2011-12
- Kyle Smith, All-American, Half Marathon, 2007-08 AND 2008-09
- Jim Uelmen, 2nd Team, All-American, Men’s Golf, 2008-09
- Natalie Wellman, 3rd Team, All-American, Women’s Softball, 2009-11
- Zacchaeus Widner, All-American, Outdoor Track, 2010-11
- Regina Woodward, 2nd Team, All-American, Women’s Basketball, 1988-89
About OCC Raiders:
Launched in 1966, Raiders Athletics featured men’s cross country, basketball, swimming, golf and tennis at the Auburn Hills and Highland Lakes campuses. Today, Raiders Athletics features men’s basketball, golf and cross country and women’s basketball, softball, volleyball and cross country. Raiders Athletics has been the home of nearly 90 Athletic and Academic All-American athletes. Athletes have competed in 96 Conference/Regional championships, with 44 National Appearances including Women’s Volleyball National Championship Runner-up in 2014. Sixty percent of athletes transfer to four-year institutions. For a complete list of Raider accolades, click here.
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC is celebrating its 50th year. OCC is the largest community college in Michigan and the 25thlargest in the nation. It offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. To learn more about OCC, visit www.oaklandcc.edu