Second Class Inducted into UCCS Athletic Hall of Fame
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Marc Hocking, Audrey Nelson, Stephanie (Frisch) Leasure and the late Dr. Glenn Williams were inducted as members of the second class of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Athletics Hall of Fame tonight in Berger Hall.
Nelson still has three of the top four single match offensive performances in UCCS volleyball history and the single season record with 568 kills. She ranked No. 26 in Division II with 4.57 kills per set in her junior season.
"I've been through a lot in the past 10 years, and to come here and receive such an honor from such a great institution, it truly is humbling," Nelson said. "It's a huge honor, it really really is."
Hocking was a two-time All-American and the 2002 RMAC golf champion. He led the Mountain Lions to a No. 10 finish at the 2003 national championships and was one of two Mountain Lions on the RMAC All-Century Golf Team in 2009.
"I just did not know what to say at the time," Hocking said about an event in 2003. "I was not able to comprehend what the moment meant or would mean to mean to me. In hindsight, when given the chance to look back at my timeline, I know now what I could not have possibly know then. That at that moment was one of the happiest times in my life. At that moment, I was part of and contributing to something much greater than myself."
"Sometimes, you have to attempt to move on from something before you can fully realize how much it meant to you and how good you had it," Hocking said. "Having been a part of this team, and having been given the opportunity to play at UCCS, that was the true highlight of my golf career. Being invited back here, being recognized for what I was able to accomplish here, being able to see what UCCS has become in the 10 years since I have left, it feels like I am coming home, and it warms my heart."
Leasure recorded the only triple-double in UCCS history with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against Colorado State-Pueblo on Jan. 29, 1997. She went on to become the first Mountain Lion to earn All-RMAC honors later that season, and repeated as an all-conference selection in the 1997-98 season.
"When I left New Mexico State, because I went there originally my freshman year, I decided specifically to come home to UCCS," Leasure said. "It didn't matter the scholarship money available. It didn't matter the basketball record, the toughness of playing here, it didn't matter the challenge, I decided I was coming home to UCCS. My parents were here, and I wanted to be here. Fortunately for me, what I learned here at UCCS, shaped me to be the person I am today, and for that, I'm eternally grateful."
Dr. Williams and his wife, Joan, endowed two scholarships for the Mountain Lion athletic department to support women's sports. He commissioned the "Dedicated to Excellence" sculpture at Mountain Lion Field. Williams passed away on April 28, 2011, before the dedication of the statue.
"Every time I hear Mr. Williams and his name, I always want to tell a quick story," said UCCS Head Softball Coach Scott Peterson, who accepted the award with Harry Runzel. "He received an award a few years ago on behalf of the chancellor, at a wonderful event just like this, and Dr. Williams went last. And I'd like to quote his speech. He walked up, got his award, said 'Thank you for a great evening, everybody sit back. I've prepared a 45-minute speech."
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