Since first fielding an intercollegiate program in 1969, Kirkwood has gone on to win nine national championships and appeared in numerous national tournaments. Kirkwood Athletics 'Alumni Tree' spans far and wide with former players playing professionally to coaching at premier colleges. Here's a list of some Notable Kirkwood Alumni:
JC Fuller - Men's Basketball
JC Fuller is entering his first season of Professional Basketball. He is signed to play for Caceres Patrimonio out of the Spain - LEB Gold league. Fuller played collegiately at Western Illinois University. He graduated from Sioux City East High School where he was an All-State player.
Played in all 28 games, starting 13 of them... Averaged 27.3 minutes per game... Finished second on the team in points, averaging 12.0 per game... He also averaged 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game... Had 11 steals and nine blocks... made 124-of-301 shots from the field (.412), 30-of-93 from long range (.323), and 57-of-74 from the free throw line (.770)... Finished the the season with 18 games where he had 10-plus points... Averaged 17.2 points per game during the final 12 games of the season... Scored a season-high 23 points at home versus South Dakota (Jan. 22)... Had a season-high six assists at IUPUI (Feb. 26).
Played his first two seasons of college basketball at Kirkwood Community College which is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa... Tabbed NJCAA DII All-Region First Team after averaging 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game as a sophomore at Kirkwood... As a freshman he tallied 11.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while shooting 43.4% from the field... Following his rookie campaign, Fuller was named NJCAA DII All-Region Honorable Mention.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Men's Basketball from 2012-2014
Shane Kemp - Baseball
Shane is entering his third season of Professional Baseball. He was drafted in the 26th round by the Pittsburg Pirates in 2015. Last summer he split time between the Appalachian and Gulf Coast Rookie Leagues.
Shane attended Kirkwood from 2012-2014. He played both ways and was an excellent student. He graduated Kirkwood as an Academic All-American and signed with George Washington University in 2014 to continue his playing career. At GWU he posted a 3-2 record with a 4.18 ERA in 32 innings pitched.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Baseball at Kirkwood from 2012-2014
El Sara Greer - Women's Basketball
El Sara Greer played two years at Kirkwood. As a sophomore, she was named to NJCAA Division II All-American Second Team and all-conference first team. She helped guide the ream to back-to-back national titles and totaled 196 blocks over two seasons, including 111 as a sophomore. She was named MVP of the postseason tournament and nationals as a sophomore. El Sara Greer continued her career at Oregon State University, a member of the Pac-12 conference (NCAA D1) from 2009/10 to 2010/11.
After OSU, Greer played one season in Europe when she played for Craiova in Romania. In 2012, Czech club Kara Trutnov signed the American power forward/center El Sara Greer. She signed and is currently playing professionally in Mexico for Aguilas.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Basketball at Kirkwood from 2007-2009 and helped win back-to-back National Championships in 2008 and 2009.
Terrance McGee - Men's Basketball
Now in his fifth year on the staff at Southern Illinois University, Terrance McGee has proven himself as both a strong recruiter and respected teacher and mentor.
McGee has been at the forefront of SIU's recruiting inroads in the St. Louis area, and has helped develop the Salukis' back court talent —including All-Conference guards Desmar Jackson and Anthony Beane.
Prior to Southern, McGee served two seasons as an assistant coach at Grand Valley State University, during which time the Lakers compiled a 33-21 record, including a 19-8 mark and third-place finish in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2011.
A 6-foot-2 guard who played collegiately for two seasons at Missouri State (2001-03), McGee averaged 14.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists his senior year and earned First-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference and All-Defensive Team honors. Prior to MSU, he spent two years at Kirkwood Community College (1999-2001). After his college career, McGee played professionally overseas for seven years.
A native of Milwaukee, Wis., McGee earned his undergraduate degree in hospitality and restaurant administration at MSU and was working toward a master's degree at Grand Valley.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Men's Basketball from 1999-2001
Mike Clement - Baseball
Mike Clement is currently in his second year as the recruiting coordinator for Ole Miss (SEC-NCAA D1) after spending two seasons at Kansas State University (Big 12-NCAA D1). Prior to coming to K-State, Clement was on the staff at Texas A&M for three years after spending the previous four seasons at UTSA, including the final three as the team's hitting coach. In addition to helping the Wildcats reach the Super Regional round in 2013, Clement has been a member of three other postseason teams, including a trip to the 2011 College World Series. (Article on Clement)
Prior to his stint at UTSA, Clement served as an assistant for one year at Kirkwood Junior College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and then spent one year at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. A former college catcher, Clement played two seasons at Kirkwood, helping the Eagles compile a 91-25 record. He finished his college career at Morningside, where he earned his bachelor's degree in physical education/secondary education in 2002. Following college, the Marshalltown, Iowa, native played professionally one season for the Canton Coyotes of the Frontier League.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Baseball at Kirkwood from 1998-2000 and was a Kirkwood Baseball Assistant Coach during the 2004-05 season.
Jimmie Foster - Men's Basketball
Foster begins his second year as an assistant coach at Bradley after helping Green Bay to 95 wins and a pair of NIT appearances on head coach Brian Wardle's staff the previous five years. The Milwaukee native brings eight years of college basketball coaching experience to his new position on The Hilltop.
During his time at Green Bay, Foster helped the Phoenix to 95-65 (.594) record from 2010-15, culminating with consecutive 24-win seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15, as well as the 2014 Horizon League championship and back-to-back appearances in the NIT. He was named an assistant coach under Brian Wardle on May 3, 2010, after coaching at the University of North Dakota during the 2009-10 campaign.
Foster went to North Dakota after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Eagles went a combined 60-10 in his two seasons at the school, finishing third nationally in 2008 and as the runner-up in Division II in 2009. During his two-year stint, Foster helped nine Eagles earn all-conference honors, while two of his players nabbed All-America honors.
A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Foster was a standout player at Rufus King High School before going on to a successful collegiate career at Kirkwood and the University of South Dakota. At Kirkwood, Foster earned second-team All-America honors as a sophomore and helped lead the Eagles to a pair of ICCAC Championships. He also was twice named All-Region XI.
After transferring to South Dakota for his final two collegiate seasons, Foster was a two-time All-North Central Conference honoree and was named the league's Newcomer of the Year in 2001. Foster earned his bachelor's degree in recreation from USD in 2002.
Foster's coaching career began back in his hometown where he was an assistant varsity coach for Milwaukee Juneau High School from 2005-06.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Kirkwood from 1998-2000
Willie Collazo - Baseball
Collazo graduated from Florida International University where he went 13–1 as a senior and helped his team to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship tournament. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 10th round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft. Collazo played for the Braves, Los Angeles Angels, and New York Mets organizations. He was called up to the Mets on September 1, 2007, and made his major league debut on September 5, 2007, against the Cincinnati Reds. He became a free agent at the end of the 2008 season and signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins. He last played in the Toronto Blue Jays organization from 2010 to 2012.
Collazo was named First Team All-American for the Eagles in 1999. Willie's name is written all over the Kirkwood Baseball record books: Single Season Records- Pitching Wins (1st all-time and 2nd all-time, 12 and 10 wins), Innings Pitched (1st all-time and 2nd all-time, 109 1/3 and 90 innings), and Strikeouts (2nd all-time and 4th all-time, 101 and 86). Career Records- Wins (1st all-time, 22), Inning Pitched (1st all-time, 199 1/3), Strikeouts (1st all-time, 187) and ERA (11th all-time, 3.34).
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Baseball at Kirkwood from 1998-2000. Earned 1st Team All-American honors. Holds almost every season and career pitching record for the Eagles.
Ali Farokhmanesh - Men's Basketball
Farokhmanesh enters his second season on staff as the Director of Player Relations & Development with the University of Nebraska men's basketball program. Farokhmanesh spent the last two seasons graduate assistant manager.
Farokhmanesh attended junior college at Kirkwood Community College before transferring to the University of Northern Iowa. In 2014, he stopped playing professionally, when he became an assistant coach for Nebraska Cornhuskers. (Article on Coaching at Nebraska)
He gained nationwide fame in the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as a member of the Northern Iowa Panthers men's basketball team, when he hit a crucial 3-point shot that helped UNI upset top overall seed Kansas in the second round. His heroics, which came two days after hitting the game-winning three point shot against UNLV in the first round of the tournament, led to an appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated. This has led to popular usage of the phrase, "What the Farokhmanesh?"
After going undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft, Farokhmanesh signed a deal to play for SAM Massagno Basket, an LNB Division A team based in Massagno, Switzerland. In 2011, Farokhmanesh signed with the Austrian team WBC Raiffeisen Wels. His contract was renewed in June 2012. Farokhmanesh averaged 13.7 points per game in Austria. On August 14, 2013 he signed with SPM Shoeters Den Bosch in the Netherlands. In April, Farokhmanesh won the DBL Sixth Man of the Year award.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Basketball at Kirkwood.
Julie Gerdes - Softball
Julie Gerdes is in her seventh season as the pitching coach for the UNI Panther softball squad. Gerdes came to the Panther staff after serving as the pitching coach at Wartburg College from 2005-07 and Cedar Falls High School from 2004-07. As an assistant coach at Wartburg, Gerdes helped lead the Knights to a combined 102-23 record and two Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament championships, including a 2006 IIAC regular season title. Gerdes began her collegiate softball career at Kirkwood Community College where she earned NJCAA Region XI first team honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and also National Coaches Association-Louisville Slugger All-American first team. Gerdes pitching record at Kirkwood was an impressive 41-10 over two seasons, helping Kirkwood to an 84-29 team record.
Following her career at Kirkwood; Gerdes joined the Panther pitching staff and tallied a 12-6 pitching record in her first season. She threw over 100 innings in each of her years as a Panther, and posted 17 complete games, including 12 in her junior season.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Softball at Kirkwood from 2001-2003. Earned 1st Team All-Region and 1st Team All-American honors as an Eagle.
Greg Heiar - Men's Basketball
Greg Heiar is in his fourth season as an assistant men's basketball coach at Wichita State
after spending two seasons as assistant coach at Southern Miss.
Most recently, he helped coach the Shockers to a NCAA-record 35-game win streak and a 35-1 record. Prior to his stint at Southern Miss, he spent six years at Chipola (Fla.) Junior College. While at Chipola, Heiar coached the Indians to a 164-15 record. He coached 40 all-conference players and sent 39 players to Division I schools while at Chipola. He was named the Panhandle Conference Coach of the Year five times, and earned NJCAA Region VIII Coach of the Year four times. In his last season at Chipola, Heiar coached the team to a 35-2 record and its fifth-consecutive Panhandle Conference Championship. The Indians then earned a third-place finish in the NJCAA National Tournament, their fourth appearance in a five-year span in the National Tournament.
As a player, Heiar earned second-team all-region honors at Kirkwood Community College after leading his team to the National Tournament for the first time in school history. That year, he helped to guide his team to a 25-10 record and a conference championship. Success followed Heiar to Franciscan University where he was twice named team captain and earned MVP honors. He also earned numerous all-tournament honors, first-team all-conference, and led his team to the MCC Conference Title as a senior, the first time in school history. Heiar played basketball for current WSU Assistant Coach Chris Jans at Kirkwood (Iowa) Community College and also coached under Jans at Chipola (Fla.) Community College.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Basketball at Kirkwood. Earned 2nd Team All-Region honors and led Kirkwood Basketball to 1st National Tournament appearance.
Chris Jans - Men's Basketball
Chris Jans was previously the head coach at Bowling Green State University. Jans came to BGSU after spending seven years on the sidelines at Wichita State. He spent the 2011-2014 seasons as the Associate Head Coach after serving the previous four seasons as an Assistant Coach for the Shockers. Prior to working at WSU, Jans had a stop at Illinois State. Prior to his stint at ISU, Jans led Chipola [Fla.] Junior College to an impressive 32-5 overall record in one season, its first Panhandle Conference Championship in 10 years with an 11-1 record, its first FCCAA State Championship in 16 years and a sixth-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament. Prior to Chipola, Jans served two years as the head coach at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas. He guided Howard to an overall record of 29-4 in 2003. During the 1998-99 season, he was the head coach at Independence Community College, guiding the Pirates to a 22-10 record and a second-place finish in the Kansas Jayhawk Eastern Division with a 14-4 mark.
Chris Jans received his first head coaching position at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in July of 1996. In his first year, Jans was awarded the Region XI Coach of the Year award. Kirkwood won both the conference and regional championship in addition to qualifying for the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, a first for the Kirkwood program. Building off the momentum of his first season, Jans led Kirkwood to another conference and regional championship in his second season before claiming the NJCAA National Championship. Kirkwood finished the season 31-6, while Jans was awarded both the Region XI Coach of the Year and the NJCAA National Coach of the Year awards.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Coached Basketball at Kirkwood from 1996-1998. Guided Eagles to 1st Kirkwood Men's Basketball National Championship in 1998.
Josh Kauten - Baseball
Josh Kauten is in his seventh season as an assistant baseball coach for the Heartland Community College baseball program after working as the Hawks' pitching coach his first six years. Kauten joined the Hawks during the 2009 season and has helped the program to three NJCAA Division-II World Series appearances, including third and fourth place finishes in 2012 and 2013, five straight Mid-West Athletic Conference regular season championships, and six straight seasons of 40 plus wins.
Kauten pitched at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa before transferring to Illinois State where he pitched for two seasons. He earned Academic All-American honors at Kirkwood, while also earning Male Scholar Athlete of the Year at ISU in 2003.
Following his college career, the Detroit Tigers selected Kauten 11th round (313th overall) in the 2004 Major League Amateur Draft. After spending half a season in Short Season A, Kauten spent the next two seasons split between the West Michigan White Caps (Tigers A affiliates) and the Lakeland Tigers (Tigers High A affiliates). In the second half of the 2005 season, Kauten went 4-2 with a 2.84 era for Lakeland. He then spent two years in Independent Ball with the Lincoln Salt Dogs and El Paso Diablos. He finished his pro career with a 3.72 ERA.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Baseball at Kirkwood in 2001. Named Academic All-American as an Eagle in 2001.
Allie Lindemann - Women's Basketball
Allie Lindemann is in her third season on the Hamilton College women's basketball coaching staff. Lindemann was the head girls' varsity coach at University High School in Urbana, Ill., from 2010 to 2013. She was also a volunteer assistant coach at Parkland Community College for two seasons. Lindemann guided University HS to a 19-9 record in her first season and led the program to an all-time high for wins in a season with a 25-5 record in 2011-12. The team won three Illinois High School Association Class A tournament contests and played in a sectional championship game in 2012, and Lindemann was selected an Illinois Basketball Coaches Association district coach of the year.
Lindemann began her college career at Kirkwood Community College where she was a two-time all-region pick and helped lead the team to a pair of National Junior College Athletic Association tournament appearances. Allie played her final two season at Sienna (NCAA D1).
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Basketball at Kirkwood from 2006-2008. Led Eagles to back-to-back National Championships in 2007 and 2008. Earned All-Region honors both seasons.
Renee Luers-Gillispie - Softball
Renee Luers-Gillispie enters her 15th year at the helm of the UCF softball program. Since starting the program in 2002, Gillispie has led the team to three conference championships and five NCAA Regional Tournament appearances. The Knights and Gillispie have a record of 474-327-1 over the last 12 years, while Gillispie owns a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) record of 726-531-3 and an NCAA record of 679-503-3.
Prior to UCF, Gillispie spent four years building the Texas Tech program. She led the Red Raiders to a No. 17 national ranking in 1998 and a No. 24 ranking the following season. Her teams earned runner-up honors at the 1999 NCAA Regional Championship, third place in the 1999 Big 12 Conference Tournament and fourth place in the 1998 conference tournament.
In addition to her successful career at Texas Tech, Gillispie rebuilt softball programs at Bradley University and Joliet Junior College. In 1993, she took over the Bradley program that finished 12-25 in 1992 and in two short years posted a record-breaking 33-8 season. The 1994 team also finished in second place in the Missouri Valley Conference and was ranked fifth in the nation for winning percentage.
Gillispie began her playing career as a pitcher at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she pitched in two NJCAA National Championship Tournaments. In 1981, she was ranked ninth nationally as a NJCAA pitcher. Moving on to West Texas A&M, she set nine career pitching records including most wins, most strikeouts and most saves. In 2005, Gillispie was inducted into the West Texas A&M Athletics Hall of Fame.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Softball at Kirkwood from 1979-1981. Led Eagles to back-to-back National Tournaments in 1980 and 1981.
Uby Martinez - Baseball
Martinez is in his fifth season on Cornell's baseball staff as infield and hitting coach. Martinez carries 15 years of high school coaching experience, including 10 as associate head coach at Iowa City Regina. He has been on Iowa City Regina's staff since 2004, guiding the Regals to three conference titles and one district crown. Martinez was named 2009 Southeast District Assistant Coach of the Year by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Martinez has worked on the University of Iowa's baseball camp staff for eight years. He's been involved with Diamond Dreams Sports Academy in Iowa City as hitting and infield instructor for more than 10 years. He earned an associate's degree in elementary education from Kirkwood Community College in 1995.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Graduated from Kirkwood in 1995.
Bre Milnes - Softball
Breanna Milnes begins her second season as the pitching coach at Metro State. She spent two seasons at Northern State University as a graduate assistant. Milnes began her college softball career at Kirkwood Community College where she led her team to the NJCAA National Tournament in 2006 and 2007. She was named Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and NFCA Second Team All-American for the 2007 season. After her sophomore season, Milnes transferred to Northern State. She led the team in strikeouts her senior season, and was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week. Following her playing career, Milnes was a pitching coach at Kirkwood for three years. While at Kirkwood, Milnes mentored three NJCAA All-Americans, four NFCAA All-Americans, six ICCAC All-Conference pitchers, and two Region XI Pitcher of the Year selections.
In her first season, Kirkwood had the best season in school history with a 55-6 record. The Eagles finished seventh in the NJCAA National Tournament during her second season after claiming the conference title. Milnes helped the Eagles to a 152-30 record in her three seasons at Kirkwood.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Softball for Kirkwood from 2005-2007. Led Eagles to back-to-back National Tournaments in 2006 and 2007. Named ICCAC Defensive Player of Year and 2nd Team All-American in 2007. Coached Softball at Kirkwood from XXXX-XXXX.
Wes Obermueller - Baseball
Wes Obermueller is a native of Cedar Rapids and attended Cedar Rapids Washington High School. Obermueller transferred to University of Iowa after playing for the Eagles in 1996. During that year Wes was named 2nd Team All-American. In 1999, he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 2nd Round of the MLB Draft. Obermueller made his MLB debut on September 20, 2002. He played for the Royals, Marlins and Brewers during his big league career (2002-2007) - Wes' Baseball Reference Profile. In 5 years as a MLB pitcher, Obermueller holds a 11-22 record in 80 games with a 5.82 ERA. His professional statistics can be found here.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Baseball for Kirkwood for the 1996 season. Earned 2nd Team All-American honors in 1996.
Bryan Petersen - Men's Basketball
Bryan Petersen will begin his fifth season as the head coach of the Kirkwood Community College Men's Basketball Program. In the 2016-17 season, Petersen led the Eagles to the NJCAA Division II National Championship, which also earned him 2016 Spalding National Coach of the Year honors. Petersen is no stranger to the program having been an assistant coach for Coach Doug Wagemester for the 2012-13 season and a former player in the program from 2005-07.
In his one season as an assistant coach, Petersen helped guide the Eagles to a 19-13 overall record and a second place finish in the ICCAC. Prior to coaching at Kirkwood, Bryan coached three seasons with the Iowa State men's basketball program. Bryan Petersen was a two-year starter at point guard for the Cyclones from 2008-09. Petersen never missed a game and started 64 consecutive contests in his two-year career with the Cyclones.
He drilled 97 career 3-pointers to rank among ISU's top-15 on the school's all-time 3-pointers made chart. As a senior in 2008-09, Petersen averaged 6.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists, as the Cyclones finished the season with a 15-17 mark. He was named to the Kansas City Star's All-Newcomer team in 2008, leading the squad with 48 3-pointers.
Petersen started his college career at Kirkwood and was a First-Team Division II Junior College All-American in his final season (2006/07). He led his team to a perfect conference mark (13-0) and a 26-6 overall record while averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 2006-07.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Basketball for Kirkwood from 2005-2007. Earned 1st Team All-American honors in 2007. Kirkwood's Head Basketball Coach from 2014-present.
Chris Ramirez - Baseball
Chris Ramirez enters his fourth season leading the Illinois Springfield baseball program. UIS Director of Athletics Kim Pate announced the hiring of Chris Ramirez as the head baseball coach on July 2, 2013. The third coach in program history, Ramirez came from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi where he was the longest tenured assistant on head coach Scott Malone's staff. Prior to Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, Ramirez was an assistant coach at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa. As a player, Ramirez spent two seasons at High Point University as an outfielder. He was named to the Big South All-Academic Team in 2005. He began his collegiate career at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa where he was a closer on the mound and outfielder.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Baseball for Kirkwood from 2001-2003.
Jazmine Sepulveda - Women's Basketball
Jazmine Sepulveda played at Kirkwood Community College during the 2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons. In her final year at Kirkwood, Sepulveda averaged 13.7 points, 4.3 assists and was 15th in the nation in steals per game averaging 3.9 per contest. She was named a Kodak/Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-American and a NJCAA first team All-America for the second consecutive season. She finished her career at Kirkwood ranked No. 14 among all junior college players in America and the second best point guard by the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
Jazmine continued her career at University of South Florida (2007-2009). She currently is a playing professionally in Puerto Rico. In FIBA Competition, Sepulveda is averaging 14.2 PPG and 5.2 RPG in six FIBA events spanning the past four years. She was a member of the team which competed for Puerto Rico at the 2011 Pan American Games, winning a gold medal.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Basketball for Kirkwood from 2004-2006. Earned 1st Team All-American honors during 2005 and 2006 seasons.
Marty Sutherland - Baseball
Marty Sutherland is entering his fourth season as hitting coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Iowa baseball program. Sutherland, a former player and coach under UI head coach Rick Heller at Northern Iowa, was an assistant for the Panthers from 2003-09, helping lead the team to 154 victories over six seasons. Sutherland also served as an assistant coach at Wartburg College during the 2002-03 season. Sutherland was an infielder at Northern Iowa during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, helping the team to its first back-to-back 30 win seasons in program history. He also played at Kirkwood Community College from 1998-2000.
The Cascade, Iowa, native earned his associate's degree from Kirkwood Community College in July, 2000, and his bachelor's degree from Northern Iowa in Dec., 2002. In 2001, Sutherland was a second team All-MVC and second team All-Midwest region honoree after UNI won a school-record 35 games and claimed the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title en route to the first NCAA Tournament berth in school history.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Baseball for Kirkwood from 1998-2000. Helped guide Eagles to NJCAA World Series in 1999.
Lauren Thomas Johnson - Women's Basketball
Lauren Thomas Johnson helped Kirkwood to back-to-back NJCAA Tournament championships in 2007 and 2008. She was named NJCAA Tournament MVP in 2008, named a JC/CC State Farm Coaches' All-American, earned NJCAA First-Team All-America honors as well as first team all-region accolades. She averaged 13.1 ppg, 3.0 rebounds and shot 41.6 percent from the floor and 70 percent from the charity stripe. She spent the summer of 2007 playing for the Great Britain Under-20 team in the Under-20 European Championship...Scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 79-73 victory over Portugal for 3rd place.
She then played at Marquette University from 2008/09 to 2009/10 where she played in 66 games, making 39 starts. She averaged 6.3 points per games, 5.3 in BIG EAST Conference games. She began her professional career with a brief stint in Iceland, and finished the year with in Spain's Liga Femenina with Gran Canaria. Joining Sheffield Hatters in 2011, she helped the Yorkshire club to a fourth consecutive National Cup and the 2013 EBL Division One play-off title.
Lauren is currently playing professionally for the Sheffield Hatters in Great Brittain. She also played for Great Brittain at the World University Games in China for the 2011 summer but narrowly missed out on a place on the final roster for the 2012 Olympics. She attended the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as part of the BOA's Ambassador Programme.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Played Basketball for Kirkwood from 2006-2008. Helped Eagles win back-to-back National Championships in 2007 and 2008. Named NJCAA Tournament MVP in 2008 and earned 1st Team All-American honors.
Mike White - Softball
After leading Oregon to many of its biggest wins in recent memory, head coach Mike White has unquestionably established the Ducks as one of the nation's top softball programs. Not surprisingly, his .752 winning percentage (229-75-1) through his first five years is the best all-time among Oregon head coaches (No. 2 is .571). In the postseason, the Ducks are 23-11 under White, compared to a 25-21 ledger in their 11 combined prior NCAA postseason trips.
White was a top pitcher on U.S. National teams before he retired in 2007. A New Zealand native, he became a U.S. citizen in 1994 and helped guide the USA to a bronze medal in the 2000 World Championships when he went 2-0 with a 0.89 ERA and 19 strikeouts. In 1999, the U.S. won the silver medal at the Pan Am Games, and he was 3-2 with a 0.68 ERA and 35 strikeouts. He also played on three silver medal Pan-American Games teams in 1995, 1999 and 2003. He enjoyed another successful stint with the American team in 2004 and played in his sixth International Softball World Tournament. Altogether, he has helped teams claim two gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze in his four trips with New Zealand and two with the United States.
Kirkwood Affiliation: Attended Kirkwood Community College before graduating from Mt. Mercy University in 1989.