Parkland announces 2012 Hall of Fame class
February 5, 2013
Special Contribution by Rod Lovett (Athletic Director - Parkland College)
The Parkland College Foundation and Athletic Department announced its 6th
class of the Parkland College Athletic Hall of Fame. Five individuals and two teams will be inducted on Saturday February 16, 2013. They will be formally introduced at halftime of the Men’s Basketball game versus John Wood CC of Quincy. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 4:00 with halftime beginning sometime after 4:30. The inductees will also be recognized in a private reception at the Tony Noel Center on the Parkland campus immediately after the game. Those selected for the Hall of Fame were nominated by former Parkland coaches and administrators and were finalized by the Hall of Fame committee.
Jodi (Huddleston) Clark/Cross-Country:
Ran for Parkland from 1998-2000 highlighted by winning the 1999 Women’s NJCAA Cross-Country National Championship. She was also an NJCAA All-American in 1998. Continued her track and cross-country career at SIU-Carbondale where she graduated in 2003 with a BS in Radiologic Science. Currently a stay at home mom while working part time at a hospital near their home. She and her husband Josh have two children Kayla and Brayden. Jodi thanks her parents Gary and Debbie Huddleston for all of their support during her collegiate career.
Brittany (Nash) Miller/ Softball
Two time NJCAA All-American earning 1st team honors in 2005 and 2nd team in 2004. Named First Team All-Region and All-Conference, including CCCI Player of the Year in 2005. NJCAA Academic All-American and NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete. Has Parkland career record for hits (198), batting average (.536), and on- base percentage (.663). Has individual season records for hits (114), batting average (.553), on-base percentage (.760), and stolen bases (49). Received NJCAA Silver Spikes award in 2005 for best base stealer. Attended Tennessee-Martin on Softball scholarship where she started in center fielder. Graduated with a BS in Health and Human Performance and a minor in Business. Currently working as a Personal Trainer/Exercise Specialist at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson. She and her husband Dave have a 2 year old son Cade.
Was a two-time qualifier for the NJCAA Golf Tournament in 1983 and 1984. At PC won the Danville Invitational his freshman year setting the tournament record (72-65 137). Won the Joliet Invitational as a sophomore. As an amateur, won 18 local tournaments including the Champaign-Urbana Twin City Opens three times. As a professional, won numerous Central Illinois PGA (CIPGA) events and was named CIPGA Player of the Year in 1992. Returned to Parkland in 2003 to coach the Golf Team for three seasons, earning Coach of the Year honors in 2004. Jim worked as a golf professional since 1990, concentrating on tournament competition, teaching, and organizing club events. Jim lost his long and courageous battle with cancer on December 12, 2012 leaving behind his wife Pam and step daughters Brittany and Danielle. A memorial golf outing is being organized is his name to raise funds for the Parkland Golf program.
Holly (Walden) Wright/Softball
One of the top pitchers in Parkland history, this hard thrower was a 1st Team All-American in 2005 as she led the Cobras with a 22-2 record and a school record 302 strikeouts in 164 innings of work. Was big part of school record 41 game winning streak and 2nd place finish at NJCAA Softball Nationals. Was a two-time All-Region and Conference selection earning Pitcher of the Year honors. Compiled a career 45-5 record with a 0.93 ERA in her career as a Cobra, striking out 553 hitters. Was in the Army National guard for 6 years after leaving PC and has earned a degree in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. Hopes to attend Kansas State University this fall to obtain a degree in Nutrition/Dietetics. She and her husband Derrick have been married for 3 years and she have two step-children, Shae and Duane.
Lee LaBadie/Cross Country and Track And Field
Coached highly successful Parkland College Cross Country/Track and Field from 1973-85 leading the team to 5 appearances at the NJCAA National Tournament. Teams placed 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th twice. Coached 6 National Champions and 84 NJCAA All-American’s. After Parkland was the head coach at Bowling Green University from 1985-89 and is currently the Men’s Distance and Cross Country Coach at the University of Akron, a position he has held since 2008. Previously, Lee was a two-time assistant at Ohio State and has helped with the programs at the University of Illinois and Kent State. He was a standout athlete at Illinois, winning the Big 10 title in the mile, becoming the first undergraduate to run the mile in under 4:00. Was also a member of the NCAA National Champion two-mile relay team that tied a world record and he placed 5th in the 800. Was the IHSA Cross-Country champion. He and his wife Diane have two children, Lloyd and Laura.
2005 Softball and 2006 Softball
Both the 2005 and 2006 Parkland College Softball Teams have earned a place in the Hall of Fame by placing as the National Runner-Up at the NJCAA National Softball Tournament. The 2005 team finished (57-8) losing a heartbreaking 6-5 extra inning championship game to Phoenix College. The 2006 team (47-7) would also fall just short as they fell to the Bears of Phoenix, this time by a 6-1 score. It marked the Cobras third runner-up finish in five seasons under head coach Chuck Clutts. There were six players who were members of both teams and they compiled an amazing 104-15 two year record winning two Regional and Conference titles. In 2005, in addition to Walden and Nash being named 1st Team All-American’s, Neeley Hupp was a 2nd team selection and Brittany Bolender was a 2nd team honoree in 2006.