Three athletes, one contributor/staff member and one team will be inducted into the Wayne State College Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend during Homecoming/Hall of Fame activities at Wayne State College September 29th. The Hall of Fame inductees will be honored during halftime of Saturday’s home football game vs. Bemidji State at Bob Cunningham Field. The honorees will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame during a banquet on Saturday evening, September 29 in the Frey Conference Suite of the Kanter Student Center with a social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by a banquet/induction ceremony starting at 6:15 p.m.
Advance tickets, $35 per person, are required for the Homecoming/Hall of Fame Banquet and can be purchased by calling the WSC Alumni Office at 402-375-7526.
The 2018 Hall of Fame inductees include:
Nicole Brungardt (Athlete): Nicole Brungardt was a standout volleyball and track and field standout at Wayne State College from 2008-2012. She was a four-year letter winner and defensive specialist on the Wildcat volleyball team, averaging 2.48 digs per set as a senior (2011) and 2.23 digs per set during her junior season (2010) while playing on four teams that made the NCAA National Tournament.
Brungardt also competed in women’s track and field for two seasons (2011, 2012). In her first season in track, she was NSIC Indoor Newcomer of the Year after earning All-NSIC honors in four events (champion 4 x 400 relay, 2nd in 60-meter dash and long jump and 3rd in 200-meter dash). Brungardt was a three-time NCAA Indoor All-American in the 2011 season, placing fifth in the long jump, fifth in the 60-meter dash and 8th in 4 x 400 relay helping Wayne State its best-ever NCAA finish as a team, 13th place at nationals.
In the 2011 outdoor season, Brungardt was conference champion in the 100-meter dash and long jump and named NSIC Outdoor Newcomer of the Year.
In two years of track, Brungardt was a four-time All-American, eight-time All-Region selection and five-time NSIC champion. Brungardt holds four indoor school record yet today – 60 meters, 200 meters, long jump and 4 x 400 relay and holds three outdoor school records in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and 4 x 200 meter relay.
The Norfolk Catholic graduate pursued a dream in the summer of 2017 and qualified as a member of the United States Bobsled Team and just missed qualifying for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Brungardt resides in Omaha and after working as an engineer at CenturyLink for nearly 4 ½ years, Brungardt is now full time with Team USA Bobsled in hopes of qualifying for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Silas Fluellen (Athlete): Silas Fluellen led Wayne State to back-to-back post season appearances and the school’s first and only NCAA Division II playoff berth during his time as quarterback from 2006-09. After the Bellevue West graduate finished his senior season, he left WSC as the NSIC’s all-time leader in career passing yards and total offense yards while rewriting the Wayne State College record book.
Fluellen took WSC from 4-7 the year before he arrived to records of 9-3 as a junior and 8-3 as a senior. He became the starting quarterback in the fourth game of his freshman season. As a sophomore, Fluellen led the ‘Cats to the Mineral Water Bowl, the schools’ first post season appearance in 37 years, by completing 216 of 381 passes for 2,828 yards and 21 TD’s and was named NSIC All-Conference honorable mention.
Fluellen was First Team All-NSIC as a junior and senior while leading the NSIC in total offense both seasons and passing yards as a senior (2nd in passing as a junior). As a junior (2008), Fluellen completed 222 of 375 passes (59.2%) for 2,902 yards, leading WSC to a 9-3 record and the school’s first ever trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs, a 23-17 loss at Chadron State. He also rushed for 518 yards on 133 carries with five scores and led WSC to its only NSIC South Division title in school history.
During his senior season in 2009, Fluellen completed 64.9 percent of his passes (253-390) for 3,253 yards and 26 TD’s, leading WSC to an 8-3 record and 7-3 finish in the NSIC. He was Wayne State Male Athlete of the Year and received the NSIC Glen Galligan Award given to a student athlete for academic and athletic success along with community service.
His career totals include 11,996 yards of total offense, 10,578 yards passing and 89 touchdowns in four years – all WSC school records.
Silas currently resides in South Sioux City where he is the head football coach and physical education teacher at South Sioux City High School. Silas and his wife Michele have two children – Eastin (4) and Scarlett (2).
Kaiti Williams (Athlete) Posthumously: Kaiti Williams was a standout softball player at Wayne State College from 2012-15. The first baseman and outfielder from Papillion-LaVista South High School is one of just three players in school history to earn All-NSIC honors all four years as a Wildcat, joining Sarah Herrick Wagenfuhr (1999-2002) and Katie Goetzinger Voth from 2008-11.
Williams was a Second Team All-NSIC selection as a freshman and sophomore at first base, then moved to the outfielder and was First Team All-NSIC as a junior with a .440 batting average followed by Second Team All-NSIC honors in her senior season following a .399 average at the plate.
Kaiti ended her playing career ranked first in career runs batted in (146), first in total bases (380) and first in doubles with 52. She was second in career hits at 252, trailing all-time leader Amy Sandstrom by just six hits, and is third in career walks with 74. Kaiti Williams posted a career batting average of .391 in her four years at Wayne State.
Just three months after Kaiti graduated from Wayne State College in the spring of 2015, she passed away unexpectedly at the age of 22 from an irregular heartbeat. Her number 14 jersey was retired in the fall of 2015 and a banner with Kaiti’s jersey number can be seen today on the right field wall at the Pete Chapman Softball Complex in her memory.
Keith Goetz (gets) (Staff/Administrator): Keith Goetz served as Wayne State’s head athletic trainer for 12 years from 1988-2000. He was the lone full-time athletic trainer for all 15 Wildcat sports and was known for teaching student athletic trainers in his time at Wayne State.
While working at Wayne State, Goetz was very active in other athletic training areas that included serving as the chief athletic trainer for the boxing venue at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He also served as athletic trainer for the Ghana track and field team at the 1997 World Track and Field Championships in Athens, Greece.
Other athletic training highlights for Goetz included trainer for the US Boxing Team at the 1990 Goodwill Games, athletic trainer for the 1992 US Boxing Olympic Training Camp and served as boxing and cycling trainer at the 1993 US Olympic Festival.
During his time at WSC, Goetz also served as an assistant professor in the Human Performance and Leisure Studies Department also with being head athletic trainer.
Goetz currently resides in Littleton, Colorado and is semi-retired.
2011-12 Women’s Basketball (Team): The 2011-12 Wildcat women’s basketball team had the most successful season in school history, going 32-3 overall and 20-2 in the NSIC to win a second straight Northern Sun Conference regular season title. WSC was a perfect 19-0 at home in Rice Auditorium that season to cap a third straight season going unbeaten at home.
The 2011-12 team made school history by winning the NSIC post season tournament title and was awarded the #1 seed and hosted the NCAA Central Regional. The ‘Cats beat Minnesota State, Augustana and Metro State to advance to the Elite Eight in San Antonio. The dream season came to an end in the NCAA National quarterfinals with a heartbreaking 72-67 loss to Bentley (Mass.).
Ashley Arlen was named NSIC Player of the Year for a second straight season. She was also selected Daktronics Central Region Player of the Year and was Division II Bulletin Player of the Year while being named WBCA/State Farm All-American for a second straight season. Clare Duwelius was also First Team All-NSIC.
Head coach Chris Kielsmeier was selected NSIC Coach of the Year and was named WBCA/Russell Athletic Region 7 Coach of the Year. The 32-3 Wildcats earned a #1 national ranking that season and finished the year ranked fourth in the final USA Today/ESPN Division II WBCA Top 25 Coaches Poll for the highest ever ranking to end a season.