Western Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame
Mike Wagner,1976 - An NAIA All-American selection in 1969, Mike played 11 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a starting safety, Wagner played on all four Steeler Super Bowl championship teams.
Dwayne Wall,2004 - Wall arrived at Western Illinois after a record-setting track & field career at Metropolis Community High School. His efforts continued as a member of the 1975-78 Leatherneck track & field teams as he became a school-record holder, four-year national qualifier, two-time all-American, and national champion.
In his first year at Western Illinois, Wall was a member of the 4x200 relay team that finished second at the Drake Relays and established a then-school-record time of 1:25.6. He also qualified for nationals in the 100-yard dash with a time of :09.7. Wall’s sophomore season included national-qualifying times in three events - the 100-meter dash (:10.2), 200-meter dash (:21.3) and 4x100-meter relay (:40.8). Each of the three qualifying times also set school records. As a junior, Wall won the NCAA Division II national championship in the 200-meter dash with a time of :21.2. He also placed sixth at nationals in the 100-meter dash (:10.6) and was a member of the 4x100 relay team that clocked a first-place time of :41.7 at the Kansas Relays. Wall was named to the National’s All-American Team that season, was voted the Leathernecks’ Most Valuable Athlete and was the coaches’ recipient of the Top Performer of the Year Award. A tri-captain as a senior and a repeat honoree on the All-America team, Wall and his 1978 4x100 relay team established a school-record time of :39.74 that still stands today, and took second place at the national championships.
At Metropolis, Wall was a four-year letterwinner in track, earned three letters in football and two letters in basketball, setting the school record in the 100 and 220 yard dashes. He also qualified for state as a sophomore and junior, and set the record for most touchdowns in a season as a senior.
After his Western Illinois career he returned to Metropolis for one year as the head cross country coach where he tutored an athlete to a first-place finish at the Class A Illinois High School Association Meet. Wall spent 1979-80 as a teacher in the Massac Unit School District, and has been employed with the Illinois Department of Corrections system since 1980, currently as an assistant warden. In 2003, he was inducted into the NCAA Division II Track & Field Hall of Fame.
Robert Watson,1993 - The four-time WIU baseball letterwinner and NAIA All-American (1969) signed and played professionally with the Chicago Cubs organization from 1970 to 1972. From 1974 to the present, the fast-pitch softball player/manager has won state championships and traveled abroad with numerous state and national teams.
Gail Weldon (deceased),1996 - Gail was inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously. She served as head women's trainer from 1974-78 and was an instructor of athletic training classes.
Cherie Wells,1993 - Cherie initiated gymnastics programs for local youths following a stellar WIU coaching career which saw her named Westerwinds Coach of the Year for the 1981-82 season. The three-year WIU all-around gymnast recorded high honors in the AIAW state championships.
Brodie Westen,1992 - Brodie was a member of the WIU football coaching staff for five seasons, and served as Western's head football coach from 1974 to 1975. He has been a major financial supporter and has served on the WAC Board of Directors.
Harold Wilde,1995 - A long-time contributor, Skip is recognized for his professional accomplishments and his exceptional support of WIU athletics. A long-time donor, he also has served the athletic department in numerous capacities.
Glen Willard (deceased),1985 - Glen was the playmaking guard on WIU's Little 19 Conference championship basketball team of 1937-38. Also an outstanding shortstop, Glen played professional baseball in the St. Louis Browns organization. He was a past president of the WIU Alumni Association.
Loren Willard,Jr. (deceased),1991 - Ed was a dual basketball/baseball athlete and the 1939 basketball team's leading scorer. He helped defeat the 1938 national champion Oregon State Beavers. Ed went on to a highly successful 22 year-career as head baseball and basketball coach at Momence High School.
Glenn Wilson,1984 - Western's first national champion in NCAA Division I gymnastics competition, Glenn won the trampoline event in 1957. In 1958, he toured with other AAU champions to international events. He coached the 1967 USGF trampolinists in Germany.
Howard Wilson (deceased),1988 - Howie began his career at Western in 1945. He competed in football and was an active student leader. Howie is recognized for his professional accomplishments and his exceptional support of WIU, in particular, intercollegiate athletics.
Mike Wilson,1995 - A four-year safety for the Leatherneck footall squad, Mike received honorable mention to the NAIA All-American team in 1968. In 1969, he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played defensive back for the British Columbia franchise of the Canadian Football League from 1971 to 1975..
Frank Winters,1999 - One of four Leathernecks to earn a Super Bowl Ring (with Green Bay in 1996), Winters was one of the best offensive linemen and long snappers ever to play at WIU. The four-year letterman played in 42 consecutive games and earned all-America honors from Kodak, The Sporting News and The Associated Press as a senior. Winters was named to the Gateway Conference All-Decade Team in 1994.
Carroll Wood,1975 - Carroll was captain and was voted Most Valuable Player on the 1935-36 Leatherneck basketball team. He was the leading scorer and captain of the 1935 baseball squad. In 1936, he was the leading scorer of the basketball team and was named Most Valuable Player of the Little 19 Conference.
Jim Woods,III,1988 - A four-time NCAA Division II All-American in wrestling, Jim won the Division II title in 1974 and followed that up with the Division I title. He also won three letters as a football player.
John Wrenn,2002 - John was a three-year starter for the Leathernecks football team, helping his squad to a 25-6 overall record from 1970-73. He set a school record with 15 career interceptions and was a two-time Peoria Journal Star all-state selection.