The Carthage Athletic Department announced the members of the 2020 Hall of Fame class in August. Featuring 10 former student-athletes and administrators, these inductees were selected for their dedication to Carthage in their competition, in the classroom, in the community, or as a leader.
2020 Hall of Fame Inductees
Director of Athletics
Robert Bonn was hired in April 1992 as the director of athletics at Carthage, beginning his 26-year career in Kenosha, Wis. During the 2001-02 academic year, Mr. Bonn served as the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) president, an organization that provides fundraising opportunities and networking within college athletics. It was his time with NAADD that helped Mr. Bonn establish an endowment that totals over $3 million today, and aided in numerous facility improvements among other general upgrades to the athletic department at Carthage.
Student-Athlete, Women’s Tennis (2003-2007)
Elizca Buys, a South Africa native, joined the Carthage women’s tennis team in the fall of 2003, beginning one of the most dominant careers in the program’s history. After an impressive freshman season in which she won the first of her four consecutive first-team all-CCIW honors, she was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American as a sophomore in doubles paired with Hall of Famer Kelly (Mikkila) Schmidgall.
Rachel (Swoboda) Collison
Student-Athlete, Women’s Volleyball (2007-2011)
One of the top outside hitters in the storied history of Carthage women’s volleyball, Rachel (Swoboda) Collison joined the program in 2007 and jumped into the starting lineup as a freshman, where she recorded 341 kills and over 100 blocks. She ranks among the best in the Carthage women’s volleyball record book, as her 425 career block assists rank fourth, her 1,237 kills rank sixth, and her hitting percentage of 0.356 as a freshman is the fifth-highest in a single season.
Coach, Men’s Basketball (2007-2011)
One of the most dominant men’s basketball players in CCIW history, Steve Djurickovic enters the Carthage Athletics Hall of Fame as a student-athlete with the Carthage basketball team. Following a successful high school career at Bradford High School in Kenosha, Wis., he joined his father, head coach Bosko Djurickovic’s program in the fall of 2007. He saw immediate success as a freshman, averaging over 23 points per game, grabbing the attention of the nation.
Student-Athlete, Men’s Swimming (2007-2012)
Carthage’s most decorated men’s swimmer, Kyle Drake joined the program in 2007 from Aurora, Ill. During his time at Carthage, he was named a College Swimming Coaches Association of America All-American each of his four seasons, beginning with a 16th-place finish at nationals as a freshman in the 200 backstroke. He would take 11th in the event at the NCAA Championships in 2010 as a sophomore and 14th as a junior, before taking ninth place his senior season while earning All-American honorable mention in the 400 individual medley as well.
Student-Athlete, Men’s Track and Field (2010-2014)
One of just three student-athletes in Carthage history to win multiple national championships, Trevor James came to Kenosha without any track and field experience in high school. After joining the team during his freshman year and placing ninth at the outdoor conference championships in the high jump, he improved to seventh place at the CCIW indoor championships as a sophomore. It was the leap from the indoor to the outdoor season that year that put James on the map. After winning the outdoor high jump conference title, setting a school record, James cleared that height again at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships to win a national title.
Student-Athlete, Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field (1970-1974)
Hailing from just north of campus in Milwaukee, Tom Joerres joined the Carthage men’s cross country and track and field teams in fall 1970. As a sophomore on the cross country team, he earned All-American honors after placing 24th at the 1971 NAIA Cross Country National Championship, following a sixth-place finish at the CCIW Championship. A three-year captain of the cross country team, Jorres helped lead the 1971, 1972, and 1973 teams to top-10 finishes at the NAIA National Championship meets.
Student-Athlete, Women’s Basketball (2010-2014)
Stephanie Kuzmanic secured her starting guard spot as a sophomore, after playing in 26 contests as a freshman. She elevated her game as a junior and began to earn national recognition. Kuzmanic was named a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and D3hoops.com honorable mention All-American, a first-team all-region selection by D3hoops.com, and was named the CCIW Player of the Year. During her senior season, Kuzmanic continued to dominate and lead Carthage to success, guiding her team to a 26-4 record and a “sweet 16” appearance at the 2014 NCAA Division III Tournament.
Student-Athlete, Men’s Volleyball (2010-2014)
Connor Wexter cemented himself instantly among the best in Carthage men’s volleyball history, consistently spearheading the offense at setter all four seasons. As a freshman in 2011, he was named the AVCA Newcomer of the Year and a second-team All-American. Wexter then set the school record for assists in a season as a sophomore, and was named an AVCA First Team All-American. Wexter recorded two more seasons with over 1,000 assists, while earning two more first-team All-American honors from the AVCA. He was an all-conference selection each of his four seasons at Carthage, and helped lead the team to a 99-33 record during his time on campus.
Kelsey (Epping) Wickenhauser
Student-Athlete, Softball (2006-2010)
Joining the Carthage softball program in fall 2006, Kelsey Wickenhauser burst onto the scene, making 20 starts as a freshman while picking up eight wins. As a sophomore she picked up wins in 11 of her 16 starts. She was named to the All-Great Lakes Region Third Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) for her efforts in 2008, but continued to elevate her game as she became an upperclassman. During the 2009 season, Wickenhauser started 19 games for Carthage, throwing 16 complete games and compiling 14 victories. She recorded the second-lowest ERA, earned the first of her two first-team all-conference honors, and was selected to the NFCA All-Region Second Team.