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NIU

6 to become members of NIU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Inductees are Abrahamson, Azxar, Goodsn, Kositzki, Lockett, Wolfe

Northern Illinois University announced six members of the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

The inductees are Dee Abrahamson (softball head coach, athletics administrator, NCAA secretary), Steve Azar (football), Mark Goodson (men’s gymnastics), Ed Kositzki (men’s soccer), Angela Lockett (women’s basketball) and Garrett Wolfe (football).

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Oct. 6 at the Holmes Student Center’s Duke Ellington ballroom as part of NIU’s 111th Homecoming celebration. Complimentary tickets to the ceremony and cocktail reception will be made available later this summer.

Abrahamson is the winningest coach in the softball program’s history, going 416-286-5 from 1980 to 1994, including a trip to the College World Series in 1988. Abrahamson moved into athletics administration at NIU, serving in numerous posts from 1994 to 2011. In addition to her work at NIU, Abrahamson became the NCAA softball secretary-rules editor in 1996, a position she held until 2015. 

Azar is the football program’s all-time leading scorer and the only player to earn all-conference honors four times. Azar, whose last season was in 2003, made 73 field goals and scored 370 points in his career.

Goodson was a four-time NCAA qualifier in the floor exercise and took 12th in 1977.

Kositzki was one of the most prolific scorers in NIU soccer history, and in 1971 became the second All-American in program history. He is the record holder for goals in a career (45) and season (27), as well as a single game (seven).

Lockett is eighth all time on the women’s basketball scoring list and helped NIU into the postseason in each of her four seasons. She also led NIU in rebounding for four years and is the third all-time leading rebounder for the program. She closed out her career by earning Mid-Continent Conference Tournament MVP honors in 1995, helping the Huskies reach the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years.

Wolfe is the all-time leading in rushing yards with 5,164 and rushing touchdowns with 52. He was drafted by the Bears in 2007 and played four years in the NFL.

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