Former UW-Oshkosh student-athletes Mary (Leivian) Taylor and brothers Terry and Tim Jorgensen have been selected for induction into the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Hall of Fame.
The 27-member class will be honored at the WIAC Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, July 28 at UW-Eau Claire. The WIAC, the ninth-oldest conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), will be inducting its third Hall of Fame class.
The inaugural WIAC Hall of Fame class was held in 2012 and included former UW-Oshkosh student-athletes Casey Edwards and Jarrod Washburn and coach Deb Vercauteren. In 2015, UW-Oshkosh's inductees were Jim Gantner, Melissa Mueller and Russ Tiedemann.
In announcing the 2018 class, WIAC Commissioner Gary Karner noted once again how difficult the selection process is given the 105-year history and incomparable success of the conference.
“Quite frankly, there are dozens, if not hundreds, more individuals deserving of this honor. Therefore, it remains our intention to continue to induct future Hall of Fame classes every three years with the ultimate goal of recognizing those student-athletes, coaches, administrators, officials and others whose contributions and achievements have established and solidified the WIAC’s status as the most accomplished Division III conference in NCAA history,” added Karner.
Mary (Leivian) Taylor was a member of UW-Oshkosh’s women’s gymnastics team from 1986-89, claiming 16 national titles and 14 conference championships. She captured individual titles in the all-around and uneven bars at the 1986, 1987 and 1988 NAIA championships. Taylor was a four-time conference champion in the all-around from 1986-89 – the only gymnast in WIAC history to accomplish the feat. She helped the Titans secure the 1986 NAIA championship and 1989 NCGA championship. Taylor was inducted into the NCGA Hall of Fame in 2017. In 2012, she was selected to the WIAC Women’s Gymnastics All-Time Team in conjunction with the conference’s Centennial Celebration.
Terry Jorgensen was a member of UW-Oshkosh’s baseball team from 1985-87, helping the Titans to a 109-15 record during that time. He was selected to the ABCA All-America First Team in 1986 and 1987 after earning ABCA All-America Second Team honors in 1985. Jorgensen was named the Most Valuable Player at the 1985 NCAA Division III World Series when UW-Oshkosh won the national title. He was a three-time All-WIAC Southern Division First Team selection and ranks third in NCAA Division III history with a career .900 slugging percentage. His .445 career batting average ranks second on the conference’s all-time list. He was the 29th overall selection in the 1987 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Minnesota Twins and played in 91 games. In 2012, he was selected to the WIAC Baseball All-Time Team in conjunction with the conference’s Centennial Celebration.
Tim Jorgensen was a member of UW-Oshkosh’s baseball team from 1992-95, helping the Titans to a four-year record of 144-32. He was named the 1994 and 1995 NCAA Division III Player of the Year and selected the Most Valuable Player at the 1994 NCAA Division III World Series when UW-Oshkosh won the national title. He was a three-time All-WIAC First Team honoree and shares the NCAA Division III record with 70 career home runs. Jorgensen hit for the “home run cycle” against UW-Eau Claire on May 14, 1995. He owns the conference record with 237 career runs batted in, while ranking third with 200 runs scored. Jorgensen was drafted in the eighth round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Cleveland Indians. In 2012, he was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame and selected to the WIAC Baseball All-Time Team in conjunction with the conference’s Centennial Celebration.
2018 WIAC Hall of Fame Class
UW-Eau Claire: Arlene (Meinholz) Beardsle, Jim Bollinger, Tom Prior
UW-La Crosse: Jim Drews, Barbara Gibson, Jennifer (Tischaefer) Ignacio,
UW-Oshkosh: Terry Jorgensen, Tim Jorgensen, Mary (Leivian) Taylor
UW-Platteville: Scott Arneson, Stephanie (Sullivan) Gilmore, Jim Jianette
UW-River Falls: Merilee (Healy) Cardinal, Dr. R.A. Karges, Roger Kuss
UW-Stevens Point: Lynn "Red" Blair, Frank O'Brien, Sheila Miech
UW-Stout: Dwight Chinnock, Mel Coleman, Laura (Verdegan) Knudsen
UW-Whitewater: Jack Miller, Matt Turk, Dave Vander Meulen
WIAC Office: Jason Church, Craig Culver, Lou Pitt
For more information on the 2018 WIAC Hall of Fame Class, visit www.wiacsports.com.