University of Dubuque Announces Athletic Hall of Fame Honorees

Sep 16, 2019 | University Relations staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque will welcome six accomplished former student-athletes and one team into the UD Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Heritage Center. An Hors d’oeuvre Reception will begin at 3 p.m., followed by the award ceremony at 4 p.m. Alumni and friends can RSVP to by Wednesday, Sept.18.

The inductees are Jermara Jackson (C’10), of Muskegon, Michigan, football; Sidney (Rangel) Kohl (C’11, MBA’16), of Asbury, Iowa, soccer; Felicia Payne (C’78), of Chicago, volleyball, basketball, and track and field; Justin Spaulding (C’12), of Milton, Wisconsin, football; Joshua Terrell (C’10, MBA’11), of Des Moines, Iowa, wrestling; and Rick Wallace (C’81), of Texas City, Texas, football. The 1980-1981 UD men’s basketball team will also be honored.

The inductees will also be recognized during halftime of the football game against Simpson College.

Since 1989, the UD Athletic Hall of Fame has honored former student-athletes, coaches, and supporters who have contributed to the success of UD.

Jermara Jackson (C’10)

Jackson earned a degree in health, wellness, and recreation from UD. During his college career, he was part of the football team in 2003 and 2005 to 2007. Jackson holds the record for the most career rushing touchdowns at UD.

After graduation, Jackson continued to play football for minor league teams around the world. He most recently played for the West Michigan Ironmen. Jackson’s most notable athletic accomplishments since UD was being selected as the Aztec Bowl MVP and playing professional football in Germany. Jackson trains athletes, works for the 60th District Court, and is a chef at Thrasher’s Bear Lake Tavern.

Jackson and his wife, She-Cosha, reside in Muskegon, Michigan, with their two daughters, Sky and Zoey.

By the Numbers:

  • Three-Time All-Conference Quarterback (First Team 2007; Second Team 2005, 2006)
  • 1,270 Career Pass Attempts (UD Record)
  • 47 Career Rushing Touchdowns (UD Record)
  • 666 Career Rushing Attempts (UD Record)
  • 282 Career Points (UD Record)
  • 7,825 Career Passing Yards (2nd All-Time)
  • 645 Career Pass Completions (2nd All-Time)
  • 56 Career Passing Touchdowns (3rd All-Time)
  • 2,323 Career Rushing Yards (7th All-Time)
  • 21 Rushing Touchdowns in 2007 (UD Record)
  • 433 Passing Attempts in 2005 (UD Record)

Sidney (Rangel) Kohl (C’11, MBA’16)

Kohl earned a degree in health, wellness, and recreation as well as a master of business administration from UD. During her college career, she played soccer from 2007 to 2010. Kohl started in every college game (83) in her career at UD, and she was the 2011 UD Female Athlete of the Year.

After graduation, Kohl was a strength and conditioning coach at a local gym called The FIT in Rockford, Illinois. She relocated back to Dubuque in 2014 where she worked full-time at Cottingham & Butler and part-time at MERGE Performance Institute while she obtained a master’s degree from UD. In 2018, Kohl was named director of operations and lead trainer at MERGE Performance.

Kohl and her husband, Jordan (C’12), reside in Asbury with their children, Kollins and Jensen.

By the Numbers:

  • 2011 Female Athlete of the Year
  • Two-Time First Team All-IIAC (2009, 2010)
  • Second Team NSCAA All-Region (2009)
  • Third Team NSCAA All-Region (2010)
  • 2009 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champions (Team)
  • Played in 83 soccer games (Most in UD History)
  • 20 Career Assists (6th All-Time)

Felicia Payne (C’78)

Payne earned a degree in physical education from UD. During her college career, she was part of the volleyball, basketball, and track and field teams from 1976 to 1978. Immediately following her senior year, Payne was drafted by the Women’s Professional Basketball League for the Dayton Rockettes from Ohio, and the St. Louis Streak from Missouri, for the 1978 to 1979 season.

Payne became a captain in the United States Army and received a bachelor of arts from Columbia College in Chicago (1987-1988). She also received a master of science in public safety administration from Calumet College of St. Joseph in 2010.

Payne is a retired Chicago police office and has two sons, Alexander and Winston. She currently resides in Chicago.

By the Numbers:

  • Fifth Round Draft Pick for the Women’s Professional Basketball League
  • 32  Rebounds in a Game vs. Clarke College (1976, UD Record)
  • 22 Field Goals Made vs. Mount St. Clare (1978, UD Record)
  • 47 Points in a Game vs. Mount St. Clare (1978, UD Record)

Joshua Terrell (C’10, MBA’11)

Terrell earned a degree in health, wellness, and recreation as well as a master of business administration from UD. During his time at UD, he was part of the wrestling team from 2007 to 2011. Terrell’s most notable athletic accomplishment was placing third in the 2010 NCAA Division III National Championships, because he said it taught him how to be disciplined and overcome adversity. He would go on to become the 2011 NCAA Division III National Champion. While studying for his master’s degree at UD, Terrell served as a graduate assistant for the wrestling program.

After graduation, Terrell stayed in the area and began his career at Aflac. His dedication to Aflac, combined with his leadership qualities, earned him various promotions and he is now a district sales coordinator. In 2018, Terrell competed in the 2018 Marine Corps US Open, taking first place in the Masters A Freestyle 78 kg division. That same year, he received the Award of Merit at the UD Alumni/ae Recognition Brunch and Awards Ceremony.

Terrell and his wife, Tina (C'12), reside in Des Moines, Iowa, with their daughter, Jenesis.

By the Numbers:

  • 2011 NCAA Division III National Champion (165 lbs.)
  • Third Place at 2010 NCAA Division III Nationals (165 lbs.)
  • Fourth Place at 2008 NCAA Division III Nationals (157 lbs.)
  • Sixth Place at 2009 NCAA Division III National Championships (165 lbs.)
  • Three-Time NWCA Academic All-American
  • Third Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American
  • Three-Time Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champion (165 lbs; 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • 2010 Dick Walker Outstanding Wrestler at Iowa Conference Championships
  • Eighth Place Finish at NCAA Division III National Championships (32.5 Team Points)

Justin Spaulding (C’12)

Spaulding earned a degree in business administration from UD. During his college career, he was part of the football program from 2009 to 2011. One of Spaulding’s most notable athletic accomplishments was being a 2011 All-American Running Back. He also was the football captain for three years and is the all-time leader in career rushing yards at UD.

After graduation, Spaulding got started in direct sales and within 18 months grew his sales team to the top half percent of the company. Since 2016, he has raised over $6 million from nearly two dozen individual, private investors for real estate projects. Spaulding co-founded Mixed Animal Veterinary Associates North America, which has over 30 veterinary clinics in 12 states. He is president of Spaulding Group and SG Realty, and he runs his own online coaching and consulting program called How to Build Wealth in Real Estate.

Spaulding resides in Milton, Wisconsin.

By the Numbers:

  • 2011 Conference Championship (UD’s first since 1980)
  • Three-Time Football Team Captain
  • 2011 All-American Running Back
  • 2009 to 2011 All-Conference Running Back (First Team - 2009, 2011; Second Team - 2010)
  • All-Time Leader in Career Rushing Yards at UD (3,054 yards)
  • 626 Rushing Attempts (2nd All-Time)
  • 4.9 Yards/Rush (4th All-Time)
  • 28 Rushing Touchdowns (5th All-Time)
  • 1,340 Yards Rushing in 2011 (UD Record)

Rick Wallace (C’81)

Wallace earned a degree in physical education-health from UD. During his college career, he played football from 1978 to 1981. He earned First Team All-Conference and served as a co-captain.

After graduation, Wallace taught and coached high school in Texas. He won three state championships in football and a state championship in track. Wallace also coached several individual track state champions. He was honored as Teacher of the Year and selected as a winner of a National Sportsmanship Award that was part of a TV program put on by ESPN and NBC. In 2017, Wallace received the Service to Community Award at the UD Alumni/ae Recognition Brunch and Awards Ceremony.

Wallace retired after 34 years of teaching and coaching. He and his wife, Sissy, reside in Texas City, Texas.

By the Numbers:

  • Four-Time Football Team Captain
  • First Team All-Conference (1979)

1980-1981 Men’s Basketball Team

The 1980-1981 men’s basketball team was the first UD basketball team to qualify for the NCAA Championships. A last second shot, made by Ray Kantowski (C’82) from 45 feet, gave UD a 60 to 59 win over William Penn College.

UD was assigned to the West Regional playoffs in Whittier, California. UD lost 71 to 65 in their initial game against Muskingum University from Ohio. In the consolation game against California State University Stanislaus, UD won 86 to 73. UD finished the season with a 20-8 overall record and went 10-4 in the Iowa Conference to finish second.

The 1980-1981 basketball team had four All-Conference players: Roland McCorkle (C’82), First Team; Chad Steckel (C’81), Second Team; Lester Johnson (C’81), Honorable Mention; and Kantowski, Honorable Mention.

1980-1981 NCAA Tournament Qualifiers: Ron Buckner (C’82), Geoff Cutter (C’82), Dean Donaldson (C’84), Lester Johnson (C’81), Ray Kantowski (C’82), Roland McCorkle (C’82), Mike McGee (C’83), Chad Steckel (C’81), Wade Steckel (C’84), Mark Thada (C’82), Jeff Usher (C’83), Coach Jon Davison (C’61), Assistant Coach Jon West (C’73), Manager Larry Smith (C’84), and Manager Craig Stephens (C’83).

By the Numbers:

  • Team High: 16.8 Average Points Per Game, Roland McCorkle
  • 15.9 Average Points Per Game, Chad Steckel
  • 197 Rebounds, Lester Johnson
  • Team High: 57.1% Shooting from the Field, Lester Johnson (56-98)
  • Team High: 108 Free Throws, Chad Steckel