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ISU Hall of Fame 2017 inductees honored

Aisha Praught runs

Former Illinois State University student-athlete Aisha Praught ’12 competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Five alums were inducted into the ISU Athletics Percy Family Hall of Fame and the inaugural Institutional Great Award presented at Homecoming.

The 2017 inductees include Kara (Nelson) Wiesemeyer, ’10, MBA ’12, a softball All-American twice named Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Player of the Year.

All-American Aisha (Praught) Leer ’12 broke records on the cross country and track and field. Now a professional runner, she competed in the 2016 Olympics for her father’s native country of Jamaica.

Professional golfer Samantha Richdale ’06 recorded 10 collegiate wins while on the golf team. She won the MVC individual championship three times and was an All-American.
Darrell Smith ’03 was a four-year letter winner at No. 1 for singles/doubles competition in tennis and top-five in career singles wins. A member of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association, he is now a coach.

Kim (Sucher) Becker ’78, M.S. ’01, played volleyball, softball and basketball. Now teaching, the three-sport standout helped ISU capture state and regional championships.

Steve Fisher ’67, M.S. ’68, was honored for his collegiate career accomplishments with the Institutional Great Award. A former ISU basketball player, he excelled as head men’s basketball coach at the University of Michigan and San Diego State.

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