Bluejay Nation News: Spotlight on Elmhurst College Athletics

June 11, 2019 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

Elmhurst College Athletics 2019 Hall of Fame inductees Scottie Williams and Joe W. Rau.So far, 2019 has been a busy year for Elmhurst athletics, from Faganel Hall to Langhorst Field and beyond.

NCAA tournament finalists, All-America accolades, academic all-conference honorees: Bluejay student-athletes make us proud both on and off the field.

A New Generation of Leadership

We’re excited to welcome Wendy McManus as our new athletic director; she takes the reins July 1.

McManus comes to Elmhurst with a wealth of experience in coaching and higher-education athletics administration. As the associate director of athletics at Minot State University in North Dakota for the past three years, she was instrumental in multiple facility improvement projects, as well as the negotiation of a six-year apparel partnership with Under Armour.

Her background also includes positions at the University of New Haven, Northwestern Oklahoma State and the University of the Southwest. McManus began her career coaching volleyball at Texas A&M International for five years, during which she led the Dust Devils to their best record in school history in 2006.

At Elmhurst, she’s poised to lead a department that oversees 450 Bluejay athletes competing in more than 20 varsity sports. “The experience of our student-athletes will continue to be at the forefront of how we operate,” McManus says.

Bluejay Backer Hall of Fame

Established in 1980 to recognize outstanding Elmhurst student-athletes and coaches, the Hall of Fame is a legendary club with 139 athletes, eight coaches, three teams (Elmhurst’s national champion and national runner-up volleyball squads) and five special-recognition inductees.

The Bluejay Backer Executive Committee chooses members—who are eligible five years after graduation—to be inducted each year.

This year’s class includes two new Elmhurst athletic legends. On June 3, we welcomed into the Hall:

  • Team USA wrestler Joe W. Rau ’13
  • Gagliardi Trophy-winning running back Scottie Williams ’13

Jostens Trophy finalist and three-time first-team all-conference women’s basketball player Mikaela A. Eppard ’18 received the Langhorst Legacy Award. Established in 2015, this award is presented annually to a student-athlete who embodies work ethic, determination and a team-first attitude.

The award is named for Oliver “Uncle Pete” Langhorst, a Bluejay Backer Hall of Fame Inductee and alumnus who starred on the Elmhurst football team before serving more than 35 years as a College coach.

Annual Golf Outing

Established in 1982, our Bluejay Backer Golf Outing is the biggest fundraising event for Elmhurst athletics each year.

The 37th annual Bluejay Backer Golf Outing took place June 4 at Bloomingdale Golf Club in Bloomingdale, Ill. The jam-packed event included 18 holes of golf with plenty of food and drinks along the way. We awarded prizes for longest drive, hole-in-one(s) and more throughout the day, and participants bid on one-of-a-kind auction items.

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