Hall of Famers

William Prince, 1967-1993           

Head coach and athletic director Bill Prince led the Chiefs to two Skyway Conference titles. Prince was inducted into the Skyway Conference Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Waubonsee Community College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

Harrison “Gus” Harvell, 1971-1973

Originally recruited as a basketball player, Gus Harvell made a bigger impact as a baseball player. In his sophmore year, Harvell led the conference in batting average, RBIs, and home runs.  Harvell went on to coach baseball at Monticello High School in Wisconsin.  Inducted 2007.

 Gary Oros, 1972-1974

As a freshman, Gary Oros led the nation in strikeouts (173). Over the span of his career Oros established nine records which still stand at Waubonsee, including ERA (1.65), strike outs (328), and career wins (22). Oros accepted a scholarship to Northern Illinois University, but fell victim to injury, and found success instead in law enforcement.  Inducted 2007.

 John McQuade, 1976-1978

John McQuade was a two-time all conference pitcher, tossing two no-hitters and a 19 strike out game his sophmore year. McQuade went on to the Los Angeles Dodgers' farm system until injury ended his playing days.  Inducted 2008.

Chris Hess, 1985-1987    

A two-time all conference selection as an outfielder, Chris Hess batted .454 and .431 in conference play during his career at Waubonsee, earning him a scholarship to Western Illinois University. After college, besides playing fast-pitch softball, Hess served in Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Inducted 2008.

Lance J. Surridge, 1994-1996       

Lance Surridge was a star on the 1996 squad which took the runner-up in the NJCAA World Series. After playing at University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Surridge was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles as a pitching prospect and played four years of minor league ball.  Inducted 2009.

The 1975 Baseball Team

Coached by Bill Prince, the 1975 Chiefs squad was the first to bring the Skyway Conference title to Waubonsee Community College.  This team boasted an impressive undefeated record in league play, and advanced to the NJCAA Region IV Tournament Championship.  Inducted 2011.

John Avendano, 1980-1982, 1987-1995

John Avendano has had a huge impact on Waubonsee Community College.  Avendano earned First Team All-Skyway honors as a freshman prior to suffering a knee injury.  During his sophomore season, he set season and career records for sacrifice bunts.  Avendano continued to play after transferring to Elmhurst College.  Avendano returned to Waubonsee as the Assistant Baseball Coach for nine seasons. Avendano took over as Head Coach of the softball team for one season, leading the Lady Chiefs to a Skyway Conference title. Avendano held administrative positions at the college during this time, including Associate Dean for Student Life.  In 2006, Avendano was honored as a one of Waubonsee’s “Fab 40” alumi in conjunction with the celebration of the college’s 40th anniversary.  In 2011, Avendano was again honored, this time with Waubonsee’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.  Avendano has been President of Kankakee Community College since 2009.  Inducted 2012.

Robert Stehman, 1996-1998

Bob Stehman is one of the most talented offensive players in school history and still holds 9 Chiefs records—of particular note, batting average (.478), hits (133) and triples (14).  Stehman earned First Team All-Skyway honors in both his seasons, and was conference MVP in 1998.  The 1998 squad won the Skyway Conference Championship and the Region IV title.  Stehman continued his playing career at University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he earned All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors both seasons.  Inducted 2012.

Portrait of Bob Stehman, 1997.  Stehman is one of the greatest offensive talents in school history, and still holds 9 school batting records.  Photo by Jon Cunningham.Portrait of Chris Hess (OF), 1987.  Hess was a great offensive talent and earned a scholarship to Western Illinois University following his Chiefs career.Portrait of Chris Hess kneeling with his bat on the field, 1986.  Hess was a two time all-conference outfielder.Portrait of Chris Hess, 1986.  Hess was a two time all-conference outfielder.Portrait of John Avendano, Assistant Coach, 1987.  Avendano also played for Waubonsee from 1981-1982, and served as an administrator from 1987-1995.  He is a 2012 WCC Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.  Photo by Jon Cunningham.Team portrait of the 1975 Chiefs squad.  This team was undefeated in league play, and advanced to the NJCAA Region IV Tournament Championship.  It is the first whole team to be inducted into the WCC Athletic Hall of Fame.Portrait of the Chiefs squad from 1972.  Bill Prince is standing slightly separate at the far left.Lance Surridge (P/1B) after taking a swing.  Surridge, primarily a pitcher, was an All-Region IV All-Star in 1996 and drafted by the Baltimore Orioles and later signed with the Boston Red Sox.  Photo by Jon Cunningham.

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