Two inducted into IWC Athletic Hall of Fame
Two former Iowa Wesleyan College athletes — Gerald “Jerry” Lange (posthumously) and Stacy Ticknor Boudreau — were inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 11 during homecoming weekend.
Lange (Class of ’48) enrolled at IWC in the fall of 1942, following a stand-out athletic career at New London High School, where he played football, basketball, baseball and ran track. He was a four-time letter-winner and all-conference pick in both football and baseball.
As a freshman at Iowa Wesleyan he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. His education was interrupted after one year by World War II. He enlisted and trained as a Naval aviator, serving from 1943-1945.
Upon returning to campus in 1946, Lange resumed his Tiger athletic career on the football and baseball fields. He was a captain of both squads, but it was on the gridiron where he made his biggest mark.
Despite losing most of the 1946 season due to a knee injury, Lange came back in 1947 as a top player in the Iowa Conference. He was all-conference halfback and the leading scorer in the conference.
After graduation, Lange signed a contract with the Chicago Cardinals football team. The Cardinals traded him to the Detroit Lions.
Lange eventually returned to Mt. Pleasant, remaining involved with IWC. He coached football and men’s track in the early 1960s and served as assistant men’s basketball coach.
Jerry was married for 51 years to Kay Olson Lange (’45). He died in 1998.
Boudreau (Class of ’01) made her mark as a Tiger in both volleyball and track and field. As a volleyball player, she set records for kills in a season and kills per game. She still holds the IWC record for kills in a match and the season record for solo blocks.
She was twice named to the Midwest Collegiate Conference Volleyball First Team and the NAIA Region VII Volleyball First Team. She was also named NAIA Honorable Mention All-American and NAIA Scholar-Athlete All-American for volleyball.
Boudreau earned NAIA All-American track and field honors indoors in the pentathlon and outdoors in the heptathlon her senior year. She won five events in the league’s outdoor championship that spring. She was named Midwest Collegiate Conference Female Athlete of the Year for Track and Field in 2000 and 2001.
Boudreau served as Iowa Wesleyan’s assistant volleyball coach in 2001 while teaching physical education for the local school district and then served as head coach for three seasons. She was named 2004 Midwest Collegiate Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year and NAIA Region VII Coach of the Year.
She served as head women’s and men’s track coach for the Tigers from 2001-2004. She was the Midwest Classic Conference Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2003.
Boudreau has been head volleyball coach at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater since 2005. She has guided UW-W to four WIAC conference post-season tournament titles and a national championship.
The Iowa Wesleyan College Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 2003 to honor former student-athletes, coaches, teams or others who have had a significant impact on, or brought special recognition to, Iowa Wesleyan College. All inductees were nominated by their peers and selected by the Hall of Fame Committee, consisting of representatives from the Board of Trustees, Alumni Association and college administration.