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September 22, 2008

2008-2009 Season - Augustana announces the Terry and Sandy Shockley Head Wrestling Coachendowment

The tradition-rich Augustana wrestling program received quite a boost from one of its most successful alums recently and the result is the school’s first endowed head coaching position. The “Terry and Sandy Shockley Head Wrestling Coach” has been made possible thanks to a generous $500,000.00 endowment gift from Terry and Sandy (Tweddell) Shockley. The Shockleys are alumni of Augustana, Terry, class of 1962 and Sandy, class of 1965.

“Augustana is deeply grateful to Terry and Sandy for their steadfast support of our wrestling program,” said Augustana president Steve Bahls. “Generations of Augustana wrestlers will benefit from their decision to endow a first-class wrestling program.”

The Shockley’s have been long-time supporters of Augustana in general and the wrestling program in particular. In the fall of 2003 the wrestling room in the Carver PE Center was refurbished and renamed the “Shockley Wrestling Room” after a gift from the Shockley’s. Terry had a tremendous career as a wrestler at Augustana. In 1962, after winning the NCAA Mideast Regional, Shockley became a national qualifier at 137 pounds in the NCAA University Division at Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma. A year earlier, as a junior, he placed second at the NAIA National Tournament in Golden, Colorado at 130 pounds.

He was a four year letter winner and won three College Conference of Illinois individual titles, two at 130 pounds (1960-61) and one at 137 (1962). He finished second in the CCI at 130 pounds as a freshman in 1959, losing in overtime on a referee’s decision. He compiled a career record of 69-9 and had 29 pins. An extremely durable performer, he wrestled in every dual meet and tournament that Augustana competed in during his four year career.

Shockley was the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the CCI in both his junior (1960-61) and senior (1961-62) seasons and in the NCAA Mideast Regional in 1961-62. He was the Vikings’ Most Valuable Performer in 1960-61 and again in 1961-62 as well as being named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Wheaton and Knox Tournament as a senior. Following graduation from Augustana, Shockley competed in many AAU tournaments while serving as the head wrestling coach at the University of Kansas, where he earned a Master’s degree in radio-TV film.

“We have been truly blessed in our marriage and broadcasting careers to be in a position to extend our appreciation and loyalty to Augustana. Our sport needs advocates,” said Shockley. “Now, at Augustana we can ‘press on’ under the leadership of Eric Juergens for the sport of wrestling and continue to be one of the outstanding athletic teams in the history of Augustana athletics. Hopefully our support will help Augustana meet and exceed the challenge of supporting a tremendous athletic program.”

Eric Juergens, who built quite a name for himself as a competitor while winning a pair of NCAA Division I national titles at the University of Iowa, is the first coach to occupy the position of “Terry and Sandy Shockley Head Wrestling Coach.” He was the interim head coach during the 2007-08 season before shedding that tag in April of 2008. Juergens, a four time NCAA All-American for the Hawkeyes, is understandably honored to be the first person to ascend to this prestigious position.

“The gift of the Shockley’s is an outstanding example of how alumni can show their gratitude for the amazing experience they had while at Augustana,” said Juergens. “With support such as this, we have built the foundation of turning the Augustana wrestling program back into a program that is consistent with those at the top of NCAA Division III.”

With the addition of the “Terry and Sandy Shockley Head Wrestling Coach”, Augustana now has a total of 17 endowed positions on campus. This is not only the first endowed position in Viking athletics, but it is also a first in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin and one of the few nationwide at the NCAA Division III level.

Augustana’s tradition in wrestling is peppered with success. The Vikings own 36 total College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin team titles, including a stretch from 1982 until 2004 where they won 23 of 24 championships. They won 10 straight from 1963-72, 15 straight from 1982-96 and seven in a row from 1998-2004. A total of 48 Augustana wrestlers have earned All-American honors with eight individual national titles. The program has produced 11 top 15 national team places, four Academic All-Americans, 11 Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar-Athletes, 17 CCIW “Most Outstanding Wrestlers” and 185 individual conference champions.