Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Athletics Hall of Fame

The Rock Valley College Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 2013 with the induction of six former coaches who were instrumental in starting the athletics program at the College.

How Do I Nominate Someone?

Please visit our nomination page for criteria and fill out the online nomination form.


2013 Inductees

* - deceased


Charles Behrends

Chuck Behrends

Men's Basketball Coach (1966-1985)

Charles Behrends joined the College as a teacher of Physical Education and basketball coach in September of 1966.  He served as the head men's basketball coach for seventeen years, compiling an overall mark of 300-221.  Twice he was named the N4C Coach of the year in 1971-1972 and 1974-75.  In 1988 Chuck was honored by being inducted into the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame.   

Chuck also served the College as Division Chairman for more than 20 years and as Director of Men's Athletics from 1971 to 1978.  A mentor to many student-athletes, Chuck saw 57 of his former players go on to receive degrees from four-year institutions.  

Chuck was a well-decorated athlete prior to his time at Rock Valley College.  After a standout career in basketball, baseball and tennis at Western Illinois University, he spent three seasons as a minor league baseball player in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.  Charles was inducted into the Western Illinois University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983.   














Norm Matzl

Norm Matzl

Football Coach (1968-1987) 

Golf Coach (1966-1967) 

Swimming Coach (1967-1969)

Norman Matzl joined Rock Valley College in July of 1966 and embarked on a 22 year career of impacting the lives of students at RVC.   

Norm spent three years as the swimming and golf coach but it was on the gridiron where Norm made his mark.  He served 15 years as the head football coach and was named the Region IV Coach of the Year in 1978 when his team won the state championship.  Matzl's undefeated 1973 team was equally successful and finished ranked seventh in the nation.   

Matzl also contributed to the College by helping to develop the College's Wellness program, the Fitness club, and in the planning of a Wellness Center.  He coached hundreds of young people in his time at Rock Valley College and was a popular figure with students in an out of the classroom. Matzl officially retired from the College in 1998.










Edward Delaporte

Ed Delaporte III

Baseball Coach (1967-1989)

Ed Delaporte joined Rock Valley College as a baseball coach and physical education teacher in 1966.  He was responsible for the College's leadership program and was involved in recreational programs throughout the community.   

On the baseball field Delaporte sported a 408-256 record which included wins over Illinois State, Northwestern and Wisconsin.  

At Rock Valley he served as the men's athletic director, was active on the Community Services committee and was instrumental in the intramural program.  He also spent much time assisting the admissions office and working on athletic recruitment.  

His impact was also felt in the community where Ed helped found the Recreational and Related Agencies Association and was a member of the Booker Washington board.





Geraldine McDermott

Geraldine E. "Gerry" McDermott

Initiated women's sports at RVC 

Volleyball, Softball and Women's Basketball (1965-1993)

Geraldine (Gerry) McDermott spent nearly 30 years at Rock Valley College as an instructor of Physical Education, coach and Women's Athletic Director.   

She started the women's athletic program shortly after the school opened and built it through difficult beginnings.  Because of  Gerry's persistence, Rock Valley College has one of the longest running women's athletic programs at the community college level in the state of Illinois.  From 1966 until 1989, Gerry served as Women's Athletic Director, served as volleyball and softball coach every year, and taught a full load of Physical Education and Health courses.  

Gerry's softball teams won four North Central Community College Conference championships and a Region IV championship in 1984, a season which saw her voted the Region Coach of the Year.  

Her volleyball squads also garnered numerous honors, including three state runners-up finishes, Midwest regional runner-up, and runner-up in the 1978 NJCAA sectionals.   

Gerry produced three All-Americans and over 100 athletes who earned all-conference or all-region honors.  Thirty-five of her players went on to play at four-year schools.   

Gerry was also instrumental in promoting women's athletics at the national level.  She served as the Director of Women's Athletics for Region IV from 1979 to 1983 and was the first community college representative to the College Intercollegiate Athletic Association for Women. 


Pete Lonsway

Pete Lonsway

Men's Tennis Coach (1968-1977) 

Football Coach, Defensive Coordinator (1968-1977)

Pete Lonsway came to Rock Valley College in in 1967 as a teacher of Physical Education and made an impact on the athletic department as the head men's tennis coach and assistant football coach.  

Lonsway's first tennis team captured the conference and Region IV championships.  When Lonsway stepped away from the tennis program after ten years he held the highest winning percentage of any Rock Valley College coach. On the gridiron Lonsway served as defensive coordinator for ten seasons.  During that time his defenses were nationally ranked five times and led the nation in passing defense in 1969.  

During his time at Rock Valley College Pete served in various administrative capacities such as Director of Community Service Projects where he developed successful community education seminars and athletics clinics.  In 1977 he was named Director of Admissions and Records and was very active in state and national admissions organizations.   

Pete officially retired from the College in 1998 but remains active through his work with the RVC Athletics Booster Club. 




Heidi Hutchison

Heidi Hutchison*

Volleyball Coach (1993-1999), NJCAA Division III National Champions (1996, 1997) 

Women's Basketball Coach (1993-1996)

Heidi Hutchison began her career at Rock Valley College in 1993 and spent time leading three Rock Valley College teams to unprecedented success.  

Heidi made her mark as the head coach of the Rock Valley College volleyball team.  She was a two-time National Coach of the Year after leading Rock Valley to consecutive national championships in 1996 and 1997.  Hutchison saw four of her players honored as All-Americans in those national title seasons.  In six seasons her volleyball teams posted a 130-89 record.  

Hutchison also made an impact leading the women's basketball program at Rock Valley.  Her 1994-1995 squad reached the NJCAA National tournament for the first time in school history, finishing third.  For her accomplishments she was named the Region IV Coach of the Year.   

Hutchison passed away in 1999 after a long battle with cancer.  To honor her legacy, the NJCAA Division III Volleyball Coach of the Year Award was renamed in her honor beginning in 1999.  In 2009 Heidi was elected to the NJCAA Region IV Hall of Fame by a vote of region athletic directors.  



Watch the Induction Ceremony

Watch the inaugural inductions from December 14, 2013!