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Lifetime Achievement

Those honored along with their achievements are listed below.

Larry Nemmers

"Larry Nemmers Day", November 2, 2014

City of Elgin Proclamation

Lifetime Achievement

Larry Nemmers, a 1994 inductee into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame, is being honored for his thirty years of distinguished officiating in the National Football League.
As Larry enters his thirtieth year in the NFL, he has been in the playoffs 25 out of 29 years. He was involved in three Super Bowls: XXV, XXXV, and XLVI. He got into the NFL in 1985 as a side judge (six years) and was promoted to referee and crew chief in 1991. He retired from the field in 2007 after twenty-three years and is currently serving as a Replay Official in his thirtieth year.
The "Art McNally Award" is the highest accomplishment an NFL official can receive. It is based on "Exemplary Character, Leadership Professionalism, and Commitment to Sportsmanship On and Off the Field". Larry was selected for this award in 2006 by the National Football League.
Larry graduated from Columbus High School (Waterloo, Iowa) in 1961. He went to Upper Iowa University where he majored in Biology and played Football, Basketball Baseball. It was there that Dr Naudau, a college professor, peaked his interest in officiating.
Larry's tenure in U-46 began at Kimball Junior High School as a science teacher in 1965. He attended East Texas University on a National Science Foundation Scholarship for three summers where he received his first Master's Degree with studies in Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science. He served as Science Coordinator for the school district and enjoyed giving workshops in U-46 and throughout the state on science teaching techniques. Larry received his second Master's Degree in Education Administration from Northern Illinois University and went to Larkin High School as Assistant Principal. He served one year in the same position at Elgin High School before being named principal in 1982.

Rick Sund

"Rick Sund Day", November 4, 2012

City of Elgin Proclamation

Lifetime Achievement

Rick Sund, 1983 Elgin Sports Hall of Fame inductee and Illinois Hall of Fame member, was honored for forty consecutive years of service as an Executive in the National Basketball Association. Currently entering his fifth year with the NBA Atlanta Hawks organization, Rick is serving as its Senior Advisor of Basketball Operations. Under his leadership as Hawks Executive Vice-President and General Manager during the 2008-09 through the 2011-12 seasons, the team had a winning percentage of nearly sixty percent and reached the playoffs in each of the four years.

Prior to going to Atlanta, Rick was the General Manager for the Seattle Sonics from 2001-07. During that time the Sonics were the 2004-05 inaugural Champions of the Northwest Division and reached postseason twice.

In Detroit for six seasons (1995-2001), Rick held the title of Vice President of Player Personnel in 1995, later assuming the title of Executive VP and General Manager of Basketball Operations. The Pistons, winners of over 100 games in his first two years, participated in four playoffs.

During his tenure with the Dallas Mavericks (1979-94), Rick, one of the youngest lead executives in the league, held the position of Director of Player Personnel, finishing as Vice President of Basketball Operations. The Mavericks won the Midwest Division title in 1986-87.

Rick began his career in Milwaukee under the tutelage of Wayne Embry, spending five years with the Bucks after his graduation from Ohio University in 1974 with a master's degree in sports administration. As an undergraduate, Sund was a two-sport athlete at Northwestern University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science. At NU, he earned 1973 CoSIDA Academic All-America (Third Team) honors for basketball (6'4" guard) and was twice named All-Big Ten in football (tight end/wide receiver).

A native of Elgin, IL and a 1969 graduate of Elgin High School, Rick is the second of Robert and Peg Sund's five children. He was a member of the 1966 Elgin Teener League National Championship team. Rick and his wife, Lea, are parents of a daughter, Hali, and a son, Patrick, who is a member of the basketball operations of the Golden State Warriors.

Sund is a charter member of the Advisory Board for the Division of Kinesiology of the University of Michigan; was a member of the Board of Directors of the State of Washington for the Special Olympics; and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Warsaw Sports Marketing and Management Division of the University of Oregon Business School.

Jim Smith

Inducted 1993

St. Edward High School Class of 1952


Jim is the outstanding basketball coach and athletic director for Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He will begin his 30th SeasOn coaching the Johnnies in 1993. He compiled a 465—309 won and loss record through the 1992—93 season, including 38 games against NCAA Division I teams and 43 against NCAA Division II teams. He currently ranks ninth all—time among NCAA Division III coaches for most victories. Smith's teams have won six Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles, earned eight berths to the NAIA national tournament and have advanced to the NCAA Division III toUrnament four times. Saint John's has had winning records in 20 of his 29 seasons. Saint John's never had a winning basketball season before Smith's arrival on campus. He has won many coaching awards and is past president of the NAIA Basketball Coaches Assoctation. A 1993 inductee of the St. Edward High School Hall of Fame, Smith, who grew up in Elgin, was All—Conference in football and basketball in 1951—52 for the Green Wave under Greg True. He went on to become a four—time basketball letter winner at Marquette University and was the assistant basketball coach at Marquette for five years.