WAYNE – According to a release from the Wayne State Athletics office in late May, Gene and Jan Casey of Wayne will join Randy Bowen of Bemidji State selected to be honored with the NSIC’s Noel Olson Volunteer of the Year Award.
With the 19th annual NSIC Hall of Fame Banquet scheduled for Tuesday, July 10 at the Best Western Premier in Burnsville, Minnesota, the NSIC staff announced the recipients on Thursday, May 31.
The Noel Olson Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes the singular commitment of former NSIC coach and Athletic Administrator Noel Olson and his advancement of NSIC visibility, credibility and excellence throughout the nation during his tenure in the league. The award is intended to honor individuals who, as volunteers, have made significant contributions to the NSIC as a whole.
On a periodic basis, one or more individuals receive the award in appreciation of efforts to support the NSIC activities and/or athletic programs within any NSIC member institution(s) or the NSIC conference office. The award recipients are nominated by each of the NSIC’s 16 institutions and selected by the NSIC Hall of Fame Committee.
Gene and Jan Casey are known for their work at the scoring table of Wayne State home basketball games for years. Both are avid basketball fans and well-known with NSIC basketball officials for their quality work.
Gene has ran the main scoreboard at Wildcat home basketball games for 41 years. Jan ran the player/foul scoreboard for 15 years and now does official scorebook at Wildcat home games for the last eight years for a total of 23 years working WSC home basketball games. The two have worked such events as the NSIC Women’s Basketball Tournament in the 2005-06 season and the 2012 NCAA Central Regional Women’s Basketball Tournament that was hosted by Wayne State College.
For the last 24 years, Gene has worked in the maintenance department at Wayne State College after serving as an area sales representative for Moorman Feeds and will retire from the college on June 30. Jan retired in August of 2015 from an office position at Great Dane Trailers in Wayne after working 29 years with the company. The two also operate Gene and Jan’s Lawn Service during the spring and summer months in Wayne.
When Gene is not working the clock at Wayne State home games, he can be found running the clock at Wayne High Blue Devil girls and boys basketball games and has worked numerous high school district playoff games hosted by Wayne State College over the years.
The two were inducted into Wayne State’s Athletic Hall of Fame as contributors in 2005.