The University of Illinois continues celebration of its incredible athletics legacy by announcing its Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Some of the greatest names in Illini sports history comprise the 21-person Class of 2018, including coaches and record-holders from 12 different sports.
“On behalf of the University and Fighting Illini Athletics, we offer our most heartfelt congratulations to the 2018 class of the University of Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame,” said Director of Athletics Josh Whitman. “These men and women represent all that we value at Illinois, including integrity, work ethic, sportsmanship, and excellence. Individually and collectively, their accomplishments, both on our campus and across the world of sport, are the stuff of legend. We look forward to honoring their legacies in June at our gala event in Chicago and this fall at the induction ceremonies here in Champaign.”
National hall of famers, Olympians, national champions, multi-sport stars and All-Americans dominate this list of legendary Fighting Illini names. There are 14 living members of the class, broken down to 10 men and four women.
Kevin Anderson, Men’s Tennis (2005-07)
Kevin Anderson won the 2006 NCAA doubles title (with Ryan Rowe) and earned All-America honors each of his three seasons at Illinois. In addition to winning a national doubles title, Anderson reached the NCAA singles semi-finals and doubles final in 2007, while leading the Illini team to a national runner-up finish. He was a three-time First-Team All-Big Ten selection and the 2007 Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Year. Anderson also was named the Fighting Illini Dike Eddleman Male Athlete of the Year in 2007. A native of South Africa, Anderson has climbed to a professional world ranking of No. 11, and is the only Fighting Illini alum to win a spot in a Grand Slam final, which he earned at the U.S. Open in 2017. Anderson is currently playing on the ATP World Tour and resides in Gulf Stream, Florida.