NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Two new members will be inducted into the 'C' Club Hall of Fame during Carleton College’s Alumni Reunion Weekend activities on Saturday, June 20 at the College's Great Hall at 12 p.m.
The 2009 induction class includes tennis All-American Thomas James '89 and basketball great Josh Wilhelm '99.
The ‘C’ Club was established in 1976 at which time 19 Carleton legends were inducted either as coaches or as athletes. With this year’s additions, 127 individuals and two entire teams have now been selected for the Hall of Fame.
The full Carleton athletic biographies of each 2009 inductee follows.
Thomas James '89
One of the most decorated players in the history of Carleton men’s tennis, Thomas James was a three-time All-American and a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) champion. As a rookie in 1986, he earned top honors in the conference at second singles. After finishing as conference runner-up at first singles in 1987, James won consecutive MIAC titles in 1988 and 1989 and was tabbed all-conference three times. He qualified for the NCAA Championships four times in singles (1986, 1987, 1988, and 1989) and once in doubles when he partnered with David Treichel '87 in 1987.
James capped his collegiate career by advancing to the quarterfinals of the singles bracket at the 1989 national tournament. At the time of his graduation, he was only the ninth Carleton student-athlete to earn All-America honors in three different years.
Josh Wilhelm '99
In the 100-plus years of basketball at Carleton, there have been few all-around performers like Josh Wilhelm. A four-time team MVP, he was named All-MIAC each season and joined Laurie Slocum ’55 as the only other Carleton men’s basketball player to be selected as first-team all-conference four times. Wilhelm put together two of the top four single-season scoring totals in program history and finished with a then-school record 1,967 career points, a figure that ranked 17th at the time among all Minnesota (all divisions) collegiate men’s basketball players.
More than simply a scorer, Wilhelm paced the MIAC in rebounding during the 1996–97 campaign and wrapped up his career with 778 boards, the second-best figure in Carleton history. He also owns the program record for both free throws made (469) and blocked shots (146) and ranks among Carleton’s top 10 in steals, free-throw percentage, and three-point shooting. Twice named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-West Region squad, he was a second-team choice in 1998 and a first-team selection the following year.
The basketball class of 1999 dominated rival St. Olaf as they orchestrated eight victories in as many attempts, becoming the first group in more than 60 years to accomplish that feat.