The University of Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame Plaza honors all 24 Husker Athletic programs and the elite student-athletes and coaches who have continued the tradition of excellence at Nebraska.

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Joe Kirby

Men's Cross Country, 2015

The first Nebraska men's cross country runner to earn multiple All-America awards, Joe Kirby led Nebraska to one of the best four-year stretches in program history. A member of four teams that qualified for the NCAA Championships, Kirby earned his first All-America honor as a sophomore in 1988. He repeated as an All-American in 1989, finishing 13th to help the Huskers to an eighth-place team finish, the first top-10 NCAA finish in program history. On the conference level, Kirby finished second at the 1989 Big Eight Championship and was fourth in 1990 en route to becoming one of only two three-time all-conference performers in program history. Kirby also added a district runner-up finish in 1988. On the track, Kirby was a two-time Big Eight steeplechase champion, earning All-America honors in the event in 1989 with a third-place finish at the national meet. He is also the Nebraska record holder in the 5,000-meter run (13:51.35). Kirby earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1991 with a major in electrical engineering.

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Patrick Kirksey

Men's Gymnastics, 2022

Patrick Kirksey was a multi-time individual and team national champion at Nebraska in addition to being one of the top student-athletes in the NCAA. He was a three-time individual NCAA champion, a two-time team national champion, an eight-time All-American, a 10-time conference champion, an Academic All-American and an NCAA Top Six Award winner. After a freshman season where he earned a spot on the U.S. Senior National Team, Kirksey helped Nebraska to the 1988 national championship as a sophomore, when he earned All-America honors on the vault. In 1989, Kirksey was the NCAA all-around and parallel bars champion, while totaling four All-America awards. In his final season in 1990, Kirksey was a finalist for the Nissen-Emery Award as the nation’s top gymnast. He repeated as parallel bars champion as a senior and earned three All-America awards to help Nebraska to the national championship. Outside of the gym, Kirksey was named a third-team Academic All-American in 1990, and he received an NCAA Top Six award, which was presented to the top six student-athletes in the NCAA across all sports and divisions. Kirksey graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1991 with a degree in finance.

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Shane Komine

Baseball, 2022

Shane Komine was one of the top pitchers in NCAA history. Komine rewrote the Husker pitching record book while leading the program to new heights. He posted a 41-8 record with a 2.84 ERA over 68 career appearances and 59 starts, tossing 18 complete games and four shutouts. In 431.0 career innings, Komine posted 510 strikeouts, the fifth-highest total in NCAA history at the conclusion of his career. Komine ended his career with all-time school records for wins, innings, starts, complete games, strikeouts and shutouts. He still holds all of those records except shutouts. Along the way, Komine became the first two-time first-team All-American in program history, and he was a three-time All-American overall. A National Player of the Year finalist in 2000, Komine was selected as the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year in both 2000 and 2001, after being recognized as the 1999 Big 12 Freshman of the Year and a first-team freshman All-American. Nebraska recorded 190 victories in Komine’s four seasons, including the first two 50-win seasons in program history (2000 & 2001). Komine also helped lead the Huskers to the first two College World Series appearances in program history in 2001 and 2002. Following his Husker career, Komine was selected in the ninth round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft, and he played two seasons for the Oakland Athletics. Komine also excelled in the classroom at Nebraska, as he was a second-team Academic All-American as a senior. He earned his degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska in 2010.


Janet Kruse (Sellon)

Women's Volleyball, 2016

Janet Kruse epitomized the term “student-athlete” during a decorated career for the Husker volleyball program from 1988 to 1991. On the court, Kruse was a three-time All-American, earning first-team accolades in 1989 and 1990 and second-team honors in 1991. The first three-time All-American in program history, Kruse ended her career with the third-most kills in school history, and she currently ranks 10th in program history with 1,269 kills. Kruse's play helped the Huskers to four Big Eight titles and a pair of National Semifinals appearances, including a runner-up finish in 1989. In the classroom, Kruse was a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, and she was named the Volleyball Academic All-American of the Year in both 1990 and 1991. Kruse was also the recipient of a prestigious NCAA Top 10 Award following her playing career. She earned her degree in biological sciences from the University of Nebraska in 1992 and is a family physician in Lincoln.