Augustana honors Cambridge graduate

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Katy (Hulin) Hasson, left, waves to the Homecoming crowd at halftime of Augustana College’s football game with Wheaton College on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 11, in Rock Island. Hasson and Dave Terronez, right, are in the 2008 class of the Augustana Tribe of Vikings.

Cambridge graduate Katy (Hulin) Hasson was inducted into the Augustana College Tribe of Vikings on Friday, Oct. 10, in Rock Island.

She was introduced with the other members of the newest Hall of Fame class during halftime of the football game with Wheaton College the next day.

When Hulin arrived at Augustana in 1987, some questioned her ability to compete in NCAA?Division III?women’s basketball.

Although she was small for a post player, she became one of the best ever to play for Augustana.

“I was very blessed to play on some talented Augie teams,” Hulin said. “I share this recognition with my teammates.”

Hulin led the Vikings in rebounding all four of the seasons she played in blue and gold. She was the leading scorer twice.

During her sophomore season (1988-89), she grabbed a school-record 292 rebounds. As a senior (1990-91), she set the single-season mark for field-goal percentage (.579).

Almost 20 years have passed since then, but no one has broken her records.

In fact, Hulin also owns the best-ever career rebounding total (927), over 100 more than the second-highest total.

She has three of the top 10 single-season scoring marks in school history. Her 506 points in 1988-89 is second on the list, while 424 in 1990-91 is seventh and 399 in 1989-90 is 10th.

The 224 boards Hulin nabbed in 1989-90 is ninth on the single-season list.

Her name is on the single-season field-goal percentage list three times—.561 as a freshman, third best ever, and .536 as a sophomore, ninth best.

Hulin graduated with 1,662 points. At the time, she ranked second on the career scoring list. She also was third in career field goal percentage (.533).

With Hulin on the roster, the Vikings were 81-22 overall. They won the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship three times, going 44-4 in league play. That included a 16-0 campaign during her senior year, when she was named the CCIW’s Most Valuable Player.

The only time the Vikings did not win the title was during her sophomore year. They finished second.

Hulin was named to the All-Conference first team three times and to the second team during her freshman year.

In the fall of 1990, the Lincoln Academy of Illinois chose Hulin as the Student Laureate recipient from Augustana.

The Augustana education department named her the Outstanding Secondary Education Graduate of 1991.

Hulin was a member of the first Athletic Hall of Fame class at Cambridge High School in 2000.

She has two master’s degrees in from Western Illinois University, one in physical education and sports administration in 1999 and the other in educational administration in 2002.

She is the junior high principal in the Rockridge district, and this year the Illinois Principals Association named her the Middle School Principal of the Year in the Blackhawk Region.

She and her husband Tom have a daughter, Devin, 12. They live in Taylor Ridge.