Inductees Before high school, Stu finished 1st in the Ford sponsored Punt, Pass & Kick" competition from 1963 through 1967. Levenick lettered 3 years as an offensive lineman and defensive end for the Washington Panthers, gaining all-Corn Belt Conference honors as a senior.
Enrolled at the U of I School of Engineering, Stu walked-on and made the football team as a freshman, playing tight end in five games - enough to letter. Awarded a full scholarship, he switched to offensive center as a sophomore and started 11 games. An injury as a junior saw him red-shirted. He finished his career with outstanding junior and senior seasons, gaining all-Big Ten honors, being named Illini MVP and finally, Honorable Mention All-American honors as a senior.
He played in the East-West Shrine Game, the Hula Bowl and Japan Bowl. He was drafted in the 9th round of the 1976 NFL draft before a knee injury ended his playing career.
Before high school, Stu finished 1st in the Ford sponsored Punt, Pass & Kick" competition from 1963 through 1967. Levenick lettered 3 years as an offensive lineman and defensive end for the Washington Panthers, gaining all-Corn Belt Conference honors as a senior.
Ulrich has coached in the Junior Football League and youth baseball for 32 years, while also serving as president of numerous youth leagues and director of the Peoria Diocesan basketball tournament. He began volunteering as coach for the Richwoods Browns JFL team in 1971 and served in a coaching or administrative capacity for the Richwoods JFL program from 1971-89. In addition, he served as a coach and president of the Richwoods League League, as well as Pony League, from 1975-85. During that same period, he coached the Bergan All-Star Pony League from 1981-84. In his role as St. Thomas Grade School athletic director for 32 years, Ulrich directed the 11 boys (six) and girls (five) basketball teams for 27 years, scheduling tournaments, ordering uniforms and hiring officials among his many duties. He also served as director of the Peoria Diocesan Tournament for 14 years. Ulrich coached basketball at Peoria Heights Grade School from 2006-11 and he volunteered as manager of a fastpitch team in the Peoria Park District Softball League for 23 years, while also playing on the team for several seasons. He currently is completing his two-year stint as the St. Philomena School 5th Grade boys basketball team and is preparing for his second year of coaching in the Irish youth baseball program.