Hall of Fame Inductee - Jennifer Nobis

Now retired from professional athletics and involved in CrossFit training and coaching, Jennifer Nobis became Quincy’s first female professional soccer player. She played in two different U.S. professional leagues and made a name for herself in international circles while playing in Sweden.

A 2002 QHS graduate who also played basketball, Nobis owns school records for career goals, assists and scoring with 107 goals, 49 assists and 263 points. She established the single-season record for goals with 43 her junior season.

She also is one of only two players in school history to have four seasons with 20 or more goals. Still, Nobis is remembered for her physical, relentless play as much as she is for her scoring.

“Her aggressiveness and enthusiasm are contagious,” former QHS coach Bill Sanders once said.

It showed in the Blue Devils’ record. Nobis suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in October of her senior year and missed the first eight games while undergoing rehabilitation. She returned to spark a run to the sectional as the Blue Devils went 8-3 with her in the lineup.

Overall, QHS compiled a .753 winning percentage with a 69-21-5 record during Nobis’ career.

She went on to play at the University of Missouri, where she finished her career in the top three in school history in goals, assists and scoring. She also earned second-team All-Big 12 Conference and third-team all-region honors.

Her acceptance speech…

I would like to thank the Hall of Fame Committee for my nomination to the QHS Hall of Fame and for all their work year after year recognizing QHS athletes and QHS supporters for excellence in sports and leadership. I am very excited to be included with this elite group of student athletes. 

I am also very honored and excited to share this nomination with my father, Mike Nobis, who also is an inductee. 

I have many people to thank for this honor. It takes more than just talent to be a good athlete. No successful athlete makes it on their own. First I want to thank God for giving me the talent and all the opportunities in life.

Without Him none of this would be possible! 

I want to thank my family who went to every game from the very start, when I began as a Quinsippi soccer player on the Pink Team all the way through my college and professional career. They were there throughout the highs and lows and encouraged me to work hard and to reach for my dreams. 

I want to thank coach Bill Sanders for not only coaching me through my four years at QHS, but for making me a better person and remaining a friend long after my days at QHS had ended. 

I think the biggest thank you goes to my teammates. Several of them also deserve to be honored this way. In the game of soccer, no one player can do it all. It takes a team effort and all that I accomplished happened because of the team I played for. All of us together achieved awesome success. 

QHS soccer gave me a great foundation to work from when I went onto college and eventually, the professional ranks. 

I owe a lot to the many soccer fans at QHS and I will always have great memories of being a Blue Devil. Thank you for all the support I received.

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