NMU Sports Hall of Fame

The purpose of the Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame is to recognize athletes (or teams if they have won the championship that is awarded by their National Sports Governing Body) who have distinguished themselves in the field of athletics, either by virtue or their performance on athletic teams representing NMU or by meritorious efforts in behalf of athletics either as an undergraduate or in years after leaving the University. Consideration is also given to those who have made other significant contributions to the NMU athletic programs.

Nominees, if an athlete, must have departed NMU at least five years prior. Coaches, administrators, and other nominees are not bound by a time limit. Current NMU coaches and staff are not eligible for consideration. The NMU Sports Hall of Fame selection committee accepts nominations throughout the year and encourages anyone to nominate deserving candidates. The Selection committee meets annually to select the inductees. A printable nomination form is available in PDF format. Nomination Form

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Stanley "Stan" Albeck

Coach 1957-1968
Hall of Fame Class: 1977
  • Head coach of the National Basketball Association's San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets and Chicago Bulls from 1980-86
  • Assistant coach for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Head coach of the American Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets and assistant for two other teams
  • 178-77 record in 11 seasons as head coach of NMU men's basketball

Art Allen

Football and Track 1946-1947, 1949
Hall of Fame Class: 1983
  • Coached high school football, basketball and track for over 30 years
  • Registered official in all three sports
  • For 20 years he served as coaches representative on the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Upper Peninsula athletic comitee
  • Former president of the NMU alumni association
  • Served on the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame Council

Richard Ambrosino

Football 1966-1970
Hall of Fame Class: 1989
  • Captain of the NMU's undefeated 1967 football team
  • All-American
  • High school football coach and assistant athletic director at Fenwick High School

Harry Anderle

Basketball, Football 1923-1927
Hall of Fame Class: 1979
  • First Eight-Letter Athlete at NMU
  • Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame
  • Four Letterman in Football
  • Four Letterman in Basketball

Axel Anderson

Football, Basketball, Track 1950-1954
Hall of Fame Class: 1985
  • Four letters in football
  • Three letters in basketball
  • Four letters in track
  • Co-captain of the 1953 football team

Harold "Babe" Anderson

Football, Basketball, Track 1939-1943
Hall of Fame Class: 1981
  • Won three Michigan Class "E" state championships
  • Upper Peninsula Coach-of-the-year in 1959
  • 192-70 Nahma High School basketball record

Robert Armstead

Basketball 1961-1964
Hall of Fame Class: 1976
  • 1,257 career points
  • 1962 team Most Valuable Player
  • 1963 captain
  • 3 time All-American 1962-64

Steve Avery

Football 1985-1988
Hall of Fame Class: 2005
  • 1987 All-American honorable mention
  • Led team in rushing 85-86-87-88
  • Led team in scoring 86-87-88
  • NMU record for career yards rushing (3842)

Randy Awrey

Football 1974-1977
Hall of Fame Class: 1998
  • MVP of 1975 national championship game
  • Four year letter winner
  • Head coach of undefeated Lakeland College football team in 1997
  • All-time winningest football coach in Saginaw Valley State University history
  • 2008-11 NMU defensive coordinator

George R. Barber

Basketball 1969-1973
Hall of Fame Class: 1996
  • Set a then record of points by a freshman in 1970 with 387 total points
  • Left NMU as team's third all-time leading scorer with 1,575 career points
  • Three-time team MVP
  • Averaged 14.1 points per game as a senior

Julie Bauman Campbell

Swimming 1980-1983
Hall of Fame Class: 1994
  • Four time All-American selection
  • 1982 AIAW champion in 50m breaststroke, 200m medley relay, 200m freestyle relay and the 400m freestyle relay

Scott Beattie

Hockey 1990-1991
Hall of Fame Class: 2003
  • 1991 & 1992 Hobey Baker Award Finalist
  • 1991 NCAA Tournament MVP
  • 1991 WCHA MVP
  • 1st in goals in a season(48); 3rd points in a season (89)
  • 1st on all-time NMU game-winning goals in a season list (7)

John Beaumier, M.D.

Football 1950-1953
Hall of Fame Class: 1994
  • Orthopedic Surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
  • University of North Dakota associate professor in surgery and football team physician
  • Played three positions for the NMU football team

Sue Berger Mann

Swimming
Hall of Fame Class: 1999
  • 14 All-American Honors as a Swimmer
  • Member of Two National Champion Relays
  • Sixth Leading All-Time Scorer
  • Voted most valuable player four years in a row

Mike Berry

Football
Hall of Fame Class: 2002
  • Member of the 1975 National Championship Team
  • Named outstanding defensive lineman on the 1975 team
  • 1976 All-American Defensive Tackle and NMU team captain

Tom Bertoldi

Football 1980-1983
Hall of Fame Class: 2007
  • 1981 All-America Honorable Mention QB
  • 1983 All-America Second Team QB
  • NCAA Division II single-game playoff passing record (443 yards)
  • Two-Time MVP

Stuart Betts

Football
Hall of Fame Class: 2001
  • Three-year letter winner on NMU's football squads in 1973, '74 and '75
  • Led the team in total offense in 1974 and was named MVP
  • Drafted by the New England Patriots and later signed with the Dallas Cowboys

Joe Blake

Announcer
Hall of Fame Class: 2002
  • Contributor to the NMU hockey and volleyball programs both on the radio and spreading the goodwill throughout the community
  • Play-by-play announcer for the NMU hockey program from 1979-1996
  • Broadcasted three Northern Michigan NCAA National Championships and three NCAA National Championship runners-up

George Blommel

Football 1957-1960
Hall of Fame Class: 1978
  • 1960 All-American
  • 1958 and 1960 NMU team MVP
  • 1959 and 1960 NMU team captain

Richard Bonifas

Football, Basketball, Track 1940-1941, 1947-1948
Hall of Fame Class: 1980
  • Won the Great Lakes Conference Championships as head coach for Manistique High School in 1952, 1958, 1959, 1964 and 1967
  • Lettered in Football and Track at NMU
  • Named Coach of the Year in 1958
  • Class B State Champion Coach in 1959

Michael Boyd

Basketball, Football 1965-1970
Hall of Fame Class: 1980
  • Four Year Letterman in Basketball at NMU
  • Basketball Team Captain
  • Lettered in Football
  • Former Assistant Basketball Coach at University of Michigan
  • Won National AAU Championship with the 1972 Flint AAU team

Steve Bozek

Hockey 1978-1981
Hall of Fame Class: 1991
  • Played 11 seasons in the National Hockey League for four teams
  • First All-American in program history in 1981
  • Left NMU as team's third all-time leading scorer
  • 1981 CCHA scoring leader
  • 1981 NCAA All-Tournament Team member

Roy Brigman

Basketball Track 1933-1937
Hall of Fame Class: 1996
  • Earned three varsity letters in basketball and one in track
  • Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Developed and operated Camp Roy-El for physically disable children

William Brodeur

Football 1957-1959
Hall of Fame Class: 1994
  • 1959 team leader in receptions
  • One of the founders of the NMU East Coast Alumni Chapter
  • One of initial organizers of the F.L. "Frosty" Ferzecca Scholarship Fund

Glenn Brown

Basketball Coach
Hall of Fame Class: 1986
  • Served as head men's basketball coach for 18 years at NMU
  • Took NMU to the NCAA Division II playoffs five times and reached the national quarterfinals twice
  • Career coaching record of 516-290
  • NMU coaching record of 300-188

Roy Brown

Football
Hall of Fame Class: 1999
  • 1976 NMU Offensive Lineman of the Year
  • 1976 Tri-Captain
  • Starting Strong Guard on the 1975 National Championship Team

Tim Bullock

Basketball
Hall of Fame Class: 2001
  • Four year letterman in basketball
  • Starting guard on the 1964-65 team that led the nation in scoring
  • Played a total of 96 games and scored a total of 706 points and played on two NAIA District 23 Championship Teams
  • Upper Peninsula Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1987 and Class B State Coach of the Year
  • Inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 1997

Richard "Dick" Bye

Football, Track 1948-1950
Hall of Fame Class: 1988
  • Lettered in football and track
  • Coached high school football, basketball and track for 16 years
  • For 11 years he was the Director of Athletics at Avondale High School
  • The firld at Avondale High School is named in his honor
  • Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame

David W. Cade

Basketball 1961-1964
Hall of Fame Class: 1986
  • MVP on Northern's 1963-64 basketball team
  • Scored 788 points in 88 games
  • Eight NAIA national tournament appearances
  • Former Michigan Tech basketball coach

Gildo Canale

Athletic Trainer and Golf 1953-1956
Hall of Fame Class: 1983
  • Former athletic director at NMU
  • Athletic trainer at NMU for 25 years
  • Former director of intramurals, golf coach and assistant athletic director
  • Served as director of Michigan High School Athletic Association

Eber Carlson

Football, Basketball 1924-1928
Hall of Fame Class: 1981
  • 1927 and 1928 captain of the basketball team
  • 1926 captain of the football team

Lloyd H. Carr

Football 1967
Hall of Fame Class: 1996
  • Head coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines football program from 1995-07
  • 1997 AP National Champion of Division I football
  • 122–40 overall head coaching record and 5 conference championships, all at Michigan
  • Quarterback of the 1967 undefeated NMU football team

John Chrisant

Football 1965-1968
Hall of Fame Class: 1994
  • 19 66-69 Associated Press All-American honorable mention
  • Member of the 1967 playoff team
  • Four year letter winner

Leslie Coduti, Jr.

Basketball 1964-1968
Hall of Fame Class: 1995
  • Co-Captain 1967-1968
  • Four year letter winner
  • Recipient of NMU's 1st Thoroughbred Award in 1967

Rodney Coe

Basketball 1956-1958
Hall of Fame Class: 1981
  • Earned three varsity letters in basketball
  • Member of the first NMU team to compete in the NAIA national tournament

Rick Comley

Hockey Coach
Hall of Fame Class: 1998
  • Coach of NMU 1991 National Championship Team
  • Director of Athletics 1987-2000
  • National Coach of the Year 1980-1991
  • NMU Hockey Coach 1976-2002
  • Ranked Among Top 10 Winningest College Hockey Coaches

Steve Contardi

Tennis 1963-1967
Hall of Fame Class: 1991
  • Master Professional Certification by the United States Processional Tennis Associate
  • Found of the Contardi Tennis Camp and Cartardi Tennis Academy
  • Noted nation-wide for his development of junior level tennis players

Chris Cook

Nordic Skiing 2000-2003
Hall of Fame Class: 2011
Induction Ceremony Remarks
  • 2000, 2001 and 2003 All-American
  • 2003 National Champion 20k
  • 2006 US Olympic Team member

Alvin "Dutch" Cummings

Athlete, coach, official and school administrator 1934-1937
Hall of Fame Class: 1983
  • Competed in all sports at NMU before embarking on a coaching and teaching career in 1936
  • One of the founders of the former Upper Peninsula Coaches Association and U.P. Athletic Directors Association
  • Served as an athletic official for 14 years and was selected twice to work state basketball finals
  • Inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 1978

Gilbert Damiani

Wrestling, Football 1971-1974
Hall of Fame Class: 1984
  • NMU's first NCAA champion
  • Heavyweight crown in 1973
  • 2 letters in football and 2 letters in wrestling
  • Wrestling record of 37-7
  • MVP in 1973

Joe DeCook

Football 1926-1930
Hall of Fame Class: 1978
  • Quarterback of the 1929 undefeated team
  • 1974 Distinguished Alumni Award winner from NMU

James Donnelly

Swimming
Hall of Fame Class: 2002
  • Four year letter-winner in swimming
  • NMU's first NCAA Division II swimming runner-up and first two-time All-American in the sport
  • Served as co-captain his junior and senior years
  • Listed in the NMU swimming record books among the top ten for total career points
  • In 1969, his 2nd place NCAA Division II Championship finish was the highest of any Michigan college entry

Roland "Rollie" Dotsch

Coach, Athletic Director 1958-1960, 1967-1971
Hall of Fame Class: 1978
  • Member of the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XIII and XIV winning teams as assistant coach
  • Served as assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings
  • Head coach of the United States Football League's Birmingham Stallions from 1983-86
  • Served as assistant coach at the University of Colorado and University of Missouri
  • Head Football Coach during 1967 undefeated team; assistant 1958-60

Dallas Drake

Hockey
Hall of Fame Class: 2002
  • Four year hockey letterwinner
  • Honorable mention all-league choice in each of his first three seasons before gaining first-team All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association honors as a senior and Named WCHA Defensive Player of the Year
  • WCHA's leading goal-scorer in 1991-92 and tied the school career record for short-handed goals with nine and was team MVP in 1992
  • Game winning goal in the 1991 NCAA Tournament semi-final victory over Maine
  • Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings and played for the St. Louis Blues and Phoenix Coyotes

Jim Driscoll

Football Coach 1978-1985, 1991-1995
Hall of Fame Class: 2012
Induction Ceremony Remarks
  • Defensive coordinator that helped lead the Wildcats to the Division II playoffs in 1980, 1981 and 1982
  • 1980 defense was ranked fifth in the nation in scoring and run defense

Edward Egan

Wrestling 1976-1980
Hall of Fame Class: 1995
  • 1976 Great Lakes Conference Champion
  • 1978, 1979 Michigan State Invitational Champion
  • 1980 Mid-Continent Conference Champion
  • Three Time All-American

Donald Elzinga, M.D.

Volunteer Physician 1966-1986
Hall of Fame Class: 1986
  • Named Adjunct Professor of Sports Medicine in 1975
  • Received the President's Award for Distinguished Citizenship in 1976
  • Dedicated 20 years of service to NMU as an orthapaedic surgeon

Gary Emmons

Hockey
Hall of Fame Class: 1999
  • Holds NMU for six goals in one game
  • Ranks First in Career Goals
  • Ranks First in Most Power Play Goals in One Season (21)
  • Ranks Second in Career Scoring
  • Two Time Hobey Baker Finalist

Thomas Fagan

Football, Basketball, Baseball 1933-1935
Hall of Fame Class: 1988
  • Lettered in football (3 years), basketball (4 years) and baseball (2 years)
  • Member of the U.S. Naval Air Corps legendary "Wildcat Squadron"
  • Former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan

Guy Falkenhagen

Football 1970-1972
Hall of Fame Class: 1996
  • 1973 draft pick of the Baltimore Colts
  • Earned an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship
  • Academic All-American second team
  • Earned three varsity letters

Lorraine Farrell Burke

Gymnastics 1981-1984
Hall of Fame Class: 1997
  • 1984 national champion in floor exercise
  • Four time All-American in uneven bars, floor exercise, vault and all-around
  • 1,864.82 career points

F.L. "Frosty" Ferzacca

Coach, Athletic Director 1957-1966
Hall of Fame Class: 1976
  • 1965 Associated Press and NAIA Coach of the Year
  • 55-19-2 Career Record at NMU
  • Association of Mid Continent University Athletic Director 1982-1988
  • Eastern Michigan University Athletic Director 1965-1972
  • NMU Head Football Coach from 1957-1963

J. David Fleet

Football 1963-1965
Hall of Fame Class: 1986
  • All-American football player in 1965
  • Three-year letterman
  • 2,530 all-purpose yards
  • Competed in the semi-pro Ontario Rugby Football Union
  • Led the team in total offense, rushing, scoring, kickoff returns, and punt returns his senior year

1975 Football Team

Football 1975
Hall of Fame Class: 1997
  • Won the 1975 NCAA-II Championship
  • Defeated Western Kentucky 16-14 in the Camellia Bowl (championship game)
  • Posted 13-1 overall record after 0-10 season in 1974
  • Post season victories over Central Michigan University and Boise State University

Zachary Fowler

Football 1974-1977
Hall of Fame Class: 2006
  • 1977 A.P. All-American Honorable Mention Split End
  • Led 1975 National Championship Team in yards receiving (675 regular season, 136 playoffs)
  • Played in three NCAA Playoffs

David "Dave" Freeman

Skiing and Football 1948-1951
Hall of Fame Class: 1990
  • Member of the 1952 Oslo, Norway Olympic Ski Team
  • Set a then-North American record for ski jumping distance of 281 feet in 1948
  • 1950 Class "B" Skiing National Champion
  • 1951 football team captain
  • Four year starting quarterback of the football team

David Ghiardi

Basketball 1957-1961
Hall of Fame Class: 1995
  • All-American Honorable Mention 1960
  • Four year Starter
  • MVP and Leading scorer 1959-1960
  • Two year team captain

Morgan "Muggs" Gingrass

Coach 1949-1958
Hall of Fame Class: 1976
  • 1938 NMU football player
  • 1942 Detroit Lions tailback
  • 1949-58 NMU football backfield coach

Jerry Glanville

Football 1964-1968
Hall of Fame Class: 1989
  • Lineback for NMU
  • Assistant coach at Western Kentucky
  • Six seaons and three bowl games at Georgia Tech as defensive coach
  • Joined the coaching staff of the Detroit Lions in 1974, the Atlanta Falcons in 1977, the Buffalo Bills in 1983 and was named defensive coordinator of the Houston Oilers a year later
  • On January 20, 1986, was named the Oilers Head Coach, becoming the first NMU alumnus to serve as head coach of an NFL team

Edward "Matt" Gleason

Basketball, Football 1933-1937
Hall of Fame Class: 1991
  • Earned six varsity letters, three in each basketball and football
  • Two year captain of the basketball team
  • One year captain of the football team
  • Won 15 championships while coaching high school athletics

Justin Gluesing

Football 1991-1994
Hall of Fame Class: 2009
Induction Ceremony Remarks
  • 1994 All-Academic All-Conference
  • 1994 All-Midwest First Team
  • 1994 C.M.Frank All-America
  • 1994 Hansen's Football Gazette All-America

Gerald Goerlitz

Football 1958-1960, 1960-1961
Hall of Fame Class: 1984
  • NAIA and AP ALL-American honors at center in 1960
  • Three-time letterman
  • Draft choice of the NFL Cleveland Browns

Andrea Gommans

Volleyball 1990-1993
Hall of Fame Class: 2011
Induction Ceremony Remarks
  • 1993 National Championship Team member
  • NMU's record for career kills (1,664), career blocks (761) and blocks in a season (229)
  • Three-time All-GLIAC First Team
  • Three-time AVCA All-American

Anne Goodman James

Coach: Swimming and Diving 1987-1996
Hall of Fame Class: 2007
  • 1988 and 1991 NCAA Division II Coach of the Year
  • 1990, 1991, 1992 GLIAC Coach of the Year
  • 27 national champions
  • Coached swimmers to 84 All-America honors

Herb Grenke

Football Coach
Hall of Fame Class: 1999
  • 1987 GLIAC Coach of the Year
  • 1987 Kodak College Coach of the Year Region III
  • Defensive Line Coach on the 1975 National Championship Team
  • Winningest Coach in NMU Football History

Burton "Burt" Gustafson

Basketball, Football, Track and Field, Coach 1946-1949
Hall of Fame Class: 1976
  • 18 years in the Green Bay Packer organization as coach, director of player personnel and administrative assistant
  • First 12 letter-winner in school history
  • Initiated NMU men's swimming program
  • Coached football at NMU and University of Wyoming

Carol Hammerle

Basketball 1968-1969
Hall of Fame Class: 1990
  • Head coach of the UW-Green Bay and Northern Illinois University women's basketball programs
  • Over 500 career coaching victories at the Division I level
  • .646 career winning percentage

William Hamor

Football 1960-1963
Hall of Fame Class: 2005
  • 26 year high school coach
  • Boston Globe Coach-of-the-Year
  • Two-way tackle 1960-1963

Joel Hanner

Football 1972-1975
Hall of Fame Class: 1995
  • Co-Captain of the 1975 National Championship Team
  • Four year letter winner
  • Head Coach of 1989 State Champion Marinette High School

Curtis "Curt" Harper

Track and Field 1961-1962
Hall of Fame Class: 1977
  • First individual champion in NMU history when he won the 1962 NAIA discuss throw
  • Placed fourth in 1961 NAIA championship discuss throw

Bill Harris

Basketball 1984-1987
Hall of Fame Class: 2005
  • Best career free throw average (84.4%)
  • Most career field goals (856)
  • NMU all-time leading scorer (2,224 points)
  • NMU all-time single season scoring leader (763 points)

William Hart

Football, Basketball, Track 1947-1951
Hall of Fame Class: 1980
  • High School Coach of the Year in 1957
  • 1948 NMU Football MVP
  • Former Head Coach for Marquette High School Football and Track
  • Former Athletic Director of Marquette High School

Don Hartman

Wrestling Coach
Hall of Fame Class: 2000
  • Head wrestling coach at Osceola High School for 20 years
  • Lead teams to seven conference championships
  • Inducted into the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association's "George Martin Wrestling Hall of Fame"
  • Inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma

Gil Heard

Sports Information Director 1965-1988
Hall of Fame Class: 1987
  • Served as Sports Information Director for 23 years from 1965 to 1988
  • Broadcaster of NMU football and basketball for 19 seasons
  • Served as secretary of the NMU Athletic Council
  • Assisted in organization of the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame
  • 1980 recipient of the Jim Trethewey Award for dedication to U.P. sports

C.B. Hedgcock

Coach, Athletic Director 1922-1947
Hall of Fame Class: 1976
  • NMU men's basketball coach for 22 seasons, 1922-42 and 45-47
  • 162 career wins
  • .540 winning percentage
  • Served as NMU physical education department head for 34 years

Henry Heimonen

Athletic Council 1935-1979
Hall of Fame Class: 1979
  • Chairman of the NMU Athletic Council 1959-1974
  • Member of the NMU Athletic Council 1959-1979

Francis "Curly" Hetherington

Competed in all sports 1939-1940, 1946
Hall of Fame Class: 1983
  • Long time coach and administrator at the Michigan School for the Blind
  • Competed in all sports and was regarded as one of the best "small" athletes in the University's history
  • Named Michigan wrestling coach of the year in 1963
  • Charter inductee into the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame
  • Received a Distinguished Alumni Award from NMU in 1971 for his work with blind youth

Jim Hiller

Hockey 1989-1992
Hall of Fame Class: 2007
  • 3rd all-time NMU career assists (129)
  • 6th all-time NMU career points (205)
  • 8th all-time NMU career goals (76)
  • Member of the 1991 National Championship Team

Vance G. Hiney

Football, Track, Athletic Director 1925-1926, 1930-1931
Hall of Fame Class: 1977

1991 Hockey Team

Hockey 1991-1991
Hall of Fame Class: 1998
  • 1991 NCAA Division I National Champions
  • 38-5-4 overall record
  • WCHA regular season and playoff champions
  • 26-game unbeaten streak
  • Established or tied more than 50 new school records at the time

Lonnie Holton

Football 1966-1969
Hall of Fame Class: 1989
  • Three-time All-American
  • Former holder of three career records in football
  • Tri-captain his senior year at NMU
  • Drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 1970

Michael Howe

Wrestling
Hall of Fame Class: 2000
  • Four year letterman in wrestling and lettered in football
  • Most Valuable Wrestler for the 1980-81 season
  • Three-time NCAA II wrestling All-American and National Champion Division II heavyweight in 1981
  • Overall 2nd place in Career Falls (52), 3rd places for Season Fall (22), Career Wins (116), Career Points (403), Season Wins (38), and Season Points (133)

Kenneth Hruska

Golf 1964-1966
Hall of Fame Class: 1989
  • The number one player on NMU's golf team
  • Served as captain of the team and also was a student assistant coach
  • Won several U.P. and local golf tournaments

Victor Hurst

Coach, Teacher 1925-1961
Hall of Fame Class: 1977

Allen Ische

Football 1963-1967
Hall of Fame Class: 1985
  • Four year letterman in football
  • Co-captain of the 1965 and 1966 squads
  • NAIA All-American honorable mention tackle in 1965
  • Played five years of professional football with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL
  • Assistant coach at the University of Western Ontario

Tom Izzo

Basketball 1973-1977
Hall of Fame Class: 1990
  • Michigan State Head Coach 1995 - Present: all-time leader in wins
  • 2000 National Champions, 6 Final Four appearances
  • Four-Time National Coach of the Year
  • NMU Men's Basketball Assistant Coach 1979-1983
  • NMU Team Captain 1976-1977

Gwendolyn Jackson

Basketball 1979-1983
Hall of Fame Class: 2006
  • 1980, 1981 SMAIAW-II All-State
  • 1981 AIAW-II Regional
  • 1981 Team MVP
  • Led team in scoring in 1981 (500 points)

Lisa Jamula

Basketball
Hall of Fame Class: 2003
  • 1991 GLIAC Player of the Year
  • 2nd All-time rebounder (893)
  • All-time leading scorer (1,699 points)
  • Most career field goals (665)

Byron Johnson

Football 1963-1966
Hall of Fame Class: 1988
  • Four year letterman in football from 1963-66
  • Co-captain his senior year
  • Combat medic in Vietnam and earned two Bronze Stars
  • Former President of the NMU Alumni Association

Milton "Mickey" Johnson

Tennis 1921-1923, 1926-1928
Hall of Fame Class: 1985
  • Produced 30 Upper Peninsula championship boys' teams
  • Produced five Upper Peninsula championship girls' teams
  • Named to receive the Bosworth Community Service Award to the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 1976
  • Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame

Kris Johnson (Manske)

Women's Basketball 1995-1998
Hall of Fame Class: 2012
Induction Ceremony Remarks
  • GLIAC All-Conference team member in all four seasons
  • 1998 third team All-American
  • 1998 GLIAC Player of the Year
  • 1995 GLIAC Freshman of the Year
  • Holds school record for career steals at 391

Bill Joyce

Hockey 1977-1980
Hall of Fame Class: 1998
  • All-Time Career Scoring Leader (255 points)
  • All-Time Single Season Scoring Leader (96 points)
  • Two-Time All-CCHA Selection

Lori Juntila Rupert

Basketball 1978-1981
Hall of Fame Class: 2008
  • 10th overall career scoring (1,342 points)
  • 1980, 1981 AIAW-II All-Regional
  • First 1,000 point scorer in NMU Women's Basketball history

Bobby Jurasin

Football 1982-1985
Hall of Fame Class: 1998
  • Defensive End Saskatchewan Roughriders Canadian Football League 1986-1998
  • Four-Team CFL All-Pro
  • MVP Defensive Lineman 1985

Dale Kaiser

Basketball 1957-1960
Hall of Fame Class: 1996
  • Left NMU as program's third all-time rebounding leader
  • 1957 set a then-school record of 16.7 rebounds per game
  • 1958 set a then-school record with 336 rebounds during the season

James Karabetsos

Basketball
Hall of Fame Class: 2000
  • Four year letter-winner in basketball
  • Defeated Michigan State in Marquette and ended up losing only 3 games during his junior year
  • Captained the 1961-62 team to a 14-9 season, earning MVP honors

Tim Kearney

Football 1969-1971
Hall of Fame Class: 1982
  • 10-year veteran of the NFL
  • All-American linebacker
  • Captain of the NMU's 7-3 team in 1971
  • Played in the NFL with Kansas City, Cincinnati and St. Louis
  • Leading tackler for St. Louis in 1978 and 1980 was a Cardinal team captain

Timothy Kerwin

Swimming and Diving 1975-1979
Hall of Fame Class: 2008
  • 27 NCAA top 10 finishes
  • All-America in breaststroke and 400 yard relay
  • Multiple-time Great Lakes Conference Champion

Phil Kessel

Football 1978-1981
Hall of Fame Class: 1992
  • 1980 Associated Press All-American second-team quarterback
  • 1980 Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year
  • 1979 and 1980 team MVP

Tom Kirby

Basketball 1947-1950
Hall of Fame Class: 1998
  • All-Conference Team 1949-1950
  • Leading Scorer 1949-1950
  • Most Valuable Player 1950

Charles "Chuck" Klingbeil, Jr.

Football
Hall of Fame Class: 2003
  • 1987 All-GLIAC First Team Defensive Tackle
  • Four Year Letter Winner

Thomas Knauss

NMU Athletic Council
Hall of Fame Class: 2004
  • 13th-year chairperson
  • 27-year member
  • Dedicated advocate for student athletes
  • NCAA faculty representative

Arthur Koski

Football, Basketball, Track 1939-1943
Hall of Fame Class: 1989
  • Art was active in all major sports
  • Solid performer in all sports but track was his specialty
  • Registered professional engineer in the District of Columbia and Florida
  • Served as Assistant Division Director, Support Facilities Construction Division, for the Department of the Navy

Dick Koski

Football, Track 1959-1962
Hall of Fame Class: 1987
  • 1962 football captain
  • Set a then-school record in the high jump in 1960
  • Long-time head varsity football coach at Negaunee High School

William Koski, Jr.

Basketball 1965-1967
Hall of Fame Class: 1984
  • 1967 team captain
  • Three year letter winner
  • Team had 49-22 record during his three seasons

Deanna Kreski (Sutton)

Basketball 1990-1992
Hall of Fame Class: 2009
Induction Ceremony Remarks
  • 1,138 points and 712 rebounds during career at NMU
  • 1992 All-American Honorable Mention
  • 1992 GLIAC Player of the Year

Robert Kroll

Football 1969-1971
Hall of Fame Class: 1999
  • NFL Career 1972-1975
  • NMU Record for Career Interceptions (20)
  • NMU record for Interceptions in a Season (13)
  • Three Year Letter Winner

Gil Krueger

Football Coach 1974-1977
Hall of Fame Class: 1981
  • Head Coach of 1975 NCAA Division II National Championship Team
  • Went on to coach at New Mexico State

Edward "Ed" Kukuk

Football, Tennis 1945-1948
Hall of Fame Class: 1987
  • 1947 football captain
  • 1946-48 No. 1 singles player in tennis
  • 1977 NMU Distinguished Alumni Award winner

Norman "Boots" Kukuk

Football, Track, Ice Hockey 1937-1940
Hall of Fame Class: 1984
  • Lettered in football and track
  • Candidate for the 1940 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team
  • Former executive director of the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame

Tom Laidlaw

Hockey 1977-1980
Hall of Fame Class: 1990
  • Played 11 seasons in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers and L.A. Kings
  • Served as captain of the Rangers and co-captain of the Kings
  • 1979 and 1980 CCHA All Star - 1st Team
  • 1980 NCAA All Tournament Team member
  • Four year team captain and winner of Best Defensemen Award at NMU

Gordy Leduc

Coach/Manager 1959-1962
Hall of Fame Class: 1993
  • High School Boys Basketball Coach
  • NMU Basketball Manager, Assistant Coach
  • One State Championship, Four Regional and 15 District Championships

Henry Lindeman

Basketball, Football 1941-1942, 1947-1948
Hall of Fame Class: 1979
  • A Founder of the Alumni "N" Club at NMU
  • President of the Golden Wildcat Club
  • Varsity Letters in Football and Basketball

Jim Lindstrom

Football
Hall of Fame Class: 2001
  • Four-year letter winner at NMU
  • Started for Northern at halfback from 1965-1968 and was named MVP as a senior
  • Rushed 319 times for 1,436 yards and 11 touchdowns
  • Caught 37 passes for 481 yards and three scores

Jun Liu

Volleyball 1993-1996
Hall of Fame Class: 2007
  • 1993, 1994 National Championship Team Member
  • AVCA First Team All-American 1994, 1995, 1996
  • GLIAC Player of the Year 1995, 1996
  • Holds NMU Records: career assists (4,531), season digs (476)
  • Two-Time AVCA Division II Player of the Year

Mark Maddox

Football 1987-1990
Hall of Fame Class: 2004
  • 1990 Most valuable Linebacker
  • 1990 Most Valuable Player
  • Played 9 NFL Seasons
  • Two-Time All-GLIAC First Team

Francine Malindzak

Skiing/Field Hockey/Volleyball 1979-1982
Hall of Fame Class: 1993
  • First Double National Champion, Alpine Combined and Slalom 1979
  • First Women's All-American 1979
  • First Women's National Champion, Alpine 1979

Steve Mariucci

Football 1974-1977
Hall of Fame Class: 1988
  • Coached 9 NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions
  • Current NFL Network analyst
  • Quarterback of the 1975 National Championship Team
  • AP All-American 1976, 1977
  • Most Valuable Player 1975-1977

Curtis "Curt" Marker

Football 1964-1966
Hall of Fame Class: 1977
  • First NMU player to participate in the College All-Star Game in 1967
  • 1966 second team All-American
  • 1966 team MVP

Barbara Maszlewski

Athletic Trainer 1977-1985
Hall of Fame Class: 2004
  • NMU's first female athletic trainer
  • Played a significant role in the health care of NMU athletes for 13 years

Michael Matter

Swimming 1967-1971
Hall of Fame Class: 1995
  • Co-Captain 1969 & 1971
  • NMU's First All-American swimmer
  • Three-Time All-American

Jack Mauro

Football 1961-1963
Hall of Fame Class: 1982
  • All-American defensive tackle in 1962 and 1963
  • Drafted by the Green Bay Packers
  • Coached one year at Sault Ste. Marie Loretto High School

George McCormick

Football, Basketball, Track 1948-1952
Hall of Fame Class: 1976
  • Won 12 varsity letters while competing for NMU
  • Gwinn High School varsity football coach

Denise McDowell Zanoni

Swimming 1984-1987
Hall of Fame Class: 1997
  • Four time All-American selection
  • 1987 NCAA-II champion in 200m freestyle relay team
  • 1,553.58 career points
  • 1986 and 1987 team MVP
  • 1986 and 1987 team captain

Ken McLean

Football 1970-1971
Hall of Fame Class: 1999
  • 1971 Defensive Most Valuable Player
  • Multi Golden Helmet Awards
  • Team Leading tackler for Two Consecutive Seasons

John Mehki

Swimming 1972-1976
Hall of Fame Class: 1997

Lowell Meier

Gymnastics Coach 1966-1988
Hall of Fame Class: 1988
  • NMU Gymnastics Coach at NMU for 22 years
  • Initiated the sport at the varsity level in the fall of 1966 with a men's team
  • Lifetime dual record is 150 wins and 89 losses
  • Trained numerous All-Americans at NMU

Randy Meier

Wrestling 1978-1982
Hall of Fame Class: 2005
  • 1979 Most Improved Wrestler
  • 4th on NMU all-time career wins list (114)
  • Four-time NCAA Division II qualifier
  • NMU single-season win record (43)
  • Two-Time All-American

Stacy Metro

Volleyball 1991-1993
Hall of Fame Class: 2004
  • 1992, 1993 GLIAC Most Valuable Player
  • 1993 Honda Award Winner for NCAA II National Athlete of the Year
  • 1993 National Championship Team Member
  • First two-time AVCA National Player of the Year 1992, 1993

James "Jim" Meyer

Football 1965-1968
Hall of Fame Class: 1987
  • 1967 AP and NAIA All-American honorable mention
  • 1968 team captain
  • Coached Marquette Senior High School football, track and wrestling for nine seasons

Walfred Mickelson

Football, Basketball, Track 1939-1943
Hall of Fame Class: 1989
  • Played freshman football and basketball at NMU
  • Innovative coach and a registered high school athletic official for 51 years

Mike Mielke

Hockey 1976-1980
Hall of Fame Class: 2009
Induction Ceremony Remarks
  • Holds NMU record in career assists (149)
  • Sixth in NMU career goals (86)
  • Third in NMU career scoring (235 points)

Mike Mileski

Football 1958-1961
Hall of Fame Class: 1976
  • Member of 1961 NAIA playoff football team
  • Assistant football coach at NMU
  • Head track and swimming coach at NMU
  • Coached Ishpeming High School varsity football to the 1975 state championship

Maurice Mitchell

Football 1973-1976
Hall of Fame Class: 2012
Induction Ceremony Remarks
  • 1976 Kodiak All-American
  • 1976 North-South Shrine Game participant
  • Four-year starter at wide receiver
  • 11th round NFL draft selection of the Kansas City Chiefs

C.V. "Red" Money

Coach, Athletic Director 1947-1968
Hall of Fame Class: 1976
  • 1947-1968 physical education department head
  • 1947-55 head football coach
  • 1947-56 men's basketball coach
  • Developed first major graduate program in phsysical education

Wayne Monson

Basketball 1960-1961
Hall of Fame Class: 1978
  • Leading scorer in 1960-61 with 564 points; ranks 13th most all-time
  • Member of the 1961 team that took third place in the NAIA national tournament
  • MVP and team captain as a senior
  • NAIA Second Team All-American; Associated Press Third Team All-American
  • Drafted by Detroit Pistons; Head basketball coach, Regis University

Benedict "Bennie" Montcalm

Football and Track 1941-1943, 1946-1947
Hall of Fame Class: 1983
  • Long-time coach and teacher at the University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Captained the 1942 football team
  • Shot putter in track and field
  • Gymnastics coach for 13 years at Illinois-Chicago
  • Became supervisor of the Student Teacher Education program in the department of HPER in 1968 and received the University's Silver Circle Award for excellence in teaching in 1980

Derrick Munos

Wrestling 1983-1986
Hall of Fame Class: 2008
  • 1986 Team Co-Captain
  • 1986 Team MVP
  • Two-time All American

Jack Nelmark

Football, Basketball, Track 1928-1930
Hall of Fame Class: 1982
  • A three-sport athlete who served 41 years as a coach
  • Lineman and kicker in football
  • Guard in basketball
  • Distance runner in track
  • Coach, teacher and administrator at Ironwood Township and Ewen and taught at Ironwood

Keith Nelsen

Football 1982-1985
Hall of Fame Class: 2005
  • 1985 Team Captain
  • NMU record Most passing touchdowns in a game (6)
  • NMU record Total Offense in a game (355 passing, 35 rushing)
  • NMU record Total Season offense (2,604)
  • NMU record Yards passing in a season (2,636)

Tom Neumann

Football 1961-1962
Hall of Fame Class: 1979
  • Drafted by the New England Patriots in 1963
  • Led NMU in Rushing, Total Offense and Scoring in 1962
  • Named MVP in 1962
  • Little All-American as Running Back

Frank Novak

Football 1959-1961
Hall of Fame Class: 1982
  • All-American quarterback
  • Guided NMU to an 8-1 record and its first postseason playoff appearance in 1961
  • Assistant coach from 1966-73
  • Former offensive coordinator at Holy Cross
  • Coaching stints at East Carolina, Virginia and Western Illinois

Terry Nyquist

Football 1961-1965
Hall of Fame Class: 1992
  • Twice lead team in overall points
  • Left NMU with records for longest punt, 74 yards, and longest field goal, 49 yards
  • Worked in the NMU Alumni Relations Office

Carl "Buck" Nystrom

Football Coach
Hall of Fame Class: 1997
  • Associate Head Coach 1987-1990
  • Member of 1975 National Championship Team Coaching Staff
  • Offensive Line Coach 1975-1980; 1991

Edwin Olds

Football, Basketball, Track 1938-1942
Hall of Fame Class: 1979
  • Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1946
  • Captain of both NMU Football and Basketball during the 1941-1942 seasons
  • Played Football for the San Diego Bombers
  • Earned 9 Varsity Letters while attending NMU

Jerry Pangrazzi

Football and Track 1950-1953
Hall of Fame Class: 1982
  • Former athletic director at Marquette Senior High School
  • Co-captained NMU's 1953 football team
  • Served as an athletic official for 25 years
  • Named U.P. Athletic Director of the Year in 1980

Barbara Patrick

Coach 1968-1983
Hall of Fame Class: 1984
  • One of the founders of Northern's intercollegiate athletic program for women
  • Inaugurated field hockey as a varsity sport
  • 122-69-20 record in 16 seasons
  • Won two state championships and reached the AIAW national playoffs in 1979
  • Former state commissioner and national vice-president of AIAW Division II

Robert Pearce

Basketball 1958-1960
Hall of Fame Class: 1994
  • Lead 1961 squad to program's first-ever national playoff berth
  • Left NMU as team's fourth all-time rebounding leader
  • 1958 team MVP

Robert Pecotte

Basketball 1960-1964
Hall of Fame Class: 1985
  • Four-time letterman in basketball
  • Played on two NAIA national tournament teams coached by Stan Albeck
  • Member of the third place 1961 team
  • 800 career points ranked him in the Top 25 all-time scoring leaders
  • Basketball captain his senior season

Barbara Perry

Field Hockey 1968-1970
Hall of Fame Class: 1987
  • Played during NMU's initial season of women's intercollegiate athletic competition
  • Coached girls basketball at Norway High School to over 250 wins, beginning in 1973
  • 1978 Michigan's Coach of the Year
  • Named U.P. Coach of the Year four times
  • Norway High School teams won 11 district and six regional titles

Reginald Peters

Athletic Trainer 1973-1988
Hall of Fame Class: 1988
  • Served as NMU's Athletic Trainer for 15 years from 1973 to 1988
  • Selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee as a staff trainer for the 1979, 1981, 1982 National Sports Festival and the 1983 Pan American Games
  • Co-founder of the Upper Peninsula Sports Medicine Institute
  • Volunteer trainer at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles

Thomas R. Peters, Jr.

Football, Golf, Basketball 1953-1955
Hall of Fame Class: 1984
  • Lettered in football and golf
  • Assistant coach in football and basketball under C.V. "Red" Money
  • Northern's first full-time Director of Alumni Relations
  • One of the organizers of the Alumni 'N' Club, the University's Golden Wildcat Club and the NMU Sports Hall of Fame

Joan Peto Hopkins

Swimming Diving Coach 1978-1986
Hall of Fame Class: 2005
  • 1982 College Swimming Coaches Association Division II Coach of the Year
  • Coached eight national champions
  • Five national records established
  • Started NMU Women's Swimming and Diving Program

Denise Porath

Field Hockey 1976-1979
Hall of Fame Class: 2006
  • 1978, 1979 Team Captain
  • All-time leading scorer; single season goals (31)
  • Fifth all-time career assists
  • Second leading all-time scorer; career goals (43)

Dennis Porter

Football 1964-1967
Hall of Fame Class: 2006
  • 1966 and 1967 Most Valuable Lineman
  • 1967 Team Co-Captain
  • 1968 Green Bay Packers draft pick

Krista Pray-Hobbins

Basketball 1980-1983
Hall of Fame Class: 2011
Induction Ceremony Remarks
  • NMU's all-time leading rebounder (953)
  • Record for best career field goal percentage (58.3), field goal percentage in a season (64), rebounds in a game (21)
  • Seventh on all-time scoring list (1,260)

Clifford Puckett

Football, Basketball, Track 1947-1950
Hall of Fame Class: 1991
  • Earned nine varsity letters, three in each football, basketball and track
  • 1947 football team MVP
  • 10 year career as a special agent with the FBI
  • 1982 Distinguished Alumni Award winner

Bill Pye

Hockey 1987-1991
Hall of Fame Class: 2007
  • 1991 NCAA All-Tournament Team
  • 1991 Second Team All-American
  • Starting goaltender on 1991 National Championship Team
  • Two-Time WCHA Playoff Championship MVP

Jan Quarless

Football
Hall of Fame Class: 2000
  • Four year letter-winner in football at NMU
  • Team captain for the 1972 season
  • Assitant coach at Southern Illinois for six years
  • Coached at Bowling Green State, Kansas, Northwestern, New Mexico, Eastern Michigan and Wake Forest
  • Former head football coach at Southern Illinois

William Rademacher

Football 1960-1963
Hall of Fame Class: 1981
  • Head Football Coach 1978-1982
  • Played for the NFL's New York Jets and Boston Patroits
  • Member of New York Jets Super Bowl III winning team
  • Earned varsity letters in football and track at NMU

Ray "Dude" Ranguette

Football 1932-1934
Hall of Fame Class: 1982
  • Three-sport athlete and long-time coach, teacher and administrator
  • Lettered in football, basketball and track
  • Served 35 years as an athletic official in football and basketball and also coached during that time

Jack Refling

Football, Basketball 1941-1943, 1946-1948
Hall of Fame Class: 1985
  • Lettered three years in football
  • Lettered three years in basketball
  • Captained the 1948 cage squad
  • Teacher and coach for eight years and a school administrator for 25 years in Wisconsin

Pertti Reijula

Skiing 1973-1976
Hall of Fame Class: 1986
  • Northern's first National Collegiate Champion (NCAA) winning the 1973 nordic combined title as a freshman
  • Finnish National Champion of 1970
  • Placed fifth in the World Ski Jumping Championships
  • Placed in the top ten in jumping in the NCAA championships three times
  • 1974 USSA Central Division A champion

Pierce Roberts

Track and Football
Hall of Fame Class: 2001
  • Four-year letter winner and co-captain of the 1952 NMU Track team
  • Lettered two years on the football squad
  • Graduate assistant on the football staff in 1955 and 1956
  • Won two Class A state football championships and one Class A state track championship
  • Member of the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame

Allan Ronberg

Football, Basketball 1926-1929
Hall of Fame Class: 1980
  • Letterman in Football and Basketball at NMU
  • Head Coach of the Norway Football and Basketball teams in 1932
  • Coached Basketball for 22 years and Football for 31 years

Ted Rose

Basketball 1967-1970
Hall of Fame Class: 1984
  • Northern's all-time leader in scoring and rebounding
  • Only basketball player to be voted MVP three times
  • Scored 1,903 points and had 973 rebounds in a 91-game, four-year career
  • Three time All-American honors

Albert Sandona

Football 1958-1961
Hall of Fame Class: 1981
  • 1960 All-American
  • Member of the 1960 team that made the playoffs for first time in school history
  • Served as assistant coach of NMU football

Bill Schafhauser

Hockey 1980-1984
Hall of Fame Class: 2008
  • 1981 NHL Chicago Blackhawks Draft Pick
  • 1984 All-America Second-Team Defenseman
  • 1984 All-CCHA Second Team

John "Jack" Schils

Football, Basketball, Track 1949-1952
Hall of Fame Class: 1986
  • Earned 11 varsity letters in football, basketball and track
  • Captained the 1950-51 basketball team
  • Coached six state championships teams
  • Served 34 years in education, 16 as a teacher and coach, four as administrator in Hancock, Husdon, and Battle Creek

Thomas "Tom" Schwalbach

Football 1956-1959
Hall of Fame Class: 1977
  • First NMU quarterback to accumulate for over 3,000 total yards in a season
  • Quarterbacked the 1957 undefeated team

Neal Seagren

Wrestling 1976-1979
Hall of Fame Class: 2003
  • 1977 Most Valuable Wrestler
  • 1977, '78, '79 All-American
  • 1977, '78, '79 Conference Champion (126)
  • 2nd on NMU all-time career wins list (118)

Gary Shanley

Football 1970-1972
Hall of Fame Class: 2005
  • 1972 Class D football Coach of the Year
  • Coached Inland Lakes to state football title in 1972
  • Michigan High School Football Association Hall of Fame member
  • Played both offense and defense

Hong Shao

Swimming 1989-1993
Hall of Fame Class: 2008
  • 11-time GLIAC Champion
  • 2 NCAA National Records
  • 5-time NCAA National Champion in breaststroke and 400 relay
  • Multiple event NCAA All-American

Kendall Shorkey

Swimming 1971-1974
Hall of Fame Class: 2007
  • 13-time NCAA All-American
  • 1972 Most Improved Swimmer
  • 1973 and 1974 Most Valuable Swimmer

Wayne Sickler

Football 1959-1961
Hall of Fame Class: 1986
  • Three-time letterman in football
  • Leading collegiate scorer in the State of Michigan in 1961 when he scored six touchdowns, 22 PATs and two field goals for 64 points
  • NAIA all-state player, he once held Northern records for career touchdowns (14) and touchdowns in one season (7)
  • Football coach of the year in 1966 by the U.P. Sportswriters Association

Gary Francis "Frank" Silc

Basketball 1962-1963
Hall of Fame Class: 1978
  • 1963 All-American
  • 1963 team MVP
  • 1963 team rebounding leader

Mark Simon

Basketball 1983-1986
Hall of Fame Class: 2004
  • 1,078 total points scored
  • 1983 Free Throw Leader
  • 1986 Co-Captain

Norman Slough

Football, Basketball, Track 1938-1942
Hall of Fame Class: 1981
  • Lettered in football, basketball and track
  • Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association advisory board member

Fred Smith

Football, wrestling
Hall of Fame Class: 2000
  • Started every football game at NMU from his freshman through senior year
  • Three year member of the NMU wrestling squad
  • Member of the 1975 NCAA Division II Football National Champions

Irving "Bing" Soderlund

Basketball 1945-1949
Hall of Fame Class: 1993
  • UP Athletic Council member of the MHSAA for 21 years
  • Member of the MHSAA Executive Board
  • MHSAA Chas. E. Forsythe Award Winner

Duane Soine

Basketball 1961-1965
Hall of Fame Class: 1980
  • Four-letter winner at NMU Basketball
  • NAIA All-American Honorable Mention
  • Recipient of the Henry Tape Outstanding Senior Citizenship Award
  • First full-time Intramural Director at NMU

James Soli

Football, Basketball, Track 1937-1939
Hall of Fame Class: 1979
  • Captain of the 1938-1939 NMU Basketball Team
  • Former President of the NMU Sports Hall of Fame Committee
  • Lettered in Football, Basketball and Track

Gus Sonnenberg

Football 1917-1918
Hall of Fame Class: 1977
  • 1929 heavyweight wrestling champion of the world
  • Member of the 1917 football team

Steve Spangenberg

Wrestling 1977-1980
Hall of Fame Class: 1997
  • 1980 NCAA-II national champion in 142-pound weight class
  • 123 career wins
  • 466.25 career points
  • .904 career winning percentage
  • Two-time All-American

John "Jack" Spuhler

Football 1965-1967
Hall of Fame Class: 1993
  • 1967 All-American
  • 1967 team captain

C.J. "Mink" St. Germain

Football, Basketball, Tennis 1940-1942
Hall of Fame Class: 1978
  • Three sport letterwinner
  • Player-coach of the men's tennis program

Len St. Jean

Football 1960-1963
Hall of Fame Class: 1976
  • Played professional football for the Boston Patriots of the American Football League 1964-73
  • Four year letter winner on the defensive line at NMU

Robert Stefanski

Football
Hall of Fame Class: 2001
  • Three-year letter winner on the football squad at NMU in 1982, 83' and 84' serving as co-captain in 1984
  • Led the team in pass receiving and touchdowns in both 1983 and 1984, and in scoring in 1984
  • Holds the NMU record for most touchdowns in a career at 22
  • First Academic All-American football player in NMU history to be elected to the 1st team in 1983

Joe Stemo

Football 1974-1977
Hall of Fame Class: 1998
  • Kodak All-American First Team Defensive Back 1977
  • Member of the 1975 National Championship Team
  • Team Co-Captain 1977

Daniel Stencil

Football 1973-1975
Hall of Fame Class: 1988
  • Three year starter at center for NMU football
  • Member of the 1975 National Championship Team
  • First Team Kodak All-American
  • Named Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1974 and 1975

Jodi Stout Griggs

Swimming and Diving 1980-1983
Hall of Fame Class: 2000
  • Four year letterman
  • NCAA-II National Champion in 1-meter diving in 1983
  • Member of the 1982 AIAW-II National Runner-up Team
  • Three-time All-American and served as Swimming and Diving Team Captain in 1983

Michael Strebel

Football 1958-1961
Hall of Fame Class: 1994
  • 1962 NAIA All-American honorable mention
  • Four year letter winner
  • Coached Peshtigo High School football to over 200 wins, including 15 conference championships and a 1983 state title
  • Chairmen of the Wisconsin High School Coaches Football Association Scholarship Committee

Patrick Stump

Football 1961-1964
Hall of Fame Class: 1979
  • NAIA All American in 1963 and 1964
  • Associated Press All American in 1964
  • Co-Captain of 1964 team and was selected MVP

Gene Summers

Basketball 1965-1966
Hall of Fame Class: 1977
  • 1965 and 1966 first team All-American
  • 28.2 points per game is the highest career average in program history
  • 30.0 points per game average in 1966
  • 1,328 career points

Louis Frank Taccolini

Basketball 1951-1952
Hall of Fame Class: 1986
  • Northern's leading scorer in basketball in the 1950-51 season
  • Single game scoring record of 41 points
  • Coached the Marquette Senior High School girls' basketball team to a nine-year record of 163-32
  • Named Upper Peninsula Coach of the Year in 1977 and 1984
  • Class A Regional Coach of the Year in 1985

Kathy Talus

Field Hockey, Basketball 1974-1978
Hall of Fame Class: 1989
  • First female to receive eight varsity letters at NMU
  • Field hockey and basketball letter winner for four years
  • Coached the Negaunee Middle School girl's track team
  • Coached the girl's varsity basketball team at Gwinn High School

May Tan

Swimming
Hall of Fame Class: 2003
  • 28-Time All-American
  • Currently holds 5 GLIAC records
  • NCAA National Champion 6 times
  • NCAA Record SetterÃ¥400 medley relay, 800 medley relay

Rex Terwilliger

Football, Track 1955-1957
Hall of Fame Class: 1992
  • Team MVP of football and track teams
  • 1972 Football Coach of the Year at Kingsford High School
  • Coached Kingsford High School football and track for 13 years

Monica Todd (Hayes)

Swimming 1983-1987
Hall of Fame Class: 2009
Induction Ceremony Remarks
  • 1987 NCAA Division II National Champion in 200 Freestyle Relay
  • Four Year Letter Winner
  • Four-year NCAA Division II All-American

Albert Treado

Football, Basketball, Track 1928-1931
Hall of Fame Class: 1976
  • Coached both L'Anse and Ironwood high school teams to Upper Peninsula championships
  • U.P. representative on State Athletic Association Council
  • Ontonagon Area High School and Kingsford High School athletic director

Marshall Treado

Football, Basketball, Track 1923, 1924
Hall of Fame Class: 1990
  • Four varsity letters in basketball
  • Two varsity letters in football
  • Two varsity letters in track

Donald Trost

Head Coach: Track, Swimming and Diving 1966-1985
Hall of Fame Class: 1991
  • Produced more All-Americans during his tenure than all other programs combined
  • Won five Division II swimming National Championship
  • Worked as consultant to the Michigan Sea Grant Program
  • Coordinator for the Great Lakes Sports Training Center

Jennifer Urick (Kleeman)

Swimming 1990-1993
Hall of Fame Class: 2004
  • 25-time GLIAC Champion
  • 28-time NCAA All-American
  • 3 NCAA National Records
  • 9-time NCAA National Champion

Eugene "Mickey" Valesano

Football 1958-1961
Hall of Fame Class: 1980
  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1962
  • Four Varsity Letters in Football at NMU
  • Leading Rusher in 1960 and 1961
  • NAIA Third Team
  • A.P. Honorable Mention All-America Fullback on the 1960 Honors Team

Ann Van Dyke

Basketball and Volleyball
Hall of Fame Class: 2002
  • First Female Athlete at NMU to earn eight varsity letters in two sports
  • Served as Team Captain for Volleyball and Basketball her senior year

Francis Vetort

Football 1936-1938
Hall of Fame Class: 1993
  • Three year letter winner
  • Served in WWII as Lt. Col with the US Air Force as a fighter pilot
  • Semi-pro boxer

Olaf Vicklund

Football, Basketball, Track 1928-1930
Hall of Fame Class: 1980
  • Holds NMU Football Record with 5 Touchdowns in a single game in 1928
  • Earned Varsity Letters in Football, Basketball and Track

Robert A. Villemure

Basketball, Football, Track 1934-1938
Hall of Fame Class: 1991
  • Spent 22 years working for the FBI
  • Won varsity letters in basketball, football and track

Karen Violetta Kunkel

Coach and Trainer
Hall of Fame Class: 1985
  • NMU Olympic Training Center Coordinator 1985
  • Women's Athletic Coordinator 1968-1973
  • Women's Ski Coach 1967-1973

1993 Volleyball Team

Volleyball
Hall of Fame Class: 1998
  • 1993 NCAA-II National Champions
  • 38-1 overall record
  • 18-0 in conference play

1994 Volleyball Team

Volleyball
Hall of Fame Class: 2000
  • NCAA-II National Champions
  • 32-4 overall record
  • 16-2 in conference play

Pete Vordenberg

Nordic Skiing 1992-1994
Hall of Fame Class: 2011
Induction Ceremony Remarks
  • 1992 and 1994 Olympic Team member
  • 1993 National Championship 20k
  • Currently Head Coach of US Cross Country development program
  • Head Coach of 2006 Olympic ski team

Don Waddell

Hockey 1976-1980
Hall of Fame Class: 1993
  • Spent 2 seasons as the assistant GM for the Detroit Red Wings
  • Spent 11 seasons as the GM for the Atlanta Thrashers
  • Preliminary member of the 1980 US Olympic hockey team
  • 1978 daft pick of the L.A. Kings
  • 1978 CCHA Player of the Year and team MVP

Oscar Wassberg

Football, Basketball, Track 1927-1930
Hall of Fame Class: 1980
  • First NMU Athlete to earn 11 varsity letters
  • First four-letter man in Track at NMU
  • Established a record in the 220-yard dash in 1929 which stood for 23 years
  • 4 letters in Basketball and 3 letters in Football
  • Coached the undefeated 1945 Negaunee football team

Tom Watson

Football
Hall of Fame Class: 2003
  • 1970 Most Valuable Player
  • 1970 Team Captain
  • Four Year Letter Winner

Steve Weeks

Hockey 1977-1980
Hall of Fame Class: 1990
  • Played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League for six teams
  • 1980 CCHA Player of the Year Award
  • 1980 team MVP
  • 1978 team Most Improved Player
  • CCHA All Academic Team

Brad Werenka

Hockey
Hall of Fame Class: 2002
  • 1991 First Team All-American
  • 1991 Hobey Baker Award Finalist
  • 1991 Student Athlete of the Year WCHA
  • 2nd all-time NMU career points (128), goals (40), and assists (88) by a defenseman
  • Played 9 NHL Seasons; won a silver medal in the 1994 Winter Olympics with Team Canada.

Stanley Whitman

Football, Basketball 1946-1950
Hall of Fame Class: 1992
  • Two sport letterwinner
  • Coached Munising High School football, basketball and golf
  • Spent 20 years working in NMU's Registrar's Office

Earl Wilkins

Football, Track 1928-1931
Hall of Fame Class: 1992
  • Earned eight varsity letters, four in each football and track
  • Iowa's Drake Relays participant while at NMU
  • Held several school track records

Bret Williams

Skiing 1980-1981
Hall of Fame Class: 2006
  • 1980 NCAA Alpine National Champion
  • 1st in giant slalom, 2nd in slalom at 1980 U.S. Ski Association Elite Meet
  • 1st in giant slalom, U.S. Ski Association Elite Meet
  • NMU's first and only Alpine National Champion

Lindsay Williams

Nordic Skiing 2003-2007
Hall of Fame Class: 2012
Induction Ceremony Remarks
  • 2007 5k freestyle NCAA National Champion
  • Part of two NMU podium sweeps in 2007 in the 5k freestyle and 15k classic at the NCAA National Championship
  • 2005 5k classic NCAA runner-up
  • 2005 US National Classic Sprint Race winner
  • Four-time All-American

Fritz Wilson

Basketball 1954-1958
Hall of Fame Class: 1987
  • 1957 team MVP
  • 1957 team scoring leader, averaging 19.1 points per game
  • Set a then-school record for free throws made during a game at 13
  • Member of NMU's National Alumni Board

Warren "Whitey" Wilson

Football, Basketball, Track 1954-1957
Hall of Fame Class: 1992
  • Earned nine varsity letters, three in each football, basketball and track
  • Coached Frankenmuth High School boys basketball to over 500 victories and 18 district championshihps

Jerry Woods

Football
Hall of Fame Class: 2001
  • 1986 MVP and led the team in punt, kickoff, and interception returns in '86, 87' and 88'
  • Holds the NMU record for career kickoff return yards
  • Two years as Kodak 1st Team All-American
  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1989 and played for the Green Bay Packers
  • Played in the World Football League and the Canadian Football League

George Works, Jr.

Football 1978-1982
Hall of Fame Class: 2008
  • 1982 AP All-American Second-Team Running Back
  • 1982 Kodak All-America First-Team Running Back
  • Holds NMU Records: Career Scoring, Most Points (354), Most Touchdowns (59); Season Scoring, Most Points (138), Most Touchdowns (23); Most Points In A Game (30); Most Touchdowns In A Game (5)

Jerry Wright

Basketball 1961-1962
Hall of Fame Class: 2006
  • 3rd Team NAIA All-American as a freshmen
  • Selected 1961-1962 Co-Team Captain
  • Third in scoring and rebounds in 1991 upset win vs. Michigan State

Con "Con" Yagodzinski

Basketball 1965-1967
Hall of Fame Class: 1983
  • One of the leading scorers and rebounders in NMU basketball history
  • NAIA All-American in 1967
  • 7th all-time leading rebounder with 647
  • 9th all-time leading scorer with 1,098 points
  • Senior season of 1966-67 he led the team in rebounding, served as a co-captain and was elected MVP

Rico Zenti

Athletic Director 1930-1932, 1966-1969
Hall of Fame Class: 1976
  • United States Navy Lieutenant Commander of Fitness and Rehabilitation Programs from 1942-46
  • NMU Athletic Director 1966-69
  • Department Head of Health, Physical Education and Recreation from 1966-1975
  • Principle planner of the Physical Education Instructional Facility
  • 1966 Distinguished Alumni Award winner from NMU