September 17, 2007

NMU Sports Hall of Fame For 2007

2007 NMU Sports Hall of Fame
Seven new members will be inducted in the Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame in conjunction with Homecoming 2007. The induction dinner and ceremony will take place Friday, Oct. 5 in the Great Lakes Rooms of the Don H. Bottum University Center. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. and the induction program at 8:15 p.m. 
Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children. Reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased at the Superior Dome Ticket Office or by calling 227-1032.
This year’s inductees are:
Tom Bertoldi ’83
A four-year letter winner and quarterback, Tom played for the NMU football Wildcats 1980-83. He served as team captain as a senior. In 1981 and 1983, the Iron Mountain native was selected NMU’s most valuable player and was a two-time All American. When he graduated, Tom held nearly every NMU record possible for a quarterback. He currently holds five NMU records: longest touchdown pass (92 yards, 1981), career marks – offense (6,807 yards), yards passing (7,330), pass attempts (987) and passing touchdowns (45). An NMU business management graduate, Tom is a database administrator for Cargill, Inc. He and his wife, Karin, live in Minneapolis with their three children.
Jim Hiller ‘95
Jim Hiller was a three-year letter winner on the Wildcat hockey team, 1989-92, and a member of the 1991 national championship team. The Port Alberni, British Columbia native was a second-team All-America choice in 1991-92. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association recognized him twice as an honorable mention selection, before naming him a second-team choice in 1991-92 after he finished as the league’s leading scorer.  He served as team captain as a senior and ended his Wildcat career as one of only seven players in school history to notch 200 points. Drafted by the Los Angels Kings, Hiller played nine years of professional hockey in North America and Europe. In 2002, he began his coaching career and is currently the head coach of the Chilliwack Bruins in the Western Hockey League (WHL).  Jim and his wife, Kathy, have three children.
Anne Goodman James
Anne was Northern’s head swimming and diving coach from 1986-96. During her ten years, she led the Wildcats to NCAA finishes of fifth place or higher nine times including a second-place spot in 1992. She coached 27 NCAA national champions while at NMU, in addition to three NCAA Division II Swimmers of the Year. Anne earned NCAA-II National Coach of the Year honors in 1988 and 1991. She was GLIAC Coach of the Year for three consecutive years, 1990-91-92. While at Northern, Anne also served as assistant athletic director from 1991-96. She is currently in her second year as head men’s and women’s swimming coach and aquatics director at Colorado College. She and her husband, William, have two children.
 
Jun Liu ‘98
Jun Liu’s playing career as a Wildcat is one of the most prolific in NMU volleyball history. The Tianjin, China native was a four-year letter winner and a member of four straight Final Four teams, 1993-96, and two back-to-back national championship teams, 1993 and 1994. Jun was named a first team All-American three times (1994-95-96) and national Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996. She holds NMU records in career assists (4,531) and season digs (476). After graduation from Northern, Jun spent one season at Marquette University as an assistant volleyball coach and then moved on to the University of Michigan where she had the opportunity to work with her former NMU coach, Mark Rosen. Jun spent six seasons with the Michigan volleyball team as an assistant coach. She is currently a business analyst with EDS. She and her husband, Raymond Guo, have two children and live in Northville, Mich.
Dennis Porter ‘70
A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Dennis Porter was a four-year letter winner with the 1964-67 NMU football teams.  He was a four-year starter and played both defensive end and offensive tackle during his years as a Wildcat gridder. In 1966 and 1967, he was named most valuable lineman for the team. In 1967, he served as co-captain and led Northern to an undefeated regular season and NAIA playoff berth. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1968. Dennis spent 30 years with General Motors and retired in 2005. He and his wife, Elaine, live in Linden, Mich.
Bill Pye ‘95
A key figure in NMU’s rise to Division I hockey prominence during the late 1980s and early 1990s, Bill was a four-year letter winner, 1987-91. He was a second-team All-America selection as a senior as he backstopped the Wildcats to the national title. He was a two-time honorable mention league pick and named to the All-WCHA first team in 1991. He was also the WCHA Championship’s MVP twice. Pye was NMU’s MVP in 1988-89. Twice named Northern’s Best Defensive Player, he ended his four years with the Wildcats holding seven school career goaltending records, including most wins (81). He was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 1989.
Kendall Shorkey ‘77
Kendall was a four-year letter winner on the 1971-74 NMU swimming and diving teams. He holds the distinct honor of being a 13-time NCAA All-American, a rare accomplishment. He was NMU’s most improved swimmer in 1971-72 and went on to be chosen most valuable swimmer by his teammates in 1973 and 1974. In 1974, he served as team captain. Kendall is the current NMU record holder in the 200 yard butterfly and both the 200 and 400 yard individual medley. A 1977 industrial technology graduate, Kendall had a highly successful career in computer aided drafting (CAD), working for Compaq Computer Corporation before starting his own business, Cadvantage Builders. He is semi-retired. He and his wife, Cathy, live in Helotes, Texas.
 
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Prepared By
David Faiella
Sports Information Director
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