Press Box

July 31, 2003




MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan UniversitySports Hall of Fame will grow by six members. The 2003 class of inductees will include Scott Beattie, Chuck Klingbeil,Jr., Lisa Jamula Maki, Neal Seagren, May Tan and Tom Watson. 

The induction dinner and ceremony will be in conjunctionwith Homecoming Weekend 2003 activities and take place on Friday, Sept. 26 inthe Great Lakes Rooms of the Don H. Bottum University Center. 

Reservations are required and tickets can be purchasedthrough the Alumni Association at (906) 227-2610 or toll free at 1-877-GRAD-NMUor visit the NMU web site for details (  The social hour starts at 6:30 p.m.,followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. and the induction program will start at 8:00p.m.  The cost for the evening is $17.50per person.


Members of the NMU Sports Hall for 2003


Scott Beattie


One of the most prolific offensive performers in WCHA history,Scott Beattie was a two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist (1991 and 1992) and wasa first-team All-WCHA choice. He was also selected NMU, WCHA and NCAATournament Most Valuable Player and was the nationâ€Ã‚™s leading scorer during thenational championship season in 1990-91. He left NMU as the schoolâ€Ã‚™s fourth all-time leading scorer.  Since leaving Northern, Scott has playedprofessionally in Europe with stints in Italy, Germany and Switzerland.  Scott is married and has two daughters.  During the off-season, he and his familylive in British Columbia, Canada.



Chuck Klingbeil, Jr.


A four-year lineman at NMU, Chuck started every game.  In 1987, he led the Wildcat defense to thesemifinals. Following his senior year at Northern, he opted to play in theCanadian Football League.  He wasselected Most Valuable Lineman when the Saskatchewan Rough Riders won the CFLâ€Ã‚™sGrey Cup in 1989.  A defensive linemanfor the National Football Leagueâ€Ã‚™s Miami Dolphins (1991-95), he recovered afumble and scored a touchdown as coach Don Shula won his 300th game.  A shoulder injury in 1997 ended hisprofessional football career.  Chuck washired by Michigan Technological University in 1999 as an assistant coach andstrength and conditioning coach.  He wasinducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.


Lisa Jamula Maki


One of the most outstanding performers in Wildcat womenâ€Ã‚™sbasketball history, Lisa remains Northernâ€Ã‚™s all-time leading scorer with 1,699points during her stellar career with the 1988-91 squads.  In addition, she is the 2ndleading rebounder in school history. Ã‚ 1991 saw her capture Most Valuable Player and Great LakesIntercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors.  The four-time letterwinner spent some timedownstate after graduation and then returned to the U.P.  In 1998 Lisa received a teaching certificatefrom Northern and has been teaching math at the high school level inEscanaba. Ã‚  She continues to be involvedin basketball, coaching  the 7thgrade to varsity levels.  She receivedher Masterâ€Ã‚™s in Education Administration from NMU in 2002.  Lisa and her husband, Todd Maki, welcomedtheir first child, Bryant, in 2002.






Neal Seagren


Neal Seagren was a three-time NCAA Division II All-Americawrestler and two-time team co-captain. He was the first NMU wrestler to reach 100 wins during his collegecareer and is second on the all-time career win list with 118 victories. In1977, Neal was the National runner-up, losing a 6-5 decision in the NCAAchampionship match.  Neal graduated cumlaude from NMU with an accounting degree, is a CPA and received a Masterâ€Ã‚™s inBusiness Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He is the financial systems manager for MGICInvestment Corporation and resides in Cedarburg, Wisconsin with his wife andthree children.  Neal has been activelyinvolved in coaching youth sports for many years.


May Tan


A four-year letter winner on the Wildcat swim squad, May Tanhelped the Wildcat Swim program gain national prominence.  May was an NCAA national champion six timesand set a number of NCAA records. May still holds five GLIAC records. Inaddition, she was an excellent student athlete, receiving Academic All-Americahonors all four years.  In 1992 May wasnamed an NCAA regional Woman of the Year. After gradation from Northern, the Malaysia native returned to her homecountry and began work in the banking industry.  She now works for a manufacturing company that is majority-ownedby her family.  She is in charge ofhuman resources and production control. May and her husband have two sons.


Tom Watson


A Newberry native, Tom lettered on the Wildcat footballsquad 1967-1970.  From the second gameof the 1967 season, he was Northernâ€Ã‚™s starting offensive tackle every game forthe next four years. Tom was team captain and Most Valuable Player in1970. Ã‚  After graduation, Tom spent ayear as a Wildcat football graduate assistant and then began a 30-year careerin education.  Tom has taught andcoached at the high school level in Delta County, and began work as anadministrator in August of 1985.  Heserved as principal at Gladstone High School, superintendent of Rapid RiverSchools and superintendent of Gladstone Area Schools, before beginning work asa consultant.  Tom continues to be veryactive in the Delta County area through his involvement with a number ofcommunity service organizations.


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director