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NMU Sports Hall of Fameto induct six during Homecoming

Six new members will be inducted in the NMU Sports Hall ofFame in conjunction with Homecoming Weekend 2004, October 15-16.
The induction dinner and ceremony will take place Friday, Oct. 15 in the GreatLakes Rooms of the
Don H. Bottum University Center.
Social hour begins at 6:30, dinner at 7:30and the induction program at 8:15 p.m.
Tickets are $17.50 per person. Reservations are required and can be made bysending a check payable and addressed to the NMU Sports Hall of Fame, 1401Presque Isle,
Marquette, MI 49855, by phone, toll free at 1-877-GRADNMU or you can purchase your tickets online at
For additional information, contact the NMU AlumniAssociation at 227-2610.

This yearâ€Â™s inductees are:


Dr. Thomas L. Knauss â€Â˜54

A long-time supporter of NMU athletics, Dr. Knaussis a retired professor of mathematics at Northern Michigan University. Ã‚  A Duluth, Minn. native, he served on the NMU Athletic Councilfor 27 years, serving 13 years as chairperson of the council.  Dr. Knauss wasinstrumental in assisting NMU athletes in continuing their academic careersfollowing their undergraduate work.  Dr. Knauss dedicated himself to promotingNMU student athletes for post-graduate scholarships through the NationalCollegiate Athletic Association.  His commitment to Northern is extensive andtireless. Ã‚  He has served on numerous NMU committees and boards in a leadershipcapacity, including the NMU Sports Hall of Fame Board and the former GoldenWildcat Club board. He holds an NMU Alumni Association Distinguished AlumniAward.  In the Marquette community, Tom played important roles in the creation of thecityâ€Â™s Veteranâ€Â™s Memorial Park and the Presque Isle Pavilion. It would bedifficult to find a man more dedicated to community and alma mater than Dr. TomKnauss.  Dr. Knauss and his wife, Mary, live in Marquette and have two adult children.


Mark Maddox

A Milwaukee native, Mark lettered in football at Northern,1987-1988-1990. He was a two-time All-GLIAC First Team Linebacker. In 1990,Mark had a stand-out year and captured honors as NMUâ€Â™s Most Valuable Player,Most Valuable Linebacker and served as co-captain, in addition to receiving anumber of other honors. After leaving Northern, Mark played in the NFL with theBuffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals, participating in two Super Bowls, 1992 and1993.


Barb Maszlewski â€Â™74 â€Â˜78

A Detroit native, Barb Maszlewski was a leader for womenin the field of athletic training in the Upper Peninsula.  After suffering a career-ending injurywhile a member of NMUâ€Â™s 1970-71 Womenâ€Â™s Field Hockey team, Barbâ€Â™s desire toremain involved in athletics led her to sports medicine.  She became NMUâ€Â™sfirst female student athletic trainer.  She received her undergraduate degreein Physical Education in 1974 and went on to teach and coach at Houghton High School.  She returned toNorthern in January of 1976 as a graduate assistant trainer for the womenâ€Â™sprograms.  She received her Masters in Health Education from Northern in 1978and became certified as an athletic trainer through the National AthleticsTrainers Association.  From 1977-1985, Barb was NMUâ€Â™s athletic trainer forwomenâ€Â™s athletics. Ã‚  In 1985 she was accepted into the Physician Assistantprogram at Mercy College in Detroit and took a leave ofabsence from Northern to pursue her PA certification. She returned to Northernin 1987 and later accepted a position as a PA with a cardiothoracic surgerypractice in Marquette.  Barb played asignificant role in the health care of athletes at NMU for thirteen and a halfyears.  For the past seven years she has been a PA in a neurosurgery practicein Marquette. 


Stacy Metro â€Â˜94

Stacy Metro is one of the most decoratedvolleyball players in NCAA Division II history.  A Lakewood, Calif. native, Stacy letteredat Northern Michigan University 1991-92-93.  She becamethe first individual ever to be named the American Volleyball CoachesAssociation Division II Player of the Year on two occasions when she receivedthe award for a second consecutive season in 1993.  As a setter, she earnedfirst-team AVCA All-America and first-team All-GLIAC honors in each of herseasons in a Wildcat uniform as well as being named GLIAC Player of the Year in1992 and 1993.  Stacy was a member of NMUâ€Â™s first-ever volleyball nationalchampionship team in 1993.  Her list of accomplishments and honors isextensive.  A leader on the court, Stacy helped propel Wildcat volleyball intothe national spotlight.  Her jersey was retired in a special ceremony in 1994. In 2002, Stacy and her husband, Jim Moore, returned to Marquette to take over volleyballcoaching duties at NMU.  They have two sons, Matthew and Michael.


Mark Simon â€Â˜86

After leading Stephenson High School to the Class C statechampionship in 1981, Mark Simon signed on to play collegiate basketball at Northern Michigan University.  Mark played in fourgames in the 1981-82 season before taking a red-shirt year and lettering thenext four years.  Upon returning to the court, his teams averaged over 20yearly victories in four years.  He was named captain in 1986.  He finished hisplaying career with 517 rebounds and 1,078 points.  He holds the record for themost victories by a player (85).  Mark remains active in the community and thesport by coaching grade school basketball.  He and his wife, Heidi, live in Marquette with their twochildren, Joseph and Jessica.  Mark is employed at American Express FinancialServices Inc.


Jennifer (Kleemann) Urick â€Â˜94

In a time of prominence for NMU swimming, Jenny Kleemannwas a standout.  Jenny lettered at NMU, 1989-92.  Her swimming honors areextensive.  She is a nine-time NCAA national champion; 28-time NCAAAll-American; set three NCAA II national records.  In her swimming career atNorthern, Jenny was a 25-time GLIAC champion and set five GLIAC records, inaddition to being named GLIAC Swimmer of the Year in 1991.  She was named NMUâ€Â™smost valuable swimmer in her freshman year.  Seven of Jenniferâ€Â™s NMU swimmingrecords still stand.  After leaving Northern, she continued her involvement inthe sports, coaching at  the high school level in Illinois.  She and her husband,Ron â€Â™94, have three children, Katelyn, Nicholas and Allison.







Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director