Press Box

Seven new members will be inducted in the NMU Sports Hall ofFame in conjunction with Homecoming Weekend 2005, September 16-17.
The induction dinner and ceremony will take place Friday, Sept. 16 in the GreatLakes 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 programat 8:15 p.m.
Tickets are $18.50 for adults, $10 for children. Reservations are required.

Tickets can be purchased at the Superior Dome Ticket Officeor by calling 227-1032.

For additional information, contact the NMU Athletic Office at 227-2105.


This yearâ€Â™s inductees are:


Steve Avery â€Â˜89


A four-year letter winner with the footballWildcats, Steve had a stellar career on the gridiron. He holds the NMU recordfor yards rushing in a career with 3,842. Each year of his four seasons withthe â€Â˜Cats, Steve led the team in rushing. In 1987, Steve was named the GLIACPlayer of the Year and an All-American, honorable mention.  After graduatingwith a bachelorâ€Â™s degree in business management, Steve went on to live hischildhood dream of playing in the National Football League. From 1993-95, heplayed with the Pittsburgh Steelers team when they won three AFC CentralDivision championships, one AFC Championship and took on the Dallas Cowboys inSuper Bowl XXX.  Since retiring from the NFL in 1997, Steve has been involvedin the financial services industry.  He is currently regional marketingdirector for The Hartford/PLANCO.  Steve and his wife, Sandy, live in Cranberry Township, Pa., and have three children.


William Hamor â€Â˜64


Bill earned four letters as a two-way tacklewith the 1960-63 Wildcat Football teams.  During his time on the squad, NMUcompiled a 24-10-2 record.  Bill was truly an unsung hero.  While small instature, he outplayed many bigger and stronger athletes.  After receiving abachelorâ€Â™s degree from Northern and his masterâ€Â™s from Eastern Michigan University, Bill began a long and productive teaching and coaching career.  He coachedthe Beverly, Massachusetts High School football team for 26 years, seeing itthrough its most successful decade.  His 1988 Panther squad was 10-0 and wentto the Division II Super Bowl.  He is a former Boston Globe â€ÂœCoach ofthe Yearâ€Â and five-time Salem Evening News â€ÂœCoach of the Yearâ€Â.  Billwas inducted into the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Hall of Famein 1999 and the Beverly High School Hall of Fame in 2003.  Bill is retired andlives in Beverly, Mass. with his wife, Carrol. 


Joan Peto Hopkins


Joan Peto Hopkins was hired in 1977 as theinaugural womenâ€Â™s swimming coach at Northern.  After an initial disappointingseason of 1-6, Joan went on to lead the Wildcats to an impressive string ofseven Top Ten national team finishes, including second place in the NCAADivision II Championship in 1982.  This is the highest finish of any NMUwomenâ€Â™s swimming team in the NCAA or AIAW championships to date. In hernine-year tenure at Northern, her teams produced eight Division II national championsand 34 Division II All-Americans.  In 1982, the College Swimming CoachesAssociation recognized Hopkins as the Division II â€ÂœNational Swimming Coach ofthe Yearâ€Â.  For the past 19 years, Joan has held the position of coordinator ofthe Bratzke Student-Athlete Academic Success Center at Eastern Kentucky University. Ã‚  She and her two daughters reside in Richmond, Ky.


Randy Meier â€Â˜82


Randy was a four-year letter winner on the NMUwrestling squad.  He had a career record of 114-38-1 with 32 falls.  He earnedAll-American honors at 142 pounds in 1979 when he was fifth in the NCAA-IIfinals.  He was the 1982 co-captain and was fourth at 152 pounds at thenational meet.  Randy graduated with a bachelorâ€Â™s degree in education and begana successful 20-year coaching career. Ã‚  After three seasons at Marquette Senior High School, he was appointed head wrestling coach at Fulton High School in 1988, resurrecting the program from a seven-year absence.  In 16 seasons, hecoached 44 state qualifiers, 24 state place winners and 11 state champions. During the 1992-93 season, his team ranked 10th in the state. In1997-98, the team won the district and regional championships and was DivisionIV state runners-up.  His honors include Lansing Area â€ÂœCoach of the Yearâ€Â aswell as Division IV â€ÂœCoach of the Yearâ€Â.  Randy retired from coaching after the2004 season and is currently a physical education instructor.  He and his wife,Sue â€Â™87, live in Riverdale, Mich., with their three children.


Keith Nelsen â€Â˜86


A four-year letter winner in football, Keith wasa two-year starter at quarterback for the Wildcats. He still holds a number ofindividual records, including total offense in a season and total offense in agame.  Keith was team captain and Most Valuable Player in 1985.  Followinggraduation with a bachelorâ€Â™s degree in finance, he earned his juris doctorateat the University of Wisconsin Law School.  Keith spent several years inprivate practice, before taking on the position of vice president, legal forNordicTrack, Inc.  In 1997, Keith was recruited by Danka Business Systems PLCand became associate general counsel.  Danka, a provider of office printingsolutions and services, operates in over 20 countries and is headquartered in London, England, and Tampa, Fla. In the past eight years, Keith has received a series ofpromotions within the company and currently serves as chief administrativeofficer and general counsel.  He and his wife, Katherine, live in Tampa with their two children.


Gary Shanley â€Â˜64


Gary competed in two sports while at Northern,football and track, earning six letters. He was a member of the 1960 track teamthat won the N.A.I.A. State Championship. As a member of the football squad, Gary played both offense and defense.  After graduation from Northern, Gary began a30-year career in education.  In addition to his classroom work, Gary coached high school football during those years.  His record at Indian River Inland Lakes includes a 24-game winning streak, two undefeated seasons and one statechampionship.  Ã‚ He was named Class D â€ÂœCoach of the Yearâ€Â in 1972.  Gary was instrumental in the development of a new football field for Inland Lakes, a field that was eventually name â€ÂœShanley Fieldâ€Â in his honor.  Gary is a member of theMichigan High School Football Associationâ€Â™s Hall of Fame.  He retired fromteaching in 1994, but continues to officiate at track meets.  Gary and hiswife, Lynda, live in Alanson, Mich.


Bill Harris


Bill earned four varsity letters in basketballand was the teamâ€Â™s Most Valuable Player three of those four years.  He is theall-time leading scorer with 2,224 points and is the all-time, single seasonscoring leader with 763 points.  Bill also holds records for the most careerfield goals (856), the best career free throw average (84.4% - 387 of 458),highest scoring senior (763 points), best free throw average in one season(89.7% -113 of 126).  Bill lives in Jackson, Miss.




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director