MARQUETTE, Mich. -- The Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame will induct five new members on Saturday, April 18, in the Great LakesRoom of the University Center. The event will once again be held in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Awards Banquet. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. and program will follow.
One of the inductees into the class of 2015 is Heather (Koenig) Drukker, who was a three-time volleyball letterwinner for the Wildcats from 1991-93. In 1993, the Wildcats captured the NCAA Division II National Championship. Drukker was named All-America for two consecutive years while also being named All-Conference, All-Region and NCAA Elite 8 All-Tournament.
“I was shocked and honored to be inducted in to the NMU Sports Hall of Fame” said Drukker. “There are so many sports and so many great athletes who have come through NMU, and I never thought in a million years I would be inducted.”
Drukker came to NMU after playing her freshman season at El Camino City College in Torrence, Calif. where she was team captain and the squad’s MVP. During her first season with the Wildcats, Drukker earned the team’s Most Improved Player award after playing in 33 of the team’s 36 games. She ranked fourth on the team in digs with 253 and fifth in kills with 236. The Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals where they lost to Portland State, 3-1.
During her junior campaign, Drukker was named an AVCA First TeamAll-American and a Third Team All-American by Volleyball Monthly. She earned All Great Lakes Region honors and led the team in service aces (60) while ranking second in kills (38), digs (339) and assists (90). She helped lead the Wildcats to another showdown with Portland State, this time in the NCAA Championship match. The Wildcats took Portland State to five sets, but lost 3-2.
In 1993, Drukker’s senior season, the Wildcats turned in the most impressive volleyball performance in school history, rattling off a 38-1 record and winning the NCAA Division II National Championship. The ‘Cats hosted the Elite 8 that season and won the championship on their home court. This time, the Wildcats faced off against Cal State-Bakersfield and took the match 3-1. Following the season, Drukker was again named First Team All-America, All-Great Lakes Region and to the NCAA Elite 8 All-Tournament Team.
"I have a hard time writing this, there are tears in my eyes even thinking about how much I loved Heather and her teammates," said former NMU head coach Jim Moore. "Heather was the consummate competitor. Heather was in practice three days before winning the first National Championship in volleyball by any school in the Eastern Time Zone, and creating new plays, three days before the end of her career. Heather made me laugh, she made me think, and she made me a better coach. I loved having her on my team, and I would put her on the floor with anyone I have ever competed against at any level. This is an award that is very much deserved, I am proud to have been her coach. I love Heather (Koenig) Drukker.”
When asked to remember her championship game Drukker said “It was amazing. We were humble in a sense. We didn’t think we were amazing, but we had amazing coaches, players, fans and atmosphere. It was a fun and amazing experience.”
Former teammate Stacy Metro said “Heather was the ultimate teammate and I was honored to compete alongside her and win a National Championship. She made us laugh, she hit the ball so hard and ran our offense with fire in her belly trying to hit the opponent in the face on every play and I love her for that because I always wanted her to do it. Congrats Heather, I wish I could be there but I’m sending a huge hug your way and a monstrous high five!”
Drukker graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management in 1995. After graduation, she married David Drukker and worked in business management before having two daughters Kelly (16) and Rachel (14). She returned to the workplace, working in escrow for 10 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom.
Tickets for the evening are $20 for adults. They can be purchased at the NMU Superior Dome Ticket Office or by calling 906-227-1032. The Sports Hall of Fame and Student-Athlete Awards Banquet is sponsored by Hit Trophy (www.hittrophy.com).