Hall of Fame

The purpose of the Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame is to recognize elite athletes, alums, staff, and contributors who have distinguished themselves in the field of athletics, either by virtue of their performance on athletic teams representing the University or by meritorious efforts on behalf of athletics either as an undergraduate or in years after leaving the University.  Consideration will also be given to those who have made other significant contributions to the athletic program at Northern Michigan University.

The nominee must be a former NMU student-athlete or team. Faculty, staff and others who have made a significant contribution to Northern’s athletic program, or have given significant contributions to NMU athletics, may also be considered.

Student-Athletes
The nominee must have departed Northern Michigan University five years; The nominee must have demonstrated good citizenship.
Coaches, administrators, faculty, staff, or other contributors
Are not bound by a time limit; Current NMU coaches and staff are not eligible for consideration; The nominee must have demonstrated good citizenship
Teams
For consideration, a team must have demonstrated national prominence; No more than one team will be recognized in any given year; Five years must elapse before a team could be so recognized; Team nominations and inductions include all student-athletes and coaching staff.

Nominations for the NMU Sports Hall of Fame can be made online or via a printable nomination form.

A list of current nominees can be seen HERE. The NMU Sports Hall of Fame bylaws can be seen HERE.

Current Members of the Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame

Photo Inductee Induction Class Sport Accomplishments
  Albeck, Stanley 1977 Coach
  •  Head coach of the National Basketball Association's San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets and Chicago Bulls from 1980-86
  • Assistant coach for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Head coach of the American Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets and assistant for two other teams
  • 178-77 record in 11 seasons as head coach of NMU men's basketball
  Allen, Arthur 1983 Football, Track & Field 
  • Coached high school football, basketball and track for over 30 years
  • Registered official in all three sports
  • For 20 years he served as coaches representative on the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Upper Peninsula athletic comitee
  • Former president of the NMU alumni association
  • Served on the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame Council 
  Allen, Richard "Dick" 2018 Football, Track & Field
  • Starting running back for 1956 football team that finished the season undefeated
  • Named a Little (now NCAA Division II) All-American after leading the team in rushing (386 yards) and scoring (36 points) 
  • Four-year letter winner in Track & Field
  Ambrosino, Richard 1989 Football 
  • Captain of the NMU's undefeated 1967 football team
  • All-American
  • High school football coach and assistant athletic director at Fenwick High School
  Anderle, Harry 1979 Basketball, Football
  • First Eight-Letter Athlete at NMU
  • Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame
  • Four Letterman in Football
  • Four Letterman in Basketball
  Anderson, Axel 1985 Football, Basketball, Track & Field
  • Four letters in football
  • Three letters in basketball
  • Four letters in track
  • Co-captain of the 1953 football team
  Anderson, Harold 1981 Football, Basketball, Track & Field
  • Won three Michigan Class "E" state championships
  • Upper Peninsula Coach-of-the-year in 1959
  • 192-70 Nahma High School basketball record
  Armstead, Robert 1976 Basketball
  • 1,257 career points
  • 1962 team Most Valuable Player
  • 1963 captain
  • 3 time All-American 1962-64
  Avery, Steve 2005 Football
  • 1987 All-American honorable mention
  • Led team in rushing 85-86-87-88
  • Led team in scoring 86-87-88
  • NMU record for career yards rushing (3842)
  Awrey, Randy 1998 Football
  •  MVP of 1975 national championship game
  • Four year letter winner
  • Head coach of undefeated Lakeland College football team in 1997
  • All-time winningest football coach in Saginaw Valley State University history
  • 2008-11 NMU defensive coordinator
  Barber, George 1996 Basketball
  • Set a then record of points by a freshman in 1970 with 387 total points
  • Left NMU as team's third all-time leading scorer with 1,575 career points
  • Three-time team MVP
  • Averaged 14.1 points per game as a senior
  Beattie, Scott 2003 Hockey
  • 1991 & 1992 Hobey Baker Award Finalist
  • 1991 NCAA Tournament MVP
  • 1991 WCHA MVP
  • 1st in goals in a season(48); 3rd points in a season (89)
  • 1st on all-time NMU game-winning goals in a season list (7)
  Beaumier, John 1994 Football
  • Orthopedic Surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
  • University of North Dakota associate professor in surgery and football team physician
  • Played three positions for the NMU football team
  Berry, Mike 2002 Football
  •  Member of the 1975 National Championship Team
  • Named outstanding defensive lineman on the 1975 team
  • 1976 All-American Defensive Tackle and NMU team captain
  Bertoldi, Tom 2007 Football
  • 1981 All-America Honorable Mention QB
  • 1983 All-America Second Team QB
  • NCAA Division II single-game playoff passing record (443 yards)
  • Two-Time MVP
  Betts, Stuart 2001 Football 
  • Three-year letter winner on NMU's football squads in 1973, '74 and '75
  • Led the team in total offense in 1974 and was named MVP
  • Drafted by the New England Patriots and later signed with the Dallas Cowboys
  Blake, William "Joe" 2002 Announcer
  • Contributor to the NMU hockey and volleyball programs both on the radio and spreading the goodwill throughout the community
  • Play-by-play announcer for the NMU hockey program from 1979-1996
  • Broadcasted three Northern Michigan NCAA National Championships and three NCAA National Championship runners-up
  Blommel, George 1978 Football 
  • 1960 All-American
  • 1958 and 1960 NMU team MVP
  • 1959 and 1960 NMU team captain
  Bonifas, Richard 1980 Football, Basketball, Track & Field
  •  Won the Great Lakes Conference Championships as head coach for Manistique High School in 1952, 1958, 1959, 1964 and 1967
  • Lettered in Football and Track at NMU
  • Named Coach of the Year in 1958
  • Class B State Champion Coach in 1959
  Boyd, Michael 1980 Basketball, Football 
  • Four Year Letterman in Basketball at NMU
  • Basketball Team Captain
  • Lettered in Football
  • Former Assistant Basketball Coach at University of Michigan
  • Won National AAU Championship with the 1972 Flint AAU team
  Bozek, Steven 1991 Hockey
  • Played 11 seasons in the National Hockey League for four teams
  • First All-American in program history in 1981
  • Left NMU as team's third all-time leading scorer
  • 1981 CCHA scoring leader
  • 1981 NCAA All-Tournament Team member
  Bradshaw, Dave 2016 Swimming & Diving
  • Three-time team captain
  • All-American accolades in 1974, 1975 and 1976 in distance races and medley relays
  • Pool records in the 1,650 freestyle and 500 freestyle and school records in the 1,650 freestyle, 1,000 freestyle and 500 freestyle 
  Brigman, Roy 1996 Basketball, Track & Field
  • Earned three varsity letters in basketball and one in track
  • Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Developed and operated Camp Roy-El for physically disable children
  Brodeur, William 1994 Football
  • 1959 team leader in receptions
  • One of the founders of the NMU East Coast Alumni Chapter
  • One of initial organizers of the F.L. "Frosty" Ferzecca Scholarship Fund
  Brown, Glenn 1986 Coach 
  • Served as head men's basketball coach for 18 years at NMU
  • Took NMU to the NCAA Division II playoffs five times and reached the national quarterfinals twice
  • Career coaching record of 516-290
  • NMU coaching record of 300-188
  Brown, Roy 1999 Football
  • 1976 NMU Offensive Lineman of the Year
  • 1976 Tri-Captain
  • Starting Strong Guard on the 1975 National Championship Team
  Bullock, Timothy 2001 Basketball 
  • Four year letterman in basketball
  • Starting guard on the 1964-65 team that led the nation in scoring
  • Played a total of 96 games and scored a total of 706 points and played on two NAIA District 23 Championship Teams
  • Upper Peninsula Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1987 and Class B State Coach of the Year
  • Inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 1997
  Burke, Lorraine 1997 Gymnastics
  • 1984 national champion in floor exercise
  • Four time All-American in uneven bars, floor exercise, vault and all-around
  • 1,864.82 career points
  Bye, C. Richard 1988 Football, Track & Field 
  • Lettered in football and track
  • Coached high school football, basketball and track for 16 years
  • For 11 years he was the Director of Athletics at Avondale High School
  • The firld at Avondale High School is named in his honor
  • Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame
  Cade, W. David 1986 Basketball
  • MVP on Northern's 1963-64 basketball team
  • Scored 788 points in 88 games
  • Eight NAIA national tournament appearances
  • Former Michigan Tech basketball coach
  Campbell, Julie 1994 Swimming & Diving
  • Four time All-American selection
  • 1982 AIAW champion in 50m breaststroke, 200m medley relay, 200m freestyle relay and the 400m freestyle relay
  Canale, Gildo 1983 Administrator/Coach
  • Former athletic director at NMU
  • Athletic trainer at NMU for 25 years
  • Former director of intramurals, golf coach and assistant athletic director
  • Served as director of Michigan High School Athletic Association
  Carlson, Eber 1981 Football, Basketball
  • 1927 and 1928 captain of the basketball team
  • 1926 captain of the football team
  Carr, Lloyd 1996 Football 
  • Head coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines football program from 1995-07
  • 1997 AP National Champion of Division I football
  • 122–40 overall head coaching record and 5 conference championships, all at Michigan
  • Quarterback of the 1967 undefeated NMU football team 
  Chrisant, John 1994 Football
  • 19 66-69 Associated Press All-American honorable mention
  • Member of the 1967 playoff team
  • Four year letter winner
Coduti, Leslie 1995 Basketball
  • Co-Captain 1967-1968
  • Four year letter winner
  • Recipient of NMU's 1st Thoroughbred Award in 1967
  Coe, Rodney 1981 Basketball
  • Earned three varsity letters in basketball
  • Member of the first NMU team to compete in the NAIA national tournament
  Comley, Rick 1998 Coach 
  • Coach of NMU 1991 National Championship Team
  • Director of Athletics 1987-2000
  • National Coach of the Year 1980-1991
  • NMU Hockey Coach 1976-2002
  • Ranked Among Top 10 Winningest College Hockey Coaches
  Compton-Gregg, Caitlin 2012 Nordic Skiing
  • Four-time All-American in cross country and an All-American in skiing 
  •  First NMU women’s cross country runner to become an All-American
  • Member of first cross country team to advance to NCAA Division II Championships
  • GLIAC Cross Country Champion in 2001
  • Placed sixth in the 15-kilometer freestyle at the 2002 NCAA Skiing Championships
  • Competed in the 2010 Olympics with the U.S. Ski Team
  Contardi, Steve 1991 Tennis
  • Master Professional Certification by the United States Processional Tennis Associate
  • Found of the Contardi Tennis Camp and Cartardi Tennis Academy
  • Noted nation-wide for his development of junior level tennis players
  Cook, Chris 2010 Nordic Skiing 
  • 2000, 2001 and 2003 All-American
  • 2003 National Champion 20k
  • 2006 US Olympic Team member
  Cummings, Alvin 1983 Athlete/Official
  • Competed in all sports at NMU before embarking on a coaching and teaching career in 1936
  • One of the founders of the former Upper Peninsula Coaches Association and U.P. Athletic Directors Association
  • Served as an athletic official for 14 years and was selected twice to work state basketball finals
  • Inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 1978
  Dafoe, Mandee 2017 Basketball 
  • Named an Honorable Mention All-American in 1998
  • Finished her career with second most points (1,605) and seventh most rebounds (649)
  • Named First-Team All-GLIAC in 1997 and 1998
  Damiani, Gilbert 1984 Wrestling, Football
  • NMU's first NCAA champion
  • Heavyweight crown in 1973
  • 2 letters in football and 2 letters in wrestling
  • Wrestling record of 37-7
  • MVP in 1973
  DeCook, Joe 1978 Football 
  • Quarterback of the 1929 undefeated team
  • 1974 Distinguished Alumni Award winner from NMU
  DeCremer-Ojala, Shana 2013  Basketball
  • Led the Wildcats to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in 1995-96 
  • Led the team is scoring as a freshman with 474 points
  • Scored 532 points as a sophomore en route to first-time All-America,  first-team All-GLIAC, and GLIAC Player of the Year honors
  Drukker, Heather 2014  Volleyball
  • Three-time letter winner 
  •  Member of the Wildcats' 1993 NCAA Division II Volleyball National Championship team
  • First team All-American in 1992 and 1993
  • Named all-conference, all-region and NCAA Elite 8 All-Tournament in 1992 and 1993
  Donnelly, James 2002 Swimming & Diving
  • Four year letter-winner in swimming
  • NMU's first NCAA Division II swimming runner-up and first two-time All-American in the sport
  • Served as co-captain his junior and senior years
  • Listed in the NMU swimming record books among the top ten for total career points
  • In 1969, his 2nd place NCAA Division II Championship finish was the highest of any Michigan college entry 
  Dotsch, Roland 1978 Coach/Administrator 
  • Member of the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XIII and XIV winning teams as assistant coach
  • Served as assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings
  • Head coach of the United States Football League's Birmingham Stallions from 1983-86
  • Served as assistant coach at the University of Colorado and University of Missouri
  • Head Football Coach during 1967 undefeated team; assistant 1958-60
  Drake, Dallas 2002 Hockey
  • Four year hockey letterwinner
  • Honorable mention all-league choice in each of his first three seasons before gaining first-team All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association honors as a senior and Named WCHA Defensive Player of the Year
  • WCHA's leading goal-scorer in 1991-92 and tied the school career record for short-handed goals with nine and was team MVP in 1992
  • Game winning goal in the 1991 NCAA Tournament semi-final victory over Maine
  • Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings and played for the St. Louis Blues and Phoenix Coyotes
  Driscoll, James 2011 Coach
  • Defensive coordinator that helped lead the Wildcats to the Division II playoffs in 1980, 1981 and 1982
  • 1980 defense was ranked fifth in the nation in scoring and run defense
  Egan, Ed 1995 Wrestling
  • 1976 Great Lakes Conference Champion
  • 1978, 1979 Michigan State Invitational Champion
  • 1980 Mid-Continent Conference Champion
  • Three Time All-American
  Elzinga M.D., Donald 1986 Athletics Trainer
  • Named Adjunct Professor of Sports Medicine in 1975
  • Received the President's Award for Distinguished Citizenship in 1976
  • Dedicated 20 years of service to NMU as an orthapaedic surgeon
  Emmons, Gary 1999 Hockey 
  • Holds NMU record for six goals in one game
  • Ranks First in Career Goals
  • Ranks First in Most Power Play Goals in One Season (21)
  • Ranks Second in Career Scoring
  • Two Time Hobey Baker Finalist
  Fagan, Thomas 1988 Football, Basketball, Baseball
  • Lettered in football (3 years), basketball (4 years) and baseball (2 years)
  • Member of the U.S. Naval Air Corps legendary "Wildcat Squadron"
  • Former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan
  Falkenhagen, Guy 1996 Football
  • 1973 draft pick of the Baltimore Colts
  • Earned an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship
  • Academic All-American second team
  • Earned three varsity letters
  Ferzacca, F.L. 1976 Coach/Administrator
  • 1965 Associated Press and NAIA Coach of the Year
  • 55-19-2 Career Record at NMU
  • Association of Mid Continent University Athletic Director 1982-1988
  • Eastern Michigan University Athletic Director 1965-1972
  • NMU Head Football Coach from 1957-1963
  Fleet, David 1986 Football 
  • All-American football player in 1965
  • Three-year letterman
  • 2,530 all-purpose yards
  • Competed in the semi-pro Ontario Rugby Football Union
  • Led the team in total offense, rushing, scoring, kickoff returns, and punt returns his senior year
  Fowler, Zachary 2006 Football
  • 1977 A.P. All-American Honorable Mention Split End
  • Led 1975 National Championship Team in yards receiving (675 regular season, 136 playoffs)
  • Played in three NCAA Playoffs
  Freeman, David 1990 Nordic Skiing, Football
  • Member of the 1952 Oslo, Norway Olympic Ski Team
  • Set a then-North American record for ski jumping distance of 281 feet in 1948
  • 1950 Class "B" Skiing National Champion
  • 1951 football team captain
  • Four year starting quarterback of the football team
  Friendrich, Jennifer 2014 Cross Country, Track & Field 
  • Earned eight combined letters
  • All-American after finishing third in the mile at the 2005 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships
  •  Clocked the fastest time in the mile in 2005 at 4:47.05 and still holds the GLIAC record for the indoor mile
  • Earned All-American status in cross country in 2003
  • Competed in seven NCAA Championships as a Wildcat in cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field
  • Captain for the cross country program for three years and for the track & field program for two
  Ghiardi, David 1995 Basketball
  • All-American Honorable Mention 1960
  • Four year Starter
  • MVP and Leading scorer 1959-1960
  • Two year team captain
Gingrass, Morgan 1976 Coach
  • 1938 NMU football player
  • 1942 Detroit Lions tailback
  • 1949-58 NMU football backfield coach
  Glanville, Gerald 1989  Football
  • Lineback for NMU
  • Assistant coach at Western Kentucky
  • Six seaons and three bowl games at Georgia Tech as defensive coach
  • Joined the coaching staff of the Detroit Lions in 1974, the Atlanta Falcons in 1977, the Buffalo Bills in 1983 and was named defensive coordinator of the Houston Oilers a year later
  • On January 20, 1986, was named the Oilers Head Coach, becoming the first NMU alumnus to serve as head coach of an NFL team
  Gleason, Edward 1991 Basketball, Football
  • Earned six varsity letters, three in each basketball and football
  • Two year captain of the basketball team
  • One year captain of the football team
  • Won 15 championships while coaching high school athletics
  Gluesing, Justin 2009 Football
  • 1994 All-Academic All-Conference
  • 1994 All-Midwest First Team
  • 1994 C.M.Frank All-America
  • 1994 Hansen's Football Gazette All-America
  Godfrey, Kenneth 2012 Administrator
  • Spent more than 32 years at NMU
  • Served as Athletic Direcor for a decade
  Goerlitz, Gerald 1984 Football
  • NAIA and AP ALL-American honors at center in 1960
  • Three-time letterman
  • Draft choice of the NFL Cleveland Browns
  Gommans, Andrea 2010 Volleyball
  • 1993 National Championship Team member
  • NMU's record for career kills (1,664), career blocks (761) and blocks in a season (229)
  • Three-time All-GLIAC First Team
  • Three-time AVCA All-American
  Grahek, Jim 2016 Nordic Skiing 
  • Third in the ski jump at the 1980 NCAA National Championship 
  • Captured second team All-American accolades with a sixth-place finish at the 1979 NCAA National Championship
  • Member of the 1980 United States Olympic team
  Grenke, Herb 1999 Coach 
  • 1987 GLIAC Coach of the Year
  • 1987 Kodak College Coach of the Year Region III
  • Defensive Line Coach on the 1975 National Championship Team
  • Winningest Coach in NMU Football History
  Griggs, Jodi 2000  Swimming & Diving
  • Four year letterman
  • NCAA-II National Champion in 1-meter diving in 1983
  • Member of the 1982 AIAW-II National Runner-up Team
  • Three-time All-American and served as Swimming and Diving Team Captain in 1983
  Gustafson, Burton 1976 Basketball, Football, Track & Field
  • 18 years in the Green Bay Packer organization as coach, director of player personnel and administrative assistant
  • First 12 letter-winner in school history
  • Initiated NMU men's swimming program
  • Coached football at NMU and University of Wyoming
  Hammerle, Carol 1990 Basketball 
  • Head coach of the UW-Green Bay and Northern Illinois University women's basketball programs
  • Over 500 career coaching victories at the Division I level
  • .646 career winning percentage
  Hamor, Bill 2005 Football
  • 26 year high school coach
  • Boston Globe Coach-of-the-Year
  • Two-way tackle 1960-1963
  Hanner, Joel 1995 Football
  • Co-Captain of the 1975 National Championship Team
  • Four year letter winner
  • Head Coach of 1989 State Champion Marinette High School
  Harper, Curtis 1977 Track & Field
  • First individual champion in NMU history when he won the 1962 NAIA discuss throw
  • Placed fourth in 1961 NAIA championship discuss throw
  Harris, Bill 2005 Basketball 
  • Best career free throw average (84.4%)
  • Most career field goals (856)
  • NMU all-time leading scorer (2,224 points)
  • NMU all-time single season scoring leader (763 points)
  Hart, Michael 1980 Football, Basketball, Track & Field
  • High School Coach of the Year in 1957
  • 1948 NMU Football MVP
  • Former Head Coach for Marquette High School Football and Track
  • Former Athletic Director of Marquette High School
  Hartbarger, Cory 2016 Track & Field 
  • Specializing in the shot put, discus and javelin
  • Went undefeated in the discus and shot put, earning the team MVP as a senior
  • Coached the junior varsity basketball team and served as a football assistant coach
  • Competed in the National Senior Games, finishing fourth in shot put in 2011, and earned U.S. Track & Field All-American ratings in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013
  Hartman, Donald 2000 Coach 
  • Head wrestling coach at Osceola High School for 20 years
  • Lead teams to seven conference championships
  • Inducted into the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association's "George Martin Wrestling Hall of Fame"
  • Inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  Heard, Gilbert 1987 Administrator
  • Served as Sports Information Director for 23 years from 1965 to 1988
  • Broadcaster of NMU football and basketball for 19 seasons
  • Served as secretary of the NMU Athletic Council
  • Assisted in organization of the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame
  • 1980 recipient of the Jim Trethewey Award for dedication to U.P. sports
  Hedgcock, C.B. 1976 Administrator
  • NMU men's basketball coach for 22 seasons, 1922-42 and 45-47
  • 162 career wins
  • .540 winning percentage
  • Served as NMU physical education department head for 34 years
  Heimonen, Henry 1979 Contributer
  • Chairman of the NMU Athletic Council 1959-1974
  • Member of the NMU Athletic Council 1959-1979
  Hetherington, Francis 1983 Athlete
  • Long time coach and administrator at the Michigan School for the Blind
  • Competed in all sports and was regarded as one of the best "small" athletes in the University's history
  • Named Michigan wrestling coach of the year in 1963
  • Charter inductee into the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame
  • Received a Distinguished Alumni Award from NMU in 1971 for his work with blind youth
  Hiller, Jim 2007 Hockey
  • 3rd all-time NMU career assists (129)
  • 6th all-time NMU career points (205)
  • 8th all-time NMU career goals (76)
  • Member of the 1991 National Championship Team
  Hiney, G. Vance 1977 Athlete/Administrator   
  Hoffman, Dwight 2012  Swimming & Diving
  • Four-time NCAA II National Champion and five-time NCAA II All-American
  • NMU's only four-time national champion
  • Invited to NCAA Division I National Championships in 1979 and 1980
  Holton, Lonnie 1989 Football 
  • Three-time All-American
  • Former holder of three career records in football
  • Tri-captain his senior year at NMU
  • Drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 1970
  Hong, Shao 2008 Swimming & Diving
  • Five-time NCAA Division II National Champion
  • Set NCAA Division II records in the 100 breaststroke and 400 medley relay 
  • Four-year letter winner
  • Set four NMU and four GLIAC records
  • Became the oldest NCAA Division II National Champion in 1993 at the age of 30
  Howe, Michael 2000 Wrestling
  • Four year letterman in wrestling and lettered in football
  • Most Valuable Wrestler for the 1980-81 season
  • Three-time NCAA II wrestling All-American and National Champion Division II heavyweight in 1981
  • Overall 2nd place in Career Falls (52), 3rd places for Season Fall (22), Career Wins (116), Career Points (403), Season Wins (38), and Season Points (133)
  Hruska, Kenneth 1989 Golf
  • The number one player on NMU's golf team
  • Served as captain of the team and also was a student assistant coach
  • Won several U.P. and local golf tournaments
  Hurst, R. Victor 1977 Golf 
  • Entered coaching in 1925 and spent his entire career at Northern Michigan and Marquette Pierce High School
  Ische, Allen 1985 Football
  • Four year letterman in football
  • Co-captain of the 1965 and 1966 squads
  • NAIA All-American honorable mention tackle in 1965
  • Played five years of professional football with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL
  • Assistant coach at the University of Western Ontario
  Izzo, Tom 1990 Athlete/Coach 
  • Michigan State Head Coach 1995 - Present: all-time leader in wins
  • 2000 National Champions, 6 Final Four appearances
  • Four-Time National Coach of the Year
  • NMU Men's Basketball Assistant Coach 1979-1983
  • NMU Team Captain 1976-1977
  Jackson, Gwen 2006 Basketball
  • 1980, 1981 SMAIAW-II All-State
  • 1981 AIAW-II Regional
  • 1981 Team MVP
  • Led team in scoring in 1981 (500 points)
  James, Anne 2007 Coach
  • 1988 and 1991 NCAA Division II Coach of the Year
  • 1990, 1991, 1992 GLIAC Coach of the Year
  • 27 national champions
  • Coached swimmers to 84 All-America honors
  Johnson, Byron 1988 Football
  • Four year letterman in football from 1963-66
  • Co-captain his senior year
  • Combat medic in Vietnam and earned two Bronze Stars
  • Former President of the NMU Alumni Association
  Johnson, Kris 2011 Basketball
  • GLIAC All-Conference team member in all four seasons
  • 1998 third team All-American
  • 1998 GLIAC Player of the Year
  • 1995 GLIAC Freshman of the Year
  • Holds school record for career steals at 391
  Johnson, Milton 1985 Tennis
  • Produced 30 Upper Peninsula championship boys' teams
  • Produced five Upper Peninsula championship girls' teams
  • Named to receive the Bosworth Community Service Award to the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 1976
  • Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame
  Jones, Tim 2018 Wrestling
  • Earned three letters from 1983-1985
  • NCAA Division II Region Champion and NCAA Division II National Runner-up at the 167-pounds in 1984
  • Named Team MVP in 1985
  Joyce, Bill 1998 Hockey
  • All-Time Career Scoring Leader (255 points)
  • All-Time Single Season Scoring Leader (96 points)
  • Two-Time All-CCHA Selection
  Juntila, Lori 2008 Basketball 
  • 10th overall career scoring (1,342 points)
  • 1980, 1981 AIAW-II All-Regional
  • First 1,000 point scorer in NMU Women's Basketball history
  Jurasin, Robert 1998 Football 
  • Defensive End Saskatchewan Roughriders Canadian Football League 1986-1998
  • Four-Team CFL All-Pro
  • MVP Defensive Lineman 1985
  Kaiser, Dale 1996 Basketball
  • Left NMU as program's third all-time rebounding leader
  • 1957 set a then-school record of 16.7 rebounds per game
  • 1958 set a then-school record with 336 rebounds during the season
  Karabetsos, James 2000 Basketball 
  • Four year letter-winner in basketball
  • Defeated Michigan State in Marquette and ended up losing only 3 games during his junior year
  • Captained the 1961-62 team to a 14-9 season, earning MVP honors
  Kearney, Timothy 1982 Football
  • 10-year veteran of the NFL
  • All-American linebacker
  • Captain of the NMU's 7-3 team in 1971
  • Played in the NFL with Kansas City, Cincinnati and St. Louis
  • Leading tackler for St. Louis in 1978 and 1980 was a Cardinal team captain
  Kerwin, Timothy 2008 Swimming & Diving
  • 27 NCAA top 10 finishes
  • All-America in breaststroke and 400 yard relay
  • Multiple-time Great Lakes Conference Champion
  Kessel, Philip 1992 Football
  • 1980 Associated Press All-American second-team quarterback
  • 1980 Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year
  • 1979 and 1980 team MVP
  Kirby, Tom 1998 Basketball
  • All-Conference Team 1949-1950
  • Leading Scorer 1949-1950
  • Most Valuable Player 1950
  Klingbeil Jr., Charles 2003 Football
  • 1987 All-GLIAC First Team Defensive Tackle
  • Four Year Letter Winner
  Knauss, Thomas 2004 Contributer 
  • 13th-year chairperson
  • 27-year member
  • Dedicated advocate for student athletes
  • NCAA faculty representative
  Koski, Arthur 1989 Football, Basketball, Track & Field
  • Art was active in all major sports
  • Solid performer in all sports but track was his specialty
  • Registered professional engineer in the District of Columbia and Florida
  • Served as Assistant Division Director, Support Facilities Construction Division, for the Department of the Navy
  Koski, Richard 1987 Football, Track & Field
  • 1962 football captain
  • Set a then-school record in the high jump in 1960
  • Long-time head varsity football coach at Negaunee High School
  Koski, William 1984 Basketball
  • 1967 team captain
  • Three year letter winner
  • Team had 49-22 record during his three seasons
  Kreski, Deanna 2009 Basketball
  • 1,138 points and 712 rebounds during career at NMU
  • 1992 All-American Honorable Mention
  • 1992 GLIAC Player of the Year
  Kroll, Robert 1999 Football
  • NFL Career 1972-1975
  • NMU Record for Career Interceptions (20)
  • NMU record for Interceptions in a Season (13)
  • Three Year Letter Winner
  Krueger, Gilbert 1981 Coach
  • Head Coach of 1975 NCAA Division II National Championship Team
  • Went on to coach at New Mexico State
  Kukuk, Edward 1987 Football, Tennis
  • 1947 football captain
  • 1946-48 No. 1 singles player in tennis
  • 1977 NMU Distinguished Alumni Award winner
  Kukuk, Norman 1984 Football, Track & Field, Hockey 
  • Lettered in football and track
  • Candidate for the 1940 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team
  • Former executive director of the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame
  Kunkel, Karen 1985 Coach, Athletic Trainer 
  • NMU Olympic Training Center Coordinator 1985
  • Women's Athletic Coordinator 1968-1973
  • Women's Ski Coach 1967-1973
  Laidlaw, Tom 1990 Hockey
  • Played 11 seasons in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers and L.A. Kings
  • Served as captain of the Rangers and co-captain of the Kings
  • 1979 and 1980 CCHA All Star - 1st Team
  • 1980 NCAA All Tournament Team member
  • Four year team captain and winner of Best Defensemen Award at NMU
  LaPointe, John 2018  Football
  • Three-time letter winner in 1961, 1962, and 1963
  • Served as team captain
  • Named Little (now NCAA Division II) Honorable Mention All-American in 1963 
  • He went on to become a teacher and coach in the Manistique Schools system
  Larson, Abigail 2017 Nordic Skiing, Cross Country 
  • Skied in three NCAA National Championships earning two All-American First Team honors in 1999 and 2000 
  • Member of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Ski Team 
  • Ran at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships in 2000
  • 1998 GLIAC Cross Country Championships runner-up
  • Earned her PhD from the University of Utah in 2010
  LeDuc, Gordy 1993 Coach
  • High School Boys Basketball Coach
  • NMU Basketball Manager, Assistant Coach
  • One State Championship, Four Regional and 15 District Championships
  Dr. Lehtinen, John 2013 Athletic Trainer
  • Has served as the team physician for Wildcat intercollegiate athletics for nearly 30 years 
  • Medical director for sports medicine and substance abuse at Marquette General Hospital
  • Recipient of the NMU President’s Award for Distinguished Citizenship in 1999
  • Served as the head physician for the 1996 Summer Olympics and has worked other World Games and Olympic events
Lindeman, Henry 1979 Basketball, Football
  • A Founder of the Alumni "N" Club at NMU
  • President of the Golden Wildcat Club
  • Varsity Letters in Football and Basketball
  Lindstrom, James 2001 Football
  • Four-year letter winner at NMU
  • Started for Northern at halfback from 1965-1968 and was named MVP as a senior
  • Rushed 319 times for 1,436 yards and 11 touchdowns
  • Caught 37 passes for 481 yards and three scores

Liu, Jun 2007 Volleyball
  • 1993, 1994 National Championship Team Member
  • AVCA First Team All-American 1994, 1995, 1996
  • GLIAC Player of the Year 1995, 1996
  • Holds NMU Records: career assists (4,531), season digs (476)
  • Two-Time AVCA Division II Player of the Year 

Maddox, Mark 2004 Football
  • 1990 Most valuable Linebacker
  • 1990 Most Valuable Player
  • Played 9 NFL Seasons
  • Two-Time All-GLIAC First Team
  Maki, Lisa 2003    
  Malindzak, Francine 1993 Nordic Skiing, Field Hockey, Volleyball

First Double National Champion, Alpine Combined and Slalom 1979

First Women's All-American 1979

First Women's National Champion, Alpine 1979

  Mann (Berger), Sue 1999 Swimming & Diving 
  • 14 All-American Honors as a Swimmer
  • Member of Two National Champion Relays
  • Sixth Leading All-Time Scorer
  • Voted most valuable player four years in a row
  Mariucci, Stephen 1988 Football
  • Coached 9 NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions
  • Current NFL Network analyst
  • Quarterback of the 1975 National Championship Team
  • AP All-American 1976, 1977
  • Most Valuable Player 1975-1977
  Marker, W. Curtis 1977 Football
  • First NMU player to participate in the College All-Star Game in 1967
  • 1966 second team All-American
  • 1966 team MVP
  Maszlewski, Barbara 2004 Athletic Trainer
  • NMU's first female athletic trainer
  • Played a significant role in the health care of NMU athletes for 13 years
  Matter, Michael 1995 Swimming & Diving
  • Co-Captain 1969 & 1971
  • NMU's First All-American swimmer
  • Three-Time All-American
  Mauro, Jack 1982 Football
  • All-American defensive tackle in 1962 and 1963
  • Drafted by the Green Bay Packers
  • Coached one year at Sault Ste. Marie Loretto High School
  McCormick, George 1976 Football, Basketball, Track & Field
  • Won 12 varsity letters while competing for NMU
  • Gwinn High School varsity football coach
  McLean, Ken 1999 Football
  • 1971 Defensive Most Valuable Player
  • Multi Golden Helmet Awards
  • Team Leading tackler for Two Consecutive Seasons
  McQuillan, Jay 2017 Contributer
  • Was the first hockey Wildcat Willy
  • Eventually became first mascot for all sports on campus
  • Went on to be a professional mascot in the NHL
  Mehki, John 1997 Swimming & Diving   
  Meier, Lowell 1988 Coach 
  • NMU Gymnastics Coach at NMU for 22 years
  • Initiated the sport at the varsity level in the fall of 1966 with a men's team
  • Lifetime dual record is 150 wins and 89 losses
  • Trained numerous All-Americans at NMU
  Meier, Randy 2005

Wrestling

  • 1979 Most Improved Wrestler
  • 4th on NMU all-time career wins list (114)
  • Four-time NCAA Division II qualifier
  • NMU single-season win record (43)
  • Two-Time All-American
  Metro, Stacy 2004 Volleyball 
  • 1992, 1993 GLIAC Most Valuable Player
  • 1993 Honda Award Winner for NCAA II National Athlete of the Year
  • 1993 National Championship Team Member
  • First two-time AVCA National Player of the Year 1992, 1993
  Meyer, James 1987 Football 
  • 1967 AP and NAIA All-American honorable mention
  • 1968 team captain
  • Coached Marquette Senior High School football, track and wrestling for nine seasons
  Mickelson, Walfred 1989 Football, Basketball, Track & Field
  • Played freshman football and basketball at NMU
  • Innovative coach and a registered high school athletic official for 51 years
  Mielke, Mike 2009 Hockey
  • Holds NMU record in career assists (149)
  • Sixth in NMU career goals (86)
  • Third in NMU career scoring (235 points)
  Mileski, Michael 1976 Football 
  • Member of 1961 NAIA playoff football team
  • Assistant football coach at NMU
  • Head track and swimming coach at NMU
  • Coached Ishpeming High School varsity football to the 1975 state championship
  Mitchell, Maurice 2011 Football
  • 1976 Kodiak All-American
  • 1976 North-South Shrine Game participant
  • Four-year starter at wide receiver
  • 11th round NFL draft selection of the Kansas City Chiefs
  Money, C.V. 1976 Coach, Administrator
  • 1947-1968 physical education department head
  • 1947-55 head football coach
  • 1947-56 men's basketball coach
  • Developed first major graduate program in phsysical education
  Monson, Wayne 1978 Basketball
  • Leading scorer in 1960-61 with 564 points; ranks 13th most all-time
  • Member of the 1961 team that took third place in the NAIA national tournament
  • MVP and team captain as a senior
  • NAIA Second Team All-American; Associated Press Third Team All-American
  • Drafted by Detroit Pistons; Head basketball coach, Regis University
  Montcalm, Benedict 1983 Football, Track & Field 
  • Long-time coach and teacher at the University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Captained the 1942 football team
  • Shot putter in track and field
  • Gymnastics coach for 13 years at Illinois-Chicago
  • Became supervisor of the Student Teacher Education program in the department of HPER in 1968 and received the University's Silver Circle Award for excellence in teaching in 1980
  Munos, Derrick 2008 Wrestling 
  • 1986 Team Co-Captain
  • 1986 Team MVP
  • Two-time All American
  Nelmark, Jack 1982 Football, Basketball, Track & Field 
  • A three-sport athlete who served 41 years as a coach
  • Lineman and kicker in football
  • Guard in basketball
  • Distance runner in track
  • Coach, teacher and administrator at Ironwood Township and Ewen and taught at Ironwood
  Nelsen, Keith 2005 Football
  • 1985 Team Captain
  • NMU record Most passing touchdowns in a game (6)
  • NMU record Total Offense in a game (355 passing, 35 rushing)
  • NMU record Total Season offense (2,604)
  • NMU record Yards passing in a season (2,636)
  Neumann, Thomas 1979 Football
  • Drafted by the New England Patriots in 1963
  • Led NMU in Rushing, Total Offense and Scoring in 1962
  • Named MVP in 1962
  • Little All-American as Running Back
  Novak, Frank 1982 Football
  • All-American quarterback
  • Guided NMU to an 8-1 record and its first postseason playoff appearance in 1961
  • Assistant coach from 1966-73
  • Former offensive coordinator at Holy Cross
  • Coaching stints at East Carolina, Virginia and Western Illinois
  Nyquist, Terry 1992 Football
  • Twice lead team in overall points
  • Left NMU with records for longest punt, 74 yards, and longest field goal, 49 yards
  • Worked in the NMU Alumni Relations Office
  Nystom, Carl 1997 Coach 
  • Associate Head Coach 1987-1990
  • Member of 1975 National Championship Team Coaching Staff
  • Offensive Line Coach 1975-1980; 1991
  Olds, Edwin 1979 Football, Basketball, Track & Field 
  • Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1946
  • Captain of both NMU Football and Basketball during the 1941-1942 seasons
  • Played Football for the San Diego Bombers
  • Earned 9 Varsity Letters while attending NMU
  Pangrazzi, Jerry 1982 Football, Track & Field
  • Former athletic director at Marquette Senior High School
  • Co-captained NMU's 1953 football team
  • Served as an athletic official for 25 years
  • Named U.P. Athletic Director of the Year in 1980
  Patrick, Barbara 1984 Coach
  • One of the founders of Northern's intercollegiate athletic program for women
  • Inaugurated field hockey as a varsity sport
  • 122-69-20 record in 16 seasons
  • Won two state championships and reached the AIAW national playoffs in 1979
  • Former state commissioner and national vice-president of AIAW Division II
  Pearce, Robert 1994 Basketball
  • Lead 1961 squad to program's first-ever national playoff berth
  • Left NMU as team's fourth all-time rebounding leader
  • 1958 team MVP
  Pecotte, Robert 1985 Basketball
  • Four-time letterman in basketball
  • Played on two NAIA national tournament teams coached by Stan Albeck
  • Member of the third place 1961 team
  • 800 career points ranked him in the Top 25 all-time scoring leaders
  • Basketball captain his senior season
  Peirera-Shyiak, Lucia 2012 Volleyball
  • Two-time All-American in 1997 and 1998
  • Named to All-Tournament Team for 1997 NCAA Division II Elite Eight
  • Great Lakes Region Player of the Year in 1998
  • Holds NMU records for kills per game in a career (4.58), kills per game in a season (4.79) and kills in a match (33) 
  • Finished her NMU career third with 1,256 kills
  Perry, Barbara 1987 Field Hockey 
  • Played during NMU's initial season of women's intercollegiate athletic competition
  • Coached girls basketball at Norway High School to over 250 wins, beginning in 1973
  • 1978 Michigan's Coach of the Year
  • Named U.P. Coach of the Year four times
  • Norway High School teams won 11 district and six regional titles
Peters, Reginald 1988 Athletic Trainer
  • Served as NMU's Athletic Trainer for 15 years from 1973 to 1988
  • Selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee as a staff trainer for the 1979, 1981, 1982 National Sports Festival and the 1983 Pan American Games
  • Co-founder of the Upper Peninsula Sports Medicine Institute
  • Volunteer trainer at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles
  Peters Jr., R. Thomas 1984 Football, Golf, Basketball
  • Lettered in football and golf
  • Assistant coach in football and basketball under C.V. "Red" Money
  • Northern's first full-time Director of Alumni Relations
  • One of the organizers of the Alumni 'N' Club, the University's Golden Wildcat Club and the NMU Sports Hall of Fame
  Peto-Hopkins, Joan 2005 Coach
  • 1982 College Swimming Coaches Association Division II Coach of the Year
  • Coached eight national champions
  • Five national records established
  • Started NMU Women's Swimming and Diving Program
  Plandowski, Darryl 2014 Hockey
  • Member of NMU's 1991 NCAA Division I Hockey Championship team and scored game-wining goal of 8-7 triple overtime win
  • Recorded a hat trick in the 1991 National Championships Game victory
  • Team captain as a senior season and a four-time letter winner
  • Appeared in 166 games for NMU and had 53 goals, 78 assists and 131 points
  Popp, Rick 2017 Football
  • Played quarterback for the 1987 team that reached the NCAA Division II Semifinals
  • Named team MVP, First-Team All-GLIAC, and Honorable Mention All-American in 1987
  • Served twice as the Chair of the NMU Board of Trustees 
  Porath, Denise 2006 Field Hockey
  • 1978, 1979 Team Captain
  • All-time leading scorer; single season goals (31)
  • Fifth all-time career assists
  • Second leading all-time scorer; career goals (43)
  Porter, Dennis 2006 Football
  • 1966 and 1967 Most Valuable Lineman
  • 1967 Team Co-Captain
  • 1968 Green Bay Packers draft pick
  Pray-Hobbins, Krista 2010 Basketball 
  • NMU's all-time leading rebounder (953)
  • Record for best career field goal percentage (58.3), field goal percentage in a season (64), rebounds in a game (21)
  • Seventh on all-time scoring list (1,260)
  Puckett, Clifford 1991 Football, Basketball, Track & Field 
  • Earned nine varsity letters, three in each football, basketball and track
  • 1947 football team MVP
  • 10 year career as a special agent with the FBI
  • 1982 Distinguished Alumni Award winner
  Pye, Bill 2007 Hockey
  • 1991 NCAA All-Tournament Team
  • 1991 Second Team All-American
  • Starting goaltender on 1991 National Championship Team
  • Two-Time WCHA Playoff Championship MVP
  Quarless, Jan 2000 Football
  • Four year letter-winner in football at NMU
  • Team captain for the 1972 season
  • Assitant coach at Southern Illinois for six years
  • Coached at Bowling Green State, Kansas, Northwestern, New Mexico, Eastern Michigan and Wake Forest
  • Former head football coach at Southern Illinois
  Rademacher, William 1981 Football
  • Head Football Coach 1978-1982
  • Played for the NFL's New York Jets and Boston Patroits
  • Member of New York Jets Super Bowl III winning team
  • Earned varsity letters in football and track at NMU
  Ranguette, Ray 1982 Football
  • Three-sport athlete and long-time coach, teacher and administrator
  • Lettered in football, basketball and track
  • Served 35 years as an athletic official in football and basketball and also coached during that time
  Refling, Jack 1985 Football, Basketball
  • Lettered three years in football
  • Lettered three years in basketball
  • Captained the 1948 cage squad
  • Teacher and coach for eight years and a school administrator for 25 years in Wisconsin
  Reijula, Pertti 1986 Skiing
  • Northern's first National Collegiate Champion (NCAA) winning the 1973 nordic combined title as a freshman
  • Finnish National Champion of 1970
  • Placed fifth in the World Ski Jumping Championships
  • Placed in the top ten in jumping in the NCAA championships three times
  • 1974 USSA Central Division A champion
  Roberts, Pierce 2001 Track & Field, Football
  • Four-year letter winner and co-captain of the 1952 NMU Track team
  • Lettered two years on the football squad
  • Graduate assistant on the football staff in 1955 and 1956
  • Won two Class A state football championships and one Class A state track championship
  • Member of the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame
  Ronberg, Allan 1980 Football, Basketball
  • Letterman in Football and Basketball at NMU
  • Head Coach of the Norway Football and Basketball teams in 1932
  • Coached Basketball for 22 years and Football for 31 years
  Rose, Ted 1984 Basketball
  • Northern's all-time leader in scoring and rebounding
  • Only basketball player to be voted MVP three times
  • Scored 1,903 points and had 973 rebounds in a 91-game, four-year career
  • Three time All-American honors
  Sandona, Albert 1981 Football
  • 1960 All-American
  • Member of the 1960 team that made the playoffs for first time in school history
  • Served as assistant coach of NMU football
  Sarnowski (Mizer), Heather 2018 Volleyball
  • Top-two assist seasons in program history in 1997 and 1998 
  • Finished career with 3,434 assists, sixth most in school-history
  • Most assists per set in a career with 13.36
  • Named NCAA Division II All-American in 1997
  Schafhauser, Bill 2008 Hockey
  • 1981 NHL Chicago Blackhawks Draft Pick
  • 1984 All-America Second-Team Defenseman
  • 1984 All-CCHA Second Team
  Schils, John 1986 Football, Basketball, Track & Field 
  • Earned 11 varsity letters in football, basketball and track
  • Captained the 1950-51 basketball team
  • Coached six state championships teams
  • Served 34 years in education, 16 as a teacher and coach, four as administrator in Hancock, Husdon, and Battle Creek
  Schuette (Hope), Pauline 2017  Volleyball
  • Member of the 1993 and 1994 NCAA Division II National Championship teams
  • First Team All-American, on the NCAA Elite 8 All-Tournament Team, All Great Lakes Region Team, and All GLIAC First Team as a junior
  • NCAA Elite 8 All-Tournament Team, All Great Lakes Region Team, and All GLIAC Second Team as a sophomore
  Schwalbach, Tom 1977 Football
  • First NMU quarterback to accumulate for over 3,000 total yards in a season
  • Quarterbacked the 1957 undefeated team
  Seagren Neal 2003 Wrestling
  • 1977 Most Valuable Wrestler
  • 1977, '78, '79 All-American
  • 1977, '78, '79 Conference Champion (126)
  • 2nd on NMU all-time career wins list (118)
  Shanley, Gary 2005 Football 
  • 1972 Class D football Coach of the Year
  • Coached Inland Lakes to state football title in 1972
  • Michigan High School Football Association Hall of Fame member
  • Played both offense and defense
  Shorkey, Kendall 2007

Swimming & Diving

  • 13-time NCAA All-American
  • 1972 Most Improved Swimmer
  • 1973 and 1974 Most Valuable Swimmer
  Sickler, Wayne 1986 Football
  • Three-time letterman in football
  • Leading collegiate scorer in the State of Michigan in 1961 when he scored six touchdowns, 22 PATs and two field goals for 64 points
  • NAIA all-state player, he once held Northern records for career touchdowns (14) and touchdowns in one season (7)
  • Football coach of the year in 1966 by the U.P. Sportswriters Association
  Silc, Gary Francis 1978 Basketball
  •  1963 All-American
  • 1963 team MVP
  • 1963 team rebounding leader
  Simon, Mark 2004 Basketball
  • 1,078 total points scored
  • 1983 Free Throw Leader
  • 1986 Co-Captain
  Slough, Norm 1981 Football, Basketball, Track & Field
  • Lettered in football, basketball and track
  • Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association advisory board member
  Smith, Fred 2000 Football, Wrestling
  • Started every football game at NMU from his freshman through senior year
  • Three year member of the NMU wrestling squad
  • Member of the 1975 NCAA Division II Football National Champions
  Smyth, Morgan 2016 Nordic Skiing, Cross County
  • Took second in the 5K freestyle and third in the 15K classic at the 2007 NCAA National Championship 
  • Helped team complete their historic double podium sweep in 2007
  • CCSA Skier of the Year and placed fifth in the 5K freestyle at the NCAA National Championship in 2008
  • Two-time Academic All-American
  Soderlund, Irving 1993 Basketball
  • UP Athletic Council member of the MHSAA for 21 years
  • Member of the MHSAA Executive Board
  • MHSAA Chas. E. Forsythe Award Winner
  Soine, Duane 1980 Basketball 
  • Four-letter winner at NMU Basketball
  • NAIA All-American Honorable Mention
  • Recipient of the Henry Tape Outstanding Senior Citizenship Award
  • First full-time Intramural Director at NMU
  Solis, C. James 1979 Football, Basketball, Track & Field 
  • Captain of the 1938-1939 NMU Basketball Team
  • Former President of the NMU Sports Hall of Fame Committee
  • Lettered in Football, Basketball and Track 
  Sonnenberg, Gus 1977 Football
  • 1929 heavyweight wrestling champion of the world
  • Member of the 1917 football team
  Spangenberg, Steve 1997 Football
  • 1980 NCAA-II national champion in 142-pound weight class
  • 123 career wins
  • 466.25 career points
  • .904 career winning percentage
  • Two-time All-American
  Spuhler, John 1993 Football
  • 1967 All-American
  • 1967 team captain 
  St. Germain, C.J. 1978 Football, Basketball, Tennis 
  • Three sport letterwinner
  • Player-coach of the men's tennis program
  St. Jean, Leonard 1976 Football 
  • Played professional football for the Boston Patriots of the American Football League 1964-73
  • Four year letter winner on the defensive line at NMU
  Stefanski, Robert 2001 Football 
  • Three-year letter winner on the football squad at NMU in 1982, 83' and 84' serving as co-captain in 1984
  • Led the team in pass receiving and touchdowns in both 1983 and 1984, and in scoring in 1984
  • Holds the NMU record for most touchdowns in a career at 22
  • First Academic All-American football player in NMU history to be elected to the 1st team in 1983
  Stemo, Joseph 1998 Football 
  • Kodak All-American First Team Defensive Back 1977
  • Member of the 1975 National Championship Team
  • Team Co-Captain 1977
  Stencil, Daniel 1988 Football
  • Three year starter at center for NMU football
  • Member of the 1975 National Championship Team
  • First Team Kodak All-American
  • Named Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1974 and 1975
  Strebel, Michael 1994 Football
  • 1962 NAIA All-American honorable mention
  • Four year letter winner
  • Coached Peshtigo High School football to over 200 wins, including 15 conference championships and a 1983 state title
  • Chairmen of the Wisconsin High School Coaches Football Association Scholarship Committee
  Stump, Patrick 1979 Football 
  • NAIA All American in 1963 and 1964
  • Associated Press All American in 1964
  • Co-Captain of 1964 team and was selected MVP 
  Summers, Gene 1977 Basketball 
  • 1965 and 1966 first team All-American
  • 28.2 points per game is the highest career average in program history
  • 30.0 points per game average in 1966
  • 1,328 career points
  Taccolini, Louis 1986 Basketball
  • Northern's leading scorer in basketball in the 1950-51 season
  • Single game scoring record of 41 points
  • Coached the Marquette Senior High School girls' basketball team to a nine-year record of 163-32
  • Named Upper Peninsula Coach of the Year in 1977 and 1984
  • Class A Regional Coach of the Year in 1985
  Talus, Katharine 1989 Field Hockey, Basketball 
  • First female to receive eight varsity letters at NMU
  • Field hockey and basketball letter winner for four years
  • Coached the Negaunee Middle School girl's track team
  • Coached the girl's varsity basketball team at Gwinn High School
  Tan, Mary 2003 Swimming & Diving
  • 28-Time All-American
  • Currently holds 5 GLIAC records
  • NCAA National Champion 6 times
  • NCAA Record Setter in 400 medley relay, 800 medley relay
  Tarkki, Tuomas 2013  Hockey
  • Was one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as a senior in 2005
  • Was named CCHA Player of the Year and Second-Team All-American in 2005
  • Finished his career at the top of the NMU record books in save percentage (.924) and goals against average (2.24)
  Terwilliger, Rexford 1992 Football, Track & Field
  • Team MVP of football and track teams
  • 1972 Football Coach of the Year at Kingsford High School
  • Coached Kingsford High School football and track for 13 years
  Todd, Monica 2009 Swimming & Diving
  • 1987 NCAA Division II National Champion in 200 Freestyle Relay
  • Four Year Letter Winner
  • Four-year NCAA Division II All-American
  Treado, Albert 1976 Football, Basketball, Track & Field
  • Coached both L'Anse and Ironwood high school teams to Upper Peninsula championships
  • U.P. representative on State Athletic Association Council
  • Ontonagon Area High School and Kingsford High School athletic director
  Treado, Marshall 1990 Football, Basketball, Track & Field
  • Four varsity letters in basketball
  • Two varsity letters in football
  • Two varsity letters in track
  Trost, Donald 1991 Coach 
  • Produced more All-Americans during his tenure than all other programs combined
  • Won five Division II swimming National Championship
  • Worked as consultant to the Michigan Sea Grant Program
  • Coordinator for the Great Lakes Sports Training Center 
  Urick, Jennifer 2004 Swimming & Diving 
  • 25-time GLIAC Champion
  • 28-time NCAA All-American
  • 3 NCAA National Records
  • 9-time NCAA National Champion
  Valesano, Eugene 1980 Football
  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1962
  • Four Varsity Letters in Football at NMU
  • Leading Rusher in 1960 and 1961
  • NAIA Third Team
  • A.P. Honorable Mention All-America Fullback on the 1960 Honors Team
  Van Dyke, Ann E. 2002 Basketball, Volleyball
  • First Female Athlete at NMU to earn eight varsity letters in two sports
  • Served as Team Captain for Volleyball and Basketball her senior year
  Veselik, Sue 2014 Swimming & Diving 
  • Four-time letter winner
  • Member of the 200 freestyle realty team that won the 1987 NCAA Division II Championship 
  • Four-time NCAA Division II All-American
  • Co-captain in 1987
  Vetort, Francis 1993 Football 
  • Three year letter winner
  • Served in WWII as Lt. Col with the US Air Force as a fighter pilot
  • Semi-pro boxer
  Vicklund, Olaf 1980 Football, Basketball, Track & Field
  • Holds NMU Football Record with 5 Touchdowns in a single game in 1928
  • Earned Varsity Letters in Football, Basketball and Track
  Villemure, Robert 1991 Football, Basketball, Track & Field
  • Spent 22 years working for the FBI
  • Won varsity letters in basketball, football and track
  Volcy, Ricky 2014 Basketball 
  • Third all-time leading scorer in NMU men's basketball history 
  • Four-time letter winner
  • Named team MVP in three of his four seasons
  • Selected as a first team All-American by the NCAA and NABC, was named GLIAC Player of the Year and was selected to play in the NABC/NCAA Division II All-Star Game as a senior
  Vordenberg, Peter 2010 Nordic Skiing
  • 1992 and 1994 Olympic Team member
  • 1993 National Championship 20k
  • Currently Head Coach of US Cross Country development program
  • Head Coach of 2006 Olympic ski team
  Waddell, Donald 1993 Hockey 
  • Spent 2 seasons as the assistant GM for the Detroit Red Wings
  • Spent 11 seasons as the GM for the Atlanta Thrashers
  • Preliminary member of the 1980 US Olympic hockey team
  • 1978 daft pick of the L.A. Kings
  • 1978 CCHA Player of the Year and team MVP
  Wassberg, Oscar 1980 Football, Basketball, Track & Field
  • First NMU Athlete to earn 11 varsity letters
  • First four-letter man in Track at NMU
  • Established a record in the 220-yard dash in 1929 which stood for 23 years
  • 4 letters in Basketball and 3 letters in Football
  • Coached the undefeated 1945 Negaunee football team
  Watson, Thomas 2003 Football
  • 1970 Most Valuable Player
  • 1970 Team Captain
  • Four Year Letter Winner 
  Weeks, Steve 1990 Hockey 
  • Played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League for six teams
  • 1980 CCHA Player of the Year Award
  • 1980 team MVP
  • 1978 team Most Improved Player
  • CCHA All Academic Team
  Weier-Dehlin, Lindsey 2013 Nordic Skiing 
  • Won the 2008 NCAA National Championship in the 15K classic race 
  • Third in the 5K freestyle earning All-America honors in 2008
  • Also had All-America performances in 2004 in the 15K classic, 2005 in the 5K classic and 2006 in the 5K classic 
  • Was a member of the 2002 and 2006 U.S. Olympic teams
  Werenka, Brad 2002 Hockey
  • 1991 First Team All-American
  • 1991 Hobey Baker Award Finalist
  • 1991 Student Athlete of the Year WCHA
  • 2nd all-time NMU career points (128), goals (40), and assists (88) by a defenseman
  • Played 9 NHL Seasons; won a silver medal in the 1994 Winter Olympics with Team Canada.
  Whitman, Stanley 1992 Football, Basketball
  • Two sport letterwinner
  • Coached Munising High School football, basketball and golf
  • Spent 20 years working in NMU's Registrar's Office
  Wilkins, Earl 1992 Football, Track & Field
  • Earned eight varsity letters, four in each football and track
  • Iowa's Drake Relays participant while at NMU
  • Held several school track records
  Williams, Bret 2006  Skiing
  • 1980 NCAA Alpine National Champion
  • 1st in giant slalom, 2nd in slalom at 1980 U.S. Ski Association Elite Meet
  • 1st in giant slalom, U.S. Ski Association Elite Meet
  • NMU's first and only Alpine National Champion
  Williams, Lindsay 2011 Nordic Skiing
  • 2007 5k freestyle NCAA National Champion
  • Part of two NMU podium sweeps in 2007 in the 5k freestyle and 15k classic at the NCAA National Championship
  • 2005 5k classic NCAA runner-up
  • 2005 US National Classic Sprint Race winner
  • Four-time All-American
  Wilikson, Jeremy 2016 Football 
  •  Set Northern Michigan records in career receiving yards (3,367), career receiving touchdowns (35) and single-season receiving touchdowns (12) 
  • Two-time all-MIFC first team selection and one-time all-GLIAC second team honoree
  • {layed professionally for the Arena Football 2 League's Quad City Steamwheelers
  Wilson, Fritz 1987 Basketball 
  • 1957 team MVP
  • 1957 team scoring leader, averaging 19.1 points per game
  • Set a then-school record for free throws made during a game at 13
  • Member of NMU's National Alumni Board
  Wilson, Warren "Whitey" 1992 Football, Basketball, Track & Field
  • Earned nine varsity letters, three in each football, basketball and track
  • Coached Frankenmuth High School boys basketball to over 500 victories and 18 district championshihps
  Woods, Jerry 2001 Football
  • 1986 MVP and led the team in punt, kickoff, and interception returns in '86, 87' and 88'
  • Holds the NMU record for career kickoff return yards
  • Two years as Kodak 1st Team All-American
  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1989 and played for the Green Bay Packers
  • Played in the World Football League and the Canadian Football League
  Works, George 2008 Football
  • 1982 AP All-American Second-Team Running Back
  • 1982 Kodak All-America First-Team Running Back
  • Holds NMU Records: Career Scoring, Most Points (354), Most Touchdowns (59); Season Scoring, Most Points (138), Most Touchdowns (23); Most Points In A Game (30); Most Touchdowns In A Game (5) 
  Wright, Jerry 2006 Basketball
  • 3rd Team NAIA All-American as a freshmen
  • Selected 1961-1962 Co-Team Captain
  • Third in scoring and rebounds in 1991 upset win vs. Michigan State
  Yagodzinski, Conrad 1983 Basetball
  • One of the leading scorers and rebounders in NMU basketball history
  • NAIA All-American in 1967
  • 7th all-time leading rebounder with 647
  • 9th all-time leading scorer with 1,098 points
  • Senior season of 1966-67 he led the team in rebounding, served as a co-captain and was elected MVP
  Ylitalo (Storm), Kim 2018  Swimming & Diving
  • Four-time All-American 
  • Set  multiple Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) records in 1982
  • NCAA Division II National qualifier in multiple events in 1983
  • All-American in the 200-yard freestyle relay, 50-yard fly, the 400-yard medley relay, and the 200-meter medley relay
  Zanoni, Denise 1997 Swimming & Diving
  • Four time All-American selection
  • 1987 NCAA-II champion in 200m freestyle relay team
  • 1,553.58 career points
  • 1986 and 1987 team MVP
  • 1986 and 1987 team captain
  Zenti, Rico 1976 Contributer
  • United States Navy Lieutenant Commander of Fitness and Rehabilitation Programs from 1942-46
  • NMU Athletic Director 1966-69
  • Department Head of Health, Physical Education and Recreation from 1966-1975
  • Principle planner of the Physical Education Instructional Facility
  • 1966 Distinguished Alumni Award winner from NMU 
  1967 Football Team 2016 Team
  • Undefeated regular season with 9-0 record
  1975 Football Team 1997 Team
  • NCAA Division II Champions with a 13-1 overall record
  • Pioneer Bowl Champions
  • Cameiilia Bowl Champions
  1979-80 Hockey Team 2017 Team
  • CCHA regular season champions
  • CCHA Tournament Champions
  • Spencer Pembrose Coach of the Year: Rick Comley
  • CCHA Player of the Year: Steve Weeks
  1990-91 Hockey Team 1998 Team
  • NCAA Division I Champions with a 38-3-4 overall record
  • WCHA Regular Season Champions
  • WCHA Playoff Champions
  1993 Volleyball Team 1999 Team
  • NCAA Division II Champions with a 38-1 overall record
  • GLIAC Champions
  • AVCA Player of the Year and First-Team All-American: Stacy Metro
  • First-Team All-Americans:Andrea Gommans and Heather Koenig
 

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