MSOE Athletic Hall of Fame Members
Alan Balke ’81- Top -
The MSOE baseball teams of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s had great offensive players. However, as the old baseball goes, “Pitching wins championships.” No other MSOE pitcher exemplified this quite like Alan Balke. With Balke carrying the brunt of the pitching responsibilities, the MSOE baseball team won four straight conference titles.
Balke, a left-handed pitcher, was known for his durability and his incredible pick-off move. Primarily a starter, it was not unusual for Balke to come in late in a game and pick off a base-runner. Balke earned All-Conference honors three times and was an All-District selection his junior season. That season, he compiled a 6-1 record with an Earned Run Average of 0.931. He led the team in appearances and innings both his junior and senior year. Strong offensive support and the stellar pitching of Balke proved to be a championship combination for the MSOE baseball program.
Jeff Bonnet ’01,’03- Top -
A four-time Lake Michigan Conference champion and an NCAA national championship contender, Jeff Bonnet was a dominant force in collegiate wrestling. Bonnet shattered MSOE records, setting a school record for victories and he consistently broke previously held season and career records in takedowns and wins. His freshman season, Bonnet proved to be an intimidating competitor, placing third in the NCAA tournament. His senior year, he was one of two wrestlers to qualify for the NCAA Division III national championship, making him one of the first MSOE wrestlers to qualify for this event.
A team co-captain for four years, Bonnet was a leader of the team on the mat and also in the classroom. For this superior academic and athletic achievement, he was selected Academic All-American for three years. Bonnet’s strong academic record was a factor in the team’s national recognition for academic achievement. His skill and ability as both a student-athlete and a leader helped the Raiders to three LMC team championships.
Jeffery Brezovar ‘83- Top -
One word can best describe Jeff Brezovar – intense. As MSOE’s most highly decorated athlete, Brezovar’s focus was his greatest quality. On the basketball court, he proved to be the most prolific scorer in MSOE history. During his junior year, he led MSOE to its only undefeated conference season. A leader by example, Brezovar’s daily approach to both athletics and academics left a lasting impression on teammates and classmates alike. He was twice given CoSIDA Academic All-American honors and once voted NAIA Academic All-American.
Brezovar’s shooting accuracy proved worthy of a number of accolades. He was named All-Conference and All-District three times. In the 1982-83 season, he led the nation in scoring and became the first Wisconsin collegiate player to score 1,000 points in a season. That year, he was named NAIA All-American, MSOE’s first ever All-American. His career scoring record ranks in the top five among all Wisconsin collegiate scorers. In 1994, Brezovar was inducted into the NAIA District 14 Hall of Fame. Brezovar’s intensity and deadly jump shot have gone on to legendary status around the MSOE basketball program.
Michael Brimer ‘98- Top -
Michael Brimer was a precedent setting athlete in many ways, and he is honored as the first men’s tennis player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. A four year letter-winner and skilled athlete in both tennis and soccer, Brimer’s collegiate tennis career is especially remarkable. A multiple conference championship winner, Brimer was a powerful force on the court. He was undefeated in conference singles play all four seasons, a Lake Michigan Conference number one doubles champion for four consecutive years, a conference number one singles champion his sophomore, junior and senior seasons and an LMC number two singles champion his freshman year. Brimer received All-Conference singles and doubles recognition all four years of his tennis career as a Raider and was selected team MVP his freshman and junior seasons.
Brimer was a founding member of the men’s varisty tennis team his freshman year, and he is credited as being a major factor in the program’s success in the mid-1990’s. As captain his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, the team went undefeated in conference head-to head match play from 1994-1998, and under Brimer’s leadership his junior year the team dominated the competition, sweeping all conference championship matches.
A defender and midfielder in soccer, Brimer held the role of team captain his freshman, sophomore and junior years. A motivational and strong leader, Brimer helped to build the soccer program of the early 1990’s to the winning program it became by his senior season. After graduation, Brimer continued his leadership role as a men’s soccer assistant coach.
Michael Brimer’s outstanding accomplishments, leadership and dedication to MSOE athletics advanced the men’s tennis and soccer programs to elevated levels of competition and recognition.
Rick Brooks ’03- Top -
A vocal leader on the field, Rick Brooks was named All-Lake Michigan Conference during his junior and senior seasons at MSOE. Brooks was the last line of defense for the Raiders at the sweeper position. He was named CoSIDA Academic All-American his senior year. Brooks was the team captain his final two seasons at MSOE and was selected as the team MVP his junior year.
His constant communication on the field helped the Raiders prevent goal scoring opportunities for the opposition. Brooks was a talented athlete and an excellent defender during his time at MSOE. He displayed great leadership on and off the field. Game after game, he never backed down from shutting down the opposing team’s attackers. He intimidated many opponents with his aggressive play and commitment to win. Brooks graduated from MSOE in 2003 with a degree in electrical engineering.
Chris Coffey ’92- Top -
One word best describes Chris Coffey’s time at MSOE on the basketball court – fun. Coffey had forgotten how enjoyable basketball was until his passion for the game propelled him to incredible heights on the court at MSOE. Coffey’s daily approach of fun and a strong work ethic to both academics and athletics drilled in a lasting impression on teammates and classmates alike. While approaching athletics as a bonus to his valuable MSOE education, Coffey shot his way to First Team All-Conference honors in all three of his years as a Raider.
In the 1989-1990 season, Coffey was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. Coffey helped anchor an MSOE team that played with grit and determination. His points per game averages of 17.3 in the 1989-1990 season and 18.0 in the 1990-1991 season helped MSOE upset rivals Concordia, Marian and Wisconsin Lutheran. He also surpassed the prestigious 1,000-career points plateau in just three seasons. Most of those points were earned his senior year, quite an accomplishment for a player who viewed basketball as something only equal to education and friendship.
Patrick Coffey- Top -
“Mens sana incorpore sano,” which translates to “a sound mind in a sound body,” is a philosophy that has been a guiding force behind the leadership of Pat Coffey, MSOE’s vice president for student life. Under Coffey’s leadership the Athletic Department has grown in breadth to include 20 intercollegiate athletic teams that compete in the NCAA Division III. MSOE’s graduates not only excel in the classroom, but on the field, mat and ice. His vision had made him a true friend of athletics on the MSOE campus.
Coffey oversees a group of athletes, coaches and directors who know the value of teamwork and overcoming adversity, which are qualities that are honed every day in practice and games. These qualities are sought after by industry giants, and demonstrated day after day by a mentor, leader and friend – Patrick Coffey.
Rachel Eggebrecht ‘99- Top -
Always striving to achieve her personal best, Rachel Eggebrecht was a leading runner in cross country for four seasons and indoor and outdoor track her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Eggebrecht’s skillful form carried her to numerous honors and championships, including selections as cross country All-Conference, All-State and Lake Michigan Conference Champion for four consecutive seasons. She was also MSOE’s first and only female athlete to date to achieve NCAA All-American status. In track & field, Eggebrecht received an impressive three All-American awards, for a 5th place indoor 800M run with a time of 2:15.46 and 4th place in the 800M run at the 1st Outdoor Nationals with a time of 2:12.61 both during her junior season; and she placed 6th in the 1500M with a time of 4:35.11 at the Outdoor Nationals in her senior year. Eggebrecht also received the Coaches All-American Award in cross country and the MSOE Senior Scholar Athlete Award for her accomplishments in cross country and track.
Already a skilled long and short distance runner, Eggebrecht remained determined to improve her individual performance and support her team. She was rated Team Most Improved her sophomore and senior years and MVP all four seasons. In recognition of her academic and athletic achievements, Eggebrecht was selected as All-Scholar and to the GTE Academic All-America Team for cross country her junior season. Eggebrecht’s accomplishments and optimistic attitude made her a valuable asset to the Raiders cross country and track & field programs.
Lisa M. Fox ‘86- Top -
As any coach knows, team chemistry is a vital part of success in athletics. Lisa Fox’s personality brought teams together and helped open doors for other women athletes at MSOE. Few people have left such a positive impression on teammates and coaches as Fox. Off the field, her friendly demeanor created a supportive atmosphere. On the field, her competitive nature set a high standard for others to follow.
During her volleyball career, Fox was voted captain, MVP and All-Conference twice. She is regarded as one of the best hitters to ever play at MSOE. During the one season she played softball, Fox started at first base and was one of the top offensive players on the team. She earned MVP honors at the Wisconsin Lutheran Softball Tournament. Fox’s strong character and athletic ability made her a trailblazer for women’s athletics at MSOE.
Brian D. Geurts ‘93- Top -
Some people are just born leaders; such is the case with Brian Geurts. As the premier “big man” of MSOE basketball players, Geurts’ greatest attribute was his ability to lead. A three-time team captain and MVP, Geurts demanded the most out of himself and his teammates. His passionate approach to basketball was evident on a daily basis. In honor of the high standard he set, his jersey number has since been retired.
Geurts’s prowess around the basket proved worthy of a number of honors. He ranks as MSOE’s all-time rebounding leader. He was voted All-Conference for four years, earning “Player of the Year” honors in ’92. His senior season, Geurts led the district in scoring and was ninth overall in the nation. That year, he was voted “District Player of the Year” and NAIA All-American. He ranks in the top five in scoring among all Wisconsin collegiate players. Geurts’ athletic skills and strong character made him one of the most accomplished basketball players in MSOE history.
Dr. Eckhart and Ischi Grohmann- Top -
When MSOE needed to make a commitment to purchase the land that eventually became the location for the Kern Center, Dr. Eckhart and Ischi Grohmann stepped forward. With their propitious gift, the property was acquired and the incredible Kern Center project moved forward.
Eckhart Grohmann emigrated from Germany to the U.S. in 1962. In 1965 he acquired the Aluminum Casting and Engineering Co. and grew it from a small foundry of 35 employees to a major foundry of ten times that scale. Dr. Grohmann is also an eminent entrepreneur, having developed several additional businesses including Central Control Alarm Corp. and Hom-Med Inc., among others.
Longtime supporters of MSOE, the Grohmanns also created the remarkable Grohmann Museum on our campus to house Dr. Grohmann’s gift of his best-in-the-world Man at Work collection of industrial art. The collection included almost 700 paintings and bronze sculptures that document the history of work over 400 years.
Echkart Grohmann holds and Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from MSOE.
Thomas Gumpert ’82, ‘90- Top -
Many people are called upon to lead, but few can be a leader and earn the respect that Thomas Gumpert did. His positive approach to the game – and life- was instrumental in leading the 12-0 1981-1982 men’s basketball team to its first conference championship. “Tom was a leader and his presence was enjoyed by all,” says MSOE Hall of Fame member and teammate Jeff Brezovar ’83.
Gumpert, a fierce rebounder, he averaged 16 rebounds per game in the 1981-1982 season. His dominance on the boards made him a major force on both offense and defense. Overshadowed by his rebounding, but no less important to the undefeated season, was Gumpert’s outstanding ability to score the big basket. Gumpert proved to be the perfect complement to Brezovar as he averaged 18 points per game. The numbers earned Gumpert All-Conference and All-District 16 team selections in the team’s undefeated season.
Shari Gorr-Hess ‘02- Top -
Shari Gorr-Hess was an exceptional four sport varsity athlete during her college career, but as a basketball player, she was a record setter. At the time of her graduation, Gorr held the record as the MSOE women’s basketball all-time highest scorer with an amazing 1,535 career points. A threat on the court, she was also a leader of the team in free throw percentage for three consecutive years and leading rebounder her junior year. Gorr was awarded Lake Michigan Conference All-Conference Honorable Mention her freshman year and All-Conference her junior and senior seasons. An influential leader, Gorr was named captain her senior season. During her four year tenure, the women’s basketball team evolved into a competitive team and Gorr’s leadership and achievements were instrumental in the program’s change.
A multitalented athlete, Gorr was also a three year letter-winner in softball and played two seasons of varsity volleyball and golf. She was selected as the softball team captain her junior and senior years. All-Conference Honorable Mention her sophomore year and All-Conference her junior and senior years. In volleyball, Gorr received team recognition as Freshman Player of the Year and Digger of the Year her freshman season.
Gorr set a precedent for athletic and academic success. She was awarded the esteemed MSOE Senior Scholar-Athlete award, an elite honor granted to only one female senior student-athlete per year. She also received the Alumni Association Student Achievement award in recognition of her strong academic record.
Shari Gorr’s accomplishments were significant in elevating the level of the women’s basketball program. Her record represents excellence in MSOE women’s athletics.
Dan Harris- Top -
When Dan Harris was named athletic director in 1995 he inherited a dormant athletic program that consisted for 13 sports, many of them underachieving and disorganized. Harris applied his previous professional experience as a college athletic director and developed a highly organized and competitive athletic program of 22 Division III varsity sports for men and women.
Harris’ leadership led to the formation of the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Conference whose annual trophy, The Harris Cup, was named in his honor.
Harris also led MSOE’s move to the 13-team Northern Athletics Conference, helped develop conferences in men’s volleyball, men’s lacrosse and wrestling and was a key contributor toward the development of the Kern Center, MSOE;s outstanding athletic complex. Harris developed a highly respected, professional coaching staff as well as supporting professional personnel in sports medicine, sports information, athletic administration and athletic facility management.
At the time of his induction, the university has a thriving regionally and nationally competitive intercollegiate athletic program. As well as a large intramural and club sports programs, with a reputation of competent professional leadership.
Also when he was inducted, Harris’ tenure was one of the longest in NCAA Division III athletics and his accomplishments at MSOE made him one of the most respected administrators in the Division III athletic field.
William R. Henry ‘78- Top -
With any successful team, organization or business, there has to be a trailblazer, a person who sets a standard for others to follow. Bill Henry is that person, when speaking of the MSOE golf program. As a charter member of the golf team, Henry is credited with putting the team on the right track and preparing them for their championship ways of the future.
He was the first MSOE golfer to be named All-District, an accomplishment he attained twice in his career. A former captain and two-time MVP, Henry may be best remembered for his good natured approach and his ability to make the best out of any situation. His positive personality and love for the game left a lasting impression that still defines the golf team to this day.
Scott A. Hoffmann ‘88- Top -
Scott Hoffmann is the one player most responsible for the growth of the men’s soccer program at MSOE. His high level of play set the standard for others to follow. In his three years wearing an MSOE jersey, he led the team to a 25-10-6 record. During the 1986 conference championship game, he scored the winning goal with only minutes remaining to defeat Maranatha Baptist and secure MSOE’s only undefeated conference season.
In each of the three years Hoffmann played soccer for MSOE, he was rewarded for his stellar play and leadership qualities by being named captain, MVP and All-Conference. In his senior season, he was selected NAIA All-District. In 1985, Hoffmann led the men’s soccer team to its first NAIA playoff appearance. At the time of induction, he holds the MSOE school record in both goals and assists. After graduation, he continued to give back to the MSOE program as he coached the men’s soccer team for three seasons from 1988-90 and continues to be very active in soccer alumni functions.
Matt Huset ‘03- Top -
Matt Huset’s collegiate career is one of the most prolific in championships, titles and victories in the MSOE wrestling program’s history. Huset was unmatched on the mat, leading the team in wins with a career 108. As a senior, Huset used his experience and skill to dominate his opponents, winning 30 consecutive matches and totaling 39 wins for the season. He also won five different tournaments that year, finishing with a career 12 tournament victories. The Lake Michigan Conference recognized Huset’s accomplishments in the sport that year, naming him 2003 LMC Outstanding Wrestler.
Huset’s championship winning record is impressive. A four-time individual LMC champion and two-time regional runner-up, as captain he led the team to two team conference championships his junior and senior seasons. He earned NCAA All-American status, the division’s highest honor, placing eighth in Nationals in his weight class. This was an extraordinary triumph on its own, but what made this accomplishment even more remarkable is that Huset was the first male NCAA All-American athlete in MSOE history.
Huset was an exemplary student, and his academic success was fundamental in the team’s second place and two first place National Wrestling Coaches Association NCAA III Academic All-American National Championship awards in 2001, 2002 and 2003, setting the foundation for the program’s standard of academic excellence. Huset was a two-time Academic NCAA All-American, a most significant division honor for academic and athletic achievement, and he was selected conference Scholar-Athlete in 2003.
Matt Huset was clearly a consummate competitor and scholar. His superior performance as a leading student-athlete was a powerful force in the success and forward movement of the wrestling program.
Stephanie Johnson ‘00- Top -
A four-year letter-winner in both basketball and volleyball, Stephanie Johnson was a predominant leader and record setter in MSOE athletics. Already a 1,000 point scorer in basketball by her junior season, Johnson was also the Team Leading Rebounder during her junior and senior seasons, was honored with the Team Defensive Leadership award her senior season and was the Team Kill Leader in volleyball. One of the most accurate free throw shooters in women’s basketball, Johnson led the team in free throw percentage during her sophomore year. Johnson led her team not only in statistics, but she also acted as team captain in both sports her junior and senior seasons.
Johnson received numerous honors for her athletic accomplishments, including All-Conference designations in basketball for four consecutive seasons and in volleyball for three years. She was a Lake Michigan Conference Player of the Week selection in each sport, was chosen as her volleyball team MVP as a sophomore and Senior Scholar Athlete for the class of 2000 in recognition of her outstanding academic and athletic achievements.
Johnson’s exceptional skill and performance earned her multiple selections to All-Tournament teams. She was chosen for the Carthage College All-Tournament team in volleyball, the Rose Hulman and Trinity All-Tournament teams in basketball her junior season and, for the same sport, the Lake Forest All-Tournament team during her senior year. Johnson’s athletic and academic record exemplifies the pride, commitment and strength of MSOE athletics.
Matthew Kaiser ‘97- Top -
A three-time All-Lake Michigan Conference selection, Matt Kaiser was an outstanding catcher during his time at MSOE. As a co-captain, he showed the rest of the team what it took to play the game the right way. Behind the plate, Kaiser took the game under control and shared his expertise to help the young pitchers on the teams he played with. He earned the respect of all of his teammates for the hard work and leadership he gave to the team. Kaiser had a huge impact on the MSOE baseball program and was like a coach at practice as he assisted other players.
A two-time All-Star catcher, he hit some of the longest home runs in the history of the MSOE program. He was all business during practice and games in order to help his team succeed. Kaiser’s strong arm helped control the opposing team’s base stealers. Kaiser graduated in 1997 with a degree in architectural engineering.
Drs. Robert and Patricia Kern- Top -
Drs. Robert and Patricia Kern are long time MSOE supporters who have changed the face of MSOE. Through their phenomenal support of the Kern Center, which opened in 2004, the Kerns have provided first-class exercise and sports facilities for all MSOE students, faculty and staff. In addition, the Kerns made it possible for MSOE to move beyond an itinerant status in basketball, volleyball, wrestling and ice hockey.
Robert and Patricia Kern founded Gernerac Power Systems in 1954, producing generators for the industrial and consumer markets. Over the next fifty years they developed Generac into a notable company with 1,500 employees and multiple manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin, Iowa, England and Japan. The company was sold in 2006 and resulted in the establishment of the Kern Family Foundation, chaired by Patricia Kern.
Robert Kern has served MSOE as a member of Board of Regents since 1992 and has an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from MSOE. Patricia Kern holds an MSOE Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Angie Schwebke-King ‘99- Top -
A versatile and adapt athlete, Angie Schwebke-King set a high precedent for her teammates and future MSOE athletes. Accomplished in both athletics and academics, Schwebke was the first MSOE athlete to letter in four sports, and also managed to graduate with high honors. She was a four-year letter-winner in softball and basketball, and she also lettered in volleyball and soccer.
An inspiring team leader, Schwebke helped her softball team to win two conference championships her sophomore and junior seasons. During her junior softball season, she was chosen 3rd Team All-Midwest Region. Schwebke was also named Honorable Mention All-Conference as a freshman, All-Conference for three consecutive seasons and during her senior season she was appointed team captain and received the distinction of NCFA All-America Scholar Athlete.
Schwebke’s commitment to high standards led her to excel as a basketball player, setting a record as the first female athlete at MSOE to score 1,000 points in her senior season, while she also acted as team captain. In basketball, Schwebke was named Honorable Mention All-Conference her freshman, junior and senior seasons, MVP as a sophomore, the Sam Hulbert Invitational MVP her junior season and earned the Defensive Leadership award for two consecutive years.
Schwebke continues to be a leader at MSOE in her dual role on the field as the Raiders assistant softball coach and in the classroom as a lecturer.
Jason Kleckner ‘00- Top -
A two-time All-Lake Michigan Conference selection, Jason Kleckner helped transform the MSOE soccer team from a conference bottom dweller to a powerhouse. Kleckner’s tenacity, leadership qualities, approach and preparation for the game, both on and off the field, helped set the tone for the Raiders during his time at MSOE. He was the backbone of the Raider’s defense and started every game for four years as a defender. Kleckner never hesitated getting into the attack coming out of the back.
Kleckner was named All-Midwest and All-State his senior season and was team captain during that year. His love and commitment to the sport were on display each time he stepped onto the field as a member of the MSOE soccer team. Kleckner led by example and expected his teammates to play as one unit. Kleckner graduated in 2000 with dual degrees in business and computer systems.
Adam Lewis ‘04- Top -
Adam Lewis led the Raider basketball team to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in university history. Lewis played four years at MSOE as he led the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks all four seasons. His name remains among the all-time leaders in numerous statistical categories at MSOE. As a three-year captain of the team, Lewis led the teams he played for on and off the floor.
Lewis earned All-Lake Michigan Conference honors his last two seasons as a Raider. During his freshman year he was named to the All-Rookie Team and Honorable Mention. He also garnered Honorable Mention status his sophomore campaign. During his senior year, Lewis led the Lake Michigan Conference in scoring (17.3 PPG) and three-point field goal percentage (49.2 percent) and was 23rd in all of Division III with a field goal percentage of 59.4. In his four years, he scored a total of 1,417 points, pulled down 752 rebounds, blocked 121 shots, recorded 105 steals and drained 68 three-pointers. Lewis graduated in 2004 with degrees in architectural engineering and construction management.
Ruth Ann Lund ‘88- Top -
Ruth Ann Lund proved to be the consummate role model for women students at MSOE. She was the first MSOE athlete to letter in three sports: volleyball, basketball and softball. In many ways she was the pioneer of women’s athletics at MSOE and truly exemplified the term, “student-athlete.” Besides her athletic accomplishments, she also was elected president of the Society of Women Engineers and graduated with honors.
Her athletic accomplishments include being named an All-Conference selection four times, twice each in volleyball and softball. During her volleyball career, she was a two-time MVP as well as captain. She also was named to the All-Tournament team for the WIC-WAC championships in 1985. In her senior year, Lund was named MVP of the softball team and was also bestowed the leadership award for the women’s basketball team. She is one of only two MSOE athletes to have their number retired. After graduating from MSOE, Lund continued to have an impact on MSOE athletics, serving as the head volleyball coach from 1992-96.
Ronald R. Martin ‘79- Top -
As a four-year starter and team leader, Ron Martin set a high standard for his teammates to follow. His work ethic and the steady improvement of his own game inspired the rest of the team and initiated MSOE’s string of six consecutive conference titles. Martin’s positive attitude created strong team chemistry and a winning approach. As a team captain his junior and senior year, he led MSOE to its first two conference titles.
A good contact hitter who could also hit for power, Martin boasted a career batting average of over .350. He was selected All-Conference twice and earned All-District honors his senior season. That year, he was selected team MVP, was third in batting average, and led MSOE in home runs, triples and runs batted in. The positive example Martin set has been credited as one of the main factors in MSOE’s successful baseball teams of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.
Sarah McGuire ‘98- Top -
Sarah McGuire was as talented an athlete as she was adaptable, excelling in softball, volleyball and basketball during her four years at MSOE. McGuire pitched with speed and power, pitching a career three no-hitters and ensuring victory for her team. McGuire was selected as her softball team’s MVP and honored as LMC All-Conference for four consecutive seasons. She was also named LMC Player of the Year her junior and senior seasons. As a volleyball player, McGuire earned an Honorable Mention All-Conference her sophomore year.
McGuire set the precedent in both athletics and academics. Her outstanding performance in these fields was recognized for an impressive four seasons with Academic-Athlete selections in basketball and softball. McGuire also acted as team captain in volleyball during her junior year and in basketball and softball during her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Clearly a leader and expert competitor, McGuire represented the model of a winning MSOE athlete.
Joseph P. Meloy- Top -
According to golf coach Joe Meloy, “Today is a great day to golf.” No matter what the conditions or the circumstance, Meloy’s passion for golf rings true. To Coach Meloy, golf is not a weekend activity, it is a lifestyle. Coaching gives him the opportunity to do two of his favorite things at once, play golf and interact with students. At the time of induction, Meloy is the dean of coaches in Wisconsin, as he has had the longest tenure of any coach in the state. Meloy also encourages the play of golf among younger athletes having served as the collegiate representative on the board of the Wisconsin High School Golf Coaches Association.
A founding father of the MSOE athletic department, Joe Meloy is the most successful coach at MSOE. His golf teams won nine straight conference championships from 1983-1991, with Meloy earning conference “Coach of the Year” honors each subsequent title year. In over 20 years of coaching, his golf teams have never finished below the top half of the conference. Meloy has had undeniable success on the links, however, in the eyes of his golfers he may be best remembered as a thoughtful, caring individual who can solve just about any problem with a joke and a swing of a club because in the grand scheme of things, “Today is a great day to golf.”
Brian Michalowski ‘89- Top -
Some athletes play a sport simply to play; others have a true passion for the game. Brian Michalowski has passion. His road of recognition for basketball began his freshman year at MSOE. A non-starter, Michalowski still had an immediate impact when he entered the game, and was recognized with the Super Sub award. His drive and determination in his second season landed him an All-Conference Honorable Mention, and he led the team in assists and was the third-leading scorer. During his senior year, Michalowski led the team in scoring while still distributing the ball (he led the team in assisted for the third-straight year) – the mark of a true team player.
Michalowski’s prowess on the court proved worthy of a number of honors. He was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and First Team All-Conference, and his 18.7 scoring average led the conference in scoring. He also was an All Wisconsin Independent Colleges Association selection.
Ryan Moren ‘02- Top -
Ryan Moren’s talent, skill and achievements have established him as one of the most accomplished hockey players to wear a Raiders uniform in the program’s history. A consummate offensive defenseman, Moren shattered Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association conference records, finishing his collegiate athletic career first in three categories, with 31 goals, 51 assists and 82 points, reinging as one of the MCHA’s All-Time Leading Scoring Defenseman. A member of MSOE’s elite 100 point club, Moren’s career statistics including non-conference games is unrivaled, with a remarkable 43 goals, 85 assists and 128 total points.
An imposing force on the ice, Moren was selected first team all-conference all four years and to the MCHA All-Tournament teams his freshman, sophomore and senior seasons. At the peak of his college career his junior and senior seasons, Moren was recognized as the MCHA Player of the Year both years, a paramount achievement. He was a strong leader of his teammates both as the team captain his sophomore, junior and senior seasons and by example, being named team MVP his sophomore and senior years and Team Defensive Player as a sophomore and senior.
Moren was equally adept academically as he was athletically. A model student-athlete, his dedication and hard work ethic on the ice and in the classroom earned him a place on the MCHA All-Academic team all four years and he was selected Scholar-Athlete his freshman, sophomore and senior seasons. Moren was also awarded the prestigious MSOE Senior Scholar-Athlete award, the university’s highest honor recognizing athletic and academic achievement.
Moren continued to make Raiders hockey history after graduation, becoming the first alumnus ever to sign a professional sports contract and the first to play professional hockey. His remarkable accomplishments are major factors in building the MSOE hockey program to its nationally ranked status. Ryan Moren is truly an example of the dedication, strength and excellence of an MSOE student-athlete.
Kevin Morin- Top -
Entering his thirteenth season as the Raiders head wrestling coach at the time of his induction, Kevin Morin’s coaching career at MSOE is unrivaled. Morin has been instrumental in building the MSOE wrestling program to its current NCAA Division III national acclaim and dominant reputation. A coach whose integrity is equal to his expertise Morin’s coaching style incorporates guidance and direction, simultaneously developing his athletes’ characters while shaping them into championship contenders.
Morin, who has brought MSOE an impressive five Lake Michigan Conference Team championships (1998, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005), also teaches his wrestlers that achieving a strong academic record is important in becoming a successful athlete at MSOE. He has coached an exceptional four consecutive National Wrestling Coaches Association NCAA III Academic All-American National Championship teams (2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005), fourteen National Wrestling Coaches Association NCAA III Academic All-American wrestlers, and on COSIDA First-Team Academic All-American athlete. Individually, his wrestlers have earned the division’s highest honors, including two NCAA All-Americans, and Morin has led wrestlers in winning sixty tournament championships, including twenty-seven Lake Michigan Conference championships.
Coach Morin’s devotion to his athletes and commitment to excellence has been recognized by his peers with multiple awards and honors. He has received the highly esteemed Lake Michigan Conference Coach of the Year award an astounding five times, was named NCAA III Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year in 2002, and in 2002 and 2003 was selected the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association College Coach of the Year. Morin has also been honored by the National Wrestling Coaches Association with the prestigious NCAA III Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence award, for his team’s athletic and academic achievements in the sport.
As of 2006, Morin continues to serve in his dual role as MSOE’s head wrestling coach and Director of Human Resources. His paramount achievements are powerful indicators of what the future holds for the MSOE wrestling Program.
Josh Nickols ‘99- Top -
Josh Nickols’ motivational leadership, skill and achievements established him as a dominant force in NCAA Division III ice hockey. A consummate offensive player, Nickols holds the rank of MSOE’s all-time leading scorer with 89 goals, 100 assists and 189 points and was ranked as the leader in the nation in assists per game his senior season. That same season, his team selected him as captain, recognizing his strong work ethic and commitment to the game.
Nickols’ expertise on the ice and hard work earned him the honor of 1st Team All-Conference for four consecutive seasons. He was also named Team Offensive Player of the Year his sophomore year, league MVP as a junior and team MVP in his freshman, junior and senior seasons.
As an assistant hockey coach for MSOE, Nickols continues to demonstrate the leadership and dedication he exhibited as a college player, helping to lead the Raiders to a regular season championship and MCHA Harris Cup championship victories in 2004-05.
Robert G. Peterson- Top -
Under the guidance of Robert “Bob” Peterson, the MSOE Athletic Department experienced a tremendous period of growth. He brought his direction and vision to a department with five NAIA varsity sports, and transformed it into one supporting 14 NCAA teams. In addition to the new sporting outlets given to male athletes, Peterson can be credited for the emergence of women’s athletics at MSOE. Under his watchful eye, the avenue for women to participate in athletics was established.
Peterson’s love for the game of basketball is unmatched. In 1982, he led MSOE to its only undefeated conference season, earning him “Conference Coach of the Year” honors. Under his guidance, he produced MSOE’s first and second All-Americans in Jeff Brezovar and Brain Geurts. Peterson’s dedication to MSOE athletics continues, with his involvement on committees and in alumni functions. Many of today’s successes on the athletic fields can be attributed to Peterson’s work off of the fields.
Jon Phillips ‘01- Top -
Jon Phillips was a powerful force in MSOE soccer. Named Lake Michigan Conference Newcomer of the Year, he made a big impact his freshman season with six goals, nine assists and 21 points, and received All-Conference Honorable Mention and All-Rookie Team selections. An attacking midfielder, Phillips led the conference in goals and assists his junior year and had a career 37 goals, 23 assists and 97 points. He was selected All-Conference his sophomore, junior and senior seasons and was NCAA Division III All-Midwest his junior and senior years.
Phillips was an inspirational leader on the field and in the classroom. He was the team captain his junior and senior seasons and the most valuable player for two consectuative years. Phillips was as dedicated to academics as he was to soccer and he was recognized with the athletic department Highest In-Season GPA award his senior year.
Jon Phillips was a main influence in the soccer program’s great progress into a competitive program in the late 1990’s. His prominent contributions during this era were significant in elevating the status of Raiders men’s soccer.
Philip Pinkowsky- Top -
As the guiding force behind the men and women’s cross country teams from 1990 to 1999, Philip Pinkowsky, coached 20 Lake Michigan Conference All-Conference selections. From 1995 to 1999 he also coached MSOE track and field teams that produced five individual LMC conference champions, three team LMC championships and five runner-up finishes. Pinkowsky also earned LMC “Coach of the Year” honors for three consecutive years.
Pinkowsky’s team accomplishments outside the LMC included one All-State Individual Champion, three All-State Private First Team selections, two NCAA All-Midwest Regional selections and one NCAA National Championship qualifier.
In three seasons as a coach of the track and field teams, Pinkowsky coached one All-State Individual Champion, two All-State runner-ups, five NCAA National Championship qualifiers and three NCAA All-Americans.
Richard W. Pollex ‘90- Top -
During the MSOE golf’s team championship seasons, no one player was more consistent than Richard “Rich” Pollex. His commitment and love for the game was unmatched. His positive attitude and desire to be on the golf course left a lasting influence on the golf program. In his four years of playing golf at MSOE, Pollex led the Raiders to four Lake Michigan Conference titles.
Consistency was Pollex’s forte, each of his four years, he led the team with best overall average. Other significant accomplishments include being named All-Conference three times, and winning the individual conference championship in 1988. That same year, he was named to the All-District team. Pollex was honored by his teammates by being named MVP twice and the team’s captain his senior year. His daily approach and commitment to the game of golf has not been matched by any other MSOE golfer.
Mindi (Eineichner) Rvedcner ‘98- Top -
A four-year letter-winner in softball and a three-year letter-winner in volleyball, Mindi Eineichner made remarkable achievements as a scholar and athlete during her time as an MSOE Raider. A softball shortstop, Eineichner was recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as First-Team All-Region her senior year and selected All-Conference for three seasons by the Lake Michigan Conference. Eineichner helped her team win two conference championships her junior and senior seasons. Also an excellent student with plans to attend graduate school, Eineichner received a postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA, an exceptional accomplishment by itself, but she also remains the first and only MSOE athlete to date to receive this prestigious award. After college, Eineichner took her skill and enthusiasm for the game that she developed at MSOE to Europe, where she had the incredible experience of playing for the USA International Softball team. Eineichner’s strong skill and athletic and academic achievements are standards current MSOE athletes strive to model.
A woman of incomprehensible feats, Scherzberg was the first MSOE athlete to be named Most Valuable Player in three sports in a single academic year (1992-1993); she spiked her way to volleyball success in the fail, dribbled her way through winter on the basketball team and closed out the spring season on the softball diamond.
Scherzberg’s athleticism and leadership led to her captain stature and All-Conference selection in volleyball for the three seasons and team MVP for four seasons. She also was given All-District, All-Conference and two-time MVP distinctions for softball.
Matthew Schoenherr ‘04- Top -
An NCAA All-American in 2004, Matthew Schoenherr helped the MSOE wrestling program win three Lake Michigan Conference team championships. Schoenherr was the first MSOE wrestler to qualify for the NCAA Tournament more than once as he made it to the national tournament three times. He was named a National Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-American three seasons in a row. Schoenherr was selected as a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American in 2004. Three times during his tenure at MSOE, the Raiders were named National Academic Champions by the National Wrestling Coaches Association for having the highest team grade point average in the nation among NCAA Division III teams. During Schoenherr’s freshman season, MSOE finished second place for that award.
Schoenherr was a three-time Lake Michigan Conference champion. He wrestled at the 285-pound weight class despite himself weighing about 215 pounds. Schoenherr won matches by utilizing exceptional technique, remarkable conditioning, athleticism and a hard-nosed attitude. At the time of induction, he was the all-time leader in university history with 123 wins. His 89 career near falls stood second. He recorded 39 wins during his Alll-American season in 2003-04. Schoenherr graduated with high honors in 2004 with a degree in architectural engineering.
Paul R. Sikorski ‘80- Top -
No other MSOE athlete has had such a dramatic effect in such a short time as Paul Sikorski. Playing in only two seasons, he led the baseball team to two conference championships and a combined record of 39-14. Success followed him as he moved from the outfield to the dugout as he coached the team to two more conference championships in the ’86 and ’87 seasons.
One of the most prolific outfielders in MSOE history, Sikorski was a two-time All-Conference selection and was voted All-District his senior year. During his senior season, he led the team in nearly every offensive category and was honored by his teammates by being named MVP. He was given national recognition for leading the NAIA in hits and triples and finishing in the top 10 nationally in batting average, stolen bases and runs batted in. His strong work ethic and overall leadership qualities ensured his success both as a coach and as a player.
Jeff Stoxen ‘00- Top -
A starter in every game for four seasons, Jeff Stoxen made a big impact on Raiders soccer. Stoxen exploded onto the field with a stellar freshman season, being selected as Lake Michigan Conference Newcomer of the Year and MSOE Rookie of the Year. A forward and dominating goal scorer, that year Stoxen began his four consecutive season reign as MSOE’s Leading Scorer, was the LMC Leading Scorer his sophomore and junior seasons and became an MSOE All-Time Leading Scorer by the end of his career.
A highly motivated player, Stoxen continued to sharpen his game with experience. He was named All-Conference all four seasons, All-Midwest during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, and as a junior he was granted the exceptional honor of All-State First Team and LMC player of the Week as well as LMC Player of the Year. Stoxen led by positive example, and his team recognized him as MVP his sophomore, junior and senior seasons and selected him team captain his senior year. Stoxen’s outstanding accomplishments were main factors in the success of MSOE’s soccer program in the late 1990’s.
Michael Surfus ‘86- Top -
Some people give a team four years of blood, sweat and tears. Michael Surfus gave his university eight years. Four years were spend on the basketball court, where he ended his career as MSOE’s second all-time scorer, second in field goals made, assists, rebounds and career steals, and fourth in free throws made. If that wasn’t enough, when MSOE and Coach Bob Peterson came calling after graduation, he exchanged his uniform and sneakers for a suit coat and clipboard to help guide his beloved team as an assistant coach.
Surfus, an unselfish player who made teammates around him even better, was named MVP in the 1984-1985 and 1985-1986 seasons. He also carried the title of team captain his final two years. Although a consistent offensive treat, Surfus’ leaping ability enabled him to defend the other teams start players. In his senior year, he was an LMC All-Conference selection.
“Mike is one of the finest people – both on and off the court – I’ve ever had the privilege to know and I’m proud to say I was his college basketball coach,” says Bob Peterson, MSOE Hall of Fame Coach.
Matt Van Beek ‘02- Top -
A stellar long distance runner, Matt Van Beek held multiple school records in cross country and track and field at the time of his graduation. A four year letter-winner in cross country, he was also a varsity member of the track and field team in the program’s formative years. In cross country, Van Beek’s endurance and swift pace earned him Lake Michigan Conference All-Conference selections all four years and he was team MVP and conference champion his junior and senior years.
Van Beek was a pioneer of MSOE’s track and field program his junior year, and his athletic and leadership ability were major factors in building the program from its inception in 2001 to a conference championship winning team. Van Beek was already an experienced and competitive runner when the track program was initiated, and he assumed the role of team captain his junior and senior seasons and was a two-time All-Conference selection.
Van Beek strived to achieve his personal best on the trail, track and in the classroom. He was selected as an Academic All-American for cross country his junior year, one of the most notable conference honors for academic and athletic achievement. He continued to be a leader in cross country and track and field at MSOE after graduation as an assistant coach of both teams.
Matt Van Beek’s accomplishments and his devotion to growing MSOE cross country and track and field into a reputable, strong program exemplifies an MSOE student-athlete’s determination, pride and strength of character.
Leonard Vanden Boom- Top -
As the first athletic director and the guiding force behind the origins of athletics at MSOE, Len Vanden Boom is widely viewed as the forefather of MSOE athletics. Overcoming the initial growing pains, Vanden Boom started a three-sport athletic program and secured a gymnasium for campus use. His initial groundwork has now blossomed into a successful Athletic Department carrying fifteen sports.
Few coaches can boast the kind of success Vanden Boom has had with his baseball teams. At the time of induction, Vanden Boom was ranked in the top 50 in winning percentage of all active coaches in the NCAA Division III. His baseball teams in the 1970s were an undeniable force, winning six conference titles while Vanden Boom collected conference “Coach of the Year” honors each championship season. In 1978, he was named “College Baseball Coach of the Year” by WHSBCA. There is no question Vanden Boom has had great success on the baseball field, however, he may be best remembered for his ability to bring students together and provide a positive collegiate experience for them.
Jill Weber ‘93- Top -
When someone who knows Jill Weber hears her name, the James Taylor song You’ve Got A Friend often comes to mind all you have to do is call and she’ll come running. Her selflessness and devotion to the team and MSOE have proved she has the character of a champion.
Weber, a three-time MVP, was a jack-of-all-trades for the softball team in 1992 after having her career interrupted by a broken leg. Her leadership ability and knowledge made Weber a natural as she slipped into the assistant coach role for the season.
Weber’s solid hitting – a career batting average of more than .350 – helped earn her three consecutive MVP awards, but her passion was displayed when she stepped to the pitching rubber. Weber, the team captain in 1993, came off her injury to lead her team in conference to a 9-5 record, with 51 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.33. This comeback performance earned her a fourth team MVP, a First Team All-Conference selection and the Lake Michigan Conference District Player of the Year honors.
Nathan Weber ‘97- Top -
A four-year team captain, Nate Weber was a model example of a team leader and skilled player for his teammates. Selected All-Lake Michigan Conference Honorable Mention both his freshmen and sophomore seasons, Weber’s hard work and commitment to improving his game led to his selection for the most esteemed honor of All-Midwest Region 1st Team, an All-Lake Michigan Conference 1st Team pick for two consecutive years and a remarkable senior season. During his last season as a Raider, Weber led his team in most offensive categories, was named MVP and was nationally ranked in two NCAA Division III categories, 8th in batting average with a .492 average and his .598 on base percentage ranked 10th.
A proficient centerfielder, Weber was also well-known for his powerful hitting ability. During his senior season he was chosen as the Lake Michigan Player of the Week. The April 29, 1997 summary of his performance described him as having “toted a blistering bat…tallying 13 hits in 20 at bats for a .650 average, .696 on-base percentage, and a 1.100 slugging percentage… 12 RBI’s, 6 runs, and 1 homerun.” He also led the Lake Michigan Conference in stolen bases his sophomore season, and in his junior season he led the conference in home runs and batting average.
Weber’s achievements and positive influence was a force that helped build Raiders baseball to a strong program in the late 1990’s.
Nathan Wilke ‘98- Top -
A six-time champion and multiple category career leader, Nate Wilke’s achievements establish him as one of MSOE’s most accomplished wrestlers. After only his sophomore season, Wilke became the Raiders career leader in wins, pins, takedowns, reversals and near falls. Determined to strengthen his reputation as a formidable opponent on the mat, Wilke added escapes to his list of career leading statistics during his senior season.
A co-captain for three consecutive years, Wilke’s role as a team leader was a fundamental element in the Raiders first Lake Michigan Conference Team Championship in his senior season. His individual championship record boasts Lawrence Invitational champion his freshman year and Wisconsin Private College Tournament champion and Lake Michigan Conference champion his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
During his four seasons as a Raiders wrestler, Wilke’s exceptional accomplishments and positive leadership style were major factors in the MSOE wrestling team’s success and recognition on a national level.
Steven Zimmermann ‘80- Top -
Few people can step onto a field and make an immediate impact like Steven “Zimmy” Zimmermann did for MSOE. Zimmy pitched for MSOE from 1977 to 1979, and was named WCIC All-Conference all three years. His work ethic and mound presence helped the MSOE baseball team win three straight conference titles.
Zimmy was a fierce competitor on the mound as well as in the classroom. On the academic side, he graduated with honors; on the athletics side, he never wanted to come out of a game. This pitcher was driven to win and had an internal desire to help those around him. Zimmy never turned down a friend in need. He is a positive spirit who was a driving force in MSOE’s successful baseball teams of the late ‘70s.
This quote from Earl Weaver, legendary manager of the Baltimore Orioles, illustrates Zimmy’s playing career and life: “If you think what you did yesterday was great, then you haven’t done anything today.”
A three-time Lake Michigan Conference honoree, Chris Boardman was a resolute anchor on the Raider men's soccer team in his final two seasons after playing in more attacking roles early in his career. Boardman began his career in the midfield and moved to forward as a sophomore when he was among conference leaders with eight goals and six assists for 22 points. Then, as a junior, Boardman moved to central defense, where he played without hesitation and used his abilities in the air to stifle opponents, as well as to support the attack going forward. He suffered a knee injury midway through that season, but returned to start every game as a senior and reassert himself as one of the top players in the conference.
Boardman was named to the Lake Michigan Conference All-Rookie team as a freshman. He then earned All-LMC awards at both forward, as a sophomore in 2002, and defender, as a senior in 2004. A two-time team captain, he also earned all-state honorable mention honors twice and was voted team MVP two times.
Boardman also excelled in the classroom. He was named Academic All-District as a junior by CoSIDA and earned the MSOE Senior Scholar Athlete award in 2005.
Catherine Chappell was a five-sport athlete in her time in the Red and White, earning honors in track & field, basketball and soccer from the conference and beyond. She also represented the Raiders in cross country and golf. She competed in multi-events in track & field and was a two time All-American, taking fifth at the 2007 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon and fifth at the 2008 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in the long jump. At the time of her induction, she still holds 12 MSOE school records over eight indoor and outdoor events.
On the basketball court, she was twice named to the All-Lake Michigan Conference Team, as a freshman and a junior. Her junior year, she led the conference and was 14th nationally with 21.0 points per game and was named Conference Player of the Year. She also ranked in the top 25 in the country in field goal percentage that season (56.3 percent) and was 21st in scoring as a senior (19.6 ppg) when the Raiders competed as an independent. Chappell is MSOE's all-time leading scorer with 1,790 points and graduated as the record-holder with 841 rebounds.
In one year of soccer, Chappell was named to the All-Lake Michigan Conference Team, as well as to the All-Rookie Team. She finished third on the team with five goals and four assists for 14 points.
Chappell was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team as a junior in basketball and earned MSOE Senior Scholar and Senior Athlete of the Year honors in 2007. She was also the Raiders' first finalist for the Jostens's Trophy.
Ben Herrmann was a three-time all-conference performer for the MSOE men's soccer team from 2003-06. He was a two-time team captain that led by example on the field with his tenacious play in the midfield. As a freshman, he was named to the All-Lake Michigan Conference Team and the LMC All-Rookie Team. He was then named to All-LMC Honorable Mention as a sophomore before another All-LMC Team award as a junior. His senior season, the Raiders did not play in a conference and he was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-Region Team.
Known as a playmaker with good field vision in the midfield, Hermann also showed strong finishing skills in front of goal. He finished his career with 26 points, scoring eight goals and assisting on 10 others.
An all-conference selection in two sports, Leah Leja played four years of soccer before finishing her Raider career on the cross country course. On the soccer field, Leja helped lay the groundwork in building up the soccer program into what it has become today. She graduated among the program's leaders with 16 goals, 18 points and 50 points. As a freshman, she was named to the All-Lake Michigan Conference Team and All-Rookie Team. Then, she scored a career-best 21 points as a sophomore, scoring eight goals and assisting on five others on her way to another All-LMC award. Her junior year was another All-LMC season, as she scored five goals and tallied eight assists. She finished her career in 2006 when the Raiders competed as an independent.
Her ability, career and leadership helped MSOE women's soccer turn the corner and move to the lofty place it occupies today.
In cross country, Leja ran one meet during her soccer career, taking 23rd at the Lake Michigan Conference Championship in 2005. As a senior, she joined the cross country team full-time and went on to take 10th at the 2007 Northern Athletic Conference Championship and earn all-conference honors.
Described as an 'extremely complete point guard,' Jeff Mikos was a force on both ends of the floor for the Raiders during his career. On the court, he was a high-energy, do-everything player that drove the offense. He scored 1,366 points in his career and dished out a school-record 552 assists'119 more than any other MSOE player. He averaged 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists over 105 games played for the Red and White. He routinely ranked among Lake Michigan Conference leaders in all three categories, including leading in assists three times and finishing second once. On defense, he led the conference in steals all four years and finished in the top 10 nationally his last three years and was 13th as a freshman. As a junior, he ranked third with 3.38 steals per game. For his career, his 340 steals are a school record and 62 more than second place. At the time of his induction, he is ninth in NCAA Division III history in steals and 21st with a career average of 3.24 steals per game.
In 2003, he led the Raiders to the Lake Michigan Conference Tournament Championship and the Raiders' first-ever NCAA Tournament in men's basketball.
Mikos was named All-Lake Michigan Conference in each of his four seasons. He was named to the All-LMC team three times and was named honorable mention as a freshman, when he was also named to the all-rookie team.
Scott Murphy was a complete offensive threat for the Raider men's basketball team. He had a natural gift for the game and was a quick study, leading to a standout career as a four-year starter in the Red and White. Murphy played a key role in MSOE's development as an NCAA Division III program, playing on the first NCAA winning season as a sophomore in 2005-06, the first of six-straight winning seasons. The Raiders won 61 games in his career, more than the previous 11 seasons combined.
Murphy started 102 games and graduated as MSOE's third all-time leading scorer, finishing with 1,463 points. He still ranks in the top 10 in program history in field goals, free throws, three-pointers, steals and blocked shots. A three-time team captain, he was a four-time all-conference selection. He earned All-Lake Michigan Conference Honorable Mention honors his first two seasons. In 2006-07, he was an All-NCAA Division III Independents Second-Team choice and, the next year, he was named to the All-Northern Athletics Conference First Team.
Ryan Shefchik played a key role in the success of the MSOE wrestling program, finding success on the mat and in the classroom, while exuding crucial leadership to push his teammates as a three-time captain. After a broken hand cost him his freshman season and the first half of his sophomore campaign, Shefchik won 13 matches on his way to winning a Lake Michigan Conference Championship. He then went on to earn NCAA All-Region honors by taking sixth at the regional meet. The Raiders posted their first winning dual meet record that season and he helped establish a tradition of combined academic and athletic achievement for future teams when he was named to the All-America Scholar Wrestling Team by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
Another broken hand prevented him from defending his LMC title as a junior, but he went 17-6 and claimed a Wisconsin Private College Championship prior to the injury. He motivated his team to win the Lake Michigan Conference Tournament Championship in his absence.
Once healthy again, Shefchik returned to the top of the conference, winning 30 matches, an LMC individual championship and helping MSOE to a second-consecutive team crown. He went on to earn his second all-region honor, this time taking fifth, and was once again a member of the NWCA's All-America Scholar Wrestling Team. That year, the team won the award for having the highest team grade point average in NCAA Division III after finishing second the year prior.
Brian Soik came along at a formative time in the MSOE hockey program's history, helping to turn the Raiders into the class of the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association. The team won regular season conference championships in each of his final three years, while raising the Harris Cup postseason trophy after his sophomore and junior seasons. Soik was team captain and team MVP during his junior and senior seasons, and was named Harris Cup MVP after the Cup win his junior season. The Raiders won 70 games over his four-year career and boasted a winning percentage of nearly .800 in MCHA play.
The MCHA Player of the Year during both his junior and senior seasons, Soik was named to the all-conference team three times. He was an NCAA Division III All-American as a senior, MSOE's first team sport NCAA All-American, and was a finalist for National Player of the Year. On the ice, he twice led the team in scoring and tallied 125 career points on 45 goals and 80 assists. He is fourth in school history with his assist total and is tied for fourth with 21 power play goals. He shares a school record with 12 power play goals in a season, owns the fourth-best single season point total (45), and the fifth-best single season assist total (27) in school history.
Soik was equally successfully away from the rink, as he was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, National Hockey Humanitarian Award finalist, MSOE Senior Athlete of the Year, and MSOE Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was an Academic All-MCHA selection all four years and also earned MSOE High Honors four times.
Lee Swallow's arrival at MSOE coincided with the hockey team's ascension to the top of the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association. The Raiders topped the conference in each of his first three seasons, posting a 47-6-3 (.866) record in MCHA play and averaging 20 wins per season. His career spanned the first four seasons of a nine-year streak of winning records the Red and White have maintained as of the time of his induction.
Swallow's contribution on offense was essential to the success of the Raiders. He led the team in scoring all four years, including his freshman season when he was tied for second in NCAA Division III with 1.21 points per game. As a sophomore, he was in the top five nationally in points (1.67) and assists (1.07) per game and game-winning goals (5). At the time of his induction, Swallow is one of two MSOE players to top 150 points and is the school record holder with 102 career assists. He is also second in school history with 12 game-winning goals and 26 power play goals.
Swallow was named a preseason honorable mention All-American by United States College Hockey Online entering his sophomore season and was a two-time all-conference selection in the MCHA. He also served as assistant captain as a junior and was team captain his senior year.
Spencer Cook was a model student-athlete during his tenure with the men's soccer team, showing his dedication to excelling on the field and in the classroom.
He was the Raiders' top scorer in each of his final two seasons, ushering the program into its first season in the Northern Athletics Conference with nine goals and 22 points. He was named to the All-NAC Second Team that season. Also an All-Rookie Team honoree as a freshman in the Lake Michigan Conference, he finished his career with 18 goals, nine assists and 45 points in 69 games.
As a senior at MSOE, Cook was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team and earned the MSOE Senior Scholar Award.
Vickie (Georgakas) Cook played a key role as the MSOE women's soccer team turned the corner in its program history, culminating with its first-ever winning season her senior season. That campaign started a streak of eight-straight winning seasons that was active at the time of her induction.
Cook was the Raiders' go-to threat on the offensive end of the field, leading the team in scoring three times and graduating as the program's all-time leader in goals and points, while sitting second in assists. Her career got off to an impressive start, as she logged 13 goals and 27 points as a freshman to earn Lake Michigan Conference All-Rookie Team and All-Conference Honorable Mention awards. She earned All-LMC honors as a sophomore and, after the team played her junior season without a conference, she was named to the All-NAC Second Team as a senior. It was her final season when the Raiders went 9-7-3 and posted a 7-4-1 record in its inaugural NAC campaign.
Her impact was not just evident on the score sheet, as she was a transitional player that was extremely coachable and could act as a coach on the field. She is credited as an integral component as MSOE transitioned into a new conference and, more importantly, into a winning program.
Cook finished her career with 31 goals, 14 assists and 76 points, all figures still among the program's leaders.
Matt Hopf is a great example for student-athletes at MSOE, as he was a standout performer in his career, while helping the program reach new heights and excelling in the classroom.
On the court, he finished his four-year career with the men's basketball team as its seventh all-time leading scorer with 1,128 points and eighth in career rebounds with 583. He was a two-time All-Lake Michigan Conference honoree and played a key role in the team's first conference title of any kind in 20 years when the Raiders won the Lake Michigan Conference Tournament in 2003. That season, the Raiders were the No. 6 seed and upset No. 1 Lakeland on the road in the title game to advance to the first NCAA Tournament in school history. Hopf scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the championship game.
Hopf was also successful in the classroom, earning CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team honors as a senior and being named the MSOE Senior Scholar.
Dominic Maio is the most accomplished male runner in school history, finding success as a qualifier for the NCAA Championships in both cross country and track & field.
In cross country, he led the team to great success, as the Raiders won conference titles as a freshman in the final season of the Lake Michigan Conference in 2005 and then, again, as a junior in their first season in the Northern Athletics Conference. Individually, he just got better as he took 11th at the conference meet as a freshman, then fourth as a junior and was runner-up as a senior when MSOE was the team runner-up. He was the first runner in school history to crack 26 minutes in an 8000m cross country event and ran a school-record time of 25:12 to take 14th at the NCAA Regional Championships and qualify for the national championship meet.
Maio was just as successful in track & field, holding six more school records at the time of his induction. At the conference level, he won six individual titles in his two seasons in the NAC and helped the team to both the NAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships as a junior. As a senior, he qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 1500m.
Allie (Sowinski) Malzahn is considered the top women's volleyball player in program history, leading the team to its most prosperous four-year run and establishing several notable school records.
Malzahn was a dominant force on the Raiders' attack all four years in the red and white, graduating as the program's all-time leader with 1,841 kills and 310 service aces. She accrued 589 more kills than any other player at the time of her induction and 148 more aces as she owns the three top single-season totals in both categories in school history. For her efforts, she was named the Lake Michigan Conference Rookie of the Year and to the All-Conference Team when she led the conference with 4.37 kills and 0.58 aces per set as a freshman. Upon joining the Northern Athletics Conference for her junior season, she led the new conference in both kills as a junior and was second in each as a senior. She was named to the All-NAC First Team in each of those two years.
The Raiders won 58 matches in her four-year career, the winningest four-year stretch in program history. Those years included a school-record 19 in 2006 and the second-best season total (16) in 2008.
Scott Maupin established himself as one of the top golfers in MSOE history and put together arguably one of the most successful individual seasons for any sport in school history.
Maupin was named all-conference in each of his three seasons that MSOE competed in a conference, culminating in Lake Michigan Conference Men's Golf Player of the Year as a junior in the LMC's final season. In was in his junior season that he won four tournaments and posted the two lowest rounds in school history (65, 69) on his way to a -10 (134) at the WLC Invitational.
A member of the Raiders' 2003 conference championship team, he finished his distinguished career as the school's all-time leader with six wins and 129 birdies, while ranking second with a career scoring average of 78.00.
Jeremy Off was a key figure during one of the most prosperous runs of MSOE men's basketball in school history. He helped the team to 68 wins in his four years, equaling the previous class as the winningest in program history at that time.
On the court, he became a member of the MSOE basketball 1,000 point club and holds the distinction of being the most efficient shooter in school history. His .618 career field goal percentage is far and away the best ever, while his .440 three-point percentage is also first. While not getting as much attention as some he played alongside, Off was a two-time All-Lake Michigan Conference selection, including as a junior when he helped the Raiders to a tie for second in the conference. He averaged 15.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game that season and shot a school and conference-record .673 from the field, a figure that ranked second in the nation. He then averaged 14.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as a senior.
Joel Vande Boom is a shining example of the combination of athletic and academic success that has become emblematic of the MSOE wrestling program.
On the mat, Vande Boom wrestled at 157 pounds and won Northern Wrestling Association championships as a sophomore and senior. He three times won 20 matches in a season, including 27 as a senior when he also amassed 80 takedowns. He ranked eighth in school history with 87 career wins at the time of his induction and was fifth with 211 takedowns.
Vande Boom also excelled in the classroom, where he helped the program to the third-best team grade point average in the nation in 2006 and was a CoSIDA Academic All-America Second-Team selection as a junior. Twice named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, he also served as team captain, was named team MVP and earned the Coach's Award in each of his final three seasons. He then finished his career as the MSOE Senior Scholar.
Jason Woll was a two-way player for the MSOE hockey team, graduating as one of the top-scoring defensemen in school history and playing a key role in a very prosperous run for the Raiders.
In 108 career games, Woll scored 77 points on 14 goals and 63 assists, and accumulated 319 penalty minutes. On the defensive end, he played a role in 10 shutouts in his career, while Red & White goalies posted a 2.70 goals against average. He was consistently honored for his play on the ice, being named to the All-Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Team in each of his four seasons, becoming just the third player in conference history to accomplish the feat. He also stepped up his game in the post-season, earning a pair of MCHA All-Tournament Team awards.
Woll, the 2009 MSOE Senior Athlete of the Year, helped the Raiders to 70 wins and two MCHA regular season titles in his career, as well as one Harris Cup Championship in three trips to the conference title game. Following his career, he signed a professional contract and played three seasons in the ECHL and CHL.
Dr. Hermann Viets served as president of MSOE from 1991 until his retirement in 2015. He was only the fourth president in the 114-year history of MSOE. Under his leadership, the campus footprint grew dramatically and the university added several degree programs that fueled enrollment. Along with expanding MSOE's academic realm, he supported initiatives that rounded out the students' college experience.
During Dr. Viets' tenure, MSOE's athletic program saw significant growth. The university joined the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Teams were added for men's volleyball, men's rowing, men's lacrosse, and men's and women's track and field. Dr. Viets' conviction that physical fitness and athletic competition opportunities are integral to a student's growth and development resulted in the addition of the Kern Center and Pamela and Hermann Viets Field.