All-Americans Heather Hamilton (track and field) and Trevor Lundgren (wrestling), three-time all-conference honorees Kathy Haakonson Collman (volleyball and softball), Mike Peluso (hockey) and Tom Stoll (football), and long-time Bulldog supporter Dave Goldberg will be paid a lasting tribute for their contributions to UMD athletics on Jan. 16, 2016 when they become the six newest additions to the UMD Athletic Hall of Fame.
Collman, a native of Minnetonka, Minn., made her mark on both the UMD volleyball court and softball diamond, starting four years as a setter and third baseman. She secured All-Northern Sun Conference volleyball acclaim three consecutive times (1982-84) after pacing that circuit in assists in each of those seasons. As a senior, Collman captained the Bulldogs to their second straight NSC volleyball title before going on to put the finishing touches on a softball career that included two All-NSC citations (1984 and 1985 -- the league's initial two years of existence). In addition, she played an integral role in the Bulldogs' conquest of the first-ever NSC softball title in 1984 and one year later (as a team captain) landed the club's Most Valuable Player Award. Collman was chosen UMD's Outstanding Senior Female Athlete for 1984-85 and spent the next fall serving on the UMD volleyball coaching staff as a student assistant coach.
Since his graduation from UMD in 1957, Goldberg has been a tireless ally for Bulldog athletics with his time, advocacy and financial support. He's served on a number of booster and fundraising committees such as the UMD Hoop Club and Bulldog Club, and has endowed multiple scholarships for UMD student-athletes. In the mid-1990s, as UMD was looking to align itself solely with the NCAA for its Division II sports (and end its dual affiliation with the NAIA), Goldberg was the first individual to help provide the resources to elevate scholarships levels. He has also made significant commitments to help fund various capital projects for Bulldog facilities and his four-plus decades of generosity earn him the distinction of being the largest individual philanthropic donor in UMD athletics history.
One of the most decorated women in UMD athletics history, Hamilton was twice selected the NSIC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year (2003 and 2004) -- a Bulldog first -- and attained NCAA II All-American status on two occasions (she finished sixth in the 2005 indoor 400-meter hurdles and 8th in the 2004 outdoor 800-meter run). In all, the St. Paul, Minn., product captured seven Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/North Central Conference indoor and outdoor titles and set the NSIC's outdoor 400-meter hurdle record in 2004 (1:01.35), a mark that stood for eight years. A 24-time All-NSIC/NCC honoree, Hamilton left UMD owning four individual indoor and outdoor records and another three relay standards. As a fifth-year senior in 2004-05, she was named the NCAA Division II Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the NCAA II Conference Commissioners Association as well as the NCAA Woman of the Year for Minnesota. Hamilton, who compiled a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average as an undergraduate, also received UMD's Top Female Scholar-Athlete Award for 2003-04, the 2005 NCC Stan Marshall Award (given to one male and one female senior student-athlete who distinguish themselves through academic performance, athletic ability and community activities) and the inaugural UMD Shjon Podein Community Service Award in the 2002-03 (presented to a UMD student-athlete who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the field of play and has made noteworthy humanitarian contributions to the Duluth and UMD communities). While attending graduate school at UMD in 2005-06, Hamilton stayed with the Bulldog track program as an assistant coach. Over the past decade she has continued to run competitively and one of her highlights was placing 25th among all women at the 2013 United States of America Track and Field (USATF) Marathon Championships.
After transferring to UMD from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1986-87, Lundgren became an immediate hit with the wrestling Bulldogs and proceeded to put up some staggering numbers over the next three seasons. For starters, the Staples, Minn., native amassed a 95-12-0 career record and won all 22 of his dual matches during his UMD tenure. In his final collegiate go-around, Lundgren went 40-6-0, posted a team-high 20 pins, captured his second straight Northern Intercollegiate Conference 142-pound title, placed third at the NAIA National Championships (for the second time and as many years) and was accorded the Gorriaran Trophy for registering the most falls in the least amount of time at the NAIA event. The two-time NAIA All-American captained UMD as a senior -- one season after he contributed significantly (namely a 46-6-0 record) to the Bulldogs' NSIC championship conquest. Voted UMD's 1988-89 Outstanding Senior Male Athlete, Lundgren was part of the NAIA-USA Cultural Exchange Team that took on international wrestlers in West Germany in the late spring of his senior year. He remained at UMD the ensuing season to serve as a student assistant coach.
Peluso finds himself in some mighty fast company as he is just one of four Bulldogs to earn All-Conference recognition three or more times (All-Western Collegiate Hockey second team in 1996-97 and third team in both 1995-96 and 1997-98). The durable centerman out of Bismarck, N.D., joins 2012 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner Jack Connolly (2009-12), Justin Fontaine (2008-11) and Norm Maciver (1983-86) in that exclusive club. Peluso skated a regular shift in 153 out of a possible 154 games during his Bulldog career and racked up 80 goals (the eighth highest total in team history at the time) and 83 assists for 163 points. That put him in 16th place on UMD's all-time scoring charts when he exited the program. In addition, Peluso is only as the fourth individual to lead the Bulldogs in scoring for three successive seasons (1995-98) and just the third player to reach the 20-goal mark three or more years (those same three years). A WCHA All-Academic Team honoree on three occasions (1995-98), he captained the 1997-98 Bulldogs to a memorable playoff series win over arch-rival Minnesota and berth in the WCHA Final Five Tournament. Peluso was named UMD's Outstanding Senior Male Athlete for 1997-98 and then went on to play professionally for six seasons, including stints with the National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks (37 games in 2001-02) and Philadelphia Flyers (one game in 2003-04). He also did time with the American Hockey League's Portland Pirates, Worcester Ice Cats, Norfolk Admirals and Philadelphia Phantoms before retiring in 2003-04. A member of Team U.S.A. that competed at the 2000 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships, Peluso has spent the past seven winters as the head coach at his alma mater, Bismarck High School. In 2013-14, he directed the Demons to their first-ever North Dakota state title on his way to being selected the high school male team coach of the year by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Peluso, whose Demons took runner-up honors at both the 2009 and 2010 state tournament, served as an assistant coach with the North American Hockey League's Bismarck Bobcats for four seasons (2004-07 and 2011-12). Since 1998, he's been a professional walleye angler and continues to be active on the Professional Walleye Tour.
Stoll, a hard-nosed ball carrier from Coleraine, Minn., was the first Bulldog to attain All-NIC status three times, doing so from 1979 to 1981. As a true freshman in 1978, he seized the rights to UMD's starting fullback assignment midway through the season and never looked back, eventually closing out his career as UMD's third all-time leading rusher with 2,630 yards and 27 touchdowns on 501 carries. Stoll saved some of his best football for last, accumulating 15 touchdowns and 94 points -- the third highest total in the nation -- during his farewell collegiate season. For his efforts he was named an Associated Press Little All-American (honorable mention) and UMD's Most Valuable Player (for the second time in three seasons). Over his four years in a Bulldog uniform, UMD went 34-6 overall, laid claim to two NIC championships (1979 and 1980), pieced together the school's first unbeaten, untied season (10-0 in 1980) and reeled off a school-record 20-game winning streak. In 1978 and 1980, Stoll was part of a potent Bulldog backfield that included another UMD Athletic Hall of Famer, Amory Bodin (Class of 2013).
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Written by Bob Nygaard, August 2015.
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