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Volume 22 • Number 2 • Summer 2005


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Heather Hamilton: Making the Grade / Trio of Coaches Step Down /
Atheltic Hall of Fame to Induct Five

Senior track star Heather Hamilton was one of four Bulldogs (a school record) who attained ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors in 2004-05. She was joined by senior Nate Beerling (cross country/track), junior Lindsey Dietz (who was also named the Academic All-American of the Year by ESPN The Magazine for NCAA II basketball), and junior Caroline Ouellette (women's hockey). Hamilton, who became the first Bulldog to receive national Academic All-American status on three occasions, was also the recipient of the NCC's prestigious 2005 Stan Marshall Award, which is presented each year to student-athletes for academic performance, athletic ability and community service activities.


Three UMD head coaches who have combined for 1,649 wins and 72 years of service - Karen Stromme, Bill Haller and Scott Hanna -- all stepped down from their coaching posts this past May but will remain in the Bulldog Athletic Department.

Coach Stromme guided the Bulldogs to 12 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) titles, four NSIC Tournament championships, eight NCAA II North Central Regional playoff berths and seven visits to the NAIA National Tournament. She is now UMD's full-time senior woman administrator and assistant athletic director for operations. Coach Haller closed the books on a rewarding softball coaching career, ranking 16th on the NCAA II charts for all-time victories. In his 24 seasons, he racked up more triumphs than any other coach in Bulldog athletic history. Haller will continue to serve UMD in the role of compliance coordinator. Coach Hanna has been involved with the UMD baseball program since its inception in 1972. He was a starter during UMD's inaugural two seasons and spent five years as a Bulldog assistant before landing the head coaching job. To his credit, Hanna has four NSIC regular season titles, one berth in the NCAA II Central Regionals, and two NAIA Area 4 playoff appearances. Hanna, who remains as UMD's equipment manager, will also assist with the athletic department's fundraising and development efforts. (Pictured: Scott Hanna)


Legendary men's hockey coach Mike Sertich, All-American softball second baseman Patty Becker, two-time All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference running back Eric Eversley, former National Hockey League veteran goaltender Bob Mason, and standout basketball center Bill Mattson will all be paid a lasting tribute on Oct. 14, 2005 when the UMD Athletic Hall of Fame holds its eighth induction ceremony.

Sertich spent 29 years with the UMD hockey program as a defenseman, assistant coach and head coach. In his 18 winters behind the Bulldog bench, he rolled up a school-record 350 wins and guided UMD to all three of its Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular season titles, both of its league playoff championships, and four NCAA postseason berths.

Becker holds the distinction of being the first Bulldog to achieve All-American status in softball and the first to be named to the All-NSIC team on four occasions.            

Eversley was a fixture in both the Bulldog offensive and defensive backfields. He twice landed spots on the All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team and earned NAIA All-District honors in 1966 after pacing the Bulldogs in rushing.

Mason capped off his brief, but stellar, college career in 1982-83 by being selected the WCHA's Player of the Year and a first team All-WCHA pick. He left UMD after his sophomore season to play with the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team and subsequently spent eight years in the National Hockey League.

Mattson, who passed away in December 2002, ranked as UMD's second all-time leading scorer and its top field goal shooter at the conclusion of his senior year. In the summer of 1962, the Los Angeles Lakers chose him in the National Basketball Association draft and to this day Mattson remains the only Bulldog to ever be drafted by an NBA team. (Pictured: Eric Eversley)


-- Bob Nygaard, UMD Athletics

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