Inducts Inaugural Hall of Fame Class October 22,
The Hall of Fame class includes 12 student-athletes, all of whom are graduates of the University, from a cross-section of sports and eras. Four administrators and coaches were inducted. The first national championship teams from men's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis, and wrestling also were honored.
Below is a brief sketch of each inductee.
Mike Allen (BS '75)
Mike Allen became the first track and field All-American in 1974, placing sixth at the NCAA Championships in the 440-yard intermediate high hurdles. He set school records in the 120-yard high hurdles, 440-meter hurdles and the 55-meter high hurdles indoors. Allen's records continue to be listed in the SIUE record books more than 30 years later.
The first Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for women, Rosemarie Archangel performed numerous duties for the University throughout her tenure, retiring as the Dean and Graduate Studies and Research. The first person hired with the title of "coach" at SIUE, she served as the head coach of volleyball, softball and field hockey teams.
Christina Bokelund (BS '89)
An eight-time women's tennis All-American in singles and doubles, Christina Bokelund was the No. 1 tennis player on the No. 1 team in the nation four years in a row. She helped SIUE win NCAA Division II Championships from 1986 to 1989. Bokelund teamed with Portia George to win doubles titles in 1987 and 1988.
Chris Carenza (BS '75, MA '83)
The leading scorer for the men's soccer Cougars in 1972 and 1974, Carenza currently ranks No. 3 on the all-time scoring list with 46 goals and 14 assists. An All-American in 1974, Carenza scored the game-winning goal for the Cougars in the 1972 national championship game for the Cougars.
Pete Delkus (BS '90)
An All-American pitcher for SIUE baseball in 1985, Pete Delkus led the Cougars to a fifth-place finish at the College World Series. Over his career, Delkus set the school record for victories at 26, a mark he continues to share. Delkus later signed a professional contract with the Minnesota Twins organization, earning the Minnesota Twins Minor League Player of the Year and the Rolaids Relief Man Award.
Arjun Fernando (BS '80)
A seven-time men's tennis All-American, Arjun Fernando was a key member of the 1978 and 1979 NCAA Division II Championship teams. Fernando was a four-time All-American in singles beginning with his freshman season in 1976 and culminating with a national singles title in 1979.
Amy Frey (BS '83)
A two-sport standout for the Cougars in softball and field hockey, Amy Frey was the Most Outstanding Female Athlete in the 1981-1982 season. A two-time softball Most Valuable Player, Frey was an All-American in 1982 and helped SIUE to a second-place finish at the AIAW National Championships. In field hockey, Frey recorded a team-leading 30 goals in the 1980 season with 164 shots on goal.
Serving as the first Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Harry Gallatin's coaching career included three seasons as the men's basketball coach and 24 as the men's golf coach. SIUE qualified for the NCAA Championships 18 times in men's golf and produced multiple All-Americans under Gallatin. "Harry the Horse" also is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Portia George-Morrow (BS '91)
An eight-time All-American for the women's tennis Cougars, Portia George-Morrow helped guide SIUE to an unprecedented four consecutive national championships from 1986 to 1989. George-Morrow teamed with Christina Bokelund for two NCAA Division II doubles championships in 1987 and 1988. She also was a three-time NCAA Division II singles finalist.
Ed Gettemeier (BS '83, MS '96)
A member of the national championship men's soccer team in 1979, Ed Gettemeier went on to set the school record for shutouts with 20 in his goalkeeping career from 1979 to 1982. In the national championship season, Gettemeier was named the Bronze Boot Most Valuable Player. Gettemeier capped his career with All-American honors and the Senior Bowl MVP award after leading the Cougars to four consecutive NCAA appearances, including a Final Four in 1982.
Coach Bob Guelker laid the foundation for the tradition of men's soccer at SIUE. Almost immediately, Guelker transformed a new program into a perennial winner. He became the first coach in collegiate soccer history to win both an NCAA Division II championship (1972) and an NCAA Division I championship (1979) at the same school. Guelker, the United States coach for the 1972 Olympic team, compiled a Soccer Hall of Fame resume with a record of 311-77-26.
The founder of the SIUE baseball program in 1967, Roy Lee put the Cougars into the national spotlight with eight consecutive appearances in the NCAA Championships from 1970 to 1977. In three appearances at the Division II College World Series, the Cougars' best finish was second place in 1976. SIUE would later honor him by naming its baseball field after him.
Greg Makowski (BS '79)
A three-time, first team All-American (1975-1977) for the Cougars, Greg Makowski led SIUE to a second-place finish and a national semifinal in four seasons. Makowski later was the team captain of the U.S. Olympic Soccer team from 1977 to 1981 and a member of the U.S. national team from 1978 to 1982. The first player selected in the 1978 NASL draft by the Colorado Caribous, Makowski played for several professional teams and was an MISL All-Star from 1983-1985 with the Kansas City Comets.
Al Sears (BS '87)
The "Pin King" was an automatic six team points for the SIUE wrestling team from 1982 to 1985. A four-time All-American in the heavyweight class, Al Sears holds the school record for falls in a season with 30. His 122 career falls also was recognized as an NCAA record. Sears was a member of SIUE's first two national championships in 1984 and 1985.
Denise Schaake (BS '83)
The first-ever softball All-American at SIUE in 1981, Denise Schaake was well-known for her versatility as a two-sport athlete for the Cougars. The first women's basketball Cougar to break the 1,000-point barrier (1,095), Schaake continues to hold the school record for single-season scoring with 656 in the 1980-81 season. In softball, she led the 1979 pitching staff in earned run average of 1.04 and later hurled for a 9-2 record in 1981. Her bat was equally as strong as Schaake currently is No. 6 all-time in runs batted in (108) and triples (12).
Tim Wright (BS '87)
The only four-time NCAA Division II champion at SIUE and the first in NCAA history, Tim Wright was the lead wrestler in the Cougars' journey to three consecutive national championships from 1984 to 1986. His 1985-86 season record of 41-2 continues to hold the school record for winning percentage at .953.
1972 Men's Soccer
SIUE won the first-ever college division national championship, defeating Oneonta College 1-0 in the title game. SIUE, under Hall of Fame Coach Bob Guelker, went undefeated with an 11-0-3 record. Chris Carenza, who scored the game-winning goal in the national title game, led the team with 12 goals and three assists. Tom Twellman, who had four goals and two assists, was named SIUE's Most Valuable Athlete. Kevin Howe was named the team's Most Valuable Player. The other valuable players for the 1972 men's soccer team were John Stremlau, Steve Cacciatore, Greg Modde, Dennis Driscoll, Tom Galati, Bob Kessen, Tim Putnam, Joe Gallagher, Steve Elliott, Bill Renaud, Mike Boland, Vince Fassi, Bill Barron, Norman Seim, Rick Benben, and Chester Kowalewski.
1978 Men's Tennis
One of college tennis' greatest dynasties began with the 1978 men's tennis team. Juan Farrow and Arjun Fernando, both of whom were annually in the hunt for a singles and doubles national championship, led a squad which would start a string of seven consecutive national championships under SIUE Coach Kent DeMars. The other valuable members of the team included Brian Millar, Scott Whaley, Bill Rusick, Randy Houston, Kent Smith, and Alan Millar.
1986 Women's Tennis
SIUE's national championship in women's tennis in 1986 would be the first of four under Coach Bob Meyers. Portia George, who led the team with 35 victories, advanced to the national quarterfinals in singles. As a team, the Cougars defeated Abilene Christian 7-2 and California Poly-Pomona 6-3 en route to the finals against California State-Northridge. Along with singles and doubles points from George and Christina Bokelund in the national championship match, Jennifer Reuter collected a No. 4 singles and a No. 3 doubles victory to lift SIUE over California State-Northridge 5-4 for its first NCAA crown. Other valuable members of the national championship squad are Michele Wreen, Lisa Schuito, Nicki DeMuro, Jill David and Maura Carriel.
With a team which featured just one senior, the SIUE wrestling program vaulted to national championship status with four individual national champions and eight All-Americans under NCAA Coach of the Year Larry Kristoff. Don Stevens, Tim Wright, Booker Benford, and Ernie Badger all finished as national champions. Alan Grammer, Maurice Brown, Mark Kristoff, and Al Sears also gained All-American status for a team which won the national title by an astounding 48.5-point advantage. Other valuable members of the national championship squad are Ray Garcia, John Eichelberger, Robert Ervin, Bob Lacefield, Dan McGinnis, Bob Dahm, Doug Zinzer, Brian McTague, Lewis Reed, John Ruffu and John Borror.