The Minnesota State Athletics Hall of Fame class for 2019 will be formally inducted this Friday in Mankato.
Along with eight individuals, a “team” inductee and this year’s service and philanthropic award recipients will also be recognized. This year’s induction is Friday, Oct. 4 with the formal induction ceremony taking place at the Hall of Fame Induction Dinner held in MSU’s CSU Ballroom (registration at 6:00 p.m., program starts at 7:00 p.m.).
The new Hall of Fame members in the student-athlete category include women’s basketball standout Arin (Andrews) Wade (MSU 2002-06), two-time softball Academic All-American Lynndi (Decker) Koester (MSU 2004-08), four-time national champion pole vaulter Katelin (Rains) Ladd (MSU 2005-09), national champion wrestler Jason Rhoten (MSU 2004-08) and All-American safety Jared Ziemke (MSU 1999-2003).
Slated for induction in the builders category are retired women’s golf coach Nick Campa, longtime Maverick Athletics booster Steve Duea and former Minnesota State administrator Robert “Bob” Matuska.
Selected for induction in the “team” category are the women’s basketball team that claimed a NCAA Division II national championship in 2008-09.
The Jim Schaffer Service Award will be presented to Minnesota State faculty representative Dr. Jeff Pribyl and this year’s Minnesota State Athletics Philanthropic Award recipients are Thomas and Anne Dutton (Jean McCarthy family).
Arin (Andrews) Wade (2002-06, Women’s Basketball) (student-athlete category) – Georgene Brock Award recipient as top senior female student-athlete of the year in 2005-06…Played in 101 games and made 92 starts during her four seasons at Minnesota State…Three-time North Central Conference Player of the Week…One of two Mavericks to receive three All-NCC selections (2004, 2005 & 2006)…Led Mavericks in rebounds in each of her four seasons as MSU…Became 13th member of the MSU 1,000-point club and finished career ranking eighth on the all-time scoring list with 1,231 career points…Became the 10th member of the MSU 800-point/500-rebound club and finished her career seventh all-time in rebounds with 784…Averaged 12.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game during her career, while shooting 50.8% from the field…Tallied 29 career double-doubles, including 11 during her senior season…Scored at least 20 points in 11 games, including a career-high 29 points against Nebraska-Omaha (1/24/04)…Hauled in a career-high 16 rebounds against Augustana (1/7/04).
Lynndi (Decker) Koester (2004-08, Softball) (student-athlete category) – 2007-08 Georgene Brock Award recipient as Minnesota State’s top senior female student-athlete of the year…Two-time CoSIDA  First Team Academic All-American…Two-time All-North Central Conference selection…Three-time NCC All-Academic selection…Hit .357 for four-year college career…At the end of her career, held school records for career at bats (757), hits (270), runs (148) and games played (232)…Maverick Achievement Award recipient as a senior…Three-time NFCA Scholar-Athlete…2008 NFCA First Team All-Region pick…2007 NFCA Second Team All-Region pick…Two-time NCC Player of the Week award recipient…Helped lead Mavericks to 2007 NCC title and a pair of NCAA tournament appearances in 2007 and 2008.
Katelin (Rains) Ladd (2005-09, Women’s Track & Field) (student-athlete category) – Four-time NCAA Division II national champion in the pole vault:  2006-07 indoors, 2007-08 indoors, 2008-09 indoors, 2008-09 outdoors…2x USFTCCCA Division II National Indoor Field Athlete of the Year honoree (2007-08 and 2008-09)…2008-09 Minnesota State Senior Female Athlete of the Year…Set NCAA record in 2008 in the indoor pole vault (14-1.75)…Helped Mavericks win first NCC Indoor team championship by winning pole vault and long jump in 2009..2009 NCC Field Athlete of the Year…Holds school record in the indoor pole vault (14-5.25)…Holds school record in outdoor pole vault (13-11.25) .
Jason Rhoten (2004-08, Wrestling)  (student-athlete category) – 2018 NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee…Four-year letterwinner who was a four-time All-American…Won NCAA Division II title at 157 lbs., as a senior in 2008…2007-08 Don Buchanan Award recipient as Minnesota State’s Outstanding Senior Male Student-Athlete…Helped lead Mavericks to a second-place finish at NCAA DII national tournament as a senior and led the team to the NWCA National Duals title in 2008…40-2 as a senior with the 40 wins ranking third-most ever by any Minnesota State wrestler in a single season…Finished career with 136-23 mark to rank second all-time at Minnesota State in career wins…NCAA DII North Central Region Wrestler of the Year in 2007-08, he was a four-time North Central Conference Wrestler of the Week as a senior (six times for career) and a three-time NCC All-Academic selection…2007-08 NCC champion.
Jared Ziemke (1999-2003, Football/Men’s Basketball) (student-athlete category) – Four-year football letterwinner…Played one year of men’s basketball (1999-2000)…Selected and played in Cactus Bowl (DII football senior all-star game)…Named AFCA First Team All-American, D2Football First Team All-American, AP Second Team All-American, Second Team All-American by The Football Gazette as a senior in 2003…Football Gazette Third Team All-American as a junior in 2002…Named First Team All-Region by, The Football Gazette and Daktronics as a junior…Two-time North Central Conference Most Valuable Defensive Back and two-time First Team All-NCC (2002 & 2003)…Four-time NCC Defensive Player of the Week… Led NCC with 108 tackles as a senior…At end of career ranked fourth on MSU career tackles list with 404…Set NCAA DII record with eight forced fumbles in 2003 and owns school record with 13 career forced fumbles…Had nine career interceptions… Academic All-NCC and second team Academic All-District as a senior.
Nick Campa (Women’s Golf Coach) (builder category) – Led the Minnesota State women’s golf program to 18 appearances in the NCAA postseason tournament…Guided the Mavericks to North Central Conference titles in 1989, 1995, 1996, 1998 and 2001 and NCAA regional championships in 2001-02, 2003-04 and 2004-05….Mavericks made ten consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament and his teams from 1989-93 were inducted into the Minnesota State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018… Three-time District Coach of the Year (1998, 2000 and 2010)… Three-time North Central Conference Coach of the Year (1998, 2000 and 2001).
Steve Duea (Booster) (builder category) – Started Dan Meyer Golf Tournament 21 years  ago – fundraising vehicle for men’s and women’s hockey scholarships that has raised more than $750,000 during this time…Charter member of Minnesota State Blue Line Club and men’s hockey season ticker holder since 1977…Delivered MSU graduation address in 2005.
Robert “Bob” Matuska (University Administrator) (builder category) – Served as MSU’s Financial Aid Director from the late 1960’s through the mid-1990’s…Athletics contemporaries include Bud Myers, Don Brose, Bob Otto, Dan Runkle et al…Assisted with running of Maverick track and field events… Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators Distinguished Service Award in 1980… Served as MAFAA President in 1969-70…Jackson, Minn., native earned undergraduate degree from MSU in 1962 and masters degree in 1965.
2008-09 Women’s Basketball (team category) – Posted a record of 32-2, with its 32 wins being the most in a season in team history…Won NSIC Championship with a 19-1 conference record…Started the season with a 17-0 record…Five Mavericks received All-NSIC honors, including Heather Johnson, Joanne Noreen and Alex Andrews who garnered All-NSIC First Team honors…Won all three NCAA Central Region Tournament games to advance to first NCAA Elite Eight…Claimed wins over Michigan Tech (61-53)  and Alaska Anchorage (83-60) before defeating Franklin Pierce 103-94 in NCAA national championship game, scoring the second-most points in an NCAA Division II Championship game…Scored 2,763 points over the course of the season and shot 47.2% from the field, both of which are team records…Heather Johnson, Alex Andrews and Joanne Noreen all reached 1,000 career points during the 2008-09 season, while Tiffany Moe and Liz Trauger joined the 1,000 point club the following season…Head coach Pam Gohl was named the NSIC Coach of the Year and the DII Bulletin Coach of the Year…Heather Johnson was named DII Bulletin All-American Second Team, while Joanne Noreen was named honorable mention…Both Johnson and Noreen received WBCA All-American Honorable Mention honors…Team finished in the top 10 in several categories in NCAA Division II including win/loss percentage (1st/.941), assist-to-turnover ratio (2nd/1.27), field goal percentage (3rd/.472), turnover margin (4th/+7.15), points per game (7th/81.3), scoring margin (9th/+16.6)…Team members included:  Pam Gohl (head coach), Amy Sander (asst. coach), Sarah Tracy (asst. coach), Heather Johnson, Lauren Barber, Nicole (Christianson) Benish, Casey Christian, Liz (Trauger) Grant, Sarah (Wiens) Heath, Jennie (Noreen) Helget, Mari Korton, Gretta Layman, Tiffany Moe, Flecia (Foster) Neznik, Alex (Andrews) Shepp, Teresa (Parker) Stenzel, Joanne (Noreen) Thomason, Alyssa Van Klei, Andrea Walsh, Laura Weber, Amanda (Nygaard) Williams.