Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees
Each fall, a selection committee chooses inductees for the following year’s Mount Marty Athletic Hall of Fame. In order to be considered for selection into the MMU Athletic Hall of Fame, an individual must meet the following requirements:
The inductees must have been:
- A student at Mount Marty University for at least two years and a graduate of MMU.
- A coach at Mount Marty.
- An athletic administrator at Mount Marty.
- A team that represented Mount Marty.
- An individual who has made outstanding contributions to the Mount Marty Athletic Program.
- Must have conducted himself/herself in such a way as to reflect honor on Mount Marty University and to have those qualities of character and standards of conduct most desirable in one who may be cited as an example for young people.
- Must have made a good record in some branch of intercollegiate sports at Mount Marty or have made a distinct contribution to sports.
- Upon graduation at Mount Marty, the individual must have made a positive contribution to society.
- Candidates become eligible:
- Athletes – five years after graduation.
- Teams – 10 years after academic year
- Coaches, staff, and others – five years after they leave these positions at Mount Marty or after 10 years of service at Mount Marty.
If you would like to submit a nomination to be considered, email Athletic Director Andy Bernatow with your suggestion.
Congratulations to the 2023 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees!
This year, four individuals will be inducted into the Mount Marty University Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, September 29 at 6 p.m. at the Ruth Donohoe First Dakota Fieldhouse during Lancer Days. Tickets will be available soon.
Meghan Barlow '98
Cross Country and Track and Field
Meghan Barlow transferred to Mount Marty from Colby Community College in the fall of 1996. Barlow made an immediate impact for the Lancers Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Barlow was the first female in Mount Marty Women Cross Country history to qualify for the NAIA National Cross Country Meet. Barlow was also a South Dakota Iowa Conference Champion during the outdoor season in the 800 meters. Upon graduation Barlow held eight school records in indoor and outdoor track for the Lancers. Barlow held five indoor records in the following events: 400-meter, 800-meter, 1,000-meter, 1,500-meter and the mile. She held three outdoor records in the 800-meter, 1,500-meter, and 3,000-meter. Barlow was also named NAIA Scholar Athlete in Cross Country for the 1997 season and an NAIA Scholar Athlete in Track and Field for the 1997-1998 school year.
Gene Elder '99
Rapid City, SD
Gene Elder was one of the top pitchers for the Lancers in the mid to late 90s. Gene guided the Lancers to regular season conference championships in 1996, 1997, and 1999. Gene also guided the team to the South Dakota Iowa Conference (SDIC) Tourney Championships in 1998 and 1999. During Elder’s career the Lancers compiled an impressive 109-49 record. For the 1998 and 1999 seasons Elder was selected as a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete. At the time Gene finished his career, his name was on both the career and season charts. For his career, he was 2nd in career wins with 24, 2nd in career innings with 185 innings, 2nd in career complete games with 22. On the single season charts he was tied for 1st with 9 complete games in a season, tied for 2nd with 11 pitching starts in a season, and tied for 2nd with 8th wins in a season–which he did on two occasions both in the 1998 and 1999 season. For his efforts Elder was named Second Team All-SDIC in 1998 and First Team All-SDIC in 1999.
Derek Otton '11
Derek Otton enters the MMU Athletic Hall of Fame with the distinction of being the first Men’s Soccer player to achieve this honor. Otton, a native of Mesa, Arizona, was a junior college transfer and was a two-year starter for the Lancers. During Derek’s playing career his accomplishments included being named 2009 GPAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Otton, who was also named the first-team All-GPAC Goalkeeper. Otton recorded a school record, six shutouts during the 2009 season. He allowed 1.39 goals per game, recording 145 saves (5th in NAIA) with a .858 save percentage that included a 7.72 saves per game average (7th in NAIA). Otton’s efforts for the 2009 season helped the Lancers set a former school record for wins in a season. During the 2008 season Otton ranked 6th in the nation with an 8.29 saves per game average and was named Honorable Mention All-GPAC. During his playing career Otton compiled 285 career saves. Upon Graduation Otton held several school records including Career Save Percentage, Season Save Percentage, Season Goal against Average, Career Shutouts, Shutouts in a Season, and Saves in a Season.
Jenny (Miller) Krier '11
Sioux Falls, SD
Jenny (Miller) Krier was a part of two National Tournament teams and back-to-back-to-back 20-win seasons. In her three years of competing for the Lancers the team had an impressive 66-29 record. She completed one of the best senior seasons in Women’s Basketball history being in the Top Ten for points scored, free throws made, and three-pointers made. Upon graduation she was in the Top Ten Career Charts in total points, free throws made, free throw percentage, three-pointers made, and three-point percentage. For her outstanding performance in the 2010-11 season she was named 2nd Team All-American, and 1st Team All-GPAC. She was also named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete twice, a Pflieger-Olson Academic All-Conference Award winner three times, and All-GPAC distinction twice. In 2009 Jenny was named the Sandy Schaeffer Memorial Scholarship recipient. She was also named 2011 Yankton QB Club Female Athlete of the Year for all of Mount Marty Athletics. Jenny’s husband, Trey is also in the MMU Hall of Fame (Baseball and Basketball) and both of her brothers Jared and Justin Miller attended and played baseball at Mount Marty.
2021 Tom Schlimgen (Coach) and Katie Smelker ‘15 (Track)
2022 Lauren Donlin ‘10 (Softball, Soccer), Tony Elizondo ‘92 (Baseball), Kylie (Gross) Knippling ‘12 (Basketball), and 1999 Women's Basketball Team
2023 Meghan Barlow '98 (Cross Country and Track and Field), Gene Elder '99 (Baseball), Derek Otton '11 (Soccer), Jenny (Miller) Krier '11 (Basketball)
2011 Tim Jensen ‘05 (Baseball), Christina Orr ‘92 (Basketball), and Michelle (Pfeifer) Bonk ‘04 (Track, Cross Country)
2012 Teresa (Ellis) Jensen ‘94 (Volleyball, Basketball), Aaron Kranz ‘99 (Basketball), Dr. Rich Lofthus (Contributor, Faculty Athletic Representative), and Jason Selchert ‘96 (Baseball, Basketball)
2013 Katie (Heine) Pesicka ‘02 (Basketball), 1972 Women's Volleyball Team, and 1998 Men's Basketball Team
2014 Eliza Leloux ‘03 (Track, Basketball), Matt Tereshinski ‘99 (Baseball), and Audra (Tramp) Tonn ‘96 (Basketball)
2015 Justin Bonnichsen ‘07 (Basketball), Jesse Kurtenbach ‘04 (Baseball), Nancy (Ommen) Heldberg ‘99 (Basketball), and 1999 Baseball Team
2016 NaTascha (Dawson) Krempges ‘00 (Basketball), Ryan Krempges ‘99 (Basketball), and Craig Mock ‘89 (Basketball, Baseball)
2017 Jake Hoffman ‘02 (Track), Trey Krier ‘10 (Baseball, Basketball), Tevan (Wenbourne) Newman ‘08 (Basketball), and 1977 Men's Basketball Team
2018 Michelle (Amundson) Schumacher ‘10 (Basketball), Jeremy Grady ‘97 (Baseball), Jason Nelson ‘99 (Baseball), and Laura (Wortmann) Morrison ‘09 (Track)
2019 Patrick Frank (Employee, Supporter), Matt Geiver ‘00 (Basketball), Monte Lowe ‘80 (Basketball), Kathleen (Velder) Sobotka ‘76 (Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Field Hockey, Track), and 1986 Women's Basketball Team
2020 James Cimburek ‘94 (Contributor), Albert Fernandez ‘97 (Coach), Landon Klock ‘99 (Baseball, Basketball), Melissa (Schmidt) Kosch ‘05 (Track, Basketball), and Tom Nelson ‘00 (Track)
2001 Laddie E. Cimpl (Contributor, Booster)
2002 Diana (Burkard) Hicks ‘90 (Basketball), Randy Gross ‘82 (Basketball), Stef (Samelson) Wiedenfeld ‘95 (Volleyball), Dan Wallbaum (Contributor, Booster), and Ted Wallendorf ‘78 (Basketball)
2004 Julie (Hinrichs) Hartke ‘97 (Track), Hod Nielsen (Contributor, Booster), Doug Pesicka ‘83 (Basketball), Mac Rops ‘98 (Basketball), and Frank Yaggie (Contributor, Booster)
2005 Amy (Brady) Lein ‘91 (Basketball), Jennifer (Even) Glasheen ‘96 (Volleyball, Basketball), Shane Fejfar ‘89 (Baseball), and Kevin Lein ‘81 (Basketball)
2006 Bill Dawson ‘79 (Basketball), Kari (Hohn) Bohlmann ‘97 (Track), Judi (Hood) Faunce (Coach), and Wayne Sullivan ‘91 (Baseball)
2007 Jane (Fraser) Bies ‘92 (Basketball), Mike Johnson ‘74 (Basketball), Bob Tereshinski (Coach), and Mac Zackow ‘96 (Baseball)
2008 Kristi (Cihak) Soukup ‘93 (Basketball), Dwight Hauff (Contributor), Keith Heingartner ‘81 (Basketball), and Doug Martin (Coach)
2009 Jason Even ‘97 (Basketball), Chuck Iverson (Coach, Athletic Director), and Marvin Veasy ‘86 (Basketball)
2010 Laurie (Boynton) Baily ‘78 (Softball), Kelly Heller ‘93 (Baseball), S. Ann Kessler (Contributor, Booster), and Tim Lorang ‘04 (Baseball)
1985 Chuck Brewer ‘76 (Basketball), S. Joyce Feterl ‘74 (Volleyball, Basketball), Rudy Gerstner (Coach, Contributor), Autro “Archie” Heath ‘72 (Basketball), and Darlene (Thole) Dunlau ‘75 (Volleyball, Basketball)
1986 Janet Jager ‘77 (Volleyball, Basketball)
1987 S. Rhoda Foecke (Fan), Greg Kiger ‘78 (Basketball), Rich Shipp ‘78 (Basketball), and Dean Specht (Administrator)