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 2024 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees!

Three individuals and one entire team will be inducted into the Mount Marty University Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, September 20 at 6 p.m. at the Ruth Donohoe First Dakota Fieldhouse during Lancer Days. Tickets will be available soon.

1994 Baseball Team

The 1994 Baseball Team is to be recognized for their 36-13 record with that 36-win mark holding the school record until 2010. This team also has the distinction of having a 23-game winning streak, which continues to be the longest winning streak in Mount Marty Baseball history. Throughout the season the team received votes in the National NAIA rankings. Many athletes from the team were honored that season.

Team awards and individual recognitions for the season included Team MVP Honors going to Roman Kula and Tim Jensen, Most Improved was awarded to Shad Housley, and the James Riley Award went to Brian Guenther. James White was named All-South Dakota NAIA, NAIA All-District 12. Tim Jenson was honored as All-South Dakota NAIA, NAIA All-District 12, NAIA All-Region Player, and an Honorable Mention All-American. Roma Kula was named All-South Dakota NAIA, NAIA All-District 12, and an Academic All-American, and Tony Tonn received All-South Dakota NAIA All-District 12.

Players       Coaches
Doug Bates Shad Housley Allen Mims Mac Zachow Bob Tereshinski
Scott Geerdes Aaron Hughes Matt Mousel Randy Perry Mike Stoll
Mark Gemar Tim Jensen Ted Quinn James White Kelly Heller
Rey Gonzales Chris Kilpatrick Jason Selchert Rob Locken  
Jeremy Grady Chad Kapla Travis Thompson Kevin Horsley  
Brian Guenther Dave Konz Tony Tonn    
Travis Hallock Roman Kula Corey Uecker    


Alex (Kneeland) Harris '17 - Women’s Basketball

Alex (Kneeland) Harris ’17 played for the Women’s Basketball Team where she carried the squad to a 44-23 record during her time at Mount Marty. In the 2015-2016 season, Kneeland led the team to a school record of 25 wins and a Final Four appearance at the NAIA National Tournament. She was honored many times during her athletic career at Mount Marty.

Kneeland was named 2016 Mount Marty University Female Athlete of the Year, 2016 1st Team NAIA All-American, and an Honorable Mention All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. For her efforts during the NAIA National Tournament Kneeland was selected 1st Team All-NAIA National Tournament Team. Kneeland was also honored with 2016 First Team All-GPAC and received the 2016 Academic All Conference and 2016 NAIA Scholar-Athlete. During the 2016 season she was named GPAC Player of the Week on two occasions, led the NAIA with 771 points for the season, and set a school record with eight 3-pointers in one game as well as the school record for 123 3-pointers in a season which was third in the NAIA for that season. Her 21.4 points per game was also fifth in the NAIA for that season. In total for her two seasons of play, Kneeland scored 1266 career points at Mount Marty and had 1417 total career collegiate points.


Titus Kosgei '12 - Men’s Track & Field and XC

Titus Kosgei ’12 ran for the Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Teams. Kosgei made his mark in Track and Field at the GAPC and NAIA national level and was named the 2011 Mount Marty University Male Athlete of the Year. Kosgei won the 800-meter run at the GPAC Indoor Conference Meet in 2010 and 2011. During his career he was All-GPAC a total of six times and was a two-time All-American in the 800-meter run. He placed sixth at the NAIA Indoor National Meet in the 800-meter in 2010 and was third in 2011.  At the time of his graduation, Kosgei held six indoor records in the 600m, 800m, 1000m, mile, 4 x 400 relay and the 4 x 800 relay, two outdoor records in the 800 meter run and the 1500-meter run, and was honored with Academic All Conference five times and NAIA Scholar Athlete four times.


Chad McGough '98 - Men’s Basketball & Baseball

Chad McGough ’98 played for the Men’s Basketball and Baseball Teams. In just two seasons with the Lancer Basketball team McGough was able to make his mark on the career charts in several offensive categories. At the time of graduation McGough was fifth in 3-point percentage with a 37.7%, seventh in 3-pointers made with 124, eighth in free throws made with 227, and 10th in career points with 1055. During his time McGough was named to the 1995 SDIC All-Tournament Team. In McGough's senior year of basketball he guided the team to an 18-12 record and an SDIC Co-Championship. McGough was named 1st Team All-SDIC and Honorable Mention All-American, and an NAIA Scholar Athlete. McGough was also on two conference championship teams for Lancer baseball helping to bring home the 1996 and 1997 SDIC Conference Championships. McGough carried a career record of 10-3 as a pitcher including a 5-1 record during the 1997 season. McGough was also named an NAIA Scholar Athlete for baseball.

2024: 1994 Baseball Team, Alex (Kneeland) Harris '17 (Basketball), Titus Kosgei '12 (Track & Field), Chad McGough '98 (Basketball, Baseball)

2023: Meghan Barlow '98 (Cross Country and Track and Field), Gene Elder '99 (Baseball), Derek Otton '11 (Soccer), Jenny (Miller) Krier '11 (Basketball)

2022: Lauren Donlin ‘10 (Softball, Soccer), Tony Elizondo ‘92 (Baseball), Kylie (Gross) Knippling ‘12 (Basketball), and 1999 Women's Basketball Team

2021: Tom Schlimgen (Coach) and Katie Smelker ‘15 (Track)

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)

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

2018: Michelle (Amundson) Schumacher ‘10 (Basketball), Jeremy Grady ‘97 (Baseball), Jason Nelson ‘99 (Baseball), and Laura (Wortmann) Morrison ‘09 (Track)

2017: Jake Hoffman ‘02 (Track), Trey Krier ‘10 (Baseball, Basketball), Tevan (Wenbourne) Newman ‘08 (Basketball), and 1977 Men's Basketball Team

2016: NaTascha (Dawson) Krempges ‘00 (Basketball), Ryan Krempges ‘99 (Basketball), and Craig Mock ‘89 (Basketball, Baseball)

2015: Justin Bonnichsen ‘07 (Basketball), Jesse Kurtenbach ‘04 (Baseball), Nancy (Ommen) Heldberg ‘99 (Basketball), and 1999 Baseball Team

2014: Eliza Leloux ‘03 (Track, Basketball), Matt Tereshinski ‘99 (Baseball), and Audra (Tramp) Tonn ‘96 (Basketball) 

2013: Katie (Heine) Pesicka ‘02 (Basketball), 1972 Women's Volleyball Team, and 1998 Men's Basketball Team

2012: Teresa (Ellis) Jensen ‘94 (Volleyball, Basketball), Aaron Kranz ‘99 (Basketball), Dr. Rich Lofthus (Contributor, Faculty Athletic Representative), and Jason Selchert ‘96 (Baseball, Basketball)

2011: Tim Jensen ‘05 (Baseball), Christina Orr ‘92 (Basketball), and Michelle (Pfeifer) Bonk ‘04 (Track, Cross Country)

2010: Laurie (Boynton) Baily ‘78 (Softball), Kelly Heller ‘93 (Baseball), S. Ann Kessler (Contributor, Booster), and Tim Lorang ‘04 (Baseball)

2009: Jason Even ‘97 (Basketball), Chuck Iverson (Coach, Athletic Director), and Marvin Veasy ‘86 (Basketball)

2008: Kristi (Cihak) Soukup ‘93 (Basketball), Dwight Hauff (Contributor), Keith Heingartner ‘81 (Basketball), and Doug Martin (Coach)

2007: Jane (Fraser) Bies ‘92 (Basketball), Mike Johnson ‘74 (Basketball), Bob Tereshinski (Coach), and Mac Zackow ‘96 (Baseball)

2006: Bill Dawson ‘79 (Basketball), Kari (Hohn) Bohlmann ‘97 (Track), Judi (Hood) Faunce (Coach), and Wayne Sullivan ‘91 (Baseball) 

2005: Amy (Brady) Lein ‘91 (Basketball), Jennifer (Even) Glasheen ‘96 (Volleyball, Basketball), Shane Fejfar ‘89 (Baseball), and Kevin Lein ‘81 (Basketball)

2004: Julie (Hinrichs) Hartke ‘97 (Track), Hod Nielsen (Contributor, Booster), Doug Pesicka ‘83 (Basketball), Mac Rops ‘98 (Basketball), and Frank Yaggie (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)

2001: Laddie E. Cimpl (Contributor, Booster)

1987: S. Rhoda Foecke (Fan), Greg Kiger ‘78 (Basketball), Rich Shipp ‘78 (Basketball), and Dean Specht (Administrator)

1986: Janet Jager ‘77 (Volleyball, Basketball) 

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)