St. Norbert to Enshrine Four in Athletics Hall of Fame
From Sports Information Director, September 9, 2009 |
by Dan Lukes, email@example.com, (920) 403-4077
Inductees include Aaron Kramer (Class of 1998), David Minten (Class of 1965), Kathryn (Petersen) Ullman (Class of 1998) and Rob Smillie (Class of 1999).
Kramer is St. Norbert baseball's career batting leader, holding a .432 lifetime average. He won the NCAA Division III batting championship in 1998, hitting .524. Kramer, also a first-team Academic All-America selection in 1998, was the Co-Midwest Conference Player of the Year in 1998. Kramer also set a NCAA Division III record with 11 consecutive hits in 1996. St. Norbert won Midwest Conference championships in 1996 and 1997 with him a key member of those teams.
Minten lettered three times in basketball and twice in baseball for the Green Knights. St. Norbert qualified for the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., in 1965 when Minten was team captain and also an honorable mention All-NAIA District 14 selection. Minten went on to serve as athletics director at De Pere Abbot Pennings High School from 1976 to 1990 and was named WISAA Athletic Director of the Year for the 1988-89 school year. Minten coached three sports at Abbot Pennings and currently coaches boys' and girls' golf at De Pere High School.
Ullman was a highly decorated women's tennis player at St. Norbert, posting a 44-10 singles record and 62-12 doubles mark -- all at the No. 1 flight. She was part of the ITA Rolex national champion doubles team in 1997, and was sixth at the ITA Rolex National Tournament in singles action twice. Ullman won Midwest Conference singles championships at the No. 1 flight in 1994 and 1995 and was part of the MWC's No. 1 doubles champion in 1996 and 1997. Ullman has been the women's tennis coach at St. Norbert from 2000 to the present and was named Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2005.
Smillie was an integral part of St. Norbert College's national rise to prominence in ice hockey. The NCAA Division III Player of the Year and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association as a senior in 1999, he was a two-team first-team All-America selection and a three-time first-team All-NCHA pick. Currently, Smillie still holds school records for points in a season (61 in 1998) and goals in a season (34 in 1998), and is the second-leading career scorer in school history with 175 points. St. Norbert won three NCHA regular-season and two Peters Cup titles and played in three NCAA Division III Tournaments during his tenure.
The Class of 2010 brings the total enshrined in the St. Norbert Athletics Hall of Fame at 125 persons. The Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held on the evening of Saturday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in the Sensenbrenner Memorial Union on the St. Norbert campus. For banquet tickets or other Hall of Fame information, call (920) 403-3031.