UNIVERSITY OF DENVER ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1996 (Inaugural)
|HERITAGE ERA INDUCTEES|
|John Woudenberg||1938-41||Football, Wrestling|
|MODERN ERA INDUCTEES|
|Murray Armstrong||1956-77||Hockey Coach|
|Hoyt Brawner||1939-1941, 1949-1962, 1962-1964||Basketball, Basketball Coach, Athletic Director|
|Jerry Causey||1965||Baseball, Basketball|
|John "Jack" Kelso||1960-63||Swimming|
|Georg Krog||1966-1969||Skiing and Soccer|
|Charles "Babe" Lind||1945-48||Golf|
|Peder Pytte||1956-57, 1970-74, 1964-70, 1964-70||Skiing, Soccer Coach, Skiing Coach,|
|Willy Schaeffler||1964-70, 1964-70||Skiing Coach, Soccer Coach|
|Dick Yates||1944, 1946-48, 1946-48, 1948||Football, Basketball, Baseball|
Alex Drobnitch came to school in the city of his birth. After being raised on a farm in Eaton, Colorado, Drobnitch chose to continue his education at the University of Denver. Football was the sport Drobnitch loved more than any, and his love for the game was translated into his spirited play on the field. In 1936, Drobnitch received national recognition for his play, being named to the first-team All-American squad. After his playing days at DU, Drobnitch had a brief career as a professional. He played for the New York Yanks, Buffalo Indians and New York Americans, but like so many, Drobnitch gave his talents to the war effort. After the war, he returned to his farming roots.
Football and Wrestling (1936-1939)
John Woudenberg stayed home for his college days, having been born and raised in Denver. He was a two-sport star for the Pioneers, playing football and wrestling while at DU. Woudenberg's talents were easy to detect as a member of the University of Denver football squad. He was an all conference selection for three consecutive seasons, 1937-1939. In that same period, Woudenberg was a part of DU's wrestling team. Being such a great athlete, Woudenberg was also able to win three consecutive wrestling championships. Following graduation, Woudenberg played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for two years before becoming a Navy athletics officer. Coaching aviation cadets at St. Mary's College, Woudenberg received the GI All-American Award. After his brief hiatus away from professional football, Woudenberg signed with his second pro team, the San Francisco 49ers, retiring with the club.
MODERN ERA INDUCTEES
Hockey Coach (1956-1977)
Murray Armstrong is a legend in University of Denver hockey circles, taking up coaching after his playing days in the National Hockey League. Armstrong was called the 'Chief', a name that suited the Pioneer leader during his 21 years of excellence. As the head coach of the DU hockey team, Armstrong led the Pioneers to five national championships (1958, 1960, 1961, 1968, and 1969) with 11 final four appearances. In his 21 years at the helm, Armstrong amassed over 400 victories, along with being honored twice as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's Coach of the Year. Armstrong was also the recipient of the Spencer Penrose Award in 1961, given to the Division I Coach of the Year. Armstrong was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1974, and on August 3, 1990, a life-size bronze sculpture was erected on the DU campus in Armstrong's honor.
Jerome Biffle was a home-grown star who attended East High School, where he won all-state honors in the 100 and 220-yard sprints, high jump and broad jump before landing at the University of Denver. Biffle was known as the one-man track team while attending DU. He led the Pioneers to the Skyline Conference Title in 1949. In 1950, Biffle captured first place finishes at the Kansas, Drake, and West Coast Relays, which were known as the "Big Three" during that period. In that same year, Biffle was named Track and Field News' top collegiate track star. After Biffle's running days at DU he earned a spot on the 1952 U.S. Olympic team. At the Games of Helsinki, Biffle became the city's first Olympic gold medallist by winning the broad jump on his final attempt. Biffle remained the city's only Olympic gold medallist until the 1996 Games in Atlanta.
Vince Boryla came to the University of Denver after a two-year stint with the University of Notre Dame. Upon arriving on the DU campus, Boryla's talents were obvious to all who watched him play. He played two years for the Pioneers, becoming the school's first basketball All-American after his senior campaign. Boryla continued his basketball career at the next level, becoming a solid contributor for the New York Knickerbockers. He was always a student of the game, and was able to transfer that knowledge to the bench, becoming the head coach of the New York Knicks once his playing days were over. The city of Denver would again become a part of Boryla's life later in his career. He returned to the Mile High City as the general manager of the Denver Nuggets.
Basketball (1939-1941), Basketball Coach (1949-1962), and Athletic Director (1962-1974)
Born and raised in the Mile High City, Hoyt Brawner attended Manual High School before making the University of Denver his home. Manual High has had a long tradition of producing outstanding basketball prospects, and Brawner was no exception. Brawner was a three-time letterwinner on the Pioneer basketball squad and was voted to the All-Skyline confrence team twice during his playing career at DU. Following his playing days for the University, Brawner coached briefly at the high school level before returning to the Pioneers as the men's head basketball coach. In his period as coach, Brawner amassed a .463 winning percentage in 14 seasons. Brawner left the bench in 1962, becoming DU's Director of Athletics until 1974.
Baseball and Basketball(1965)
While the popular slogan was to "go west young man", Jerry Causey decided to try his luck at heading east. Born and raised in Vallejo, California, Causey was lured to the beauty of the Mile High City, where he became a very versatile Pioneer. Causey was a two sport athlete while attending the University of Denver, playing baseball and also earning a basketball letter. Baseball was Causey's focus though, becoming the Pioneers' first baseball first-team All-American at the Division I level. After Causey's playing days as a Pioneer, he played professionally in the Houston Astros organization. Causey eventually came back to the Denver campus, joining the DU staff as the Director of Intramural Sports until 1977.
Born in Denver but raised in Steamboat, Marvin Crawford was a part of the University of Denver ski program during its hey-day. Under the direction of legendary coach Willy Schaeffler, Crawford won every 4-way meet he ever skied in as a Pioneer. Crawford was the national champion in the Skimeister and the Individual Cross County events in the 1954 NCAA Championships. Crawford's skiing talents earned him a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team in 1956. Not only a great skier but also an excellent student, Crawford was awarded the Golden "D" for his efforts in 1954. The Golden "D" award is given to a student who shows exemplary athletic and academic skill. In 1979, Crawford received one of the state's highest athletic honors, being inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame.
Sam Etcheverry was born and raised just to the south of Colorado in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Etcheverry was the University of Denver's star quarterback during his time on the DU campus. He holds most of the Pioneer football records for passing offense. Etcheverry is the career leader in passing and rushing plays (594), most yards gained (2662), most passes attempted (392), most passes completed (198) and most yards gained passing (2510). After his playing days, Etcheverry took his quarterbacking talents to the professional level. His first stop was the Canadian Football League, where he completed 60 percent of his passes for the Montreal Alouettes. For his career north of the border, Etcheverry passed for over 30,000 yards and 186 touchdowns. In 1962, Etcheverry signed with the St. Louis Cardinals of the National Football League. After his retirement from the NFL, he eventually returned north to coach the Montreal franchise of the United Football League.
Chuck Ferries was born and raised in Houghton, Michigan, and was a solid contributor to the University of Denver ski program during a very successful period in the sport's history. Under the tutelage of fellow Hall of Famer Willy Schaeffler, Ferries was named to the All-American squad twice (1961 and 1963), and during Ferries' period as a Pioneer, the DU ski team won three straight national titles. Ferries' skiing talents would also go to serve his country as well. He was named to the U.S. Olympic ski team two consecutive times, beginning with the 1960 Olympiad in Squaw Valley, USA, and ending with the 1964 Games in Innsbruck, Austria. Ferries participated in the 1968 Olympic Games in Grenoble, France, but this time he represented his country as the women's ski coach. Ferries is also a member of the National Ski Hall of Fame.
Harry Hollines is another one of Denver's homegrown talents, staying home to play for the Pioneers. Hollines became a prolific scorer for the University of Denver, leaving the school as DU's all-time leader in points per game with a 35.5-point average per contest. He also left the Pioneer program with three other career records, most field goal attempts, most field goals made and most free throw attempts. Hollines was a valuable player to the Pioneer program, and his value was soon known nationally, after he was selected a first-team All-American his junior and senior years. After his collegiate days were over, Hollines made a successful jump to the next level, playing for the Phoenix Suns as a professional.
John "Jack" Kelso
Jack Kelso was a fine swimmer for the University of Denver in the early 1960's. In 1961, he captured the NCAA national title in the 200-yard individual medly, setting an American record. Kelso was named to the All-American team after his successful season. He finished second in the 200-yard individual medly one year later, but was still selected as an All-American for the second consecutive year. In 1962, Kelso competed for his native Canada in the Pan American Games held in Brazil.
Skiing and Soccer (1966-1969)
A native of Washington D.C., Georg Krog traveled west to continue his collegiate education. Krog was a two-sport star at the University of Denver, participating in both skiing and soccer. On the slopes, Krog was as good as they come in the Nordic competition, winning the national championship in the event in 1969. He was a three-time All-American as a skier at DU, and was picked to the 1968 Olympic team in the sport. Though Krog was a natural when it came to skiing, he was every bit as good in the sport of soccer. He set a NCAA record for not allowing a goal for the entire 1965 season as the Pioneer goalkeeper. He was an All-American League goalie selection, a member of the Rocky Mountain soccer champions, and was named to the All-State soccer team in 1966.
Charles "Babe" Lind
Charles Lind is truly a hometown hero. Born and raised in Denver, Lind helped DU dominate the Skyline Conference in his four-year stint as a Pioneer. As a team, the Pioneers won three straight conference championships from 1946-48. Lind was also a great solo act, winning the individual conference title in 1946 and 1948. He was the state's first representative in the Masters championship, while still attending DU. In 1946, Lind was named A.A.U. Outstanding Amateur Athlete of the Year. Lind later became the Director of Golf for the City and County of Denver in 1955, holding the position for 30 years. In 1973, Lind was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
Born in Wadena, Saskatchewan, Keith Magnuson earned Western Collgiate Hockey Association's Rookie-of-the-Year honor as a freshman at DU. He went on to become the WCHA Sophomore-of-the-Year the next season. As a junior, Magnuson led the Pioneers to the National Championship, earning first-team All-America honors. Magnuson repeated his efforts in his senior campaign, once again leading the Pioneers to the national title. He also garnered first-team All-American honors as a senior, while becoming the NCAA Finals tournament MVP. Magnuson continued his hockey career for the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks, playing 11 years in the Windy City. He captained the Blackhawks for four seasons, performing in two NHL All-Star games during his career. Magnuson stayed with the Blackhawks following his retirement, coaching the club for two seasons. Magnuson was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1991, and was selected to college hockey's All-Century team.
Bill Masterton came to Denver from north of the border, having been born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Masterton was the Pioneer team captain for the 1960 and 1961 seasons. In that two-year period, DU won back-to-back NCAA championships. In 1961, Masterton was voted first-team All-American, leading the Pioneers to a 30-1-1 record. He set a Western Collegiate Hockey Association record with 56 assists for the year, while leaving the University as the school's all-time individual scoring leader. Masterton went on to play professionally, first in the Montreal Canadiens organization, where he was named Rookie of the Year in two different leagues in his first two seasons. After a six-year hiatus, Masterton got his shot at the big-time, signing with the Minnesota North Stars in 1968. Masterton died tragically after a game related collision three months into his rookie season with the North Stars. Masterton was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.
Skiing (1956-1957), Soccer Coach (1970-1974) and Skiing Coach (1971-1975)
Born and raised in Kongsberg, Norway, Peder Pytte crossed the Atlantic to eventually compete at the University of Denver. As a Pioneer, Pytte was a part of the national championship ski teams from 1955-1957, earning the distinction of becoming one of DU's skiing All-Americans. Pytte returned the knowledge he gained from the ski program to the University, becoming both a ski and soccer coach. In 1970, his coaching contributions were recognized by being named DU Coach-of-the-Year after leading the Pioneer soccer team to the NCAA semi-finals in his first season. The ski team, under Pyatt's leadership from 1958-1960, took second place in the national championships. Pytte took over the ski team on a full-time basis in 1971, with the team winning the national championship in his first season.
Skiing Coach (1948-1970), Soccer Coach (1964-1970)
Willy Schaeffler's name is legendary in the world of skiing. Born in Kaufbeuren, Bavaria, Schaeffler came to the United States after World War II. He joined the DU staff in 1948, becoming the head ski coach and eventual soccer coach. Under Schaeffler's direction, the DU ski team won 13 national championships in his 18-year tenure as head coach. Using training techniques that were considered unusual at times, the Pioneer ski program produced 33 All-Americans and 15 U.S. Olympians under Schaeffler's tutelage. The Schaeffler legacy continued after his departure from the DU staff with his apprentice and DU Hall of Famer Peder Pytte taking over the skiing and soccer reigns. Schaeffler was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1972. He is also a member of the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame and the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame.
Dan Schatzeder was a great collegiate baseball player for the University of Denver. In his time as a Pioneer, Schatzeder was picked to the first-team All-District Seven four straight years. He left the University holding DU records for career strikeouts (322), single season strikeouts (118) and career shutouts (5). Schatzeder also played some offense as a Pioneer, leaving the University as the third-ranked Pioneer in triples with nine. Schatzeder's success continued at the next level, playing professionally with several teams, but his most notable performance came in the 1987 World Series with the Minnesota Twins. Schatzedar earned a win in the sixth game of the Series, pitching four and two-thirds innings against the St. Louis Cardinals, eventually becoming the University of Denver's first baseball alum to be a part of a World Series Championship team.
Otto Tschudi is another University of Denver star skier with European roots. For Tschudi, his home country is Norway. As a member of the Pioneer ski team, Tschudi was a one-man force. In his three years at DU, Tschudi was named to the All-American team all three-years, but that's just the beginning of his accomplishments. In that same three year span, Tschudi won and incredible five national championships (one in 1970, three in 1971, and one 1972). Tschudi left the University with the school record for most national championships won in a career, and for his 1971 efforts, he held the record for most national championships won in a single season with three.
Football (1944, 1946-1948) Basketball (1946-1948) and Baseball (1948)
Dick Yates was an athlete's athlete. Born and raised in Denver, Yates opted to continue his tri-sport endeavors at the University of Denver. Yates was an exceptional athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball for the Pioneers. In his period at DU, Yates received and astounding eight letters in those three different sports. Following his Pioneer playing days, Yates went into academics, teaching and coaching at several Denver area high schools. Because of his accomplishments as an athlete and a person, Yates was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
Karen Beer transferred to the University of Denver after her freshman year at the University of Tulsa. Beer was an instant hit for the Pioneers, helping the team win the Division II national title in her first year at DU, claiming the all-around competition and top honors in three of the four individual events. Beer followed up her first year success in the 1982 and 1983 seasons, winning national titles in the balance beam, the all-around competition, the floor exercise and the uneven bars, earning All-American honors in each event. Because of her outstanding achievements as a gymnast, Beer was named DU's Female Athlete of the Year for four consecutive years. Karen was a four-time All-American selection, being named Colorado Sports Women of the year in 1984.
Carol Doyas came East to continue her education after being born and raised in the Bay Area. While at the University of Denver, Doyas became a dominant swimmer. She won the AIAW championship in the 100-butterfly in 1980. She was also selected to the first-team All-American squad in 1980. Doyas went to nationals in 1981 with great expectations placed on her shoulders, and true to form, Doyas again came out on top again in the 100-butterfly. After graduation, Doyas left the swimming arena and eventually formed a woodworking company with her husband.
Barbara Kidder was a pioneer for the University of Denver's ski program. During a period of uncertainty around the world, Kidder's focus was to bring a national title to the DU athletic program. After three steady years honing her skills, Kidder came alive in the 1946 national championships. In that year, Kidder became the first DU skier, male or female, to win a National Collegiate Championship. The importance of Kidder's accomplishments on the ski slopes went a long way to further women's athletics, and her accomplishments were recognized nationally with her induction into the National Ski Hall of Fame. The state of Colorado also recognized Kidder's influence, naming her to the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame. Kidder is one of nine Pioneer alumni to be inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame.
Linda Raunig set the standard for women's basketball at the University of Denver. After her outstanding playing career, Rauning earned the distinction of becoming the only DU athlete to have a jersey number retired. Raunig left the University with 16 school records in scoring and rebounding. As a scorer, Raunig averaged 17.1 points a game for her career. Also a force on the boards, she brought down 955 rebounds in her four years as a Pioneer. In the 1978-79 season, Raunig was twice as good, leading the team in both scoring and rebounding. Raunig continued her basktball career as a professional after leaving DU, before moving into the coaching ranks at the collegiate level.