July 9, 2003
DENVER - Five distinguished individuals will be inducted to the University of Denver Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2003. The seventh annual banquet for the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on October 16, 2003, in Hamilton Gymnasium of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness.
The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the banquet dinner will commence at 6 p.m. The weekend's festivities will include a Pioneer hockey game against Northeastern University on October 17, at 7:35 p.m. For ticket information on attending the ceremony, contact Cindi Nagai at (303) 871-2389.
With these additions, the Athletic Hall of Fame now includes 84 individuals and three NCAA National Champion teams. The full list of inductees is below, with brief biographical sketches on the following pages:
University of Denver Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2003
Heritage Era Inductee
Ferd Dreher - 1936-37 Football; 1937-38 Basketball & Track & 1937 Baseball
Modern Era Inductees
Jim Bain - 1962-64 Swimming
Cliff Koroll - 1965-68 Hockey
Annette Wagner - 1989-92 Soccer
Jack Pommrehn - 1970-99 University of Denver Registrar
Heritage Era Inductee
Basketball & Track (1937-38)
Ferd Dreher was the University of Denver's best athlete during the 1930s. This fact was recognized in May 1966 when Dreher was named the University of Denver Athlete of the Decade for the 1930s. During his two years of competition, Dreher earned seven letters - two in football, basketball and track and one in baseball. His football accolades included two first team all-conference awards, a team-high 30 points in 1936 and a second-best 35 points in 1937. Dreher led the 1937 basketball squad to a 14-6 mark while earning All-Rocky Mountain Conference honorable mention honors. He was named third team All-Skyline Conference in basketball in 1938. Dreher also participated in baseball and track in 1937, winning the conference championships in the discus and shotput in 1937 and 1938.
Modern Era Inductees
Jim Bain's name is synonymous with University of Denver swimming & diving. An accomplished swimmer, Bain began his association with the University in 1963 as a student-athlete. A four-time league champion in the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle events, Bain qualified for the NCAA Division I championships in 1964. His tenure spans 32 years as the men's head coach and 17 as the women's coach. Named NAIA Coach of the Year three times, and conference coach of the year numerous times, Bain produced 29 individual national champions, and his teams made 19 national championship appearances. Under his leadership, the men and women's programs posted 20 first-place league championships and earned over 125 All-America honors. Successful at every level he coached from NAIA to NCAA Division I, Coach Bain presided over the Pioneer program with great integrity. He became the all-time winningest coach in University of Denver swimming and diving history in 1988 with 128 victories. He built that total to over 300 at his retirement in 2003. As members of NAIA from 1976-1990, Bain's teams finished as runners up to the national crown in 1981 and 1982, and were third in four other seasons. In NCAA Division II competition (1991-1998), the Pioneers finished as high as fifth in the national meet, and earned two individual national titles in 1996. At the Division I level, he led the men's team to the 2001 Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Championship title and was named the PCSC Coach of the Year.
Cliff Koroll's leadership helped carry the 1967-68 University of Denver hockey team to its fourth National Championship. An All-American candidate, Koroll was the team leader in goals for the 1965-66 season, earning All-WCHA second team honors. Koroll earned three letters and ranks 62nd all-time at Denver with 108 career points. Koroll had a successful professional career after leaving the University of Denver. He played for the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL from 1968-1980 and then spent four years as the Blackhawks assistant coach. At the start of the 1984-85 season, Koroll was named head coach of the Blackhawks farm team, but returned to the parent club in mid-season as an assistant coach where he remained until 1987. Koroll then worked in the front office for the Blackhawks until 1989, spending a total of 21 years with the Blackhawk Organization. Inducted into the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame in September 1997, Koroll currently serves as an officer of the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni.
A fixture in the University of Denver women's soccer record book, Annette Wagner is the all-time leading scorer for Denver with 116 points - 18 points better than second. The four-time letterwinner holds the all-time record for assists (34) and is second in goals with 41. Wagner is also fifth all-time in shots (150). The 1989 season was one of the finest individual seasons in Denver's 20-year soccer history. That season Wagner scored 43 points and 19 assists - both school records for a season. Her 71 shots are still second on the single-season chart and her 12 assists rank fourth. Wagner's dominate play continued throughout her career and culminated with her being named the 1991 Colorado Athletic Conference Player of the year.
University of Denver Registrar (1970-99)
Jack Pommrehn's support of University of Denver Athletics began shortly after joining the University as Registrar in the summer of 1970, where he facilitated systems for student-athlete registration. Pommrehn was in the founding group of the Pioneer Hockey Club in the early 1970s and served as a Board member for over 20 years, including two terms as president. During his tenure on the he was responsible for the Pioneer Hockey banquet six times. A familiar face at all Pioneer Athletic events, Pommrehn is a three-time winner of the Phil Hammond III Award for his demonstration of outstanding spirit and support of Pioneer Athletics. He was instrumental in establishing the Ritchie Wellness Center Tours Program, including recruiting and training volunteers, as well as scheduling tours. Pommrehn also serves on the Pioneer Athletic Fund Advisory Board and was a key member in the formation of the Friends of Pioneer Gymnastics Group and serves as its chair. Pommrehn's last big contribution came in 2002, when he served on the NCAA Regional Gymnastics Committee, coordinating the volunteer group for the event.