54th Hall of Fame Class inducted June 1, 2016 at the Monona Terrace
The Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club honored some of the areas top athletes and coaches from the past year at its annual banquet in addition to the four Hall of Fame inductees. The event took place on Wednesday evening, June 1, 2016, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.
The Zimbrick Honda Madison Sportsman of the Year Award was given to Deang Deang, Madison East basketball player. He was honored on the all-state WBCA 1st team and AP 2nd team and was named the Wisconsin State Journal all-area and Big Eight conference player of the year. This season he scored 19.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Deang will compete for Highland Community College in the fall.
The Neckerman Insurance Madison Sportswoman of the Year Award winner was Paula Wilkins, U.W. soccer coach for the past nine seasons. In 2015 she guided her team to nine straight victories and a share of the Big Ten regular season title, its first since 1994. Paula was named Big Ten coach of the year, only the second coach for Wisconsin to ever win the award. Among experienced Big Ten coaches, Wilkens leads with a .706 win percentage, is second all-time with seven conference titles and ranks third in career coaching wins with 217.
The Flad Development and Investment Area Sportsperson of the Year Award was given to Verona girls’ basketball coach, Angie Murphy. Prior to coaching Angie was a standout player at Middleton High School for which she was inducted into the WBCA Hall of Fame. As a four year letter winner at Kansas she was a prolific three point shooter who was named twice as a conference honorable mention player and twice as an academic all-American. This year Angie guided her team to the WIAA Division 1 championship over number one rated Mukwonago for Verona’s first title after three previous tournament visits. She is the AP state and Wisconsin State Journal all-area coach of the year.
The Edgewood College Friend of Sport Award winner was Carol Marshall. Her passion for hockey began almost six decades ago on the ice at Franklin Field. Carol was a founder of the UW Blue Line Club in the 1960’s and the UW Stevens Point booster club where sons Jeff and Joel played. She has served on the Dane County hockey board and was the first woman on the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association’s board. She painted locker rooms, mended UW player socks, sewed name plates on youth jerseys and, according to youngest son, Joel, claims to have watched more hockey games than anyone else in the state. Carol is the ultimate “hockey mom’.
The Madison Area Sports Commission’s Pat Richter Favorite Sibling Award winner was Paul Eckerle. Paul was an excellent Madison Memorial swimmer prior to his four year UW career in the late 1980’s. He was an all-American in the 800 free relay as well as an academic all-Big Ten three times as a mathematics major. Since taking the coaching reins at Memorial in 2008, Paul has won 7 WIAA championships, the last 6 consecutively, and one runner-up award. The WISCA has named him the Division 1 coach of the year.
The Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club’s Special Achievement Award Winners:
- Finn Gessner is a LaFollette cross country and track athlete. Last fall he was the WIAA Division 1 cross country champion as well as the Big Eight conference winner. Finn was a 3rd team all-American runner who placed 11th in the Foot Locker Nationals. He was the Wisconsin Gatorade runner of the year as well as the Wisconsin State Journal’s all-area runner of the year.
- Julie Grutzner guided Oregon girls soccer to the WIAA Division 2 championship and a 23 – 0 – 1 record. After the season she was honored as the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association coach of the year and the National Soccer Coaches Association coach of the year for Wisconsin.
- Dan Koch, UW women’s hockey associate head coach, is a LaFollette and UW graduate. He has been with the hockey program for thirteen seasons overseeing the defense and penalty-killing efforts. During the past season, the defense set a NCAA record of 0.72 in goals-against average with 23 shutouts and led the nation in penalty killing percentage for the second consecutive year with .948.
- Grace Mueller is a basketball, track and volleyball athlete for Verona High School and a UW basketball recruit. She led her basketball team to the WIAA Division 1 state championship receiving all-state WBCA 1st team and AP 2nd team honors. Grace was also named to the Wisconsin State Journal all-area 1st team and the Big Eight player of the year. As captain, she led her volleyball team to the WIAA semifinals and was named to the Big Eight conference’s 1st team.
- Beata Nelson, a UW recruit, has been an outstanding swimmer for Verona Area/Mt. Horeb for four years. This past season she won four WIAA championships and was named the Wisconsin State Journal all-area swimmer of the year. Beata has compiled 12 titles during the course of her career and holds state records in the 100 butterfly, the 100 backstroke and the 200 freestyle relay.
- Justin Temprano, a UW recruit, is a swimmer for Memorial High School. This year he won the WIAA 100 backstroke for the third consecutive year as well as the 200 medley relay to give him 7 titles in his overall career. Justin was named to the Wisconsin State Journal all-area’s 1st team in four events.
Marc Behrend, Tyrone Braxton, Karen O’Malley-Crowley and Dennis Tiziani were the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees sponsored by Strand Associates.
The Madison Sports Hall of Fame was started in 1963 to recognize and honor great athletes and sports figures from Madison. For more information on the history of the club, click here. The club hosts weekly meetings from August through June and holds the induction banquet every June.
Weekly Lunch Meetings every Tuesday
Check out the exceptional list of guest speakers for the Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club's Tuesday meetings. The club meets on Tuesdays at the Elks Club Lodge (711 Jenifer St, Madison, WI 53703). The luncheon costs $12 and begins at 11:30 a.m. The event is open to the public and new members are always welcome. Upcoming speakers are listed on the right side of this page.
Anyone is welcome to join the the Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club. Simply fill out and submit the application form.
If paid before October 7th, the regular membership dues are $100
If paid after October 7th, the regular membership dues are $105
If paid before October 7th, the Hall of Fame inductee and active sports media membership dues are $60
If paid after October 7th, the Hall of Fame inductee and active sports media membership dues are $65
The dues include two tickets to the Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club Induction Banquet.
The annual banquet recognizes local athletes and sports figures and is held the first Wednesday in June at Monona Terrace Convention Center. More than 450 people attended the 2016 Madison Sports Hall of Fame Banquet.
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