53rd Hall of Fame Class inducted June 3, 2015
at the Monona Terrace
The 53rd Hall of Fame class of the Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club features a multisport high school athlete, a professional hockey player, a college volleyball coach and a rower. The dinner and enshrinement ceremony will take place at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center on June 3, 2015.
Madison East multisport athlete, Tim Healy, U.W., Olympic and professional hockey player, Barry Richter, Northern Illinois and U.W. volleyball coach, Pete Waite, and U.W. and Olympic rower, Jackie Zoch, are the banquet inductees.
Tim Healy was a baseball, basketball and football player for Madison East during the late 1960’s earning eight varsity letters. He received numerous awards in all these sports but football is the sport that garnered him the most individual recognition. Labeled as the “best player” in Madison by the Wisconsin State Journal and the “do everything” player by the Associated Press, Healy, as a senior, was first team all-city, all-conference, all-area and all-state as a quarterback and defensive back. Scholastic Magazine chose him as a top one hundred all-American player. A promising U.W. football career ended abruptly because of serious back and shoulder problems.
This year Barry Richter joins his father, Pat, as a Madison Sport Hall of Fame inductee. Barry’s illustrious hockey career stretches from the University of Wisconsin to the Olympics and U.S.A. World Championship team to the National Hockey League and to some of Europe’s elite leagues over nineteen years. He and his Badger teammates won the 1990 W.C.H.A. and N.C.A.A. championships and were 1992 N.C.A.A. runner-ups. As a collegian, Barry was first team All W.C.H.A. and All Academic, an N.C.A.A. All-American and All-Tournament team member in college and received the Eddie Shore award for the best defenseman in the American Hockey League as a professional.
Pete Waite was an outstanding college volleyball coach for over twenty-five years. He led the Northern Illinois program for eleven seasons finishing as its winningest coach with eight conference titles, six conference tournament championships, four N.C.A.A. appearances and three “coach of the year” awards. In 1999, Pat Richter hired him to lead Badger volleyball, which he did for fourteen years. During his tenure, Pete’s teams qualified for nine straight N.C.A.A. tournaments making two sweet 16’s, two elite 8’s and finishing as the 2000 runner-up. He has the most total wins of any U.W. coach and is the only coach with more than 100 conference wins.
Jackie Zoch’s path to her Olympic rowing career was not immediate but it was quick. From her introduction to U.W. crew to being a U.S.A. national team member was less than nine months. In her first year Jackie was part of the eights boat that won the novice Eastern Sprints and then, was elevated to the varsity eights that won consecutive national championships. In 1976 in Montreal Jackie, as the stroke in the U.S. eights boat, and her teammates won the bronze medal in the first Olympic rowing competition for women. She continues to be active in rowing as the principal organizer and as a coach for the Lake Purdy Rowing Association in Birmingham, Alabama.
These great athletes will join the more than 200 athletes already in the Madison Sports Hall of Fame. Tickets for the event are $50 and they will be sold until May 25th. The event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend and salute this exceptional group of inductees. Contact Peg Mueller (608) 238-5907 for tickets.
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. Dues are $100 for the full year (paid before October 5) or $105 after October 5. 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 2014 Madison Sports Hall of Fame Banquet.
Be a Banquet Sponsor
If you would like to be a sponsor of one of the longest-running and most anticipated annual banquets in Madison, then become a sponsor of the Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club's annual banquet. To receive sponsorship information, contact Peg Mueller.