Former Players, Coaches and Supporters Inducted in Hall of Fame
Published: 10-26-2010 4:10 pm
Athletic Hall of Fame inductees were honored at the WSC Homecoming and Hall of Fame banquet Sept. 25. They included Brad Joens '01; Bill Schwartz '83; Greg Walker '73; Marilyn Strate '81 (BAE) and '85 (MSE); the 2001 Wayne State Baseball Team; and Darold '46 and Maxine Bartels Bobier '45.
Brad Joens (Athlete) '01: Brad Joens, who played for Wayne State from 1997 to 2001, ranks as the all-time leader in three pointer baskets with 310 and ranks fourth in career scoring with 1,556 points. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native was a two-time All Northern Sun Conference selection and helped WSC make back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances (1998-99 and 1999-2000). He averaged 15.5 points per game in his junior season in 1999-2000, helping WSC win the Northern Sun Conference and reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. He made 9 of 9 three-pointers, a single game school record, vs. MSU Moorhead on Jan. 14, 2000.
Bill Schwartz (Athlete) '83: Wayne native Bill Schwartz was a standout baseball player at Wayne State from 1979 to 1982. Schwartz holds the career home run record at Wayne State with 37 and ranks fourth in career runs batted in with 178. He was a three-time All NAIA District 11 selection and First Team All Central States Intercollegiate Conference in 1981 after setting then school records with 18 homers, 67 RBI's and 61 hits during the season. The first baseman was an NAIA honorable mention All-American selection in 1980 after hitting .384 with seven homers and 32 RBI's in his sophomore season.
Greg Walker (Athlete) '72: Greg Walker was Wayne State's leading receiver for three straight seasons during his four-year career (1967-70) with the Wildcats. He was Wayne State's top receiver with 20 catches for 363 yards and was the team's leading scorer with eight touchdowns on the 1970 team that went 7-3 and qualified for the Mineral Water Bowl. The Omaha Westside graduate finished his career averaging 14.8 yards per catch. Walker also competed in swimming at Wayne State and was a conference champion in the 100 yard butterfly in the 1969-70 season.
Marilyn Strate (Coach) '81BAE, '85 MSE: Marilyn Strate posted winning records coaching volleyball and softball in the mid 1980s at Wayne State. She still ranks as the winningest coach in WSC softball history, going 142-78 in her five years as head coach from 1984 to 1988. Strate never had a losing season in softball and coached the Wildcats to back-to-back 30 win seasons, going 30-20 in 1985 and 32-14 in 1986. In volleyball, Strate posted a 123-103-1 record in five seasons as head coach from 1983 to 1987. She had winning records in four of her five seasons as head coach.
2001 Wayne State Baseball Team (Team): The 2001 Wayne State baseball team went 35-10 with a 12-2 record in the Northern Sun Conference. The 'Cats were NSIC Tournament Champions and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in school history. Coach John Manganaro was named NSIC Coach of the Year and Brady Borner was named NSIC Pitcher of the Year after going 9-2 with a 2.74 ERA and 103 strikeouts on the season.
Darold '46 and Maxine Bartels Bobier '45 (Contributors): Darold is a 1946 graduate of Wayne State where he lettered in three sports. He served 34 years as a teacher and administrator in the Denver Public School system, retiring in 1987. He also taught and coached at Cleghorn, Iowa, (1946-48) and Hartington, Neb. (1948-53). Maxine is a retired elementary teacher. Darold and Maxine have contributed to academic and athletic department scholarships, Rice athletic facilities, the track stadium project and athletic clubs. They are loyal supporters of WSC, returning annually to attend Homecoming events. They are Wayne State Foundation trustees and Heritage Society members.