Inductees

Inductee Class of 1999

 
Bob Gilray
Bob Gilray
(Sault Ste. Marie)

amateur hocky player and referee, he was commissioner of officials for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 1974 and became commissioner of officials for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in 1976.  He officiated 11 NCAA hockey championships and was a WCHA official for 18 years.

Dick Koski
Dick Koski
(Negaunee)

was all-state in football and basketball at Wakefield High School where he earned 12 varsity letters.  He was a four-year gridder at Northern Michigan University and set the long jump and high jump track records at NMU.  In 31 seasons as football coach at Negaunee High School, he compiled a 199-93-1 record including four U.P. titles and a runner-up finish in the Class C state playoffs in 1991, one of eight playoff appearances.  He is 203-110-1 in 34 seasons as a head coach.  He also coached track for 20 years and a U.P. title in 1985.

Clarence Lehr
Clarence Lehr
(Escanaba)

member of Escanaba High School's 1904 state football championship team, he set a U.P. pole vault record and won U.P. titles in the hammer throw and 220 yard hurdles.  After briefly playing football and baseball at the University of Michigan, he was a utility infielder for major league baseball's Philadelphia Phillies in 1910.  He was also commissioner of the Detroit Racing Association.

Jack Loell
Jack Loell
(Escanaba)

a member of Escanaba High School's 1904 state football championship team, he was a two-time football and baseball letterman at the University of Michigan and declined an offer to play pro baseball to remain at school.  He coached briefly before returning to Michigan for his law degree.

Gene Maki
Gene Maki
(Wakefield)

a sports historian and Wakefield High School's boys tennis coach for 44 years and girls tennis coach since its inception in 1973.  His teams have won four U.P. Class C-D titles and one open class crown and finished second seven times.  He has been a member of the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association since 1955 and is a charter member of the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame executive council.

Bob McNamara
Bob McNamara
(Manistique)

an all-state football player and U.P. Back of the Year, he was also an All-U.P. basketball player who played football for two years at Central Michigan on teams that were 17-1, earning NAIA all-state honors in 1956.  He coached football at Flint Southwestern and Gaylord high schools and has officiated more than 1,000 football and basketball games on the prep and collegiate level.  He is also a premier fastpitch softball hurler, winning more than 700 games in a 43-year career.

Al Sandona
Al Sandona
(Iron Mountain)

a three-sport standout at Iron Mountain High School, earning All-U.P. and all-state football honors in 1952.  A three-time small college all-state football standout at Northern Michigan University, he was a third-team Little All-American pick by the Associated Press in 1961, served as head football coach at Iron River High School and Mankato State University and was an assistant coach at Michigan Tech, NMU and Western Illinois University.

Wayne Schwalbach
Wayne Schwalbach
(Escanaba)

regarded as one of the finest athletes in Escanaba High School history, he was a Class A all-state running back who is still the school's all-time rushing leader with 2,240 yards.  In 1973 he set U.P. track records of 9.9 in the 100-yard dash and 58-feet-7 in the shot put that still stand.  He was a two-time Mid-American Conference pick at tight end for Central Michigan University and was the punter on the school's 1974 NCAA Division II championship team.

Ron Steiner
Ron Steiner
(Iron Mountain)

regarded as one of the best all-around athletes produced at Iron Mountain High School, he earned 12 varsity letters and was a prep All-American football pick.  He earned three letters in basketball and football at the University of Wisconsin and helped the Badgers win the Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl berth in 1960.  He spent 30 years as a football coach and was WSUC Coach of the Year at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1977.  He also coached baseball at Stevens Point.

Flossie Strong
Flossie Strong
(Ontonagon)

a four-time Upper Peninsula Ladies Golf Association champion, has played in every U.P. tournament since 1964, won titles in three decades and qualified for the championship flight every year through 1997.  She has also won two Great Lakes Seniors championships, six U.P. Senior Women's championships and the Ontonagon Golf Club women's title 25 times.  She also won the Boyne Country Club crown four straight years and served five years on the U.S.  Golf Association committee.