Inductees

Inductee Class of 1980

Verdie Cox
Verdie Cox
(Houghton)

who coached four varsity sports at Michigan Tech and took Tech to its first NCAA basketball tournament appearance in 1963.  A 16-sport athlete at Southern Illinois University, he was inducted into the SIU Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.

Gary Gollakner
Gary Gollakner
(Alpha)

who compiled an outstanding record coaching four high school sports for 35 years.  His Amasa and Alpha high school cage teams won five U.P. titles and his Alpha teams won four regional titles in track, a U.P. crown in tennis and two conference titles in baseball.

John Kelly
John W. Kelly
(Manistique)

an outstanding athletic official in four sports in high school and college whose officiating career in the U.P. began in 1929 and spanned four decades.  He was also an athlete at Michigan State and successful high school coach.

Walt Kitti
Walt Kitti
(Calumet)

a three-sport athlete at Calumet High and a football man at Michigan in the 1930s.  He coached in downstate Owosso before returning to Calumet where his track teams won numerous conference and district meets and U.P. championships in 1971 and 1975.

Dave Manders
Dave Manders
(Kingsford)

a 10-year center with Dallas of the NFL.  He set a U.P. shot put record at Kingsford High, was all-state in football and lettered three years at Michigan State.  He played in the '67 Pro Bowl, captained the '70 Super Bowl team and helped win Super Bowl VI in '72.

Don Mcclelland
Don McClelland
(Calumet)

a letterman on three Big Ten championship football teams at Michigan.  A member of the unbeaten 1947 team that won a national title and the 1948 Rose Bowl, he was a starting guard on the unbeaten 1948 national title team and played both ways in 1949.

Albert Rizzardi
Albert Rizzardi
(Caspian)

won nine varsity letters at Hillsdale College in the 1930s after playing at Stambaugh High.  He was team captain and an All-American as a senior on an undefeated Hillsdale grid team and ranked among the state scoring leaders on the basketball team.

Edwin Shadford
Edwin W. Shadford
(Negaunee)

who coached Negaunee High to its first state basketball title and its first unbeaten football season in 1930.  A member of the Eastern Michigan and Michigan High School Coaches Halls of Fame, the Ypsilanti High football field is named in his honor.

Len St. jean
Len St. Jean
(McMillan)

a ten-year player with the New England Patriots of the NFL after four seasons at NMU where he was an All-American defensive end in 1963.  A member of the Northern Sports Hall of Fame, he played 190 consecutive games for the Patriots, mostly at guard.

Francis Tallent
Francis Tallent
(Menominee)

who scored 27 touchdowns, including nine in a single game, for Menominee High's great 1929 football team.  He also starred in track as a sprinter and relay runner and later played semi-pro football before coaching more than 12 years in the grade school program.