Inductee Class of 1997

 
Tim Bullock
Tim Bullock
(Marquette)

was All-State in football and basketball at Marquette Graveraet High School, and scored 706 points during four-year basketball career at Northern Michigan University.  He coached high school basketball teams at Republic (1965-67) and Sault Ste.  Marie (1967-87), was Class B Girls State Coach of the Year in 1983, and U.P. Girls Class A-B-C Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1987.

Steve Contardi
Steve Contardi
(Caspian)

U.P. doubles tennis champion in 1962 and 1963, and four-year tennis letterman at Northern Michigan University.  Regarded as one of the nation's premier tennis instructors.  He was Wisconsin Pro of the Year in 1974 and Ohio Pro of the Year in 1976 and 1977.  He was Miami (Ohio) Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 1985-87.  In 1981, he received the Cap Leighton Award for outstanding contributions to tennis.

Jim Hirn
Jim Hirn
(Escanaba)

spent 34 years as a high school coach in football, wrestling and track at Escanaba Holy Name, Gladstone and Escanaba.  He coached a U.P. record seven U.P. Class A-B track title teams at Escanaba, introduced track to Holy Name in 1955 and introduced wrestling to Escanaba in 1965.  He earned two football and two track letters at Northern Michigan College.

Tom Izzo
Tom Izzo
(Iron Mountain)

a third-team Division II All-American basketball player at Northern Michigan University, he set a NMU single-season basketball record by playing the most minutes (931) in 27 games.  He became head men's basketball coach at Michigan State University in 1995 and earned NCAA Division I Coach of the Year honors in 1998 and directed the Spartans to the NCAA Championship in 2000.

Bill Jennings
Bill Jennings
(Negaunee)

an All-State football player at Negaunee (1945), he earned nine letters in three sports and was a two-time All-U.P. football selection.  Jennings became MVP at Northern Michigan College in 1953.  Coached at Negaunee St.  Paul, Newberry and Marquette Bishop Baraga and refereed basketball and sponsored and played fast-pitch softball for many years.

Bill Koski Jr.
Bill Koski Jr.
(Champion)

a two-time all-state basketball selection at Champion High School.  One of the Upper Peninsula's top basketball scorers with 1,953 points.  He was a three-year basketball letterman at Northern Michigan University, and compiled a 102-60 record as basketball coach at Republic High School.  He was a standout for basketball and fast-pitch softball teams for many years and sponsored independent teams in both sports.

Bill Koski Sr.
Bill Koski Sr.
(Champion)

was All-U.P. in football at Iron River High School, and a three-year player at Northern Michigan College (1935-37).  Koski coached for 33 years at Champion High School and had a 183-65 record in 15 years as basketball coach.  He played town team baseball for 25 years, helped organize several Upper Peninsula leagues and sponsored numerous basketball, baseball and softball teams.

Rudy Maki
Rudy Maki
(Ishpeming)

a 1982 inductee of the U.S.  National Ski Hall of Fame, Maki was a member of the 1956 and 1960 U.S.  Olympic ski jump teams.  He was North American Jumping Champion in 1954 and 1955, and U.S.  National Champion in 1955.  He spent 25 years as an international ski jumping judge and served with the International Ski Federation Committee for Ski Jumping Judges and Technical Delegate for eight years.

Earl Stolberg
Earl Stolberg
(Iron Mountain)

a three-sport letterman at Iron Mountain High School, he set a U.P. pole vault record - using a bamboo pole of 12-feet-3 in the 1930s and stood until 1972.  A 1940 All-American pole vaulter at Marquette University, Stolberg set a school record of 14-feet, 1 inch.  He is a member of the Marquette University Sports Hall of Fame.

Dennis Tiziani
Dennis Tiziani
(Ironwood)

the University of Wisconsin golf coach was inducted into the Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame in 1989.  He spent three years on the PGA Tour and was the Wisconsin PGA Player of the Year in 1976 and 1982, Wisconsin State Open Champion in 1976, four-time Wisconsin PGA Medal Play Champion (1976, 1982, 1984 and 1994).  He is a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year.