Inductee Class of 2004
William A. "Fred" Barry
A standout in football, hockey and baseball, Fred Barry was regarded by many as the best all-around athlete in the Copper Country during his career. An allstate football player in 1963 when he was U.P. Back of the Year, he received a football and hockey scholarship to Michigan Tech but left school after his freshman year to play semi-pro hockey, helping the Portage Lake Pioneers win the U.S. Senior Men's national title in 1956 and helping the C.L.K. Radars win the Gibson Cup in 1953. He was invited to baseball tryouts with the Kansas City Athletics and New York Giants and played In the Copper Country Twilight League and fast pitch softball. He died in 1988.
Very successful as a women's basketball coach at three colleges, Kevin Borseth was also an outstanding athlete at Bessemer High School, Gogebic Community College and Lake Superior State University. Borseth was 72-45 as coach at Gogebic (1983-86), 225-97 as coach at Michigan Tech (1987-98) and 137-47 at Wisconsin-Green Bay (1998-2004). In 2003-2004 he became Horizon League Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his 6 years at UWGB. He was WBCA Region 6 Coach of the Year In 2002-3 after taking he Phoenix to their third NCAA tournament berth and firstever NCAA victory in a school-record 28-4 season. He was Division II Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year at Tech in 1991 and 1995.
Rebecca (Drake) Cecconi
A championship performer in gymnastics, track and golf. Becky (Drake) Cecconi is regarded as the finest female athlete in Kingsford High School history. She was a U.P. all-around champion gymnast in 1979, won 10 U. P. Class A-B track titles and set seven records and was a four-time all-state selection. She was a three-year track letter winner at Central Michigan University, setting a school pentathlon indoor record with 3,549 points, and was a cheerleader for one year. She is a four-time Upper Peninsula Ladies Golf Association champion and a five-time qualifier for the U.S. Women's Amateur Publinx tournament.
Widely regarded as one of the top 10 prep basketball players In the Upper Peninsula, Gary Fors led Ewen-Trout Creek High School to the 1972 Class D state championship and helped Lake Superior State University to the 1976 NAIA Tournament in Kansas City as a second-team NAIA All-American. He holds LSSU's career (2,113 points) and season (716 points) scoring records. He averaged 25 points and 18 rebounds. In his prep career. Fors was a two-time MVP at LSSU and a two-time recipient of the LSSU Clifford Everett Award as the outstanding male athlete.
John L. Gaffney
A 12-year career as Houghton High School's boys basketball coach was highlighted by a Class C state championship in 1954-55 as the Gremlins were In the midst of a 42-game winning streak. Houghton won four conference titles, nine district crowns and three regional titles under the direction of the Manistique native. Among Houghton's victims in the title year were Mass City, which won the Class D state title. He died in 1986.
A starting defensive tackle and first-team Academic All-America on Michigan State University's undefeated Big Ten and National Champion football team in 1966, Pat Gallinagh spent 30 seasons as a high school football coach. The Detroit native was 161-120 as head coach at Bessemer and Ironwood, In addition to a one year stint at Gallup, N.M. He had two U.P. championship teams and was a two-time U.P. Coach of the Year and led Bessemer to the Class D runner-up spot in the 1985 state tourney. In 1992 he was head coach of the West squad at the state coaches high school all-star game. He has also been an active sports historian for the Gogebic Range.
A career that began as a teenage sportscaster for WJPD Radio in his hometown eventually carried Scott Garceau to broadcasting professional events. The former WLUC-TV sports anchor in Marquette did play-by-play of the Baltimore Orioles for more than a decade for WMAR-TV and covered the 1983 World Series, then he handled play-by-play for the NFL's Baltimore Colts and Baltimore Ravens, USFL's Baltimore Stars and CFL's Baltimore Stallions. He broadcast the Super Bowl and has handled coverage of the Preakness, the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, NCAA Final Four and women's U.S. Open golf. He was also sports director at KGGM-TV in Albuquerque, N.M.
An accomplished performer In four athletic venues, Joe Johnson has coached Menominee High School to seven Upper Peninsula gymnastic titles. A 12th place finisher in the NCAA gymnastic championships at Northern Michigan University, Johnson also placed 11th In the Central U.S. ski jump meet. Johnson has completed more than 100 marathon runs and completed eight 100-mile races. He is one of just four to run in every Grandma's Marathon in Duluth. He also consistently places in the top 10 in a variety of canoe races and is a two-time winner of the Master outrigger title In Hawaii and was a member of the nine-man team which won the 41-mile International outrigger title in Hawaii In 1985. He won four national canoe championships since 1977.
A track and cross country coach at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. since 1971, Vandenbusche has led his men's cross country team to five Division II NCAA championships and one NAIA title and the women's cross country team to three Division II NCAA titles and one NAIA crown. Under his tutelage, 257 WSC student athletes have earned All-American honors, 28 men end 27 women have become national champions and three competed In the Olympics. He is a seven-time national Coach of the Year in cross country. A 1955 Rock High School graduate, Vandenbusche was a four-year participant in football, basketball and track for the Little Giants.
A 10-letterman in football, basketball and baseball at Kingsford High School, Clay Willman was a four-year starting quarterback for Michigan Tech, winning the conference championship, setting school records, was named conference co-MVP as well as some small college All-American honors. He was named first-team quarterback for Michigan Colleges and Unlversities and was MVP In the Tri-State Semi-Pro League and was drafted by Boston (AFL), Minnesota (NFL) and Saskatchewan (CFL). Was runner-up to Fran Tarkenton as Vikings' QB before careerending injuries. Was Inducted into Michigan Tech's Hall of Fame in 1995.