Inductee Class of 2003
A most valuable player basketball selection and male athlete of the year at Lake Superior State College in 1967, John Bennin coached girls' basketball and track at Pickford High School. He was Midwest girls track coach of the year in 1991 and was a finalist for Superior State University Sports Hall of Fame. He also spent 10 years as a basketball and football referee.
(Sault Ste. Marie)
A member of two national collegiate championship teams during the same season at Michigan State University. Bob Brawley was a linebacker-fullback on the MSU football team which was a two-time national champion and tied Notre Dame 10- 10 in the "Game of the Century" in 1966. He was a defenseman on the MSU hockey team, which won the 1966 national championship and scored the go-ahead goal in a 6-1 title-game victory over Clarkson. He was a three-year letterman in both sports.
A four-year basketball letterman at Northern Michigan University in the mid- 1960s, Les Coduti was also a standout in independent basketball and fastpitch softball for many years. Coduti spent 29 years as a freshman and junior varsity football coach at Negaunee High School, with a record of 155-63-5, and coached jayvee basketball for 25 years, with a record of 305-186 He was head track for three years. He was inducted into Northern Michigan University's Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
One of just 13 high school basketball coaches in the state with more than 500 victories, Irv Dieterle became boys basketball coach at Ishpeming Westwood High School in 1976 and through the 2002- 03 season had compiled a career record of 543- 250, including 422- 191 in 27 seasons at Westwood. He was 153-6 in eight seasons as the girls' junior varsity basketball coach. He also was coach of the boys and girls golf teams at Westwood, winning four U.P. girls titles and a total of 14 conference championships. He also coached basketball at five other high schools. He was selected to the Michigan High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2000.
A two-sport, three-year letterman at the University of Iowa after serving in World War II with the U.S. Marines, Tony Guzowski then became a successful football coach in Iowa at Algona and Waterloo high schools. The 1941 Iron River High School graduate played on the USMC basketball team before joining the Hawkeyes, where he played football and basketball, serving as basketball co-captain in 1949. He received the Iowa Athletic Board Trophy for Excellence in Athletics and Scholarship, then turned down a tryout with the NFL's New York Giants because of a knee injury. He was a top amateur basketball player and was MVP of the Iowa Veteran's Tournament and led his team to the national tournament.
A two-time world champion horseshoe pitcher in the senior division (1987 and 1989), Ray Hill was also runner-up three times at the world senior meet. In 1987 he set senior division records for tournament ringer percentage (76.6) and most double ringers in a tournament (183) and shares an all-division single-game record (17) for "four deads" (four ringers at a time). He began pitching shoes during the Depression era but did not shoot in league play until the 1960s.
A basketball coach and athletic director at Menominee High School, Bob Krysiak guided the Maroons to the Class B state championship in 1967. That is the last state title for an Upper Peninsula team in that division. The Shawano, WI native was Michigan's coach of the year in 1968 when the Maroons lost in the state semifinals. After compiling a 122-54 record in nine seasons, Krysiak became a referee for 31 years and officiated the 1982 Class B state championship football game. He was a gymnastics judge until 1991 and a starter at the U.P. girls track championships. He started every home track meet from 1963-91. He was athletic director from 1991-95.
Romanus "Peaches" Nadolney
An outstanding fullback and tackle for Ironwood High School in 1917, Romanus Nadolney was recruited to play football at Notre Dame by Knute Rockne, who received a tip from U.P. Sports Hall of Fame inductee George Gipp. He left Notre Dame in 1921 upon the death of his father, then played the 1922 season for the Green Bay Packers upon an invitation from Earl (Curly) Lambeau, his Notre Dame roommate. He then played three seasons for the NFL's Milwaukee Badgers.
A two-time all-state high school basketball selection, Terry Thompson was the top Class B scorer in the state in 1951 and 1952. He was an All-American pick in 1952 after concluding a career in which he led the Hematites to the Class B state championship in 1950 and an overall 60-5 record. After starting for one season at Ball State University, he transferred to Michigan Tech University and earned MVP honors.