Inductee Class of 1981
a member of the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame. A three-year fullback and captain of Menominee High's 1922 grid team and a three-year fullback and captain at Western Michigan, he coached from 1928 to 1968 at Grosse Pointe South High.
Ron "Bud" Cooper
(Sault Ste. Marie)
an all-state gridder at Sault High and a college athlete. He coached Lake Superior State to 100 basketball wins, was director of athletics, the first president of the Great Lakes Conference (GLIAC), and was president of the U.P. Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Lake Superior State Hall of Fame.
who coached Escanaba High to the 1981 state football title and runner-up honors in 1979 and whose teams won 161 games in 23 years. A football player at Ironwood High and Wisconsin, he was 1979 Michigan Athletic Director of the Year.
a member of MSU's 1962 national champion grid team and long time coach. He had an unbeaten 1967 team at Northern Michigan University where he was athletic director, served at Colorado and Missouri, was a pro coach with five NFL teams, and is in the NMU Hall of Fame.
an athlete at Stambaugh High and a long time coach. He was U.P. coach of the year in 1956 and his Kingsford High grid teams won three U.P. championships. He was an assistant and head coach at Northern Michigan University and director of athletics at West Iron County High.
former college and pro gridder, a pro coach, and the general manager of Calgary in the CFL. An end at Oregon State in the 1950s, he was all-pro in the CFL in 1958 and 1961. He coached Ottawa to the 1974 Grey Cup championship and was a two-time CFL coach of the year.
the first 12-letter athlete at Ishpeming High and an All-U.P. football player in 1926 and 1927. He played football, basketball and baseball in Minnesota and was listed in Ripley's Believe It of Not for the longest touchdown run in the Big Ten in 1931.
an Escanaba High athlete who coached football, basketball, baseball and track at Iron River High. His grid teams were undefeated in 1950-52-53, when he was U.P. coach of the year, and in one five-year span his teams lost only one game.
Frank "Kid" Parker
(Trout Lake/Sault Ste. Marie)
who was a professional prize fighter at the turn of the century. A 5-8 lightweight, he fought 111 times from 1898-1910 and was never knocked out. He had three "no decisions" against reigning champions in bouts that produced no knockouts.
Leon "Dick" Schram
an athlete, teacher and official in the U.P. for 44 years. A three-sport athlete at Escanaba High, he set a state pole vault record and was second in the pole vault in the 1932 NCAAs for Marquette University. He was a football and basketball official from 1936-61.