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U of M, Crookston Announces 2008 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees; Recognition Banquet and Program Friday, September 26, 2008
September 11, 2008

Contact: Bill Tyrrell, director, athletic fundraising, 218-281-8436 (btyrrell@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Two individuals and one team will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame during homecoming at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Friday, September 26, 2008. This year’s inductees include Randy Coauette, wrestling, ex. '75; Bob Clauson, hockey, ex. '82; and the 1989-90 Women's Basketball Team.

The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding achievement in athletics. An athlete must have earned two letters in one sport or one letter in two or more sports to qualify with consideration given for personal conduct in sports and personal contributions to the ideal of sports. These inductees exemplify the spirit of excellence in athletics and make up the 2008 Athletic Hall of Fame at the U of M, Crookston:

Randy Coauette, wrestling, ex. '75
Randy Coauette, wrestling, ex. '75
U of M, Crookston Trojan wrestler Randy Coauette, coached by Rodney Mosher, placed third in the Minnesota Junior College Wrestling Tournament in 1974; he went on to the National Junior College Wrestling Tournament where he lost to the fourth place finisher. In 1975, he placed fourth in the Minnesota Junior College Tournament and first in the Region 13 wrestling tournament. Coauette continued on to the National Junior College Wrestling Tournament and finished seventh. He was team captain and named most valuable player in 1975.

Bob Clauson played hockey for the U of M, Crookston Trojans in 1981-82. He was one of the team captains for the 1982 state junior college championship hockey team
Bob Clauson, hockey, ex. '82
Bob Clauson, hockey, ex. '82
under Coach Jim Clauson and Assistant Coach Chuck Habstritt. During that year, Clauson had 39 goals and 11 assists in 18 games with an average of 2.8 points per game. He set a new single-game record with six goals beating out a record formerly held by his brother, Jim. Named to the All-Region team as a freshman and sophomore, Clauson also was named to the All-American team. Ten years later as an assistant coach, Clauson helped lead the U of M, Crookston to the first of two back-to-back national championships.

The 1989-90 Women’s Basketball Team, under the direction of Coach Janna Hjelseth and Assistant Coach Tina Bergene, won the 1990 Minnesota Community College State Championship held at Itasca Community College winning against Bethany Lutheran College in the finals with a score of 71-63. The team finished third in the Region 13 tournament. Natalie Ueland and Beth Misegades were named to the 1990 All-State team, the Northwest
1989-90 Women's Basketball Team
1989-90 Women's Basketball Team
All-Division Team and to the All-Tournament Team.

A special recognition social, dinner and program will be held in Bede Ballroom in the Student Center beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday evening. The inductees will also be recognized during half time of the football game on Saturday, September 27 which begins at 1 p.m. at Ed Widseth Field.

Contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at 800-862-6466, ext. 8439 or 218-281-8439 or e-mail to Rose Ulseth (rulseth@umn.edu). Tickets are $16 per person and the registration deadline is September 19.

For information on past inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame, visit www.goldeneaglesports.com/halloffame.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.