Alden became the first Chicago athlete to win an NCAA Division
III individual title when he captured the 100-yard breaststroke
title at the 1989 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming Championship.
The 1991 Stagg Medal recipient, Alden was a four-time All-American
as well as a six-time All-University Athletic Association performer
and four-time champion.
Kyle Anderson lettered in baseball from 1926-28 and went on
to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He returned to
Chicago to serve as head baseball coach from 1934-71. During his
tenure, he helped organize the American Baseball Coaches Association
(ABCA) and coached the
team in the 1959 Pan American Games. In 1971, Anderson was elected
to the ABCA Hall of Fame.
|Mike Axinn was a two-time All-American and three-time Midwest Conference champion in men's cross country and was an All-American in outdoor track & field during Chicago's early years as a member of the NCAA Division III. Axinn, who holds five Chicago indoor and outdoor track & field records, was the national runner-up at the 1981 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship. He has also held the Midwest Conference outdoor 10,000-meter run mark since 1981.
Bairey was a two-time most valuable player for the Chicago women's
swimming team. In 1977, she placed among the top four finishers
in three different freestyle events at the Association for Intercollegiate
Athletics for Women (AIAW) championship. The AIAW was the national
governing body for intercollegiate women's sports until the NCAA
assumed that role in 1982.
Baker is the all-time leading rusher in Chicago modern era (since
1969) football history with 4,283 yards, as well as a two-time Academic
All-American. In 1993, he earned All-America, Academic All-America,
and University Athletic Association Player of the Year honors and
received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship after rushing for a school
record 1,606 yards.
Berwanger was the recipient of the first-ever Heisman Trophy
in 1935. Playing nearly every position on offense and defense,
he was also named the Big Ten Conference Most Valuable Player and
a consensus All-American. Considered as one of the greatest college
football players of his era, Berwanger is enshrined in the College
Football Hall of Fame.
(Bud) Beyer captained the gymnastics team from 1936-38 and during
that time won four gold medals in national collegiate competition.
During the 1940s and 1950s, he served as head gymnastics coach at
Chicago and in 1948 coached the
Olympic women's team.
|Joe Bochenski was an All-American, two-time national qualifier, and conference champion as a wrestler from 1985-88. He capped his career with a runner-up performance at 134 pounds at the 1988 NCAA Division III Championship. The Stagg Medal winner in 1988, Bochenski was the Midwest Conference 126-pound champion in 1987 and the University Athletic Association 134-pound titleist at the conference's inaugural championship in 1988. As a volunteer assistant at Chicago since 1989, he has coached 15 All-Americans.
|Derrick Brooms was an NCAA Division III statistical champion, All-American, and two-time University Athletic Association Player of the Year as a wide receiver and kick returner for the Maroons from 1992-95. In 1995, he led the nation with a 35.2 yard kickoff return average as he helped lead Chicago to an 8-2 record -- its best mark of the modern era. The 1996 Stagg Medal recipient, Brooms was also a two-time UAA sprint champion in indoor and outdoor track & field.
Catlin was a football and track star at Chicago during the early
1900s. An All-American end in 1905, Catlin was credited with tackling
a Michigan back for a safety in a 2-0 Chicago win over the Wolverines
on Thanksgiving Day. In 1903, Catlin set a world record in the 50-yard
high hurdles, and at the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, he won
the low hurdles competition.
Clark held the Chicago men's basketball career scoring record
from 1974-2002 with 1,406 points. Clark was named an All-American
and NCAA Postgraduate Scholar in 1974 as he led the Maroons to their
second NCAA postseason appearance. The 1974 Stagg Medal recipient,
Clark currently ranks second all-time at Chicago in scoring and
third in scoring average.
(Fritz) Crisler was one of the first two Chicago athletes to
win nine letters in three sports, a feat he accomplished from 1918-21.
He was an All-Big Ten selection in football and basketball and captain
of the baseball team. Following his collegiate playing career,
he served as an assistant football coach at Chicago before becoming
the head football coach at
|Paul Des Jardien was an All-American center for the Chicago football teams that compiled a 17-3-1 record from 1912-14 and claimed the 1913 Big Ten championship. Des Jardien, who also lettered in baseball, basketball, and track & field, played professional football for the Chicago Cardinals and Minneapolis Marines and spent one season on the roster of the Cleveland Indians baseball team.
Dudley served as director of physical culture for women from
1898-1935. Under her leadership, competitive intramural basketball,
field hockey, baseball and tennis quickly became popular women’s
sports. Dudley started an Annual Field Day for University women,
which featured competition in various team and individual sports.
|Rhaina Echols won four NCAA Division III individual championships in three sports during the 1999-2000 academic year. After taking top honors at the NCAA III Women's Cross Country Championship, she won national titles in the indoor 5,000-meter run and the outdoor 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs at the Division III national championships. During her career, Echols was a seven-time All-American and eight-time University Athletic Association champion in cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field.
Eckersall was a three-time All-America football player from
1904-06. A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Eckersall
was star running back, kicker, and defensive player. Following
his career, he was selected to Walter Camp's "All-Time All-America
Team" honoring the greatest college football players during
the sport's formative years.
Ellinwood set a world indoor track record in his first intercollegiate
meet in 1936. Competing in the 440-yard run at the University of
Notre Dame, Ellinwood posted a time of 49.00 seconds. He went on
to win the 1936 Big Ten Conference indoor and outdoor championship
in both the 440- and 880-yard runs. He also finished fifth in the
nation that same year in the 440-yard run.
|Hugo Friend won the bronze medal in the long jump and finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1906 Olympic Games. A two-time Big Ten long jump champion, Friend captained the 1905 track & field team, which was the first Chicago team to capture a Big Ten title.
Gates is the all-time leading scorer (1,924) and rebounder (1,056)
in Chicago women's basketball history. A four-time All-Midwest
Conference selection, Gates was an All-American and NCAA postgraduate
scholarship recipient in 1986. She holds 11 Chicago career, season,
and game records.
Haarlow was a two-time All-American basketball player and three-time
All-Big Ten Conference selection. He led the Big Ten in scoring
in 1934-35 and ranked second in 1935-36 and third in 1933-34. At
the time of his graduation, he was the all-time leading scorer in
Big Ten history with 415 points in 34 games.
|Ann Harvilla earned eight letters in softball and volleyball from 1975-79. The 1979 Dudley Medal recipient, she currently ranks among the Chicago softball all-time leaders in five categories. A two-time softball MVP, Harvilla helped lead the Maroons to the 1977 IAIAW state championship. In 1976, she helped guide Chicago to the IAIAW state semifinals in volleyball.
|Walter Hass was instrumental in reinstituting football as a varsity sport following a 30-year absence. The University's director of athletics from 1956-77, Hass initiated a football class as part of the physical education curriculum which later evolved into a club program. In 1969, largely as a result of Hass's strident efforts, football regained its status as an intercollegiate sport at the NCAA Division III level. Hass served as the head football coach from 1969-75.
Haydon captained the track & field team in 1933 and returned
to Chicago to serve as head track & field coach from 1950-85.
A member of the U.S. Track & Field Hall of Fame, Haydon formed
the University of Chicago Track Club, which became a national force.
As a student-athlete at Chicago, he was a national qualifier in
Henshaw was a standout pitcher for the Chicago baseball team
from 1930-32. Following his playing career, during which he gained
All-America recognition, Henshaw spent eight years in Major League
Baseball, including a three-year stint with the Chicago Cubs (1933-36).
He posted a 13-5 mark for the Cubs in 1935.
|Clarence Herschberger became the first consensus All-American in Chicago football history when in 1898 he was among the first players outside the Ivy League to earn selection to Walter Camp's All-America team. A standout running back and kicker, Herschberger was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1970. During Herschberger's career, Chicago teams compiled a record of 35-8.
Kirby played a central role in the development of women's intercollegiate
athletics at Chicago. She served the University from 1967-90 coaching
badminton, basketball, softball, and volleyball. She led the Chicago
softball team to state championships in 1977 and 1978 and in 1974
coached the nation's first-ever college women's basketball team
to fly to an away game.
A. Lester, Jr. emerged as one of the top basketball players
of Chicago's post-Big Ten era from 1953-57. The first player in
school history to score 1,000 points, Lester held the Chicago single-game
scoring record (42 points versus Aurora in 1956-57) for 46 years.
He is the only player in Chicago history to average more than 25
points per game in a season with a 25.5 average in 1956-57.
Lightbody competed in track & field from 1904-07. During
his career at Chicago, he won six Olympic medals, including three
golds (steeplechase, 800-meter run, 1,500-meter run) and a silver
(four-mile relay) at the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis. He also
posted a world record in the 1,500-meter run at the 1904 Games.
At the 1906 Olympic Games, won a gold (1,500-meter run) and a silver
Lott won Big Ten Conference singles and doubles tennis championships
in 1929 and went on to become one of the top professional players
of his era. After his college career, he was a member of the U.S.
Davis Cup team from 1928-31 and 1933-34. He also won doubles title
at Wimbledon, the French Open, and the U.S. Open and in 1964 was
inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Maschka was a two-time women's basketball All-American (1990,
1991) and a four-time All-University Athletic Association first-team
selection (1988-91). Maschka, who received the NCAA's prestigious
Walter Byers Award in 1991, holds Chicago career records for most
steals and highest free throw percentage and is the second-leading
scorer in school history with 1,299 points. She received the Dudley
Medal in 1991.
Bruce Montella was the first All-American and Academic All-American of Chicago's
modern football era (since 1969). In 1985, Montella led the NCAA
Division III in rushing with 152.4 yards per game, including a
school record 305 yards against Knox -- a feat for which he was
named Sports Illustrated Player of the Week. Montella,
who played for the Chicago Bears during the 1986 preseason, received
the Stagg Medal in 1986.
Mark Mosier was an All-American and Academic All-American in baseball
in 1997, when he led the NCAA Division III in home runs, runs
batted in, runs scored, and slugging percentage. Chicago's career
leader in seven offensive categories, Mosier was drafted by the
San Francisco Giants and spent two years in their minor league
organization. The third baseman received the Stagg Medal in 1997.
Jean Mulvaney came to the University in 1966 as chairman of
the department of physical education for women and in 1976 became
chairman of a consolidated men's and women's athletic department,
thus becoming one of the nation's first female athletic directors.
Mulvaney also presided over the women's programs move to the NCAA
in 1981 and the men's and women's programs shift to the University
Athletic Association in 1987.
and William Murphy were inducted into the Chicago Athletics
Hall of Fame as a doubles tennis tandem. The twin brothers won
Big Ten doubles championships in 1938 and 1939 and were the runner
up team at the 1939 National Collegiate Tennis Championship.
Norgren was the first athlete in Big Ten Conference history
to win 12 varsity letters in four sports from 1911-14. He was an
All-American football player, an All-Big Ten performer in basketball
and baseball, as well as a track & field athlete. He returned
to the University to serve as head coach for basketball and baseball.
|Claire Orner earned 12 varsity letters in basketball, softball, and volleyball from 1973-77. During her career, Chicago posted a record of 47-30 in basketball and 39-15 in softball. Orner was a member of Chicago's 1976 IAIAW semifinal volleyball team, the 1977 IAIAW basketball runner-up, and the 1977 IAIAW softball champion. She also served as the University's first trainer for women's athletics.
(Pat) Page was the first Chicago athlete to star on Big Ten
Conference championship teams in three sports. He was an end on
the Chicago Big Ten football title teams on 1907 and 1908, a guard
on the Maroon Big Ten champion basketball teams from 1908-10, and
a pitcher on the Chicago Big Ten champion baseball squad in 1909.
He returned to his alma mater as head baseball and basketball coach
and led the Maroons to Big Ten titles in both sports.
Sawyier won the Big Ten Conference men's tennis singles title
in 1942. In 1941, he reached the quarterfinals of the national
collegiate singles tournament, where he lost to the eventual national
champion. In 1942, Sawyier received the Western Conference Medal
-- the precursor to the Stagg Medal.
Schommer is considered one of the Big Ten's first great basketball
players. Schommer was a three-time All-American from 1907-09. He
led Chicago to three consecutive Big Ten championships and was the
first player to lead the Big Ten in scoring three times. Schommer,
who also competed in baseball, football, and track & field,
was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.,
Shanken was the NCAA individual all-around and rope climb
champion in 1941. He led Chicago to a national third place team
finish in 1941 and to fifth place finishes in 1940 and 1942. Shanken,
who also competed in baseball at Chicago, was elected to the USA
Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1967.
|Earl Shanken was a three-time NCAA gymnastics champion in the vault (long horse) from 1940-42. Shanken, who was also the Big Ten vault title holder in 1941, led the Maroons to a national third-place team finish in 1941 and to fifth-place showings in 1940 and 1942.
Silvieus earned 12 varsity letters in basketball, softball,
and volleyball from 1974-77. During her career, she was elected
captain on 10 of her 12 teams. She earned volleyball most valuable
player honors in 1975 and 1976 and was named basketball MVP in 1977.
Silvieus ranks among Chicago's top three all-time softball leaders
in batting, runs batted in, and stolen bases.
Alonzo Stagg served as head football coach and director of the
department of physical culture at Chicago from 1892 to 1932. Under
Stagg’s guidance, Chicago emerged as one of the nation’s most formidable
football powers during the first quarter of the 20th century. During
his tenure, Chicago teams compiled a record of 242-112-27 and won
seven Big Ten Conference championships.
Stampf is the winningest coach in Chicago basketball history
with 208 victories, as well as a .638 winning percentage and two
NCAA postseason tournament berths, from 1957-75. He also enjoyed
an outstanding playing career for the Maroons from 1938-41 and capped
his career as the Big Ten scoring leader in 1940-41.
|Floyd Stauffer was an All-American diver in 1937 when he placed third in 3-meter diving and fourth in the 1-meter competition at the Intercollegiate Diving Championships. The 1937 Western Conference medal winner, Stauffer was also a standout water polo player who helped lead the Maroons to a Big Ten title his senior year. In 2006, Stauffer was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Steffen was considered one of the great quarterbacks during
the early days of college football. He was an All-Big Ten selection
from 1906-08 and a consensus All-American in 1908. He helped lead
Chicago to Big Ten titles in 1907 and 1908. Steffen is enshrined
in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Helen Straus won 12 major "C" awards in three sports from 1980-84.
As a track & field star, she placed among the top 10 in the
heptathlon and javelin at the NCAA Division III Championship in
1984. In field hockey, she was a two-time all-state selection
(1980-81). As a basketball player, Straus was named team MVP in
1981-82. She was the 1984 Dudley Medal recipient.
Strauss was an All-American fencer in 1947, placing second in
the epee and fourth in the foil as Chicago finished second in the
nation in the team standings. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic
Fencing Squad in 1948 and 1952 and a winner of numerous Midwest
Wang was named the NCAA Division III Most Outstanding Wrestler
in 1992 after winning his second consecutive national championship
at the 177-pound weight class. Wang earned All-America honors four
straight years, finishing third in 1989 and fourth in 1990 before
winning individual titles in 1991 and 1992.
|Mitchell Watkins was a two-sport star during the late 1950s. A versatile track & field athlete, Watkins ranked among the team's top scorers competing in jumps, hurdles, and throws. During his final two basketball campaigns, Watkins was the second-leading scorer and rebounder as the Maroons compiled a 31-10 record.
|Wai Gen Yee was a three-time NCAA fencing national qualifier and an All-American in 1993 and 1994. The UAA foil champion in 1993, Yee won more than 300 bouts during his career. He received the Stagg Medal in 1995.
|Joel Zemans was a two-time men's basketball All-American who in 1961 helped lead Chicago to the NCAA College Division national quarterfinals in the program's first-ever postseason appearance. Zemans currently ranks second on the Chicago all-time free throw attempts list and occupies fourth place in free throws made.