Athletics Hall of Fame and Homecoming 2020

Athletics Hall of Fame and Homecoming 2020



2020 Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Please join us for a virtual awards ceremony honoring the Athletics Hall of Fame 2020 inductees. The University of Chicago Athletics Hall of Fame seeks to recognize and honor those men and women who have distinguished themselves and the University in the field of intercollegiate athletics, or who have contributed to the development of intercollegiate athletics at the University of Chicago.


Saturday, October 17, 2020

7:00 P.M. – Event Begins


Watch the full 2020 Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony on YouTube

Embedded video below, click on the lower right portion of the video to switch to full-screen mode.




The University of Chicago 2020 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

Frank Arado

A four-time University Athletic Association (UAA) champion, Arado was named the UAA Most Outstanding Wrestler in 1992. As a two-year captain and two-time NCAA qualifier, he earned All-American status after placing fourth at the 1992 NCAA Championships, winning the regional title after defeating the nation’s top-ranked wrestler in his weight class. Arado helped the Maroons place in the top 15 in the team standings twice at the NCAA Championships, including the highest finish in program history (13th in 1992).


Brian Baldea

Baldea served UChicago Athletics & Recreation as both head baseball coach and associate athletic director during his 28-year tenure. As baseball coach, he accumulated a school-record 411 career victories, produced 14 winning seasons (including nine years with at least 20 wins) and had 30 players receive All-UAA recognition under his leadership. In his final five years as coach, the Maroons racked up 15 All-Region selections. Lauded for helping to develop a generation of student-athletes, Baldea instilled leadership, integrity, work ethic and accountability.


Peter Hildebrand
Cross Country, Track and Field
LAB’63, AB’67, SM’69, PhD’76

A standout for the cross country and track & field teams, Hildebrand capped his cross country career by earning All-American status after finishing 12th at the 1966 NCAA Championship. His previous NCAA Championship finishes were 29th in 1965 and 30th in 1964. UChicago’s cross country teams finished in the top 25 at the national meet three times in Hildebrand’s four years. In track and field, he held the school record in the indoor 5,000 meters for 14 years and remains ranked in the program’s top 10 in that event.


Vadis Cothran Mandrell
Basketball, Volleyball, Softball

Cothran Mandrell, a three-sport star in basketball, volleyball, and softball, holds the third-highest career scoring average in the history of the women’s basketball program at 14.3 points per game. A four year team co-captain and MVP, she led the Maroons to basketball tournament championship wins over schools such as MIT, Northwestern and Brown. As an undergraduate, Cothran Mandrell co-founded UChicago’s first women’s soccer club and was a two-year president of the Women’s Athletic Association.


Nofisatu Mojidi-Bayna
Basketball, Track and Field

A three-time All-UAA basketball honoree, including two first team accolades, Mojidi-Bayna led a resurgent women’s basketball team that won 71 percent of its games during her four years. She ranks second in career points (1,399), field goals (545) and steals (226). Mojidi-Bayna also submitted some of the fastest times in UChicago track history and held eight school records at the time of her graduation in events such as the indoor 55 meters, outdoor 100 meters, and indoor and outdoor 200 meters. She claimed five UAA track titles during her career.



Additional Homecoming 2020 Events

Monday, October 12, 2020

UChicago Athletics & Recreation Update and Fall Preview

Join UChicago Interim Director of Athletics Rosy Resch AB’73 to discuss department plans for the ’20-21 school year. Also, joining the session will be the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Co-Presidents Klaire Steffens (Basketball '22) and Brian Lyle (Baseball '21), and Head Soccer Coaches Amy Reifert and Pat Flinn to talk about their upcoming seasons. Please register to submit questions for Q&A.


Thursday, October 15, 2020

UChicago Athletics 2020 Football Update and Remembering Coach Dan Tepke

Join Head Coach Chris Wilkerson for an update on the UChicago Football program and plans for the academic year ahead. Following Q&A, family and friends of former coach Dan Tepke will gather to remember Dan and celebrate the creation of the Daniel Tepke Memorial Fund for Football.