Clifton E. Cushman

Cliff Cushman was a man with a vision.  He didn’t worry about what could have been; he was more interested in what could be.  

     He was recognized as ND Athlete of the Year in 1960 and as a hurdler in track at the University of Kansas.  Cushman won a silver medal in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, placing second to another American in the 400-meter hurdles.  His dream of capturing the gold medal at the 1964 games was lost when he stumbled over a hurdle at the final US Olympic trial meet in Los Angeles.  Everyone felt sorry for the world athlete who came so close, yet so far from reaching a dream. After that experience, Cushman wrote a letter to the Grand Forks Herald in which he asked the young people in his hometown not to feel sorry for him, but instead to set goals for themselves. His letter, written on an airplane only hours after the unfortunate fall, has always been an inspiration.

     After graduating from Kansas in 1961, Cushman became a fighter pilot in the US Air Force.  In September 1966, he was listed as missing in action in Vietnam. Cushman was 28 years old at the time.  His wife, Carolyn, and 10-month-old son, Colin, could only wait.  Said his wife after being informed of her husband’s status: “Somewhere in Vietnam he’s running the biggest race of his life.  It’s like watching a race in which Cliff is running only you can’t see the finish tape.  He’s in excellent physical condition.  Cliff also has a very deep faith in God.  What better combination could there be?”

November 6, 1975, Clifton E. Cushman was officially declared dead. But his timeless inspirational message lives on.

Cliff Cushman’s Legacy

“Don’t feel sorry for me. I feel sorry for some of you.”

“Last Sunday you may have seen the U.S. Olympic trials on television.  If so, you watched me hit the fifth hurdle, fall, and lie on the track in an inglorious heap of skinned elbows, bruised hips, torn knees, and injured pride, unsuccessful in my attempt to make the Olympic team for the second time.”

“In a split second all the many years of training, pain, sweat, blisters, and agony of running were simply and irrevocably wiped out. But I tried.  I would much rather fail knowing I had put forth an honest effort than never to have tried at all.”

“This is not to say that everyone is capable of making the Olympic team. However, each of you is capable of trying to make your own personal ‘Olympic team’, whether it be the high school football team, the glee club, the honor roll, or whatever your goal may be.”

“Unless your reach exceeds your grasp, how can you be sure what you can attain? And don’t you think there are things better than cigarettes, hot rod cars, school dropouts, excessive makeup, and ducktail grease-cuts?”

“Over 15 years ago I saw a star – first place in the Olympic games.  I literally start to run for it.  In 1960 I came within three yards of grabbing it; this year I stumbled, fell, and watched it recede four more years away.”

“Certainly, I was very disappointed in falling flat on my face.  However, there is nothing I can do about it now but get up, pick the cinders from my sounds and take one more step followed by one more and one more until the steps turn into miles and the miles into success.”

“I know I may never make it. The odds are against me but I have something in my favor-desire and faith.”

“Romans 5:3-5 has always had an inspirational meaning to me in this regard: ‘We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us.”

“At least I am going to try. How about you? Would a little extra effort on your part bring up your grade average? Would you have a better chance to make the football team if you stayed an extra 15 minutes after practice and worked on your blocking? “

“Let me tell you something about yourselves. You are taller and heavier than any past generation in this country.  You are spending more money, enjoying more freedom and driving more cars than ever before, yet many of you are unhappy.”

“Some of you have never known the satisfaction of doing your best in sports, the joy of excelling in class, the wonderful feeling of completing a job, any job, and looking back on it knowing that you have done your best.”

“I dare you to have your hair cut and not wilt under the comments of your so-called friends.  I dare you to clean up your language. I dare you to honor your mother and father. I dare you to go to church without having to be compelled to go by your parents. I dare you to unselfishly help someone less fortunate than yourself and enjoy the wonderful feeling that goes with it.  I dare you to become physically fit. I dare you to read a book that is not required in school. I dare you to look up at the stars, not down at the mud, and set your sights on one of them that, up to now, you thought was unattainable.  There is plenty of room at the top but no room for anyone to sit down.”

“Who knows? You may be surprised at what you can achieve with sincere effort. So get up, pick the cinders out of your wounds and take one more step. I dare you.”

Clifton E. Cushman

September 17, 1964 



DICKINSON, ND. inducted 2023.

Member of the Blackfoot and Blood Tribe and a 20-time North Dakota Champion.

1993 U.S. Jr. National Champion in the girls 1500m. Silver medalist in the Jr. Pan American games in Winnipeg.

University of Alabama Southeastern Cross Country Conference winner in her first season. 1994 Jr. National Cross Country Champion and placed 2nd in the Women’s Division I Indoor Mile in 1995.

2x Commissioner Trophy Award winner, NCAA Division I National Title Indoor Women’s Mile and the Outdoor Women’s 1500m. 10-time All-American in Track and Field and Cross Country.

Qualified for the 2000 and 2004 US Olympic Trials in the 800m and 1500m. She still holds the North Dakota State record for high school girls at 4:44.44.

Inducted into the Dickinson HS Hall of Fame, ND State Athletics Hall of Fame, U of Fl Hall of Fame, and the North American Indigenous Athletics Hall of Fame.


FARGO, ND. inducted 2023.

After racing go carts locally, in 1993 he switched to 360 Sprint Cars with victories at the Red River Valley Speedway and in Aberdeen SD. By 1995 he had 11 Wissota wins and runner up in national points. 1996 Wissota National Champion. With a 410 cubic inch motor, he qualified for the Kings Royal Race in Ohio, and placed 8th

1997 World of Outlaws, and was named Rookie of the Year. North Dakota Athlete of the year in 1998.

23 wins in 2006 and 2007 under the World of Outlaws sanction. First driver in history to win the Australian Sprintcar International, Outlaws Down Under Finale and The Silver Cup, Kings Royal, Summer Nationals, The Knoxville Nationals and the National Open.

88 World of Outlaw victories and 2 World of Outlaw Championships. 2008 NDAPSSA Dakota Award.

Only driver to win over 20 World of Outlaws races each year, 2015-31 wins. In 2017 he recorded his eight World of Outlaw Championships and tenth Knoxville Nationals win. 

doug beaudoin

DICKINSON, ND. inducted 2020.

1971 ND High Athlete of the Year. Led the Easter Dakota Conference running backs averaging 108.5 yards per game in 1971.

1975 All-Big Ten Football Team.

Drafted by the New England Patriots in the 9th round of the 1976 NFL draft. 1976-1977 averaged over 25 yards per return on kickoffs.

Played for the Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers and USFL Tampa Bay Bandits.



FARGO, ND. inducted 2023.

Concordia College 3x MVP and 3x All American.

Played four seasons for the F-M RedHawks before signing with the Cleveland Indians, was starting catcher in the 02 Triple-A All-Star game and was named MVP of the Buffalo Bisons.

Triple-A All-Star again in ’05 for Scranton, and led entire Phillies organization in RBI’s that season. 

2006-After starting 0-13 to start his MLB career, he went on to hit .328 for the Phillies, leading in batting average, as well as a .320 average with 2 strikes. Played next 3 seasons for the Phillies and was part of 2 World Series teams, winning in 2008 and losing to the Yankees in 2009.

Coste was very popular with Phillies fans and had a fan club that was at every Phillies game known as the Coste Guard. They wore red bathing suits, white T-shirts, sunglasses, and sunscreen on their noses; fans could hear their whistles which they used to help cheer on the Phillies and Coste.

Member of the Buffalo NY Baseball Hall of Fame, Mexican Winter League Baseball Hall of Fame, Fargo Post 2 Baseball Hall of Fame, and the Concordia College Hall of Fame.

whitney carlson bruins

PINGREE-BUCHANAN, ND. inducted 2020.

19 state titles throughout high school career. Her freshman through senior years, she won 4 state individual titles each year. Won four straight 200-meter dash, 300 meter hurdle, and long jump championships and holds overall state records in the 200 (24.98), 100 hurdles (14.33), 300 hurdles (42.26), and long jump (19-6 1/2).

ND Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year and Class B Female Senior Athlete of the Year 2006. 

Five-time DI All-American at NDSU. Two-time Capital One Academic All-American First Team Selection (2010,2011). Five-time US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association DI Academic All-American and earned the NCAA Elite 88 Award 2011. 

Nine-time Summit League outdoor champion, eight-time Summit League indoor champion NDSU. Set six NDSU school records throughout her collegiate career. 

jeff boschee

VALLEY CITY, ND. inducted 2020.

Named head coach of the Missouri Southern Basketball Program in 2014. Fastest coach to reach 100 wins in MSSU history. 

2017-2018 MIAA Coach of the Year. 

Boschee was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 1999-2000 and was a third team All-Big 12 pick his senior season. Previously held conference record for career three-pointers with 338. 

Parade All-American and participated in the McDonald’s All-American Game. USA Today Super 25 List of high school players. ND Mr. Basketball.

scott berry

Mayville, ND. Inducted 2018.

23 conference championships, 21 conference tournament championships, and 27 NAIA playoffs. 3 NAIA regional titles, 2002 Plains Super Regional title, 5th place NAIA World Series in 2002.

Conference Coach of the Year 23 times. District 12 Coach of the Year 9 times. NAIA Region Coach of the Year 4 times. Coached 44 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, 26 NAIA All-Americans, and 25 players who have signed professional contracts.

Mayville State University Athletic Hall of Fame, North Dakota Associated Press Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association “Special Achievement Award, NAIA Hall of Fame for Baseball, North Dakota Amateur Baseball Association Hall of Fame, Christian Sports Commission Hall of Fame, Central Cass Athletic Hall of Fame, ABCA Hall of Fame. NAIA “Robert E. Smith Achievement Award”. FCA Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching Award, “Dave Keilitz Ethics in Coaching Award”. Baseball field at Mayville State University named in his honor.

mike peluso

BISMARCK, ND. inducted 2020.

Set a state single-season scoring record, with 99 points in 23 games in 1992. All-West Region Team and ND All-State Team in Sophomore and Junior years. USHL All-Star and MVP in 1993 and 1994.

Drafted by the Calgary Flames 1994 NHL Draft but instead attended U of M Duluth. Western Collegiate Hockey Association All-Rookie Team 1995, WCHA All-Third Team 1997, WCHA All-Second Team 1996 & 1998, WCHA All-Academic Team 1996, 1997, 1998.  UMD MVP 1996, 1997, 1998. Outstanding Senior Male Athlete 1997-98. Top 20 all-time scorer in points and a top 10 all-time goal scorer at UMD.

Team USA 2000 IIHF World Championships Russia, 2001-02 Chicago Blackhawks. Three AHL All-Star Games. 2013-2014 High School Male Team Coach of the Year. Bismarck Hall of Fame (2007), UMD Hall of Fame (2016). 

laura roesler

FARGO, ND. Inducted 2018.

ND High School Coaches Association Senior Athlete of the Year 2009.

20 State Class A Individual Championships in the 100, 200, 400, and 800 Meters.

Semi-finalist in the 800 Meters at the US Olympic Trials in 2008. Twice represented the USA in international competition.

University of Oregon 17-time All-American. Most decorated track and field athlete in Oregon school history.  5-time NCAA National Champion, 2014 Bowerman Award Winner. NCAA Division 1 Women’s Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society.

Ranked 19th in the World in the 800 Meters.

2016 placed 4th in the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships. 2016 Olympic trials, Ranked 10th in the US in the 800. 2017-7th in the USATF National Outdoor Championships. Gold Medal 4×800 Meter Relay team at the IAAF World Relays.

Ranked 7th in the US at 800 Meters in 2017.

brooks bollinger

GRAND FORKS, ND. Inducted 2018.

1998 Basketball All-State 1st team selection. 1st team selection for 1997 All-State Football. 1997 Gatorade Football Player of the Year. Serge Gambucci GFC Athlete of the Year. Montana-North Dakota All-Star Football game.

Drafted by the LA Dodgers in 2000 and 2001. Collegiate career threw for 5,627 yards, 38 touchdowns, and 1,767 rushing yards. Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1999, UW Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017.

Drafted by the New York Jets 2003. 2005 Dennis Byrd Most Inspirational Player Award. MN Vikings (2006-2008), 2008 Dallas Cowboys and, 2009 Florida Tuckers. Retired from professional football 2011. 2011

Head coach for Hill-Murray School in St. Paul. 2012 Quarterbacks coach at the University of Pittsburgh.. 2015 head football coach at Cretin-Derham Hall.

henry a. "hank" biesiot

MICHIGAN, ND. Inducted 2016.

Hank taught, coached, and impacted over 2,000 football players.

He experienced 32 of 36 winning seasons at a percentage of 72%. Won 17 Conference titles and participated in 15 NAIA National Playoff Games. Over 200 career wins and 30 seasons of experience at the collegiate level. His Dickinson State coaching record is 257 wins, 115 losses, and 1 tie.

NAIA Coaching Hall of Fame in 2006. DAC Coach of the Year: 2010, 2009, and 2008. Conference Coach of the Year: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2003, 2002, 1995, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1987, 1986, and 1981. 1991 and 1986 North Dakota College Coach of the Year by the North Dakota Sports Writers and Sportscasters Association. NAIA District 12 Football Coach of the Year: 1991, 1990, 1989, and 1981. Regional Coach of the year 2008.

The Hank Biesiot Award is awarded to the Outstanding NAIA College Scholar/Football Player of the Year; honoring excellence in athletics, academics, and community service. This award was created by USA College Sports, Inc. and is presented annually at the Hansen Bowl.


LINTON, ND. Inducted 202002.

NDHSCA Advisory Committee to NDHSAA (1996-1999). NDHSCA-Lions All-Star Basketball regional player selection committee. Conference Scheduling Committee Chairman. District and Regional Coach of the Year Committee. 

41-year span with two years as a college coach. 728 victories.  22 Conference Titles and 18 District Titles.

Linton boys’ basketball teams Region Runner-up Titles eight times and Regional Champions eleven times. NDHSAA State Runner-up Titles (1987), State Champions (1984, 1985 & 2009). 

Boys’ golf team Regional Championship, Girls golf teams 10 Conference Titles and 8 Regional Championships.

NDHSCA Regional Coach of the Year seven times. NDHSCA Boys’ Basketball State Coach of the Year (1984 and 2005). Girls’ Golf Regional Coach of the Year 7 times, State Girls Golf Coach of the Year 1995. 1984-1985 High School Male Team Coach of the Year by the North Dakota Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

Coached the NDHSCA-Lions All-Star Basketball team four times (1984, 1985, 1987 & 2009). 

National Federation State Coach of the Year 2003 and 2007. Nominated for National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) boys’ basketball Coach of the Year in 2004, 2008, 2011, 2014. NHSACA boys’ basketball COTY Finalist in each of those four years. NHSACA Boys’ Basketball National Coach of the Year in 2014. Central Lakes Community College (Brainerd, MN) Athletic Hall of Fame 2003. Mayville State University Coaches Hall of Fame 2013, North Dakota Coaches Association Hall of Fame 2015.

2016 Carr became the winningest coach in North Dakota History

jocelyne and Monique lamoureux

GRAND FORKS, ND. Inducted 2016.

3 national U-19 championships, combined for 993 points.

Outstanding Senior Athlete Awards. University of Minnesota first-team All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association selections. Monique top ten finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award. Jocelyne top-three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award.

Both broke WCHA scoring records.

Jocelyne 2 time All-American twice, Monique 3-time All-American. Monique earned Academic All-American honors her senior year. Jocelyne won the NCAA Top 10 award for her athletic and academic achievements. Jocelyne 2 time Academic All-American and WCHA Student-Athlete of the year.

2010 North Dakota Female College Athletes of the Year. ND’s first two-time Olympic medalists 2010 Vancouver Games, 2014 Sochi Games.

IIHF Women’s World Championship gold medals (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015) and one silver medal (2012)

In the 2018 Olympics, Jocelyne scored two goals, six seconds apart, an Olympic record.

Team USA Hockey Gold Medalists 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games.


travis hafner

SYKESTON, ND. Inducted 2016.

Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 31st round 1996 Major League Baseball Draft. 2002 Traded to the Cleveland Indians.

2004 finished the season in the top ten in the league in on-base percentage (.410, 3rd), slugging percentage (.583, 4th), doubles (41, 6th), extra-base hits (72, 7th), RBI (109, 9th), and batting average (.311, 10th). 2004 Hit 28 home runs (16th in the AL) and scored 96 runs (20th in the AL).

American League Player of the Month June 2004. Hit home runs in six straight games, the second-longest such streak in Cleveland history.

2004 Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) Indians Man of the Year. 2004 finished fifth in the AL Most Valuable Player voting. 2006 BBWAA 8th in the league MVP voting. 2006 a section at Jacobs Field was officially opened as “Pronkville.” 

First player in Major League history to hit five grand slams before the All-Star break. AL Player of the Month 2006. Second Indian ever to record 100 walks, 100 runs, and 100 RBI in the same season. His .659 slugging percentage was the sixth-highest in team history.

2007 Travis ranked first all-time for career home runs (142) by a player born in North Dakota. 2012 hit a home run estimated at 456 feet.

2003-2012 Combined average of .278 with a total of 200 homers and 688 RBI’s across 1078 games. Finished in the top-25 in the American League MVP voting three times throughout his career.

glenn r. hansen

GRAND FORKS, ND. Inducted 2014.

Recruited by Coach Dale Brown to play at Utah State and LSU. In two years at LSU, he topped 1,000 career points.

Voted All-Southeast Conference honors twice. Named to the LSU All Decades Team. Greatest scoring freshman in Utah State history. Third player in LSU history to top the 525 point mark.

Drafted in the second round by the Kansas City/Omaha Kings of the NBA and the Memphis Sounds (ABA).

Sports Illustrated 20th Century 50 Greatest ND Sports Figures.

Grand Forks Central Hall of Fame retired Glenn’s jersey, #35, in 1989, and honored him with induction into the Hall of Fame.

Volunteer Coach for the 1989-90 UND Men’s Basketball Team.

mike podolak

OAKES, ND. inducted 2014.

Oakes High School 1969-1972

Odessa College, Texas,

Mike turned professional in the fall of 1977; PGA

qualifying school as first alternate to the final site.

United States Mid-Amateur Championship. 1984.

United States Walker Cup team 1985.

“Masters” at the Augusta National Golf Club in 1986.

“Trans Mississippi National Championships” 1994, Champion 1999.

27 USGA Championships including 10 US Amateurs, 11 US Mid-Amateurs, 5 US State Team Championships, and the 1985 Walker Cup matches. 22 individual state titles. Three “Team Best Ball” titles, Three “State 3-Man Team” titles.

Over 45 state and regional golf titles including 2 “Pine to Palm,” 2 “KX Amateurs,” 2 “FM All-City,” and 10 “North Dakota Open Low Amateur” titles. “Allianz Championship”, 2010.

71st Senior PGA Championship”, 2010.

Board member on the North Dakota Golf Association for 29 years.

ed beyer

HILLSBORO, ND. Inducted 2012.

762 overall coaching victories

22 NDHSAA State & Regional championships

19 Red River Valley Boys Basketball Conference championships

8 overall State & National Coach of the Year

NHSACA National Hall of Fame Inductee ‘98

Hillsboro Public Schools Hall of Fame ‘06

jim leclair

ST. PAUL, MN. Inducted 2014.

MCCC All-Conference and NJCAA All-Region and ranked first in MN and fourth in the nation in wrestling during the 1970-1971 season.

Named to the NCJAA All-Region and All Minnesota football teams.

Little All-American as he recorded 187 tackles, three interceptions, four fumble recoveries fumbles, and 11 forced fumbles. He was a two-time All-North Central Conference honoree and was named the league’s most valuable defensive lineman in 1971. LeClair was selected in the third round (54th overall) of the 1972 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He was named to the NFL Pro Bowl in 1976. In 1981, he was a starting linebacker on the Bengals team which won the AFC Championship Game dubbed “The Freezer Bowl”, the coldest game in NFL history.

He played in Super Bowl XVI.

United States Army Reserve from 1972 to 1977.

College Football Hall of Fame in 1999, Member of the U of M, Crookston Hall of Fame; UND Hall of Fame 1985, South St. Paul High School Hall of Fame 2007.Head coach of the Mayville State University football team from 1986-1988.

ricky allen helling

DEVILS LAKE, ND. Inducted 2012.

MVP honors and American Legion World Series in ‘89. 3-time All-Conference honoree in football at Stanford University.

Helling was a member of two World Series Championship teams: the 1997 world Series Champion Florida Marlins and the 2003 World Series Champion Florida Marlins. 

On August 13, 1996, Helling pitched a perfect game. He struck out four batters in the nine-inning game.

In 1998 he won five straight games on the road; no Texas pitcher matched that accomplishment until 2009.

In 1999, Helling started 35 games for the Rangers, going 13-11 while leading the majors with 41 home runs allowed.

In 2000, Helling broke a 30-year-old record by giving up 66 doubles. One year later, he broke his record by allowing 68 doubles.

In 2001, Helling led the majors in hits allowed (256), earned runs (124) and home runs allowed (38).

Texas Rangers top 10 all-time pitchers & 20 wins in a season.

US member at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

West division title ‘98.

darin erstad

JAMESTOWN, ND. Inducted 2012.

North Dakota State MVP ‘91 & ‘92

AP North Dakota Athlete of the Year ‘92

No. 1 overall pick in the ‘95 MLB First-Year Player Draft

Won three Gold Gloves ‘00, ‘02, ‘04

Was selected for the American League All-Star team in ‘98 & ‘00.

Angels’ World Series title in 2002, Roberto Clemente Award in ‘05

Silver Slugger in ‘00

First player in Major League history to record 100 RBIs as leadoff hitter ’00.

robert d. king

FALLEY CITY, ND. Inducted 2010.

Led his teams to 15 football Conference Championships and a ND State Class B Track & Field Championship in 1961, followed by runner-up titles in ’62 & ’63.

Received the NDHSCA Athletic Class A Football Coach of the Year in 1974; Distinguished Service Award from NHSACA in 1975 & 1979, NFOA in 1985, NAAA in 1993; NHSACA Region Six Football Coach of the Year in 1978; Award of Merit from the North Dakota Coaches Association in 1979, UND in 1988, NHSCA in 1999; National Federation Citation in 1998 and the VSU Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999.

ND Officials Association President 1978-79; National Board of Directors 1975-1979; NDHSADA President 1978-79.

ND Sports Hall of Fame President; Inducted into ND Officials Hall of Fame 1982; NDHSC Hall of Fame.

1985; Valley City High School Athletic Hall of Fame and VCSU Hall of Fame 1991; New Rockford High School & ND Athletic Director Hall of Fame in 2003; and ND High School Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2009.

1958 drayton american legion baseball team

Inducted 2010.

In 1958, Gov John Davis declared Drayton the baseball capital of ND.

Drayton won the state High School baseball championship every year from 1958 to 1963. In 1958 and 1962, Drayton also won the American Legion Class A championship. After winning the state title in 1958, they went on to win the multi-state regional championship. These wins made Drayton the smallest town to win both the state and regional class A titles.

dewey king

CANDO, ND. Inducted 2008.

30-year coaching career.

1970 Head Football Coach at San Jose State University. 1980-85 Director of Athletics at Carroll College. 1971 Northern California College Coach of the Year, which the football team was voted most improved in the nation. Honored twice by All-American Football Foundation in 2000.

Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award for accomplishments while serving at Wheaton College & San Jose State University.

Given top Assistant Coaches Award for work at UND, Michigan State University, University of Pennsylvania, and Rutgers University.

Led Rutgers University to an undefeated season in 1961.

Led 1971 San Jose State’s PCAA Champions to a first bowl appearance in 22 years.

Named Honor Athlete of the Year in 1948.

Only student in UND history to be a recipient of the prestigious Sioux Award

Inducted into UND Hall of Fame and was given Thomas J. Clifford Award for outstanding achievements.

richard karlgaard

BISMARCK, ND. Inducted 2008.

Director of Phys Ed and Athletics for Bismarck Public Schools 1963-1990.

1989 and 1990 National High School Athletic Director of the year.

1985 National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

1976 National Citation from the National Federation of State High School Association.

1998 National High School Coaches Hall of Fame.

ND Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

Bismarck State College Hall of Fame.

jim kleinsasser

CARRINGTON, ND. Inducted 2008.

Named to USA Today’s All-Joe team in 2007 and 2008 hard-working and under-recognized players.

Ranks 2nd in team history for starts by a tight end with a total of 104.

Ranks 5th in Vikings history for catches by a tight end with a total of 164.

Has paved the way for 5 of the 6 top single-season rushing marks in Vikings history, including Adrian Peterson’s team record and NFL leading 1760 yards in 2008.

His 10 catches at St. Louis in 2003 are tied for the 2nd most by a Vikings tight end.

Has worked extensively with the Make A Wish Foundation.

Ranks 9th on UNDs career record list with 1314 yards receiving and 10th with 10 touchdowns. 


RUGBY, ND. Inducted 2006.

Member of the 1955 NAIA District 12 Champion Basketball Team & ND Team of the Year. 

Minot State University Athletic Hall of Fame 1988.

Led Jamestown High School to four State Titles 1976, 78, 82, and 87.

Led Jimmies to 1st ND College Athletic Conference Championship 1993-94 season 523 career wins.

ND Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Coach of the Year 1966 & 1982

Class A Coach of the Year 1971, 76, 78, 80, 82, & 85.

National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award for Region 6, 1988.

ND High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. 

Jamestown High School honored Meyer by naming the JHS Gymnasium   “Jerry Meyer Arena.”


JAMESTOWN, ND. Inducted 2006.

37-year coaching career with Jamestown College.

81 Conference Championships with Jamestown College Teams. 112 Jimmie athletes placed at the national level. His team won the first Dakota Athletic Conference outdoor title.

Set South Dakota 11 man high school football record winning 44 games in succession.

ND College coach of the year – 1967 & 1985

Northern State University Hall of Fame – 1975

District 12 Football Coach of the Year – 1979

NAIA Football Coaches Hall of Fame – 1980

1999 Jamestown College Football Field renamed in his honor.


DICKINSON, ND. Inducted 2006.

First All-Around USGF Class One Regional, Minneapolis, MN and Jr. Olympic Nationals, New Haven, CT.

Won USGF Elite National Qualifying Meet – 1976

Won All-Around at USA Championships, making her #1 Gymnast in the US. 2nd All-Around for US Olympic Team in Hamburg, West Germany.

Big Ten Champion six times. AIAW All American. Placed 1st All-Around at the NCAA Central Regional.

University of Minnesota Women’s Athletic Hall of Fame – 1990

University of Minnesota Women’s Gymnastics Hall of Fame – 1999.

michael lalum

LEEDS, ND. Inducted 2004.

169 records at Pico Rivera Athletic Club and Tustin Pioneers Runners Club.

Over 4,000 first- fifth places, has run over 70,000 miles.  88% winning record in club series 5k & 10k. 300 consecutive wins in the 5k.

Named one of the top 100 athletes of the 20th century in the Lake Region.

Selected as an Athlete of the Millennium by the Devils Lake Journal. Profiled in Runners World and Sports Illustrated.

Participated in approximately 202 marathons.

brian voss

BISMARCK, ND. Inducted 2004.

1973-“ND State All-Events Title” winner.

2- All Army Championships.

1988- PBA National Championship winner.

1988 & 1989 PBA Player of the Year.

7th PBA player in history to surpass $1 million dollar mark

1998-became the 9th player in history to win 20 PBA National Titles.

12 consecutive seasons with at least 1 PBA victory. 9th player in history to win at least 20 PBA National titles.

Inducted into PBA Hall of Fame.

john dale bennet

GRAND FORKS, ND. Inducted 2004.

1953 & 1954 NCAA Long Jump National Champion (Marquette University).

2 Time All-American. Worlds Leading Long Jumper-1954.

Silver Medal- 1955 Pan Am Games. 

Silver Medal-1956 Olympics. 

Silver Medal- 1957 National Amateur Championships.

1st Place- 1958 British Columbia Centennial Games.

dean kutz

CARRINGTON, ND. Inducted 2004.

2800 Race Wins.

Canterbury Down’s all-time leading rider.

First Jockey inducted in the Canterbury Downs Hall of Fame.

George Woolf Memorial Award Recipient.

2002 Mike Venezia Memorial Award Recipient.

Earnings of over $32,586,643.00.


GRAND FORKS, ND. Inducted 2002.

Won 4 State High School Titles in Discus and 3 in Shot Put.

Member of the National AAU Junior Olympic Team 1983-84.

Selected to the Adidas All American High School Girls Track Team in1984.

All American selection 1984 & 1985.

ND High School Female Athlete of the Year –1985.

Accepted a full scholarship to Stanford in 1985.

9 time NCAA All American.

Qualified for Olympic Trials in 1989 in Shot Put.

National Collegiate Weightlifting Champion –1989.

pete retzlaff

ELLENDALE, ND. Inducted 2002.

Selected to the Little All American Football Team 1953.

22nd Round NFL Draft Pick 1953.

Played 11 Seasons with Philadelphia Eagles.

Played in 5 Pro-Bowls.

Received the Bert Bell Award as the NFL’s Most Valuable Player from the Maxwell Club of Philadelphia.

Sports broadcaster with CBS 1972 & 1973.

General Manager of Philadelphia Eagles for 3 years.


FARGO, ND. Inducted 2002.

Coached Shanley Deacons Football Team to 15 State Championships.

National High School Football Coach of The Year 1975.

6 Time ND State Class A Football Coach of the Year.

Inducted into National High School Athletic Coaches.

Assoc. National Hall of Fame 1997. 


OAKES, ND. Inducted 2002.

2 Year All-American with NDSU

Small College Defensive Lineman of the Year-1990.

Second Round NFL Draft Pick in 1991.

1991 NFL’s All-Rookie Team Member.

Played 11 Seasons with Buffalo Bills.

Appeared in 3 Super Bowls.


MINOT, ND. Inducted 2000.

North Dakota Athlete of the Year in 1966.

15 years as a member of the PGA.

22 Tournament golf championships.

1967 Masters Tournament Amateur.

North Dakota Amateur champion 1966 and 1967.

NCAA collegiate All American in 1967 and 1968.

Member of Arizona University Hall of Fame.

1977 Championship Ed McMahon Quad Cities Tournament.

steve myhra

WAHPETON, ND. Inducted 2000.

Most Valuable Player in the North Central Conference for 1956.

Inducted into the UND Athletic Hall of Fame in 1976.

1979 UND All-time Best football player.

Converted 180 of 189 extra-point attempts 44 of 91 field-goal tries.

Sent 1958 NFL Championship game into overtime with field goal kick.


JAMESTOWN, ND. Inducted 2000.

Worked over 2000 high school basketball games from 1943 to 1983, including district tournaments, ten regional tournaments, and nine state tournaments.

Worked over 900 football games.

Inducted into Jamestown College Hall of Fame.

Inducted into North Dakota Official’s Association Hall of Fame.

Inducted into the North Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

National Federation Official’s Association Distinguished Service Award in 1987.

Inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Received the Sertoma Humanitarian Award in 1994.

Received the Sporting Good Manufacturer’s Association Heroes Award in 1995.

Won the Special Achievement Award from the ND Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters.


FARGO, ND. Inducted 2000.

Led NDSU to eight NCAA Division II women’s basketball championship games.

Five National Titles. Career coaching record of 512-126

Advanced to 15 straight NCAA Division II tournaments with 3 national runners-up finishes.

First team in Division II history to go undefeated at 35-0.

Top 5 among active Division II coaches in most wins and winning percentage.

College Sports Magazine’s National Division II Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1995.

National Division II Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1991. 1993 Converse Division II Coach of the Year.

WCBA District VII Coach of the Year 8 times; North Dakota collegiate Women’s Sports Coach of the year 7 times.

casper oimoen

MINOT, ND. Inducted 1998.

Unable to compete in the 1928 Olympics because he was not an American citizen, he entered the Olympics in 1932 and again as captain of the U.S. team in 1936, placing 5th and 13th respectively. 

Casper Oimoen won over 400 medals and trophies during his skiing career. 

1936 US Olympic Ski Team Captain.

1963 US Skiing Hall of Fame Inductee.

He won the Northwestern Ski Jumping Championship nine times in nine entries, the Montana State Jumping Championship six times in six entries, the Central United States Championship ten times, six of them in consecutive years (1925-1931), and the United States National Ski Jumping Championship three times.

In 1930, he won the Eastern, Central and National Championships, plus eight other firsts, a feat which has never been equaled.

Oimoen was inducted into the U.S. Skiing Hall of Fame in 1963. He was granted the the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award in 1973. He was inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame in 1984. A bronze statue of Casper Oimoen stands in the Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot, North Dakota.

bob wiese

JAMESTOWN, ND. Inducted 1998.

Wiese enrolled at the University of Michigan where he joined the football team coached by Fritz Crisler in 1942. In his first year with the team, he started eight games at the fullback position and was given the Meyer Morton Award as the player who showed the greatest development and promise during spring practice.

All-State in Football 2 years.

Michigan Wolverines Football Captain and MVP.

All-Big Ten Fullback.

Played 2 Years for the Detroit Lions.

Started Two Seasons for the Wolverines in Basketball.

ron erhardt

MANDAN, ND. Inducted 1996

23 year NFL Coach.

Head Football Coach NDSU, 7 years.

Won 2 NCAA Division II National Titles at NDSU.

Led Mandan Braves to State Football Championship.

Jamestown College graduate, 1954.

Offensive Coordinator for 2 NY Giants Super Bowl Championships, 1987 & 1991.


MAYVILLE, ND. Inducted 1998.

Inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, Olson was the head coach of the Arizona Wildcats for 25 years. He was also head coach for the Iowa Hawkeyes for nine years and Long Beach State 49ers for one season.

Coached Arizona Wildcats to NCAA title, 3 Final Fours, 7 Pac 10 Titles, and 15 Straight NCAA Appearances.

Winningest Coach in University of Iowa History.

Played on 1952 ND Boys State Basketball Championship Team.

3 Sport Athlete at Augsburg College. 

dale brown

MINOT, ND. Inducted 1996.

Basketball All-State, 1953.

Minot State 4 year Letterman in Football, Basketball, and Track.

NCAA Division I Basketball Coach, Utah State, and Louisiana State.

LSU Head Coach 1973-96.

4 SEC Championships.

Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year (1973, 1979, 1981, 1989).

13 NCAA Tournament appearances – 2 Final Four appearances.

National Coach of the Year, 1981.

National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, 2014.

george rulon

JAMESTOWN, ND. Inducted 1996.

World War II decorated Veteran.

Director of American Legion Baseball, 1961-86.

National Headquarters Staff 1958-86.

Developed American Legion World Series.

Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY inductee.

cliff fido purpur

GRAND FORKS, ND. Inducted 1994.

North Dakota’s greatest all-time hockey player.

First American to play in NHL.

Received North Dakota Roughrider Award, 1981.

Member of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Member of St. Louis All-Sports Hall of Fame.

Established University of North Dakota hockey program, a Division I hockey team.

Coached Grand Forks Central, UND Sioux, and Amerks, a local amateur Team.

brad gjermundson

MARSHALL, ND. Inducted 1994.

Inducted National Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, 1995.

Highest money winner in National Finals, 1994.

World Saddle Bronc Champion, 1981-83-84-85.

Runnerup, 1982 and 1988.

Qualified for National Rodeo finals 9 times.

Calgary Stampede Champion, 1981-83-85.

Badlands Circuit Saddle Champion, 4 years.

Cheyenne Frontier Days Champion, 2 years.

Champion in 8 U.S. and 4 Canadian Rodeos.

Inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame 1995.

Inducted into the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, 2009.

dave osborn

CANDO, ND. Inducted 1992.

Running back, Cando High School and UND.

1964 North Central Conference first team.

UND Sioux Conference Champs in 1964.

Played 11 years with Minnesota Vikings and in three Superbowls.

Scored 36 touchdowns in NFL.

UND Sports Hall of Fame, 1977.

virgil hill


Won WBA Light Heavyweight crown 11/1/87; lost crown in 1991, regained in 1992.

Won 42 fights as WBA Light Heavyweight.

Defended title 24 times; record for Light Heavyweight Champions.

Olympic Silver Medal Winner, 1984.

Pro Record is now 51-7; 24 KO’s.

Never fails to recognize North Dakota in the ring by carrying state flags.

1987, won Light Heavyweight title as 6-1 underdog.

Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, 2012.

phil jackson

WILLISTON, ND. Inducted 1992.

As a player:

Basketball All-State 1962-63. No. 2 draft pick of New York Knicks in 1967. 2 time NBA Champion 1970, 1973. NBA All-Rookie First Team 1968. 2 time Division II All American 1966, 1967. 2 time NCAA Player of the Year 1966, 1967. 3 time All NCC 1965-1967. 13 Years in the National Basketball Association. CBA champion 1984.

As head coach:

Became head coach of Chicago Bulls in 1988.

11 time NBA Champion 1991-1993, 1996-1998, 2000-2002, 2009, 2010.

4 time NBA All Star Game head coach. Top 10 Coaches in NBA History. 

NBA Coach of the Year.

Theodore Roosevelt Roughrider Award, 1992.

UND Sports Hall of Fame, 1981.

Basketball Hall of Fame 2007.

roger maris

FARGO, ND. Inducted 1992.

Outfielder, American League/Golden Glove Award.

Major League Home Run Record, 61 in 1961. (Broke Babe Ruth’s record).

American League MVP 1960-61.

Hickok Belt (Professional Athlete of the Year Winner in 1961).

Theodore Roosevelt Roughrider Award, 1963.

Fargo Shanley High School all-around athlete.

Fargo Roger Maris Cancer Center named for him.

7 time All Star 1952-1962.

3 time World Series champion, 1961, 1962, 1967.

2 time American League MVP 1960, 1961.