Newest Athletics Hall of Fame Members Honored

This year's inductees into UNC's Athletics Hall of Fame include All Americans, record-holders, an entire swimming and diving team, and a team physician. Join us in welcoming the 2014 inductees by reading about their accomplishments and viewing their tribute videos.

Dr. Gilbert Anderson, Contributor, Team Physician
Dr. Anderson served as one of the team physicians for Northern Colorado athletics for 30 years, includingGilbert Anderson serving as the head physician for several years, and set up the physician's network currently in use by the athletic training department.

He was involved in developing the partnership between UNC and North Colorado Medical Center. Anderson spent many hours educating students in the athletic training room as well as getting other area physicians involved with the university while maintaining his successful orthopaedic surgical practice. Tribute Video

Keith Bailey, Baseball, 1973-77Keith Bailey
Still the all-time career record holder for victories, Keith Bailey is probably best known for his 8 2/3-inning win over Arizona in the first game of the 1974 District 7 Playoffs, which helped lead the Bears to their 10th College World Series appearance. He went on to win 30 games for the Blue & Gold and pitch a school record 338 1/3 innings. He also still ranks 10th in ERA (4.10) and tied for third with 211 strikeouts.

Bailey is still involved in the game he loves, umpiring at the NCAA Division I and II levels. Tribute Video

Jill Fadenrecht, Basketball, Track & Field, 1999-03
Jill Fadenrecht still owns the single-season and career records at Northern Colorado in blocked shots with 79Jill Fadenrecht and 210, respectively. In addition to setting the record for games started on the hardwood, she also was an All-American in track and field, finishing tied for seventh place in the high jump at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Fadenrecht ranked among the nation's leaders in blocked shots in both 2002 (10th) and 2003 (12th) and also worked in the athletic department while a student-athlete. She continues to rank third in school history in rebounds with 800. Tribute Video

Brian Kula, Track & Field, Football, 1991-96
A two-time All-American, Brian Kula finished fourth in the decathlon at the 1996 NCAA Outdoor Championships after placing fifth in the 55 meter hurdles during the 1994 Indoor Championships. HBrian Kulae is still the school record holder in the 110 meter hurdles (14.03) and held the NCC record for most points scored in a single championship with 32.

In 1996, Kula was named the USATFCA Regional Athlete of the Year, as well as the NCC Athlete and UNC Honor Athlete of the Year. In his freshman season, Kula was also a member of the football team.

He's currently the head track and field coach as well as an assistant athletic director at Valor Christian High School. Tribute Video

Robert Popp, Gymnastics, 1969-73Robert Popp
One of only two NCAA Champions in Northern Colorado history in men's gymnastics, Robert Popp won the still rings NCAA Division II title in 1973 as a senior. He also finished in third place in the University Division, earning All-American honors for the second-straight year.

As a senior, Popp won the Rocky Mountain Open, Tucson Open and NCAA East-West All-Star Meet in rings. In his junior campaign, he earned All-American after finishing sixth in the College Division on the still rings. Tribute Video

Emily Russell, Golf, 2000-04
Another All-American for the Bears, Emily Russell earned her honors at the 2003 NCAA Women's GolfEmily Russell Championship. In 2003, she tied for third place at the NCAA Championship after placing second at the NCC Championship.

She was also a First-Team All-Conference selection in 2002 and a 2001 Second-Team pick. Russell began as a walk-on to the golf team, but surpassed everyone's expectations, finishing 32nd at the NCAA Championships as a freshman. She went on to earn All-Independent honors as a senior as the Bears began the transition to Division I. Tribute Video

1972-73 Men's Swimming & Diving Team
Eight members of the team qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships -- the most ever in Northern Colorado history. All eight who qualified earned All-American honors.

Tom Bryant finished fourth in the 200 fly and sixth in the 100 fly, setting school records in both events and was a member of the record-setting 400 medley relay team.

Tim Ebuna was a team captain, as was Hal Christensen, who set the school records in the 50 and 100 free, earning All-American honors in both. Stan Benson again earned All-American in the 100 and 200 backstroke, while Bryan Smith set the school records in those two events and was on both 400 relay teams.

Dan Lanini earned All-American honors in 400 IM, 200 fly and the 400 free relay, which also set the school record.

Jeff Graunke was on the 400 free relay and competed in the 200 IM and Jack Olsson competed in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke and swam on the 400 medley relay.

Other members of the team included Bruce Johnson, Dick Monfort and Mike Shoop. Tribute Video

Related: Athletics Hall of Fame Website, the Alumni Association Facebook page.

Presentation of Awards Slide Show


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