Chippewas Announce 2013 Hall of Fame Class
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Receiving the highest honor bestowed by the department are baseball player Pasquale “Wally” Galba (1956-58), wrestler Mike Greenfield (1996-99), gymnast Nicole Liphardt (1997-2000), softball player Becky Manson (1999-2002), football player John Wunderlich (1974-76) and the 1982 softball team.
The newest class will be enshrined on Friday, Sept. 20, in a ceremony at the CMU Events Center. The free event is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. The group will also be recognized at halftime of the noon football game against Toledo on Saturday, Sept. 21.
The CMU Marcy Weston Athletics Hall of Fame began in 1984 and the current roster now includes 183 individuals and four teams.
To be eligible for induction, the following must hold true for athletes: one becomes eligible 10 years after their final season; one must earn two letters in one sport or one or more in two sports; or brought recognition to the school by his or her athletic endeavors; and an outstanding career as an athlete must be continued in the individual's profession or occupation. For induction as faculty/staff: a person becomes eligible five years after leaving his or her coaching position or athletic-related administrative position.
Hall of Fame selections are made by the Marcy Weston Athletics Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Pasquale “Wally” Galba, Baseball (1956-58)
Earned all-conference honors three times … two-time team MVP … helped team win first conference championship in CMU baseball history and capture an NAIA regional title … had one of the greatest individual days in program history, collecting nine hits in a double header, including a grand slam … batted over .400 … following college, made his mark as a legendary softball player … won 74 championships in 10 years … named a softball All-American in 1962 and 1966 … participated in seven world tournaments, which included two second place finishes … inducted into the Metro Detroit ASA Hall of Fame in 1990 … Galba is being inducted posthumously. [Complete Bio]
Mike Greenfield, Wrestling (1996-99)
Two-time All-American, placing seventh in the NCAA in 1999 (184 lbs.) and eighth in 1998 (177 lbs.) … won three MAC titles - 1997 (167 lbs.), 1998 (177 lbs.) and 1999 (184 lbs.) … finished as a MAC runner-up as a freshman in 1996 (167 lbs.) … four-time national qualifier … went 18-0 in MAC duals during his career … helped CMU place fifth as a team at the 1998 National Championships and seventh place in 1999 … team won MAC Tournament titles in 1998 and 1999 and a MAC Championship in 1999 … amassed a 108-39 career record (.735) … ranked 10th all-time with 108 wins … majored in physical education with a minor in health … the O’Fallon, Ill., native attended Althoff Catholic HS. [Complete Bio]
Nicole Liphardt, Gymnastics (1997-2000)
Winner of three MAC titles - floor exercise (1999-2000) and uneven bars (2000) … earned All-MAC honors in 1999 and 2000 … named the MAC Senior Gymnast of the Year in 2000 … NCAA Championship qualifier after winning a regional title on floor exercise … helped CMU qualify for its first regional in 1999 … led CMU to regionals in 2000 … part of MAC title teams in 1998, 1999 and 2000 … helped CMU win the NIT title in 1998 and 2000 … earned NIT All-Collegiate honors in 1998 and 2000 … named honorable mention Academic All-MAC in 1999 … named to the MAC honor roll in 1999 and 2000 … selected to the NACGC All-Academic team (1999) … majored in physical education … the Ajax, Ont., native attended Dunbarton HS. [Complete Bio]
Becky Manson, Softball (1999-2002)
Received first team All‐MAC honors in 1999, 2001 and 2002 and second team recognition in 2000 … team captured MAC regular season championship in 2001 and 2002 … a member of teams that posted a 78-18 record in conference play during her career … helped lead the Chippewas to four MAC Tournament titles and four NCAA bids … 2002 team posted a conference-record 23‐1 mark in MAC play … led the MAC in runs scored and doubles as a senior while ranking second in hitting … earned first team all‐region recognition in 1999 and second team in 2002 … named the 1999 MAC Freshman of the Year … named to MAC All–Tournament team in 1999 and 2002 … team’s Beth Pawlak award winner in 2002 … set CMU single‐game record with five hits against Cal Poly … holds CMU career at-bats record (720) … ranked second in career hits (240) and doubles (42) … named MAC Player of the Week four times … invited to US Women’s National Team Camp following her collegiate career … played professionally in Sweden … twice named to MAC Academic Honor Roll … majored in construction and technology … the Rockford, Mich., native attended Rockford HS. [Complete Bio]
John Wunderlich, Football (1974-76)
Named a first team All-MAC defensive lineman in 1976 … started 33 straight games during his career … three-year starter … member of No. 1 ranked defense in the MAC (1976) … named team’s co-MVP in 1976 … led CMU in tackles (52) in 1976 … part of CMU national championship team (1974) … earned one varsity letter for CMU in track and field … received Academic All-America honors three times - first team in 1974 and second team in 1975 and 1976 … only CMU student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors three times … selected to the Academic All-MAC team three times (1974-1976) … earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship … graduated with a 3.62 GPA while majoring in speech pathology … the Kalamazoo, Mich., native attended Kalamazoo Central HS. [Complete Bio]
1982 Softball Team
Under third-year head coach Margo Jonker, the 1982 team captured Central Michigan’s first ever MAC regular season and tournament championship in any female sport … compiled a 42-9 regular season record and were the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament … defeated Western Michigan in back-to-back games to clinch the MAC Championship … finished as runners-up to Michigan in the AIAW Regional Tournament, earning a bid to the AIAW World Series … placed fourth in the AIAW World Series with a 4-2 record … the 1982 team still holds the record for most wins in a single season with 51 … members of the team remain ranked in the top 10 in 16 single season records and 17 career records … pitcher Linda Pagett and third baseman Cathy Heator, earned AIAW All-America honors … centerfielder Lynn Putnam received AIAW All-Regional honors along with Pagett and Heator … Pagett, Heator, and Putnam were named to the Softball Silver Anniversary Team … Pagett, Putnam and Heator are members of the Central Michigan Athletics Hall of Fame. [Complete Bio]