Alumni Outlook Magazine


SEVEN TO JOIN ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

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Five athletes are among seven people who will be inducted into the UW-Stout Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, Oct. 13. One person also will receive the Distinguished Service Award.

The inductees will be introduced at halftime of the football game against UW-Whitewater. They will be inducted at a banquet that night at the Memorial Student Center. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the banquet at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets can be ordered by calling the Athletics Office, 715-232-2224. Reservations are preferred as there will be only a few tickets available at the door.

The inductees and award winner are:

Tony Beckham – football

He was a three-time All-WIAC defensive back, a two-time All-American, played in the Blue-Grey All-Star game and was drafted in the fourth round by the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. Beckham was an integral part in the Blue Devils’ 2000 WIAC championship season, UW-Stout’s first since 1965. He was selected to the school Hall of Fame in 2011, but a family emergency prevented him from attending.

Terry Eikamp – Distinguished Service Award

He served as business manager for the athletic department for 15 years and has been involved with athletics since coming to the university in 1970. Before transferring to athletics in 1996, Eikamp worked for 26 years in the business office, the majority of that time as assistant to the controller, and supported Blue Devil athletics in various booster clubs. He volunteered as a clock operator for football, hockey and basketball.

Steve Kostrova – men’s swimming

From 1984-88, he set five swimming school records (100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 200 individual medley, 400 individual medley, 100 backstroke) and three as a member of relay teams (400 free, 400 medley, 800 free). At one time, Kostrova held conference records in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly. He qualified for the NCAA Division III championships as a freshman and advanced to the NAIA nationals all four years, individually and as a member of relay teams. Kostrova earned 12 NAIA All-America awards, six individually and six as a member of relay teams.

Brad O’Connell — baseball

A two-time first team all-WIAC and all-region player, O’Connell is the only Blue Devil baseball player to earn first-team All-America honors when he led the country in batting average (.524) in 2001. The 2001 WIAC player of the year, he had 12 home runs with a slugging percentage of .984. O’Connell had a 37-game hitting streak that stretched from 2000 into the 2001 season, still the longest in WIAC history. For his career, O’Connell holds a school record batting average of .422 and a school record slugging percentage of .810. O’Connell is tied for the school career record in home runs with 30 and is second all-time in stolen bases with 43.

Angie Pinnow – softball

A three-time all-WIAC first team softball selection and 2001 West Division Player of the Year as a senior, Pinnow, a shortstop, set school career records for at-bats (508), runs scored (139), hits (193), doubles (41), home runs (17), walks (49) and triples (13). She still tops the career list in five of those categories. As a senior, when she also was the WIAC scholar-athlete, Pinnow led the conference in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, hits, home runs, total bases, stolen bases and plate appearances.

Stacy Stoddard – volleyball

A two-time all-WIAC volleyball selection in 1997 and 1998 and a second-team All-American in 1998, Stoddard set a school record in single-season kills (541) and is second in all-time kills (1,365). She is first in career block solos (185) and single-season blocks (76).

John Wesolek — administrator

He was a Blue Devil athlete in the mid-1960s and served the athletic program throughout his tenure at UW-Stout as an instructor and administrator. The director of the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute, Wesolek was the men’s faculty athletic representative to the WIAC from 1994-99, then oversaw athletics as dean of the College of Human Development from 2001-09. During those years, Wesolek saw the addition of men’s hockey and men’s and women’s golf. He was involved in the planning process and completion of Don & Nona Williams Stadium.