1967 TENNIS TEAM This was a rag-tag, motley crew coached by the innovative Jim Seri, a distinctive figure with a patch over his right eye. Seri had anticipated becoming DePaul’s first golf coach, but a last-minute switch left him heading up the tennis program. Undaunted, Seri went to the library, studied up on the game and utilized his insight into student-athletes and leadership skills to mold the Blue Demons into a special group. “Coach Seri was like an older brother/father figure to us,” said Allen Kiel. “We knew he didn’t know a lot about tennis. But he took really good care of us.” The Blue Demons finished the season with a 22-3 record and qualified for the NCAA Division II Championship Regionals where the team battled to a fifth-place finish. Members of the team included Ray Bachmann, Ray Cahnman, Terry Garvey, George Hahn, Kiel, Nate King, Mel Searles and Steve Williams. In addition to the NCAA appearance, DePaul also claimed the Chicagoland Championship.Stacy Bruno
Great Midwest Conference titles from 199295. Dopek still holds the indoor and outdoor records at DePaul in both the 200 and 400-meter events and is a member of the record-holding 4x100-meter relay team. Dopek is currently in his 15th season as an assistant track and field coach at his alma mater working with DePaul’s sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers. He has helped a number of student-athletes qualify for the BIG EAST Conference Championships as well as the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships.
And all of this despite tearing her rotator cuff halway through her senior season. Fahlstrom is ranked among the program’s top five in service aces, attempts, kills and digs while being named to the Great Midwest Conference All-Tournament team three times.
TOM KLEINSCHMIDT Men’s Basketball (1991-1995) Everyone in Chicago knew him as Tommy MELANEE EHRHARDT Kleinschmidt, the kid Women’s Basketball from Gordon Tech (1986-90) with the golden Ehrhardt finished her four-year shooting touch. career with 1,552 points, 614 Kleinschmidt was the first player to earn field goals, 216 steals and 144 conference player-of-the-year honors three-pointers. She’s ranked in when he was selected for that award by the top 15 in the program in each of those the Great Midwest Conference in 1995. categories while also playing a key role on He is the first player in school history DePaul’s first NCAA Tournament team in 1990. to finish his career with at least 1,000 Ehrhardt scored 23 points in DePaul’s firstpoints, 500 rebounds, 300 assists, 100 round win over Western Kentucky in the NCAA steals and 100 three-pointers. first round. She totaled 125 career games for He ranks in DePaul’s top 10 in career seventh in program history and was a threepoints, field goals, free throws, threetime All-North Star Conference honoree. point field goals, assists and steals. He Her specialty was the three-pointer. Ehrhardt led the Blue Demons to a 1992 NCAA DAVE DOPEK ranks ninth in program history with 66 threeChampionship appearance and two Men’s Track & Field pointers in the 1989-90 season. NIT berths while earning honorable (1991-95) mention All-American honors in 1995. Dopek is the greatest WENDY FAHLSTROMKleinschmidt scored at least 30 points in sprinter in DePaul history HALL eight games including a career-high 37 and its only NCAA Volleyball (1990-1993) against UAB as a junior. Championship winner as Fahlstrom had quite a the 1995 NCAA Indoor Champion in the memorable season in 1993, 200 meters. The two-time All-American was leading DePaul to its first also a runner-up in the 200 meters at the NCAA Championship 1995 NCAA Outdoor Championships. He appearance. She was also was named the Great Midwest Conference named Great Midwest Conference Player of Athlete of the Year in 1995 and compiled 10 the Year and Great Midwest Tournament MVP.
MISSY NOWAK STASER Softball (1992-95) Nowak had a work ethic instilled by her father, the late Rich Nowak, that had her waking up at 5 a.m. to work out and finish her softball-practice routine before joining friends for an outing to Great America. Nowak is the first softball student-athlete to earn All-American honors as a firstteam selection in 1995 and a secondteam honoree in 1994. She graduated as DePaul’s all-time leader in nine statistical categories including runs, home runs, hits, triples, total bases, walks and RBI. Currently, she is still ranked among the program’s top five in runs scored, RBIs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, total bases, walks, games played and batting average. Her 59 runs-batted-in during the 1993 season is still a DePaul season record as is the .552 on-base percentage in 1995. Nowak was a three-time, first-team AllMidwest Region honoree, Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year and firstteam All-Conference winner.
JOE WILHOIT Baseball (1906-11) Imagine an athlete from DePaul actually playing in the World Series. Most folks can’t remember and never realized that back in the early 1900s, DePaul actually had a baseball team. One of the standouts of those teams was Joe Wilhoit, who also competed in football and track. Wilhoit’s most remarkable achievement might be the 69-game hitting streak he amassed while playing for the Wichita Jobbers of the Western League from June 14 to August 19 in 1919. In his four-season Major League career, Wilhoit batted .257 with three home runs and 73 RBIs in 283 games. He also scored a total of 93 runs and had 23 doubles, nine triples and 28 stolen bases with a career on-base percentage of .323. A native of Hiawatha, Kan., Wilhoit died at the age of 44 in Santa Barbara, Calif
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MARY HIE Dr. Robert Hamilton Special Service Award Hie will never forget her first day at DePaul in September of 1979. When she walked into coach Ray Meyer’s office, Hie discovered that Patsy Burns had also begun her DePaul career as Coach’s secretary. The two of them had been classmates at Immaculata High School. Burns was last year’s recipient of the Special Service Award That launched a 25-year career for the administrative assistant---a span in which oldest daughter Patty Hie played for the Blue Demons’ women’s basketball team alongside Jean Lenti. Her youngest daughter, Katie Hie, was a cheerleader at DePaul. Mary Hie receives the Hamilton Special Service Award after providing invaluable assistance and aid to athletic directors, staff, student-athletes, parents, alumni and fans of DePaul on a daily basis throughout her tenure.
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DePaul University is in the midst of three facility improvement projects: Cacciatore Stadium - Phase II, The Outdoor Track at Lane Stadium and the Short Game Facility for Golf at Ruffled Feathers. The three initiatives have greatly improved the training and playing experience of our student-athletes. Through the generosity of a number of donors these improvements have been completed, but we continue to fundraise to complete the funding for the projects. For more information about each project, contact Thad Dohrn at 773-325-1456.
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DePaul Athletics fundraising efforts also focus on endowing scholarship and programming needs. Annually athletics spends nearly $5 million on scholarship expenses for its more than 200 student-athletes. By endowing scholarships, DePaul Athletics has the opportunity to enhance scholarships in some sports and redistribute available funding to maximize the department’s resources. A named scholarship requires a gift of $50,000. All gifts can be made in pledges over five years. Planned giving opportunities are also available. University President Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, C.M., is joined by DePaul’s NBA star Bobby Simmons and Director of Athletics Jean Lenti Ponsetto for a presentation to recognize his gift of $250,000 from The Bobby Simmons Rising Star Foundation.
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