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UW Athletic Hall of Fame welcomes seven new members

ON WISCONSIN <b>11-time NHL All-Star Chris Chelios is a member of the UW Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2011.</b>
11-time NHL All-Star Chris Chelios is a member of the UW Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2011.

April 25, 2011

MADISON, Wis. -- In a news conference held prior to the spring football game on Saturday, Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez and National W Club Executive Director Terry Murawski announced the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2011. The seven newest members of the Hall of Fame are: Chris Chelios (hockey), Sue Ela (rowing), Louis Holland (football and track), Scott Lamphear (soccer), Dave McClain (football), Carly Piper (swimming) and Judith Sweet (NCAA).

Chelios scored 22 goals and had 75 assists during his two seasons with the Badgers (1981-83). He was a member of the 1983 NCAA title team and was named to the 1983 NCAA All-Tournament team. Following his UW career, Chelios played 26 seasons in the NHL for the Montreal Canadians (1984-90), Chicago Blackhawks (1990-99), Detroit Red Wings (1999-2009) and Atlanta Thrashers (2010), winning the Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1987 and Detroit in 2002 and 2008. An 11-time NHL All-Star, Chelios won the Norris Trophy, given to the best defenseman in the NHL, three times. He was also a four-time Olympian (1984, 1998, 2002 and 2006) and served as team captain three times (1998, 2002 and 2006).

Ela was a member of the women’s rowing team from 1972-75 and coached the Badgers for 19 seasons. As an athlete, she was part of the 1975 national championship varsity eight. As a coach, she led the Badgers to 14 top-five national finishes, including the 1986 varsity eight national championship, and was named the 1995 Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges (EAWRC) Coach of the Year. She stepped down as UW’s coach in 1997 but returned in 2004 to lead Wisconsin to its first NCAA appearance in five years. In addition to her success at the collegiate level, Ela coached the first U.S. National Women’s Lightweight Team that won gold at the 1981 Canadian Henley Rowing Championship and was named USRowing’s “Woman of the Year” in 1989. No stranger to halls of fame, Ela was inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008.

Representing the Heritage Era, Louis Holland was a three-time letterwinner in football (1961-63) and a two-time letterwinner in track (1962-63). A 1963 first-team All-Big Ten selection in football, Holland led the Big Ten in scoring in both 1962 and 1963. He scored a school-record 12 touchdowns during the Badgers’ 1962 Big Ten championship season and was the team’s leading rusher in 1963.

Lamphear, one of just two first-team All-Americans in program history, helped lead the Badgers to the 1995 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship. A three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection (1993-95), Lamphear was co-captain of the 1995 NCAA Championship team. He was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten choice and a two-time first-team CoSIDA Academic All-Region honoree who earned the 1996 Big Ten Medal of Honor.

McClain coached the Badger football team from 1978-85, inheriting a team that had one winning season in the previous 14 years and leading it to its first bowl appearance in nearly 20 seasons. He compiled a 46-42-3 (.522) career record in eight years, leading UW to three bowl games – 1981 Garden State Bowl; 1982 Independence Bowl and 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl. His 1981 team opened the season with a win over No. 1 Michigan, the Badgers’ first win over the top-ranked team since 1962. McClain coached seven All-Americans and four first-round NFL draft picks. McClain passed away suddenly on April 28, 1986. The Dave McClain Athletic Facility, opened in 1988, houses the football team’s indoor practice field, locker room and weight room.

The only Olympic gold medalist in Wisconsin swimming history, Piper was a 13-time Big Ten champion, winning a program-best 10 individual titles and three relay titles. She won the 500-yard and 1650-yard freestyles in all four of her years while winning the 200-yard freestyle as a freshman and sophomore. A two-time Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, Piper earned 18 All-America honors. She won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. Piper teamed with Natalie Coughlin, Kaitlin Sandeno, and Dana Vollmer to set the world record in the event.

Sweet, a 1969 honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin, was a pioneer among women in college athletics. She was a member of the badminton team in the late 1960s prior to the legislation of Title IX, and returned to the campus for the 30th anniversary of women's athletics in 2005, where she received her letter award. In 2006, she was named by the NCAA as one of the top 100 Most Influential Student Athletes.

In 1975 she became the first woman in the nation to head a combined men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic program, serving as the Director of Athletics at the University of California-San Diego from 1975-1999. Sweet served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the NCAA from 1989-1991 and was elected to a two-year term as President of the NCAA in January 1991, becoming the first woman to serve in each of those positions. A member of the state of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, she went on to work for the NCAA from 2001 until her retirement in 2006.

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