Seven former student-athletes will be inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame on August 31 in the 17th annual presentation to take place at GAR Park (Grand Army of the Republic Park) in the shadow of Camp Randall Stadium.
The reception begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Hall of Fame at the front of the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center (Shell). The induction ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. First initiated in 1991 with 35 charter members, there are now 154 members of the UW Athletic Hall of Fame.
HALL OF FAME MEMBERS INDUCTED AUGUST 31, 2007
Bert DeHate- Hockey
Matt Demaray - Wrestling
Earl Jug Girard - Football
Bill Gregory - Football
Sherisa Livingston - Volleyball
Jim Temp Baseball, Football
Vern Woodard Boxing, Boxing Coach
Bert DeHate, who lettered from 1966-70, was the first Badger to win a national scoring title with 47 goals and 30 assists. His total of 47 goals in a season ranks second all-time for UW. He also holds single game record for most goals in a game (5) and most points earned in a game (8). With seven hat tricks, he owns the UW single season record, and had a career record 15 hat tricks. A 1968-69 team captain, he was the 60s decade most prolific scorer with 108 goals and 80 assists for 188 points. His 108 goals in 95 games ranks second all-time to Mark Johnson with 125.
Matt Demaray, who wrestled from 1989-92, was a three-time All-American his last three seasons and the 1991 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year. He was undefeated in 42 matches in 1990-91, and was a two-time Big Ten and NCAA Champion at 150 lbs. in 1991 and 1992. He was named a First Team Academic All-American by the national wrestling Coaches Association and earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1992. He continued to wrestle after college as a member of the U.S. Senior Open Freestyle Championship team from 1992-95, and was an alternate for the 1992 Olympic team. He served as an assistant coach at Wisconsin in 1992 and 1993.
Earl Jug Girard is the heritage member of the class of 2007. He played football in 1944 and 1947 earning Look magazine First team All-American selection as a 17-year old freshman. He set team records for passing with the most attemps vs. Minnesota on Nov. 25, 1944, (23), and had the most yards gained in that same game with 159. He also set the single game record for most punts in that Minnesota game with eight, and set the record for most yards on eight punts with 298 vs. OSU on Oct. 14, 1944. In 1947 he se the Big Ten and NCAA record for touchdowns in a game with two vs. Iowa. He averaged 38.93 yards per punt in 1947, and was drafted in the first round by the Green Bay Packers in 1948. He also played for Detroit and Pittsburgh, and later played professional baseball for the Cleveland Indians.
Bill Gregory played football from 1968-70 earning First team UPI and AP All-Big Ten Defensive team in 1970. A tri-captain in 1969, he led Wisconsin in tackles with 102 (58 solo) and had 10 or more tackles in six games including a career high of 15. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten that season and was a second team Big Ten All-Academic Defensive team member. As a sophomore he led the team in tackles with 75 (48 solo). Following his senior year, he played in the East-West Shrine game, the Hula Bow. And the College All-Star game. In 1971 he was a third round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys. He appeared in Super Bowls VI, X and XII with the Cowboys winning two rings. His career spanned 10 years in the NFL-seven years at Dallas, and three with the Seattle Seahawks.
Sherisa Livingston, who lettered in volleyball from 1998-2001, is UWs all-time kill leader and hitting percentage leader and ranks third in blocking. She started collecting honors early as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1998. A member of the U.S. Junior National team, she collected a gold medal that year at the Norceca Games in Mexico. The was a three-time First team All-Big Ten honoree from 1999-2001 and led the Badgers to the 2000 NCAA Championship where they placed second to Nebraska. She was the 2000 Big Ten Conference Player of the Year, and a member of the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team. She is UWs only First team All-American earning those honors in 2000 and 2001. She continued her career playing professional volleyball in Puerto Rico, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy.
Verne Woodward competed as a UW heavy weight boxer in 1936 and 1937, and later became the assistant and later head boxing coach at Wisconsin from 1947 until the sport was dropped in 1960. As the head coach at Wisconsin he won eight NCAA titles and had 36 inviduals win national championships. He was also a noteworthy Olympic assistant coach and trainer serving from 1948-60 in that capacity. He served as the president of the National Intercollegiate Boxing Coaches Association in 1952 and 1959, and later coached the Pan American team in 1959 and 1975. A transfer to Wisconsin from UW-River Falls he was named to the UW-River Falls Hall of fame for lettering in five sports: boxing, football, basketball, baseball and swimming. In 1988 he was named to the National AAU Boxing Hall of Fame.
The University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1991 by the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, in cooperation with the National "W" Club, Wisconsin's letter winner organization. The Hall of Fame inductees are recognized and honored for their exemplary athletic achievement and contributions made to the University of Wisconsin.
The first induction ceremony for the 35 charter members of the Hall of Fame was held in the Spring of 1991. The start of this tradition -- made possible by the dedicated efforts of many people, and the sponsorship of the National "W" Club -- parallels the revitalization of Wisconsin's athletic program. Classes of men and women honorees have been inducted each year since, with the 2007 class bringing the total to 154 Hall of Fame members.
The Hall of Fame serves as an incentive to all of the men and women who compete at the University of Wisconsin. The prestige bestowed upon the university by these heritage and contemporary-era athletes, coaches and administrators has fostered a legacy of excellence that affects every individual associated with the University of Wisconsin. The entire Hall of Fame can be viewed on Hall of Fame on uwbadgers.com.