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earned a Bachelor of Science

in Physical Education in 1960 with a

minor in biology. The honor will be given

posthumously, as Fritz passed away on

May 28, 2015. 

Fritz retired from Rowan College in

New Jersey in June 2014 after coaching

for 43 years. Fritz had been the men’s cross country

head coach there since 1971. He also guided the

women’s program from 1986 to 2006. Under Fritz, the

men’s team won 19 New Jersey Athletic Conference

Championships. The men qualified for the national

championship 19 times.

In 1994, Fritz took over as head coach for the track and

field programs. The men’s team won four consecutive

NJAC Championships (1994-97) and finished tied for

eighth at the 1997 NCAA Championships. The Prof

men claimed 23 NJAC titles. For men’s track and field,

Fritz guided 43 Division III outdoor champions and 10

Division III indoor champions. Four women won national

titles. Fritz has coached more than 265 All-Americans,

including men and women, indoor and outdoor.






earned a

Bachelor of

Science in

Education from

NSU in 1989. As

a student at NSU,

Clark wrestled from

1984 to 1988. He recorded over

100 career wins, was an NSIC

Champion, a four-year letterman

and a four-year starter at 134

pounds. He was also an NAIA

All-American at 134 pounds

and received the Clark Swisher

Outstanding Male Athlete Award

in 1988. He is a physical education

teacher and head wrestling coach

at Star Valley High School in

Afton, Wyo. Eddie has coached

seven state championship teams

and has also been named State

Coach of the Year seven times. He

was the 2003 Region 7 National

Wrestling Coaches Association

Coach of the Year and the 2011

NHSACA National Wrestling

Coach of the Year. His career dual

record is 362-59-1. He resides in

Afton, Wyo., with his wife, Kristi,

and two sons, Trevor and Trent.



earned a

Bachelor of

Science in



Industrial Arts

with Physical Education in 1976.

As a student at NSU, Wepking

played basketball for four years

and accumulated 1,261 points

and 1,076 rebounds individually.

In 1994, Wepking was inducted

into the South Dakota Amateur

Basketball Hall of Fame, and in

2011, he was inducted into the

Sioux Falls Washington High

School Athletic Hall of Fame.

In 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011,

Wepking was chosen as the

Region 7 Assistant High School

Basketball Coach of the Year

while coaching in Avon. Wepking

was awarded the South Dakota

State Technology Program of the

Year in 2013 and 2015. Wepking

retired in June 2015 after 39 years

of teaching and 30 plus years of

coaching. He resides in Avon,

S.D., with his wife, Monica. They

have three children: Jonathan,

Jennifer and Nikki.



a Tolstoy, S.D.,

native, graduated

Magna Cum

Laude from NSU

in 2001, receiving a

Bachelor of Science

in Biology and a minor in athletic

training. Johannsen is one of 12

women’s basketball players to

record over 1,300 points and over

600 rebounds. She is among the

leaders in career assists, with 400.

She was named to the NSIC All-

Conference team her senior year.

Johannsen received a Master of

Science in Physical Therapy from

Des Moines University in 2003. In

2012, “The Date Book” awarded her

Best Physical Therapist in the Des

Moines Area. In 2014, Johannsen

started her own clinic, Maximum

Physical Therapy, in Adel, Iowa.

Johannsen has run marathons in

Des Moines and San Francisco and

participated in Waukee Crossfit

Gym competitions. She lives in

Clive, Iowa, with her children:

Samantha, 10, and Tate, 8. Her

favorite activity is coaching and

watching them play sports.




earned a Bachelor

of Science in

Recreation and

Business in 1981. At

Northern, Hartman

participated in basketball, softball,

intramural volleyball and track.

In basketball, Hartman recorded

1,434 points, 772 rebounds and was

a 76 percent free-throw shooter.

Her single season school records

in 1980-81 included: most points

(543), most field goals (234) and

most free throws (75). Hartman

was the career leading scorer upon

graduation. In 1981, Hartman was

all-tournament first team at the

NAIA Women’s National Basketball

Tournament; “Exponent” Player of

the Year (1980-1981); and American

Women’s Sports Foundation

Division II honorable mention

All-American. After graduation,

Hartman was a member of state

championship women’s softball

teams, superintendent of recreation

in Yankton, and a certified day care

instructor. She retired in 2010 and

resides in Hortonville, Wis., with

her husband, Bill. They have three

children: Tim, Kara and Brett; and

three grandchildren: Sully, Mira and


Retired Judge



began her

life-long mission helping

the disadvantaged at

NSU. She earned a

Bachelor of Science in

Sociology with a minor in

Criminology in 1978, magna

cum laude. During her time at Northern,

she was involved with many campus

and community activities and volunteer

outreach. She co-founded the first

resource center for women in Aberdeen

that focused on counseling, job skills, and

providing a safe shelter

for abused women. She also co-founded

the Non-Traditional Student organization

on campus for older and/or married

students. As a student, Judge Coleman

originated a juvenile diversion program

with the city police of Aberdeen and

Northern students that provided mentors

to area youth to divert them out of the

criminal justice system.

After graduating law school, Judge

Coleman began her legal career with the

U.S. Dept. of Justice in the prestigious

U.S. Attorney General’s Honors Graduate

Program. She spent the majority of her

professional career in the United States

Justice Dept. first as a trial attorney

with the Civil Rights Division then as

a high level government executive in

USDOJ. Subsequently, she served as a

White House Attorney/Advisor to former

President Clinton. In 1997, she was

appointed as a Federal Immigration Judge.

After retiring from the bench, the Seneca

native is still heavily involved in politics

and advocacy in Florida. She has studied

art with renowned artists all over the

world and adds an award-winning artist

to her long list of personal and career

accomplishments. She lives in South

Florida with her husband, Paul Hancock,

an attorney with the international law

firm of K&L Gates LLP. They have one

daughter and a granddaughter.