CLASS OF 1997
•Richard Derkson (1971-75), men’s basketball -
Derkson averaged 18.9 points per game (No. 1 in school history) and scored
1,927 career points (No. 2 in Norse history). He also ranks No. 6 in school
history with 668 career rebounds. Derkson played on the first-ever NKU
men’s basketball team in 1971 and was the Norsemen’s go-to
scorer during his career.
•Peggy Vincent (1975-79), women’s basketball -
Vincent ranks No. 1 in NKU history in points scored (1,883), scoring average
(16.2 ppg), career rebounds (1,166) and rebounding average (10.9 rpg).
She also holds the single-game records for points (36), rebounds (24),
steals (14) and is tied for No. 1 in field goal attempts (29).
•Peggy Ludwig (1975-78), volleyball - A four-year
starter who was NKU’s most valuable player four consecutive years.
Ludwig earned KWIC All-Tournament honors in 1976 and '77, and she helped
NKU win the AIAW Southern Region championship in 1977 and '78. She recorded
523 kills in 1978. Ludwig also played women’s basketball and helped
NKU post a 28-2 record in 1975-76.
•Gary Wall (1974-78), baseball - Wall was an outstanding
all-around baseball player who ranks No. 3 in school history with 203
career hits. He is fourth on the NKU all-time list with 21 home runs,
and he ranks No. 8 in Norse history with 119 runs scored. Wall also ranks
No. 9 in runs batted in with 102, and he holds the NKU record for most
games played in a career with 195.
•Johnny Lott (1975-79), cross country - Lott placed
17th nationally at the 1979 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships
and earned first team All-America honors that year. Lott was the first
athlete in NKU history to earn All-America honors, and he helped NKU post
a 19th-place finish at the 1979 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships.
•Dan Doellman (1975-79), men’s basketball -
One of the top basketball players in Norse history, Doellman averaged
18.6 points per game during his career. He ranks No. 3 on the all-time
NKU scoring list with 1,920 career points and No. 3 on the all-time rebounding
list with 784. He also led NKU to the 1978 NCAA Division II Tournament
- the first time in school history the Norsemen advanced to that event.
CLASS OF 1999
•Jeff Stowers (1972-76), men’s basketball - Stowers
ranks No. 8 on the NKU all-time scoring list with 1,410 career points.
He averaged 14.8 ppg during his career and ranks No. 9 all-time in that
category. One of the most exciting players in Norse history, he helped
transform a Northern Kentucky State College squad from obscurity into
a regional power by leading the team to a 17-9 record his senior season.
•Russ Kerdolff (1975-79), baseball - One of the
top pitchers in Norse history, Kerdolff ranks No. 1 all-time at NKU in
winning percentage (.848, 28-5 record), No. 2 in wins (28), earned run
average (2.28) and innings pitched (277). He also holds the school record
for victories in a season with 11 and earned All-America honors in 1979.
Kerdolff was also a two-time Academic All-American (1978 and 1979) and
led NKU to its best-ever record (49-7) in 1977.
•Julie Thoman Perry (1976-79), volleyball - A four-year
starter who finished her career with 819 career kills despite missing
part of her junior year because of an ankle injury. NKU posted a 127-60
record during her career. She was named to the KWIC All-Tournament Team
in 1976 and 1977, and she also received the NKU Athlete of Distinction
Award. She is now the volleyball head coach at St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati
and has led that program to six consecutive Ohio Division II state championships.
•Marilyn Moore, women’s basketball/volleyball coach
- Moore helped start the women’s athletic programs at NKSC
in the 1970s and coached volleyball, women’s basketball and softball.
As women’s basketball coach, she was 137-73 in seven years. Moore
led NKSC to three 20-win seasons, including a 28-2 record in 1975-76.
In volleyball, she posted an 83-31 record in three years, and won KWIC
championships three straight years. Moore also led the NKSC volleyball
team to the 1977 AIAW South Region championship.
CLASS OF 2001
Fields (1985-89), men’s basketball - Fields ranks No. 5
on the NKU all-time scoring list with 1,664 points (15.3 ppg). He was
named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year in 1989 after scoring
an NKU single-season record 664 points (23.7 ppg). Fields also earned
NCAA Division II third team All-America honors in 1989 and was named NABC
Great Lakes All-Region. He also earned the 1989 Athlete of Distinction
Award at NKU.
•Melissa Wood-Fleming (1983-87), women’s basketball
- Wood-Fleming ranks No. 6 on the NKU all-time scoring list with
1,393 career points. She ranks No. 7 all-time in NKU history with 348
assists and No. 8 in free throw percentage (.740). Wood-Fleming led NKU
to the NCAA Division II Final Four in 1987, and she set a single-season
record in 1986 with 104 steals.
•Kevin Cieply (1981-84), men’s soccer - Cieply
was named McDonald’s All-American in 1983 and third team NAIA All-American
in 1984. He also earned All-Region honors twice for the Norse. Cieply
was NKU’s top defensive player during his career, and he helped
the Norse win NAIA District 32 championships in both 1982 and 1983.
•Gary Flowerdew (1985-88), baseball - Flowerdew
ranks No. 1 in Norse history with 263 career hits and 165 runs scored.
He also ranks No. 2 in career batting average (.405) and No. 3 in RBI
(123). He led team in hitting as a sophomore (.463) and posted a .970
fielding percentage as a second baseman. Flowerdew holds the NKU record
for career doubles with 46, and his .464 batting average in 1987 is tied
for first all-time in Norse history.
•Brenda Ryan (1978-82), women’s basketball & softball
- Ryan ranks No. 13 on the NKU all-time scoring list with 1,252
career points. She also dished out 416 career assists, which ranks No.
4 on the NKU all-time list. As a slow-pitch softball player, Ryan hit
.735 with 12 home runs and 42 RBI as a freshman and led the Norse to a
17-1 record. She also led NKU to a 31-5 record and the AIAW Southern Regional
championship as a senior.
•Roger Klein, men’s & women’s tennis head
coach (1975-87) - Klein posted a 114-102 record as NKU men's
tennis coach, and he was 72-63 as women's tennis head coach. He led the
NKU men's tennis team to a pair of NAIA District 32 titles and the 1986
GLVC championship - the first GLVC title for a men's program at NKU. He
also earned GLVC Coach of the Year honors in 1986. Prior to taking the
NKU coaching position, Klein posted a 419-98 record as tennis coach at
Bellevue High School.
CLASS OF 2003
•Paul Steenken (1983-86), men’s tennis -
Steenken compiled a record of 50-17 as No. 1 singles player for NKU and
was the team’s most valuable player in 1985 and 1986. As a senior,
Steenken posted a 10-1 record and led the Norse to the GLVC championship.
Steenken earned All-GLVC honors and the Paragon Award in 1986.
•Brady Jackson (1979-83), men’s basketball -
Jackson finished his career with 1,980 points - which currently ranks
No. 2 in NKU history. Jackson holds a number of NKU records, including
most career field goals made (796) and most consecutive games scoring
20 points or more (11). Jackson also holds the NKU single-game record
of 21 free throw attempts, and he set a Norse single-season record in
1982-83 by making 131 free throws.
•Julee Hill (1975-78), volleyball/women’s basketball
- A two-sport athlete while at NKU, Hill led the Norse to a pair
of Kentucky Women's Intercollegiate Conference Small College basketball
state titles. She set an NKU freshman record with 281 rebounds. Hill led
NKU in serving percentage (98.4 percent) in 1978 for a volleyball team
that won the KWIC Major College Championship. She also recorded 131 kills
and 110 blocks in 1977 as NKU posted a 41-15 record.
•Barbara Harkins (1978-82), women’s basketball -
Harkins scored 1,585 career points and grabbed 876 career rebounds at
NKU to rank No. 3 all-time in both categories. Her best game was a 29-point,
21 rebound performance against Kentucky State in 1980. Harkins led NKU
to its first-ever NCAA Tournament in 1982, and she finished her career
with a 13.1 points per game scoring average.
•Dave Krebs (1981-82), men’s soccer - During
the early years of the soccer program, Krebs was a standout defensive
performer who became the first NKU player to earn NAIA McDonald’s
second team and NSCAA All-American honors in 1982. He also earned All-Mideast
Region and NAIA District 32 honors in 1982 and was NKU’s MVP in
1981 and 1982.
•Bill Aker, baseball head coach (1972-2000) - Aker
retired with 806 wins in 29 seasons as Norse baseball coach. He led NKU
to a pair of World Series appearances (1979, 1985), and he was named GLVC
Coach of the Year in 1992 and 2000. His 1977 team won a school-record
49 games, and his 1989 squad posted a 45-9 record and came within one
out of qualifying for the NCAA Division II World Series.
•Dr. Jim Bilbo, team physician (1986 to present) -
Bilbo has been a volunteer member of the NKU athletics program for the
past 16 years serving as the team physician. He has also served as a Board
of Director for the Norse Athletics Club for the past 10 years and given
countless hours of his time to provide medical care for NKU student-athletes.
CLASS OF 2005
•Diane Redmond (1975-79), women's basketball -
One of the top floor generals in Norse women's basketball history, Redmond
ranks No. 2 on the NKU all-time career list in assists per game (4.0 apg)
and No. 3 in total assists (462). She also scored 862 career points and
led NKU to a 28-2 record as a freshman. A four-year starter at point guard,
Redmond also was named the team's most valuable player in 1975-76.
•J.T. Roberts (1993-96), men's soccer - Roberts
combined his strength and quickness with the ball to become one of the
best players in the history of NKU soccer. He ranks No. 3 in school history
in both goals scored (38) and assists (28). He also led NKU to Great Lakes
Valley Conference championships in 1993 and '95. In addition, Roberts
was named All-GLVC four times and earned NCAA Division II second team
All-America honors as a senior in 1996.
•Amy Flaugher (1978-82), women's basketball & softball
- Flaugher ranks No. 1 in Norse women's basketball history in
free-throw percentage (.819) and No. 2 in assists (466). She also scored
791 career points and helped NKU win at least 20 games three times. As
a pitcher on the slow-pitch softball team, Flaugher posted a 22-2 regular-season
record as a sophomore.
•Tim Grogan (1975-79), baseball - A power-hitting
shortstop, Grogan ranks No. 2 in school history with 27 career home runs.
Grogan earned All-Great Lakes Region honors in 1979 after hitting .333
with nine home runs and 41 runs batted in. He also led NKU to a 36-15
record as a senior and the NCAA II Great Lakes Region championship. Grogan
finished his career with 90 RBI.
•Nancy Berger (1979-82), volleyball - Considered
one of the best all-around volleyball players in NKU history and an outstanding
attacker, Berger led the team in kills (389) as a junior and helped the
Norse earn a berth in the 1981 NCAA Tournament. A shoulder injury limited
her attacking statistics as a senior, but she still finished with 202
kills that season. Berger was also an outstanding defender and server
for the Norse.
•Paul Cluxton (1993-97), men's basketball - Cluxton
is the NCAA's all-time career leader in free-throw percentage at .934,
and he set an NCAA record during the 1996-97 season by making every free
throw he attempted (94-for-94). Cluxton scored 1,495 career points, and
he led NKU to NCAA Division II national runner-up honors in both 1996
and '97. In addition, Cluxton earned third team All-America honors in
1997, and he was named the most outstanding player of the 1996 NCAA II
Great Lakes Region Tournament at Evansville, Ind.
•John Toebben, men's soccer head coach (1990-2002) -
Toebben, who passed away in April 2003 after a seven-month battle with
cancer, guided NKU to a 137-105-15 record in 13 seasons as the head coach.
He led NKU to GLVC championships in 1992, '93 and '95. In addition, he
guided the Norse to a school-record 16 victories in 1995 and was named
GLVC Coach of the Year twice.
•2000 NCAA Division II women's basketball national champions
- NKU's first NCAA national championship team that posted a 32-2
record en route to the title. NKU also won 24 straight games that season
to capture the NCAA Division II national championship at Pine Bluff, Ark.
The Norse defeated North Dakota State, 71-62, in overtime in the championship
game. NKU also knocked off previously unbeaten and top-ranked Saint Rose
(N.Y.) and Western Washington at the Elite Eight to advance to the national
CLASS OF 2007
Biermann (1989-2000), volleyball head coach - Biermann posted
a 286-106 record as the NKU head coach before retiring after the 2000
season. She led the Norse to four consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference
championships (1997-2000) and a total of five during her career. Biermann
also guided her teams to four NCAA Division II Tournament appearances
and a pair of regional championships. Her 1999 team advanced to the NCAA
Division II Final Four and finished 33-2, which still stands as the best
record in the program’s history. She was also named GLVC Coach of
the Year five times during her career at NKU.
Duerring (1986-88), women’s basketball - One of the most
talented offensive players in NKU women’s basketball history, Duerring
averaged 15.5 points per game during her two years with the Norse. As
a senior, Duerring was named GLVC Player of the Year. She also led NKU
to the 1987 NCAA Division II Final Four by recording double-doubles against
both Wright State and West Texas State. In addition, she was named to
the Kodak All-America first team in 1988, marking the first time an NKU
player had earned that honor. During her two years at NKU, the Norse won
a pair of GLVC championships and posted a 50-8 overall record. Her 15.5
ppg average ranks No. 3 in Norse history, and is her 3.69 assists per
game rank No. 5 in school history.
Hofmeyer (1977-81), men’s basketball - Hofmeyer scored
1,208 career points during his career, but he is best remembered for his
last-second basket that gave NKU a stunning 59-58 upset over Xavier on
Jan. 14, 1978. Hofmeyer tipped in a shot at the buzzer as NKU defeated
a Division I opponent for the first time in history. He also helped NKU
post a 20-8 record that same season and advance to the NCAA Division II
Tournament for the first time in the program's history. Hofmeyer averaged
12.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game during his NKU career.
Lewin Schrand (1992-95), volleyball - Lewin blazed a trail of
GLVC success for NKU with a powerful jump serve that eventually made her
the NCAA’s all-time leader in aces with 533. Lewin led the nation
in aces as a junior and senior, and she was named GLVC Player of the Year
in both 1994 and ’95. NKU posted 30-3 records during each of her
final two seasons, and she capped her career by leading the Norse to the
1995 GLVC championship in Regents Hall. Lewin was named AVCA All-Region
as a junior and senior, and she finished her career with 1,582 kills and
1,729 digs. She was also featured in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces
in the Crowd” after setting the national service aces record as
Miller (1973-77), baseball - Miller ranks first in NKU history
in earned run average (2.09 ERA), saves (32), saves in a season (14),
and fewest hits allowed per nine innings pitched in a career (6.5). The
first dominating closer in Norse baseball history, Miller is also tied
for 10th place in school history in both wins (16) and strikeouts (148).
The talented reliever helped NKU post a 147-79 overall record during his
career, and the team made two NCAA II regional tournament appearances.
Miller's performance on the mound enabled NKU to become a powerhouse in
the region during the early years of the program.
Moore (1998-2001), women’s soccer - The first superstar
performer in Norse women’s soccer history, Moore led NKU to four
GLVC championships and three trips to the NCAA Division II Final Four.
The speedy forward scored a school-record 70 goals during her career en
route to a total of 186 points. Moore tallied 21 goals in 1999 as NKU
advanced to the Final Four for the first time in history. A three-time
NSCAA first team All-American, Moore led NKU to the 2000 national championship
game. She was also named GLVC Freshman of the Year in 1998 as well as
GLVC Player of the Year twice (1999, 2001).
O’Hara (1998-2002), women’s tennis - The most dominant
women’s tennis player in Norse history, O’Hara turned NKU
into a championship team during her four years. She earned GLVC Player
of the Year honors four times in her career and led NKU to four straight
GLVC championships. She finished her career with an unbeaten record (44-0)
against GLVC opponents in No. 1 singles competition, and NKU advanced
to the NCAA Division II Tournament three times in four years. O’Hara
posted a 60-13 overall record in No. 1 singles competition during her
four years at NKU, and she earned the Great Lakes Region’s ITA/Arthur
Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship as a senior.
Shields (1988-2004), men’s basketball head coach - Shields
finished his 16-year career on the Norse sideline with a 306-170 record.
He led NKU to regional championships in both 1996 and ’97, and the
Norse advanced to the NCAA Division II national championship games in
each of those seasons. Shields guided NKU to seven 20-win seasons - the
most in Norse men’s basketball history - and three GLVC championships.
His 1996-97 team won a school-record 30 games en route to national runner-up
honors. During that same season, NKU’s Paul Cluxton became the first
player in NCAA history to lead the nation in free-throw percentage without
missing from the line (94-for-94).
Stoeber (1975-78), baseball - A powerful starting pitcher who
helped make NKU a force in the region, Stoeber posted a 21-8 record during
his career. In 1977, he tossed a no-hitter against Division I Xavier and
set a school record with 10 complete games. His 21 wins still rank No.
6 all-time in Norse history, and he ranks in the top 10 in career strikeouts
(149), innings pitched (181) and ERA (2.61). NKU posted a 112–41
record during his career and earned three NCAA II Tournament berths.
CLASS OF 2009
•Michelle Cottrell (1998-2002), women’s basketball - Cottrell finished her career as NKU’s all-time scoring leader with 2,241 points, and she was named Kodak NCAA Division II All-American three times. Cottrell also earned Division II Bulletin National Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior.
In addition, she was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year three times. Cottrell earned most outstanding player honors at the 2000 NCAA Division II Elite Eight after leading NKU to the national championship with an overtime victory against North Dakota State. Cottrell finished her career with 48 double-doubles, and NKU advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight three times during her career. She was later named to the NCAA Division II 25th Anniversary Team.
•LaRon Moore (1993-97), men’s basketball - Moore led NKU to a pair of NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional championships in 1996 and ‘97, and the Norse finished as national runner-up both seasons. Moore earned All-America honors as a senior after NKU posted a 30-5 record. He scored 35 points against Oakland (Mich.) in the Great Lakes Regional championship game to earn tournament most outstanding player honors. Moore, who set an NKU single-season record with 41 dunks as a junior, finished his career with 1,866 points and a Norse-record 859 rebounds.
•Martin “Mote” Hils (1971-80), men’s basketball - Hils began the then-Northern Kentucky State College men’s basketball program in 1971 and directed the program to many of its biggest victories during the next nine years. His 1978 team defeated Xavier - the program’s first-ever victory against a Division I opponent - en route to the NCAA Division II Tournament. That squad also became the first 20-game winner by posting a 20-8 record and finishing No. 6 in the national rankings. Hils, whose teams competed against powerhouse programs such as Tennessee-Chattanooga, Wright State and Tennessee State on a regular basis, finished his career with a 119-118 record.
•Tricia Ruark (1998-2001), women’s soccer - A member of the 1998 recruiting class that helped NKU become a national power in women’s soccer, Ruark earned All-America honors in 2000 and ‘01. She was named the GLVC Player of the Year in 2000 and led NKU to the NCAA Division II national championship game that season. Ruark finished her career as NKU’s all-time leader with 62 assists. She also scored 40 goals during her four years with the Norse and currently ranks No. 2 in school history with 142 career points. NKU posted an 81-10-5 record during Ruark’s four years, won four GLVC Tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four three times.
•Jenny Jeremiah (1996-99), volleyball – Jeremiah emerged as one of the top outside hitters in Norse history during her career by combining quickness, jumping ability and tremendous defensive skills. She was named GLVC Player of the Year in 1999 and led NKU to the NCAA Division II national semifinals that season. Jeremiah also earned AVCA All-America honors that season on the second team as NKU posted a 33-2 record. A four-year starter, Jeremiah finished her career as NKU’s all-time leader with 2,050 digs. She also collected 1,613 career kills and helped NKU become a national power in volleyball.
•Mark Steenken (1975-77), baseball – One of the most prolific hitters to ever play at NKU, Steenken finished his Norse career with a .416 batting average – the highest in school history. Steenken’s career slugging percentage of .778 is also still an NKU record. He led NKU to a 123-59 record during his career and helped the Norse post a 49-7 mark in 1977 with a No. 7 national ranking. The Montreal Expos later picked Steenken in the 16th round of the 1977 Major League Baseball draft.
•Dr. Tom Kearns (1980-2007), NKU faculty athletics representative to the NCAA – Kearns was a member of the NKU Athletic Council for 27 years and served as the school’s faculty athletics representative at GLVC and NCAA functions. He also authored many reports concerning the athletics program and certified the eligibility of every NKU athlete for 23 years. Kearns also served as president of the GLVC during his career.
•Todd Gruenwald (1989-92), men’s soccer – Gruenwald scored 40 goals during his career and helped NKU win the 1992 GLVC Tournament championship. He finished his career with 101 total points and scored a school-record 19 goals in 1992, a mark that stood for 16 years. Gruenwald’s 49 total points in 1992 are still a Norse single-season record. He earned GLVC co-Player of the Year honors with teammate Tom Derenthal in 1992 as the Norse captured the GLVC title.