Seven to be inducted into Coyote Sports Hall of Fame

Seven to be inducted into Coyote Sports Hall of Fame Six former student-athletes and coach/administrator Jack Doyle will be inducted into the Coyote Sports Hall of Fame at a noon luncheon ceremony at The University of South Dakota on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Commons Dining Hall at USD.

The honorees will include Linda Gdowski, Omaha NE, and Darcy Siebels-Cleveringa of Cedar Bluffs, NE, who helped transform the women's track and field team into one of the best programs in NCAA Division II in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Other inductees include basketball players Tim Hatchett, Tucson, AZ, and Mike Graves, North Sioux City, Brad Hodgins, Victoria, MN, and John House, Irving, TX.

In addition to the Hall of Fame inductions, Ken Beringer of Vermillion, will receive USD's first-ever Volunteer of the Year Award.

The honored individuals will also be recognized during halftime of the South Dakota-Missouri Western football game on Saturday, Sept. 7. The game will begin at 7 p.m. in the DakotaDome. In addition, USD Athletics has tentatively scheduled a grand opening of the Henry Heider Memorial Hall of Fame on the main corridor of the DakotaDome at 2:30 p.m.

Linda Gdowski

One of the all-time great sprinters in the NCC and NCAA Division II, Gdowski won three MVP titles and 19 NCC individual and team titles while competing for South Dakota from 1988-91. An eight-time all-American, Gdowski had 11 team or individual indoor titles and eight outdoor titles.

She still holds the NCC record in the 300 meter run at 39.82. Originally of Fremont, NE, Gdowski scored 20 points at both the 1989 and the 1990 NCC meets. She received a BSED degree in 1991 from USD.

Darcy Siebels-Cleveringa

Siebels-Cleveringa, a nine-time all-American, was part of the transformation of the women's track and field program into one of the nation's best NCAA Division II squads during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Siebels, a two-time (1989, 1991) NCC champion in the 55-meter hurdles, set a conference record in the 55-meter hurdles (8.06).

Siebels, originally of Cedar Bluffs, NE, was a key member of the 4×400 meter relays with Gdowski. She also won the NCC heptathlon in 1990, finished sixth at the NCAA championships in 1990, and was seventh at the nationals in 1989. She earned a bachelor's degree in recreation in 1992 from USD.

Tim Hatchett

Originally of Sioux City, IA, Tim Hatchett (1986-90), the career points leader in South Dakota and NCC history, led South Dakota to its first 20-win season since 1957-58 with a 22-10 mark in 1989-90. That same year, Hatchett helped lead the Coyotes to the NCC conference tourney championship and place third in the NCAA Regional.

Hatchett, a two-time all-NCC selection (1988-89, 1989-90), won the league scoring title at 24.9 per game as a senior. He remains the school's career scoring leader with 2,280 points (19.0) average. Hatchett is currently the all-time leader in career field goals and sits third in the NCC record book in free throws with 328.

He owns the NCC record for career points with 1,402 (19.5 per game) and career field goals in NCC play (1,014). Hatchett, who received a BSED degree in 1993, now lives in Tucson, AZ.

Mike Graves

Graves, now director of Business Case Development for the Gateway Foundation at Dakota Dunes, is one of the all-time great 3-point shooting artists in South Dakota and North Central Conference history. Named all-NCC in 1989-90, Graves was a three-time academic all-North Central Conference selection. He was also honorable mention all-NCC in 1988-89.

Graves, who started every game (120 games) during his brilliant career at South Dakota, is the school's record holder for 3-point field goals in a season with 95 in 1989-90. Graves is second in school history in career 3-point field goals with 274. He earned a BSBA degree (accounting) in 1990.

Dr. John House

Dr. House, a board certified urologist in Irving, TX, was a key member of the South Dakota Coyotes football teams that captured NCC titles in 1973-74. Originally of Fremont, NE, he was named to the all-NCC offensive unit as offensive tackle during 1976 when the Coyotes went 5-5. A 6-3, 229 pound tackle, he was a member of the 1973 and 1974 NCC conference champions.

Brad Hodgins

Hodgins, a corporate tax consultant and certified public accountant from Victoria, MN, was a four-time all-American swimmer at South Dakota. Hodgins set 15 USD school records and was the all-time point producer when he left USD.

An eight-time NCC champion, he was the 1991 NCC Male Swimmer of the Year and the 1991 NCC Sprinter of the Year. Hodgins was a member of the 1990 team that finished second at the NCC Swimming and Diving Championships with 412 points, one of the best finishes in conference competition in school history.

Hodgins received the 1991 John Van Why Award as the outstanding male athlete of the year. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1991. He earned a master's degree in business taxation from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife Tamara have two daughters, Rowan and Maia.

Jack Doyle

Doyle, who served 15 years as director of athletics at South Dakota, is now a fund raiser for the USD Foundation. During his tenure as athletics director, South Dakota won 21 North Central Conference championships, seven regional titles and advanced to the NCAA playoffs on several occasions. USD also earned a trip to the 1986 NCAA football title game and made consecutive appearances to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight national basketball tournament.

A graduate of Power Memorial High School in New York City, Doyle was a three-year letter winner in track at the University of Wyoming before graduating in 1957. He earned a master's degree from Wyoming in 1966 and joined the USD staff after a successful 14-year coaching career in South Dakota high schools, including Lead and Faith.

Doyle joined the USD staff in 1971 as an assistant basketball coach to Bob Mulcahy. Doyle became South Dakota's 13th men's basketball coach in 1973. He assumed the dual position of executive assistant athletics director in charge of fund raising in 1981.

He guided Coyotes basketball fortunes for nine years before resigning the position in March 1982, finishing his coaching career third (currently fourth) on the all-time wins list at USD. In nine seasons, he had a record of 106-119 (.471), including a mark of 56-69 (.452) in the NCC.

Doyle was named athletics director at USD in April 1983. He was named the chairman of the NCAA Division II national basketball committee in 1995. He was chairman of the North Central Region Advisory Committee in Basketball, and he served on the NCAA President's Commission Liaison Committee.

Doyle is a former member of the executive committee of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. He and his wife Lois have seven children and four grandchildren.

Volunteer of the Year

Vermillion resident Ken Beringer, a former teacher, coach and official, has a deep and loyal commitment to Coyote Athletics. He has volunteered his services to help raise funds, sell tickets, work at events and be a strong supporter of Coyote Athletics since coming to Vermillion in the mid 1960s.

A 1950 graduate of Tyndall High School, Beringer attended Kansas State on a football scholarship. Selected to the South Dakota All College Team he graduated from Southern State Teachers College in 1954, lettering in several sports.

From 1955 to 1965, he taught and coached in Winner, Salem, Lennox and Vermillion. During 1965-67, he served as director of residential services at USD. He returned to Vermillion High School in 1967 where he was the business manager and acting superintendent.

His officiating career began with the tutelage of the late Jack Martin in 1953, and continued for 36 years. Beringer officiated the Sioux Interstate Conference, ESD, and SDIC. He also worked North Central Conference games and other high school contests. In 2001, he was inducted to the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Shrine. Beringer and his wife have three sons.

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