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    NSU Athletics: 2014 HOF Class

    The Athletics Hall of Fame at Northern State University will induct five members October 3 at the Dakota Events Center.

    Included in the group will be current Nebraska Head Men’s Basketball Coach and former NSU assistant Tim Miles, who will be honored with the Kretchman Coaching Award.

    Joining Miles will be Denise (Ruhland) Clemens who was a two-time all-conference selection and NAIA National Champion in 1992 with NSU women’s basketball, Rod Kutter, who helped lead the Wolves football squad to a 25-5-1 record during his time at NSU, Tanya (Frerichs) Sheldon, who holds four NSU softball records and 12-time conference champion in track, Josh Trandall.

    Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling the NSU Foundation at 605-626-2550 or they can be purchased the night of the induction. However, all RSVPs must be sent to the NSU Foundation offices prior to that evening. Tickets are $25 per adult and $10 per child. The event begins at 5 p.m.

    Below you can find full inductee bios:
    Denise (Ruhland) Clemens, B.S. in Environmental Science and Biology, ‘92

    Denise earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Biology from NSU in 1992, before returning in 1995 to receive a teaching certificate. As a member of the women’s basketball team, Clemens received NSIC All-Conference nominations in 1991 and 1992, was named the NSIC Scholar Athlete, received a District 12 First Team nomination, was the NSU Women's Athlete of the Year in 1992 and an Academic All-American.

    Her team won the NAIA National Championship in 1992 and were Northern Sun Conference Champions in 1987-’88 and 1991-’92. Denise, her husband Bill, and their five children Josh, Ashley, Josie, Zachariah, and Will reside in Northville, S.D. where she is a teacher and coach at Northwestern High School.

    Rod Kutter, B.S. in Sociology, ‘74

    Rod Kutter has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology form NSU. A native of Hecla, S.D., Kutter was a starting defensive safety from 1971-1973 for Northern. While playing for the Wolves, the NSU football team went undefeated in the SDIC. They were 25-5-1 overall and an NAIA national playoff team in 1971.

    Kutter earned an honorable mention all-conference selection in 1972 and was an all-district selection in 1973. In 1973 he was chosen as team captain. In ’72 and ’73 Rod led the team in interceptions. Rod and his wife Bonnie (Engen), who is also a graduate of NSU, have been married 40 years and have three children; Ike, Sara and Abbi and 3 grandchildren. They currently reside in Warroad, Minn.
    Tanya (Frerichs) Sheldon, Bachelor of Science in Composite Health & P.E., ‘95

    A Sioux Falls, S.D. native, Sheldon received a Bachelor of Science in Composite Health & P.E. from Northern in 1995. In her four-year stint with the Wolves, Tanya played in all but 5 of the 107 games and pitched in all but 8. She totaled 615.2 innings pitched with a record of 46-46. In 1993, Sheldon hit the mound for her best collegiate season, where she was 12-7 while recording an ERA of 1.49.

    She sits atop the NSU career records in innings pitched (615.2), wins (46), strikeouts (354) and complete games (88). Tanya also continues to see top-ten spots in single-season appearances (28), single-season strikeouts (144), single-season complete games (26), single-season wins (14), appearances (100) and ERA (2.67). Tanya and her husband Kyle have three children, KyAnna, Savanna, and Alayna, and they currently reside in Idaho.

    Josh Trandall, B.S. ed. Composite Health & P.E. and M.S. in Education, ’96 & ‘99data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAPABAP///wAAACH5BAEKAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw%3D%3D

    Josh earned his Bachelor of Science in Education in Composite Health and Physical Education in 1996 before returning for his Masters in 1999. He was a National Place Winner during the 1992 and 1993 outdoor seasons, while receiving All-American status in 1993.

    An 18-time All-Conference selection and 12-time Conference Champion, Josh holds school records in the 4 X 200 relay, 4 X 400 relay, and sprint medley relay. In 1995 he was named the NSIC most valuable outdoor track athlete.

    Josh and his wife Marianne reside is Huron with their children Jackson and Abby. Josh is a Spanish teacher and track coach at Huron High School, after spending time teaching in the Marshall Islands and Paraguay.
    Tim Miles – Kretchman Coaching Award

    A native of Doland, S.D., he graduated from the University of Mary in 1989 and earned a master’s degree in health and physical education from Northern State in 1990. He was inducted into the University of Mary Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. Miles, and his wife, Kari, have one daughter, Ava, and one son, Gabriel.

    Miles began his coaching career as an assistant at Northern from 1989-95, where he helped lead the Wolves to five NAIA playoff appearances and five regional titles. He then moved on to Mayville State University guiding a program which previously had only four wins to a 35-22 record from 1995-97. Miles returned back to the Division II level with a position at Southwest Minnesota State University. In his four seasons as a Mustang he went 78-39, and captured the NSIC conference crown while also making an appearance at the D2 Elite Eight in his final season.

    Tim then traveled to North Dakota State, where he transitioned the Bison into the Division I ranks. He spent six seasons with the Bison before accepting a position at Colorado State University. Miles and the Rams went 55-41 in the last three years of his tenure, making postseason play each time around.

    Miles, the only active coach who has taken teams to the postseason at the Division I, Division II and NAIA ranks, overachieved with the Huskers in his first season at Nebraska. The Huskers posted wins over a trio of NCAA Tournament teams before capping the season with a win over Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament – the program’s first Big Ten Tournament victory.

    Exceeding expectations, that’s what Tim Miles has done throughout his collegiate coaching career.

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