Turn Back the Clock: 2011 UMD Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

By KBJR News 1

August 23, 2011 Updated Aug 23, 2011 at 1:25 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- UMD will induct its newest class into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in September, including coaches who, together, have amassed thousands of wins for the Bulldogs.

Don "Doc" Roach, Bill Haller, Scott Hanna, and Karen Stromme will all be inducted in 2011, coaches who are responsible for more than 2,000 wins at UMD.

Stromme, who was born in Duluth, started with UMD as an assistant coach in 1983 and reached 300 wins as a head coach during the 1998-99 season.

"When you talk about approaching 300 wins, it just makes you wonder where all the time went," Stromme said. "I grew up in the backyard of the Bulldogs, and sometime when you think of UMD, you wonder if your blood runs maroon and gold."

Stromme finished with 440 wins and 12 conference championships in her head coaching career, and she is still currently working in the UMD athletic department.

She also worked with the USA women's basketball teams in 1996 and 2000 as part of the selection committee.

Haller, also a Duluth native, spent 24 seasons as the UMD softball coach and won 657 games with the Bulldogs.

Hanna, also from Duluth, coached Bulldogs baseball for 27 years and won 550 games while at UMD, after having played both football and baseball as a Bulldogs student-athlete.

Like Stromme, both Haller and Hanna are still employed by UMD.

Roach, meanwhile, was the athletic trainer at UMD for 28 years for the Bulldogs, and also won 19 conference titles as the Bulldogs tennis coach.

Former sportswriter, Bruce Bennett, covered all of those coaches during their time at UMD and will also be inducted next month.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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