Scholastica to Induct Six to Athletic HOF

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Scholastica to Induct Six to Athletic HOF

July 1, 2014 Updated Jul 1, 2014 at 9:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- St. Scholastica will induct six people into its athletic Hall of Fame this upcoming fall, one of whom was the first-ever head coach in the school's history, it was announced on Tuesday morning.

The late Del Genereau will join Randy Norgard, Jeanne Fleck, Jen Quale, Chris Lorentz, and Neil Runbeck in the six-person class, which will be officially inducted on Oct. 3 as part of st. Scholastica's homecoming weekend.

Below is more information about each of the inductees as provided by the Saints' athletic department.

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Del Genereau – Men's Hockey Coach/Athletic Director – 1972-1977

Genereau was hired by fellow St. Scholastica Athletics Hall of Famer President Father Francis X. Shea to lead the institution's first varsity athletics program, Men's Hockey. Genereau, a former Duluth Cathedral High School Coach who was retired prior to taking the St. Scholastica gig, quickly built up the men's hockey program into prominence. He guided the Saints to the 1975 NAIA Men's Hockey National Championships and a 1976 runner-up finish. He was 72-36-3 in four seasons as head coach. Genereau continued as Athletic Director through the 1977 school year. Genereau was inducted into the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003.

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Randy Norgard – Men's Hockey – 1973-77

Norgard was part of two NAIA Men's Hockey National Championship squads in his time at CSS. A defenseman from Duluth Central High School, Norgard was named a NAIA All-American in 1977 and a three-time All-Tournament team selection. The three-time All-Conference choice was named the team's MVP for the program's second championship run in 1976-77 and was also a two-year captain.

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Jeanne Fleck – Women's Cross Country – 1994-96

Fleck was the first CSS runner to individually qualify for a national meet multiple times as she competed in three NAIA National Championship events. Fleck first competed on the CSS cross country team as a 29-year-old sophomore. She was the team's Most Valuable Runner all three seasons and became the first to win the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Individual Title in 1996. Fleck was a recipient of the 1996-97 CSS Female Athlete of the Year award.

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Jen Quale – Women's Basketball – 1996-2000

Quale was a two-time NAIA First Team All-Region selection in 1997 and 1998. She currently ranks second all-time in the St. Scholastica Women's Basketball program with 1,574 career points. She led the team in scoring in three different seasons and was a member of back-to-back UMAC Championship squads. Quale has the most field goals made in a career in program history (624) and also ranks in the top 10 in career rebounds (497), free throws made (196) and steals (190). She was a four-time All-UMAC selection and was also named a NAIA Scholar-Athlete in 2000. Quale was the recipient of the 1997-98 CSS Female Athlete of the Year award.

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Chris Lorentz – Softball – 1997-2001

Lorentz holds numerous program records for the CSS Softball team. She is the only player in program history to record at least 100 hits, runs scored, RBIs and stolen bases in a career. The two-time NAIA All-Region selection holds program records for games played in a career (183), runs scored in a career (175) and season (50), triples in a career (18) and stolen bases in a season (32) and career (109). The 109 stolen bases is tied for the Minnesota Collegiate record. She ranks second all-time in career hits (209) and is a four-time All-UMAC selection. She is a member of CSS Softball's 25th Anniversary Team and was a NFCA Scholar-Athlete in 2001. She was also a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete nominee. Lorentz also played soccer at CSS where she was named all-conference and a team captain in 1998.

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Neil Runbeck – Men's Soccer – 1998-2002

Runbeck was the men's soccer program's career leader in points for over a decade until it was broke last fall by Joe Watt. Runbeck's 157-point total is currently second overall. He led the team in scoring all four seasons. He holds the record for most shots in a game (14) and is tied for most assists in a game (4). His 20 goals and 15 assists during the 2001 season both rank in the top five. Runbeck was named NAIA First Team All-Region, Honorable Mention NAIA All-American, UMAC Player of the Year and Team MVP that season. Career goals was another record that Runbeck had to relinquish last fall to Andrew Jenkins. Runbeck has the second-most career goals (57) and assists (43) in program history. Runbeck was a four-time all-conference selection, including a two-time first team choice. Runbeck also played four years as defenseman on the men's hockey team and was named to the NCHA All-Academic Team in 2002.

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