Five to be honored by Augsburg at Hall of Fame event

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Augsburg University Sports Information Department


MINNEAPOLIS -- As part of Augsburg University's Homecoming week, three individuals will be inducted into the university's Athletic Hall of Fame, and two others will be honored with special awards, during the 2019 Augsburg Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony, to be held next Tuesday (9/24) at the Hoversten Chapel at the Foss Center.

Inductees into the 47th class of the Athletic Hall of Fame are: Devean George '99 (Basketball), Scott Hvistendahl '99 (Football/Baseball) and Kristen Lideen '04 (Softball/Soccer). In addition, Hopkins High School boys' basketball coach Ken Novak Jr. '78 will be honored with the university's Excellence in Coaching Award, and longtime Augsburg employee Minasie Theophilos '87 will be honored with the university's Distinguished Athletic Service Award.

The nine inductees bring the total number of Athletic Hall of Fame members to 330, along with one team. In addition, 13 individuals have now been honored with the department's Distinguished Athletic Service Award, and 10 individuals have now earned the department's Excellence in Coaching Award.

The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception in the Hagfors Center, with the ceremony to start at 7 p.m., at the Hoversten Chapel in the Foss Center.  For more information on the event, contact the Augsburg Athletics office at 612-330-1249. You can also purchase tickets to the event by clicking on this link.


DEVEAN GEORGE '99 (Basketball)
Devean George made history in 1999, when he became the first NCAA Division III player to ever be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, when the Los Angeles Lakers made him the 23rd overall selection as the first selection by legendary coach Phil Jackson. As part of an 11-year pro career, George was a part of NBA championship squads in his first three seasons (2000-02) -- one of only seven players in NBA history to be a part of title teams in their first three years of pro action. Playing seven years for the Lakers, three years for the Dallas Mavericks and one year with the Golden State Warriors, he averaged 5.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per-game in 630 regular-season games, and 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per-game in 86 career playoff games.

In his college career at Augsburg, George led the Auggies to two Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season championships and berths in the NCAA Division III national playoffs (1997-98 and 1998-99), earning conference Most Valuable Player honors both times. He earned multiple Division III All-American honors in both his junior and senior seasons. He finished his college career with 2,258 career points and 868 career rebounds, both second in school history. While playing in just 96 career games, he fell only 13 points short of the school's scoring record. George finished his career with a 23.5 points-per-game average, best in school history, and had a 9.0 rebounds-per-game average.

Since retiring from the NBA in 2010, George returned to the Twin Cities and began a successful real estate development company, George Group North, along with a nonprofit organization, Building Blocks. Through his two endeavors, George has helped to rebuild his native north Minneapolis neighborhood through developing high-quality, affordable housing that includes attractive amenities to help serve the community. While an NBA player, he was also involved in numerous community service programs, especially those that served underprivileged children, both in his NBA cities and in his native Minneapolis. George was honored during the 2019 Final Four as an NCAA "Living Legend" for his community service in the Twin Cities and for fostering inclusion in athletics. Devean and his wife, Patricia, live in Plymouth, Minn. and have three children, Daylen Sharper, Logan George and Julian George.

SCOTT HVISTENDAHL '99 (Football/Baseball)
One of the top wide receivers in the history of small-college football, Scott Hvistendahl made history in the final game of his collegiate career in 1998, when he became the first player to break the NCAA all-divisions career receiving yardage record held by NFL legend Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State, 1981-84). Hvistendahl finished his career with 285 receptions for 4,696 career yards, breaking Rice's mark of 4,693 yards on 301 catches. He now stands 14th in NCAA all-divisions history in career receiving yardage, sixth-best among NCAA Division III receivers all-time. He also stands 23rd among all NCAA receivers (10th in Division III) in career receiving yardage per-game (117.4), while his 285 career receptions and 7.1 receptions per-game average stand 15th and 20th, respectively, in Division III history.  He had 41 touchdowns (40 receiving, one rushing) in his career.

A multiple All-American in both his junior and senior seasons, Hvistendahl was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1998 and was named the winner of the Gagliardi Trophy, given to the top NCAA Division III football player in the country on the basis of athletics, academics and community service. He was also a finalist for the other Division III player of the year award, the Melberger Award, in 1998, and he was a three-time All-MIAC first-team selection. A marketing/MIS major, Hvistendahl also earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors twice in football. On the baseball diamond, Hvistendahl played three years as Augsburg's starting centerfielder, finishing his career with a .351 batting average (101-of-288) with 82 runs scored, 45 RBI, nine doubles, six triple, two home runs, 23 stolen bases, a .444 slugging percentage and .455 on-base percentage.

A native of Randolph, Minn., Hvistendahl played two seasons of professional football in the AF2 arena football league for the Quad Cities Steamwheelers, playing for current Augsburg head coach Frank Haege. He has worked since 2005 as senior manager of conferences and rental services at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, and has served since 2004 as an assistant coach with the wide receivers for the Eagles' football team. He and his wife Alisha, have two children, Macey and Jordan, and live in Arden Hills, Minn.

KRISTEN LIDEEN '04 (Softball/Soccer)
Kristen Lideen will be remembered as one of the best defenders in two sports -- softball and soccer -- in Augsburg history. On the softball diamond, Lideen was a stalwart at the plate and in the field, considered the top shortstop in program history. Lideen finished her 122-game career hitting .444 (175-of-394), the lone Auggie to ever hit .400 or better in their career. Her 38 career doubles remain a school record, while her .602 slugging percentage is second-highest, her 175 hits are third-most and her 237 total bases are fourth-most. Augsburg's leadoff hitter throughout her career, she had a .497 on-base percentage with 41 walks, six doubles, four home runs, 46 RBI and 44 stolen bases. Her 18 doubles and 89 total bases in 2003 are both single-season school records.

Lideen closed her career with a unique streak, not striking out in either her junior or senior seasons -- a streak of 205 plate appearances and 185 at-bats in a row, and two of just five individual campaigns without a strikeout in Augsburg softball history. The first of just three players in Augsburg softball history to earn All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first-team honors all four years of their careers, Lideen became the sixth Auggie to ever earn National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III All-America honors in 2003. He earned NFCA All-Midwest Region first-team honors in both 2003 and 2002, and second-team honors in 2001.

In soccer, Lideen played a key role as a sweeper -- the last line of defense for an Auggie backfield that recorded a 1.04 goals-against-average in her four seasons (2000-02, 04). Teams she played on went 35-32-3 in her four seasons, including a 21-13-1 mark her final two years. Lideen earned All-MIAC Honorable Mention honors in 2000, 2001 and 2002, and scored two goals with three assists for seven points in her career. The daughter of Dave and Kaye Lideen, Kristen was a philosophy major at Augsburg, and has been working as an office manager for various companies since graduating. Kristen and her wife, Augsburg alum Jackie Keller '08, were married last year, and they live in Richfield, Minn.


One of the most accomplished high school basketball coaches in Minnesota history, Ken Novak Jr. has led boys' basketball teams at Hopkins and Blaine to 17 state tournaments, winning eight state titles in his 37-year career. His 17 state tournament appearances are the most of any boys' basketball coach in Minnesota history, with his eight titles second-most. He has an 871-152 record in his coaching career, most among active Minnesota boys' basketball coaches and third-most in state history. He started his coaching career as an assistant at Augsburg while he was still a student, first under Irv Inniger in 1975-76 and then under Rees Johnson from 1976-78. After spending seven years as head coach at Blaine, where he led the Bengals to the 1987 state tournament, he returned in 1990 to his native Hopkins, where he had played high school basketball for his father, Ken Novak Sr.

After winning three straight state titles and seven in a 10-year span from 2002 to 2011, Novak was named the ESPN RISE National Coach of the Year. In 2012, Novak was named as one of the top five boys' basketball coaches in Minnesota history by the Minnesota State High School League, as part of the organization's celebration of the 100th year of the state high school basketball tournaments. Royals teams he has coached have won 20 or more games the last 27 seasons in a row, and have won 27 conference championships.

He was inducted into the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013, and in 2019, he was inducted into the second class of the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame, in addition to earning Minnesota Class AAAA Coach of the Year honors. Ken has taught social studies at Hopkins High School. Ken is the son of M. Kenneth and Joan Novak, and he and his wife Shauna have three children, Andy, Kenny Junior, and Lynsey.


One of the most gregarious individuals on the Augsburg campus, Minasie Theophilos has been a beloved presence to Augsburg coaches and student-athletes for more than a quarter-century. A custodian working in Augsburg's athletic facilities, Theophilos has grown close to several Auggie teams, in particular the men's hockey team, joining the team's weekly Bible study and traveling often to road games.

Theophilos came to Augsburg as a student in 1983 from his native Ethiopia, and had not been able to return to his native land for more than 30 years. In 2017, after the death of his mother, the men's hockey team initiated a GoFundMe campaign to fund a trip for Theophilos to see his family, who now live in Norway. In a short amount of time, the team raised more than $7,500 for the trip, and presented the money to him in the team's locker room prior to the Auggies' 2017 NCAA Division III national tournament run. Theophilos and his wife Yeshimebet have three grown children, two of whom graduated from Augsburg.