Augsburg to induct nine into Athletic Hall of Fame

Augsburg to induct nine into Athletic Hall of Fame
MINNEAPOLIS -- Nine individuals will be inducted into Augsburg College’s Athletic Hall of Fame during the annual enshrinement ceremony on Oct. 1. The nine individuals will be the 37th class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, a group that now includes 250 individuals and one team.

The induction ceremony will be held on Thursday, Oct. 1, as part of Augsburg’s Homecoming week.

Members of the 2009 induction class into the Augsburg Athletic Hall of Fame:

Bob Arvold ’82 (Wrestling)
-- A three-time Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion (142 pounds in 1979 and 1981, 150 pounds in 1982), Arvold earned MIAC co-MVP honors in 1982. He earned NAIA All-American honors in 1982 with a fifth-place national tournament finish at 142 pounds.

Joel Engel ’87 (Basketball) -- A starting guard for the Auggies in each of his three seasons, Engel earned All-MIAC first-team honors in the 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons, finishing his Auggie career with 1,040 career points (13.1 points-per-game), one of 16 players to reach the 1,000-point milestone in school history.

Matt Farley ’88 (Baseball) -- A three-time All-MIAC outfielder (1986, 1987, 1988), Farley finished his career with a .347 batting average and .554 slugging percentage, with 23 doubles, 11 triples, 18 home runs, 40 stolen bases and 109 RBI in his career. He hit above .330 each of his four seasons and was a member of teams that made the NCAA Division III national playoffs in both 1986 and 1987.

Stefanie Lodermeier Strusz ’98 (Basketball) -- Considered one of the top women’s basketball players in school history, the forward holds most of Augsburg’s major school records, including points (1,599), points-per-game (16.2), rebounds (956) and rebounds-per-game (9.7). She earned All-MIAC honors in 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1997-98, was named a 1997-98 preseason All-America and earned honorable-mention Team of the Year honors from Division III Basketball Online her senior year. An Academic All-MIAC honoree, she was an Augsburg Senior Honor Athlete in 1998.

Dallas Miller ’88 (Hockey) -- A three-time all-conference selection (All-MIAC 1986-87 and 1987-88, All-MIAC honorable-mention in 1984-85) and two-time All-American selection (1987 and 1988), Miller earned conference MVP honors his senior season. He finished his career as one of the top scorers in school history, with 81 goals and 79 assists for 160 career points, including 25 power-play goals.

Ruth Olson ’60 (Basketball) -- Olson was a member of the famed “Auggiettes” women’s basketball teams in the late 1950s and early 1960s, teams that dominated Minneapolis Park Board play and contests against other Twin Cities colleges during the era. Olson was a member of the 1956-57 Auggiettes squad that was inducted as a team into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. She was an Honor Athlete selection in 1960.

Drew Privette ’89 (Football/Hockey) -- Privette earned All-MIAC honors as a football wide receiver in 1987 and 1988, finishing his career with 146 receptions for 1,792 yards and 15 touchdowns. In hockey, he was an All-MIAC honorable-mention forward in 1986-87 and 1988-89, finishing with 24 goals and 28 assists for 52 points in 94 career games. He had 10-plus points in each of his four hockey seasons.

Daniel Roff ’82 (Football) -- Roff earned All-MIAC honors as a running back and Academic All-NAIA District 13 honors in 1981. His 2,042 career rushing yards are third-most in school history, and he holds the school record for career rushing touchdowns with 18.

Sonja Slack Payne ’91 (Softball/Tennis) -- In two seasons of softball, Payne earned All-MIAC honors both years as an outfielder, earning All-West Region first-team honors in her senior season. She hit .353 in 1990 with a .500 slugging percentage and 15 RBI, while hitting .287 with 20 runs scored in 1991, playing on teams that went 47-22 in her two seasons. She also played two seasons of tennis (1988, 1989) at Augsburg as a No. 3 singles competitor.

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