Hall of Fame Class of 2001

2001 Class (l-r): Joe Tennessen, Larry Wagner, Kristy Jordan, Joe Slack. Not pictured: Robert Reed. 1983 Women's Tennis Team pictured at bottom of page.


  1983 Women's Tennis Team
Rosemary Fri (Head Coach)

Under the direction of head coach Rosemary Fri, the 1983 women's tennis team finished fourth in the nation at the NCAA Division II National Championships in Pomona, California. The Bears placed fourth after defeating Stetson and then losing to Notre Dame. The UNC doubles team of Sandra Elliott and Mary Gillach capped an undefeated season (32-0) by capturing the doubles national championship. Elliott also finished second in the singles competition, losing to Georgetown's Suzanne Kuhlman in straight sets. Elliott posted a 27-5 singles record on the season. Other member of the 1983 squad were: Stephanie (Schall) Burke, Kellie (O'Rourke) Banisky, Donna Aratani, Kathy Monohan and Jamie Schrier.
  Kristy Jordan, Volleyball (1977-80)
Jordan was a setter and outside hitter on the volleyball squad for four seasons. In 1979, she earned first team All-American honors and helped the Bears win an AIAW regional championship and place fourth at the AIAW national tournament. A two-time All-Intermountain Conference selection, Jordan also led the 1980 squad to a regional title and seventh-place showing at the national tournament. For her efforts, she was tabbed the AIAW Region VII Most Valuable Player as a senior. Head coach Linda Delk credits Jordan as one of the players who helped put UNC volleyball on the map.
  Robert Reed - Football/Basketball/Baseball (1936-40)
A three-sport athlete, Reed participated in football, basketball and baseball while at UNC. In football, he was a two-year starter at quarterback and safety. On the hardwood, Reed led the UNC cagers in scoring for three consecutive seasons under head coach Jules Doubenmier. A four-year letterwinner in baseball, he played under head coach Pete Brown. Reed also served as student body president as a senior.
  Joe Strain, Baseball (1973-76)
A four-year starter at shortstop for the UNC baseball team, Strain hit over .300 each season. He earned all-conference honors and was tabbed CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American in 1976. Strain was a member of the 1974 squad that swept heavily favored Arizona to advance to the College World Series where it went 1-2. He still ranks among UNC's leaders in runs (8th) and hits (7th). Following his UNC career, Strain was a member of USA's 1975 Pan American Games squad, which earned a silver medal. He then played Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants (1979-81) and Chicago Cubs (1981) before retiring due to injury.
  Joe Tennessen - Contributor
Not only has Tennessen been a major contributor to the city of Greeley and surrounding area, he has been instrumental in his help toward UNC athletics since his arrival in Greeley in 1966 as president/general manager of KFKA Radio. Tennessen, besides being a UNC supporter and season ticket holder, graciously selected UNC Athletics for a $250,000 scholarship endowment. He has also produced and directed the UNC Athletic Hall of Fame slide presentation since its inception in 1994. Tennessen served as the Bears' play-by-play announcer from 1966-1980. Joe's professional credits include serving as President of the Colorado Broadcaster's Association twice and being named Broadcaster of the Year in 1972 and 1977. He has served on various boards and community organizations, including terms as President of the UNC Foundation, the 4-H Foundation, His Parish Council, Greeley Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce. Joe still serves KFKA as a sales manager, air personality and community liaison.
  Larry Wagner - Wrestling (1968-71)
Wagner enjoyed an outstanding wrestling career for the Bears from 1968-71. He won the 1970 NCAA College Division (Division II) national championship at 126 pounds and went on to place fourth and earn All-American honors at the University Division (Division I) tournament. He posted a career record of 56-12-4 and is currently tied for third on the UNC single season victory list with 34 in 1969-70. As a senior, Wagner won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship at 126 pounds. He helped lead the 1968-69 squad to an RMAC title and a second-place finish at the national meet. That squad was honored at the 2000 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.

1983 Women's Tennis Team at 2001 Hall of Fame Class Induction.