MYAS Board Member Al Nuness Inducted to U Hall of Fame
May 31, 2016
The University of Minnesota "M" Club, one of the nation's oldest and largest alumni letterwinner organizations, today announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2016, a group which includes 11 former student-athletes who represented 10 different Gopher teams. The newest group of hall-of-famers will be officially inducted during the "M" Club's annual Hall of Fame banquet, which will be held in the DQ Club Room at TCF Bank Stadium on October 20.
"Earning a varsity letter and the opportunity to proudly wear the M on your chest is an accomplishment that brings pride to someone for the rest of his or her life," said "M" Club director George Adzick. "To be recognized as not just a letterwinner, but as one of the greatest letterwinners in the history of Gopher Athletics, is an honor reserved for a very select few. I am delighted for the 11 newest members of our Hall of Fame and excited to be there as their names are placed forever among other Minnesota legends."
The 2016 "M" Club Hall of Fame class includes:
- Greg Eslinger (Football) - Two-time consensus First Team All-American, 2005 Outland Trophy (nation's best interior lineman) and Rimington Trophy (nation's best center) recipient.
- Dave Gumlia (Men's Golf) - The program's first two-time All-American and a key player on Minnesota's 1963 Big Ten championship team.
- Tim Harrer (Men's Hockey) - First Team All-American and WCHA Player of the Year; only person to score 50 or more goals in a season in program history.
- Amber Hegland (Softball and Women's Hockey) - Four-time All-Big Ten, All-American, holds program's career batting average record. Recorded 35 points in 36 games in one season playing hockey.
- MaryAnne Kelley (Women's Gymnastics) - Three-time All-American and First Team All-Big Ten; second Gopher gymnast ever named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year (2002).
- Jared Lawrence (Wrestling) - Individual national champion and four-time All-American, one of just six wrestlers in program history to accomplish both.
- Howard Nathe (Baseball) - All-Big Ten as both a pitcher and an outfielder; helped Minnesota win 1960 national title by playing both positions.
- Pat Neu (Wrestling) - National champion during a 44-6 senior season; two-time Big Ten finalist.
- Al Nuness (Men's Basketball) - Two-time All-Big Ten player and the first African-American, full-time coach at the University of Minnesota.
- Clay Strother (Men's Gymnastics) - Four-time individual national champion and 11-time All-American; competed for Team USA at the 2006 World Championships.
- Jeff Wright (Football) - First Team All-Big Ten and program's single-game, single-season and career interceptions record co-holder; played seven season for the Minnesota Vikings.
Al Nuness (Men's Basketball, 1968-69) - In two seasons with the Gophers, Nuness averaged more than 15 points per game and was twice named All-Big Ten. Nuness was also named the team's MVP following his senior season. After his playing career ended, Nuness went on to become the first African-American in a full-time coaching position at the University of Minnesota, working for head coach Bill Musselman for two seasons. Nuness also has twice served on the NCAA Executive Committee for the Final Four.