Marquette Inducts M Club Hall of Fame Class of 2009 Saturday Evening
August 22, 2009
Marquette University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics inducted Jim Allen, Bill Cords, Kate (Gordon) McGeeney, Lisa (Oldenburg) Kanning, Dwyane Wade and the 2002-03 Men's Basketball Team to the Marquette M Club Hall of Fame Saturday evening in a ceremony at the Bradley Center.
The M Club Class of 2009 joins 66 other former Marquette honorees on the Walk of Champions at the Al McGuire Center.
Jim Allen (Cross Country/Track & Field, 1954, 1957-61, 1977-88) served as Marquette's head cross country and track & field coach for 11 seasons and resurrected the Marquette Track Club after graduating from MU in 1961. After enrolling at Marquette in 1954, he enlisted in the United States Armed Forces during the Korean War for three years before returning to MU. As a student-athlete, Allen set the school record in the indoor mile, a time which would stand for over 20 years. During his coaching tenure at Marquette, Allen mentored 11 All-Americans, including 1986 NCAA 10,000-meter run champion Keith Hanson (M Club, Class of 1999) and was one of the driving forces behind the fundraising effort for the Melvin "Bus" Shimek Memorial Track and Field Facility. Allen helped guide the cross country and track programs through the transition from non-scholarship club sports status back to NCAA Division I programs. Allen was also instrumental in Marquette hosting it's only NCAA Championship, the 1985 NCAA Cross Country Championships, in which Hanson finished third.
Bill Cords (Athletic Department, 1987-2007) began his tenure as Marquette's Director of Athletics by bringing MU its first ever conference affiliation in 1988 with the Midwestern Collegiate Conference. After entering the MCC, Cords oversaw Marquette's subsequent moves to the Great Midwest Conference (1990-95) and a decade-long stay in Conference USA (1995-2005), before its eventual move to the BIG EAST Conference in 2005. Cords was also instrumental in establishing the Blue and Gold Fund to fund student-athlete scholarships and played a pivotal role in moving Marquette's men's basketball home games to the Bradley Center in 1988. In 1999, Cords was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics as the Continental Regional (Central) I-AA/I-AAA Athletic Director of the Year. Cords helped MU host successful NCAA Men's Basketball First and Second Rounds in 1992, 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2004 and the women's basketball Mideast Regional in 2002. After assuming responsibility for the Department of Recreational Sports in 1993, Cords started the summertime National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) designed to benefit youth in the Milwaukee area.
Kate (Gordon) McGeeney (Women's Soccer, 1999-2002) will join Kelly (Roethe) Hodges (M Club, Class of '06) as the only women's soccer players to be honored with induction. During her time at MU, Gordon helped the women's soccer program compile a 65-24-6 overall record and a .750 winning percentage in Conference USA (30-6-4). In each of her four seasons the Golden Eagles reached the NCAA Tournament and captured C-USA Championships in 1999 and 2000. Gordon left Marquette second on the MU career list in goals (48) and total points (114), behind only Roethe in both categories.
In 2000, Gordon led MU to a school-record 20 wins, which included an undefeated season in C-USA (10-0-1). During that season, Gordon set MU records with 17 goals and 40 points to earn NSCAA All-America Second Team honors, NSCAA All-Great Lakes and C-USA First Team recognition, in addition to being named the C-USA Tournament Most Valuable Forward. Gordon received all-America and All-Conference USA First Team honors each of her next two years and was recognized as the C-USA Player of the Year in 2001. Following her senior year, Gordon was given the McCahill Award in 2003 for her performance at MU in scholarship, leadership and athletics.
Lisa (Oldenburg) Kanning (Women's Basketball, 1996-2000) joins classmate and teammate Abbie Willenborg (M Club, Class of '06) in the Marquette M Club Hall of Fame. Oldenburg compiled a 86-32 record in Blue and Gold, while leading the Golden Eagles to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament win in 1997 over No. 21 Clemson. In each of her last three years on campus she was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team and was named a Basketball Times Honorable Mention All-America in 1998. She was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-America for the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons.
Oldenburg still holds the record for the most points scored in an NCAA Division I basketball game by an MU female student-athlete (42 versus Pacific on Nov. 26, 1999) and ranks in the MU top-10 in seven major statistical categories. Oldenburg was given the McCahill Award in 2000 for her performance at MU in scholarship, leadership and athletics.
Dwyane Wade (Men's Basketball, 2000-03) left Marquette as one of its most decorated athletes when he was drafted fifth overall by the Miami Heat in the 2003 NBA Draft, the highest-ever drafted MU athlete. Wade helped lead MU back to the Final Four in 2003 for the first time since it's national championship season in 1977 by registering only the third triple-double in school history. His 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to lead MU past No. 1-overall seed Kentucky in the Elite Eight is one of only 10 triple doubles in NCAA Tournament history.
In 2003, Wade was a consensus first team All-America and was named as the Conference USA Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Wade's 2003 season ranks as one of the best, statically speaking, in MU history. His 710 points recorded that season (21.5 points per game) ranks first on the MU single-season list. Wade's career scoring average of 19.7 points ranks second in the MU annals and his 1,281 career points ranks 25th.
After leaving MU, Wade began a stellar professional career, leading the Heat to the playoffs as a rookie and carried the team to the 2006 NBA Championship, earning NBA Finals MVP after averaging 34.7 points in the Finals against the Dallas Mavericks. A five-time NBA All-Star, Wade has been a member of two United States' Olympic teams, capturing a bronze medal in 2004 and a gold as the squad's leading scorer in 2008. Wade's Olympic gold is only the third ever earned by a former MU student-athlete.
Also earning induction is the Wade-led 2002-03 Men's Basketball squad, which earned the 2003 Conference USA regular season championship before making the program's third NCAA Final Four. In the Midwest Regional, MU defeated No. 2-seeded Pittsburgh before knocking off No. 1-overall seed Kentucky in the regional final. Head coach Tom Crean was named the Ray Meyer Conference USA Coach of the Year and the Coach Clair Bee Award Recipient as well as the USBWA District V and NABC District XI Coach of the Year.
In addition to Consensus First Team All-America Wade, the squad featured All-Conference USA Second Team selections Travis Diener and Robert Jackson, along with C-USA Sixth Man of the Year Steve Novak. Three of the student-athletes -- Wade, Diener and Novak -- were each picked in the NBA Draft following their respective tenures at Marquette.
The 2002-03 squad finished the season 27-6 overall and 14-2 in Conference USA, earning them a No. 9 ranking in the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll and a No. 6 ranking in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. During that season, the team defeated the conference champions of the Big Ten (Wisconsin), ACC (Wake Forest), BIG EAST (Pittsburgh) and SEC (Kentucky).
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