Sept. 15, 2004
CEDAR FALLS - Three former student-athletes, one administrator, a coach and one booster will be inducted into the University of Northern Iowa's Athletics Hall of Fame during Homecoming activities the weekend of Oct. 9. The six individuals will be recognized at a banquet prior to the football game between the Panthers and Western Kentucky and during halftime ceremonies.
The 2004 inductees include former Athletics Director Robert Bowlsby, volleyball standouts Kate Galer Hawkins and Kara Galer Kimm, former NFL player James Jones, former head tennis coach Dr. Peter Mazula, and Meritorious Service selection Maynard Henderson. Bowlsby is returning home to receive an honor in a ceremony he instigated. While serving as UNI's Director of Athletics from 1983-1991, he formulated the Athletics Hall of Fame program, the first class of which was inducted in 1985.
A native of Waterloo, he became the University of Iowa's 10th men's athletic director in June of 1991. He directed the merger of the Hawkeye men's and women's athletic programs into a single unit in 2000 and currently supervises 24 sports, approximately 200 staff and annual budgets exceeding $43 million. In addition, he oversees the planning and construction of $100 million in campus projects.
He has earned the reputation as one of the nation's most respected, energetic and ambitious athletic administrators. The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) named him Central Region Athletic Director of the Year and Sports Business Journal selected him from the four regional award winners as the National Athletics Director of the Year in 2001-02. He was appointed to the 15-member United States Commission on Opportunities in Athletics by U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige in 2002-03.
He also served as President of the Division 1-A Athletic Directors' Association from 2002-03 and currently is in his fourth year of a five-year term on the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament Committee. He served as the chairman in 2003-04.
Bowlsby was chair of the Big Ten Administrator's Council and was appointed as one of two Big Ten representatives to the NCAA Management Council. He was elected to chair the Management Council the first two years of its existence.
Additional professional experiences include serving as an ex officio member of the NCAA Executive Committee; and chairing the NCAA Wrestling Committee, the NCAA Olympic Sports Liaison Committee and the Big Ten Championships and Awards Committee. He is a member of the NCAA/US Olympic Committee Task Force chaired by former NCAA President Cedrick Dempsey and George Steinbrenner and the US Olympic Committee Board of Directors. He is a charter member of the Iowa Olympics Committee and has been a board member of the Iowa Games. He's also been a board member of the Iowa Scholarships Fund, Inc., and has served on the Honda Awards program, which recognizes the nation's top female collegiate athletes each year. He also is a member of the NACDA Executive Committee and the 1-A Athletics Directors' Association Executive Committee.
Bowlsby earned his Bachelor's of Science degree from Moorhead State in 1975 and his Master of Arts from Iowa in 1978. He was Assistant Director of Recreational Services at Iowa from 1978-81 and was named UNI's Assistant Director of Athletics for Facilities from 1981-83. He then replaced Stan Sheriff as the Panthers' athletics director, directing UNI's 19-sport program and serving as administrative head of the UNI-Dome. He managed UNI's entry into the Missouri Valley Conference and increased the program's fundraising by 400 percent.
Hawkins was a four-year starting outside hitter in volleyball for the Panthers from 1993-96, helping UNI to a 101-18 overall mark over that time span, two Missouri Valley Conference titles, one NIT appearance, and two NCAA berths.
She still holds six school records - for career kill average (4.35), career kill attempts (3,817) and career digs per game (3.46); for single-season kills per game (5.57), and for single-match kill attempts in four games (79) and hitting percentage in three games (.846).
She also ranks in the top 10 in numerous all-time categories, including career kills (1,720, 2nd), career hitting percentage (.292, 9th), career digs (1,368, 2nd), single-season kills (535, 2nd), season kill attempts (1,201, 3rd), season digs per game (3.53, 3rd), singe match kills in three games (24, 2nd), match kills in four games (28, T4th), and single match digs in four games (28, T2nd).
Hawkins holds the school freshman records for kills (358) and digs (349), and the school senior class record for attempts (1,201). She led the team three straight years in kills (1994-96), two consecutive years in digs (1994-95) and was tied for the team lead in 1994 in service aces (38). During her career, she tallied six 20-20 matches, when she reached at least 20 kills and 20 digs in a match, with a high match of 29 and 28, respectively, against Southwest Missouri State, ranking third high all time.
With such lofty numbers, it's not surprising she earned numerous honors and awards throughout her career. She was named the MVC's Freshman of the Year in 1993, was selected to the Arizona State University (1996) and Washington State University (1994) all-tournament teams and was named Most Valuable Player for the Arkansas State Tournament (1996). She was an eight-time MVC Player of the Week honoree. She was a two-time NCAA All-District 5 selection (1995-96), a two-time second team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Mideast Region pick (1995-96), a three-time MVC first team all-conference choice (1994-96) and a four-time MVC all-tournament honoree. She was a 1997 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee.
She not only received honors athletically, but academically, as well. She received the George Miner Outstanding Freshman of the Year Scholarship (1993), a Life Investors Scholarship (1995), was the Purple & Old Gold Meritorious Scholarship & Honor Graduate Certificate recipient (1995-96), received the Director of Athletics Award five straight years, when she also made the Dean's List; and earned the UNI Presidents' Academic Excellence Award (1996). She was a three-time first team all-academic in the conference, a three-time District 5 Academic All-American (1994-96), and twice was honored as a GTE Academic All-American - first team in 1996 and third team in 1995.
Hawkins received her bachelor's degree in Marketing from UNI in December of 1995 and her MBA Degree in May of 1997. She played professionally in the National Volleyball Association one year, then began her professional work career. She was a marketing analyst for Amana Appliances, Home Appliance Division, in Middle Amana, IA, until 2000. She joined Pearson Educational Measurement in Iowa City as a project director and was promoted to senior project manager in March of 2003, directing all aspects of administering multiple ACT programs.
Thirty-seven years of anything deserves an honor, so Henderson is being recognized for his dedication and service to the youth of the state of Iowa, and his support of UNI athletics.
Henderson wasn't a coach or a recognizable collegiate athlete, although he played some baseball for former Iowa State Teachers College coach "Mon" Whitford and was an all-state selection in basketball and baseball at LuVerne (IA) High School in the 1940s. He served as class president and graduated from LuVerne in 1946. After attending Morningside College one year, he transferred to ISTC. And that's where his career as a renowned official took form after then ISTC basketball coach Hon Nordly asked him to officiate some of his team's scrimmages. The rest is history.
Henderson went on to officiate more than 3,000 high school and collegiate basketball and football games over a 37-year period at the Division I, II and III levels, in addition to Iowa Conference junior college contests. He worked Panther games during Stan Sheriff's tenure, including all of UNI's freshman games, one versus the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He officiated UNI when former head coach Terry Allen was behind center. He officiated the 1968 East-West High Schools football game when both teams were undefeated.
He worked 21 consecutive boys state basketball tournaments, 13 championship games for large schools and three girls state basketball tournaments, the first of which was played at the hippodrome in Waterloo.
Despite the abuse officials take from fans, players and coaches, he probably still would be wearing a whistle around his neck but a knee injury caused by the profession forced him into retirement in November of 1983 at the age of 54.
Henderson was so respected in the field that he was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1981 and into the Iowa Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994.
In addition, he spent 10 years as a Storekeeper II at UNI on a part-time basis Henderson is a lifetime member of the University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association, a member of the UNI Athletic Club, has been an Elks Club member for over 40 decades, has served on the Sartori Hospital Advisory Board, was a long-time member of the Waterloo Sports of Sorts Club, and was a member of the Iowa Golf Superintendents Association and the Golf Superintendents Association of America.
Jones was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 1991 NFL draft, the 57th pick overall. He moved over to the Denver Broncos in 1995 and began playing for Baltimore in 1997. He was traded to the Detroit Lions in 1999, where he ended his professional playing career prior to the 2001 season.
After graduating from Davenport (IA) Central High School, he started four years for the Panthers. He was an all-Gateway Football Conference defensive end in 1989, a 1990 preseason all-conference inside linebacker, a 1990 Street & Smith's 1-AA preseason all-American, a 1990 first team all-conference selection and UNI co-MVP choice. During his career, he made 227 tackles and received an all-American nod by the Poor Man's Guide to the NFL Draft.
Jones served as a UNI co-captain in 1989 and '90. He was named to the Gateway's All-Decade Team. He currently is tied for third on UNI's all-time single-game defensive chart for solo tackles (14 vs. Iowa State, 1990).
He was a two-time all-conference pick at Central High School and an Iowa Shrine Game participant.
The second half of the Galer duo, Kimm was a four-year starting center for the Panther volleyball team from 1992-95, playing beside sister Kate three years. She helped lead the Panthers to a 98-19 overall record, two Missouri Valley Conference titles, an NIT appearance, and two NCAA berths.
Like her sister, Kimm ranks high in numerous school records. She holds the single season and junior class mark for hitting percentage (.393, 1994). Her name appears in numerous top 10 categories, including career hitting percentage (.302, 6th), career digs per game (2.50, 7th), career assists (10.94, 3rd), single-match hitting percentage for three games (.818, T2nd), and hitting percentage for four games (.692, 2nd). She led the Panthers four consecutive years in assists. She tallied six triple-doubles during her career with a personal-best 10 kills, 12 digs and 54 assists against Drake in 1995.
Kimm also earned many accolades for her athletic prowess. In 1993, she was named to the National Invitational Volleyball Championships All-Tournament Team, was an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Mideast Region second team selection in 1994, was named to the NCAA All-District 5 team in 1995. She was a four-time MVC All-Tournament Team selection and was named first team all-conference all four years. She was selected twice the conference tournament's Most Valuable Player and was the league's Player of the Year in 1994 and '95.
She also earned various academic honors, including the George Miner Outstanding Freshman of the Year Scholarship (1992), was an Honor Graduate Certificate recipient from the UNI College of Business in 1995 and '96, was a three-time first team all-academic choice in the MVC (1993-95), received the Director of Athletics Award (1992-95), and was named to the Dean's List from 1993-95.
Kimm also played professionally upon the completion of her collegiate career, playing for the North County Waves in 1996 (professional grass) and indoors for the Iowa Blizzard in 1997. She in fact built the Iowa Blizzard from scratch, forming the roster and coaching staff, while managing the team advertising and promotion. She was a member of the USA Women's National Volleyball Team from 1997-98, and played for Zeiler Koniz team of the Switzerland National A League from 1998-99. She was voted the Best Setter and an All-Pro Team member in 1997, and was a bronze medalist and a gold medalist in the Switzerland Cup Tournament in 1999.
She was voted into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Hall of Fame in 2001.
Kimm received her bachelor's degree in Marketing in 1996. Work experiences have included serving as head graphic designer for Hospers & Brother Printers in Iowa City, independent designer for Imagine Design in Colorado, Switzerland and Iowa; and forms designer for National Computer Systems in Iowa City. Since 2000, she has worked for Pearson Educational Measurement in Iowa City, first as a project director, and since June, as an electronic solutions specialist, performing research and development of new software and workflow automation solutions for the Forms Support Department.
In a day when collegiate head coaches are hired and fired in the same season, Mazula persevered. In a time when winning is everything, Mazula won. At a place where tennis was not a top priority, he built a powerhouse.
When Mazula arrived on the ISTC campus, there was only a continental United States, Harry Truman was president and tennis players used wooden racquets. He came to Cedar Falls in 1949 to become the Director of Safety Education and a teacher at Price Laboratory School. He added the head men's tennis coaching position to his resume at the start of the 1965 season.
He finished his career in 1993 as the winningest coach in UNI history in any sport, posting a 640-205-3 record in 29 seasons. At the time of his retirement, his 640 victories were second only to Hawaii's Jim Schwitters' 646 victories. He had just one losing season, when his 1966 team posted a 5-7 record, but the Panthers still won the North Central Conference title, his first conference championship. He went on to win 10 of the next 12 NCC crowns. He was named NCC Coach of the Year nine consecutive years, from 1972-80.
In 1981, UNI joined the Association of Mid-Continent Universities, moving from Division II to Division I, but the winning continued. He picked up another Coach of the Year award in 1985 and a co-honor in 1986. From 1985-88, Mazula's Panthers were the AMCU runners-up four straight times.
Mazula was named to the 1991 Officials Hall of Fame by the Iowa Athletic Coaches Association for his work in officiating girls' basketball. He also officiated volleyball, softball and tennis and also was a diving judge. On the boys' side, he officiated football, basketball, track, diving and tennis. He worked state tournaments in girls' and boys' basketball, volleyball, softball, football and basketball. Mazula is now deceased.
Tickets for the Hall of Fame luncheon are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for youth and may be purchased by calling Sheri Bishop at 319-273-2470.