Tribe of Vikings newsletter
Mike Zapolski, director of athletics
July 17, 2020: The NCAA and CCIW will announce plans for fall sports soon. In the meantime, we are working hard in planning what practice and competition will look like at Augie. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of everyone involved in our athletics program. (more)
FACT: 45% of the incoming Class of 2024 are student-athletes
When COVID-19 interrupted the spring sports season, the Augustana athletics program looked ahead. The college added three varsity sports for a total of 28 teams — the most for any CCIW school — and hired two head coaches. (more)
Anthony Holman's basketball career as a Viking didn't turn out the way he envisioned, but it did lead to a career in athletics.
Today Holman ’95 is the managing director of championships and alliances for the NCAA. (more)
Bob Reade led the Vikings football program to four straight NCAA DIII national championships from 1983-1986.
He died July 5 at the age of 87. (more)
Ralph Starenko, former coach and administrator
Ralph Starenko, former Vikings coach and administrator, died Feb. 9 at the age of 87. Starenko led the football team from 1964-68, compiling a 27-13-3 record and twice winning the conference championship. He encouraged future NFL MVP quarterback Ken Anderson ’71 to attend Augustana.
Beginning in 1977, Starenko was director of Augustana’s admissions program.
• Kurt Kreiter ’87 retired as the activities director at Central DeWitt High School after 33 years. He spent 25 years in the classroom, teaching biology, anatomy and physiology. He won 216 dual meets in 20 years as the school’s wrestling coach. After 14 years as an assistant football coach, he earned a 60-45 record in 11 years as the head football coach.
• Paul Dunn ’88 is the head coach of the Albert Lea High School (Minn.) varsity football program. He was a member of three of Augustana's national championship football teams.
• When Illinois schools moved to e-learning last March, suburban Chicago superintendent Nick Polyak '99 was in position with a game plan.
Clockwise, Michael Johnson ’20, Mason Wright ’21, Josh Mathis ’20 and Katie Eastburn ’20
Chapman winners Maddy Murillo and Daniel Artman
• For their leadership and enthusiasm to strengthen the student-athlete experience, Maddy Murillo ’20 (basketball) and Daniel Artman ’20 (soccer) received the CCIW’s Merle Chapman Leadership Award for 2019-20. It’s the second consecutive year Artman has won the award.
Honors for stellar student-athletes
Taylor Kies '21, Alex Buffington '21 and Abigail Clark '22 were named to the Central Intercollegiate Bowling Conference All-Academic Team.
The National Football Foundation selected five seniors for the Hampshire Honor Society for excellence in the classroom and on the field.
Track & field teammates Madi Glatz ’20 and Sofia Wajner ’20 were named to the NCAA DIII Academic All-District team.
The men's and women’s swimming/diving teams received Scholar All-America Team accolades for spring semester from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
The CCIW shortened/canceled spring competition due to COVID-19.
Lacrosse: Kathryn Hettiger '22 voted MVP
Softball: National ranking for Nichole Nash '22
Tennis: 11-0 in dual meets
Baseball: Game vs. DI team live on ESPN+
Lacrosse: Trever Moore '21 voted MVP
Tennis: Peter Alex '21 joins 100-win club
Volleyball: First AVCA poll appearance
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