Ten Hamline basketball greats, along with members of
the university's three national championship basketball teams from 1942, 1949,
and 1951, will be back on campus for a ceremony honoring them.
Those recognized will include NBA hall-of-famer Vern Mikkelsen and legendary
coaches Don Meyer and Joe Hutton, Sr. In all, ten past players and coaches will
be inducted into the newly-created Row of Honor in Hamline's historic Hutton
Also planned, a bust of Joe Hutton, Sr., the namesake of Hutton
Arena will be unveiled in the lobby of the facility.
“I feel it is
important for Hamline athletes, parents, and fans of today to understand the
depth of the university’s historical success,” said Beeman. “The legacy of our
championship team participants and our ‘Row of Honor’ inductees provides us with
an inspiring foundation for the next generation of excellence.”
living inductees of the Row of Honor—Fritsche, Meyer, Mikkelsen, and Seltz—are
scheduled to attend and take part in the ceremony. Close family members of Don
Eliason ’41, Hal Haskins ’50, Joe Hutton, Jr. ’50, John Norlander ’43, and Howie
Schultz ’43 will be in attendance to represent the deceased
“This will be a great day to honor individuals who define a
tradition of excellence both as Pipers and as professionals, including a pair of
coaches who are arguably two of the all-time greatest in college history,” said
men’s basketball head coach Nelson Whitmore.
Hamline alumnus Vern
Mikkelsen was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame after winning four NBA
championships as part of the Minneapolis Lakers dynasty. He spent ten years with
the Lakers and was a seven-time all-pro player. A star at Hamline, Mikkelsen was
a member of the 1949 national championship team.
coach Don Meyer began his collegiate head coaching career at Hamline, where he
coached from 1972-1975. During that time, he turned the Hamline program around
and took the team to the NCAA Elite Eight in his third season. He went on to
become the all-time leader in coaching wins in NCAA men's basketball history,
posting 923 career collegiate wins. Meyer was awarded the Jimmy V Award for
Perseverance at the 2009 ESPY Awards.
Joe Hutton, Sr. posted a 591-207
record that placed him sixth among all college basketball coaches in the country
at the time of his retirement. In 35 years, the basketball teams coached by
Hutton won 19 conference titles, all three of Hamline’s national championships,
and were three-time NAIA runners-up. Hutton, Sr. is also the namesake of
Hamline’s basketball facility, Hutton Arena.
For more information
regarding the ceremonies or the inductees, contact Stephanie Harris, Hamline
University sports information director, at 651-523-2786 or via email.