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Fall 2013 Piper Athletics

Fall 2013 Piper Athletics


Homegrown coaching staff

Talk about giving back to your alma mater. Nearly half of Hamline’s athletic staff can speak from personal experience about what it’s like to be a student and an athlete at the university. The list of HU alumni on staff here includes six head coaches, three assistant coaches, and an assistant athletic director.

They cover the gamut of sports, eras, and experiences. Track and field gets the best representation, including Paul Schmaedeke ’77, now in the HU Athlete Hall of Fame for his exploits as a student athlete and a coach for the past three decades. Shane Swanberg ’99 also knows what he speaks. He still is on the school’s all-time lists in three field events. Drew Jones ’07 kept busy here with football and track. He was an All-MIAC pick.

Swimming has two representatives. Assistant Athletic Director Beth Ritter-Bjork ’91 was a four-year letter winner, and Renee Punyko ’10 is still on the school’s all-time top ten list.

Jon Henning ’06 was an All-MIAC netter in his playing days. Baseball Coach Jim Weyandt ’03 played four different positions here and served as an assistant on the first HU team ever to advance to the NCAA tournament.

Men’s Soccer Coach Alex Morawiecki ’06 played three years of hockey and four years of soccer at Hamline. Chad Rogosheske ’98 (football) and Jim Hayes ’95 (men’s basketball) played for winning teams in the 1990s. Rogosheske was a star back on the last HU grid team to have a winning season and Hayes still ranks fifth all-time in rebounds and ninth in points.

Photo, L to R: Jim Hayes ’95, Shane Swanberg ’99, Beth Ritter-Bjork ’91, Jim Weyandt ’03, Drew Jones ’07, Renee Punyko ’10, Chad Rogosheske ’98, Alex Morawiecki ’06, Paul Schmaedeke ’77, Jon Henning ’06