Alumni Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Bylaws

Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Please click here to view and print the PDF of the Nomination Form. The online form can be found below.

Article I: Purpose

The purpose of the Triton Academic & Athletic Hall of Fame is to honor those, living or deceased, who have brought distinction to themselves and Notre Dame Academy and /or its legacy schools (St. Joseph Academy, St. Norbert High School, Central Catholic High School, Premontre High School, and Abbot Pennings High School) through their achievement, commitment and leadership in academics, professional endeavors and athletics.

Article II: Membership

A. Individuals: Hall of Fame inductees may include alumni, faculty, coaches, administrators or friends of the NDA or legacy school community.

B. Teams: Teams that are exceptionally distinguished through outstanding achievement or significant accomplishment may also be considered. All coaches, players, managers and statisticians of inducted teams will be included in the induction.

Article III: Committee

The Hall of Fame Committee shall consist of the following members:

Standing Members: NDA President and/or Principal (ex-officio – does not vote, but can offer input and has final approval on inductees), Director of Events/Alumni Relations, Director of Athletics and two Faculty Members (all ex-officio).

At-large Members: Five alumni or friends representing a cross-section of decades. The terms of at-large Members shall be 3 years. Future Members shall be selected by the five at-large Members. The Hall of Fame Chairperson shall be selected by the Committee. The Chairperson’s term is three years and the chair may serve for as long as nine years with Committee approval. While there are no explicit qualifications for at-large committee members, care shall be exercised to select members who have knowledge of the history and traditions of NDA and its legacy schools and are representative of the various periods of that history. Members of the Committee must abstain from voting if a member of his/her immediate family or relative is proposed. The Committee will be responsible for the selection of Hall of Fame inductees. The Committee will meet every year to vote on candidates for the Hall of Fame. The Committee shall induct seven (7) members into the Academic Division of the Hall of Fame in the following categories: Arts, Science, Education, Business, Humanitarianism, Ministry and Military Service. The Committee shall induct seven (7) members into the Athletic Division of the Hall of Fame as well as one or two exceptionally distinguished teams. The Committee shall vote on the nominees it determines suitable for consideration. A minimum positive vote of 75% of members present is required for induction.

Article IV: Nominations

The Hall of Fame Committee will develop the Nomination Form upon which nominations will be made. The form must be completed and the qualifications of the proposed inductee must be clearly set forth in the form.

Nominations may be made by anyone; however self-nominations or unsigned/anonymous nominations will not be accepted. Nominations for consideration may be made by the Committee or by public nominations. Applications for nominations are available on the NDA website (under Alumni, Hall of Fame tabs). Nominations must be received by a specified deadline to be considered for the current induction class. The Committee shall have the discretion to narrow the field of nominees. Nomination forms will be archived and reviewed annually if a nominated candidate is not inducted for the current class.

Article V: Eligibility / Criteria

Alumni, coaches, teams, administrators and friends/supporters shall be eligible for induction subject to the criteria below. All nominees must represent the NDA and legacy school traditions of excellence and the mission of Notre Dame Academy.

Alumni, Coaches, Teams:

  • Eligible 10 years after graduation from high school (i.e. 2008 graduate for 2018 induction).
  • Must be a graduate of NDA or legacy school. The Committee will have discretion in unique, special circumstances (i.e. death, accident).
  • Candidates for the Academic Division for the seven (7) individual field categories (Arts, Science, Education, Business, Humanitarianism, Ministry and Military Service) must demonstrate achievement, character and leadership in academic pursuits in high school and in career/volunteer pursuits beyond high school (in the specified categories) that merit special recognition.
  • Athlete candidates for the Athletic Division must demonstrate athletic ability, sportsmanship, character, contribution to team and the game(s) he/she participated in. The Committee may also consider post-graduate activities including college and professional experience.
  • Coach candidates for the Athletic Division must have had 10 years coaching experience at NDA or legacy school. (The committee may make exceptions in unique, special circumstances.) The nominees must be inactive. Accomplishments must have merited league and/or statewide recognition, as well as made significant contributions to the athletic programs at NDA or a legacy school. Coaching ability, loyalty to NDA or legacy school, leadership, character, athletic expertise, significant contributions to their teams and the sports they coached must be demonstrated.
  • Team candidates for the Athletic Division must be of championship caliber.

Administrators, Faculty, Staff and Friends/Supporters:

  • Administrator, Faculty and Staff candidates for the Academic or Athletic Division must demonstrate exceptional leadership, character, loyalty, passion for, and support of, the success of NDA or legacy school athletics and/or academics is paramount. The nominees must be inactive.
  • Supporter and Friend candidates for the Academic or Athletic Division must demonstrate exemplary commitment to the success of academic and athletic programs of NDA or legacy school.

Article VI: Voting Procedures

  • The Committee shall review all candidates based on information available at the time of the selection meeting (April of each year).
  • After open discussion about candidates, the Committee shall call for a vote for the purpose of selecting inductees. To be accepted into the Hall of Fame the nominee must receive a 75% approval rating from all voting members.
  • The voting process will be kept confidential.
  • Candidates are to be presented to the President by the Selection Committee for his/her review by May 1. The President may veto any candidate presented by the Committee for induction if in his/her judgement, the candidate does not exemplify the highest standards of character, leadership and sportsmanship as described in Section V. This must be done in writing to the Committee, with justification for rejection followed by an appeal process to open the discussion of whether or not to induct the candidate.
  • Hall of Fame selections will be announced after the individual/teams have been notified and their acceptance of the induction and participation in the ceremony are verified.

Article VII: Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

  • The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will occur every year (usually in August during Alumni Weekend)
  • The Director of Events & Alumni Relations will oversee the planning of the ceremony.
  • Inductees are guests of honor at the ceremony.
  • New members of the Hall of Fame will be presented with a Hall of Fame memento and their names will be listed in the Hall of Fame section of the Notre Dame Academy website under the “Alumni/Friends” menu. Plans for a perpetual Hall of Fame wall, where all inductee names will be displayed near the Triton Center, are underway.

Hall of Fame Timeline

April 20: Application Deadline
Late April: Committee Review of Nominations
May 1: Final Review
May: Notify Inductees
August: Hall of Fame Event (during Alumni Weekend)

Hall of Fame Members

2018 Inductees

Event Program: Click here to view the 2018 Hall of Fame event program.
Photo album: To view the photo album from the Hall of Fame 2018 event, click here.

Academics Division
Arts - Wayne Lin, NDA 1999
Business - John Schneider, APHS 1989
Education - Grant Killoran, CCHS 1956
Humanitarianism - Miriam B. Mulva, SJA 1966
Military Service - Thomas Przybelski, PHS 1964
Ministry - Fr. Ken DeGroot, O. Praem., CCHS 1953
Science - Dr. John Gallagher, APHS 1970

Athletic Division
Bruce Bishop, PHS 1969 (track & field)
Craig Darling, APHS 1989 (golf)
Gary Kroner, PHS 1959 (football)
Brandon Lieb, NDA 1993 (soccer)
Kevin Rankin, APHS 1990 (basketball)
Gary Simoens, SNHS 1957 (baseball, basketball, football)
Bethani Hyska Thibodeau, NDA 1994 (volleyball, basketball, track & field

Legends Division
Fr. Gery Meehan, O. Praem. (faculty)
Sr. Judith Ann Miller, CSJ (faculty)
Don La Violette (coach)
Ron Miller (coach)
PHS Football 1970 (state title team)
APHS Football 1971 (state title team)

2018 Academic Division Inductee Biographies

Wayne Lin (Art), NDA 1999 - Lin is currently the associate concertmaster of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and has received international recognition for his soloist performances on violin.

John Schneider (Business), APHS 1989 - As current general manager and executive vice president of the Seattle Seahawks, he brought the Lombardi Trophy to Seattle after winning the 2012 championship. He is also being honored for his work in starting Ben’s Fund, a grant for families in the state of Washington who have children on the autism spectrum.

Grant Killoran (Education), CCHS 1956 - As an English teacher, Killoran was also fondly remembered as an influential coach of basketball, tennis, and track. He passed away at the age of 33 in 1970.

Miriam (Brozyna) Mulva (Humanitarianism), SJA 1966 - She selflessly and tirelessly commits her time and financial support to the Catholic faith, education, and various communities. Among many local efforts, she and her husband, Jim, have supported additions to St. Norbert College, including Mulva Library, Mulva Fitness & Sports Center, and Gehl-Mulva Science Center.

Thomas Przybelski (Military service), PHS 1964 - Przybelski was killed in action while serving the United States in the Vietnam War in 1968, and he was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Silver Star for gallantry in action.

Fr. Ken DeGroot, O. Praem. (Ministry), CCHS 1953 - DeGroot will be recognized for his service to St. Willebrord and his work to implement Spanish Masses and Hispanic outreach within the Diocese of Green Bay.

Dr. John Gallagher (Science), APHS 1970 – Gallagher was instrumental in starting the only Reproductive Endocrinology Medicine Center north of Milwaukee and he served as senior vice president of Aurora Medical Group.

2018 Athletic Division Inductee Biographies

Bruce Bishop (track & field), PHS 1969 - As a standout athlete in track & field, Bishop led his team to the state championship his senior year of high school. He took first place in the 100-yard dash, 220-yard dash, and long jump.

Craig Darling (golf), APHS 1988 - Darling was the anchor of the 1987 and 1988 state championship boys golf teams. Individually, he finished in second place in 1987 and earned All American status as a result of representing Wisconsin in a national tournament in Connecticut.

Gary Kroner (football), PHS 1959 – Kroner was a standout football and basketball player in high school and went on to play college football for the UW-Madison Badgers. He played professionally with the Denver Broncos.

Brandon Lieb (soccer), NDA 1993 - As a two-time all-state selection in high school, Lieb went on to play DI soccer at Georgetown University and was drafted to play professional soccer by DC United and Hershey Wildcats.

Kevin Rankin (basketball) APHS 1990 - Rankin found success playing basketball at the high school, college, and professional levels. He led APHS to the Class A state championship in 1990, started 111 of 112 games at Northwestern University, and retired from a 10-year professional basketball career in Europe.

Gary Simoens (baseball, basketball, football), SNHS 1957 - Simoens was a standout athlete on the football, basketball, and baseball teams. He tried out with the Baltimore Orioles, but turned down the contract to finish his senior year of college. In high school, he scored the final four points of the 1957 WISAA basketball state championship game.

Bethani (Hyska) Thibodeau (volleyball, basketball, track & field), NDA 1994 - Thibodeau was an all-state, all-area, and all-conference athlete in basketball and volleyball during high school, and competed at state in track & field all four years. She is one of two female athletes to surpass 1,000 points in basketball in NDA’s history. She went on to coach volleyball at the high school and college levels, and will become the volleyball coach at Pulaski High School beginning this fall.

2018 Legends Division Inductee Biographies

Don LaViolette (legends division) - As football and basketball coach at APHS from 1959-1983, LaViolette achieved a 322-220 record in basketball and a 140-89-6 record in football. Most notably, he led the APHS football team to the state championship in 1971.

Fr. Gery Meehan, O. Praem. (legends division) - Meehan spent three decades committing himself to APHS, serving as principal for 11 years until the school closed in 1990. He also assisted with parish ministry at various parishes in the area, including Old St. Joseph Church at St. Norbert College.

Ron Miller (legends division) - As football coach at PHS from 1967-1975, Miller led PHS to the WISAA state championship in 1970 following an undefeated season.

Sr. Judith Ann Miller, CSJ (legends division) - Miller taught religion at SJA from 1968-1976 and enjoyed leading weekend retreats. Following her time in St. Louis and at various Wisconsin parishes, she joined the staff of the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert Abbey where she provides spiritual direction.

Premontre 1970 Football Team (legends division) - The team topped off its undefeated season with a 6-0 state championship win over La Cross Aquinas.

Abbot Pennings 1971 Football Team (legends division) - The team finished its state championship season with a record of 10-1. The 17-8 victory over Waukesha Catholic Memorial earned the team the state championship title