Bemidji State University's Athletic Hall of Fame has expanded to accommodate six worthy individuals and one national championship-winning team, all of whom were formally inducted into the Hall on Saturday, Oct. 14.
Family, friends and supporters packed the Beaux Arts Ballroom for the annual ceremony and brunch, which recognizes alumni athletes, former coaches, administrators and others who have excelled and brought acclaim to the university.
This year's alumni athlete inductees were Drey Bradley (men's hockey, 1980-84); Michele (Dinius) Kirby (volleyball, 1995-2000); Tony Kukich (men's swimming and diving, 1980-83); Mark Liska (men's hockey, 1981-85); and Kari Torgerson (women's soccer, 2003-06). Dr. Gary Erickson was also honored as a John S. Glas Honorary Letter Winner, while the 1985-86 men's hockey team was inducted as an Outstanding Team honoree.
First established in 1978, the Athletic Hall of Fame now includes 208 individual athletes, 18 BSU coaches, 10 Alumni Coaches, 9 John S. Glas Honorary Letter Winners and 27 Outstanding Teams for their collective success.
The weekend also featured a Beaver Pride luncheon, a coaches and alumni athlete social and the Ice Breaker Tournament, which kicked off the 2023-24 men's hockey season.
The full Athletic Hall of Fame can be found here.
Click below to see photos from the weekend and to watch each alumni athlete's induction video.
Michele (Dinius) Kirby
Beaver Fight Song
To end the event, Terri Thomas led the crowd in a spirited rendition of the Beaver Fight Song.