The University of Wisconsin will welcome seven new members to its Athletic Hall of Fame in September.
The class includes baseball standout Steve Bennett, who earned four letters from 1973-1976. He made an immediate impact, leading the Badgers in doubles and RBI’s as a freshman. The following season, Bennett earned All-America honors while leading the nation in doubles. Bennett went on to set school records for hits, doubles and RBI’s and is one of just five two-time All-Big Ten selections in UW history.
Beau Hoopman is a member of the National Rowing Hall of Fame and rowed for the Badgers from 1999-2003. After graduation, Hoopman won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics and a bronze in the 2008 games in the men’s eight.
Mike Kelley was the face of the Badgers’ 2000 Final Four team. His outstanding defense and gritty play embodied the character of that historic squad. Kelley was named the 1999 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and still holds the school record with 275 career steals. Kelley was a Wooden Award finalist as a senior and earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2001.
Left Tackle Chris McIntosh was instrumental in the success of running back Ron Dayne. McIntosh was a four-year starter on UW’s offensive line and a team captain on both the 1998 and 1999 teams that won Big Ten and Rose Bowl titles. Following his career at Wisconsin, McIntosh was chosen in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. [Read more…]