Four more join Seawolf Hall of Fame in Class of 2004
ANCHORAGE (Oct. 17) - Featuring three former student-athletes and a longtime faculty athletic representative, the fourth class of the Seawolf Hall of Fame was inducted Sunday in a ceremony at Wells Fargo Sports Complex on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.
The 2004 inductees are Cheryl Bishop (women’s basketball), Tiina (Kantola) Hoffman (women’s skiing & cross country), Paul Krake (hockey), and Jack Peterson (faculty athletic representative).
“We are proud to honor four such outstanding individuals for the lasting impression they left on Seawolf Athletics,” Dr. Cobb said. “The Hall of Fame committee did an outstanding job of recognizing those who not only represented UAA well, but also have excelled in their communities since leaving UAA.”
Nominations for the 2004 class were accepted through March 31. Former UAA student-athletes and teams are eligible for nomination 10 years following their last competition at UAA. Former UAA coaches and staff members are eligible five years following their university service. Volunteer contributors may be nominated at any time.
Here is a biographical look at each of the 2004 inductees:
The fortunes of the UAA women’s basketball program changed when Cheryl Bishop [1982-87] arrived on campus, as the Seawolves, who had never come close to a .500 record, began a streak of 10 straight winning seasons. A 5-10 forward from Berkeley, Calif., she earned a spot in the starting lineup midway through her freshman season, and finished as UAA’s career leader in points (1,592), rebounds (745) and blocks (175). The 1984-85 Continental Divide Conference Player of the Year still ranks No. 1 in blocks, No. 2 in rebounds and in the top 10 in twelve other career categories. Since graduating in 1987 with a degree in natural sciences, Bishop has gone on to a distinguished career in federal law enforcement, while still finding time to pursue a competitive athletics career. From 1989-2002 she worked for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as the lone female street agent in the 90-person Seattle branch, and one of only five in the nation. Currently a security/risk management specialist, she has served security details for the Clinton and Pat Buchanan presidential campaigns, the President of Namibia, and for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. Bishop, who has tried out for teams in the WNBA and American Basketball League, played on the winning team at the 1997 “Hoop-It-Up” 3-on-3 tournament world championships. She has also played for the Seattle Warbirds of the Women’s American Football League, and is a black belt in Hapkido.
The heart and soul of the Nordic ski team for over a decade, Tiina (Kantola) Hoffman [1981-85, 1988-92] becomes the second multisport athlete to gain induction into the Hall. Hoffman came to Alaska as an 18-year-old freshman from Viermaki, Finland, and went on to become one of a handful eight-time letterwinners at UAA. In addition to earning four straight trips to the NCAA Ski Championships, she was also one of the top runners on the cross country team every year. In 1985, she earned the distinction of becoming UAA’s first Athlete of the Year, as well as winning the Dresser Cup – then known as the Dean’s Cup – as the top overall Seawolf student-athlete in terms of grade point average. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, she went on to coach at the high school level, and joined the UAA staff in 1988. From 1990-92 she served as the head Nordic coach, helping the Seawolves capture eight All-America certificates and an individual national champion in her two seasons at the helm. In 1996, Hoffman earned her master’s of science degree in exercise physiology and coaching from the University of Jyvaskyla in her home country. She has also gained official certification as a vocational teacher and translator. Hoffman and her husband Dave, also a former UAA skier, currently live in Jyvaskyla with their two sons, Ville Thomas (8) and Veikko Michael (5).
The most accomplished goaltender in UAA history, Paul Krake [1988-92] becomes the fourth hockey player inducted into the Seawolf Hall of Fame. Krake backstopped the Seawolves to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the first-round series upset of Boston College in 1991 in which he posted a .965 saves percentage. The Lloydminster, Alberta, native was twice the Most Outstanding Player honors of Nissan/Jeep Classic, helping the Seawolves win their own tournament in 1988 and 1990. Still the holder of eight school records, including career wins (53) and games played (102), Krake was the 1990-91 team MVP and the school’s 1991-92 Athlete of the Year, still the only hockey player to achieve that distinction. After his collegiate career, played professionally from 1992-99 with 12 organizations, including stints with the 1996 ECHL champion Charlotte Checkers, and the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League. Currently a sales consultant with Subaru-Mitsubishi, Krake lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife Gabrielle and children Tristan (8), Niclas (6), Isabelle (5) and Anneliese (3).
The school’s Faculty-Athletic Representative for a span of three decades, Jack Peterson [1975-82, 1986-97] enters the Seawolf Hall of Fame in 2004 for outstanding overall contributions to the Athletic Department. A professor of Sociology at UAA from 1971-97, Peterson took on the role of FAR during the department’s formative years, helping Athletics establish a healthy relationship with the academic faculty. After a four-year break, he resumed the FAR role in 1986 and continued until his retirement. Peterson also helped spearhead UAA’s move to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, serving as the league’s FAR from 1992-97. Peterson earned his bachelors and masters degrees in Sociology from Washington State University, and completed an ABD course of study in Rural Sociology at Cornell University. In addition to UAA, Peterson taught at Washington State, Cornell, and Northern Illinois University, earning a National Science Foundation Fellowship and a Danforth Associate among his many professional honors. A member of numerous gerontological and sociological societies, he and his wife Lyn are the parents of four grown children – Andrew, Richard, Paula and Rhondi – and the grandparents of six. They currently live in Hansville, Wash., and on their sailboat in the surrounding waters of Puget Sound.
Seawolf Hall of Fame Classes
Cheryl Bishop, women’s basketball, 1982-87
Tiina (Kantola) Hoffman, skiing & cross country, 1982-92
Paul Krake, hockey, 1988-92
Jack Peterson, faculty athletic representative, 1975-97
Dr. Jay Caldwell, team physician, 1979-04
Wendy Sturgis, women’s basketball, 1988-92
Chuck Homan, hockey booster, 1977-present
Jennie (Szczerbinski) Krupp, volleyball, 1988-92
Dean Larson, hockey, 1988-92
Brush Christiansen, hockey coach, 1979-96
Jesse Jackson, men’s basketball, 1985-87
Britta Kjellstrand, women’s skiing & cross country, 1978-82
Jon Pauole, swimming, 1989-92
Mike Peluso, hockey, 1985-89
Tom Besh, ski coach, 1977-90
Teri Frankie-LaVallee, gymnastics, 1985-90
Hansi Gnad, men's basketball, 1983-87
Robin Graul, women’s basketball, 1985-89
Dr. Lee Piccard, administrator, 1976-94
Dennis Sorenson, hockey, 1980-84
Tracy Zink, volleyball, 1987-90