Seawolf Hall Adds Four in 2005
2005 Induction Ceremony Photo Album
“After five years, the Seawolf Hall of Fame has established a benchmark of excellence, and this class certainly rises to that level,” Dr. Cobb said. “These inductees have distinguished themselves – not only during their time here at UAA, but also in their numerous and varied accomplishments since then.”
Nominations for the 2005 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 2005 inductees:
When Jason Kaiser [1993-95] began his UAA basketball career, he was well-known in local circles as a two-time Alaska player of the year and a state champion at Service High. So it was little surprise that, in just his fifth game in Green and Gold, Kaiser cemented himself as the Seawolves’ newest star, propelling UAA to a Great Alaska Shootout upset of national power Wake Forest. What was shocking was the seeming ease with which he scored 35 points in the 70-68 win, and made all the key plays down the stretch in front of a national TV audience on ESPN. Kaiser would continue to impress throughout his 2-year Seawolf tenure, earning back-to-back Pacific West Conference Player of the Year awards and multiple All-America honors, including a first-team selection by Basketball Times in 1995. After playing his first two seasons at Division I Weber State, he started from scratch at UAA and ended as the Seawolves’ No. 2 all-time scorer. Kaiser’s 1,363 points still rank No. 5 on the all-time list, while his 23.5 career scoring average is second only to fellow Hall-of-Famer Jesse Jackson. His junior season saw him rip a school-record 87 three-pointers and lead the Seawolves the PWC title and an NCAA Tournament berth. As a senior, he averaged 24.7 points, playing a school-record 37.3 minutes per game and was voted UAA’s Athlete of the Year. He became one of just two Division II players to play in the 1995 NABC All-Star Game, where he also won the three-point shooting contest. Kaiser played one season professionally, leading Australia’s second division with over 35 points per game. An all-league academic honoree as well, he earned his bachelor’s degree in business in 1995. Kaiser currently lives in Bulverde, Texas, where he is a financial advisor and owns a veterinary clinic. He is a member of the Bulverde Chamber of Commerce and director of the Church Christian Faith Center. He and his wife Anna are the parents of four children – Maja, Claire, and twins Ryne and Elin.
It’s not often a team’s emotional leader is also one of its best players. Fortunately for UAA Hockey, Pete McEnaney [1984-88] was that rare combination of both qualities. McEnaney’s stats still stand out in the UAA record book – 54 goals and 107 assists in 130 games. The Owatonna, Minn., native finished his four years No. 2 on UAA’s career assists list and No. 3 in points with 161. Upon his induction 17 years later, those numbers still rank No. 3 and No. 5, respectively. Despite weighing in at 5-9, 170 pounds for his senior year, McEnaney proved incredibly reliable, missing just one game over his final three seasons. As a junior in 1986-87, he tallied 34 assists for UAA’s 19-9-2 squad that won the Great Northwest Conference title. As team captain in 1987-88, he again led UAA to a winning record while capturing first-team All-GNC honors. His 52 points that year still rank seventh on UAA’s single-season list. The team’s Most Inspirational Player his final two seasons, McEnaney has gone on to become an active and accomplished member of Anchorage’s hockey community. From 1991-95, he played with the Anchorage Aces, earning MVP honors on their 1994 championship team. As a youth coach, he has garnered multiple state titles as well as the 1997 National Tier I Midget championship. McEnaney, who has also run the last five Mount Marathon races, is currently a marketing associate with Sysco Foodservice of Alaska. He and his wife Tracy live in Eagle River with their children, Madison, Ty and Leah.
The man who helped UAA Athletics come of age, Ron Petro [1984-92] becomes the first athletic director and just the second administrator to gain induction to the Seawolf Hall of Fame. Petro came to UAA after an 18-year career at Marist College, where he coached the basketball team and served as AD for seven years, spearheading the school’s move from Division III to Division I. He made an immediate impact on UAA’s program by securing a deal with ESPN to televise the Great Alaska Shootout. Petro also spearheaded an aggressive fund-raising campaign that grew into the current Seawolf Corporate Sponsorship program, and worked to organize UAA’s individual sport booster clubs into the Seawolf Booster Club as an umbrella organization. A member of the NCAA Council from 1987-91, he was instrumental in securing UAA as host for the 1987 NCAA Skiing Championships, as well as NCAA playoff games in men’s and women’s basketball. Petro also fought for and won membership for UAA in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Just as impressive were the Seawolves’ team accomplishments during his 8-year tenure – five NCAA Tournament appearances for men’s basketball, including the 1988 national title game; four NCAAs, eight straight winning seasons and the 1990 Northern Lights championship for women’s basketball; three straight NCAAs in hockey, including the 1991 Elite 8 squad; a pair of NCAAs and a league title in volleyball; and 22 skiing All-Americans. After leaving UAA, Petro served 12 years as the AD at the University of Rhode Island, where he ran a 23-team Division I program. There, he oversaw the completion of the school’s new Ryan Center and Boss Ice Arena and helped found the URI Athletic Hall of Fame. A former and current member of numerous civic organizations, Petro is currently Executive Director of the 2006 NCAA Women’s Final Four. The Yonkers, N.Y., native is also a member of the athletic hall of fame at Manhattan College, where he was a 3-year starter, 1,000- point scorer and team captain in basketball. Petro and his wife Sally have four children – Michele, Brian, Kristen and Kerri – and currently reside in Brookline, Mass.
One of the most decorated swimmers in the history of the UAA program, Ken Ralph [1988-90] becomes the second member of the Seawolf Hall of Fame in his sport. Ralph’s five All-America certificates in 1989 and 1990 were the second-most ever for an individual swimmer at UAA, and he set 10 school records – 5 individual, 5 relay – in his two seasons. He was part of the 1990 squad that won the Heartland Conference title – the program’s first-ever league championship – and was a qualifier for the U.S. Senior National meet in both 1989 and 1990. His time of 1:50.99 in the 200 butterfly stands permanently as the best mark for a Seawolf in that event. Ralph served one season as an assistant at UAA and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science, before going on to a stellar head-coaching career at Georgetown (1992-94) and Kutztown (1994-96) universities, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. At Kutztown, his teams broke a total of 32 school records in two years, earning him 1996 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors. At the Academy, Ralph won the Moyer-Nike Award for Excellence in Coaching Women, plus the Air Force Award for Organizational Excellence in 1997. The Salem, N.H., native later returned to his New England roots, becoming swim coach and senior assistant athletic director at Connecticut College. There, he helped secure a gift of $500,000 to renovate the college’s natatorium and oversaw a 26-team NCAA Division III program. In 2002, Ralph took over his current post of athletic director at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., where he is in charge of 23 sports, including Division I hockey. He and his wife Mary live in Ballston Lake, N.Y.