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On Tuesday, Michigan Tech announced its 2022 Sports Hall of Fame class, including (from left) Jim Grimes, Tom Kearly, Kevin Luke, Lee Marana, Pat Mikesch, Roger Pekuri and Katy Wysocky. (Photo courtesy of Michigan Tech Athletics)

HOUGHTON — Seven people will be inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 11. Former head coaches Tom Kearly and Kevin Luke, former football players Jim Grimes and Lee Marana, former hockey player Pat Mikesch, former basketball player Katie Wysocky, and former Nordic skier and runner Roger Pekuri make up the integration class of 2022.

Jim Grimes

Jim Grimes was a member of the Michigan Tech football team during the 1965 season and the wrestling team in 1966-67. Grimes was instrumental in reviving the football program in 2003, organizing and hosting high school reunions in Michigan and Florida. He also supported and promoted the Big House Bash, MTU’s largest alumni event ever.

Grimes remains an active contributor to football fundraising and has been a member of the Huskies Club and the Football Advisory Council. In 1969, he received the university’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award after serving as vice president of Kappa Delta Psi, member of the President Interfraternity Council, and chairman of the Winter Carnival Queen Committee throughout his time at Tech.

Tom Kearley

Tom Kearly was Michigan Tech’s head football coach for 11 seasons from 2005 to 2016. He is second in program history with 70 wins and finished his career with a 70-44 overall record and a of 68-42 in conference games. Kearly was named the 2010 GLIAC Coach of the Year and led the Huskies to the 2012 GLIAC North Division title and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014.

Kearly began his career at Tech in 1980 as a secondary defensive coach. He returned to Houghton to be the associate head coach and offensive coordinator from 2000 to 2005, helping lead the Huskies to the NCAA playoffs in 2004. Tech’s combined record during Kearly’s 17-year tenure was of 103-72 since the 2000 season. The Huskies offense thrived under his leadership, averaging nearly 30 points per game and producing 29 All-GLIAC first-team players.

Kevin Luke

Kevin Luke served as the men’s basketball head coach for 27 seasons from 1994 to 2021. He racked up 471 wins, which is the most of any Michigan Tech Division II coach. During his tenure, the Huskies played in 10 NCAA tournaments and won three GLIAC North Division regular season titles (2011-12, 2012-13, 2020-21) and three GLIAC Tournament titles (2001-02, 2002-03, 2019-20). He was named the 2002-03 National Coach of the Year by The Basketball Times in 2002-03 after leading his team to a 29-3 record and first place nationally in the final regular season poll. He was also named NABC Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 2001-02 and 2002-03. The Huskies set school records for wins (29), winning percentage (.906), home wins (15) and consecutive wins (15) in 2002-03. They also made GLIAC history by winning 17 league contests in the regular season and becoming the first conference team to host an NCAA region. He was named GLIAC Coach of the Year five times.

In addition to his basketball responsibilities, Luke served as Associate Athletic Director for Michigan Tech, a position to which he was appointed in May 2005. He also served as Head Cross Country Coach for the Huskies from 1987 to 1993 and ​​was named Women’s GLIAC of 1993. Coach of the Year. He was instrumental in securing a full-time head coaching position for cross country and track and field when he was named head coach of men’s basketball in 1994.

Luke played three seasons of basketball for the Huskies from 1977 to 1980 where he had 513 points and 262 rebounds.

Lee Marana

Lee Marana served as running back for the Huskies from 2003 to 2006. He was named a national Harlon Hill Award finalist in 2004 while being honored as an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American, Football Gazette Third Team All-American, GLIAC Offensive Back of the Year and on the Daktronics Division II All-Northwest. First regional team. The 2004 Huskies were GLIAC champions and entered the program’s first NCAA tournament.

Marana is one of only two players in program history to be named to the All-GLIAC First Team for three seasons while also being honored to the All-GLIAC Second Team as a rookie. He holds the technical record for most touchdowns in a game (6) and ranks second all-time in career rushing yards (4,865) and third all-time in career goals (57 touchdowns). ). Marana has twice received the Alan Bovard Award as team MVP and has been a member of the GLIAC Academic Team three times. He was also an honorable mention D2Football.com All-American in 2006.

Marana was a graduate assistant in strength and conditioning with the Huskies for a year after his playing days ended. He was also active as a football fundraising contributor.

Pat Mikesch

Pat Mikesch played hockey for the Huskies from 1992 to 1996. He is seventh all-time at Tech in career with 169 points and sixth in career assists (112). Mikesch was named to the 1992–93 WCHA All-Rookie Team and played for Team USA at the World Junior Championships that season. He was a team captain as a senior and was a two-time recipient of the Gary Crosby Leading Scorer Award.

Mikesch then played eight years of professional hockey in the AHL, IHL, ECHL and Germany, then returned to Michigan Tech as an assistant coach from 2004 to 2011.

Pat’s father, Bob Mikesch, was inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of the 1962 NCAA Championship team.

Roger Pekuri

Roger Pekuri won the title in cross-country skiing, Nordic skiing and track and field seven times at Michigan Tech from 1969 to 1972. Pekuri was a co-founder of the cross-country running program in 1969 and the Nordic ski team at the winter 1969-70.

Pekuri and the Huskies placed second in the NIC Cross Country Championships in their first season and also competed in three NCAA Central Ski Championships, two NCAA Ski Championships and two NCAA Cross Country Championships. NCAA.

Pekuri received the CISA Outstanding Skier Award in 1969-70 and served as cross-country ski captain in 1970-71. Pekuri won the US Ski Association Central Division Championship in the 1971–72 season and competed in the Olympic Trials in 1972 and 1976.

A lifelong endurance athlete, Pekuri was a silver medalist at the 1976 US National Ski Championships over 50k and competed in the US Birkebeiner Elite Wave competition for 24 years. The finish line of the annual Paavo Nurmi Marathon is named in his honor as the Roger Pekuri finish line. He is a six-time Minnesota Voyageur Ultra Champion and was named the 2002 Minnesota State High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association Volunteer of the Year.

Katy Wysocky

Katy Wysocky is the most decorated female basketball player in Michigan Tech history. She played for the Huskies from 2006 to 2010 and is the all-time leader in points (1,943) and rebounds (1,231). Wysocky ranks first, second and third in single-season rebounds and holds the school record for single-season points (609). She is also third in career field goal percentage (54.9%).

During the 2009-10 season, Wysocky was named First Team All-American, Midwest Region Player of the Year, and GLIAC Player of the Year. The Huskies set a school record for wins (31) and captured their second straight NCAA Midwest Regional title. Tech has won three consecutive GLIAC Regular Season Championships and a pair of GLIAC Tournament Championships.

Wysocky was a four-time All-GLIAC selection with first-team honors in his past three seasons. She was a two-time All-Midwest Region All-American and was a third-team All-American in 2008-09. Wysocky was the 2007 GLIAC freshman of the year.

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