NMU, Michigan sports halls of fame get new members
Let us take a moment now to congratulate some recent Hall of Fame inductees.
The first is Northern Michigan University Athletic Director Rick Comely who was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 14.
Comley played hockey at Lake Superior State and later coached the Lakers. He established NMU’s hockey program, which debuted in 1976 and coached the team to an NCAA Championship in 1991.
Comley took on additional responsibilities as NMU’s athletic director in 1987.
In 2002, Comley departed NMU to coach hockey at Michigan State University, leading the Spartans to an NCAA championship in 2007, one of only three coaches to win the NCAA hockey title with two different teams.
Comley retired from coaching in 2011 but came out of retirement last year to take over the AD duties at NMU.
The other hall of fame welcoming new members was the Northern Michigan University’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Individuals inducted on Saturday were Kameron Burmeister, Dean Antos, Jovan Dewitt, Robert Fehrs and Halvor Maartmann. Two men’s basketball teams also joined the hall.
The members of the 1979-80 basketball team and coaches: Jeff Jahn, Jon Jennings, Andy Kaufman, Randy Maki, Pete Marana, Dave Meinert, Mark Mindeman, Ernie Montgomery, Eric Posey, Pat Roche, Jim Sobolewski, Gregg Upton, Scott Upton, Chuck Vercoe, Paul Waldvogel, Immanuel West, head coach Glenn C. Brown, assistant coach Tom Izzo, grad assistant Len Iwinski, grad assistant coach Dave Bucklin and student athletic trainer John Trowbridge.
The members of the 1980-81 team and coaches: Jeff Buelow, Alphonso Carroll, Todd Dickinson, Matthew Johnson, Andy Kaufman, Pete Marana, Dave Meinert, Mark Mindeman, Ernie Montgomery, Eric Posey, Jim Sobolewski, Brian Summers, Gregg Upton, Kirk Wyers, head coach Glenn C. Brown, assistant coach Tom Izzo, grad assistant coach Dave Bucklin and student assistant Dean Ellis.
Congratulations to all on these honors.