The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced its 55th Hall of Fame Class.
Former student-athletes Fulton “Trey” Bell ’18, Erin Bravo ’05, Ryan Callahan ’04, Brady Endl ’04, Angela (Sheehan) Rachidi ’98 and Michelle Stanislawski ‘05 will be inducted. Former head football coach Lance Leipold ’87 will be inducted under the category of staff/coach, and longtime Warhawk supporter Jim Kuehn will be inducted for his distinguished service to the institution.
The 1984 men’s basketball team, which claimed the program’s first-ever national championship, will also be inducted under the team category. It is the first team ever inducted into the UW-Whitewater Athletics Hall of Fame.
All eight individuals and the 1984 men’s basketball team will be recognized for their contributions to Warhawk athletics as part of the UW-Whitewater football team’s game against UW-Platteville on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. Inductees will be part of the Homecoming Parade, which begins at 10 a.m., and be honored at halftime of the football game and at the annual Hall of Fame banquet, which begins following the contest at 5:30 p.m. at the University Center’s Hamilton Room.
Leipold, a Jefferson High School graduate, led the Warhawk football team to six national championships during his eight-year run as head coach from 2007-14. A six-time American Football Coaches Association and D3football.com National Coach of the Year, Leipold left UW-Whitewater with the highest winning percentage (.948) among active NCAA coaches at any level, and became the fastest head coach in NCAA history at any level to reach 100 career wins (106 games).
The four-time Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year helped UW-Whitewater claim seven conference titles and several individual accolades, including 66 All-America honors, 132 All-WIAC accolades, six WIAC Player of the Year awards and six National Player of the Year honors. Leipold also worked tirelessly off the field to extend UW-Whitewater’s profile, appearing regularly on regionally- and nationally-syndicated sports broadcasts, communicating frequently with local, regional and national media, and forging a partnership with ESPN Milwaukee. A 2003 Hall of Fame inductee as a former Warhawk quarterback, Leipold currently works as head football coach at the University at Buffalo, a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
Endl was a four-year standout for the baseball program from 2001-04. In 2004, he was selected American Baseball Coaches Association National Pitcher of the Year and the Academic All-America® of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Endl finished his career as a two-year All-American and Academic All-American, and was the WIAC Baseball Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete in 2004. The four-time All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honoree helped the Warhawks claim three WIAC championships, two conference tournament titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Division III World Series in 2004. Endl’s name is etched throughout the program and conference record books, ranking No. 1 in school history in innings pitched (261 2/3) and strikeouts (251) and No. 2 in league history in pitching wins (27). He also ranks among the top 10 in program history in home runs (40), walks (78) and runs batted in (138).
Endl is a member of the WIAC’s All-Time Baseball Team, which was recognized during the league’s Centennial Celebration in 2013. He was selected in the 10th round by the Atlanta Braves in the 2004 Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft, and played professionally in the organization for three years. A Jefferson, Wis., native, Endl graduated with a degree in finance in 2004.
Callahan was a three-time All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection and two-time all-region honoree for the UW-Whitewater baseball team from 2000-01 and 2003-04.
The pitcher/outfielder helped the Warhawks claim four WIAC championships, two conference tournament titles and four appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a trip to the Division III World Series in 2004. Callahan led UW-Whitewater in complete games (5), shutouts (2), innings pitched (72) and strikeouts (72), and compiled a team-leading 2.21 earned run average and two shutouts as a senior in 2004. The Janesville, Wis., native was signed by the San Francisco Giants upon graduation, pitching in the organization for several years.
Callahan graduated with a degree in elementary education in 2004 and currently serves as UW-Whitewater’s Interim Director of Athletics.
Fulton “Trey” Bell competed for the UW-Whitewater football team in 1999 and from 2002-04. The Racine, Wis., native played on back-to-back 7-3 teams in 2003 and 2004 that helped catapult the program to its nationally-competitive level.
A defensive back and kick/punt returner, Bell earned first team All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association and third team honors from D3football.com in 2004 after totaling 34 tackles, four interceptions, nine pass breakups and two fumble recoveries defensively and more than 200 yards in the return game. He was named the team’s Co-Most Valuable Player that same year.
A two-time All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection, Bell finished his career with 121 tackles, 12 interceptions and five fumble recoveries. He played for the Chicago Fire of the American Football League in 2006. Bell graduated with a bachelor’s in physical education in 2018.
Bravo was a member of the UW-Whitewater softball program from 2003-04. She collected first team All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and all-region accolades in 2003, when she helped lead the team to the NCAA Tournament. One year later, Bravo was named WIAC Player of the Year and a first team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association after leading the Warhawks in hits (61), home runs (9), batting average (.452), runs batted in (35) and doubles (14). She is the program’s all-time leader in career batting average (.431) and currently ranks among the top five in conference history in both career batting average and career slugging percentage (.758). An Arlington Heights, Ill., native, Bravo graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in criminal justice in 2005.
Angela (Sheehan) Rachidi was named all-conference four times and all-region two times at second base during her four-year career with the UW-Whitewater softball team from 1995-98. The Lancaster, Wis., native is one of four players in program history to earn All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference accolades four times. Rachidi was named first team Academic All-District® by the College Sports Information Directors of America in 1996 and was selected WIAC Softball Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete as a senior in 1998.
She helped lead the Warhawks to the conference championship in 1996 as well as NCAA Tournament appearances in 1996 and 1998. Rachidi ranks among the top 10 in program history in career doubles (37), runs (124), batting average (.370) and hits (183). She graduated with a bachelor’s in public policy administration in 1998.
Michelle (Stanislawski) Anderson was a two-time All-American as a setter for the Warhawk volleyball team. During her career, which spanned from 2001-04, Anderson was selected All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and all-region two times each, and was a member of the WIAC All-Defensive team in 2002. She helped the Warhawks win the national championship in 2002 and was a part of three other NCAA Tournament appearances as well as three WIAC championships and two conference tournament titles.
Anderson ranks among the program’s top 10 in career digs (1,551) and assists (2,357), and her 1,704 assists in 2003 are the second-most in one season in program history and ninth-most in the WIAC record book. A Milwaukee native, Anderson graduated with a degree in criminal justice in 2005.
Kuehn has been an avid supporter of the UW-Whitewater athletic department and its teams for nearly 40 years. He has been a member of the UW-Whitewater football team’s Quarterback Club since 1982, serving as a board member on several occasions. Kuehn is credited as one of the founders of the Quarterback Club Golf Outing, which began in 1987.
Kuehn also serves as a member and organizer of the football “chain gang”, a position he has held since 1983. In addition, Kuehn serves as a committee member and financial contributor for Wally & Rod’s Warhawk Auction Raffle, the largest annual fundraiser for the Warhawk football, men’s basketball and baseball programs for nearly 25 years. He also has been instrumental over the years in coordination of post-event meals for football student-athletes and their families. Kuehn is retired after working for the Jefferson Fire Department for 58 years.
The 1983-84 men’s basketball team earned UW-Whitewater’s first national championship trophy. Highly regarded after a trip to the NCAA Division III Final Four the previous year, Dave Vander Meulen’s squad lived up to the expectations. Behind senior guard Andre McKoy, still UW-Whitewater’s career scoring leader and the only player in program history to reach 2,000 points, UW-W shared the Wisconsin State University Conference title. McKoy was named the WSUC Player of the Year, and Vander Meulen was the league’s Coach of the Year.
Junior center Mark Linde, who went on to earn All-America honors the next season, and junior forward James Wilson, among UW-W’s best defenders and a certainty as the school’s all-time shot blocker if it had been an official statistic at the time, gave UW-W the complimentary inside game to defeat Clark University 103-86 in the championship game in Grand Rapids, Mich., giving UW-W a 27-4 record and the WSUC its first national basketball champion.
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