November 2011— Since 1972 the M Club and the University have honored the most accomplished athletes, teams, coaches and university administrators engaged in intercollegiate athletics. The M Club Hall of Fame forms a distinguished group, selected from the thousands of student athletes who have competed for Marquette over the past century. The University Archives takes this opportunity to salute this year’s inductees, presenting these additions to the 1,400-item Hall of Fame Digital Collection.
Cross Country / Track & Field
Brianna Dahm departed Marquette among its most decorated athletes in history, garnering a number of athletic and academic honors over her career, including the 2005 McCahill Award. A two-time NCAA All-American in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Dahm was named to the Conference USA All-Decade Team in 2005, honoring the top athletes from the conference's decade of existence.
The Two Rivers, Wis., native earned six individual conference titles and one relay championship during her career. The All-American competed in three NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the steeplechase and three NCAA Cross Country Championships, where she led the Golden Eagles to their highest finish (15th) in school history in 2001.
Dahm's legacy remains in the Marquette record book, where she currently holds the top all-time marks in the steeplechase, indoor 3,000-meter run, and indoor distance medley relay. She also ranks among the top five at Marquette in five other individual events.
Travis Diener helped lead the Marquette men's basketball team to 91 victories, two NCAA Championship appearances and the school's first Final Four appearance in 26 years. The Fond du Lac, Wis., native was a three-year starter who ranks sixth all-time with 1,691 points and third in Marquette history with 617 assists, making him one of only two players in school history to amass such totals.
As a sophomore in 2002-2003, Diener led the Marquette to the Final Four for the first time since 1977 and helped the Golden Eagles to the first Conference USA regular season championship in program history. Diener was a team captain in both 2003-04 and 2004-05 and earned All-Conference USA First Team honors for each campaign. He also garnered national recognition as a finalist for the John R. Wooden and the Bob Cousy Awards in 2004, in addition to being named to the NABC District XI and USBWA District V First Teams. Following his MU career, he was named to the Conference USA All-Decade Team, honoring his accomplishments in the league by including him among the best players in conference history.
Diener became the 51st player in school history to be selected in the NBA Draft when he was picked in 2005 by the Orlando Magic with the eighth pick in the second round. Diener played five seasons in the NBA.
Football / Men’s Basketball/ Track & Field
LaVern Dilweg is the first M Club Hall of Fame member to posthumously earn induction, after standout careers on the gridiron, in the courtroom and in the United States Congress.
Dilweg participated in the first East-West Shrine Game as one of the top ends in college football and was the first Marquette football player to earn All-America mention when Walter Eckersall bestowed the honor upon him following his senior season. While at MU, Dilweg led the Golden Avalanche to two undefeated seasons and an overall record of 28-4-1. The Milwaukee native also started at center on the 1924-1925 basketball team and threw shot put for the track & field team.
Dilweg earned his law degree while playing professionally for the Milwaukee Badgers of the National Football League. When the franchise folded Dilweg moved to Green Bay, where he played with the Packers from 1927-1934, earning all-NFL recognition during all but one season and helping the Packers to three consecutive NFL championships (1929-1931).
Dilweg is a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and was included on the NFL's 17-member All-Decade Team for the 1920s, with early professional football icons Curly Lambeau, Red Grange, Jim Thorpe, Ernie Nevers and George Halas.
Dilweg later served as a U.S. congressman from Wisconsin's 8th District and was appointed to the U.S. Foreign Claims commission by U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1961.
Rhegan Hyypio helped the Marquette women's soccer program to its first NCAA Championship appearance in 1999 and went on to become the first player in program history to earn National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) First Team All-America honors. During her career, Hyypio helped the Golden Eagles compile an overall record of 65-17-9 in four seasons, including two NCAA tournament second round appearances, two C-USA tournament championships and two regular season conference titles. Hyypio earned the Robert L. and William P. McCahill Award in 2001 after graduating as the 2001 C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year and a three-time member of the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll.
During her senior season in which she led the Golden Eagles to a 20-3-1 record, the best in program history, Hyypio anchored an MU defense that limited opponents to 28 goals in 24 contests and recorded 10 shutouts. Hyypio was named to the Conference USA All-Decade team in 2005, listing her as one of the best players in conference history. The St.Petersburg, Fla., native was honored in 2010 as the first recipient of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics' Young Alumna of the Year Award for her missionary and volunteer work in North and South America.
Tony Miller started all 123 games in his Marquette career and ranked fifth in NCAA history with 956 career assists at the time of his graduation.
A native of Cleveland, Miller helped lead Marquette to its first league championship as a member of the Great Midwest Conference in 1993-94 and dished out a single-season record 274 assists while leading MU to its first Sweet 16 appearance since 1978-79. Miller earned All-Great Midwest Second Team honors three times and was named to the all-newcomer team as a freshman in 1992, while also earning all-freshman fifth team honors from Basketball Weekly.
Miller averaged 7.8 assists per game over his career and led MU to two NCAA Championship appearances, including the 1994 Sweet 16, and a National Invitation Tournament runner-up finish in 1995. Marquette amassed a record of 81-42 during his tenure and Miller remains one of only two players in NCAA history to have accumulated 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 900 assists.
In 1995 Miller’s triple-double against in-state rival Wisconsin was the last before Dwyane Wade’s triumph against Kentucky in the 2003 Elite Eight.
Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J.
Robert A. Wild, S.J., Marquette’s 22nd president, provided leadership during a period of significant expansion on the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, including Marquette's jump to the prestigious BIG EAST Conference.
During Wild’s tenure over 40 endowed athletic scholarships were established. Men's and women's soccer and men's golf became fully-funded programs. Wild also helped MU strengthen its athletic offerings with the addition of men's and women's lacrosse as NCAA Division I sports, both slated to begin competition in 2013.
Wild played a vital role in the fundraising for numerous facility upgrades, including the Al McGuire Center, completed in 2003, and a major renovation of Valley Fields.
During Wild's 15 year tenure, Marquette's athletic teams won 21 team conference hampionships and 49 individual titles. Student-athletes earned 29 All-America honors and maintained a graduation rate of 81 percent.
1936 Football Team
The 1936 football team capped one of the most successful seasons in the program's history with an appearance in the inaugural Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day, 1937. The squad began the season with seven straight victories and was ranked as high as No. 4 fourth in the Associated Press Top-20 poll.
The Golden Avalanche was led by head coach Frank J. Murray, the longest tenured football coach in program history and a member of both the M Club and College Football Halls of Fame. All-American left halfback Raymond "Buzz" Buivid led a high-powered Marquette offense and finished third in Heisman Trophy balloting that season. Buivid was joined in the offensive backfield by the Guepe twins, Al and Art. Fullback Ward Cuff was also a key cog in the Marquette offense before he went on to star with the New York Giants in a hall of fame NFL career. Cuff, along with Ray Sonnenberg, anchored the Marquette defense.
The Golden Avalanche ended its campaign against Sammy Baugh and TCU, in a game billed as a duel between the nation's two premiere passers. At the Texas State Fair Grounds, Art Guepe scored the lone touchdown for Marquette on a 60-yard punt return in a 16-6 loss to the TCU Horned Frogs.
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