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Hall of Famers "Go MAD"

Last week, we inducted six new members, the 10th class, into the Northwood University Athletic Hall of Fame. These former student-athletes were chosen based on their physical prowess, contributions to their respective sports and most importantly the character they brought to the field of play and Northwood University. At the ceremony, we paid special tribute to inductee Pat Riepma, who led our Northwood athletic programs for more than 21 years as coach and athletic director, and inspired thousands with his mantra “Go MAD” (Go Make a Difference). Pat passed away in July after a courageous battle with cancer.

All of our six inductees made a difference indeed. As students, they broke records, transcended boundaries and charted athletic history. Even after their athletic days at Northwood University were behind them, they continued on as leaders in their communities as professional athletes, coaches and successful entrepreneurs.

Being a student-athlete at Northwood University was a key part of the learning experience for each of our inductees. The discipline, motivation and ethicals habits they developed as part of a team shaped them into difference makers, innovators and entrepreneurs. Each carried the Timberwolf name with pride, and to this day consider themselves a part of the Northwood University family.

Congratulations to our 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees:

  • Ross Aitchison – Men’s Soccer – BBA 2010
  • Jill (Kotelnicki) Carr – Volleyball – BBA 1989
  • Christopher (Chris) Wilson – Football – BBA 2009
  • Michael (Mike) Urbanus – Men’s Basketball – BBA 1990
  • Safiyyah Abdul-Malik (Cicilie Murdock) – Women’s Track & Field – BBA 1987
  • Patrick (Pat) Riepma – Head Football Coach/Athletic Director – 1993-2015

To learn more about this year’s inductees and their contributions to Northwood University and their chosen professions, visit our website.

And big congratulations go to our Women’s Tennis Team for winning the 2015 GLIAC Tournament. With a 13-1 season, our lady Timberwolves will now be invited to play in the NCAA tournament in the spring.

Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend so remember to set your clocks back one hour at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 1.

“Go MAD” this weekend and have a fun and safe Halloween.


Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203

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