Proctor, four from class of 2002 headed to Hall of Fame

Posted on: August 14th, 2012 by Joseph Vanden Acker

Long-time women’s basketball coach Amy Proctor and four athletes from the class of 2002 will be inducted into the Lawrence University Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 5.

Proctor is joined by wrestler Andy Kazik, hockey and soccer star Tom Conti, dominating swimmer Daniel Hurley and soccer standout Megan Tiemann.

Amy Proctor

A native of Green Bay, Wis., Amy Proctor resurrected the Lawrence women’s basketball program and no basketball coach has won more games with the Vikings.

Proctor served as the head women’s basketball coach for 19 seasons from 1988 to 2007 and compiled a record of 247-192 for a .563 winning percentage. Proctor won two Midwest Conference championships, one Lake Michigan Conference championship and her teams made one NCAA Division III Tournament appearance.

Proctor took over a program that had seen its season canceled in 1987-88 and immediately led the squad to the 1989 Lake Michigan Conference title. The Vikings followed that by winning the Midwest Conference title in 1990. Lawrence won the Midwest Conference championship again in 1999 and played in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Proctor was named Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1999.

Proctor’s teams won a school-record 19 games in 1992-93 and matched that mark again in 2005-06. The Vikings had 14 winning seasons and 16 seasons of .500 or better in Proctor’s 19 years at the helm. Lawrence also qualified for the four-team Midwest Conference Tournament 12 times under Proctor.

When Proctor first came to Lawrence, she also served as head volleyball coach. She coached the Vikings for five seasons (1988-92) and had a record of 56-82. Proctor had two winning seasons and the team set a school record with 18 victories in 1992, a mark that stood until 2001.

Proctor also served as director of athletics from 1993-99 and oversaw a transformation of the coaching staff. Proctor hired John Tharp to guide the men’s basketball program and Kim Tatro to coach the softball and volleyball squads. Proctor also expanded the coaching staff to allow men’s and women’s soccer and hockey to have full-time coaches.

Proctor retired from college coaching in 2007 and now works as a commercial lines underwriter at Secura Insurance.

Tom Conti ’02

Tom Conti starred on the pitch and the ice for the Vikings.

For the Lawrence hockey team, Conti scored goals. For the Lawrence soccer team, Conti stopped the opposition from scoring.

A forward on the hockey team, Conti was the school’s career scoring leader with 89 points when he graduated. Conti’s 40 goals and 49 assists also made him the career leader when his career was complete.

An All-Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association selection in 2002, Conti set Lawrence records with nine points and seven assists in the same game against Illinois Benedictine College back in 1998. A team captain, Conti set school season records with 29 points and 19 assists in 1998-99.

A defender for the soccer team, Conti spearheaded the Lawrence defense for four seasons. A three-time All-Midwest Conference selection (1999, 2000, 2001), Conti was at the forefront of the renaissance of the men’s soccer program under head coach Blake Johnson. Conti also earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Central Region honors in 2001.

Conti won Lawrence’s Outstanding Freshman Athletic Award for Men and also earned the Iden Charles Champion Cup. In addition, Conti was one of four finalists for the Hockey Humanitarian Award.

A stellar student, Conti was a CoSIDA four-time Academic All-Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association selection. He earned the maximum of three Academic All-Midwest Conference selections and was a two-time Academic All-District 5 selection.

A native of Atlanta, Ga., Conti is a software developer at Epic Systems and lives in Monona, Wis.

Daniel Hurley ’02

I guess you could say Daniel Hurley is a perfectionist.

The native of St. Phillip’s, Newfoundland, went 12-for-12 in individual races at the Midwest Conference Championships and was named the league’s Swimmer of the Year three times. Hurley never lost an individual race at the Midwest Conference Championships and led Lawrence to the 2000 team title. Hurley finished his career with 17 conference titles, earning five relay crowns to go with the 12 individual titles.

Hurley won the 1,650-yard freestyle, 500 freestyle and 400 individual medley to go along with being on the winning 800 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay teams at the 1999 Midwest Conference Championships. Lawrence won the team title in 2000, and Hurley won his first of three consecutive Midwest Conference Swimmer of the Year awards. He again won 1,650 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 400 IM and also swam on the winning 400 freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay teams.

Hurley took home individual titles in the 500 freestyle and 400 IM but added his first crown in the 200 butterfly at the 2001 Midwest Conference Championships. He also was part of the winning 400 freestyle relay team on his way to winning Swimmer of the Year honors. Hurley swept the same three races (200 butterfly, 400 IM, 500 freestyle) at the 2002 Midwest Conference Championships on his way to his third consecutive Swimmer of the Year award.

Hurley set Midwest Conference records in 500 freestyle (4:41.01), 1,000 freestyle (9:51.40) and 1,650 freestyle (16:29.69). He also set Midwest Conference Championships records in 500 freestyle (4:41.01), 1,000 freestyle (9:51.40), 1,650 freestyle (16:29.69) and 400 IM (4:10.44). Hurley also continues to hold Lawrence records in the 500 freestyle, 1,000 freestyle, 1,650 freestyle and 800 freestyle relay.

Hurley also is a 12-time Wisconsin Private College Championship champion (four titles in 2002, three in 2001, three in 2000, two in 1999) and helped the Vikings win the team title in 1999, 2000 and 2002.

An outstanding student as well, Hurley earned the maximum of three Academic All-Midwest Conference selections. He also was named a NCAA Postgraduate Scholar.

Hurley is a postdoctoral psychology resident at the Washington State University Psychology Clinic and lives in Moscow, Idaho.

Andy Kazik ’02

Andy Kazik stands alone atop the podium of Lawrence wrestling because behind his name are the words “national champion.”

The native of De Pere, Wis., became the only Lawrence wrestler to win a NCAA Division III title when he won the crown at 184 pounds in 2002.

A two-time All-American, Kazik compiled a career record of 129-18, and that is good for second on the Lawrence career wins list. His career .878 winning percentage ranks fourth all-time, but it is first among wrestlers with at least 50 victories.

A three-time qualifier for the NCAA Division III Championships, Kazik completed a 40-0 season in 2002 by winning the national title. He defeated Augsburg College’s Ricky Crone 4-2 in the national title match. Kazik’s 40-0 record ranks first in season winning percentage and is the third-most wins in a season.

Kazik finished 41-4 in 2000-01 and earned All-America honors for the first time when he finished third at 184 pounds at the NCAA Championships. Kazik and teammate Ross Mueller both finished third at the NCAA Championships in 2001, and the Vikings finished 10th in the team standings, the highest finish ever by a Lawrence team at the national meet. Kazik’s 41 wins in 2000-01 is the second-highest season total in Lawrence history.

As a sophomore in 1999-2000, Kazik went 32-6 and qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time. Kazik, who ranks eighth on the Lawrence list with 22 pins, began his career with a 16-8 mark as a freshman in 1998-99.

Kazik also played football in the 2002 season, started at linebacker and led the team with 89 tackles.

Kazik lives in De Pere and is an outside sales representative at McJunkin Red Man Corp., in Appleton.

Megan Tiemann ’02

Megan Tiemann was the offensive force that powered Lawrence women’s soccer to the top of the Midwest Conference.

A forward for the Vikings, Tiemann was a two-time Midwest Conference Player of the Year and four-time all-conference selection. Tiemann led the Vikings to two Midwest Conference Tournament titles and the 2000 Midwest Conference championship.

A native of Kent, Wash., Tiemann graduated as Lawrence’s career leader with 55 goals, 25 assists and 135 points.

Tiemann scored 17 goals and had five assists for 39 points on her way to being named Midwest Conference Player of the Year in 1998. The Vikings finished 11-6-1 and went 7-1-1 in the conference that season. Tiemann was a first-team all-conference selection in 1999 as she scored 17 goals and had 10 assists for 44 points in 1999. The Vikings advanced to the Midwest Conference Tournament championship game in both 1998 and 1999.

Tiemann scored both goals, including the game-winner in the third overtime, in the 2000 Midwest Conference Tournament championship game. In leading Lawrence to its first Midwest Conference championship, Tiemann scored eight goals and had five assists for 21 points and was a first-team all-conference pick for the 2000 season. The Vikings also played in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in 2000.

Tiemann was named the 2001 Midwest Conference Player of the Year when she scored 13 goals and had five assists for 31 points. Lawrence won a school-record 13 games, and Tiemann scored the only goal in the Vikings’ 1-0 win over St. Norbert College in the title game at the Midwest Conference Tournament.

Lawrence became the first Midwest Conference team to host, and win, a NCAA Division III Tournament game when the Vikings beat Aurora University 2-1 in 2001. Tiemann scored both goals in Lawrence’s victory.

Tiemann lives in Washington, D.C., and is a sergeant with the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department.

 

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