February 8, 2012

Brad Ruhland Named to WIAC Men's Gymnastics All-Time Team

MADISON, Wis. (Blugolds.com) - The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) announced today the Men’s Gymnastics All-Time Team that will be recognized in conjunction with the conference’s upcoming Centennial Celebration. All-Time Teams are being selected in those men’s and women’s sports that have been classified as “championship” sports at some point during the conference’s 100-year history. Additional teams will be released on a weekly basis throughout much of the 2011-12 academic year.

From UW-Eau Claire, Brad Ruhland was named to the team (click for more info).

Men's Gymnastics All-Time Team
Name School Years Participated Hometown (High School)*
Mike Bellos UW-Oshkosh 1973-76 Lincolnwood, Ill. (Niles West Township)
Casey Edwards UW-Oshkosh 1976-78, 1980 Manitowoc, Wis. (Lincoln)
Chris Grainger UW-Oshkosh 1970-73 Milwaukee, Wis. (Bay View)
Ron Hanson UW-Oshkosh 1973-76 Menomonee Falls, Wis. (East)
Alan Hobson UW-Oshkosh 1978-81 Ottawa, Ontario (Brookfield)
Mike Kavanagh UW-Oshkosh 1973-76 Waukesha, Wis.
Dan Nekich UW-Oshkosh 1979-82 Franklin, Wis.
David Russell UW-Oshkosh 1977-80 Milwaukee, Wis. (Madison)
Bill Sands UW-Oshkosh 1972-75 Evansville, Wis.
Paul Speltz UW-Stout 1981-84 Rochester, Minn. (Mayo)
Brad Ruhland (More Info) UW-Eau Claire/
UW-La Crosse
1972-73/
1974-75
Waukesha, Wis.
Dave Farina UW-La Crosse    
 
Men's Gymnastics All-Time Coach:  Ken Allen (UW-Oshkosh) (1969-92)
*Indicates hometown and high school while attending school


WIAC Commissioner Gary Karner remarked that this has been an extremely difficult process given the 100-year span and incomparable success the conference has experienced in most of its sports. Karner noted that in some sports, even achieving All-American status didn’t necessarily guarantee an athlete a spot on the team. He also acknowledged that while disagreement is inherent and expected whenever there is a selection of an all-time anything (be it a team, restaurant or movie), the conference nonetheless felt it important to recognize student-athletes and coaches who have contributed to the success of the most accomplished Division III conference in NCAA history.

The student-athlete representation on each team has relied heavily on input provided by the sports information director from each of the nine WIAC campuses, while the process for selecting the head coach(es) for each team also includes input from a panel of media representatives. The number of individuals selected per team varies depending upon the nature of the sport itself as well as the number of years the sport has/had been sponsored within the conference.

The conference has also elected to establish a special “legacy” category to recognize those student-athletes and coaches who had extremely accomplished careers but competed during an era(s) when the compilation of statistical data was spotty at best and/or the style of play at that time does not translate for comparative purposes to the stats prevalent in the modern era. The WIAC “Legacy Team” will also be named at a later date.

All-Time Team members will receive certificates from the conference and it is hoped that most, if not all, of the recipients will be in attendance or represented at the WIAC Centennial Banquet to be held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on August 4, 2012.

More information on the activities and events associated with the WIAC Centennial can be accessed via the WIAC website at www.wiacsports.com.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is the proud sponsor of the WIAC Centennial Celebration