UWP Honors Outstanding Alumni Athletes
PLATTEVILLE - The University of Wisconsin-Platteville honored four alumni athletes at the 32nd annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday, Oct. 25.
To receive the award, nominees must meet one of the following criteria: have documented outstanding past or current coaching performance of 15 years or more, have documented outstanding past or current contributions to UWP intercollegiate athletics, and/or have documented outstanding performances in intercollegiate athletics while a student at UWP with a graduation date of 17 or more years prior to the current year.
Inductees Sherri Ann Batterman, Steve Behl, Jerry Ring, and Greg Wiest were selected from a long list of candidates to be inducted into the UWP Athletic Hall of Fame.
While at UWP, Batterman was an outstanding athlete in both softball and basketball. She is a multiple year letter winner for each sport as well as most valuable player in softball in 1985 and 1986, and female athlete of the year in 1984 and 1985. With recorded shutouts in two games in the conference tournament in 1985, she helped UWP finish third overall in only their third year existing as a softball program. She is one of four softball players in the history of UWP to be chosen as a three-time all conference player.
In basketball, Batterman once scored 30 points versus Luther College during the '84-85 tournament season. The result of her phenomenal playing was an 80-76 victory. The next night's performance in the championship game versus Carthage College was equally as impressive with the Pioneers winning 80-75 in overtime. For these outstanding performances she was selected to the all tournament team.
Batterman graduated from UWP in 1986 with a BS in management and marketing. After graduation she received her MBA in marketing from UW-Whitewater, and currently resides in Maryland where she is employed with Capital-Gazette Communications.
Behl graduated from UWP in 1979 with a degree in industrial arts and was one of the charter members of the UWP Chapter of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers. He went on to earn his master's in business administration from the University of Washington-Seattle. Behl was an outstanding wrestler and three-time conference champion at 177 pounds. As a senior he was awarded the John Peterson Award given to the most outstanding wrestler at the conference championships. Behl placed fifth and second in 1977 and 1979 respectively at nationals. In 1979 he was honored as UWP male athlete of the year. Behl has worked for Eaton-Cutter Hammer since 1979. He serves as a plant manager and is part of an assessment team to evaluate other Easton-Cutter Hammer plants across the country.
Ring graduated from UWP in 1975 and was a starting linebacker for UWP from 1971-1974. During this time he started every single game. He was rated as the number one defensive player in the conference in 1973 and 1974, and led the UWP football team in tackles in 1972 and 1973. He was also honored as the team's most valuable player in 1972 and 1974. Ring has continually been involved in the McFarland community where he developed and coached youth football programs for eight years. The Farm Bureau in Rural Insurance has employed him for the past 26 years.
Also an outstanding UWP Alumni in football is Wiest. He graduated from UWP in 1975 where he started for 35 consecutive games as left offensive tackle between 1968-1970 and 1972. Wiest was honored as the most valuable offensive lineman in 1970 and 1972. This same year he was also named as an honorable mention All American. In 1970, Wiest helped lead the Pioneers to the conference championship title with a 10-1 record. Wiest continued using his athletic abilities to help others as the assistant football coach at Fennimore High School in 1973 and 1974. From there he moved on to Independence where he assumed roles as assistant football coach, assistant wresting coach, and head baseball coach. Wiest's wrestling team won the conference title in 1976-1977. As head baseball coach his team won the conference title in 1976.
The Athletic Hall of Fame is on display in the Williams Fieldhouse.