FARGO, N.D. -- When North Dakota State University holds its 38th annual Bison Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Oct. 2, Bemidji State University Director of Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb will be among the seven new members to be included in the elite circle of collegiate athletes. The announcement came today from Hall of Fame committee chairman Lee Petersen.
“It’s a tremendous honor,” commented Goeb. “Athletically-speaking, North Dakota State is a program that is really running on all cylinders. Their move to Division I has been first class and they have a first-class mentality in their treatment of their student-athletes and athletic programs."
“It is an honor and a privilege, first to be a part of North Dakota State history, and now to be honored by them.” Goeb went on to say, “To be honest, it was a bit of a shock. I believe I am the 25th wrestler to be inducted into the hall of fame and that is quite an honor when you look at the success of that program over the years.”
“It is certainly something that is extremely humbling.”
Goeb, a member of the Bison wrestling team from 1985-88, was the 1988 NCAA national champion at 126 pounds on NDSU’s first Division II national championship team under the direction of Bucky Maughan ... Three-time All-America selection for the Bison ... Three-time North Central Conference placewinner ... He compiled a 26-8 record during the 1988 NCAA Division II national championship season ... All-American in both 1987 (5th) and 1986 (7th) ... Bison had a dual record of 33-3 during his three years … Finished second, third, and second in the NCC over his three years after transferring from Oklahoma State ... His career record at NDSU was 64-25 (15-10, 23-7, and 26-8) ... Three-time Minnesota state wrestling champion at Anoka High School ... Finished undefeated with 101 straight wins ... Graduated from NDSU in 1989, earned his master’s degree from Northern Colorado and received his Ph.D. from North Dakota ... Assistant wrestling coach at NDSU in 1989 and assistant wrestling/strength coach at Northern Colorado in 1990 ... Head wrestling coach at St. Cloud State from 1991-1994 ... Served as the associate athletic director at Alaska-Fairbanks from 1995-2001 ... Since 2001, Goeb has directed the 17-sport varsity athletics program at Bemidji State with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey and 15 Division II sports ... BSU has entered one of the best all-around eras in the program’s history highlighted by men’s ice hockey making its first Division I NCAA Frozen Four and recently joining the WCHA ... Six teams have won conference titles during his tenure ... BSU athletics has also assembled a strong academic reputation under Goeb’s leadership with the athletic teams compiling a 3.00 cumulative grade point average every semester for the past eight years ... The department was honored with the 2008-09 NSIC Sportsmanship Award ... Set up partnerships with nine local elementary schools and BSU student-athletes to enhance university’s relationship in community ... Worked with Bemidji city council, city residents and students to pass a referendum to build the Bemidji Regional Events Center ... He and his wife, Carol, have two daughters Amber (11) and Anna (10), and a son, Jordan (8) ... Served on the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 2002-06 ... First Assembly of God church board deacon since 2006.
The newest members of the Hall are the 1969 NDSU national championship football team represented by co-captain and middle linebacker Stu Helgason; All-America volleyball middle hitter and basketball player Jen Miller (Hume) (1979-82); NCAA Division II national champion wrestler Rick Goeb (1985-88); All-America setter Becky Schulze (1986-89); men’s basketball standout Dan Wilbersheid (1984-88); All-America track & field performer Lisa Ristau-Eckroth (1987-91); All-America volleyball middle hitter Brenda Schultz Foti (1987-90), and All-America inside linebacker Steve Garske (1980-1983).
The induction will take place at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. Lunch will begin at 11 a.m. with the induction ceremonies to start at 11:30 a.m. A limited number of tickets are available from the NDSU Athletic Media Relations Office (701-231-7197) for a cost of $25 per ticket. The group will also be recognized at the homecoming football game on October 3rd between NDSU and Illinois State.
portions of this release courtesy of NDSU Athletic Media Relations