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Feb. 1 , 2006
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EMU to honor eight with induction into Athletic Hall of Fame Feb. 11

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University E-Club has announced the induction four former athletes, three coaches and a sports physician into the Athletics Hall of Fame for 2005.

The eight new members will be honored at an official induction ceremony Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the atrium of the Convocation Center. A reception will follow at noon in the Stadium Club.

The Class of 2005 includes: Sara Seegers, (’95), softball; Harold Simons, (’69, ’71), basketball and later a men’s basketball and men’s golf coach; Tommy Asinga, (’94), men’s track; Dan Boisture, football coach; Ben Braun, men’s basketball coach; the late Hamilton Morningstar, (’40), men’s track; Dr. Waldomar Roeser, chief orthopedic specialist for the athletic department; and Dan Schmitz, (’79), baseball.

The E-Club, a group of former EMU varsity letter winners, sponsors the Hall of Fame and has a selection committee to determine the inductees. The 2005 honorees will be the 30th class inducted into the Hall of Fame, which started with the inaugural class in 1976.

This year's induction ceremony and reception is scheduled prior to the EMU-Miami (Ohio) women's basketball game, which has a 2 p.m. tip-off. The Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced at halftime.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame ceremony are $35 each, which includes the induction ceremony, reception and a ticket for the women’s basketball game. Hall of Fame tickets can be ordered from the EMU Athletics Office by calling 487-1050.

The Hall of Fame was relocated from Bowen Field House to the EMU Convocation Center

with the induction of the Class of 2001. The hall is located in the atrium of the Convocation Center and is open to the public on a daily basis at no charge. 

Those to be inducted and their achievements are:

Sara Seegers, (’95), an outstanding softball player who earned four varsity letters (1990-93).  She was named first-team All-Mideast Region and first-team All-Mid-American Conference as a senior in 1993.  Seegers set five single-season records in that year, for games played (66), at bats (218), runs scored (47), hits (86) and stolen bases (42), and all five are still standing.

Harold Simons (’69,’71). At EMU, Simon was an outstanding basketball player and later a coach in two sports, men's basketball and men's golf. He earned three varsity basketball letters (1965-68) and finished his career with 698 points. He helped lead EMU to a second-place finish in the 1966 President's Athletic Conference with an 11-1 record. Simons served as co-captain of the 1967-68 team that won the NAIA District championship and advanced to the NAIA national tournament. He played on EMU basketball teams that were 53-19 during his three seasons.

After graduating, he went on to become an assistant men's basketball coach at EMU from 1968-76 and also handled the men's golf head coaching duties from 1970-72. His 1969-70 men's golf team placed 14th in the NAIA and 18th in the NCAA-College Division nationals. The 1970-71 golf team finished 11th in the NCAA-College Division and his 1971-72 team went 10-1 in dual-meet action and finished sixth in the NCAA-College Division.

Tommy Asinga (‘94) was an outstanding track performer for EMU from outstanding trackman from 1991-94, earning All-American honors five times as an 800-meter runner and on several relay teams.

Asinga also competed in three Olympic Games (1988, 1992, 1996) for his home country, Suriname, and served as his country's flag-bearer at the '92 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He turned in a third-place finish in the 800 meters at the Pan-Am Games in 1991, finished second in the 800-meter run at the 1991 NCAA Outdoor Championships and was sixth in the 1992 NCAA Indoor Championships. He also ran the anchor leg on EMU's winning 3,200-meter relay team at the 1993 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Dan Boisture served as head coach of EMU’s football team for seven seasons (1967-73) and had a 45-20-3 record (.684), the best winning percentage by any football coach in school history.

He led the team to seven consecutive winning seasons and also produced the longest unbeaten streak in school history at 13 games during the 1970 and 1971 seasons. Boisture led the '71 squad to a 7-0-2 record, which included EMU's first-ever post-season bowl game, the Pioneer Bowl. The 1971 team earned a No. 1 national ranking in the NCAA- College Division.

Boisture coached six EMU players that earned All-American honors. He eventually went on to coach the Detroit Wheels of the World Football League.

Ben Braun served as EMU’s head men’s basketball coach from 1985-1996 before leaving to take over the head coaching duties at the University of California-Berkeley. In his 10 1/2 seasons as EMU’s head coach, he led Eastern to the most successful decade in school history in the NCAA Division I ranks, finishing as the winningest head coach in school history with an 185-132 record.

During his EMU tenure, he was named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year three times (1987-88, 1990-91, 1995-96). During those three years, he directed the basketball team to Mid-American Conference and MAC Tournament Championships, as well as three NCAA post-season tournament appearances, including a “Sweet 16” appearance in 1995-96. Braun also coached the 1994-95 team to the school’s first-ever National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

Hamilton Morningstar (‘40) was an outstanding high jumper and pole-vaulter on the track team. He won numerous awards as a collegiate AAU competitor, including finishing second nationally in the decathlon at the 1938 National AAU Championships. That same year, Morningstar also won the National Sigma Delta Psi title, competing 12 events against a field representing 47 universities. He went on to set many national age-group track and swimming records after retiring.

He coached track and cross-country at Bad Axe and Ann Arbor.

Morningstar died Nov. 14, 1995.

Dr. Waldomar Roeser has served the Eastern Michigan University athletic department as its chief orthopedic specialist for 35 years (1971-2006). He has been active with assisting all of the EMU varsity sports teams and continues to serve the department.

Roeser attended the University of Michigan from 1953-56, where he was a Regents Alumni Scholar (1954), a Moses Gomberg Scholar in Chemistry (1955-56), and a recipient of the Rollo E. McCotter Anatomy Award (1957). He completed medical school at the University of Michigan in 1960 and served an internship there for two years.

From 1962-71, Roeser was a member of the  Army Medical Corps, where he was a Lieutenant Colonel. He served 1 1/2 years as a MASH surgeon and a Division Surgeon during the Viet Nam War (1968-70). Roeser earned numerous honors during his career, including the Bronze Star, with a Four Oak Leaf Cluster while serving in the Army.

Roeser entered private practice with Orthopedic Surgery Associates, P.C., from 1971-1999, and is currently a member of the University of Michigan, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Division of MedSport, and an assistant professor.

Dan Schmitz (1979 graduate) was one of the outstanding baseball players in EMU history, earning four letters from 1974-77. He played second base on two teams that went to the NCAA College World Series, including the 1976 team that was the runner-up to national champion Arizona and the 1975 squad that was fifth in the nation.

He spent the 1988-90 seasons as an assistant coach at EMU before being named head coach at Bowling Green State University in 1990. Now in his 16th season as BGSU's head baseball coach, Schmitz has a 409-362-4 record and has led the Falcons to four MAC East Division titles, two MAC Tournament championships and two NCAA regional berths. He has more wins than any coach in BGSU history.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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