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Athletics Hall of Fame inductees to be honored Oct. 1

Six to be inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame on Homecoming.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Athletics News Release [8-2-11]

Six individuals have been selected for the Athletics Hall of Fame, according to the Minnesota State Hall of Fame selection committee. Recipients will be inducted Friday, Sept 30, and honored at the Homecoming football game Oct. 1.

The committee also announced its “team” inductee and this year’s service and philanthropic award recipients.

New Hall of Fame members in the student-athlete category include women’s diving stand-out Annie (Eggert) Whitson (‘83-86), men’s track star Joe Keillor (‘94-98), All-American football defensive lineman Chuck Gilbert (‘85-89) and former pro football tight end Tywan Mitchell (‘95-98).

Slated for induction in the builders category are nationally-renowned broadcast journalist Brad Nessler (MSU ‘77) and KEYC sports director Perry Dyke.

Selected for induction in the “team” category is the men’s hockey team from 1990-'91.

The Jim Schaffer Service Award will be presented to Dan Rotchadl (MSU ‘80) and this year’s MSU Athletics Philanthropic Award recipient is Thomas Huffman (MSU ‘64).

This year’s induction is Friday, Sept. 30, with the formal induction ceremony taking place at the Hall of Fame induction dinner in the Country Inn and Suites. The football team hosts Winona State Saturday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m. in the annual homecoming game, and the inductees will be introduced at halftime.

Those interested in attending the dinner may reserve tickets by calling the Alumni Office at (507) 3235 or (888) 234-3796 or by registering online at

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