Michigan Athletics Hall of Honor -- 1996 Induction Class
Stephen Boros Jr. Baseball (1955-57) Stephen Boros Jr. played baseball for the Wolverines in 1956 and 1957. Boros hit .324 in his first year on the team, and he followed that with a .381 average the next season. He helped Michigan to a 36-16 record in those two years and was named an All-Big Ten conference third baseman in 1957. After the 1957 season, Boros left U-M, signing a contract with the Detroit Tigers. Boros played for four seasons in Detroit before spending a year with the Chicago Cubs and two years with Cincinnati. He began a managing career in the minors, working with Waterloo 1970-72, and San Jose 1973-74. Boros coached with the Kansas City Royals and Montreal Expos before becoming manager of the Oakland A's (1983-1984) and San Diego Padres (1986). Presently, Boros is a major league field coordinator for the Detroit Tigers.
Mark B. Churella Wrestling (1976-79) Mark B. Churella put together a career which ranks him as one of the top wrestlers in Michigan's history. While at Michigan, he earned All-America honors each of his four years and was a three time NCAA National Champion, twice at 150-pounds and once at 167-pounds. He was the Big Ten conference 150-pound champion in back-to-back seasons, 1977 and 1978. As a freshman at U of M, he earned Third-Team All-America honors. His second season, he won the NCAA 150-lb. title and nabbed First-Team All-America honors. As a junior, Churella was named 1978 Outstanding NCAA Wrestler and a First-Team All-American. His senior season, he moved up to the 167-lb. class and won the NCAA individual title and earned third straight First-Team All-America honors. Churella finished with a 134-14-0 record as a Wolverine. After graduating, Churella went to UNLV, where he served as a wrestling coach for five years. Churella came back to Michigan, serving as an assistant coach for three seasons (1984-87). He is now a CEO for the FDI Group.
Elaine Crosby Tennis (1977-78), Golf (1979-80) Elaine Crosby was a two-sport standout during her time at Michigan. Initially, Crosby played tennis, lettering during her first two years in Ann Arbor. During those two years (1977-78), Crosby compiled a record of 13-9 in singles play and 5-1 in doubles action. In 1980-81, Crosby shifted her athletic efforts to the golf course. In the spring of 1980, Crosby placed ninth in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women national golf tournament, as Michigan finished fourth in the AIAW Midwest Regional. Looking back, the move from tennis to golf was the right one for her future, as Crosby joined the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour in 1984 and has had success in her professional career. She has two LPGA victories to her credit: a win in the 1989 Mazda Japan Classic and a victory in the 1994 Keystone Open. In 1994, Crosby served as president of the LPGA Tour. Crosby was a non-voting member of the LPGA Executive Committee from 1997-98. Presently, Crosby is Founder and CEO of the web site FINDaLESSON.com
David C. DeBol Hockey (1971-74) David C. Debol had an extremely successful Wolverine career with the ice hockey team, progressing from an impressive freshman season to a consistent scorer and playmaker as a senior. His freshman and sophomore year, Debol started out successfully scoring 31 and 58 points respectively. As a junior, the center exploded for 99 points, including 43 goals, earning him First Team All-America Honors and Michigan's Most Valuable Player for the 1976-77 season. Debol ended his collegiate career with 58 points his final season. Debol finished his four U-M seasons with 112 goals and 134 assists for 246 points, a total which still ranks him among the top five Wolverine scorers. Following his time in Ann Arbor, Debol went on to play for two seasons with the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA and two seasons with the NHL's Hartford Whalers. Debol is now an account representative for Hockey Tech.
Dan Dierdorf Football (1969-71) Dierdorf played offensive line for the Wolverines from 1968-1970, helping U-M to a 27-6 record, the 1969 Big Ten title and 1970 Rose Bowl appearance over his three years. His contributions were noted by opposing coaches and the media, earning him All-America honors in 1970 and three All-Big Ten Conference awards, including a pair of First-Team selections. After concluding his college career, Dierdorf was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was named an All-Pro and best NFL offensive lineman for three consecutive years from 1976-78. Because of Dierdorf's accomplishments, which included being a five-time Pro-Bowler and five-time All-NFL selection, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996. Dierdorf is also recognizable for his excellent commentary on ABC-TV's "Monday Night Football," from 1988 C 1998.
Diane Dietz Basketball (1979-82) Diane M. Dietz was the model Michigan student-athlete during her four years in Ann Arbor (1979-1982). On the basketball court, Dietz was a four-year starter, leading the Wolverines in scoring all four years. Off the court, Dietz excelled in the classroom. The business, communications, and psychology major earned GTE Academic All-America accolades three times. She capped her U-M career with receipt of the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor for academic and athletic excellence. Dietz was a prolific scorer, finishing her U-M career with 2,076 points. The point total still stands as the wolverine women's basketball career record and places Dietz fifth on the all-time Wolverine men's and women's basketball combined scoring list. Recipient of the 1995 U-M Gerald R. Ford award, Dietz earned her J.D. degree in 1985 from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, graduating cum laude. Currently, she is Regional Director of Legal Government and Public Affairs at Comcast Cablevision.
Leonard Ford Jr. Football (1945-47) Leonard E. Ford Jr., a posthumous Hall of Honor inductee, was a splendid end during his three Michigan seasons (1945-47). He helped the Wolverines to a combined 23-5-1 record, including the 1947 national championship. For his Wolverine career, Ford made 16 receptions for 373 yards, a large amount for the style of play in the 1940s. He additionally rushed for 116 yards on 15 carries and scored five touchdowns. Ford was selected to play in the 1948 Chicago Tribune Charities, Inc. All-Star Game. Drafted in the third round by the Los Angeles dons in the AAFC 1948 selection, Ford entered the National Football League two years later. Ford played with the Cleveland Browns from 1950-1957 before ending his career with the Green Bay Packers in 1958. Over his pro career, he made the Pro Bowl four times (1951-54) and was named All-NFL after all four of those seasons.
Raymond Senkowski Tennis (1961-63) A posthumous Hall of Honor inductee, Raymond D. Senkowski put together an All-American tennis career with the Wolverines. Senkowski lettered in the 1961, 1962, 1963 seasons, earning All-America recognition each year. His play helped Michigan to a 24-11 record over three seasons, including Big Ten Conference titles in 1961 and 1962. Senkowski captured two conference titles during his career, the 1961 singles championship and the 1961 doubles title with Wayne Peacock.
John W. Tidwell II Basketball (1958-61) John W. Tidwell II was an explosive scorer with the Wolverine men's basketball team (1958-61), totaling 1,386 points in three seasons. A guard, Tidwell burst onto the Michigan basketball scene as a sophomore, averaging 17.6 points per game and 6.6 rebounds . In each of his last two seasons, Tidwell led the Wolverines in scoring, pouring in 520 points as a junior (21.6 ppg) and 441 as a senior (19.1 ppg). Tidwell was elected captain and earned the Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player award in 1961. Tidwell's career scoring average of 20.1 points per game places him seventh all-time at Michigan. Four of Michigan's 14 all-time single-game scoring highs were recorded by Tidwell. Tidwell is now an obstetrician-gynecologist for the Mintview Charlotte Women's Specialists.