Former University of Wisconsin and professional hockey player Barry Richter will join his father, Pat, as a Madison Sports Hall of Fame inductee when the 2015 class is honored June 3 at Monona Terrace.
Barry Richter, multisport athlete Tim Healy, former UW volleyball coach Pete Waite and former UW and Olympic rower Jackie Zoch will be enshrined as the Hall of Fame’s 53rd class.
Richter’s hockey career includes playing for the Badgers, Olympic, U.S. World Championship, NHL and European league teams. UW won the 1990 WCHA and NCAA titles and was the NCAA runner-up in 1992. Richter’s honors included first-team All-WCHA and all-academic recognition and NCAA All-America and all-tournament team selection. He received the Eddie Shore Award for best defenseman in the American Hockey League.
Healy was a baseball, basketball and football player for Madison East in the late 1960s, earning eight varsity letters and numerous awards. Healy, as a senior in the Madison East Class of 1969, was first-team all-city, all-conference, all-area and All-State as a quarterback and defensive back.
He was dubbed the “best player” in Madison by the State Journal and the “do everything” player by the Associated Press. Scholastic Magazine chose him as a top 100 All-American player. Injuries derailed his UW football career.
Waite was hired in 1999 as UW’s volleyball coach and during his 14 years his teams qualified for nine consecutive NCAA tournaments. The Badgers advanced to two Sweet 16s and two Elite Eights and finished as the 2000 NCAA tournament runner-up to Nebraska.
Waite, a 1977 Monona Grove graduate, has the most victories of any UW volleyball coach and is the only coach with more than 100 conference wins. Before Waite arrived at UW, he led Northern Illinois for 11 seasons and finished as its winningest coach with eight conference titles, six conference tournament titles, four NCAA appearances and three coach of the year awards.
Zoch, who was born in Madison, excelled in rowing, starting at UW and making a quick leap to becoming an Olympian. In her first year, she was part of the eights boat that won the novice Eastern Sprints. She then moved up to the varsity eights, which won consecutive national championships.
She became a U.S. national team member. Zoch was in the U.S. eights boat that won a bronze medal in the first Olympic rowing competition for women at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. She remains active in rowing as chief organizer and as a coach for the Lake Purdy Rowing Association in Birmingham, Alabama.
Tickets for the June 3 event, which will include social time at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m., cost $50 and will be sold until May 25. Contact Peg Mueller at 608-238-5907 for tickets.