2011 Hall of Honor
[2011 Athletic Hall of Honor]
CLASS OF 1993
Soccer always gave Derek Gueldenzoph great satisfaction. It was one of the most rewarding things in his life. But it was far from the only thing. A trip to Wales midway through his high school years expanded his thinking, gave him new perspective on many things in his life, and taught him to value responsibility. All of those experiences led him to Beloit College, and to the Buccaneer Men’s Soccer team. A four-year starter and three-time All-Conference forward for the Buccaneer Men’s Soccer squad, Gueldenzoph was a standout in the sport he loved. He earned the team’s Golden Boot Award in each of his four seasons and was the squad’s Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior, as well as a member of the All-State Team his final year. He was also Academic All-Conference for three seasons. The recipient of the Donald “Red” Janssen Award following his junior year and the Pat Dawson Award at the end of his senior year, Gueldenzoph still ranks as the fifth-leading goal scorer in Buccaneer Men’s Soccer history with 32. After graduating from Beloit with degrees in Psychology and Government he immediately went to work in the Beloit Admissions Office, a move that would become his life’s work. After Beloit he worked in the Admissions office at Austin College in Sherman, Texas; at the College of Wooster in Ohio and continues in the field today at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he is the Director of Admissions.
CLASS OF 1994
Figuring out a way to accomplish something seemingly insurmountable started for Mike Paulmeier at age two when he figured out how to scale a basement railing in his home and climb to its heights, just like Superman. At Beloit College, Paulmeier had a knack for avoiding the blocks of often bigger offensive lineman from his defensive tackle position for the Buccaneer Football team. He was, to quote numerous coaches and teammates, “quicker, smarter and more relentless” than the player on the other side. Brains over brawn. Paulmeier used every technique he knew on the way to three straight First Team All-Conference honors for the three-time Northern Division Champion Bucs. In his never-give-in wake was the Beloit record for most career sacks (31) that still stands, including 12 during his senior season. After graduation with a degree in Literary Studies, he had a short stint as an elementary school teacher before deciding to follow his passion in fitness training. In 2006 he opened Focused Fitness Elite Personal Training in Hilton Head, South Carolina, where he has worked with everyone from major league baseball players to professional golfers and everyone in between.
CLASS OF 1997
Few players in any sport have the ability to excel during their career and have the standards they established continue to hold up year after year. Jamie Cassette is one of those few. As a pitcher for the Buccaneer Softball team Cassette put up numbers that still resonate as the benchmark for Beloit College pitchers. Coming to Beloit after an outstanding three-sport career in high school, she became a big part of a perfect storm of athletic talent in Softball for the Bucs. A two-time All-Conference pitcher and the Most Valuable Player for Beloit’s first and only Conference Championship team in 1996, Cassette still holds the record for most career victories with 58 and the best earned run average at 2.14. She recorded every one of the 19 victories the ’96 team posted while striking out a record 133 with a 1.30 ERA. She also played Tennis for two seasons for the Bucs, earning team Player of the Year honors in her second season. The Ruth Peterson Award recipient after her senior season, she graduated with a degree in History. She was a teacher in Pahrump, Nevada, as well as the middle school athletic director, for over ten years and is now teaching middle school mathematics in Austin, Texas.
With the challenge of reviving a nearly dead Football program, Ed DeGeorge arrived at Beloit College in 1977. Twenty-nine years later he would retire as the all-time winningest coach in Buccaneer Football history. Prior to his tenure, the longest-serving coach spanned 12 seasons and the career win mark was 53 while the team had won only 94 games, with no championships, in the 30 seasons prior to DeGeorge taking over the program. In 29 seasons DeGeorge accumulated 135 wins and five Midwest Conference North Division Championships, including three straight from 1990-92. From 1990-95 the Bucs had an overall record of 41-17, which included undefeated Conference seasons in both 1990 and 1991. DeGeorge’s teams were known for their intelligent play, hard hitting and winning close games. Amazingly, nearly half of his coaching victories were by nine points or less. He is a member of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and the Beloit Historical Society Halls of Fame. During his service to the College he was a dedicated teacher and mentor to the 1,500-plus student-athletes whose lives he touched. In addition to his coaching, he also served as Beloit’s Director of Athletics from 1985 to 2004. His Commitment to Beloit College continues to this day as he serves as an assistant coach for son Dave’s Buccaneer Baseball program. His passion for coaching passed on to his three sons, all of whom have been head coaches at the NCAA Division III level. He is still a welcome site around the Athletic Department and the campus. He and his wife, Nancy, are still heavily invested in the well-being of Beloit College and its student-athletes.