GREEN BAY, Wis. - Green Bay Athletics has announced the addition of four new members to the Phoenix Hall of Fame. The 2010 class consists of two former student-athletes - softball player Debbie Kind Urben and men's basketball standout Jeff Nordgaard - and longtime Phoenix Athletics supporters Richard and Pamela Spangenberg.
The induction ceremony for the 17th class of the Phoenix Hall of Fame will be held Friday, Feb. 5 in the Phoenix Rooms in the University Union on the UW-Green Bay campus. There will be a social hour from 6-7 p.m., followed by dinner and then the induction program at 8 p.m.
Kind Urben, a four-year letter winner as a pitcher on the Phoenix softball squad (1997-00), is the school's career leader in wins (33), shutouts (16) and complete games (45). In her senior season, she recorded a program-best 16 wins in 25 appearances with a school record 0.59 earned run average - a figure that ranked fourth in the NCAA.
Throughout her career, Kind Urben was a five-time Midwestern Collegiate Conference Pitcher of the Week, was twice named to the MCC All-Tournament Team and also earned second-team All-MCC honors. She led the softball program to new heights throughout her time at Green Bay, helping her teams to runner-up finishes in the conference tournament in both 1999 and 2000. The Phoenix's appearance in the conference final in 1999 was the first in the history of the school. The following season, she aided her team to a 27-15 record - the best winning percentage in school history. Kind Urben also tossed the first perfect game in school history in a 4-0 win over Butler on May 14, 1999.
In addition to her standout softball career, Kind Urben was also a member of the Green Bay volleyball squad during the 1998 season.
The Pulaski, Wis., native was not only a standout on the softball diamond, but excelled in the classroom as well. She graduated magna cum laude (3.913 grade-point average) from UW-Green Bay in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in human biology with an emphasis in exercise science. She went on to earn a master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is now a physical therapist at Aurora Baycare Medical Center and lives in Green Bay with her husband Eric - also a UW-Green Bay graduate - and son Gavin (3).
Nordgaard starred as a member of the Green Bay men's basketball team from 1992-96 and ranks third all time in scoring with 1,911 career points (15.9 points per game). In addition, the three-time first-team all-conference pick also ranks in the school's top 10 in rebounds (fifth, 701) and blocked shots (10th, 48). As a senior, Nordgaard earned MCC Player of the Year honors as well as honorable mention All-America recognition, scoring 22.6 points per game and leading the Phoenix to an NCAA Tournament berth. In all, Nordgaard played on three NCAA Tournament teams, and helped lead Green Bay to its upset win over California in the first round of the 1994 NCAA Tournament.
After graduation, Nordgaard was a second round NBA draft pick for the Milwaukee Bucks and appeared in 13 games during the 1997-98 season. He has also played professionally in America for the Indiana Legends (ABA) and the Fort Wayne Fury (CBA). Overseas, Nordgaard has played for professional teams in France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Poland. Most recently, he was the head coach of his Polish team AZS Koszalin.
The Dawson, Minn., native graduated from UW-Green Bay in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in history and currently works as a team sales representative for Impact Sports. He is married to former Butler basketball standout Alexis Proffitt. The couple lives in Milwaukee with their two children, Dawson (7) and Langdon (4).
Richard and Pamela Spangenberg are special friends of Green Bay Athletics who have unselfishly given their time, talent and resources to enhance the quality of the department. Together, they co-organized the women's basketball booster club and have been instrumental in fundraising efforts for Green Bay Athletics for more than 25 years.
Both were longtime UW-Green Bay staff members - Richard as a computer programmer (1971-2002) and Pamela as a benefits specialist (1970-2007). Richard, a native of Peshtigo, Wis., graduated from UW-Green Bay with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1971. The couple continues to reside in Green Bay.
Tickets for the induction of the 17th class of the Phoenix Hall of Fame can be purchased by calling 920.465.5125.