Jan. 13, 2009
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Phoenix Athletics Hall of Fame is set to welcome three new members in 2009, the Green Bay Athletics Department has announced. The former Phoenix stars to be inducted include: women's basketball player Sue Pitroski, volleyball player Janelle Tomlinson Richard and men's soccer player Josh Lynk.
The induction ceremony for the 16th class of the Phoenix Hall of Fame will be held Friday, Feb. 6 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.
A four-year letter winner on the Phoenix women's basketball squad (1982-86), Pitroski finished her career as a member of the 1,000-point club (1,188), placing her 13th on Green Bay's all-time scoring list. She was selected as her team's most valuable player her senior season after leading Green Bay to a 21-9 record. In each of Pitroski's four seasons on the team, the Phoenix won at least 21 games. The former Green Bay star averaged 9.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game over her career, while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field and tallying more than 600 rebounds. Pitroski earned numerous accolades over her time, including honorable mention Freshman All-America honors, NAIA Player of the Week honors and most valuable player awards at the UWGB Invitational and the WIAC Tournament.
After graduating with a bachelor of the arts degree in 1986, Pitroski has held sports reporting and public relations positions in her hometown of Manitowoc, Wis., where she currently lives. She continues to stay active in the basketball community as an assistant women's basketball coach at Silver Lake College, a position she has held since 2006.
Tomlinson Richard, arguably the most successful volleyball player in Phoenix history, holds numerous career Horizon League and Green Bay records. The three-time first-team all-conference performer is the Horizon League's all-time leader in kills (1,954) and aces (260). The former Phoenix standout also tops the school's career kills per game (4.22) and attack attempts (4850) lists. She was recognized in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd on Oct. 8, 2001, after breaking the NCAA record for most service aces in a single match (15). In 2003, she earned Horizon League Co-Player of the Year, Horizon League Tournament MVP, AVCA First-Team All-Midwest Region and AVCA honorable mention All-America plaudits while leading the Phoenix to its first NCAA Tournament appearance. In addition to her success on the volleyball court, she also graduated summa cum laude with a degree in human biology, was a 2003 Third-Team Academic All-American selection, as well as a three-time member of the Academic All-Horizon League Team.
Following her career at Green Bay, Tomlinson Richard played professionally for Pieksamaki Volley in Finland in 2004. She then went on to coach school and club teams, as well as summer skills clinics. She currently resides in her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband Matt Richard and their newborn son Jett.
Lynk, a goalkeeper on the Phoenix men's soccer team from 1997-2000, is Green Bay's career saves leader (381). Throughout his career, Lynk was a two-time first-team All-Horizon League pick, a two-time team MVP and was honored as Green Bay's Rookie of the Year as a freshman. As team captain his senior year, he garnered MVP honors at the Oneida Bingo and Casino Tournament and was also selected to the All-Horizon League Tournament Team. Until this past season, Lynk was also Green Bay's career shutouts leader with 15.
Lynk graduated from UW-Green Bay in 2001 with a degree in communication processes. After school, he was the first goalkeeper selected in the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) draft (26th overall). He then signed with the United Soccer League's Indiana Blast in 2001 and was called up to Major League Soccer's Dallas Burn in 2002. In 2003, he signed with the Minnesota Thunder, where he helped his team to the A-League runner up spot. Lynk currently lives in St. Louis Park, Minn., where he is a sales representative.
The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased by calling the athletic ticket office at (920) 465-5125.