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Doane Inducts Hall-of-Fame Class

Doane Inducts Hall-of-Fame Class

Three former Doane athletes and a former Doane coach were inducted into the college's Athletic Hall-of-Fame, Friday, January 25.

The designation recognizes athletic achievements while in college and honors and preserves the memory of outstanding athletes, teams and coaches. This year's recipients are Fran H. Schwenk of Liberty, Mo., John D. Baumann '90 of Stillwater, Okla., David J. Symonsbergen '93 of Lincoln and Mari Maaske '96 of Honolulu, Hawaii.

The athletes were introduced Saturday, January 26, during halftime of the men's basketball game versus the University of Sioux Falls, in Fuhrer Fieldhouse.

Fran H. Schwenk, Liberty, Mo.

Fran Schwenk's career at Doane spanned 21 years and shaped the lives of hundreds of young men and women. From 1984 to 2005 he served as head football coach and associate professor of physical education. He also served as athletic director from 2000-2005.

He became Doane's winningest football coach, completing a record of 114 wins, 87 losses and three ties, part of a career head coaching record of 166-118-5.

He earned his bachelor's and master of science degrees in education from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo., where he was a four-year letterman and earned outstanding running back honors during the 1968 season. He coached at several high schools in Missouri, establishing winning programs before becoming defensive backs coach at Missouri Western in St. Joseph in 1980.

He arrived at Doane in 1984, the same year Doane won the Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) championship. He led Doane teams to the national football playoffs in 1993, 1997 and 1999. Besides his playoff teams, his 2001 and 2002teams were also rated in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Top 20.

Schwenk was a three-time conference coach-of-the-year. He developed 35 All-American athletes while at Doane along with 60 Academic All-American athletes. He was named the State College Coach of the Year by the Omaha World Herald in 1997, and the Lincoln Journal Star's Nebraska State College Coach of the Year in 1993. Additionally, he was the District 11 Coach of the Year and the National Kodak Region IV Coach of the Year in 1993.

In 2005, he was named head football coach, assistant athletic director and instructor of physical education at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. His professional memberships include the Nebraska High School Activities Association, American Football Coaches Association (where he currently serves on the Ethics Committee) and the NAIA Football Association, serving as its president from 2002-2004.

Schwenk and his wife, Sue, have three daughters, Hillory, Brandy and Aubrey, and five grandchildren.

John D. Baumann '90, Stillwater, Okla.

The success John Baumann found in athletics at Doane continued long after he left Lauritsen Track and Fuhrer Field House, following him from athlete to coach.

Baumann was a member of Doane's football and track teams. He played four different positions in football and was a four-year offensive starter.

In track he became a 10-time All-American for the Tigers in the shot put and discus. For four years he was Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) indoor and outdoor shot put champion and outdoor discus champion as well as the NAIA District 11 indoor/outdoor shot put champion. He also earned the outdoor District 11 discus champion title for three years.

He was a key member of the team that became District 11 indoor champions. The NAIA inducted him into its track and field hall of fame in 2007, the association's highest honor.

Baumann now has 17 years of coaching experience, guiding Olympic team members, NCAA national qualifiers and men's and women's All- Americans in various events. His career has taken him to such institutions as the University of Illinois, George Mason University and Oklahoma State University. He coached George Mason's national champion indoor team and runner-up outdoor teams in 1996. He is a certified U.S.A. Track and Field Level 1 and Level 2 coach for jumps/sprints/hurdles and multi-events and a Crossfit Level 3 certified trainer and consultant.

He became Oklahoma State University's assistant track and field coach in 2005. He and his wife, Lisa Hass '89, have three daughters, Catabrean, Holly and Sadie, and one son, Maximus.

Dave "Sy" Symonsbergen '93, Lincoln

Dave Symonsbergen ran 138 races for Doane. He placed first or second in 121 of them - an 88 percent average for first- or second-place finishes.

That's just one of the unbelievable numbers of Symonsbergen's athletic career at Doane. Others include:

Symonsbergen was a four-event qualifier for the indoor national meet.

He broke meet records 13 times and track or field house records five times.

He was a three-time NAIA District 11 Cross Country champion, a two-time Oklahoma City Classic champion, a 10-time Doane Relays champion, a two-time Drake Relays champion, a five-time NIAC champion, a 13-time NAIA District 11 champion, a 9-time NAIA All-American and a two-time NAIA national champion.

He left Doane with seven records. His time of 1:51.21 in the indoor 800 meter run and 4:09.82 in the mile run still stand. More impressive than the times, is the fact that they came on the same day, two hours apart.

Former Doane Coach Fred Beile told the Crete newspaper after the 1992 meet: "The combination of those two marks on one day was just incredible. You'd have to say that right now, he's the best half-miler/miler type we've ever had at Doane..."

Symonsbergen also is a member of the record-holding outdoor distance medley team.

During his years running track and cross country, Doane was the NIAC Cross Country Champions, the NAIA District 11 Cross Country Champions and the NAIA District 11 Indoor Track and Field Champions.

The NAIA inducted him into its track and field hall of fame in 2007, the association's highest honor.

After graduating with a degree in chemistry, Symonsbergen earned a master of science degree insyntheticorganic chemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, performed medicinal research for two years in New Jersey for Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and then spent more than 10 years synthesizing pharmaceutical intermediates at a lab in Lincoln. Currently, he is starting a research company in Crete. His family includes wife, Kellie Williams '93, their sons Noah and Cale, and daughter, Karli.

Mari Maaske '96, Honolulu, Hawaii

Maaske scored nearly 1,300 points in her 138-game career at Doane, leading a women's basketball team that was ranked first in the nation during her senior season, finishing second in the NAIA poll.

The 1995-96 season record of 31-7 is the most wins in a season for Doane. It earned a trip to the final four, after repeating as Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference (NIAC) champions.

Maaske's 1,298 points place her 10th in scoring in Doane's history. She holds the record for most points in a season - 642- and most steals in a season with 131. Her senior year, she averaged 16.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game. She nailed 40 three-pointers in her career.

For her standout play, she was a two-time NIAC Player-of-the Year. She was an All-American and the first women's basketball player in Doane's history to be named to the NAIA Division II First Team as well as Kodak NAIA First Team - which includes all NAIA divisions. Both the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World Herald named her State College Player of the Year for the 1995-96 season.

After earning her bachelor of science degree at Doane, she completed her doctorate in physical therapy from Slippery Rock University, Pa., in 2000.

Today, Maaske is a physical therapist at Action Rehab in Honolulu. She also owns Malika Sports, LLC with former Doane women's basketball coach Gene Steinmeyer. The business organizes Hoop N' Surf basketball tournaments for NCAA Division II men's and women's teams and NAIA and NCAA Division III teams each holiday season. In 2007, it hosted the first Thanksgiving Oahu Classic for NCAA Division I women's basketball teams. Competitors included the University of Nebraska.

Maaske spent a year as an assistant coach at Hawaii Pacific University. She now competes in triathlons, completing her first Half Ironman in June 2007 and training for Ironman Canada in August 2008.