Regis University Athletics Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Class
Jeremy PhillipsAugust 24, 2012
The Regis University Athletic Department is proud to introduce four individuals and one team as the seventh class in the Regis Athletic Hall of Fame. Anita (Foskuhl) Koester (‘93), Scott Landgraf (‘91), Robert Linnenberger (‘59) and Tom Duggan, along with the 1993 volleyball team will be honored at a banquet on Feb. 16, 2013 in Denver.
The banquet will be held at the Double Tree Denver Central Hotel with doors opening at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception running from 6-7 p.m. with dinner being served at 7. Entertainment will follow dinner. Prior to the ceremony the women’s and men’s basketball teams will host cross-town rival Metro State at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively.
“We are excited to bring back the Regis University Hall of Fame,” says Regis University director of Athletics Ann Martin, following a five-year hiatus. “The Hall of Fame Committee picked four outstanding individuals that truly embody the Regis mission along with the 1993 volleyball team that is one of the great stories in Regis history.”
(Foskhul) Koester was a two-year standout for the women’s basketball team during the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons. She twice led the Colorado Athletic Conference in scoring where she averaged 18.5 points per game as a junior and 18.9 as a senior. She was named Second Team All-CAC as a junior while leading the team in scoring in 18 of the Rangers 27 games.
As a senior she earned First Team All-CAC and was also named to the Denver Post All-Small College Women’s Team. Her 509 points following her senior year set the Regis single season mark and currently ranks fifth. She ranked second in the CAC in steals as a senior at 2.7 per game. Originally from Anderson, Ind., Anita transferred to Regis after two seasons at Wabash Valley College following her graduation from Highland High School.
She is the all-time leader at Regis averaging 18.7 points per game, while her 1009 career points ranks 15th and is first amongst players playing just two seasons at Regis. Her 39.0 three-point percentage ranks sixth in school history as does her 78.1 percent free throw accuracy.
Current Regis University Women’s Basketball Head Coach Linda Raunig says, “She (Anita) was my first recruit as head coach at Regis and she truly was a coaches dream. She was a hard worker, a great teammate and a great scorer that left her mark on the record book.”
Landgraf was named 1990 First Team All-Central Region and was a 1991 preseason All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball Magazine. He was tabbed four times as a First Team All-Colorado Intercollegiate Baseball Association selection. His 51 career homeruns still stand as a Regis career best, out-distancing second place by 16 homeruns. His 18 homeruns in 1990 are third most in one season in school history.
A native of Denver, Landgraf came to Regis after graduating from nearby Holy Family High School. He was one of the main reasons the 1991 baseball team, who was inducted into the Regis Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008, was so successful.
He led them to 34 wins and the schools first ever NCAA Tournament berth in baseball. Landgraf ranks in the top 20 in 10 other career categories while ranking second in slugging percentage at .758
Tom Duggan was the Regis University’s Faculty Athletic Representative from 1975, his first year at Regis, until his retirement in 2009. A graduate of Regis Jesuit High School in 1954, Duggan went on to graduate from St. Louis University and earned his PhD in Philosophy of Religion from Temple University.
Duggan also acted as the Director of Athletics at Regis during the 1977-78 school year. He was an associate professor of philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy department. Former Regis University Director of Athletics Barb Schroeder says “Dr. Duggan was a true proponent and advocate of athletics at Regis. He was a valued faculty member at Regis and was also an avid supporter of Ranger athletics in ways that far exceeded his FAR duties.”
Robert Linnenberger graduated from Regis in 1959 after a stellar basketball career. A transfer from Oklahoma University, Linnenberger graduated from Denver East High School where he was named First Team All-Metro League with future Regis teammate and Regis Hall of Fame inductee Dennis Boone.
Linnenberger was inducted into the Denver East High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. While at Regis he won the John Gleason Memorial Award for his recognition of prowess in athletics. He played from 1956-59 where he played for Harvey Moore and Regis hall of famer Joe B. Hall. Linnenberger continued his career as a distinguished teacher in the Denver area.
The 1993 volleyball team started off slow losing nine of their first 11 games but something clicked as they won their next nine games and 15-of-16. Regis finished the season with a 23-13 record and finished second in the Colorado Athletic Conference with an 11-3 record.
The Rangers lost to Metro State in the CAC finale in four sets but just over a week later the Rangers exacted revenge by beating Metro State, on the Roadrunners home court, in five sets to win the region and move onto the NCAA Elite Eight. Regis finished the season falling to Northern Colorado in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
The Rangers were ranked 23rd in the initial AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll and in the final poll of the season they were ranked 14th. This was Frank Lavrisha’s eighth season at the helm of the Rangers and marked the sixth time he had guided the Rangers to an NCAA Tournament berth.
Renee St. Marie was named AVCA Second Team All-America and First Team All-CAC, while Niki Ihlanfeldt earned second team All-CAC honors. St. Marie also earned First Team GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
Head Coach Frank Lavrisha says, “The 1993 team was a resilient bunch; we started slowly following a very hard preseason. However, the team had a goal in mind and they reached that goal with the regional final victory at Metro State. This was a true team and a joy to coach.”