The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Hall of Fame increased its membership to 158 with the May 2 inductions of Shelley Dietz, Ian Martin, Mark Pawlyshyn and Jarrod Washburn. The induction ceremony was held in UW Oshkosh’s Reeve Memorial Union.
The UW Oshkosh Hall of Fame was established in 1974 to give tribute and deserved recognition to former athletes, coaches and friends of the University. It also is intended to enhance school tradition by honoring those people who have shown exceptional ability while on the UW Oshkosh campus and since graduation.
Dietz capped her collegiate career in the way that every athlete dreams of. After the UW Oshkosh women’s basketball team lost the title game of the 1995 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championship during her junior season, Dietz and the Titans achieved a 31-0 record and won the 1996 NCAA Division III title during her senior campaign.
Dietz, a Menasha High School graduate, was the second-leading scorer for the Titans that year, averaging 12 points per game. She also topped the squad with 56 three-point baskets on 44 percent long-range shooting. Playing a team-high 28 minutes per contest, Dietz received NCAA Division III All-America honorable mention, NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region first team and All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) first team accolades.
Dietz joins teammate Wendy Wangerin in the UW Oshkosh Hall of Fame; Wangerin was inducted last year. During the 1996 campaign, Wangerin led the team in scoring and rebounding, but Dietz contributed 3.4 rebounds per game and totaled 59 steals, 49 assists and 15 blocked shots. Dietz posted the best individual performances by a Titan in 1996 when she tallied 26 points during victories over both UW-Stout and Edgewood College. Dietz finished her career in style by scoring a game-best 20 points, including six three-pointers, to lead UW Oshkosh to a 66-50 win over Mount Union College (Ohio) during the NCAA Division III championship game at Kolf Sports Center. That contest was played before a NCAA Division III-record 4,001 fans.
During Dietz’s four years at UW Oshkosh the Titans posted a 99-14 record. She appeared in 112 games, including 105 as a starter. Dietz finished her career with 1,257 points, the seventh-highest total in school history. Dietz ranks third all-time in the WIAC with 44-percent three-point shooting while listing 10th with 153 three-point field goals made.
In addition to being a member of the school’s only basketball national championship, Dietz was the leading scorer on UW Oshkosh’s inaugural women’s golf team in 1996. She earned All-WIAC first team honors and captured seventh place at the league championship. The Titans finished third in the team standings.
Currently, Dietz lives in Green Bay, where she owns and operates three Subway restaurants in the area with her brother, Mark. The 1997 UW Oshkosh graduate hasn’t been able to leave the hardwood, however, officiating basketball games since 2001. Dietz has refereed games at the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Girls’ State High School Tournament four times in the last five years. Recently, she has officiated several NCAA Division III women’s games, including some at UW Oshkosh.
Dietz keeps her competitive spirit flowing by playing in softball, volleyball and flag football leagues each year.
Martin was the first UW Oshkosh men’s soccer player to earn all-region status. He was an assistant coach on the school’s first team to appear in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championship. When he graduated, he held the school’s single-season and career records for goals and points scored. It’s safe to say that Martin helped put the Titans on the NCAA Division III soccer map.
During Martin’s career from 1987-1990, UW Oshkosh posted a 50-11-10 record. That mark includes a 15-1-2 ledger during 1988. A strong freshman class, including tonight’s Hall of Fame inductee Mark Pawlyshyn, was key to the team’s run. Martin received NCAA Division III All-Mideast Region third team honors after tallying 14 goals, six assists and 34 points. UW Oshkosh’s only defeat came in overtime, while the Titans outscored their opponents, 56-8, during the campaign.
The Oregon High School graduate also led the team in goals during 1989, even though he missed half the season with an injury. He collected All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Soccer Association (WISA) first team honors after compiling nine goals and one assist for 19 points. That squad achieved a 13-3-2 record, including a pair of four-match winning streaks.
The team captain in 1990, Martin guided UW Oshkosh to a 11-2-4 record. He wrapped up his career by leading the Titans in goals and receiving All-WISA first team mention for the third consecutive year. Martin delivered totals of 12 goals and six assists for 30 points. Those numbers upped his personal figures to 40 goals, the fifth-highest total in school history, and 97 points, the sixth best mark in UW Oshkosh annals.
UW Oshkosh achieved great success during Martin’s final three seasons, but it was the 1991 squad that finally received a birth into the NCAA Division III postseason tournament. With Martin on the staff as an assistant coach, the Titans finished 14-2-3 and won their opening-round match. A double-overtime tie led to a shootout loss to the eventual national champion (University of California-San Diego) as UW Oshkosh’s run came to an end in the round of 16.
Martin is currently the Executive Vice President for U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, where he leads a team of investment management firms. He began working with U.S. Bank in 1994. The 1992 UW Oshkosh graduate has been officiating soccer matches in collegiate conferences such as the Big Ten for the past 12 years. He lives in Menomonee Falls with his wife, Holly, and children, Aidian and London.
Pawlyshyn already had become the first UW Oshkosh men’s soccer player to earn two all-region distinctions. He held the school record for assists. But on a frozen field during a 20-degree day in November 1991, Pawlyshyn became a Titan legend.
After knocking on the door the previous three years, it was UW Oshkosh’s first-ever appearance in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championship, and the Titans were playing outside Kolf Sports Center. During the contest’s 14th minute, Pawlyshyn headed in the school’s first postseason goal to take a 1-0 lead. UW Oshkosh went on to win the match, 2-1, over the University of St. Thomas (Minn.). One week later, the Titans traveled to sunny California and played to a 4-4 tie before being eliminated on penalty kicks by host University of California-San Diego.
That 1991 campaign was Pawlyshyn’s best, as he racked up nine goals and 15 assists for a total of 33 points. He received NCAA Division III All-Mideast Region second team status, along with the All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Soccer Association (WISA) first team mention. Pawlyshyn was the team captain for UW Oshkosh, which compiled a 14-2-3 record. The Titans closed the season with a school-record 16-game unbeaten streak.
The first of Pawlyshyn’s NCAA Division III honors came in 1989. After he tallied 12 assists and scored eight goals for 28 points, he was named to the NCAA Division III All-Mideast Region second team. UW Oshkosh started the season 8-0-1 on its way to a 13-3-2 record.
The Totino-Grace High School (Fridley, Minn.) graduate finished his four-year UW Oshkosh career with 25 goals. His school-record 52 career assists currently ranks fifth in NCAA Division III history. Pawlyshyn, who served as an assistant coach on the Titans’ 1992 team, also sits fourth in school annals with 102 career points. During his playing career the Titans compiled a 53-8-11 record.
After leaving UW Oshkosh, Pawlyshyn joined the Milwaukee Wave Professional Soccer Club in 1994. He then helped win the National Amateur Cup as a member of the Milwaukee Bavarian Soccer Club in 2002. Currently, Pawlyshyn is the Vice President of Marketing at U.S. Bancorp Fund Services. The 1994 UW Oshkosh graduate plays soccer on a regular basis while living in Wauwatosa with his wife, Wendy.
Not many players get to be the starting pitcher in game one of the Major League World Series. The number of pitchers to fire a complete-game victory in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championship is also quite small. Jarrod Washburn is able to say that he’s accomplished both of these feats.
Washburn came to UW Oshkosh from Webster High School and red-shirted his first baseball season with the Titans. One year later, Titans’ head coach Tom Lechnir handed the young Washburn the ball for the biggest game of the 1994 season. He responded with eight strikeouts to lead UW Oshkosh to a 6-2 triumph over Wesleyan University (Conn.) in the title game of the NCAA Division III World Series. UW Oshkosh finished that season with a 41-4 record as Washburn was named to the NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region second team. In helping the Titans win a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) championship, Washburn achieved a 6-1 record with a 2.03 earned run average and 52 strikeouts in 48.2 innings pitched.
In his sophomore year of 1995, Washburn got even better, earning NCAA Division III All-America second team honors. UW Oshkosh compiled a 39-5 record and took third place at the NCAA Division III World Series. The Titans earned another conference title as Washburn posted a 9-1 record with a 1.93 earned run average in 70 innings pitched. He also fanned 89 batters, including 17 during a victory over UW-Whitewater and 16 during a win over Concordia College (Minn.). Washburn was named to the NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region first team thanks to owning the fourth-best strikeout rate in the country (11.4 per nine innings).
Washburn played just two years at UW Oshkosh, but he left his mark with a 15-2 record on the mound. His collegiate numbers also included a 1.97 earned run average, six complete games and two shutouts. Washburn struck out 141 batters in 118.2 innings as the Titans won 80-of-89 games during his tenure. Those statistics impressed the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who took Washburn with the 31st overall pick in the 1995 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Washburn was the third-highest selection ever from UW Oshkosh and went on to have the most productive professional career of any Titan pitcher.
Moving up the minor-league system, Washburn debuted and started 11 games for the Angels in 1998. He posted a 6-3 mark in his rookie season and went 7-2 during the 2000 campaign. Anaheim then made the American League playoffs three times over a four-year span, including a World Series Championship in 2002. That was Washburn’s best season, as he went 18-6 with a 3.15 earned run average to finish fourth in the Cy Young Award voting. He pitched 206 innings and won a team-record 12 consecutive games early in the year. Washburn spent eight seasons with Anaheim before entering free agency in 2005.
The Seattle Mariners saw how Washburn recorded a 3.20 earned run average the season before, so they agreed to a four-year deal with the left-hander. He saved his best work for his final season in 2009, when he started 8-6 with a 2.64 earned run average.
Washburn always was a workhorse, tossing at least 149 innings every year from 2001 to 2009. His career numbers feature 312 appearances, including 300 starts, and 1,863.2 innings. He notched nine complete games, with four shutouts, and posted one save. Washburn owns a 107-109 record with a 4.10 earned run average, to go along with 1,103 career strikeouts.
Washburn currently is the owner of the Clam River Whitetails, a deer farm that features approximately 200 deer. He and his wife, Kerrie, a former track and field All-America performer at UW Oshkosh, live in Webster with their children, Jack, Owen and Ava.