Edmund. W. Boe (BB; FB; Tr 1923-27)
A Grand Forks native, Mr. Boe has been characterized by many longtime observers of Sioux athletics as one of the greatest all around athletes UND has ever had in its 87 years of competition. He lettered as a standout football end three times, 1924-27, serving as team captain his junior and senior years. He lettered in basketball four times, 1923-27, again serving as captain his junior and senior season and won three letters in track. He was considered a pro prospect pitcher by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was UND's first three-time All Conference basketball player. As with many athletes of his era, Mr. Boe was a campus leader and widely respected on and off the field. Mr. Boe has been associated in the family real estate and insurance business with his brother, Harold Boe, also a UND alumnus. Mr. Boe long has been an ardent and financial supporter of not only UND athletics but also the university.
Joseph J. (Joe) Flanagan (FB; BB; Tr 1895-01)
A native of Gardar, N.D., the late Mr. Flanagan spent most of his adult life at Tower, N.D., as an abstractor. He is the only UND letterman to earn seven varsity football monograms. He enrolled in the UND Model high school, but performed on UND varsity football team continuously from 1895-1901. In a special contest conducted among alumni by the 1924 UND yearbook, the Dacotah Annual, he was voted the top UND Athlete of the first 50 years by a wide margin. He lettered in baseball six years, track five years and served as team captain in all sports several times. Rumors were afloat prior to his last two grid seasons that University of Minnesota wanted the big Irishman to transfer there, but his strong loyalty prevented that from happening. UND and Flanagan were honored when he received honorable mention at Walter Camp's All America football teams in 1900 and 1901 and that was during an era when Camp's All America was the one and only in existence. He was a star fullback possessing tremendous strength, speed and amazing agility and was a big back for his era. He weighed in the neighborhood of 200 pounds. He competed as an athlete until he was about 55, basically as a baseball infielder at Towner, N.D.
Glenn L. (Red) Jarrett (FB; BB; Tr 1927-30)
Mr. Jarrett was born in Ligonier, Ind., but grew up in Grand Forks, excelling in all athletics at UND 1927-30. Nicknamed the "Red Rabbit," the late Mr. Jarrett was named to one major All American football team as a halfback in 1930. He was all conference in football in 1929 and 1930 and also lettered in basketball and track three times, setting many football and track sprinting records which stood for a long time. After receiving his B.A. degree in education, Mr. Jarrett was a football coach at Minot, N.D., high school, 1931 to 1938, when he first became the first alumnus hired to coach at UND. He was the late C.A. (Jack) West's assistant in football. After naval service in World War II, he was named athletic director in 1946 and served until illness forced his resignation in 1958. At one time he coached all major sports at UND except hockey. His sons, Dr. James Jarrett and Dr. John Jarrett, both lettered as UND athletes, Jim earning all conference and honorable mention Little All America halfback honors in 1959.
Clement W. (Silent Clem) Letich (BB co 1925-44)
The late Mr. Letich was UND basketball coach 18 seasons, track coach for a number of seasons and served as an assistant coach in football. His coaching tenure spanned the so-called Golden Era of UND athletics, 1925-1926 until his sudden, untimely and widely-mourned death in June 1944. His UND basketball coaching record of 223-98 (52 of the losses came in his last five seasons when World War II shut off his supply of talent) ranks as one of the best in the country. Letich-coached Sioux cage teams terrorized the North Central Conference by winning titles in 1927-28 and four straight seasons, 1933-34 through 1936-37, and when his teams weren't winning the titles they always finished second. He was only 52 at the time of his death. A taciturn, austere perfectionist, always scrupulously fair, it was said he made himself act unemotional. He came to UND in 1925 after winning a national high school cage title at Yankton, S.D., high school.
Frederick D. (Fritz) Pollard (FB 1936-38)
Mr. Pollard, who resides in Silver Spring, Md., is a native of Chicago and was the son of Brown University star and later National Football Hall of Fame, Fritz Pollard. He currently is an officer in the U.S. Department of State. He was a great triple-threat football star, earning all conference honors three times, 1936-38, and was named to the Little All America team in 1938. He was a great hurdler, but won his reputation as a Sioux footballer, competing only sporadically as a trackman. However, he was a member of the 1936 U.S. Olympic track team, winning a bronze medal in the high hurdles in the 1936 Olympic Games at Berlin, Germany, despite a serious leg injury suffered aboard ship en route to Berlin. He served for many years as an outstanding official in the Chicago parks and recreation program before assuming his State Department duties in the 1960's.
William F. (Bill) Reichart (H; Go 1954-57)
Mr. Reichart, now employed by IBM at Rochester, Minn., as recreation director for the company there, is a native of Winnipeg, Man., and came to UND under the aegis of former hockey coach Cliff (Fido) Purpur. He lettered as a star wing and center, 1954-55 through 1956-57, serving as team captain his junior and senior years. He was named to the All America hockey team as a forward his junior and senior seasons and is considered by his peers among Sioux hockey greats of all time. He was a mighty mite at only 5-5 and 145 pounds and also played on a UND conference championship golf team. He ranks second among all-time UND hockey scorers with 97 goals and 58 assists for 155 points in 75 games. He was captain of the 1964 U.S. Olympic hockey team and also played on several U.S. national teams in work hockey tournaments.
Charles A. (Jack) West (AD; FB co 1925-44)
The late Mr. West was UND athletic director and head football coach 1928-1945. UND athletics zoomed to national prominence under his direction, his football teams became nationally ranked and feared under his never-ending quest for supremacy. UND football teams under him dominated the North Central Conference, winning eight NCC championships and compiling a gaudy 90-35-5 overall and 50-12-2 conference records. He scheduled such national powers as Army, Minnesota, Texas Christian and Oregon and played them all very tough, including the 1930 scoreless tie with Oregon here at Homecoming. He was a founding father of the 53-year old North Central Conference while coaching football at South Dakota State upon reaching the national scene at UND he was considered for the head coaching jobs at the University of Minnesota and almost was selected for the Ohio State job. He left UND to coach the pro Winnipeg Blue Bombers team several seasons. He died in 1959 while actively engaged as an insurance underwriter here. He also coached tract at various times and instituted boxing, golf, and tennis during his tenure and his determination resulted in the building of UND's first hockey arena, known now far and wide as "The Old Barn." He was and innovative coach, fine public speaker and widely admired by sports people. He embodied great character traits, including a fine sense of public relations, and it was said he could outdo--and did--many politicians. He was a perfectionist and reputedly was more widely known in the state than the late UND President John C. West (no relation) under whose regime he served so ably and long.
Herman J. (Herm) Witasek (BB 1932-35)
The late Mr. Witasek, a native of Lankin, N.D., was the "greatest basketball player produced in North Dakota until the emergence of another UND great in the mid-1960's, Phil Jackson," was a printed statement made by the long-time sports editor of the Grand Forks Herald, C.D. Locklin. "Witasek ranks as the best state cager," the late Eugene (Fitz) Fitzgerald, sports editor of the Fargo Forum, wrote in one of his columns. Witasek was the first UND pro basketballer, playing at Milwaukee and Oshkosh, Wis., on teams that were in a league that was the forerunner of the National Basketball Assn. He had a brilliant career, playing forward at 6-foot-3, on UND conference championship teams, 1932-33 through 1934-35. He won all conference cage honors three times and served with distinction in World War II. It was said he would have been a great halfback had he given undivided attention to that sport. Possessed with great speed and agility, he was an uncanny shooter and great all around cager and ranks among the elite produced in the North Central Conference.