Ralph Engelstad (H 1948-50)
Engelstad, a native of Thief River Falls, Minn., played hockey on some of the first UND teams following World War II as UND entered big-time ranks. He lettered as a goaltender 1948-49 and 1949-50. Engelstad graduated in business administration in 1954 and achieve great success in the business world. He owns the fabulous Imperial Palace Hotel in Las Vegas and has other real estate and business interests in the United States. Before any of this began he started out as a construction worker and then started his own construction business. Engelstad was a long time supporter of Sioux Athletics and the University of North Dakota.
Bob Finnegan (BB 1934-37)
Finnegan came to UND from Bismarck, N.D., and became a standout basketball player on the Sioux teams that won three straight North Central Conference championships, 1934-37. His three teams complied a 51 and 6 record, with a winning percentage that comes just under 90 percent. He was also named to the All-NCC basketball team twice, and served as co-captain during his senior season. Following his college career he played with a semi-pro team, the Bismarck Phantoms in 1939-41 and named to the All America teams.
John (Gino) Gasparini (H 1964-68; H co 1978-94)
Gasparini played forward on the Sioux hockey team. He lettered four years, and even served as team captain his senior year. After college hockey he had a short pro career in Los Angeles and Toledo. Gasparini decided to go back to UND for his master's, and while studying he became the assistant hockey coach. Then in 1978 he became head hockey coach. His teams won three national NCAA Division I championships in 1980, 1982, and 1987. In addition they won four Western Collegiate Hockey Assn. Titles including 1978-82, and 1987. Ten of his players have been named All American's and sent 35 players into pro hockey. Gasparini was honored as 1986-87 National Coach of the Year by his peers in the American Hockey Coaches Assn., and named WCHA Coach of the year three times and North Dakota College Coach of the Year several times. His coaching record was an impressive 257-111-11 in nine seasons, making him one of the winningest coaches at UND. After coaching in 1984 he was named UND's Athletic Director.
Dave Gunther (BB co 1970-88)
Gunther came from Wayne (Neb.) State College, to UND as head basketball coach. He headed into his 18th season with a 318-163 coaching record, tying him with Clem Letich's length of service. Under Gunther's expert coaching his teams have won five North Central Conference championships and four NCAA Division II regional titles. Before he started coaching he played basketball at the University of Iowa, where he left many records that are still standing. After college he played pro basketball for four years with the Detroit Pistons, Cleveland, San Francisco and other Eastern teams. During his coaching career he was named NCAA District Coach of the Year in 1974-75 and 1981-82 plus earning North Dakota's College Coach of the Year and in 1984 he received the Merit Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Dennis Hextall (Ho 1963-66)
Hextall was one of the first UND hockey players to turn pro. He was an outstanding competitor playing on the teams between 1963-66 as a center and left wing. The three teams he played on won 59, lost 26 and tied 5. They won the WCHA title in 1965, and also earned him All WCHA honors. His three-season statistics included scoring 36 goals and 65 assists for 101 points in only 63 games. He served as an assistant hockey captain and named the Most Valuable Player in a hockey tournament. Besides being a great hockey player he was an outstanding academic student, earning Dean's List honors several times with a 3.0 GPA. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1966 he played 14 years of pro hockey and 12 years in the National Hockey League. In 1974 and 1975 he played in the NHL All Star games.
Frank Landy (FB 1970-72)
Landy, from Richmond, British Columbia, excelled in football at UND from 1970 through 1972. He played defensive tackle very well, and so well that he was named to the All North Central Conference team in 1971 and 1972. Also in 1972 he was named the Conference Defensive Most Valuable Player, and earned Little All America Honorable Mention. Following his UND career, Landy signed and played pro football for the Saskatchewan Roughriders five years in the Canadian Football League. After playing with the Roughriders he was traded to the British Columbia Lions for three years, serving as team captain for two and being named to the CFL West Conference All Star team. In both 1977 and 1978 he was named B.C. Lions Defensive Lineman of the Year and several other football-related awards. Then in 1980 he retired from football.
Nathan Putchat (FB, Wr student co 1936-37)
Putchat was the man who started wrestling at UND in the middle 1930's, severing as student coach and also wrestling as a heavyweight. He came to UND from Trenton, N.J., to play football as a tackle and linebacker under Hall of Fame Coach Jack West. Putchat lettered in 1935-36-37 and also earned all Conference Honors. While he wrestled for UND he held several AAU titles, and was credited by his contemporaries for doing an outstanding job of coaching the wrestling team.