Dr. Thomas J. Clifford (Student 1938-42; Faculty 1945-71; President 1971-92)
Clifford's connection to the University spans more than 40 years and during that time he had made tremendous contributions to UND's Athletic program. He first came to UND as a student in 1938 and graduated with a BS in Commerce four years later. Then in 1945 he served as a teaching assistant, instructor, associate professor, professor, department chairman, counselor of men, dean, vice president, president and during 1990-91 as interim chancellor of the North Dakota University system. Along the way he earned a JD degree and a MBA. He served as a student and faculty member on the athletic Board of Control , and developed the group's constitution and bylaws as a student member. He also served as UND's faculty representative to the NCAA. During his 21 years as president of UND, enrollment grew by nearly 4,000 students and annual operating budget had increased by more than 700 percent and research grants by 800 percent. During that time the University had become the largest and most comprehensive university in the Dakota's, western Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.
DeWayne "Dewey" King (FB 1945-48)
King lettered four times in football at UND,1945-46-47-48. As a senior in 1948 he served as a team captain, nominated for the Blue-Gray All Star Game at linebacker, was a First Team All-North Central Conference selection at center and was named to Montana State University's All-Opponent team. He is a native of Cando, N.D., and the first ever UND Honor Athlete of the Year winner. He belonged to the Blue Key Society, the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and served as president of the newly formed Varsity Letterman's Club. King began his legendary coaching career in 1949, when he guided the UND freshman football team. After graduating in 1950, he coached numerous teams all over the U.S.
Peter V. Porinsh (FB, Tr 1962-64, 66)
Porinsh lettered four times, 1962-63-64-66, each in both football and track at UND. He started at running back and earned All North Central Conference honorable mention in 1963 and 1964, but missed the 1965 season with a broken led. He returned to serve as team captain in 1966 and helped lead the Sioux to an 8-2 record, a tie for the NCC Championship and a berth in the Pecan Bowl under Head Coach Marv Helling. Along the way, Porinsh scored a school record of 20 touchdowns and finished ninth in the nation in Division II in scoring. Before coming to UND, Porinsh was an all-conference selection and third team All-America selection at Williston (ND) High. Porinsh went on to try out with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League in 1967. He returned to the UND campus that fall and coached the Sioux defensive backs. He spent the next five years in graduate school and the military. Porinsh earned his master's degree in counseling in education in 1972.
Pam Solseth-Fisher (BB 1977-80)
Solseth lettered four times, 1977-78-79-80, in basketball at UND. As a senior in 1979-80 she became the first UND player to pass the 1,000-point mark, set a number of UND single season and career records and was selected to the All-Minn/Kota and All-Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Region 6 Teams in 1980, and teamed with her younger sister Colleen. She was also selected as a UND Honor Athlete and served as team captain as UND played in the first-ever NCC Women's Basketball Tournament. Before coming to UND, Solseth-Fisher was an all conference basketball and volleyball player and class valedictorian at Wadena (MN) High and named to the Minnesota All-State Basketball team in 1976. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from UND in May 1980 with a BS in Secondary Education-Social Science and embarked on a successful teaching and coaching career.