Nancy Demmers Nelson (Multi-Sport, 1966-70)
A product of Grand Forks, Nancy Demmers Nelson earned her bachelor’s degree in education from UND after an illustrious and multi-faceted athletic career. She played four years of basketball at UND from 1966-70, three years of volleyball from 1967-70, two years of field hockey form 1968-70 and one year each of golf, softball and swimming. And she played well. She earned MVP honors as a UND basketball and volleyball player and also won the Grace O. Rhonemus Award. Nancy was also a member of Delta Psi Kappa, the women’s physical education honorary. Since graduating from UND, she has been basketball coach and Director of Residence at Bismarck Mary College, a UND basketball coach as a graduate student, an engineering technician for the North Dakota Department of Transportation, and a substitute teacher and junior high basketball coach in Grand Forks. Currently, she is Engineering Coordinator and Safety Director at Ideal Aerosmith, In. Nancy and her husband Allen, also a UND graduate, have three children (Scott, Melinda and Lanae).
Rick Lee (Wrestling, 1973-77)
A native of Jamestown, Rick Lee wrestled for the Sioux from 1973-77 before going on to earn his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1978. Rick was UND’s first wrestling All-American, earning that honor in 1975 when he finished fifth nationally. He placed third at the North Central Conference meet in 1975 and fourth at the NCC meet in 1977. Lee compiled a 75-25-4 career record while wrestling at 158, 167, 177 and 190 pounds at different times during his career. Upon his graduation from UND, Rick began working in Williston and has been with the same accounting firm (Zine, Hoover and Voller, P.C.) for 16 years, including eight years as a partner. Among Rick’s interests are golf, cribbage and watching his boys – Matt, 16, Nick, 14 and Chris, 11 – compete in wrestling, basketball and baseball. Rick’s wife, Lori, also is a UND graduate. The family currently resides in Williston.
Bill McCosh (Basketball, 1936-39)
A Valley City native, the late Bill McCosh starred for UND basketball teams from 1936-39, earning three letters and captaining the Sioux during the 1938-39 season. A forward for the Sioux, he was an All-North Central Conference selection in 1937-38. Additionally, McCosh served as senior class President at UND. After earning his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UND in 1939, McCosh hitchhiked from North Dakota to New York in search of his first job. McCosh worked in marketing in New York for six years and also was in business in Chicago and Philadelphia. He also served on the U.S.S. Columbus during World War II. Among Bill’s interests were golf, carpentry, bowling and cooking. Bill McCosh died in New York on July 25, 1962. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and children, Gary Charles McCosh and Sandra Ann McCosh.
Bill Leifur (Basketball, Football, Track, 1959-62)
A product of Bismarck, Bill Leifur was a three-sport letterwinner at UND from 1959-62. He played basketball for three seasons as a guard (1959-62), football for two years as a quarterback (1960 and 1961) and participated in track for three seasons, throwing the shot put and javelin and running the mile relay from 19060-62. Bill was a football co-captain in 1961 and had been voted North Dakota’s Athlete of the Year in 1958 (between Steve Myhra in 1957 and Roger Maris in 1959). He also was president of the UND Letterman’s Club and was a member of the Blue Key Fraternity. Leifur was drafted by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1962. Bill served as a captain in the U.S. Army from 1966-69 and since 1969 has been a dentist in Bismarck. Since his days at UND, he has been president of the North Dakota State Board of Dentistry and has been a member of 19 North Dakota State Amateur Basketball championship teams from 1970-94. His family includes wife, Joan, and children Carol, Con, Laura, Kris and Tom, who also played for the Sioux football team.