Sport

Baseball

Years Played

1982-85

Year Inducted

2002

An outstanding performer for the Bison diamond teams of the mid-1980s as an infielder and pitcher, Bachmeier earned first-team All-North Central Conference honors as a junior in 1984 when he hit .392 in 40 games. He hit .342 as a sophomore and .314 as a senior, and finished with a career batting average of .346 while playing in 131 games over four seasons. He led the Bison in hitting in 1983 and 1984.

Bachmeier played shortstop and second base for the Bison, and he departed NDSU after the 1985 season with five school records including most hits and runs scored in a season, most career runs scored, and season and career marks for assists in the field. He still ranked in the Top 5 in school history in both fielding categories upon his inducition.

He was a mainstay on the mound for the Bison as well, appearing in 28 games and charting 22 career starts with four complete games and five victories.

While excelling on the athletic field, he was even more successful in the academic field, earning three Academic All-North Central Conference awards and three Academic All-America honors, including first-team selection in 1984 and 1985. He was named the 1985 winner of the Stan Marshall Award as the outstanding senior male student-athlete in the North Central Conference for the 1984-85 academic year.

He graduated from NDSU in 1985 with a degree in electrical and electronic engineering, earning a cumulative grade-point average of 3.87 over his college academic career. He received a Graduate Instructor Fellowship Award from Purdue University and graduated with a master's degree in electrical engineering from that school in 1986.

He has worked in research and development of robotic systems for FMC Naval Systems in Fridley, Minn., designing and developing electronics and software for defense applications. He worked for Aetrium, Inc., in North St. Paul as a senior electrical engineer for four years developing electronic hardware and embedded software for automated test handler products. He joined a small start-up medical company in Minnetonka, Minn., as a senior software engineer involved in design, development and maintenance of embedded software and electronics for automated external defibrillator products. That company was acquired in 2001 by Cardiac Science, Inc., and he continues as a senior software engineer with that firm.

He attended school in Crookston, Minn., where he was the starting quarterback on the 1980 Minnesota Class A state champion football team and also played basketball and baseball. Brian is the second member of his family to be enshrined in the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame. His father, Marv, was a three-time All-America basketball guard for the Bison in the early 1960s and was inducted in the inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1972.