On September 8, five former Duhawks entered the Loras College Athletics Hall of Fame. This year's inductees are:
Jim Brophy, Class of 1996 – Wrestling
He simply just kept winning. He won in duals and at tournaments. He won regular season matches and post season matches. His preparation wouldn’t allow him to differentiate between the style, strength or heart of his opponent. For four seasons on the mat, Brophy built the best career any wrestler has had under Head Coach Randy Steward. For 12 years, he remained the winningest wrestler to don a Loras singlet. He had his hand raised in victory a record 122 times.
During his illustrious career Brophy won three Iowa Conference individual titles. Following both his sophomore and senior seasons, the Ingleside, Ill., native reached the All-American stand in seventh place and third place. He is one of just three Duhawks to average 30 wins per season.
Brophy earned his degrees in finance and economics as a double major and followed with an M.B.A. from Keller School of Management. His coaching career and influence on young wrestlers included significant stops beyond the Loras wrestling room. He contributed to the high school programs at St. Edwards (Ill.), Carmel (Ill.) and both North Central and Elmhurst Colleges.
Brophy is a finance manager and currently resides in Columbia, S.C., with his wife, Shannon, and their four children – Jimmy, Patrick, Katie and Taylor.
Carl Burbach, Class of 1956 – Football
Before the days of 300-pound linemen and 4,000-yard passers, there were hard-nosed and athletic young men ‘in the trenches’ on the football field. They carried the same gritty reputation, but less weight. Burbach was one of those tackles – happy to run you over on the football field on a Saturday afternoon and then offer to take you out to lunch on Monday.
Burbach was a part of 24 wins in his career, including three seasons above the .500 mark and some of the highest scoring teams in the program’s history. At a time in the sport when 20 points or three touchdowns were rare, the Duhawk offenses, accompanied by Burbach, eclipsed the 20-point plateau 21 times. The team also reached an Iowa Conference playoff game in Burbach’s final two seasons.
Individually, Burbach earned All-Iowa Conference first team honors. He added two other national awards to his resume when he was named to two separate honorable mention teams. He was both an All United Press Little College Honorable Mention All-American and an All-Catholic Honorable Mention All-American.
Upon concluding his career, he entered the business world and was a notable local partner to many, delving into both charitable and civic opportunities. The Dickeyville, Wis., native’s family includes Michele, Jeffrey, Chris, Kurt, Karla, Barbara, Matthew and Amy. Burbach continues to live in Dubuque.
Jenny (Richey) Herting, Class of 1999 – Cross Country, Track and Field
If Oprah Winfrey made running marathons cool in the mid-1990s, then Richey made running cross country and track and field at Loras College in the late-1990s even cooler.
Her school records are many, and her All-American honors are equally impressive.
In cross country, she was a member of the All-IIAC team each season and her final two seasons were especially notable. She won the league’s cross country title each year and was named the IIAC’s Most Valuable Runner as a result. In 1997, she was the Central Region meet and regional MVP. That season she earned All-American honors with a 19th
place finish at the NCAA Division III championships. She was captain of the team in her final season as well.
On the track, she earned All-American honors a total of seven more times in three events – the 3,000-, 5,000-, and 10,000-meter runs – over three calendar years and championships. Six of her seven All-American performances were in the top five slots in the events. She swept all three outdoor events in the Iowa Conference in each of her final two seasons and was named the IIAC’s MVP in the spring of 1999. She left with five school records, four of which still stand.
Richey also dominated in the classroom where she was a member of the All-Iowa Conference Academic team each year she was eligible and made the cut for Loras College’s Honor Roll in each of her eight semesters. She also was recognized by the United States cross country coaches and was a 1999 member of the CoSida GTE Academic All-America team. She gained a post-graduate scholarship and was a nominee for the NCAA ‘Woman of the Year’ in 1999.
Richey took her sports science degree from Loras and parlayed it into a master’s degree in physical therapy in 2001 from Mayo School of Health Sciences. She works in outpatient physical therapy and specializes in women’s health and currently resides in Marion, Iowa, with her husband, Brian, and their three children – Alex, Wyatt and Macie.
Matt Rivera, Class of 1986 – Football, Baseball
For Rivera, three letters and one group of teammates weren’t enough. The Muscatine, Iowa, native slipped on both a football and baseball helmet in his time with the Duhawks from 1982-1986 for six seasons of impact for Loras College.
Around the time the Chicago Bears were writing the words of the Super Bowl shuffle, Rivera was writing many of the return and receiving records in Loras’ football record book. When the weather broke every year, Rivera used his speed and soft hands to receive fly balls in the outfield and get himself on base for the baseball team.
As a co-captain and record holder, few have performed at the level Rivera did as a two-sport athlete at Loras. He left with two receiving records and five kickoff return records for the football team, scoring 16 touchdowns in his senior season. He built a baseball career on speed, defense and very productive swinging of the bat, topping out with a .471 batting average during his junior season. He was a NAIA All-District selection in both sports.
Rivera finished his Loras career with a degree in physical education with a minor in history. He spent over two decades coaching high school baseball and continues as a teacher and coach in Muscatine, Iowa, where he lives with his wife, Susanna. They are the proud parents of Barry, Brance and Benjamin.
Rivera has been awarded an Excellence in Education teacher award and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
Kim Schroeder, Class of 1989 – Volleyball, Softball
About the time Title IX was being enacted, Schroeder was a young girl entering the school age where women’s sports were on the verge of exploding. A decade later, she was in her home town doubling up on her opportunities as a collegiate athlete.
Schroeder played two sports in her time at Loras. One started in the first semester on campus, the other ended days before she earned her diploma in her final semester. In between, Schroeder made herself a household – or dormhold – name on the Loras hillside both on the volleyball court and softball diamond.
The skill set to lead a volleyball program in digs, be a threat on offense and display steady leadership is a unique one. To bring similar leadership skills and a threatening bat to the field position of catcher – and do so while building an All-Iowa Conference career in both sports – makes it clear why Schroeder is now listed as a member of the Loras College Athletics Hall of Fame.
Schroeder earned her degree in biology. She continued using the leadership and athletic skills she developed at Loras as a member of the Navy Reserves and was mobilized to Afghanistan in 2009. While with the reserves, she earned a Sailor of the Quarter award in 2010.
Today, Schroeder works as a physical therapist in Bradenton, Fla.
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