College sports: Four to be inducted into St. Scholastica athletics hall of fame
Three former athletes join softball coach Jen Walter as part of the 2022 class.
DULUTH — Three former St. Scholastica athletes and a storied coach will be inducted into the Saints’ athletics hall of fame as part of the college’s 11th class, announced Wednesday.
The 2022 class includes women’s track and field thrower Alec (Seeley) Lampe, football quarterback Alex Thiry, volleyball All-American Anna (Zyvoloski) Tester and former softball coach Jen Walter.
Lampe will be the second women’s track and field athlete inducted, joining Jen (Houck) Zwick in 2020, while Thiry will be the first football player enshrined; Tester will be the first volleyball player of this millennium and Walter will be the first female coach.
CSS will induct its 11th class Saturday, Oct. 1, as part of homecoming.
Lampe (2009-12) was the first St. Scholastica women’s thrower to qualify for the NCAA Division III track and field championships when she competed in the weight throw at the 2012 indoor championships. She later qualified for the outdoor championships, becoming the first CSS athlete to qualify for both in the same academic year.
Thiry (2008-11) was named the UMAC offensive player of the year and was a John Gagliardi Trophy finalist in 2011 after leading the St. Scholastica football team to its first undefeated regular season, conference championship and NCAA Division III playoff appearance in 2011. He led the nation in passing efficiency, which still ranks fourth all-time today. Thiry holds program records for career completion percentage (.630) and touchdowns in a season (37 in 2011).
Tester (2010-12) is the only NCAA All-American in CSS volleyball history, being named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division III Second Team in 2012. She was a two-time First Team All-Region and two-time UMAC player of the year and 2011 led the Saints into the NCAA tournament for the first time. She holds program records for career kills per set (4.18), career points per set (4.82) and points in a season (583 in 2011).
Jen Walter (2000-15) left St. Scholastica as the winningest softball coach in school history with 447 victories and is one of four CSS coaches to achieve 400 wins. She led the Saints to five NCAA Division III regional tournament appearances and a 2004 NAIA regional title. She coached three All-Americans, 44 all-region recipients and 11 UMAC players of the year. She led St. Scholastica to 15 UMAC regular-season titles, 13 tournament titles and was named conference coach of the year eight times.