Trio to enter Seawolf Hall of Fame in 2014
ANCHORAGE – University of Alaska Anchorage Athletic Director Keith Hackett announced Tuesday that former student-athletes Peter Bullock (men’s basketball), Tim Molle (hockey) and Eric Strabel (cross country/skiing) will be inducted into the Seawolf Hall of Fame.
The Class of 2014 will be inducted in a public ceremony at the Alaska Airlines Center on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m.
“I would like to congratulate the Hall of Fame committee for its work in choosing three excellent individuals for induction in 2014,” Hackett said. “All three of these former student-athletes were not only outstanding competitors at UAA, but have gone on to have accomplished professional careers as well. We look forward to hosting them when they return to campus this fall.”
Nominations for the 2014 class were accepted through May 1. Former UAA student-athletes and teams are eligible for nomination 10 years following their last competition at UAA. Former UAA coaches and staff members are eligible five years following their university service. Volunteer contributors may be nominated at any time.
Seawolf Hall of Fame inductees are chosen by an athletic director-appointed committee consisting of UAA Athletics staff, coaches, boosters, volunteers and faculty members.
Here is a look at the accomplishments of the Seawolf Hall of Fame Class of ’14:
Stepping onto the court as a starter for his first game as a true freshman, Peter Bullock [2000-04] showed he was no typical rookie, scoring 23 points and making 10 of 11 shots that November night. By the end of his first season the East Anchorage High School product had set the program’s new freshman standard with 335 points, putting him on course to eventually become the Seawolves’ all-time leading scorer – a title he still holds today – with 1,902 points. As a sophomore Bullock earned the first of three straight All-Conference honors, and in a January win over Northwest Nazarene he became only the third Seawolf basketball player to record a 40-point game. Bullock made history on his favorite stage in the Great Alaska Shootout in 2002 when he became the first Seawolf ever to lead the tournament in both scoring and rebounding, repeating his scoring title in 2003 and leaving as the tourney’s all-time leading scorer. An All-West Region selection his final two years, Bullock capped his career by boosting the Seawolves to a 2004 NCAA Tournament berth. In addition to scoring, the 2004 Bill MacKay UAA Athlete of the Year still holds career records for field goals made (713), free throws made (456), double-doubles (48) and games started (107), along with ranks of 2nd in rebounds (974) and steals (159), and 3rd in blocks and games played (111). Since graduating with his bachelor’s in Economics from UAA in 2004, Bullock has played professionally overseas, winning three Norwegian League (BLNO) national titles and becoming a perennial all-star. In 2012, he earned his master’s in International Business from Norges Handelshoyskole, and currently works in the shipping business. In addition to spending time with his wife Mia and newborn son, Peter Jr., Bullock also spends time coaching and mentoring young Norwegian players.
Known now as a highly decorated mountain runner, Eric Strabel [2000-04] came of age as an elite athlete at the University of Alaska Anchorage, recording stellar 4-year careers on both the cross country running and Nordic ski trails. In the fall of 2001, the Palmer High School grad spearheaded the first Seawolf men’s cross country team to qualify for the NCAA Championships, while earning both All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference and All-West Region finishes. The next fall Strabel continued to help the Seawolves break new ground as they won the cross country program’s first-ever conference team title and yet another trip to the NCAA Championships, where they finished a solid 12th place with him leading the way. When the snow hit, Strabel was an equally dangerous competitor, earning three All-America honors and regularly posting top-10 finishes throughout his career. As a sophomore in 2002 he was the NCAA runner-up in the 20-kilometer freestyle race and placed 6th in the 10K classical, along with All-Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association and All-West Region accolades. His junior and senior seasons brought more NCAA qualifications as he helped UAA continue a two-decade run of top-10 team finishes, returning to All-America status in the 20K classical as a senior. Strabel earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2005 and worked for three years in the field before dedicating himself full-time to coaching. Currently a coach with the Alaska Pacific University ski program, he has become one of the greatest mountain runners in Alaska history, winning three Mount Marathon and two Crow Pass Crossing titles, and becoming the first person to break the 3-hour barrier in the Matanuska Peak Challenge. In 2014, he was also honored by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame with its Pride of Alaska Award.
Intimidating his opponents through both size and skill, Tim Molle [1981-84] set the standard by which future Seawolf defensemen would be judged. At 6-4, 225 pounds, the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native arrived with a bang, scoring 32 points and capturing the team’s Rookie of the Year honor as a freshman. Despite battling an elbow injury at the beginning of his sophomore season, Molle still came on strong at the end of the year, finishing with 20 points and helping the Seawolves to the program’s first 20-win season in 1982-83. But he would save the best for his final campaign, earning All-America honors for a UAA team that posted a 23-6-1 record – still the second-most wins in program history. Molle registered eight goals and 26 assists that year, trailing only fellow Seawolf Hall of Famer Dennis Sorenson for the overall team scoring lead, and helping the team start the season with a 17-game win streak. Although he turned pro before his senior season, Molle left as UAA’s all-time leading defenseman scorer, and still ranks among the top 5 career leaders for defenseman assists (3rd, 61) and points (5th, 82). He also held UAA defenseman single-season scoring records for several years after his Seawolf career ended. Following professional stints in the American and International hockey leagues with both the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks organizations, Molle returned to UAA from 1989-91 as a volunteer assistant coach, contributing to the squad that made the 1991 NCAA Quarterfinals. He later skated with the Anchorage Aces, spending five seasons as team captain. In 2002 he was presented with the Seawolves’ Trailblazer Award, and he has coached locally with the North Stars youth hockey club. Currently a fireman with the Anchorage Fire Department, Molle and his wife Roberta are the parents of three children, Dustin, Bryant and Candace.
Seawolf Hall of Fame Classes
2014 Peter Bullock, men’s basketball, 2000-04
Tim Molle, hockey, 1981-84
Eric Strabel, cross country/Nordic skiing, 2000-03
2013 Peter Hupperten, booster/volunteer, 1984-present
Tobias Schwoerer, cross country/Nordic skiing, 2000-03
2012 Charlie Bruns, men’s basketball coach, 1980-2004
Doug Spooner, hockey, 1987-91
2011 William ‘Bill’ MacKay, 1985-
Dr. William J. Mills, team physician emeritus, 1976-
Zuzana Razusova, women’s skiing, 1995-98
Ryan Williams, men’s basketball, 1995-97
2010 Linda Bruns, women’s basketball coach, 1979-90
2009 Paul Crews, ski coach, 1982-2001
Jim Hajdukovich, men’s basketball, 1995-99
2008 Rick Stafford, men’s basketball, 1995-97
2007 Rob Conn, hockey, 1988-91
Elena (Tkacheva) Lowery, gymnastics, 1994-97
2006 Allegra (Stoetzel) Butler, women’s basketball, 1992-96
Derek Donald, hockey, 1988-92
Harry Larrabee, basketball coach/administrator/athletic director, 1979-86 & 1991-2000
2005 Jason Kaiser, men’s basketball, 1993-95
Pete McEnaney, hockey, 1984-88
Ron Petro, athletic director, 1984-92
Ken Ralph, swimming, 1988-90
2004 Cheryl Bishop, women’s basketball, 1982-87
Tiina (Kantola) Hoffman, skiing & cross country, 1982-92
Paul Krake, hockey, 1988-92
Jack Peterson, faculty athletic representative, 1975-97
2003 Dr. Jay Caldwell, team physician, 1979-04
Wendy Sturgis, women’s basketball, 1988-92
Chuck Homan, hockey booster, 1977-present
Jennie (Szczerbinski) Krupp, volleyball, 1988-92
Dean Larson, hockey, 1988-92
2002 Brush Christiansen, hockey coach, 1979-96
Jesse Jackson, men’s basketball, 1985-87
Britta Kjellstrand, women’s skiing & cross country, 1978-82
Jon Pauole, swimming, 1989-92
Mike Peluso, hockey, 1985-89
2001 Tom Besh, ski coach, 1977-90
Teri Frankie-Lavallee, gymnastics, 1985-90
Hansi Gnad, men's basketball, 1983-87
Robin Graul, women’s basketball, 1985-89
Dr. Lee Piccard, administrator, 1976-94
Dennis Sorenson, hockey, 1980-84
Tracy Zink, volleyball, 1987-90
Posted: July 30, 2014