Hall of Fame 2018

Laker Athletics Hall of Fame 2018

Join us for the 2018 Athletics Hall of Fame inductions on November 3 during Great Lake State Weekend 2018! This year’s class includes a basketball player, a volleyball player, two hockey players, a multi-sport athlete and a wrestling coach.

Benjamin Dewar, Basketball (1999-2003)

Ben Dewer

Ben was a leader on and off the court. He mentored young players, was voted team captain for multiple teams, and acted as the face of the team. He immersed himself in the cultures of all the places he played; these experiences have helped build him into the leader he is today.

LSSU Basketball

  • Ranks third in career scoring at LSSU with 1,856 points
  • Third in career three-point field goals (242) and free throws (436)
  • Was named to the All-GLIAC First Team in 2001-02 and 2002-03, and earned second-team honors in 2000-01. Earned GLIAC All-Defensive Team honors in 2001-02.
  • Earned Daktronics All-Region First Team and Division II Bulletin All-America Honorable Mention in 2002-03.

Professional Basketball

  • 2003 – Signed first professional contract in Denmark for Holbaek Basketball
  • 2011 – Moved to Spain, played in Copa del Rey tournament at Palau Sant Jordi Olympic Stadium
  • 2017 – Played last professional game on May 16th
  • Played 1 year in Denmark, 8 years in France (Quimper, Orleans, ASVEL, Le Mans and Cholet), and 4 years in Spain (Alicante, Obradoiro, and Manresa)


  • 2006-  Won French ProB championship, was voted MVP of the Finals
  • 2016 – Voted Captain for the 4th time in career, for final professional season with Cholet Basket in France


  • 1999-2003, Bachelor of Business Administration

Jean (Carbeno) Kreidler, Volleyball (1980-84)

Jean Carbeno

LSSU Volleyball

  • Named to All-GLIAC First Team as a junior in 1982, during which she had a .350 attack percentage in league play. Also earned All-GLIAC First Team honors in 1983.
  • Named GLIAC Player of the Week during the 1982 season after posting a .461 attack percentage and leading the Lakers to five straight wins. Earned the honor again in 1983 after compiling 40 kills during wins over Northern Michigan and Hillsdale.
  • Holds LSSU’s record for single-match kills with 34 against Michigan Tech on Oct. 11, 1982


  • Wraparound Facilitator through the Erie County Juvenile Court, Sandusky, OH


  • Service and Support Administrator for the Erie County Board of Development Disabilities, Sandusky, OH


  • Competitive Employment Job Coach for the Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Sandusky, OH


  • Case Manager through E.U.P. Mental Health, Sault Ste. Marie, MI


  • Presented the EDSY Award by the Ohio Self-Determination Association, for steadfast efforts to advance self-determination for individuals with developmental disabilities and helping them have a voice and know their rights. Jean was recognized for helping an individual start her own t-shirt business.

Darrin Madeley, Hockey (1989-92)

Darrin MadeleyLSSU Hockey

  • Named to the NCAA All-America First Team in 1991 and 1992
  • Named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team after the Lakers won the 1992 NCAA Championship
  • Hobey Baker Award Finalist in 1992
  • CCHA honors include First Team and All-Tournament Team (1991 and 1992), Tournament MVP (1992), All-Rookie Team and Second Team (1990), and All-Decade Team (1990s)
  • Holds LSSU records for career wins (75), career win percentage (75-16- 8, .798), career goals-against average (2.36), single-season wins (29 in 1990-91), CCHA career GAA (2.22)

Professional Hockey

  • 1992-1996 Ottawa Senators (NHL)
  • 1996-1997 San Jose Sharks (NHL)
  • 1997-1998 TPS Turku (Finnish Elite League)
  • 1998-1999 Rosenheim Starbulls (German Elite league)
  • 1999-2001 Saginaw Gears (Player Coach)


  • Under 18 World Champion 2002,2005,2006
  • NCAA National Champion 1992
  • NCAA All American 1991,1992
  • NCAA Player of the Year 1992


  • Athletic Director/Director of Hockey at Lake Forest Academy
  • Coaching record is 377-134-57
  • Responsible for game management, travel organization, mentorship programs, and facilities management
  • Student advisor, hockey camp Director and member of Deans Council

Mark Astley, Hockey (1988-92)

Mark AstleyLSSU Hockey

  • Named an NCAA First-Team All-American in 1992
  • Named to the All-CCHA First Team and named CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman in 1992
  • Named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team after leading the Lakers to the 1992 NCAA Championship
  • Holds the school record for single-season assists by a defenseman (37 in 1991-92)
  • Shares the school record for most goals in a series by a defenseman (3 v. MSU, Oct. 19-20,1990)
  • Is ranked third on LSSU’s all-time list for career assists by a defenseman
  • Served as team co-captain in 1991-92

Professional Hockey Career

  • 1992 – 93: Lugano, Swiss NLA
  • 1993 – 94: Ambri Piotta, Swiss NLA & Canadian National Team
  • 1993 – 96: Buffalo Sabres, NHL
  • 1996 – 97: Phoenix Roadrunners, IHL
  • 1997 – 2004: Lugano, Swiss NLA
  • 2004 – 05: Langnau, Swiss NLA
  • 2005 – 2007: Basel, Swiss NL.


  • 1992 Spengler Cup Champions – Team Canada
  • 1994 Olympic Silver Medal – Team Canada
  • 1998 – 99 Swiss NLA Champions – Lugano
  • 2002 Spengler Cup Champions – Team Canada
  • 2002 – 03 Swiss NLA Champions – Lugano
  • 2003 Spengler Cup Champions – Team Canada.

2017 – Present

  • Senior Specialist, Client Solutions – Sanjel Energy Services – Oil & Gas Service Company

Tom Borrelli, Wrestling Coach 1986-91

Tom BorrelliIn 1998, he was named the National Coach of the Year by two organizations, the National Wrestling Coaches Association and Wrestling International News magazine (W.I.N.), sharing the latter with Minnesota’s J Robinson.

  • Made five straight NCAA Tournament appearances and led LSSU to a seventh-place finish in 1990-91 (ties its highest finish ever)
  • Coached 17 NCAA top-10 finishers, including NCAA runner-ups Robert Symanns (1989) and Randy Sieler (1988)
  • Recruited and coached NCAA champion Jason Bingaman for one season
  • Led LSSU to a 15-2 dual-meet record in 1990-91
  • Had a five-year dual-meet record of 46-25-1

After LSSU

  • Currently coaches at Central Michigan University and ranks eighth among active D1 NCAA coaches on the All-Americans list with 40.
  • Coached the Chippewas to a school-best fifth-place finish at the NCAA National Tournament (1998)
  • Coached Casey Cunningham to a 157-pound national title (1999) and Wynn Michalak (2008) and Mike Miller (2009) to second-place finishes.
  • Has led CMU to 13 Mid-American Conference Championships
  • Became CMU’s all-time winningest coach in 2008, surpassing Chick Sherwood’s 196 dual meet victory total. (Career record to date– 321-140-7)
  • Elected to NCAA National College Hall of Fame (Michigan Chapter), Dec. 2017. Will be officially inducted in May.
  • Has been Mid-American Coach of the Year a record 12 times
  • Earned the National Wrestling Coaches Association Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence Award in 2004. The award goes annually to one coach in recognition of his contribution to the sport.

Margaret Olson Pollard, softball, volleyball, basketball (1977-81)

Margaret Olson PollardSoftball

  • 1978-1981, All Conference GLIAC 1st Team Pitcher (4 years)
  • 1978-1981, All State SMAIAW 1st Team Pitcher (4 years)
  • 1978 & 1981, LSSC Most Valuable Player
  • 1978-1981, pitched 2 no-hitters
  • 1981, pitched 5 shutouts in 8 games
  • Played every single game in her four years of LSSU softball. If she wasn’t pitching, she played 3rd base



  • 1978, SMAIAW Volleyball State Champions, GLIAC Conference Champions (10-0)
  • 1978 Midwest AIAW Regional Quarter Finals
  • Part of 1978 team holding LSSC record for highest win percentage & longest winning streak with 19 wins – season was 28-7-1 overall
  • 1979, LSSC Co-Ed Volleyball Championship
  • 2007, Inducted into LSSU Athletic Hall of Fame as member of 1978 Volleyball Team


  • 1977-1978, All Conference GLIAC Honorable Mention Basketball
  • 1979, Team won Alpena Community College Invitational Tournament
  • 1981, Team placed 2nd in the SMAIAW State Tournament. Mugs set school record for most free throws attempted & completed in a game. Made 13 out of 15 free throws in the Championship game

After LSSU:

  • Became first varsity softball coach at Cheboygan Area High School and developed very successful program, including conference championships in 1987, 1988 and 1989 and district champions in 1988, 1989 and 1990
  • Awarded District Coach of the Year by Michigan High School Coaches Association, 1988
  • Coached junior varsity basketball and assistant coach for varsity basketball at Cheboygan, 1981-1990
  • Junior varsity volleyball coach, Cheboygan, 1986-87
  • Head varsity girls basketball coach, Mackinaw City, 1990
  • Officiated for boys basketball at middle school and high school levels
  • Competed in competitive women’s fast pitch softball, 1975-1987. State Championship Class C, 1975
  • Port Charlotte, Florida spring training stadium nurse for Texas Rangers, 1991-1994

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About the Author

Cullen MaksimowskiCullen Maksimowski
Sports Information & Communication Specialist

Cullen graduated from Central Michigan University in 2016 with B.A.A in Integrative Public Relations and Sport Management. Prior to joining LSSU as the Athletic Communications Director in November, Cullen was an athletic communications assistant at Cornerstone University and spent four years as a student assistant in CMU Athletic Communications Department. In his spare time, Cullen enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking and mountain biking.