Celebrity Golf Classic – Celebrity Information

2014 Celebrities for the UP Celebrity Golf Classic!

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Steve Mariucci, our Host and Presenting Sponsor


Stephen Ray “Steve” Mariucci is a former NFL Coach and is currently a host and analyst for the NFL Network. He was born in Iron Mountain, Michigan and quarterbacked NMU to the NCAA Division II National Football Championship in 1975. He began his coaching career at his alma-mater and then moved to Cal State Fullerton. Read More...

His first pro position was as a receiver’s coach for the USFL’s Orlando Renegades in 1985. Later that fall, he had a stint with the Los Angles Rams as quality control coach. He Joined the USC staff in 1986, and then moved to the coaching staff at California in 1987. In 1990 he served as the Golden Bear’s Offensive Coordinator before being appointed as QB coach for the Green Bay Packers. After four years as quarterback coach for the Packers, Mariucci returned to Cal as Head Coach in 1996. Following his season with the Golden Bears, Mariucci was considered a leading candidate for several NFL coaching positions, and was hired to coach the San Francisco 49ers. In 2001, the 49ers returned to the playoffs after a 12-4 season, but were edged out by the Packers. In Mariucci’s final season with the 49ers, he led them to an NF West win with a 10-6 record and beat the New York Giants in a wild card game, posting the second-biggest comeback playoff victory in NFL History. In 2003, Mariucci was named the Lion’s 22nd head coach. He spent 2+ years in Detroit, earning the NFL’s highest coaching contract at the tine. Mariucci is one of only thirteen head coaches since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to lead his team to a division title in his first season. Mariucci established an NFL mark for consecutive wins by a rookie head coach with an 11-game winning streak. After leaving Detroit, he was hired by the NFL Network as an analyst on the show NFL GameDay, and contributing analyst on the NFL Networks four-hour pregame show “NFL GameDay Morning”, as well as providing follow-up reports from the late afternoon and Sunday night matchups on “NFL GameDay Highlights.
Jay Feely


Thomas James “Jay” Feely is an NFL placekicker for the Arizona Cardinals. Feely has also been a member of the Tampa Bay Storm, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Jets. Read More...

He was a four-year letterman at the University of Michigan where he played football. He was a member of the Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team with the Falcons in 2001 and was a Pro Bowl alternate with the Giants in 2005. Jay has been with the Cardinals team since 2010, and became just the fourth kicker in 40 years to run for a touchdown, scoring on a fake field goal against the Denver Broncos. He also kicked a career-high five field goals in the game; 25 points, the most points scored by a player in a single game since 2007. On Christmas Day in 2010, Jay kicked a 48-yard field goal for a win over the Dallas Cowboys. Note: Jay is actively recruiting other NFL players to join us for the UPCGC and is hosting a Charter Fishing event the following day.
Monte Colburn Monte Colburn


Monte Colburn is the Relief Captain on the Wizard, one of the crab fishing boats featured on Deadliest Catch. Monte made his way north just two years after his older brother Keith, getting a crash course in crab fishing off remote St. Paul Island in the dead of winter. Monte’s introduction to the Bering Sea took place on the deck of the crabber Juno, a partner Read More...

vessel to the Alaska Trader that Keith was working on. Monte’s first year in Alaska was a marathon that lasted 10 months before he took his first extended shore leave. From Monte’s very first day in Alaska, his career has consisted of one adventure after another. In 1988, he joined Keith aboard the Wizard as a full-share deck hand. A few years later, when Keith took over in the wheelhouse, Monte became deck boss. Monte earned his Coast Guard mate’s license in 1992 and upgraded to a master’s in 1995. By that time, Keith and Monte began operating the Wizard full time together as captain and relief captain/mate. For a time, Monte took command of a succession of his own crab boats, giving him the opportunity to gain captain’s experience and to operate his boats in partnership with Keith aboard the Wizard. Monte’s nickname may be “Mouse,” but he’s tough as nails. Last year, after Monte had two ribs broken during the famous “Wizard Wave,” he was back on board in only two weeks. Competent at the helm, he hit pay dirt last season on the notoriously difficult Baradai crab grounds while Keith was off. Among his many maritime adventures, Monte took the helm of Keith’s boat, the Sirene, to support an oil spill clean-up operation off the coast of Unalaska Island in the western Aleutians, not far from Dutch Harbor. A large cargo freighter had run aground in December 2004, spilling more than 300,000 gallons of fuel oil and killing thousands of seabirds and otters.
Keith Colburn Capt. Keith Colburn


Captain Keith Colburn started his career as a true greenhorn on the crabber Alaska Trader. At 22 years old, he left behind his life as a ski bum in Lake Tahoe, California and headed north to Kodiak, Alaska. In 1988, three years after arriving, he became a full-share deckhand on the Wizard. In 1990, he earned his U.S. Coast Guard license and moved from the deck to the pilothouse. Read More...

Two years later, he earned his masters (captain) license and has remained there as the skipper. Colburn purchased the Sirene in 2002 and continued to operate the Wizard. In 2004, he sold the fishing rights for the Sirene and purchased the Wizard to secure his stake in the crabbing industry. Colburn’s Wizard is one of the crab fishing boats featured on the hit TV show Deadliest Catch.
Robert Brooks Robert Brooks


Robert Brooks is a former NFL wide receiver. Brooks played college football for the University of South Carolina from 1988-1991. In 1988, he was a Freshman All-American. Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 1992 NFL Draft, he played 7 seasons with the Packers. In 1993, he led the NFL in kickoff returns with a 26.6 yard average. Read More...

1995 was a breakout year for Brooks. He led the Packers with 102 receptions and 13 touchdowns. During a Monday Night Football game against the rival Chicago Bears, Brooks caught a 99-yard pass play from Brett Favre. This accomplishment makes Brooks tied with eleven other receivers for the NFL record of longest pass play from scrimmage. After an injury sidelined Brooks halfway through the 1996 season, he came back strong in 1997 and won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. Finishing up his career with the Denver Broncos, Brooks retired from the NFL concluding the 2000 season. Currently, Brooks resides in Arizona with his family and is a minister.
Eddie Murray Eddie Murray


Eddie Murray is a former NFL kicker, playing 20 seasons in the league. Drafted in the 7th round of the 1980 NFL Draft, Murray was selected by the Lions. He has also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins. Read More...

While with the Cowboys, Murray kicked three field goals in Super Bowl XXVII, helping the Cowboys to a Super Bowl win. Murray was a two-time Pro Bowl selection (1980 and 1989) and Pro Bowl MVP in 1980. Murray was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1980s. With 1,594 points, Murray is the NFL’s sixteenth all-time leading scorer.
Lem Barney Lem Barney


Lemuel “Lem” Barney is a former American Football cornerback who played for the Detroit Lions. He was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992. Barney was a second round draft choice in 1967. Read More...

He was named 1967′s defensive rookie of the year, and went on to be selected to seven Pro Bowls. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest defensive backs in Detroit Lions history. During his time in the NFL (all of which were in Detroit), Barney had 56 career interceptions, and also gained over 1000 yards returning kickoffs and punts. In Barney’s first pro start, he intercepted the first pass in his direction from Green Bay’s Bart Starr and ran for a touchdown. In 1999, he was ranked number 97 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. His number, 20, which was also worn by future Detroit star running backs Billy Sims and Barry Sanders, was retired by the Lions. Both Barney and Lions teammate Mel Farr befriended Motown recording artist Marvin Gaye, when Gaye unsuccessfully tried out for the Lions in 1970. Barney and Farr sing background vocals on Gaye’s classic 1971 song “What’s Going On”, for which Lem earned a Gold Record. Lem Barney also had a role in the film The Black Six and appeared as himself in Paper Lion. He is now a minister. Lem Barney is currently an associate minister at Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield, Michigan. He is active in metro Detroit philanthropies and also mentors inner-city youth through his involvement with the church. Barney appears as a playable character in the All-Pro Football 2K8 video game.
Charlie Sanders Charlie Sanders


Charlie Sanders is a former NFL tight end for the Detroit Lions. Drafted in the 1968 by the Lions, he played his entire career in Detroit. With 336 career receptions, he was known as a superior receiver and blocker. Sanders was chosen for seven Pro Bowls (1968-1971 and 1974-1976). Read More...

After retiring from playing, Sanders served as a color analyst on Lions radio broadcasts from 1983-1988. From 1989 to 1996, he worked as an assistant in charge of wide receivers for the Lions. On February 3, 2007, Sanders was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 2008, he was chosen to be a member of the Detroit Lions 75th Anniversary All Time Team. Currently, he is the assistant director of pro personnel for the Lions. Sanders also co-hosts the pre-game and halftime shows and sideline reports for pre-season games on the Detroit Lions Television Network. During the regular season, he appears on the network’s pre-game show The Ford Lions Report.
Mickey Redmond Mickey Redmond


Mickey Redmond is an analyst for Detroit Red Wings games on Fox Sports Detroit and a former NHL player. From 1967-1971, he played right wing for the Montreal Canadiens. While with the Canadiens, he won two Stanley Cups (1968 & 1969). During the 1960-70 season, Redmond scored 27 goals. Read More...

During the 1970-71 season, he was traded to the Red Wings. The following season, he scored 42 goals for the Red Wings. With 52 goals in the 1972-73 season, he became the seventh player in NHL history and the first Red Wing player to score at least 50 goals in one season. Following his professional hockey career, Redmond became a popular color analyst on television. His television stops include CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, ESPN National Hockey Night, and NHL on Fox. For most of his broadcasting career, Redmond has covered the Red Wings on Fox Sports Detroit. His catchphrases, such as, “Holy Jumpin!” and many more, are referred to by fans as “Mickeyisms”.
Marlon Young Marlon Young


Marlon Young is the lead guitarist for Kid Rock. From Pontiac, Michigan, Marlon began his guitar career playing for Kid Rock’s live band in 1996. In 2003, he became the lead guitarist for the band “The Truth” backed by Ty Stone. Kid Rock asked Marlon to join his Twisted Brown Trucker in 2007.Read More...

He co-wrote most of Kid Rock’s 2007 album, Rock N’ Roll Jesus. Young played guitar for Kid Rock’s following albums, Born Free and Rebel Soul. Rolling Stone has praised his skills, comparing him to Angus Young of AC/DC.
Rickard Strongert Rickard Strongert


Rickard Strongert is the Head Professional at Los Naranjos Golf Club in Marbella, Spain, a position he has held since 2001. Strongert also runs the Academy at Los Naranjos Golf Club. Teaching golf is extremely rewarding to Rickard, who enjoys seeing his clients improve, play better and enjoy the game more. Read More...

At 15 years old, Rickard joined the National Golf Youth Team, then joined the Junior and Men’s National Team for 5 years. Rickard turned pro at the age of 20, and has since played on the European Challenge Tour, Scandinavian Tour, Asian Tour and South American Tour.
Matt Shepard Matt Shepard


Matt Shepard is a 21 year veteran of Detroit sports and a two-time Emmy award winner. For the past four seasons, he has called Detroit Lions Preseason games on the Lions Television Network. He also co-hosts the weekly, regular season pre-game show, The Ford Lions Report on WXYZ-TV that broadcasts in Detroit and throughout the state. Read More...

In addition, Shepard has been the play-by-play voice for the University of Michigan basketball for 11 years and has called Eastern Michigan football for 13 seasons. He has worked for Fox Sports Detroit as a pxp voice for the Detroit Pistons, CCHA, and the MHSAA high school football state championships. Shepard has called NFL Europe games and Arena Football for FOX and has called college hockey, football and baseball for the Big Ten Network. Shepard’s resume also includes extensive work as a host and feature/game day reporter for FSD’s Tigers and Red Wings coverage. He has also hosted a daily sports talk show on WDFN (1130 AM) in Detroit for ten years.
Derek Rackley Derek Rackley


Derek Rackley is a former NFL long snapper. Rackley played eight seasons in the NFL, six with the Atlanta Falcons and two with the Seattle Seahawks. Born in Apple Valley, Minnesota, Rackley went on to play college football for the Minnesota Gophers. Read More...

After retiring from the NFL, Rackley began a broadcasting career. He appears on the nightly Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast show, SportsNite. In the fall of 2010, Rackley joined the Big Ten Network as a game and studio analyst.
Tina Stull


Tina Stull is a NHRA Super Comp Dragster driver. In 1998, she went to the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School in Pomona, Calif., but didn’t start drag racing until 2002 after being diagnosed with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. In 2002 she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and told she had 3 years to live. Later, when Read More...

Stull went back to the doctor they told her, “You don’t have cancer, we can’t find it; we don’t know how to explain the pathology reports, so just go home.”
“If I was going to race when I was dying, why wouldn’t I race now that I was living,” she said. Today Tina continues to pursue her racing career as a National Hot Rod Association Super Comp Dragster driver and is helping people everywhere overcome their obstacles and reach for their dreams. Tina has particularly hit a chord with our military families. Tina has visited bases all over America, with her Dragster, and speaks about her experiences, visits with Soldiers and signs autographs. Tina has created Team Troops, a support group for people in our military, and has been providing soldiers, and their families.
Rickey Young Rickey Young


Rickey Young a former football running back who played nine seasons in the NFL. During college Young played football at Jackson State where he was a teammate of Walter Payton. Young was the seventh-round draft selection of the San Diego Chargers in 1975 and, playing for offensive coordinators such as Bill Walsh and Jerry Burns, soon became one of the best receivers out of the backfield in the NFL. Read More...

After playing three years for the Chargers (1975–1977) he was traded to the Minnesota Vikings where he played his final six NFL seasons.  During his first season in 1978 with the Vikings he led the NFL in receptions with 88 – 14 more than any other player in the league. At the time, that set a record for receptions by a running back in a single season. But it’s not something that happened on the field that Young ranks as his highlight in football.  “I remember we were sitting in a meeting,” Young said, “and Vikings coach Bud Grant said, ‘If I had 43 guys who’d play as hard as Rickey every day, every down, I assure you that I could win a damn football game. If you guys played and practiced and prepared like this guy does, I guarantee I’d win some football games.’  “And that’s probably the highlight of my career. To be brought up by a guy like that and for him to say something like that about you in a meeting with everybody, well …”  Young is currently retired and plays golf and works with charitable organizations such as the Vikings Children’s Fund and the Humane Society. He still lives in Minnesota, near his old coach and good friend Burns.
Justin Florek Justin Florek


Justin Florek is a professional ice hockey player with the Boston Bruins organization. He was selected by the Bruins in the 5th round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. A native of Marquette, Michigan, he played junior hockey for the Marquette Electricians during the 2005-06 season. Florek then played for the USA Hockey National Development Program on the U-17 and U-18 teams. Read More...

As a member of Team USA U-18, they earned a Bronze medal at the U-18 World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Florek attended Northern Michigan University starting in 2008. During his four seasons with the Wildcats, Florek earned many team and conference awards including: 2009 Best Freshman Award, 2011 & 2012 Most Valuable Player Award, 2011 & 2012 Best Forward Award, 2011 & 2012 Community Service Award, 2011 & 2012 Defensive Player of the Year Award, 2011-2012 CCHA Second All-Star Team, 2011-212 Finalist for the CCHA Best Defensive Forward Award. On January 4, 2014, Florek made his NHL debut for the Bruins in a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Just five days later, he scored his first NHL goal against Jonathon Quick of the Los Angeles Kings. April 20, 2014 was another milestone for Justin, when he scored his first NHL playoff goal in a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
Rob Rubick


Rob Rubick is a former NFL Tight End for the Detroit Lions. He attended Grand Valley State. He was drafted in the 1982 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions in the twelfth round.  As an NFL player Rubick played in 88 games, had 4 touchdowns (3 receiving, 1 rushing), 44 receptions, and 1 carry.  Read More...

From 1999 to 2007, he served as the Detroit Lions studio analyst on the Detroit Sports Report, and later on Lions Live, on Fox Sports Detroit. Rubick has done the radio color commentary for EMU football on WEMU since 2004. After leaving professional football, Rubick received Masters’ Degrees from Eastern Michigan University and Marygrove College and currently works as a teacher at Lapeer West High School in Lapeer, Michigan.  In 2010, he became the color commentator for preseason games on the Detroit Lions Television Network.
Terry Ahola


Terry Ahola is a former member of the US Ski Team. A native of Gladstone, Michigan, he spent 3 seasons on the US Ski Team. He competed in the Europa Cup/World Cup before joining the North American Pro Tour in 1984. He was selected as Western Rookie of the Year in 1984, and later joined the Legends of Skiing at Vale, and is considered a “Valued Ambassador of the Sport of Skiing”. Read More...

He was inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.  He learned to ski at Ludington State Park in Michigan, and said that his father Kip made his first pair of ski boots by cutting off the tips of an old pair of shoes and nailing them onto skis. His post skiing career has included commentating on skiing events for ESPN and doing a commercial for Maxwell House. Ahola now operates a hotel in Michigan and works for Banshee Music in Milwaukee as an artist liaison.
Nick Baumgartner


Nick Baumgartner is a professional snowboarder from Iron River, Michigan. Earning a spot twice on Team USA, he has represented the United States in the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. His first World Cup victory in snowboard cross was in 2008 in Lake Placid, New York. Read More...

In 2009, he earned a bronze medal in the snowboard cross event at the FIS Snowboarding World Championships. In 2011, with 15 screws and a plate in his neck, Nick broke Nate Holland’s unprecedented winning streak, clinching the gold medal at the Winter X Games in Aspen. At the 2012 Winter X Games, he earned silver . Nick also competes in the Stock Truck Class TRAXXAS TORC Series, finishing in the Top 3 in each of his first three races, and held the points lead mid-season earning the title of Rookie of the Year.
John Hiller


John Hiller was formally introduced to the baseball world as a Detroit Tiger southpaw relief pitcher in 1967. During this pennant season he became the Tiger’s go to guy, posting a solid 2.63 ERA in 65 innings pitched. In 1971, John suffered a massive heart attack and had to sit out the entire ’71 season.  Read More...

John took every opportunity to practice his fastball, change-up, and curve ball, this hard work did not go unnoticed by manager, Billy Martin, who later called John up in July of 1972, and in 1973, John had what baseball statistician, Bill James once called “the greatest season for a closer in the history of baseball.”  As the Tiger’s closer that season, John posted at the time a major league record of 38 saves in 125 innings pitched.  He was later honored with many awards one being the Hutch Award, given to the player who best displays a fighting spirit and competitive desire.
Donald Crawley


Donald Crawley is the Director of The Boulders Golf Academy in Carefree, Arizona. Originating from Harrogate, Yorkshire, England, Crawley started his professional career a few days short of his sixteenth birthday. He was an assistant golf professional working for John Jacobs O.B.E., who was the European Ryder Cup captain. Read More...

Mr. Jacobs noticed Donald’s Passion to learn and teach golf, and offered Donald a short term assignment as an instructor on the John Jacobs Golf Schools in the United States. By 1983, Donald became the lead instructor for the Jacobs Schools and by 1988, was the Vice President and Director of Instruction. He created a teaching system taught at 42 locations across the country and the globe, and taught by over 200 PGA and LPGA certified instructors. Recognized as a Top 100 Teachers in America by GOLF Magazine, he is also a two-time PGA Teacher of the Year in the Southwest PGA Section (2002 & 2005). Crawley has 35 years of teaching experience on all levels. In 2003, he established GolfSimplified Inc. and the Boulders Golf Academy. You can find Donald teaching at The Boulders October through May of each year.
Marty Turco Marty Turco


Marty Turco is a Canadian former goaltender who played 11 seasons in the National Hockey League. He played nine seasons with the Dallas Stars and one season each with the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. Because of his puck handling process, Canadian hockey personality Don Cherry named Turco: “The smartest goalie in the NHL”. Currently, Turco is also an in-studio analyst at NHL Network.  Read More...

After playing minor hockey for the Sault Ste. Marie Legion program in his hometown, Turco was undrafted by the Ontario Hockey League. He signed as a 17-year old with the Cambridge Winterhawks Jr. B team in 1992 and played two seasons with the OHA team before accepting an NCAA scholarship at University of Michigan. At Michigan, he won two NCAA championships.  He was drafted in the fifth round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars.Turco earned many awards in his four years at Michigan, including Rookie of the Year in 1995, Tournament MVP in 1998, and nominations to the First All-Star team in 1997, the Second All-Star Team in 1998, and the All-Tournament Team in 1996 and 1998. After graduating, Turco went to play for Dallas’s IHL affiliate, the Michigan K-Wings. In 1999, he was named IHL Rookie of the Year.After two years playing for the K-Wings, Turco was given the opportunity to be a backup for Ed Belfour in Dallas. He spent the next two years in Dallas gaining experience. After the 2001–2002 season, Dallas decided to make Turco the starting goaltender. In his first year as the starting goaltender, 2002–03, Turco’s Goals-against average of 1.72 set a modern NHL record.  Turco played in the NHL All-Star Game during the season and was named to the Second All-Star Team following the season, finishing second in Vezina Trophy voting as well (behind Martin Brodeur). On January 15, 2009, Turco recorded his 421st game for the Dallas Stars becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in games played by a goaltender, surpassing Cesare Maniago’s near 33-year old record of 420. He would also pass Maniago later that month in total minutes played. On August 2, 2010, Turco signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the reigning Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, replacing Antti Niemi as their starting goaltender. On March 5, 2012 Turco was signed by the Boston Bruins. Turco has worked as an analyst for the NHL Network, providing in-studio analysis during the show “On The Fly”. Turco joined NHL Network’s team after tthe 2011 NHL playoffs. Turco says a full-time job in television might be in his future, but he would like to play again and is not ready to retire. Turco joined Team Canada for the 2011 Spengler Cup after not playing for nine months.Turco also appeared in two commercials for the National Hockey League.
Aaron Gavey Aaron Gavey


Aaron Gavey is a retired ice hockey player. He last played in the Deutsche EishockeyLiga for the KölnerHaie (Cologne Sharks). Gavey played Junior “A” hockey for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League from 1991 through 1994, during which time he tallied 94 goals and 110 assists in 170 games. Read More...

The Greyhounds played in the Memorial Cup all three years, winning the tournament in 1994 and finishing as the runner-up in 1993. Gavey was drafted 74th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft and has played for six different NHL teams including the Tampa Bay Lightning, Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He has played 355 career NHL games, scoring 41 goals and 50 assists for 91 points.

Craig Coxe Craig Coxe


Craig R. Coxe a retired professional ice hockey player played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, and the San Jose Sharks. Coxe also played two seasons of major league roller hockey in the RHI, after having grown up playing the sport in Laguna Beach, California. Read More...

In 1982 he was selected in fourth round (66th overall) in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings.Coxe played for four different NHL teams over eights seasons in the NHL.

Best known as an enforcer, Coxe played in 235 NHL regular season games, scoring 45 points and racking up 713 minutes in penalties. Coxe was suspended for the first three games of the 1987–88 NHL season for leaving the penalty box to fight Joe Paterson during a pre-season game against the Los Angeles Kings.  Coxe was known as a willing fighter at the NHL level and his fights with Bob Probert have been referred to as “two of the biggest toe to toe slugfests of all time”.  During the 1999-00 season, his final year as a player, Coxe was playing with the San Antonio Iguanas in the CHL. Before the season’s end, Coxe was named the assistant coach for the team. The following season Coxe was named head coach of the CHL’s Huntsville Tornado. Coxe was also the head coach of the CHL’s El Paso Buzzards for their final season in 2002-03. He is currently the head hockey coach at Cheboygan Area High School in Cheboygan, Michigan.

Larry Poncino


Major League Umpire worked the 1996 Midsummer Classic, the 2006 Division Series and the League Championship Series 1998, 2003 and 2005. Larry was behind the plate for Dennis Martinez’s perfect game in July 1991 at Dodger Stadium. Larry co-chairs the One on One Partners Golf Charity and was the San Clemente City Golf Champ in 1986.

David Albrecht


David Albrecht is the Head Golf Professional at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin. A PGA member since 1998, he joined the Blackwolf Run staff in 1992 as an assistant golf professional and has also served as tournament division coordinator, outside services supervisor and assistant head professional for the Kohler golf course. Read More...

He is responsible for ensuring the golf business at Blackwolf Run leads the industry in terms of service levels, guest experience, and profitability. David is also a Lead Instructor for the Kohler Golf Academy which is rated in the Top 50 Golf Schools ranked by Golf Magazine.
Derek Bohlen


Derek Bohlen was a contestant on the Golf Channel’s hit reality TV show Big Break Greenbrier. In 2009, Derek turned professional after switching careers from an office job. Read More...

He currently plays full-time on the NGA Pro Golf Tour. A native of Waterloo, Iowa, Bohlen attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated in 2003.
Randy McKay


Randy is a retired Canadian professional hockey player; he played in the National Hockey League from 1988 – 2003, with the Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadians. Randy is best remembered for scoring the winning goal in game six of the 1995 Eastern Conference Finals. Read More...

The Devils went on to win the Stanley Cup by upsetting the favored Red Wings in four games. In a regular season game, Randy and teammate John Madden each scored 4 goals and went on to a 9-0 win over the Penguins. Randy with the Devils won his second Stanley Cup in 2000 against the Dallas Stars. Randy played hockey for Michigan Technological University and is currently a volunteer assistant coach for Tech’s ice hockey program.
Mark Olver Mark Olver


Mark Olver is a professional hockey player. Olver originally played Midget AAA hockey with the Marquette Electricians. In 2005, Mark committed to play college hockey for Northern Michigan University, where his dad served as an assistant coach and his brother was a junior. Before being eligible to join the Wildcats,Read More...

Olver joined the Chilliwack Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League and then was recruited by the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League. In his second season with the Lancers, Olver led the team with 29 goals, 35 assists and 64 points, earning  him Forward of the Year and MVP. As a freshman for the Wildcats in 2007, he led all NCAA rookies in goals (21) and was selected to the CCHA All-Rookie Team. In 2008, Olver was drafted in the NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round. In 2009, he helped NMU advance to the NCAA finals for the first time since 1999. As a junior, Olver led the CCHA with 49 points in 40 games. After a successful three-year college career, Olver signed a two-year entry level contract with the Avalanche. /expand]
Mark Maroste


Retired professional hockey player. Mark played college hockey at Michigan Tech and went on to play for Norway and Germany. While in Germany, Mark tallied 496 points. He was the assistant hockey coach at Michigan Tech from 2001 – 2004. Read More...Mark is the General Manager and Head Professional at Portage Lake Golf Course in Houghton.

Bobby Jurasin


Bobby Jurasin, a Canadian Football League All-Star, played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Toronto Argonauts.  Bobby was part of the Roughriders Grey Cup winning team; he also won the Molson Cup Most Popular Player in 1987 and 1997.  He is the Roughriders all-time leader in quarterback sacks with 142. Read More...


Bobby also played for the Arena Football League with the Iowa Barnstormers.  He was inducted in the Northern Michigan University Hall of Fame in 1998 and the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.  Bobby was also inducted in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Joe Rizzo


Joseph Rizzo is a PGA Professional in Iron Mountain, Michigan with one singular goal in mind – to make the game of golf more enjoyable for you. He started golfing when he was 20 years old after his friends introduced him to the game. Read More...

His proudest golf accomplishment was caddying for a friend in the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach. Joe’s biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course is people not fixing pitch marks on greens or repairing divots.
Fred Muller


Fred Muller is the head golf professional at Crystal Downs Country Club, a position he has held since 1977. Fred has competed on the USPGA Tour, the Australasian Tour and the South American PGA Tour. Read More...

In 1981, he won the Michigan Open at Grand Traverse Resort. Fred is regarded as an authority on the design style and philosophy of legendary golf architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie, who laid out Crystal Downs during the late 1920s in collaboration with Perry Maxwell. Fred is a graduate of Georgia State University.
Nik Ahola


Nik Ahola plays golf at the NCAA Division 1 Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla. His association with golf has been enhanced for several years by contacts made through his father, Terry, a former U.S. Ski Team member who regularly participates in golf charity fundraisers around the country. Read More...

Nik has appeared in a Steve Azar video with PGA member John Daly, who once called him at the Terrace Bluff Golf and Country Club and offered a golf tip. He has met and played with many PGA event players such as Jerry Kelly, Robert Gamez and Robert Kraft.
George Bowman George Bowman


George Bowman is the PGA Head Golf Professional at Oakhurst Golf & Country Club in Clarkston, Michigan and the Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club. Bowman turned pro in 1987, and has played in two national PGA championships. Read More...

He is also the Secretary & Events Coordinator for the Detroit Red Wing Alumni Association. Bowman also serves as a practice goalie with the Red Wings.
 Local Celebrities:
WaltMike Walt & Mike


Walt Lindala & Mike Plourde are hosts of “The SUNNY Morning Show with Walt & Mike” on Marquette County’s Sunny 101.9 WKQS-fm.  The show features a unique blend of the best in music, the latest news, weather, sports and in-depth interviews with the community’s movers and shakers. Read More...

Walt has been recognized two dozen times by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for broadcast excellence in radio news.  Mike has broadcast high school sports for nearly a decade. He is retired from the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Vicky Crystal


Vicky is a morning news anchor on WLUC TV 6. She began her career with WJPD radio in Marquette in the early 1980s and became involved with TV6 through the MDA telethons. Vicky has co-hosted our MDA Telethons for the past four years.
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Vicky spends most of her free time with her daughter and is active in her church.
GTrick Greg Trick


Greg started with TV6 as a reporter in April of 1991. He worked his way up to Weekend News Anchor, then to the Late and News Tonight posts. He currently co-anchors the TV6 Morning News. Greg has a B.S. in economics from the University of Illinois – Read More...

Champaign-Urbana and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before coming to TV6, he worked at WKOW-TV and WMTV in Madison, Wisconsin. Greg enjoys traveling and sampling food from around the world.
CThompson Cynthia Thompson


Cynthia Thompson, WJMN News Director and 6 p.m. Local 3 News anchor Cynthia Thompson has lived in Marquette since 1988.  She was a 5th grade student when her class toured a TV station in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky and knew what her career path would be. Read More...

Sitting in the live studio audience for the midday news report on WHAS-TV, thinking, “This is what I want to do when I grow up.”

Cynthia started her television career as a reporter and news anchor at WLUC-TV 6 in Negaunee, Michigan in 1988.  She then worked in a variety of media-related positions that include freelance commercial spokesperson, media consultant, and has manager of short and long term promotions in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. Cynthia returned to TV news at WBUP/WBKP-TV in Ishpeming, Michigan, as News Director and 5:30 p.m. anchor from 2010 – 2014.

Cynthia likes to help her husband Frank restore old cars and tinker with home improvement projects. They are also into motorcycling, and celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary during the summer of 2013 by riding from Marquette to the West Coast and back, logging almost 6,000 miles. Cynthia and her husband have two daughters.

BNelson Brad Nelson


Brad Nelson is the Boys Basketball Coach at Marquette Senior High School. Brad is wildly popular with the players, Read More...

parents and students due to his commitment and dedication to the school and the team. Leading by example, his student players have gone on to become well-rounded academic athletes.
SErickson Scott Erickson


Scott Erickson was inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. Winner of a record five Upper Peninsula Golf Association men’s championships, Scott Erickson won numerous tourneys across the U.P. from 1972-95. Read More...

The former Ferris State University golfer was medalist in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament in 1976 and 1978 and all-district MVP. He was Newberry Golf Club champion six times, was Marquette Golf Club champ four times and won the Newberry Open four times.

JOlson Jeff Olson


Ishpeming’s head coach, Jeff Olson, may have been in his 21st year of running the program, but the decision (to punt or go for it) didn’t come easy. He called time out and gave it thought. He reckoned that if his team went for it and failed, Read More...

Loyola would be just 19 yards from scoring a touchdown; and afterwards, there wouldn’t be much time left on the clock. Olson ordered the punting unit onto the field. Except that his players openly voiced their disagreement. “C’mon coach,” they pleaded, “we’ll get it.” In another time and place, the notion of the players disagreeing with Coach Olson– at the end of the biggest game of their lives — would have been laughable. And the notion of the coach relenting would have been funnier still. But in this sweet and bitter and wonderful and terrible upside-down, mixed up football season, it somehow seemed right. Soon the time diminished to zero, Ishpeming had won the state championship. The players stormed the field and began the mother of all dog piles. On the field, Coach Olson took to a knee and then fell headfirst to the ground. For four months he’d held it all together, in the face of almost unimaginable tragedy. The entire fall was like one protracted staring contest with his emotion. Now, finally, he blinked. Actually, he broke down, sobbing while smiling with disbelief. When the players saw their coach brought, literally, to his knees with emotion, most of them lost it, too. On this day anyway, there was crying in football. It was pointless to try to distinguish the tears of joy, the tears of anguish and the tears of relief. So they all just cried.
COstrowsky Chris Ostrowsky


Chris Ostrowsky is Head Football Coach for Northern Michigan University.   Chris was named head coach after spending two seasons as the offensive coordinator.  He has 15 years of coaching experience; Chris was the quarterback coach, recruiting coordinatorRead More...

and passing game coordinator at Northeastern University in Boston.  At Widener University in Pennsylvania, he was the offensive coordinator where his offense established 27 new school records.  His squads were back-to-back South Atlantic ECAC Bowl Champions. Chris is also the director of the Chris Ostrowsky Quarterback/Receiver Camp.  He was the guest speaker at the Nike Coach of the Year Football Clinic twice.

RGordon Ryan Gordon


Ryan Gordon is a PGA Professional in Norway, MI. The PGA of America comprises 27,000 men and women professionals with one singular goal in mind – to make the game of golf more enjoyable for you.

BSall Bill Sall


Bill Sall is the head Basketball Coach at Northern Michigan University. He began his first season at Northern Michigan University in 2013-14 after being named the 14th head coach of the men’s basketball program on May 11, 2013.
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Sall spent 11 seasons as the head coach of Ferris State University from 2002-13. Under his direction, the Bulldogs won four Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division titles (2003-04, 2010-11, 2011-12) and reached the NCAA Division II Tournament three times (2004-05, 2005-06, 2010-11), including a pair of regional championship game appearances.

JPerralla John Parrella


John Parrella is an assistant Football Coach at Northern Michigan University. He coaches the defensive line for the wildcats. After being drafted in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, Read More...

Parrella went on to play 12 seasons in the NFL for the Bills, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders before retiring in 2004 with 405 tackles and 26.5 career sacks, having played in three Superbowls. Parrella was voted one of the 100 Greatest Athletes in Nebraska Cornhusker history and lettered three times for the Cornhuskers before being the first Nebraska player drafted in the 1993 NFL Draft.  Parrella was a 2001 inductee into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame in 2011.
HVoigt Heidi Voigt


Heidi Voigt is the head Swimming and Diving Coach at Northern Michigan University. She is entering her fifth season in 2014-2015. In the 2013-2014 season she led the wildcats to finishing third at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship,  Read More...

with seven girls qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Voigt was named the GLIACs “Dewey Newsome” Coach of the year and the NMU coach of the year. The Wildcats finished fourth at the GLIAC Championship in 2011-12 and two swimmers qualified for the NCAA Championship. NMU had five swimmers named Scholar All-Americans by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Three freshmen entered the list with a 4.0 GPA. The ‘Cats also received the Team Scholar All-American Award by the CSCAA.
KWittenbach Kyle Wittenbach


Kyle Wittenbach is the Head Golf Coach at Northern Michigan University. He took over the responsibility of the golf program in 2014. Wittenbach is a member of the Professional Golf Association and a former GLIAC standout student-athlete. He won a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship as an individual and a team in 2010Read More...

as a member of the Ferris State University golf team. He qualified as an individual for the 2012 NCAA Division II National Golf Championship. Wittenbach is a native of Lowell, Michigan and he earned his Professional Golf Management bachelors degree from Ferris State University in 2012. He completed his PGA internships at Class Club (Palm Desert, CA), Montreux Golf & Country Club (Reno, NV), Tullymore Golf Resort (Stanwood, MI).Read More...
KPalmerAnderson Kendra Palmer Anderson


Kendra (Palmer) Anderson is former Marquette resident; now an award-winning business banker with Associated Bank in Wisconsin. Kendra was an 8-time Club Champion at Marquette Golf Club, also winning the 2003 Women’s UP Golf Championship.

 

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