2014 Distinguished Alumni

In 2014, the NSU Alumni Association honored noteworthy alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Kretchman Coaching Award, and inducted former Wolves athletes into the NSU Hall of Fame.

Distinguished Alumni

Bill Erickson received his Bachelor of Music Education in Music Plan I & II-Vocal & Instrumental from NSU in 1983, then attended Arizona State University, where he received his MM. Erickson retired in 2012 after nearly 30 years in choral music education. He served at Cherry Creek High School from 1989-2012, earning the prestigious Teacher of the Year Award, KCNC TV€'s Teacher Who Makes a Difference, and NAfME€'s One of Colorado€'s Accomplished Music Teachers, and was inducted into the CMEA Hall of Fame in 2013. He recently completed a 2-year term as CoACDA president. He often serves as guest lecturer/conductor and adjudicator at various festivals, colleges and universities across the Rocky Mountain region and the Midwest. Erickson co-manages Saccomano Academics Inc., an academic support program in the Denver Tech Center.


Kretchman Coaching Award

Tim Miles, a native of Doland, S.D., graduated from the University of Mary in 1989 and earned a master€'s degree in health and physical education from Northern State in 1990. He was inducted into the University of Mary Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. Miles and his wife, Kari, have one daughter, Ava, and one son, Gabriel.

Miles began his coaching career as an assistant at Northern from 1989-95, where he helped lead the Wolves to five NAIA playoff appearances and five regional titles. He then moved on to Mayville State University guiding a program which previously had only four wins to a 35-22 record from 1995-97. Miles returned back to the Division II level with a position at Southwest Minnesota State University. In his four seasons as a Mustang he went 78-39, and captured the NSIC conference crown while also making an appearance at the D2 Elite Eight in his final season.
Miles then traveled to North Dakota State University, where he transitioned the Bison into the Division I ranks. He spent six seasons with the Bison before accepting a position at Colorado State University. Miles and the Rams went 55-41 in the last three years of his tenure, making postseason play each time around.
Miles, the only active coach who has taken teams to the postseason at the Division I, Division II and NAIA ranks, overachieved with the Huskers in his first season at Nebraska. The Huskers posted wins over a trio of NCAA Tournament teams before capping the season with a win over Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament , the program€'s first Big Ten Tournament victory.

2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

Rod Kutter received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from NSU in 1974. A native of Hecla, South Dakota, Kutter was a starting defensive safety from 1971-1973. While playing for the Wolves, the NSU football team went undefeated in the SDIC. They were 25-5-1 overall and a NAIA national playoff team in 1971. Kutter earned an honorable mention all-conference in 1972 and was an all-district selection in 1973. In 1973 he was chosen as team a captain. In €'72 and €'73 Kutter led the team in total interceptions. Kutter and his wife Bonnie (Engen) NSU 71 & 72 have been married 40 years and have three children: Ike, Sara and Abbi, and 3 grandchildren. They live in Warroad, Minn.

Tanya Sheldon, a Sioux Falls, S.D. native, received a Bachelor of Science in Composite Health & P.E. from Northern in 1995. In her four-year stint with the Wolves, Tanya played in all but 5 of the 107 games and pitched in all but 8. She totaled 615.2 innings pitched with a record of 46-46. In 1993, Sheldon hit the mound for her best collegiate season where she was 12-7 while record an ERA of 1.49. She sits atop the NSU career records in innings pitched (615.2), wins (46), strikeouts (354), and complete games (88). Sheldon also continues to see top ten spots in single season appearances (28), single season strikeouts (144), single season complete games (26), single season wins (14), appearances (100), and ERA (2.67). She and her husband Kyle have three children: KyAnna, Savanna, and Alayna, and live in Idaho.
Denise Clemens earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Biology from NSU in 1992, before returning in 1995 to receive a teaching certificate. As a member of the women€'s basketball team, Clemens received NSIC All-Conference nominations in 1991 and 1992, NSIC Scholar Athlete, District 12 First Team nomination, NSU Women Athlete of the Year in 1992, and Academic All-American. Her teams won the NAIA National Championship in 1992 and were Northern Sun Conference Champions in €'87-€'88 season and €'91-€'92 season. Clemens, her husband Bill, and their five children - Josh, Ashley, Josie, Zachariah, and Will - reside in Northville, S.D., where she is a teacher and coach at Northwestern High School.
Josh Trandall earned his Bachelor of Science in Education in Composite Health and Physical Education in 1996 before returning for his Masters in 1999. He was a Field National Place Winner in 1992 and 1993 outdoor seasons; while receiving All-American status in 1993. An 18 time All-Conference selection and 12 time Conference Champion. Trandall holds school records in the 4 X 200 relay, 4 X 400 relay, and sprint medley relay. In 1995, he was named the NSIC most valuable outdoor track athlete. Trandall and his wife Marianne reside in Huron with their children, Jackson and Abby. Trandall is a Spanish teacher and track coach at Huron High School, after having taught in the Marshall Islands and Paraguay.