FLAGSTAFF & NAU SIGS IN SPORTS 

Flagstaff & NAU Sigs (& Sigma Chi Omegas from Zeta Omicron Chapter's colony) who have participated in or significantly contributed to professional or amateur/collegiate athletics, and, or, have been a leader in community athletics & recreation.  

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JOHN WOOLF "JACK" O'CONNOR   ARKANSAS '25
Big Game Hunter-Outdoorsman-Writer-Conservationist-Native Arizonan
 Faculty/Staff at Arizona State Teachers College-Flagstaff (NAU) 1931-1934
Long-time Writer for Sports Afield, Field & Stream, & Outdoor Life magazines

World Renown & Prolific Author on Big-Game Hunting

Arizona Protective Game Association

http://www.jack-oconnor.org/ Jack O'Connor Hunting Heritage & Education Center, Lewiston, Idaho
 
 
 

  

ALBERT C. "AL" GRASMOEN   ARIZONA '30

Skiing-Winter Sports

Owner & Developer of the Arizona Snow Bowl, San Francisco Peaks-1946-1961 and the Mt. Lemmon Ski Area

Al Grasmoen purchased the Arizona Snow Bowl in 1946, which was started in 1938 by Ed Groesbeck, from the Flagstaff Ski Club.  An article in the Flagstaff Daily Sun credits Brother Grasmoen as being one of six individuals who, since 1914 when Norwegian immigrant Ole Solberg first introduced skiing to Flagstaff, had the greatest influence on the winter sport in Flagstaff.  The Arizona Daily Sun article states: "Jumping on the post-war skiing craze, he [Grasmoen] upgraded [the] Snowbowl with ski instruction, ski rentals, competitions and two rope tows. If [Ed] Groesbeck was the 'father [of the Arizona Snow Bowl],' then Grasmoen......had the vision for what [the Arizona] Snowbowl became."  During the summer of 1958 Brother Grasmoen installed a pomalift with help from members of the Phoenix Ski Club.  In 1961 Grasmoen began prep work on a chair-lift up to Agassiz Ridge but sold the Snow Bowl to a Phoenix group who finished the lift in 1962.   Brother Grasmoen then leased and developed the Mt. Lemmon Ski Area near Tucson, building the lodge, tows, and chair lift.
 
 
 

  PHILIP B. "PHIL" VITO   ARIZONA & NAU '32

 Varsity Football, University of Arizona
 
  

  

C. RUSSELL "RUSS" TURNER    WASHINGTON STATE '47
Community Recreation
 Past-Chairman Flagstaff Parks & Recreation Board, early proponent of the City of Flagstaff Ice Rink, instrumental in starting the Over 40 Slow Pitch League, Chairman-Coconino County Racing Commission-15 years, Past-Commodore of the Lake Powell Yacht Club.
  

DR. WILLIAM C. "BILL" GAYLORD, D.D.S., STANFORD '61
Skiing-Winter Sports

1985 Co-Recipient of the Evelyn & Art Masbruch Award for exceptional volunteer work in ski race officiating
2005 Halstead Memorial Award Volunteer Services to the Sport of Skiing in the U.S. Ski &
Snowboard Association-Rocky Mountain Division
Board of Directors, Flagstaff Sports Foundation
United States Ski and Snowboard Association-Alpine Rules & Technical Subcommittee
Involved with the 2002 Winter Olympic Games & the British Olympic Committee
2008 Flagstaff Sports Foundation Hall of Fame
 
  ART SCHILLING   NAU '65

Varsity Football, quarterback

Baseball, shortstop

"Maxer's Axers" (played ASC football for Coach Max Spilsbury
 
  RICK HOOD   NAU ‘67 

Varsity Baseball, centerfield, outfield

Assistant Baseball Coach 1967

  

GLEN CLARK   NAU ‘64 *

Varsity Baseball, shortstop

  

SAL VERGOPIA   NAU ‘63 *

Varsity Basketball

 
 
WAYNE MILLS   NAU ‘64 *
Varsity Baseball, catcher
 
 TOM CONWAY   NAU ‘66

Varsity Football, quarterback

 "Maxer's Axers" (played ASC football for Coach Max Spilsbury) 

 
 

 RALPH ROBINSON   NAU ‘64

Varsity Golf

  

JIM LANE   NAU ‘66

Varsity Golf
  
 
JOHN JOYCE   NAU ‘66
Varsity Baseball, 2nd base
 
  TOM RICHARDSON   NAU ‘66
Varsity Baseball, pitcher/1st base
 

 HAROLD ALFORD   NAU ‘66

Varsity Wrestling
 
 
  JIM JORDAN   NAU ‘66

Varsity Football

"Maxer's Axers" (played ASC football for Coach Max Spilsbury

 
 

 ANDY DAYTON   NAU ‘66 *

Varsity Wrestling
 
 
 GARY CAMPBELL   NAU ‘65 *

Varsity Football, linebacker, center, (Co-Captain 1965)

 "Maxer's Axers" (played ASC football for Coach Max Spilsbury)
 

  

DICK PALLAS   NAU ‘67

Varsity Baseball, catcher
 
 

 

CRAIG ARNOLD   NAU ‘67
Varsity Football, tight end
 
 
  CHARLES FAIRES   NAU ‘65

Varsity Football, center

  

WALLY HILL   NAU ‘66 *

Varsity Footback, slotback

Varsity Baseball

 "Maxer's Axers" (played ASC football for Coach Max Spilsbury) 

  

DOUG RANKIN   NAU ‘64 *

Varsity Baseball

Organizer of the Annual Sigma Chi Charity Golf Tournament (Hosted by the

Phoenix Sigma Chi Alumni Chapter & Epsilon Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Chi at ASU)

at the Legacy Golf Club, Phoenix, benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network &

 Phoenix Children’s Hospital

  

DON PETRONOVICH   NAU ‘69 * 

Varsity Baseball

  

ARNIE LEVINE   NAU ‘71

Varsity Football

  

DAVE NELSON   NAU ‘76

Varsity Track & Field
 
 RON HILL   NAU ’66
SIGNIFICANT SIG

Powerboat Racer

Union Internationale Motonautique
John Ward Trophy winner
C Racing Runabout Kilo Record
5 Mile competition record D racing runabout
American Powerboat Association
5 mile F Racing Runabout Record
National Champion D Racing Runabout
2nd D Stock Runabout--defending Champion-- 2 firsts, 6 seconds and 1 fourth in the last 9 years.
5th in DU Marathon-Defending Champion is CU and DU
3rd in Sport I OPC- Canton, Ohio
Havasu World Championship "T" Class

Yachting Magazine All-American Racing Team

CU and DU Kilo Record holder
ARR Kilo Record Holder
Winner Jim Moran Chicago to Milwaukee to Chicago marathon...Overall OPC "T" CLASS
Over All Winner, sixth straight year,

21st Annual Colorado River Marathon
 

BRUCE McCAW   NAU ‘68

Varsity Basketball,

Varsity Baseball, pitcher
 
 
 LLOYD LOVE   NAU ‘68

Varsity Basketball (Team Captain ’67-’68)  

Varsity Track & Field (Team Co-Captain ’66-’67)  

-NAU Track & Field Records-

Long Jump 22’ 5-1/2” 1966

Long Jump 23’ 3-1/4” 1967

Triple Jump 46’ 11-1/2” 1966 (7th in the nation at the time of the jump)
 
 

RON O’FARRELL   NAU ‘68

Varsity Baseball, pitcher (starting)
 
 
 GEORGE CLOUS   NAU ‘67

Varsity Track & Field

-NAU Track & Field Record-

Record-Shuttle Relay- :54 seconds (Beeson, Gill, Clous, Robinson)

 
TOM VON ROSEN   NAU ‘67
Varsity
Track & Field
-NAU Track & Field Records-

Javelin 211’ 3-1/2” 1966
Javelin 218’ 9” 1967
Sigma Delta Phi National Athletic Honorary(20 decathlon type events)

(Honorable Mention-Intramural Softball Throw - 300’)

(Honorable Mention-Mischief-Snowball Throw in front of NAU AC : 290+’, distance described by Tony Houdek and needs to be measured with tape), [ZO Lore}
 
 
 SCOTT VUKOVICH   NAU ‘68

Freshman Basketball

 

DENNIS McKIM   NAU ‘68

Freshman Basketball at Cal-Poly Pomona

before transferring to NAU
 
 BILL O'NEILL   NAU ‘67

 Freshman Basketball

 

  JOHN NORTON   NAU ‘68

Varsity Tennis

  

MAURIE McCULLOUGH   NAU ‘67

Varsity Wrestling

 

 JIM TRAVIS   NAU ‘69

Freshman Football

  

BILL SOUTHWELL   NAU ‘67

Varsity Football

  

DENNIS RAHLVES   NAU’67

Varsity Ski Team

  

FRANK McGEE   NAU ‘69

Varsity Track & Field
 
CHRIS BAVASI    NAU ‘69
SIGNIFICANT SIG

Founding Director of the High Altitude Sports Training Complex at NAU

Arizona Baseball and Softball Commission 

Arizona Rural Baseball and Softball Committee 

Arizona's Cactus League Baseball Committee  

  

BILL STEPHENS   NAU ‘68

Varsity Track & Field

Sigma Delta Phi National Athletic Honorary

(20 decathlon type events)

 
  DR. GRANT E. SMITH, Ed.D.   ARIZONA '69 
 University Recreation & Development 
NAU Intramural Director 1973-1978
J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome Manager 1978
NAU Student Recreation Center Designer & Manager
Director of NAU Recreational Program & Facilities
Univerity of Arizona Student Recreation Center Designer
Bear Down Gynasium Floor Fundraising Director 
 
 
 GARY K. WALKER    ARIZONA STATE '61
NAU Athletic Director 1984-1986
World Team Tennis - Phoenix Racquets-Part Owner
Representative for several nationally know athletes, including Reggie Jackson
 

STEVE PRATER   NAU ‘70

Varsity Track & Field

Sigma Delta Phi National Athletic Honorary

(20 decathlon type events)

  

 RICK SECHRIST   NAU ‘70

Varsity Track & Field

Sigma Delta Phi National Athletic Honorary

(20 decathlon type events)

  

BOB DONNELLY   NAU ‘70

Varsity Tennis

  

LARRY LEMKE   NAU ‘72

Varsity Football

 

CLIFF DAGLEY  NAU ‘74

Varsity Football

 

TOM ROGERS   NAU ‘73

Varsity Football, running back

1972 NAU Season Leader:

 Scoring-34 pts.

 Rushing-755 yards

All Purpose-817

Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp

 

TIM TYREE   NAU '72

Varsity Football at New Mexico Highlands University

before transferring to NAU

Played against NAU (at NAU) 1970

 

LARRY LEAVITT  NAU '81

Varsity Wrestling

 

STEVE BENHAM   NAU '81

Varsity Football 
 
 

JOHN BROADHEAD    NAU '90

Earned a Crew Position (Winch Grinder)

on the bay area yacht AMERICA TRUE for the 2000 America's Cup
 
 
* Denotes a member of the original Sigma Chi Omega Colony who has yet to be initiated into the Sigma Chi Fraternity.