Athletic Hall of Fame – 2013 Inductees
Coach / Inducted in 2013
Lori has been a Physical Education and Health Education teacher at Marion High School since 1984. She was the Head Volleyball Coach at Marion School from 1984-2002. During that time she compiled 331 career wins and won numerous Coach of the Year honors for the conference and Metro area. She led the volleyball team to the State Tournament in 1997. This was the first girls’ team to reach a state tournament in school history.
Lori also served as an assistant track coach at Marion from 1984-1992. She coached club volleyball for CeMar and Marion Magic from 1992-2008. Lori has also organized and directed many other Marion High School groups including Archery Club, Win With Wellness, Speed and Agility, Staff Wellness, Health Fair, Intramurals, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. As a teacher at Marion High School, Lori has received numerous teaching awards and honors during her career.
Lori is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where she played soccer and club rugby. She obtained her Master’s Degree from Emporia State University. Lori currently teaches at Marion High School where she is still very active in school programs and activities.
Community Member / Inducted in 2013
Bob was an administrator in the Marion Independent School District for twenty-one years. He was the Associate Principal at Marion High School for three years from 1987-1990 and the Principal at Vernon Middle School from 1990-2008.
Bob began announcing at events for the Marion district in 1990. He has announced every middle school track meet since 1991 and has announced Marion sophomore and varsity football games since 2002. Bob also began announcing Marion varsity girls’ basketball games in 2005, all on a voluntary basis.
Bob has announced Cornell College football games and track meets since 1994 and many other high school and college sports in the area including NCAA Division III National Wrestling Tournaments and Women’s NCAA Tournament Basketball games. He has also served as the emcee for several hall of fame ceremonies at Marion High School and at the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Annual Conference.
Bob was named Iowa High School Public Address Announcer of the Year in 2006 by the National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers, and was inducted into the Marion High School Performing Arts Hall of Fame in 2009. Bob and his wife Karen have two sons (Casey and Tyler) and currently reside in Marion where he supervises student-teachers for Iowa State University and continues to announce at athletic events in the Marion School District and Cornell College.
Community Member / MHS Class of 1946 / Inducted in 2013
Doug Hutchins devoted many years to helping Marion athletes who wanted to play sports.
For about a decade, he assisted the Marion High School sports programs in a variety of ways. He used his truck to haul football equipment and uniforms to away games so that the players could change in the locker room. He was a scorekeeper at basketball games and a member of the chain crew for football games. During the summer, Doug was an umpire for baseball games.
Along with John Fowler, Doug organized the first Little League program in Marion and served as Director for 25 years. One of the little league fields is named in his honor. Doug served on the Marion Independent School District School Board for many years including a tenure as President of the Board. He also organized a basketball team of former Marion players that played in a Cedar Rapids industrial league serving as it’s coach and manager.
Doug and his wife Pauline have four children (Ed, Dan, Linda, and Karen) and still reside in Marion.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1963 / Inducted in 2013
Bob Hoglund earned 10 varsity letters in football, basketball, and track.
In basketball, Hoglund was a three-year varsity starter. He finished with 858 career points. As a senior, he scored 39 points in a game against Anamosa. Marion was WaMaC Champion with a 12-2 record Hoglund’s junior year. In his sophomore year, Marion also won the WaMaC Championship and advanced to the substate tournament round.
As a running back, Hoglund led the football team in scoring his junior and senior year. In track, he won the WaMaC Championship in the 120 yard high hurdles as a junior.
Hoglund attended Cornell College where he played football and basketball. His football career was cut short due to concussions, and he played basketball for three seasons. Hoglund enlisted in the Navy and specialized in electronics and computers while he was stationed at many places around the world. He retired after a 26 year career as a Master Chief Petty Officer, the highest enlisted rank obtainable.
Athlete / MHS Class of 2006 / Inducted in 2013
Matt Holland was a standout baseball player at Marion High School.
Matt led the Marion Baseball team to the program’s first State Baseball Tournament in 2006. He was a two time First Team All-State Selection. He received numerous All-WaMaC, All-District, and All-Metro honors. He also played in the Iowa Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game.
Matt started his collegiate career at Iowa Central Community College where he received Second Team All-Region and Regional Academic Team honors. He then attended Texas A&M Corpus Christi. While there he earned Third Team All-American honors. He was also named as an American Baseball Coaches Association All-American and College Baseball Insider All-American. He was selected to the First Team All-Southland Conference and First Team All-South Central Region teams. Matt was named the team’s Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year.
A highlight of his college career was hitting for the cycle against Texas Tech capping it off with a grand slam in the 9th inning. Another highlight was winning the Whataburger Classic Home Run Derby title against players from Oklahoma, UCLA, and Mississippi St. Matt was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 22nd Round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.
Matt currently resides in Houston, Texas where he works at Emerson in the oil and gas industry as a marketing specialist.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1934 / Inducted in 2013
Garth Hunter participated in football, basketball, and track at Marion High School.
Garth was a talented running back at Marion who still ranks as one of the all-time scoring leaders after nearly 80 years. He led the team in scoring his sophomore and junior seasons. As a junior, he was named Third Team All-State and led the Indians to an 8-1 record and Tri-Valley Conference championship. At that time, All-State teams consisted of 11 players chosen from all high schools in Iowa.
In his senior year, Garth helped lead Marion to an 8-0-1 record. He still ranks high in school history in career touchdowns, career rushing touchdowns, total points scored, and other categories.
Garth attended Coe College where he played football for four years and ran track for at least three years.
Athlete / MHS Class of 2005 / Inducted in 2013
Whitney was a four sport athlete at Marion High School earning 16 varsity letters participating in volleyball, basketball, track, and softball.
Whitney was a five-year varsity starter in softball playing every inning of every game all five years. She helped lead the softball team to the WaMaC Championship in 2002. She earned numerous First Team All-WaMaC, All-Metro, and All-District honors over her career. She also earned All-State honors every season as a softball player including being named Second Team All-State and twice being named Third Team All-State. Whitney still holds the record for most runs scored in a season.
Whitney earned All-WaMaC honors in volleyball and basketball. She qualified for the State Track meet on the 4×100 Meter Relay. Whitney was invited to play in a Senior All-Star Volleyball game as a defensive specialist. She accomplished all these feats despite tearing her ACL the summer before her freshmen year.
Whitney was invited to walk-on the Iowa State University softball team where she earned a starting spot in the outfield her freshmen year. She played two years for Iowa State. Whitney graduated from Iowa State University in Elementary Education. She coached Freshmen/Sophomore softball at Marion High School for four years before moving to Des Moines to teach in the Des Moines area.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1952 / Inducted in 2013
Russ Seeks was an outstanding three-sport athlete at Marion in football, basketball, and track.
In football, Seeks earned All-State Honorable Mention his senior year and helped lead Marion to a conference championship. This was during the time when all-state teams consisted of all schools in the state in one classification. Seeks scored 70 points that season and was also the team’s leading scorer as a junior. He was named to the WMT Collegiate Honor Roll of High School Football Players which was an honor given to outstanding prospects for college football.
In basketball, Seeks earned All-State Honorable Mention as a senior. That season, Marion posted a record of 24-2 and reached the quarterfinals of the state tournament which included all teams in the state being in the same division.
Seeks was a three-year letterman in track. In his senior year, he won three individual events at the WaMaC Conference Meet. He was also on many successful relay teams over his career.
Russ attended Coe College and was the starting fullback on an outstanding freshmen team. He left school to join the Army, but returned to college and received his degree in 1959. Russ spent his adult career as a human resource executive in the household moving industry. He and his late wife Kay have four children (Greg, Amy, Stacy, and Shannon). He currently resides in Florida. (Russ passed away in December 2016.)