NDSCS Announces Letterwinners Hall of Fame Inductees

The North Dakota State College of Science Athletic Department is inducting three individuals and two teams into the Letterwinners Hall of Fame. Inductees will be honored on Saturday, September 24 during the Hall of Fame Banquet. Additional information and registration for the banquet is available online at ndscsalumni.com/homecoming. This year’s inductees are: Glen Matthews, Colleen (Letteer) Weltz, Chrissy (Jacobs) Edwards, the 1996 Men’s Football Team and the 1992-93 Men’s Basketball Team.

Glen Matthews graduated in 1997 from the NDSCS Liberal Arts program. He was a defensive tackle on the 1996-97 Wildcats football team. The 1996 team went 9-0 before losing their final game in the RC Cola Bowl. Matthews was an Academic All-American and 2nd team All-American in 1996. He transferred to the University of North Dakota where in 1999 he was a First Team All-American, First Team All-Conference, Most Valuable Defensive Lineman in the NCC and an Academic All-American. He signed a free agent deal with the San Diego Chargers after UND and played two seasons in the Arena Football League. Matthews graduated Magna Cum Laude from UND and continued on with graduate school at the University of Delaware, receiving his master’s degree in Economics. He is a law school graduate and an attorney at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell. He and his wife, Brianna, reside in Lakewood, Colo., and have a daughter, Lola.

Colleen (Letteer) Weltz attended NDSCS in 1988-89. She graduated from the University of Mary with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a minor in Business Administration. Weltz was a middle hitter for the 1988-89 Wildcat women’s volleyball team. The 1988 team was the first to make the National Tournament. She was named to the All Region 13 Tournament Team and the NDJA All State First Team, and was the NDSCS co-captain in 1989. Weltz had the most blocks in the 1988-89 season, with a two-year total of 335, which was a school record. She was also an NDCAS All-Conference selection at the University of Mary. Weltz currently resides in Bismarck, N.D. and is employed as a State Uniform Crime Reporting Manager for the Attorney General’s Office, BCI Division. She and her husband, Dave, have two children, Michaela and Aanders, and are co-owners of a family business, Dick’s Vacuum Service, where she handles the bookkeeping duties.

Chrissy (Jacobs) Edwards is a 2003 NDSCS Liberal Arts graduate. She was a middle hitter for the 2001-02 Wildcat women’s volleyball team. The 2001 team was the National runner-up, Region 13 champions and District G champions. Edwards was a two-time, First Team All-American, All-Region team selection, the Mon-Dak Conference MVP and 2002 team captain. She graduated from NDSCS with honors. Edwards played her 2003 season at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where they set a record with 26 wins that season. She led the team in blocks and hitting percentage and was second in kills. She was selected as the Female Student Athlete of the Year at UMES. Edwards played the 2004 season with the 23-8 nationally ranked MSUM Dragons, where she led the team in blocks. Edwards graduated Magna Cum Laude from MSUM with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She currently lives in Frazee, Minn. with her husband, Ryan, and their three-year-old son, Milo. She works for J&K Marine as the accounting manager.

The 1996 Football Team went undefeated in conference play with a 9-0 record and had an average score differential of 31 points. The first game of the season set the tempo as the Wildcats defeated the College of DuPage, who at the time had the longest winning streak in college football. The Wildcats played their final game of the season in the RC Cola Bowl, losing to Nassau Community College of New York, 27-12. The 1996 team produced nine All-Conference players, six Honorable Mentions and four All-Americans. Three players from the team have already been inducted into the NDSCS Athletic Hall of Fame, along with several members of the coaching staff.

The 1992-93 Men’s Basketball Team was coached by Ed Toohey and assistant coach Chad Swenson. Coach Toohey said this was the best team he had coached during his six years at NDSCS. Their record was 23-8 on their way to the State Championship, Region 13 Championship and District 9 Championship. They won the District 9 Championship game, defeating Western Nebraska on their home floor, which no team had accomplished, to go to the National tournament for the first time in 20 years. All five starters from this team received a full scholarship to continue their academic and athletic careers. Three of the players started at Mid-Major Division 1 Colleges.

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