2003 Hall of Honor
The University of New Mexico Alumni Lettermen's Association has announced the 2003 inductees into the Hall of Honor, plus honorees who will be recognized at the awards banquet in September. The Class of 2003 includes George Friberg, Dana Miller-Mackie, Mike Prokopiak, Stan Quintana and Robert Stamm.
Also recognized are Bobby Lee (Posthumous Award), George Petrol (Posthumous Award), J.D. Kailer (Distinguished Service), Ruben Douglas (Male Athlete of the Year) and Jordan Adams (Female Athlete of the Year).
Ruben Douglas - 2002-03 UNM Male Athlete of the Year
Jordan Adams - 2002-03 UNM Female Athlete of the Year
J.D. Kailer - Distinguished Service Award
Not only has J.D. seen technology change over his long career, he's also seen the teams through the good times and the bad. In the 1950's, basketball coaches would beg people to come in off the streets and fill Carlisle Gym. J.D. recalls the official in charge of timing the game - he used a starter gun t mark halftime, leaving J.D. deaf the second half of the game. During the next game after J.D. complained to the coach, a couple of guys dropped a dead chicken from the rafters when the official used his gun; the chicken fell right in front of J.D. From then on the official used a whistle.
The definitive change in basketball came with the hiring of Coach Bob King or, as J.D. calls him, the Father of Lobo Basketball. Upon the Lobos' arrival from the 1963 New York NIT games played in Madison Square Garden, J.D. recalls, fans were waiting on the tarmac and had a parade route lined up all of the way down Yale to Johnson Gym. The Lobos began winning and the filled Johnson Gym, which led to the construction of The Pit and to the winningest coach in UNM history.
J.D. would fly with the football team to games. On the way home from a 1957 Missoula game, the plane flew out of the airport in a snowstorm. "Don Perkins held on to his seat so tight I thought he would break it," recalls J.D.
A graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School, J.D. is an adopted UNM alum. His allegiance is clearly to the Lobos. As executive director of the Lobo Club from 1971 to 1976, he increased its membership nearly six times and raised over a million dollars.
When he arrived in Albuquerque in 1950 with his bride, Pat, he went to work as sports editor of the Albuquerque Journal. "It was a me, myself and I operation," he laughs. Carlos Salazar of the Tribune was his rival. "He ran circles around me," says J.D. "The guy never slept and I was learning sports on the job."
With that competition, J.D. learned quickly and expanded his career to radio (KDEF) and television (KOAT). He even interviewed the likes of Willie Mays, Ernie Banks, Ted Williams and Mohammed Ali, to name a few.
J.D. continues to write "historical" articles on UNM sports. He is the best friend a Lobo Letterman could have.
Bobby Lee - Posthumous Inductee
Lee was a high school track star, a two-sport UNM Letterman, state senator from Catron county, rancher, chairman of the state Racing Commission, breeder of champion quarter horses, sculptor and painter.
Lee attended Alamogordo High School and in his senior year he almost single-handedly was responsible for his school winning the state track championship. As a student at the University of New Mexico, Bobby Lee became a first team All-Skyline conference running back and All-American nominee in football and played on the 1952 Lobo football team, know for its mighty defensive power. Bobby was the NCAA's combined punt and kick-off return champion and the Lobos' leading ball carrier. He also won the Skyline conference 100-yard dash and long jump championship in Track and Field.
The eldest son of a pioneer New Mexico ranching family, Bobby served two terms as the president of the New Mexico Horse Breeders Association, as Chairman of the New Mexico Racing Commission, a member of the New Mexico Quarter Horse Association and the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association.
Bobby Lee also served as a New Mexico State Senator (1965-72), as a member of the New Mexico Commission on Aging, as a Director of the American Bank of Commerce and the Federal Land Bank. He was on the UNM Alumni Association Board and was awarded the prestigious Award of Distinction from the UNM Alumni Association.
While continuing his activities as a cattle rancher, racehorse breeder, farm owner, family man and public servant, Bobby soon began to explore another interest, art. He started painting contemporary Western art and many of his works soon began to be sold across the country. His "cowboy art" was featured in many nationally prominent galleries, and in 1979, he won second place in the Saturday Evening Post's nationwide artists competition.
George Petrol - Posthumous Inductee
Coach Petrol, fondly nicknamed "Stormy" by his ball players, was known to be a strict disciplinarian with a gruff voice, a fiery personality who knew how to win with the best interest of his players at heart. His unique idiosyncrasies, perhaps superstitions, and maybe a bit of old fashioned "tough love" created a reputation for Stormy that every athlete knew. His training mandates to his baseball athletes are legendary - no ketchup, no peanuts or snacks, no candy was allowed, but plenty of fried chicken was OK. The teams' experiences of driving to baseball games in the "two stretch jobs" with coach Petrol are still considered lifetime memories and the subject of every reunion discussion.
Coach Petrol graduated from Albright College, Pennsylvania, where he was mentioned for All-American honors in 1928 and was the fifth highest scorer in the nation in 1929, and later played professional football for the Providence Steamrollers in the East Coast League. Coach Petrol came to New Mexico in 1938 where he was principal and head football coach at Espanola high school. He joined the UNM football coaching staff in 1942 and helped coach the Lobo football squads compete in two Sun Bowls. One of Petrol's first jobs at UNM was an instructor in Physical Education and manager of the UNM Golf Course. In 1945-46, Stormy formed the first swim team at UNM and competed in the Border Conference swimming meet that season where the Lobos garnered a second place finish. When the "new" University Golf Course, now the North Course, opened, the coaching leadership of the team was undertaken by the current nationally recognized UNM golf program.
By his own admittance, Stormy's greatest enjoyment and satisfaction was coaching the UNM baseball team which he initiated in 1947. Coach Petrol was wlle known and respected by other coaches and ball players throughout the west and served as chairman of the NCAA District Seven baseball coaches for three years.
During Petrol's baseball coaching career his teams won three Eastern Division Skyline Conference titles. His 1962 Lobo team won the conference championship. His teams were always expected to focus on academics with 1005 of his 1961 team graduating from UNM. The demographic complexion of Petrol's teams was basically New Mexico student athletes with most of his players from local Albuquerque high schools and surrounding New Mexico schools.
Stromy Petrol's teams were always known to be tough and fiery competitors - some would say similar to their coach. Petrol's teams always competed with the very best, including outings against Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Oklahoma, BYU, Utah, New Mexico State and Wyoming.
There have been many coaches who have contribute to the building of the foundation for various athletic programs at UNM but few have had the tenure in a sport as has George "Stormy" Petrol. It could be said the Coach Stormy has touched more student athletes' lives than any other coach in the history of Lobo athletics.
George Friberg - 2003 Inductee
George is proud to announce he is a native New Mexican, and even more proud to have played football under the legendary Bulldog and Lobo coach, Jack Rushing. He was a three-sport, five-letter winner during his high school days, and was quickly recruited by UNM to play in the quarterback position.
George's face lights up when he talks about his playing days with the Skyline Conference at UNM. His coach was none other than NFL great Marv Levy, who was inducted into the UNM Hall of Honor in 2001. George earned three letters in football, was active in the Student Lettermen's Club, and was the captain of his football squad. He earned a BS degree in mechanical engineering in 1962. George would later return to UNM to receive his MBA in 1983.
At age 19, wearing number 14 on his jersey, UNM football quarterback Friberg was quoted in the 1960 football media guide as a "cool" play caller, a good passer, operated like a veteran, and has a talent for leadership. Those words remain true today: anyone who knows George can attest that he is genuine, caring, honest, inspirational, and has a knack for leading people. Leadership is George's hallmark. New Mexico State Representative "Kiki" Saavedra said, "George is a model citizen. He gives back to the community, and he cares - we need more like him."
Not much has changed since his playing days at UNM, as George is still a "cool play caller," and is managing to lead some of New Mexico's brightest engineering and manufacturing enterprises. Currently, George is the director of Project Development and Business Assistance for Technology Venture Corporation, founded by Lockheed Martin Corporation. Friberg has been involved in business endeavors for most of his career as an engineer, manager, and executive. He has been a founding member of several entrepreneurial enterprises specializing in venture funding and technology business development. He may occasionally be sighted on the UNM campus, as he is a guest lecturer for the R.O. Anderson Schools of Management. George is best known for his contributions to our community as he is active in national and local advisory groups and boards for education, industry, charitable, and faith-based organizations.
George admits that one of his faults is that he cannot say "no," which is evident if you look at his history of involvement with community affiliations and associations: UNM Foundation - board member, NM Golden Apple Foundation - president, New Mexico First - board member, Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce - past president, Noonday Ministries - board member, UNM Alumni Association - past president, and very involved with the UNM Alumni Lettermen. It is easy to see why George has received the Lockheed Martin Nova Award, the UNM Alumni Association Zia Award and the UNM Regents Award Medal.
Dana Miller-Mackie - 2003 Inductee
So how did a multi-sport Letterman who enjoyed team sports turn into a world class pro-bowler? Dana attributes her interest and eventual success to both her pro-bowler parents - although she credits her mother more, as she was taken to many bowling tournaments when she graduated from UNM. Dee Miller paved the way for her daughter's success, as Dana eventually turned pro as well. Dana also has a pro-bowler brother, Mike, who is a fierce competitor himself. And she would come to meet her future husband, Steve Mackie, a native of Australia, while he was trying to recruit a "lefty" for an Aussie and American women's tournament.
Dana has had many accomplishments in her professional life. Among them she was voted number 36 in the Albuquerque Tribune's list of Albuquerque's top 50 athletes of the century. She has endured a very healthy and successful career on the pro circuit winning two US Championships and 16 Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) titles, and has been ranked in the top ten nationally.
Dana is no stranger to Halls of Fame either. She has been inducted in the Indian Hall of Fame (1982), the Women's International Bowling Congress Hall of Fame (1999), The Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame (2001), and the University of New Mexico Alumni Association Hall of Honor (2003).
Mike Prokopiak - 2003 Inductee
After receiving his BS degree in '53, Prokopiak signed an NFL contract as a kicking specialist with the St. Louis Cardinals on the strong recommendation of DeGroot, who had been the Washington Redskins head coach in 1943-44. Prokopiak kicked two field goals for the Cardinals before being called to duty by the U.S. Air Force in the middle of the '53 season. His Air Force career, both in the U.S. and Europe, was devoted to coordination and development of athletic programs at 50 bases in Germany, following duty at White Sands Proving Grounds. Prokopiak, on lend from the Air Force, coached Turkey's Olympic basketball team in 1957 before returning to Sembach Air Base in Germany as a sports advisor. He returned to the U.S. in 1962 to be coordinator of athletic programs and facilities as well as education officer in Officers Training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He also found time to coach Lackland's football team which played college and service elevens.
Stan Quintana - 2003 Inductee
Stan came to UNM in 1962 after an outstanding high school career in Santa Fe, where he lettered three years in football and basketball and two years in baseball. His talents helped UNM become WAC football champion in 1963 under Coach Bill Weeks and 1964 co-champion.
At UNM, Quintana was the 1964 WAC Offensive Player of the Year. In 1964 and 1965 he led the team in total yardage and was the passing leader in 1963-65. He led the team in interceptions in 1964 and 1965. He shares the single game record for 8 of 10 completions against Hawaii with Stoney Case, and he holds the record for interception yards for a season (172 yards/232 career yards). He was the Bill Brannin MVP in both 1964 and 1965. In 1964, he played in the East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl, and the College All-Star game against the Green Bay Packers.
Quintana moved on to play with the Minnesota Vikings from 1966 to 1968. He also played one year with the Continental League at Las Vegas.
Quintana returned to UNM as an assistant coach from 1981 to 1986, working with receivers and helping to coach the Lobos to a No. 3 national ranking in total offense (469 yards per game). He was part of the 1982 coaching staff when the team went 10-1.
Bob Stamm - 2003 Inductee
From the age of ten, Bob has had a tennis racket in his hand, and an eye on a vision for the future. A native New Mexican, Stamm graduated from Albuquerque High and competed as a proud Bulldog. He was a tennis singles champion three years in a row, doubles champion two years and also ran track. Bob enrolled at UNM and played tennis, ran track and was on the first UNM Ski Team. He went on to graduate from UNM in 1942 with a B.S. in civil engineering and did graduate work at the U.S. Naval Academy.
After a brief stint in the Navy, and after marrying UNM alumna Florrie Bradbury, Bob began his lifelong career working with the family construction business. In 1957, he was named a partner in Bradbury Stamm Construction Company and has worked as President, Chairman of the Board, CEO and now CEO emeritus.
Most recently, Bob Stamm championed the enactment of Senate Bill 14, thus strengthening higher education in order to improve economic opportunities. He built support in the business community as he worked with New Mexico state legislators and business leader to pass legislation during the 2002 legislature that provided endowment funding to all the state's four-year institutions. SB14, better known as the Endowment for University Excellence, provides funding for chairs, professors and lectureships. The state funds are matched with business and private fund that in-turn fund endowments.
Bob has been involved with UNM in a variety of capacities. A related story dates back to 1982 and the installation of lighting for the nationally televised Lobo football game against Hawaii - a game that could decide the WAC championship. When the game was changed to a night game, UNM almost had to forego the game, because it did not have adequate lighting for a nationally televised game. With only eight days to solve the problem, Bob and his company, Bradbury and Stamm, removed the old lighting, transported new lighting and installed a new system for the football stadium. UNM did not win the WAC, but Bob was clearly in the spotlight. He most graciously wrote a check to the University for the firm's entire profit of installing the lighting system, still in use today.