Sports Hall of Fame – 2017
2017 Dubuque Senior H.S. Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Mary Beck—Class of 1981
Roy Buol—Class of 1968
Doug Colin—Class of 1981
Zach Hodge—Class of 2006
Henry (Hank) Vollenweider—Class of 1938
Mary Beck is a 1981 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. Mary was a standout athlete for the Rams, earning letters in Volleyball, Track & Field, and Softball.
A four-year varsity volleyball team member, she earned 1st team All-State honors in 1979 and 1980. The 1980 team went 39-0-2 and won the state championship; during which she was selected Co-Captain of the All Tournament team. Mary played softball for 5 years as shortstop and pitcher for the Rams. Mary played in four state tournaments in Softball under Coach Art Wiegand and four state Championship matches in Volleyball under Coach Bob Beardsley.
Mary Beck attended Missouri State University on a Volleyball scholarship, earned all-conference honors, and competed in 2-NCAA tournaments. Mary has worked as freelance and fine arts photographer for close to 30 years and has had work displayed throughout Dubuque.
Roy Buol is a 1968 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School.. At Senior, Roy earned 4 Major D’s; two in Football and two in Track. Roy was a 2-way starter for the Rams in Football as Quarterback and Defensive Back and participated in Basketball (1-year) and Track & Field as a hurdler and high jumper. One of Roy’s memories from high school was the school-wide “demonstration” opposing the School Board’s proposed name change to Julien Dubuque High School.
Roy Buol went on to the University of Dubuque and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. Roy has also completed graduate coursework from the University of Dubuque, and since 2002 has served as Director of Landscaping & Grounds Department at the University of Dubuque.
Roy Buol is currently in his 12th year at the Mayor of Dubuque and represents the city and region on several committees.
Doug Colin is a 1981 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. Doug was a standout swimmer for the Rams during his high school career, earning 3 Major D’s in the pool, and was also a National Honor Society member at Dubuque Senior H.S. Setting the 500-yard freestyle record in his first season of swimming with the Rams, the record (while broken by other swimmers) is now held by his son Ben Colin. Doug was a 2-time state qualifier in swimming under Coach Dan Duclos.
Doug attended the University of Iowa and graduated in 1986 with a double major in Finance and Insurance.
Doug has held several different swim coaching jobs, including with the Rams program from 1987-1991. Doug has left a lasting mark with Club Swimming in Iowa City and Dubuque. Since the fall of 1991, Colin has been instrumental in the Dubuque Area Swimming Hurricanes (DASH) program, serving as coach and Executive Director. Doug also coached at Loras College from 1998-2016. During his coaching career, Doug has helped develop hundreds, if not thousands, of youth swimmers in the tri-state area.
Mike Fleming is a graduate of Wahlert Catholic High School and holds degrees from the Loras College and the University of Dubuque. Mike Fleming began his coaching career in Dubuque, then had several teaching and coaching stops across the state including Mount Ayr & Norwalk. During his time as Softball coach in Norwalk, Mike’s team competed against an All-Star team from the People’s Republic of China in the summer of 1981.
Upon returning to Dubuque in 1986, Mike took up residency at Dubuque Senior as a coach and teacher, coaching Men’s Basketball and Baseball for the Rams. Mike has served as Dubuque Leisure Services Baseball/Softball instructor for 36 years.
Mike has a combined Softball and Baseball record during his career of 538-486. As Rams Baseball Coach, Mike coached the Rams to the only MVC conference championship for the Baseball team. Mike started the Scott Althoff Memorial game in honor of the fallen former Ram player; each year $500 in scholarship money is awarded to a Baseball player in Scott’s name.
Zach Hodge is a 2006 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. As a Ram athlete, Zach earned 7-Major D’s (3-track & field, 2-football, 2-baseball). Zach was a Track & Field Drake Relays and State Qualifier in his Sophomore, Junior, and Senior seasons and excelled in the sprint events and long jump. Zach was a 1st team All MVC football player for the Rams his senior year. Zach Hodge was an excellent student, carrying over a 4.0 GPA and a member of the National Honor Society at Dubuque Senior HS.
Zach earned his BA (2010) from Wartburg College and MBA (2013) from the University of Dubuque. At Wartburg, Zach played 2 season on the football team before injuries ended his playing career for the Knight, while maintaining his status as a Regents Scholar.
Zach Hodge is a Vice President at Hodge, a Material Handling and Logistics company. Zach Hodge is a board member for two different community organizations; Run4Troops Marathon and Tri-State Mountain Bike Riders.
HENRY (HANK) VOLLENWEIDER
Henry Vollenweider is a 1938 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. Henry played football and track & field for the Rams and shared stories with his family about running football plays up the hills. Henry remembered that the Rams team volunteered for extra unsupervised practices before the season began, demonstrating their will to play and win. When practicing hurdles, his coach put a matchbook on each hurdle and Henry was to “graze” it off; Henry told of more than one tumble to the cinder track while practicing that technique.
Henry Vollenweider attended the University of Iowa on a scholarship, ran track, and played football for the Hawkeyes. Henry was a member of the 1939 “Ironmen” football team. He once returned a kick-off back 92 yards for a touchdown. Henry was the track team captain and excelled in the hurdle events for the Hawks.
Henry served our nation as part of the US Coast Guard during WW II in the North Atlantic. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan and lived in St. Louis for much of his life. He volunteered at hospitals, zoos, and churches he attended. He was married for 55 years, to his wife Ardis. Henry Vollenweider passed away April 8, 2016 at the age of 95.