Sports Hall of Fame – 2009


Jennie“Bickel” Froeschle

Jennie“Bickel” Froeschle graduated from Dubuque Senior in 1996. Jennie was a standout three-sport athlete, competing in softball, basketball, and golf. As a three-year starter in softball, she earned 1 st Team All-Area and 5 th Team All-State honors. Also a three-year starter in basketball, Jennie led the state in 3-point shooting percentage in 1995, was a two time 2 nd Team All MVC selection, and the starting guard for the Ram’s State Runner-Up team in 1994. It was in golf that Jennie truly excelled. She lead her Ram teams to two MVC championships, while earning MVC medalist awards twice. Jennie earned 1 st Team All-MVC all four of her high school seasons, and she finished fourth in the State as a senior. Mrs. Froeschle was awarded a four-year golf scholarship to U.N.I., where she continued to excel.


Dennis Healy

Dennis Healy has had a decorated educational career as an instructor in Senior’s English Department for thirty-three years, beginning in 1975. His honors have included the Presidential Scholar Teacher Award, the Iowa Governor’s Scholar Teacher Award, and the Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching. In 2008, Dennis was named the Iowa Mentor of the Year. He has also coached at Senior for twenty-eight years, which includes twenty-five in the women’s track program and twenty-six seasons as the Head Women’s Cross Country Coach. He had twelve teams qualify for the State meet (eleven in a row), with his highest team finishes being 3rd in 1997 and State Runner-Up in 1979. Mr. Healy was selected Regional Cross Country Coach of the Year five times. Dennis Healy retired from coaching in 2002, but continues to teach English at Senior.


Don Kolsrud

Don Kolsrud was the principal at Dubuque Senior from 1971 – 1987. Along with being an outstanding educational leader, Mr. Kolsrud was a terrific supporter and follower of all Ram athletic programs, because he considered activities to be an integral part of the overall education program. His leadership and philosophy were clearly visible in his spirit, support, and encouragement of the athletic programs, as well as the individuals in those programs. Known for his “cheerleading and school spirit”, Mr. Kolsrud was very visible and involved at pep rallies, sporting events, and fine arts performances. As the administrative leader at Senior, he is credited with assembling a coaching staff that was recognized as one of the best in the M.V.C and the state. Don believed in the educational values of athletics and was very good at communicating and modeling the values of hard work, sportsmanship, teamwork, friendship, and ethics.


Joe Roussel

Joe Roussel was a star athlete in both cross country and track, earning three Major “D”’s in each sport. Joe has been credited with laying the foundation for the tradition that Senior has for fielding tremendous distance runners. As a co-captain of the cross country team, Mr. Roussel lead the team to the 1980 M.V.C. championship, and 4 th and 3 rd place finishes at the State Meets in 1980 and “81. Joe also earned 1 st Team All- MVC in 1981. Also co-captain in track, Joe helped the team to the M.V.C. championship. Individually he made 1 st Team All-MVC twice, was a two-time Drake Relays Qualifier in three events, had numerous City, Conference, and District 1 st place finishes, and qualified for the State Meet both his junior and senior seasons in four events. By graduation, Joe Roussel set or helped set the school records in the open 800, 1600, and 3200 meter runs and the 4 x 800 and 1600 medley relays.


Paul T. Urban

Paul T. Urban was a member of the Class of 1937. He was a three-sport athlete, competing in wrestling, track, and football. Paul specialized in the shot put and pole vault in track and field, helping the Rams to an outstanding season in 1937. In football, playing for the legendary Wilbur Dalzell, Mr. Urban was a two-year letter winner and a two-way starter at offensive tackle and defensive line. Coach Dalzell recognized Paul as one fo the top five players his senior season. Mr. Urban was a tough, physical football player, who is still remembered for returning a blocked punt 45 yards against Fort Dodge . Upon graduation, Mr. Urban turned down a college scholarship because his family needed him at home. During World War II, he served his country in the Air Force. Paul T. Urban took the lessons he learned through athletics and applied them to his daily life. He passed away in 2006.


Robert Zahren

Robert Zahren had a long and distinguished career at Dubuque Senior as a guidance counselor and coach. Robert’s own success in and love for athletics led him to a successful career in coaching, which also included stops in Mason City , Sioux City , and at Loras College . At Senior, Mr. Zahren was a well respected coach in both the men’s basketball and men’s golf programs. In the basketball program, Mr. Zahren coached at the freshman level, as well as serving as the varsity assistant coach with Walt Kirk. A highlight of his varsity basketball career at Senior was the 1967-68 team, which included Bill Redman, Jon and Jim West, Bob Buol, and Pat Melloy, that won the Mississippi Valley Conference. As the head men’s golf coach, Robert coached many outstanding teams and individuals. His most successful team, however, was in 1986 when the Ram golfers won the M.V.C. and finished 4 th at the State Meet.