Sports Hall of Fame – 2011



ROGER BENTLEY was a teacher and coach at Dubuque Senior for 37 years. During those years, Mr. Bentley was the head varsity football coach (1977-1988), head men’s swimming and diving coach (1973-1978), head men’s golf coach, as well as an assistant coach in the football, track & field, and baseball programs. During his coaching tenure, Coach Bentley mentored nine 1st Team All Staters and 11 present members of the Senior Athletic Hall of Fame. He was named the M.V.C. Football Coach of the Year in 1982 and received the Iowa State Track Coach Association State Coach of the Year Award in 1995-1996. In 1988, he was selected for the National High School Coaching Award by Scholastic Coach magazine.



ROBERT BERKLEY, a 1993 graduate of Dubuque Senior, was a stand out for the Rams in both football and track. On the track, Robert qualified for the Drake Relays (two events) and the State Track Meet (three events) both his junior or senior seasons. Mr. Berkley set a then school record in the 200 meter run and was a member of the then school record setting 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 meter relay teams. In football, Rob earned 1st Team All-Area, 1st Team All-MVC, and 4th Team All-State honors. Mr. Berkley graduated from Drake University where he continued to excel in football while earning two varsity letters.



STEVE GORDON, a 1975 graduate of Dubuque Senior, Steve Gordon earned eight major D’s as a three-sport star while competing in cross country, track, and swimming and diving. As a cross country and track stand out (both in individual events and on relays), Mr. Gordon placed first in many meets and competed in the Drake Relays. As a swimmer and a diver, Steve won multiple District and Conference titles. In 1975, Mr. Gordon won the IHSAA’s State Diving Championship. His school record in diving not only still stands, but his eleven-dive score of 483 exceeds Senior’s second-best effort by more than 100 points. Mr. Gordon graduated from Dartmouth College in 1979, where he lettered as a diver all four years.



ROBERT “BUCK” HERZOG earned seven major D’s while competing in football, track, and baseball for Dubuque Senior. A 1946 graduate, “Buck” captained the Ram football team his senior season and earned All-State honors as a fullback and defensive back. In 1951 he graduated from the University of Dubuque, and from 1952-1970, Mr. Herzog taught at Washington Junior High. During this time, he served as a sophomore and an assistant varsity football coach and as the head varsity baseball coach at Dubuque Senior. For more than 20 years, Bob also excelled as a principal in several Wisconsin school districts.



BECKY (DILLON) STIEBER graduated from Dubuque Senior in 1984. Becky starred in basketball, volleyball, and track and field while earning eight major D’s in her career. Becky helped lead the Ram’s basketball team to the State Tournament in 1983 and to an M.V.C. championship in 1984. In volleyball, Mrs. Stieber received All-MVC and All-State mention. Becky’s volleyball teams won two M.V.C. championships (1980 and 1982) and were State Champions in 1980 and 1983. Mrs. Stieber qualified for the State Track & Field meet three times in the shot and discus for the Ram track & field program. In 1983, she finished 3rd at State in the shot put and was the Indoor State Champion in 1984. Mrs. Stieber capped off her athletic career at Dubuque Senior by being named the Ram’s “Outstanding Female Athlete” her senior year.



JIM UNMACHT, a 1984 graduate of Dubuque Senior, Jim Unmacht was one of Senior’s hardest running fullbacks, earning All-State honors in 1947. Jim also competed in the shot, discus, and football throws for the Ram’s track and field teams. Jim qualified for the State Track & Field meet in both the discus and football throws. At the end of his senior seasons, Mr. Unmacht was voted “Most Valuable Senior Athlete”. After serving in the Korean War and then graduating from Wartburg College, Jim taught Physical Education for 34 years in the Dubuque Community School System. He also coached football and track and field for several years. Mr. Unmacht retired from teaching in 1990, and he passed away in 1997.