Director Dave Price

Four inducted into Rockford Athletic Hall of Fame

October 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

Twently years ago, then Athletic Director Dave Price instituted the Rockford Athletic Hall of Fame. He believed Rockford should recognize some of the outstanding athletes, coaches and community members that make the athletic program the success it is. Now that elite membership includes 92 individuals, four of which joined the ranks on Wednesday, October 14, in a ceremony at Boulder Creek Golf Club. Rockford Athletic Director Tim Erickson opened the evening by reminding the audience that nominations are always welcome, and the distinction is open to athletes, coaches and community members. Athletes must be students who graduated at least ten years before they can be nominated, coaches must have coached at least five years, and all candidates must have made a significant contribution to the Rockford athletic program. First to be recognized was Fred Rowley, receiving the award posthumously. Presenter Terry Konkle said Rowley was one of the young men who graduated Rockford High School to join World War II. “He was a great athlete of his era,” stated Konkle. Konkle said he went through the old Rockford Registers and found Rowley’s name often from 1939 to 1941, when Rowley graduated. “I noticed in the ‘40s about every week there was mention of athletes who were going into war. Then I would see the write-ups about how they died,” Konkle said. Rowley’s obituary ran September 2, 1943 after he was killed in the south Pacific. Konkle said Rowley was All Conference for football in the 1940 season, which was the first season at the “new” stadium on Lewis Street. He was also known to hit homeruns that went on the roof of the school on Main Street, now the administration building. Multiple people mentioned he did this about ten times a year in baseball, often going right over the school into the road. Tammy (Staudacher) Daly was the next to be inducted. Daly was a three-sport athlete who graduated in 1993. Don Seifert said Daly was described by her teammates as a dedicated athlete. “The word dedicated came up over and over again,” Seifert said. She was four years in swim, track and volleyball while also participating in band and the honor society. She said at the time she wanted to pursue a career in […]