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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 - 12:23 pm

Sports Honorees

Weingart, ’95-96 women’s b-ball team honored

Purdue Calumet’s Feb. 14 homecoming celebration took on special significance for a collection of former PUC student-athletes.

Rod WeingartRod Weingart, 1973 alumnus and two-sport standout (soccer and baseball), received the Purdue Alumni Association-Calumet’s prestigious Bob Hayes Athletic Alumni Award. The award, named after the longtime Purdue Calumet coach, athletic director, faculty instructor and statistician, recognizes success and achievement on and beyond the athletic field. Weingart is a longtime educator who serves as a high school guidance counselor at Gary’s Wallace High School.

Also honored, the 1995-96 women’s basketball team was inducted into the Purdue Calumet Athletic Hall of Fame (see homecoming reunion team picture, back cover).

Weingart earned Indiana College Division All-State honors in 1971 and ’72 as a goaltender. He was selected to the All-Midwest College Division Team in ’72 and named MVP of the Indiana vs. Ohio all-star game also in ‘72. After being drafted by the Indiana Tigers of the former American Soccer Association professional league, he played one season in ’73. Additionally, he played three seasons as a catcher for the PUC baseball team (1970-72), batting .328 and .358, respectively, in ’71 and ’72.

“Receiving this award is special since Bob Hayes is one of my former professors and baseball coaches,” Weingart said. “It’s nice to be remembered for what you did nearly 40 years ago. That was a special time. I’d like to think those of us who played back then helped put Purdue Calumet on the map.”

The ’95-96 women’s basketball team, coached by Gary Hayes, qualified for the NAIA Division I national tournament and compiled a 27-5 record. The squad is the only one in school basketball history to have qualified for the NAIA national tourney.