Athletics Misc (1058)
Ernest L. Swenson
Swede Swenson attended Concordia (Kansas) High School, where he lettered in football, playing offensive and defensive lineman. He played his first two years under Karl Spear, Baker alumnus and future coach and athletic director.
Following high school he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served from 1945-1946 in the Aleutian Islands. Upon returning from the service he enrolled at the former El Dorado Junior College (now Butler County Community College) and played one year for Baker alumnus and athletic great Coach Joe Wallace, ’38.
In the fall of 1947 he enrolled at Baker and was reunited with football coach Karl Spear and lettered all three years playing offensive and defensive lineman for the Wildcats. He started and received honorable mention for the all-conference team after the conference championship season of 1949. That team had a record of 7-2. On campus he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and as a letterman he was elected and served as the president of the “B” Club.
Following graduation he entered the field of high school teaching and coaching. From 1950 to 1953 he taught and coached basketball at Miami (Kansas) High School. From 1953 to 1965 he taught and assisted with coaching football, basketball and track at Osawatomie (Kansas) High School. Six of those years were served as head football coach.
Having earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Kansas in Education Administration in 1963 he soon began a second career in high school administration that lasted from 1965 to 1988. The last 20 years of his active career were served as the superintendent of schools for the Osawatomie School District.
Through his career he earned numerous honors and awards and served in appointed and elected positions of high responsibility within his career field and his community including among others: Rotary Club, the Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce, the Miami County Cancer Society, Miami County Hospital Board, the State Council of Superintendents, as a Bank Director of First Option Bank, as a member of the Baker University Alumni Board and as a life member of the National Education Association and its Kansas affiliate.
He was selected in 2000 to the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame in Dodge City, Kansas, and the Board of Education of USD 367 has named a building in his honor, “The Swenson Early Childhood Education Center”.
His first wife, Nina Ming, was a Baker graduate of 1953 and passed away at an early age.
He remarried in 1979 to Lurene Paddock. His children include Sandra Fryer, Greg Swenson, Vickie Autry, Lisa Loewen, and Doug and Paul Swenson.
John B. Flickinger
Jack Flickinger attended his first two years of high school in Baldwin City, where he played and lettered in both football and basketball. Due to World War II and the disruption of team sports at many of the nation’s smaller high schools with so many of the coaches having left for military service, Jack enrolled at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo. At Wentworth he lettered in football, basketball and track where he threw the shot put. As a senior in 1945, he was named Wentworth’s best all-around athlete and received the Conger Sportsmanship Award. In 1995, he was inducted into the Wentworth Military Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. After graduation from Wentworth he served in the U.S. Navy’s Hospital Corps.
Following his naval service he returned home to Baldwin City and enrolled at Baker during the spring semester of 1947. By taking a full load of course work and a summer school he was able to graduate in 1950 with a degree in biology. On campus he was a member of both the “B” Club and Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
His athletic career at Baker was outstanding as he lettered twice in basketball and for three years in football playing for Coach Karl Spear.
In football he played both offensively and defensively on the line at end. He was known as a sure tackler and a great blocker and made important catches for scores throughout his career. One such catch came as the game winner in the 1949 game at the College of Emporia where he wrestled a pass away from two defenders in the end zone to score the tying score with seconds left on the clock. The Wildcats went on to kick the extra point to win that game. They finished the season with a 7-2 record after defeating Ottawa in the final game and were crowned conference champs. Following that season, his senior year, he was a first-team all-conference selection. A member of the Wildcat yearbook staff wrote that the play of Jack Flickinger reminded him of stories that he had read about a big impact player, “Big Gawrge” Toomey, of the championship team of 1893.
After Baker, Jack graduated from the University of Missouri School of Dentistry and in 1954 and began a 44-year career as a dentist in his hometown of Baldwin City. During his career he was honored with election to the International College of Dentistry. He continues to serve in retirement as a volunteer at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kan., where he now resides. He is married to Patricia Ann Dashen and together they have a son, Brad.
Dawn Henderson Grosdidier
Dawn graduated in 1986 from Eudora (Kansas) High School following a distinguished academic, social and athletic career. In addition to maintaining honor roll status and perfect attendance for years, she participated in cross country, track and basketball. She lettered in each of these sports every year, was designated for all-league honors in all three sports and was the MVP in basketball for three years.
After having received scholarship offers from 22 colleges, Dawn enrolled at Baker where she graduated four years later with a Bachelor of Science in business and minors in accounting and coaching. She earned four varsity letters in basketball, three in track and two in cross country. In basketball she was the MVP in both 1989 and 1990, was the team captain her senior year and was selected all-conference in her junior and senior years. She had a career high of 34 points and established a school record with 1,538 points in her career — a record that stood for 11 years.
In track, she participated on the sprint medley team that broke a school record in 1988 at the District 10 meet at Emporia State. She also set school records in the 400-meter hurdles, the 800-meter run and as a team member on the 1600-meter relay. She was all-conference in 1989 on the women’s 4x800-meter relay team.
On campus she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority and was active in a wide range of campus activities and student work programs.
Following graduation she began her career as the treasurer of the Eudora School District before moving on to work as an accounting coordinator and budget analyst in the Shawnee Mission School District. For the past eight years she has been with the Blue Valley Recreation Commission and has served as its director since 2002. She is a member of numerous professional associations and professional boards while at the same time volunteering countless hours to coaching a variety of youth league basketball teams. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Baker in 1994.
Dawn is married to Christopher Allen Grosdidier and together they have two children, Claire Elaine and Zachary Isaac. The Grosdidiers reside in Lenexa, Kansas.
Rick Quattrini was recruited to Baker by Coach Jim Irick following an outstanding athletic career at Pascack Valley High School in New Jersey. As a senior he served as the football team captain, was selected to the all-county and all-state first team on defense.
At Baker he started all football games on defense. In his junior year he was selected a tri-captain, led the team in tackles and was voted the team’s MVP. In 1974 he suffered a season-ending injury but was allowed to red-shirt that year. He returned in 1975 and was selected team captain, led the team in tackles and was once again voted the team’s most valuable player. As a senior he was selected to the first-team all-conference team and first-team All-District 10 and was named in 1975 one of the outstanding college athletes of America. On campus he was additionally an active member and officer in the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.
Following graduation he studied Italian at the University of Genoa and later attended the University of Petroleum and Minerals at Daharan, Saudi Arabia.
Through his business career he has been involved in a wide range of entrepreneurial businesses, including the development of a concept model for luxury floating restaurants that led him to form a partnership that launched five 400-passenger vessels in New York. For his efforts he was awarded Nations Restaurant News top industry award for design and concept. Later he formed other businesses and partnerships that directed the design, construction and retrofitting of multiple inland excursion vessels, built luxury homes on the Hudson River waterfront, and most recently headed up the acquisition of a hotel room brokerage firm that has since become the largest such service provider in North America.
He is involved in a wide range of business related boards and is active in civic and philanthropic activities. He is married to the former Linda Ann Donovan and together they have four children, Justin, Derek, Christie Anna and Gianna Maria. The Quattrinis currently reside in Tenafly, New Jersey.
Roy Doleshal attended high school at Wyandotte in Kansas City, Kansas, where he lettered in football and played baseball. He also played baseball throughout the city and was a member of a team in the Ban Johnson League. Prior to graduating he enlisted in the Marine Corps and spent one year in the South Pacific on an aircraft carrier near the end of World War II. Upon being honorably discharged, he returned home to graduate from Wyandotte in 1946.
He worked for a year before enrolling at Baker, where he immediately became a four-year starter in baseball, his true athletic love. He lettered all four years while playing for coaches Jack Austin and Russ Davee. He also played and lettered on the golf team and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Following graduation he began a teaching and coaching career before being called for reenlistment in the Marine Corps. He attended officer school, was commissioned and served in the Korean War as a Platoon Commander and Legal Officer. He remained active in the Marine Corps reserves for several years retiring as a Lt. Colonel in 1970.
He maintained his association with baseball throughout his early-mid life and pitched, coached and umpired in numerous recreational and semipro leagues near his home.
He had a distinguished 35-year career in business with The Travelers Real Estate Division, where he held a number of management positions in Kansas City, Cleveland, Wichita and for his last five years with the company in Dallas where he served as vice president of the Southwest Division. He retired in 1989 and moved to Northwest Arkansas, where he could play competitive tennis and play golf year-round.
He lives in Bella Vista with his wife, Jean. He has two sons, David and Bradley, from a previous marriage.
Roy Braley Jr.
Roy Braley attended high school in Horton (Kansas), where he participated in football, basketball and track. He lettered in all three sports for two years. As a senior, he was a member of the league championship football team and he was voted team captain.
Upon graduation in 1943 he was drafted into the U.S. Navy where he was trained as a corpsman. He spent two years overseas on the island of Tinian in a base hospital. Following the war he was honorably discharged in 1946.
He enrolled the following fall at Baker where he went on to a distinguished career lettering in football all four years and in baseball both his junior and senior years. In football he was a four-year starter on offense at the fullback position and on defense at outside linebacker. During his senior year he called signals on the field for the defense and was a key member of the team that was conference champs of 1949. In addition to being a four-time letterman in football, he was named to the all-conference teams as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was a member of the Letterman’s Club and served as vice president his senior year.
Following graduation from Baker in 1950 he began a career in teaching and coaching at the high school level in Kansas. He served at Westphalia High School for three years, Cherokee High School for one year and finally at De Soto, where he spent 31 years. He coached football, basketball and track at all the schools he served, including a period of 20 years at De Soto. He retired from teaching in 1987 and spent many happy days in pursuit of his love of the game of golf near his home in De Soto. He was a member of the De Soto United Methodist Church and the De Soto Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6654.
He passed away just weeks before his induction to the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame on July 31, 2006. He is survived by his widow, Charlene, and by their daughter, Karen, ’83, and son, Eric.
Mike graduated from Bishop Boyle High School in Homestead, Pa. Following high school, he worked for a while before eventually attending and playing football for Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona. While at Scottsdale he was recruited to Baker by head football coach Charlie Richard. At Baker, he made an immediate impact on the Wildcat squad as he was a two-year starter and all-conference tight end who served as team captain his senior year. He helped lead the Wildcats to an NAIA Division II national runner-up finish in 1986.
After graduating from Baker in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, he enrolled in graduate school at Fort Hays State University in Kansas where he spent two years working as a graduate assistant coach with linebackers. His collegiate coaching career moved to the Division I rank in 1989 as a volunteer assistant at the University of Pittsburgh for Mike Gottfried. A year later his hard work and determination earned him a paid position at Pitt, working as an assistant coach with quarterbacks and later with wide receivers for the Panthers' new head coach, Paul Hackett. When Hackett left Pitt to become the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL, Mike was asked to join him as an assistant coach for the offense in charge of quality control. From 1995 to 1998 he served as the Chiefs quarterbacks coach.
During the years with the Chiefs he worked with quarterbacks Joe Montana, Elvis Grbac, Steve Bono and Rich Gannon. Gannon credits Mike for having been the coach to help him take his game to the next level. Gannon has been quoted as having said, “There was never a doubt in my mind he’d be a head coach. He’s a great play-caller, great working with the quarterbacks. He’s a tough guy, a guy willing to do the work, and he’s a leader”.
In 1999 Mike left the Chiefs for a position coaching the quarterbacks (and notably future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre and all-pro Matt Hasselbeck) with the Green Bay Packers. The next year he was hired as the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints. During his successful five-year stint with the Saints his offensive teams became the most prolific in the franchise’s four-decade history as they set 10 offensive team records and 25 individual records.
In 2000, Mike was selected the NFL’s assistant coach of the year by USA Today. In 2005 he moved to the San Francisco 49ers as offensive coordinator for one season before being named the 14th head football coach of the legendary Green Bay Packers on January 12, 2006. At the time he was named, he was the third youngest head coach in the NFL at 42. In his first year at Green Bay, he turned the team’s fortunes around leading the team from a record of 4-12 the year prior to his arrival to a respectable 8-8. He also won the respect of the Green Bay players and fans for not only his on-field leadership but also for having immersed himself in a myriad of civic activities and fund-raisers benefiting local charities.
In 2011, McCarthy led the Packers to the ultimate prize of a Super Bowl victory. McCarthy and the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, in Super Bowl XVL. Marking the fourth super bowl title in the tradition rich history of the Packers.
He has one daughter, Alexandra.
Nate enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1990 following graduation from Poway High School in Poway, Calif., where he earned letters in and was named all-conference in football and soccer. At Baker, he concentrated on soccer and becomes the first inductee to the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame from this sport. His freshman year he was named the top newcomer and also to the second-team All-HAAC team. In his sophomore year he earned first-team all-conference honors, first-team all-region and honorable mention NAIA All-American honors. As a junior the honors continued with inclusion on the first-team all-conference squad, being named the Conference Player of the Year and Region Player of the Year and being named to the NAIA All-American first team for having set a school record of scoring 31 goals and scoring 72 points in a season.
He was named to and played for the U.S. Olympic Festival North Team, which took the silver medal that summer. During his senior year in addition to first-team honors in the conference, region and NAIA and Player of the Year in the Conference and Region, he was named an NSCAA first-team All-American and played in the NAIA Adidas Senior Bowl. He served as Wildcat team captain from 1991 to 93, set an additional team record of career assists with 35 and is second all time in goals scored (65) and total points (165). On campus, Nate was also active in a wide range of activities, including Mungano, the Kappa Sigma fraternity, as IFC President, as vice president of the Greek Council, as a University admissions assistant and in 1993 he was elected homecoming king by his fellow students. Following graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science, Nate was drafted in the a territorial round of the National Professional Soccer League by the Wichita Wings before being traded to the Kansas City Attack.
He played professional soccer in both outdoor and indoor leagues from 1994 to 2004. During that time he spent nine seasons with the Kansas City Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League where he was named to the MISL All-Star squad in 1999-2000 and was honorable mention All-MISL those years. He was the Comets' Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003 and concluded his professional career with the Baltimore Blast in 2004 having played in a career total of 507 games which included 41 playoff games with the Comets. In 2003 he returned to Baker to become the head coach of the women’s soccer team and has been responsible for growing the team from 19 to 35 players and for creating a junior varsity team as well.
His 2011 men's and women's soccer teams qualified for the NAIA National Championship Tournament final site, as the men's squad advanced all the way to the final four and finished the season ranked No. 3 in the country, while the women's team advanced to the quarterfinals and finished the season ranked No. 18. Houser was named the 2011 HAAC Men's and Women's Soccer Coach of the Year.
During his time away from the University he continues to participate in a wide range of soccer related coaching in competitive youth leagues and with a program established for handicapped youth. He has also been active in the Olympic Development team as a staff member and head coach. He is married to Erica (Swensen), ’96, and they live in Lenexa with their two children, Micayla and Michael.
John enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1987 following graduation from Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas, where he earned four letters in basketball and baseball. Once at Baker, he quickly asserted himself to be a major force for the Wildcat basketball squad on both ends of the court while playing for Coach Rick Weaver. In all, John earned four letters in basketball, but that was just the beginning of the honors that he would earn during his four-year career. Even as a freshman the greatness that was to unfold was apparent as his coach and teammates selected him the team’s Most Valuable Player — an honor that would follow the conclusion of each of his four seasons with the Wildcats.
During his sophomore year, in addition to being the team MVP he was named to the Heart of America Conference’s first-team all-conference squad, was the HAAC MVP, was a member of the NAIA District 10 first-team all-district team, was the district’s MVP and was named as an NAIA honorable mention All-American. During his junior year, John made first-team all-conference and the NAIA first-team All-District 10 team again. His senior year honors included being selected as a first-team All-HAAC Conference member, being named the conference’s MVP, being named to the NAIA District 10 first-team all-district team and once again being named to the NAIA honorable mention All-American team. During his career at Baker he scored a total of 2,460 points, a record that remained in place until broken in 1998. He continues to hold the record for the career scoring average of 20.5 points/per game. He also established a record for most points scored in a game with 46 against Ottawa University.
Not only was he a prolific scorer but he became the greatest rebounder in Wildcat basketball history, setting a record for rebounds in a season with 310 during the 1988-89 season and he remains the career rebounding leader with a total of 923. In addition to basketball, John was an active member on campus of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Following graduation with a Bachelor of Science in business finance, John played professionally in Europe for a team located in Linz, Austria, for one year. During that year of 1991-1992 he averaged 33 points per game and 12 rebounds per game.
Returning home to Kansas, John created two businesses that he continues to own and manage Riverhook Retail Group, a company dedicated to sales and marketing of home improvement products and K.C. Textile Company, a fabric distributor to the home furnishings industry. He is a member of the Church of the Ascension in Overland Park and is a member of the National Association of Retail Marketing and the Central Industrial District Association. He is married to Catherine and together they have two daughters, Sophia and Grace.
Chris enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1978 and became an immediate starter on both the softball and basketball squads. During her Baker career she earned a total of eight letters in the two sports. During her four years of competition the basketball squad won four consecutive Heart of America Conference Championships with a total of 80 wins against only 37 losses.
During her career she was selected for first-team all-conference honors on two occasions and as a senior led the team in assists and in scoring with a 16.7 points per game average, having scored in double figures in 26 of 29 games. In 1980 the team was the AIAW Kansas state champions, runner-up the next year and champion again her senior campaign. Additionally she was selected as a member of the state all-tournament team as both a junior and senior. In softball, the Lady Wildcats earned Kansas AIAW state champion trophies from her sophomore to senior years, were regional champions in both 1981 and 1982, played in the AIAW national softball tournament in 1981 and finished third in the national tournament in 1982 where Chris was named to the all-tournament team at shortstop.
Following graduation from Baker with a Bachelor of Science in business she began a long and successful career in education and coaching. Along the way she earned a Master of Science in educational administration degree from the University of Kansas. She has taught and served as the head track coach and assistant basketball coach at O’Hara High School in Kansas City, Mo., as head track coach at Piper High School in Kansas City, Kan., and as head golf coach and head basketball coach at Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Mo. From 1987 to 1998 she served as head basketball coach at Piper High School where her teams had a 127-114 overall record and her 1993 team finished third in the Kansas Class 4A state basketball tournament.
Since 2000, she has served as a teacher and coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park where she has served as the varsity basketball assistant coach and the head softball coach with several of the teams in both sports reaching the Kansas Class 6A state tournament finishing as both runner-up and state champion. In addition to her professional responsibilities she has spent over 25 years instructing and directing summer youth camps for basketball and softball, most notably for the Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City, a volunteer driven organization whose mission is to empower women and girls by advocating and promoting the lifetime value of sports and fitness. She is the proud daughter of Joseph and Virginia Orel and sister to six siblings.