UW-Oshkosh Hall Of Fame Inducts Seven New Members

2017 UW-Oshkosh Hall of Fame Inductees (L-R): Craig Lieder, Jeff Carl, Brian Tomalak, Brad Clark, Amy (Wing) Barber, Michael Neumann and Duane Fischer (father LeRoy in photo).
2017 UW-Oshkosh Hall of Fame Inductees (L-R): Craig Lieder, Jeff Carl, Brian Tomalak, Brad Clark, Amy (Wing) Barber, Michael Neumann and Duane Fischer (father LeRoy in photo).

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Athletics Hall of Fame increased its roster to 196 members with Sunday’s (May 7) induction of Amy (Wing) Barber, Jeff Carl, Brad Clark, Duane Fischer, Craig Lieder, Michael Neumann and Brian Tomalak. The ceremony was held at UW-Oshkosh’s Alumni Welcome and Conference Center.

The UW-Oshkosh Hall of Fame was established in 1974 to give tribute and deserved recognition to former athletes, coaches and friends of the university. It is also intended to enhance school tradition by honoring those people who have shown exceptional ability while on the UW-Oshkosh campus and since graduation.

Amy (Wing) Barber helped lead the UW-Oshkosh women’s basketball team to three WIAC titles and three NCAA Division III Championship trips from 1991-95. The point guard piloted the program to an 89-19 record and an appearance in the 1995 national championship game.

The Oshkosh Lourdes Academy alumna still holds the UW-Oshkosh records for both season (173) and career (465) assists while ranking 20th in program history with 1,039 points. 

Wing, a three-time All-WIAC first team selection, is among four UW-Oshkosh players to be chosen to the league’s top team at least three times. She concluded her career averaging 9.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.5 steals in 106 games played.

Wing helped UW-Oshkosh to NCAA postseason appearances and WIAC titles in 1991, 1994 and 1995.

In 1991, Wing averaged 12.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.3 steals as UW-Oshkosh clinched its second WIAC title in program history and reached the NCAA postseason for the second straight year. UW-Oshkosh, which concluded Wing’s freshman campaign with a 21-5 record, advanced to the NCAA regional final before falling to Hope College (Mich.) by a 68-67 score. Wing established her eventual career high when she poured in 28 points during an 87-76 victory over UW-Eau Claire in 1991.

After missing the 1992 season due to a knee injury, Wing returned to the starting lineup in 1993, averaging 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.8 steals as the Titans compiled a 16-8 record.

In 1994, Wing was named to the NCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team after contributing 9.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.0 steals per game to help UW-Oshkosh reach the quarterfinal round of the national tournament for the first time. The Titans ended the season with a 28-3 record, including NCAA tournament wins over Alma College (Mich.) and Bethel University (Minn.). 

Wing helped UW-Oshkosh reach the 1995 NCAA championship game by averaging 8.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.0 steals in a team-leading 31.2 minutes per game. Her 173 assists on the year are still the program record. The floor general also paced the team in rebounds nine times as UW-Oshkosh went on to win five NCAA Championship games before falling, 59-55, to Capital University (Ohio) in the national final.

Wing, who was inducted to the Lourdes Academy Hall of Fame in 2001, received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Oshkosh in 1995 and an associate’s degree in physical therapy from St. Catherine University (Minn.) in 1999. Wing also attained a master’s degree from Cardinal Stritch University in 2010.

Spurred by her interest in physical therapy following her collegiate knee injury, Wing has held positions in the medical field since 1995. She is currently the director of medical group operations for the Ascension Wisconsin Medical Group in Racine, overseeing three primary care practices and 12 specialty departments.

Wing lives in Racine with her husband, UW-Oshkosh alumnus Matt Barber, and their children Megan, Jackson, Luke and Mitchell.

Jeff Carl, a three-time All-WIAC South Division selection at shortstop from 1979-81, helped UW-Oshkosh to three consecutive conference titles before becoming the second-round selection of the Montreal Expos in the 1981 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft following his junior season.

A graduate of Madison West High School, Carl was selected 29th overall in the 1981 Draft and remains the highest-drafted player in storied history of the UW-Oshkosh baseball program, which has seen 52 players sign professional contracts with MLB-affiliated teams. The Titans produced a 74-21 record during his three seasons and twice advanced to the NCAA Division III World Series, finishing fourth in 1980 and third in 1981.

Carl earned All-America accolades in 1979 and 1981 from the American Baseball Coaches Association.

In 1979, Carl helped UW-Oshkosh to a 19-8 record and a share of its eighth conference title. Carl hit .368 while leading the team with seven home runs and 10 stolen bases. The 1979 Titans, the first WIAC team to play in the NCAA postseason, went on to produce a 1-2 record as hosts of the West Regional.

In 1980, the Titans won the outright WIAC title and reached the NCAA Division III Championship for the first time in program history as Carl hit .306 and paced the team with 11 home runs.

The 1980 UW-Oshkosh squad was the first from the WIAC to play in the Division III World Series. The Titans, who concluded the season with a 24-9 record, won the West Regional with four straight wins in Lisle, Ill., before falling twice at the final tournament in Marietta, Ohio.

In 1981, Carl hit .459 with 15 home runs and 63 runs batted in to cap his three-year career with a .382 batting average, 33 home runs, 125 runs batted in and 102 runs in 95 games played. The 1981 Titans, who compiled a 31-4 record and captured the outright WIAC championship, swept all four games as hosts of the West Regional before going 1-2 at the World Series in Marietta.

Carl, who was named to the WIAC’s 28-member All-Time Baseball Team in 2012, played five seasons with the Expos organization, hitting 64 home runs and collecting 218 runs batted in while reaching the Double-A level from 1981-85 before an elbow injury halted his professional career. He hit a total of 21 home runs and drove in 72 runs while playing at the Single-A and Double-A levels in 1982.

Carl settled in Memphis, Tenn., following his professional baseball career. He is now self-employed since retiring from United Postal Service after 27 years of service.

Carl, who continues to play softball on a regular basis, was inducted into the Memphis Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Carl resides with his wife, Leigh Anne, in Somerville, Tenn.

Brad Clark, one of the most prolific scorers in UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball history, remains the only player from the program to earn three All-Region citations.

From 1997-2000, Clark poured in 1,692 points to rank sixth on the school’s scoring list. After averaging more than 10 points in a reserve role during his freshman season, Clark went on to lead the Titans in scoring and rebounding each of his last three years.

During Clark’s four seasons, UW-Oshkosh produced a 73-32 record and made NCAA Division III Championship appearances in 1997 and 1998. Clark earned three All-WIAC first team honors after averaging 17.3 points and 5.9 rebounds in 1998, 18.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in 1999, and 19.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in 2000.

Clark, a Markesan High School graduate, currently ranks second in WIAC history with 535 free throws made and seventh with a school-record .862 free throw percentage. He also holds the conference record by making all 24 attempts at the free throw line during a game against UW-Eau Claire in 2000.

Clark was selected to the NCAA Division III All-West Region Second Team in each of last three seasons while his shooting proficiency is documented in both the conference and the school record books. He ranks fourth in the WIAC with 193 made free throws in 2000 and eighth with a .916 free throw percentage in 1999.

Clark scored double-digit points 83 times in his 105-game UW-Oshkosh career, including a career-best 40 at UW-Superior during his senior season. He also led the Titans to a win during the opening round of the 1998 Division III Championship by scoring 24 points against Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (Calif.) in Kolf Sports Center.

During his illustrious high school basketball career, Clark was named the 1996 Wisconsin Boys Basketball Player of the Year by the Association Press as well the earning Wisconsin’s 1996 Mr. Basketball award. Clark, Markesan High School’s all-time leader in points, rebounds and steals, led the Hornets to Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 3 championships in 1994 and 1996. He currently ranks 14th in Wisconsin boys basketball history with 2,269 career points.

After completing his bachelor’s degree at Ripon College in 2000, Clark coached basketball at Oshkosh West High School from 2001-12 before becoming the head boys coach at Lourdes Academy in 2015. He has been a physical education and health instructor in the Oshkosh Area School District since 2004.

Clark, who will join the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame later this year, earned a master’s degree from the University of California, Irvine in 2014.

Clark’s coaching highlights include assisting the Oshkosh West High School boys basketball team to Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 1 titles in 2006 and 2007 before leading the Wildcats to the state semifinals as head coach in 2008. Clark, who was a men’s basketball assistant coach at Ripon College from 2012-15, guided his Lourdes Academy team to a conference championship in 2017.

Clark lives in Oshkosh with his wife, Erin, and children Jada, Steven, Violet, Oscar Bryan and ZuZu.

Duane Fischer is one of the most decorated wrestlers in UW-Oshkosh history, winning WIAC titles in each of his last three seasons and capping his career with an All-America performance in 1986.

Fischer, a Merrill High School graduate, claimed conference titles in the 190-pound weight division in 1984, 1985 and 1986. He is one of just two wrestlers in UW-Oshkosh archives to win at least three WIAC championships. 

Fischer also helped lead UW-Oshkosh to a second-place showing at the 1983 WIAC Championship and a third-place league finish in 1986.

Fischer, who compiled a 118-19 record during his four years concluded his career by finishing third at the 1986 NCAA Division III Championship. He remains as UW-Oshkosh's lone All-American and WIAC champion at 190 pounds.

After earning a first-round bye at the 1986 Division III Championship, Fischer secured an 8-2 win in the second round before notching a pin during the third round. Following a 5-4 loss in the semifinals that snapped his 20-match winning streak, Fischer rebounded for a 10-1 victory to reach the third-place match, where he won by an 8-6 score over UW-Whitewater’s Steve Kopecky to finish the year with a 29-3 record. Fischer also downed Kopecky in the conference championship bout to become the last WIAC wrestler to win three consecutive titles at 190 pounds.

During his junior season in 1985, Fischer compiled a 30-2 record before an injury forced him to withdraw from the NCAA Division III West Regional. Fischer secured his second straight WIAC title with a victory over UW-Superior’s Tim Olson.

In 1984, Fischer began his run of three straight conference crowns when he defeated UW-Stout’s Dave Witt in the championship match.

During his athletic career at Merrill High School, Fischer won the 1982 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Wrestling Class A title with a 30-2-2 record. He also competed on the school’s baseball and football teams.

Since graduating from UW-Oshkosh in 1987, Fischer has dedicated his life as a minister for Jehovah’s Witnesses. Fischer, who became an Elder in the Oshkosh Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1998, has assisted with the wrestling teams at Oshkosh North High School and Webster Stanley Middle School in Oshkosh.

Fischer resides in Central Wisconsin with his wife, Lisa.

Craig Lieder was a three-time All-WIAC first team performer as a first baseman on the UW-Oshkosh baseball team from 1992-95, helping the Titans reach the NCAA Division III World Series each of his four seasons. 

With Lieder batting in the middle of the lineup, the Titans won the national title in 1994, finished as the runner-up in 1993, placed third in 1995 and fifth in 1992. He was selected to the All-World Series and All-Midwest Regional teams in 1993, 1994 and 1995.

The Milton High School alumnus concluded his four-year career ranked third in UW-Oshkosh history with 42 home runs and fourth with 176 runs batted in while both totals rank fifth-best in the WIAC record book. His career statistics also include a .337 batting average, 193 hits and 154 runs in 170 games played.

Lieder helped UW-Oshkosh to a 144-32 record, including marks of 41-4 on the way to the national title in 1994 and 39-5 during his senior campaign. The Titans also owned a 38-8 record in 1992 and 28-15 in 1993.

A two-time all-region choice, Lieder was tabbed an All-America first team selection in 1995 after hitting .449 with 23 home runs, 73 runs batted in, and 66 runs scored in 44 games. His home run total during his senior year still ranks second in conference history while his runs batted in list third.

Lieder hit six home runs and drove in 30 runs during his freshman season in 1992 before hitting two homers with 30 RBIs in 1993. He compiled a .346 batting average with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs en route to collecting All-Midwest Region second team honors and helping the Titans to their second national title in 1994.

In the classroom, Lieder earned Academic All-America second team honors in 1995 from the College Sports Information Directors of America in addition to being named the 1995 WIAC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the 1995 UW-Oshkosh John Taylor Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Lieder, who intended to play baseball at the University of Wisconsin until the Badgers dropped the program in 1991, received his bachelor’s degree from UW-Oshkosh in 1995.

Upon graduation, Lieder helped the St. Paul (Minn.) Saints, a professional independent team, win the 1996 Northern League title. He also served as an assistant coach with the Titan baseball program from 1996-98 before earning his master’s degree at UW-Oshkosh in 1998.

Lieder, who was inducted to the Milton High School Hall of Fame in 2003, served as the athletic director at Stevens Point Pacelli High School in 1998 and at Antigo High School from 1999-2000.

Lieder has been the athletic director at Oshkosh North High School since 2000. Named the Oshkosh Area School District Administrator of the Year in 2013-14, Lieder coached youth baseball in Oshkosh for 10 years and is now coaching boys swimming at Oshkosh North High School.

Lieder and his wife, Lisa, reside in Oshkosh with their children Jarrett and Elle.

Michael Neumann was the first UW-Oshkosh thrower to win an NCAA Division III men’s track & field individual title, claiming consecutive discus throw crowns at the 1989 and 1990 Outdoor Championships to cap a four-year career from 1987-90 that included six All-America awards.

Neumann earned four straight All-America citations in the discus throw by producing a third-place effort in 1988 and a seventh-place showing in his freshman season of 1987. He remains one of just two Titans to achieve All-America status four consecutive years in a single event during the outdoor season.

The Germantown High School graduate added a pair of All-America awards in the shot put, placing fourth at the national indoor meet and eighth at the outdoor championship in 1990. 

Neumann’s achievements helped UW-Oshkosh win the 1989 WIAC indoor and 1990 WIAC outdoor titles before going on to finish as the runner-up at the 1990 national outdoor championship.

Neumann claimed the first of his back-to-back Division III discus throw titles with his distance of 176-0 in 1989, which secured the school’s first national championship in a field event. Neumann’s toss of 171-0 at the 1990 national outdoor meet also topped the list of qualifiers. 

Neumann’s collection of outdoor All-America citations in the discus throw also include a third-place finish in 1988 with a distance of 170-2 and a seventh-place effort of 160-11 in 1987.

Neumann finished fourth at the 1990 Division III Indoor Championship with a heave of 51-11 1/4 in the shot put before he achieved his sixth All-America honor by taking eighth with a distance of 51-0 in the shot put at the 1990 Division III outdoor meet.

In 1990, Neumann accounted for 11 of UW-Oshkosh’s 45 points at the Division III Outdoor Championship as the Titans finished as the national runner-up. 

Neumann, who was named to the 54-member WIAC All-Centennial Men’s Track & Field Team in 2012, won consecutive conference outdoor discus titles with tosses of 157-8 in 1989 and 174-5 in 1990. 

Neumann earned his bachelor’s degree from UW-Oshkosh in 1991 and a master’s degree from UW-Milwaukee in 2000. He has been a guidance counselor and track & field coach in the Whitnall School District since 2001. 

Neumann was an assistant track & field coach at Marquette University and Germantown high schools after serving as a personal trainer in Glendale from 1991-94 and as a track & field technician (throws) in the Germantown area from 1995-2000.

Neumann and his wife, Kelly, reside in Southeast Wisconsin.

Brian Tomalak remains the UW-Oshkosh record holder in career passing yards and touchdowns after an award-winning career as quarterback of the school's football team from 1994-98. 

Tomalak was an All-WIAC first team selection in 1996 and 1997 on the way to passing for 8,983 yards and 83 touchdowns during his career. He was selected to the NCAA Division III All-America Third Team by Football Gazette in 1997.

After throwing for two touchdowns and playing just one game due to injury in 1994 and tossing seven touchdowns in five games played in 1995, Tomalak threw for 2,630 yards and 17 scores during his sophomore season of 1996. 

Tomalak earned his second straight All-WIAC citation by throwing for 2,877 yards and 31 touchdowns in 1997 before capping his career with 2,589 passing yards and 26 scores in 1998.

Tomalak’s 31 passing touchdowns in 1997 still top the school’s record book while his 2,877 yards currently rank second in program history. Tomalak, who started under center in each of his 36 games played at UW-Oshkosh, completed 607 of 1,119 passes while adding eight rushing touchdowns during his five seasons with the Titans. He threw at least one touchdown pass in 33 games.

Tomalak, a Green Bay Notre Dame Academy graduate, threw for a school-record six touchdowns during a game in 1998. He also ranks fourth in WIAC history in career touchdown passes and sixth in career passing yards.

Tomalak began his record-setting collegiate career in earnest as a sophomore in 1996, when he started all 10 games and completed 183 of 336 passes and rushed for two touchdowns. He completed 15 of 19 passes for 255 yards and four touchdowns against St. Xavier University (Ill.).

In 1997, Tomalak set a school record with 31 touchdown passes while tossing a mere five interceptions. He ended the season completing 211 of 393 passes and rushing for two scores. Tomalak, who passed for at least two scores in each of the Titans’ 10 games, threw for 450 yards and five touchdowns against UW-River Falls. He also recorded four touchdown passes against St. Norbert College, UW-Eau Claire and UW-La Crosse.

Tomalak concluded the 1998 season with a 145.19 passing efficiency rating after completing 165 of 306 passes. Highlights of his senior campaign included passing for 459 yards and six touchdowns against UW-River Falls, and throwing for 365 yards and four scores against Menlo College (Calif.).

During a standout high school career, Tomalak helped lead Notre Dame Academy to the 1992 Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletic Association Division 1 Football title.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from UW-Oshkosh in 1998, Tomalak received a tryout from the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League before deciding to play for the Green Bay Bombers of the Indoor Football League in 2000. Tomalak’s football coaching stints included assisting with the Notre Dame Academy team in 1999.

Tomalak co-owns a mortgage company that encompasses six offices nationwide. He is also a partner in a property rental and real-estate investment company.

Tomalak and his wife, Sandy, a UW-Oshkosh graduate, reside in South Elgin, Ill., with their triplet children Brody, Kaelie and Kelsie.

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