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Kady Monson To Be Inducted Into UW-Eau Claire Hall of Fame
August 20, 2010 12:05 PM

USTA Northern Visiting Pro and former staff member Kady (Hickman) Monson is among six athletes entering the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Hall of Fame. Monson joins baseball players Ron Parks and Vic Cable; hockey player Mike Schwengler; softball player Jill (Schoenike) Martin; and track athlete John Mago as part of the Class of 2010.

The 2010 honorees represent the 34th class of men's inductees and the 21st class of women's inductees, bringing the number of athletes, coaches and administrators honored to 180.

Established in 1973, the Blugold Hall of Fame pays tribute, gives deserved recognition and enhances school tradition by honoring former athletic letterwinners, coaches or administrators who showed distinctive, unique or exceptional ability while on the Eau Claire campus and have distinguished themselves professionally or personally since leaving the institution. For women, athletes are eligible 11 years after their final season of eligibility, while men must wait 15 years.

The 2010 class will be recognized at halftime of the UW-Eau Claire/St. John’s football game on September 11, and inducted during a banquet September 12 at the Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites. A social hour begins at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon and a program at 1 p.m. Banquet tickets, which will also include presentation of the 2009-10 Blugold Super Six Salute Awardwinners and several other recognitions, are $25 and can be obtained by contacting the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association at (715) 836-3266 or Former WEAU TV 13 sports director Rick Foy will present the 2010 Hall of Fame inductees.

Monson was the conference No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles champion in both her sophomore and junior seasons. She was a member of four consecutive conference championship teams for head coach Marilyn Skrivseth.

As a senior, she won the conference No. 2 singles crown and was also the No. 2 doubles runner-up, as well as being selected the conference Scholar-Athlete for her sport. That year, she played with air cast splints on both legs due to periostitis in her shins. For her career, the former Shoreview, Minn., prep star produced a 59-16 singles record with all but seven matches in the No. 1 spot. She was 53-11 in doubles play, again with all but seven matches in the top position.

Alison Hover and Molly Cope were the only other Blugolds to win a conference No. 1 singles title more than once.

Monson was a two-time Blugold Super Six winner and also recipient of a UW-Eau Claire Outstanding Senior Award in 1997.

Monson graduated magna cum laude with a degree in math education and a coaching minor. She taught at Hudson High School in 1998-99, Stillwater High School in 1999-01, Eau Claire Memorial in 2002-03 and Eau Claire North in 2002-04. She has been in the Rochester Area School District since 2007 as a homebound mathematics teacher.

She has been a tennis teaching professional since 2001 and operated tennis camps in Eau Claire and other cities. She has coached JV and varsity boys and girls tennis at a number of high schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin and has served as a tennis clinic instructor at many camps. Currently she works as a Visiting Tennis Professional for the USTA Northern Section and as a National USTA Recreational Coach Trainer and QuickStart Trainer.

She and her husband, Karl, a tennis pro at the Rochester Athletic Club, have five children: Faith, 6 ½; Asher, 5; Noah, 3 ½; and twins Bethany and Grace, 1 ½. She is also actively involved in her church.

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