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Boerigter new DII Management Council chair; Stromme elected vice chair

Bob Boerigter, commissioner of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, and Karen Stromme, assistant athletics director at the University of Minnesota Duluth, have been elected chair and vice chair of the Division II Management Council.

Boerigter and Stromme will assume their new responsibilities at the conclusion of the January Convention. They were elected at the Oct. 15-16 Management Council meeting, and their selections were ratified Tuesday by the Division II Presidents Council. They will replace Ann Martin of Regis University (Colo.) and Bren Stevens of the University of Charleston (W.Va.).

In addition, eight new members were elected to the Management Council (terms will begin after the Convention in January). Their elections, along with two new members of the Presidents Council, will be announced next week.

Boerigter

Boerigter became the fourth full-time commissioner in MIAA history in September 2010.

He was previously director of athletics at Northwest Missouri State from 2001-10.  In his time at Northwest, he served as the lead administrator for the department of athletics/HPERD, including recreational sports, club sports, campus recreation and the campus fitness center. He also was involved in development of the school’s $5 million football stadium renovation; completed refurbishing of the outdoor track facility with improvements totaling over $300,000, and helped implement the Fall Classic at Arrowhead football game, which established record attendance in Division II football (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2008).

He has served on the Division II Championships and Football Committees.

Before his time at Northwest Missouri State, Boerigter served as director of athletics at Hastings (Neb.) College.  He is a member of the Hastings College Athletics Hall of Fame. In all, Boerigter has served as director of athletics at five institutions, also including Adams State College, Northwestern College and Whitworth College.

He is a graduate of Northwestern College. He also holds a master of arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Utah.

Stromme

The winningest coach in Minnesota Duluth basketball history,Stromme is in her 26th year with the Bulldog staff and currently serves as the assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator.

Stromme spent 21 seasons directing the Bulldog women's basketball program before stepping down in May 2005 to take on a full-time administrative role in the athletics department. She compiled a 440-184 overall record (for a .705 winning percentage) and posted 21 consecutive winning seasons while also guiding the Bulldogs to 12 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference titles, four of a possible five NSIC Tournament championships, eight NCAA II North Central Regional playoff berths and seven appearances in the NAIA National Tournament.

She has extensive Division II committee experience, having previously served on the Management Council (representing the North Central Conference), the Committee on Infractions, the Membership Committee and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, among others.

Stromme, who first joined the Bulldog staff as an assistant women’s basketball coach in 1983-84, is a past president of the NAIA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, past chair for the Kodak All-American Team Selection Committee and chairperson of the USA Basketball Team Selection Committee for the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. She also was an assistant coach for Team East at the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival and was among the official travel party for Team USA, which won the women’s basketball gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

She is a member of both the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (Class of 2008) and the St. Olaf College Athletic Hall of Fame (Class of 1994).