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Blugold Hall of Fame
Kari Albers (Madden)

Madden was a four-time conference champion and eight-time All-American in one and three-meter diving as a Blugold. In four years of national competition, she never finished lower than fourth place in the two diving events and was national runner-up on both boards in 1992, the same year she won both events at the conference meet. She also never placed lower than fourth in eight conference competitions.

During her career, the Blugolds won four consecutive Wisconsin Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference crowns and placed among the top five teams at the NAIA nationals each season.

She set the school three-meter record as a senior and was team co-captain and co-MVP in both 1992 and 1993. In 2012, she was named to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's All-Centennial team.

A gymnastics and diving standout at Northfield High in Minnesota, Madden earned a psychology degree from UWEC in 1994. She has a master's degree in education from UW-Stout with certification in special education, communicative disorders and cross categorical K-12 in addition to a coaching certification.

Madden has been a special education teacher at Somerset Elementary School since 2008. She began her teaching career as a special education teacher in West Salem. She also taught in various capacities in the La Crosse, Spring Valley, Elmwood, and Lake Holcombe school districts as well as the Sylvan Learning Center in Menomonie and the Development and Training Center, New Concepts Dungarvin Wisconsin Inc. and Brotoloc Health Care System in Eau Claire. She has coached middle school and high school diving for eight seasons in Eau Claire, La Crosse and Menomonie.

Madden and her husband Shawn, a high school principal, are the parents of two boys, Kade, 14; and Ty, 12.

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