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Blugold Hall of Fame
Marilyn Skrivseth

Skrivseth spent 22 years with the Blugold athletics program as a coach and administrator, arriving in 1979 as the women's head tennis coach and assistant women's track and field coach.

She spent 16 years as the head tennis coach and had directed the Blugolds to three consecutive conference championships when she stepped aside in 1996 to become Director of Athletics for the entire men's and women's athletics program, a position she held for six years until 2002. She served as Director of Athletics for the women's program from 1984 through 1996 except for one year when she took a leave of absence to work on her doctorate at the University of Iowa.

During 1980-81, she spent her only season as the women's track head coach and earned conference coach of the year honors after leading the Blugolds to runner-up finishes in both the indoor and outdoor championships. That same year, she was also the conference tennis coach of the year after leading the Blugolds to a conference title. She also earned the tennis coach of the year award her final three seasons as head coach.

Skrivseth served in the Department of Kinesiology through 2007 when she retired from the university. She was the department chair for 10 years.

Under Skrivseth's leadership, the Blugold athletics program earned its highest NACDA All Sports finishes with a pair of eighths in 2000 and 2001. The women's program also won five conference All Sports titles during her tenure. She helped the Blugolds secure bids to host women's national championships in tennis (AIAW), gymnastics (NAIA & NCGA), softball (NCAA in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001) and basketball (NCAA in 1994). During her tenure, the Blugolds expanded the women's sports module with the addition of softball, soccer, golf and hockey. She was involved in the initiation of Blugold Buddies, Blugold Ambassadors, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, the first radio contract for a women's sport and the first class of women inductees into the Blugold Hall of Fame.

At the university, conference and national levels, Skrivseth served on numerous committees. She was president of the Wisconsin Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 1989 and served as tennis sports chair from 1980-82. She also spent six years on the NCAA Division III Membership Services Committee, one year as chair. She did consulting on sport equity issues and was an active voice in gaining equality for women's sports.

Skrivseth has previously been inducted into the NAIA District 14 Hall of Fame and UW-La Crosse Wall of Fame. She was a member of the WIAC All-Centennial team for badminton which she played at UW-La Crosse along with tennis and volleyball.

The St. Louis Park, Minnesota native obtained her bachelor's degree at UW-La Crosse (1973) and her Master's from the University of Oregon. She taught and coached five years at West Bend East High School before coming to Eau Claire.

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