Two of them have spent several highly successful decades teaching and coaching at the small college level. The other one is quite possibly the best volleyball player ever produced by the Quad-Cities.
All of them will be inducted into the Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame on May 8.
St. Ambrose University basketball coach and athletic director Ray Shovlain, Augustana College track and cross country coach Paul Olsen and Bettendorf native Cathy Noth will be honored at the Quad-City Times’ 32nd annual Salute to Sports at Davenport North High School.
Shovlain and Olsen both have dedicated their lives to their respective institutions, not only as coaches but as teachers. Olsen also is an English professor, while Shovlain teaches business classes in addition to his sports-related duties.
Shovlain was an athlete at St. Ambrose even before he became an employee of the school. After leading Clinton St. Mary’s to an Iowa state championship in 1975, he was a star point guard for the Fighting Bees, setting school records for assists in a game (21), season (276) and career (712).
He became the head basketball coach in 1984 and added the athletic director title in 1994. As a coach, he has compiled a won-loss record of 567-407, including 32 victories and an NAIA final four appearance in 2004.
Olsen, originally from Onamia, Minn., became Augustana’s cross country coach in 1966 and the track and field coach in 1969. Entering this spring, he has won 14 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin titles — 12 in track, 2 in cross country and had teams finish as high as second in the NCAA Division III track meet in 1975 and 1981.
He was named the national coach of the year in 2008 and has coached 22 individual NCAA champions in track and field. Augie’s track already is named for him.
Noth, who now lives in Madison, Wis., was a four-sport standout at Bettendorf from 1977-81, starring in volleyball, softball, track and basketball. She became a two-time All-American in volleyball at the University of Nebraska, where she became the only player to be named the Big Eight Tournament MVP three times.
She continued to play after college, becoming an alternate on the 1988 U.S. Olympic team, and has remained involved in volleyball through the years. She was an assistant coach at Nebraska for 10 years and is now involved as a coach and trainer for several junior club teams.
Hall of Fame profiles coming up in the Times:
April 7: Cathy Noth
April 14: Ray Shovlain
April 21: Paul Olsen
About Q-C Sports Hall of Fame
It was founded in 1987 by the Quad-City Times as a way to honor people who have made significant contributions to the local sports scene. Voting is done by local media, sports officials and Hall of Fame members.
About Salute to Sports
It annually honors the Quad-City Times’ male and female high school athletes of the year in addition to inductions into the Hall of Fame. It is scheduled this year for May 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Davenport North High School. The event is free to the public, but attendees are asked to bring one non-perishable food item for local food pantries.
2013 Hall of Fame finalists
Robin (Becker) Pingeton