Connie Claussen, 1957

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First Name: Connie

Last Name: Claussen

Year Graduated: 1957

Biography: Connie Claussen retired in 1998 as UNO's associate athletic director for women's sports, but remains an assistant athletic director on the Maverick staff. .A graduate of Omaha University, Claussen began teaching physical education there in 1963 and was chairing the department within two years. During that time she began laying the groundwork for what has become one the top programs in NCAA II. In 1986, Claussen started the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women’s Walk, the primary fundraiser for UNO women’s athletics. Claussen has served on several NCAA national committees, including the NCAA Executive Committee and chairman of the NCAA II Championships Committee. She was a member of the UNO Alumni Board and was given the Chancellor’s Medal in 1981. She is the first woman member of the UNO Athletic Hall of Fame and has also been inducted into the Omaha Softball Association Hall of Fame and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in recognition of coaching the 1975 Lady Mavs to the national softball championship. Claussen was named UNO’s Boss of the Year by the Educational Office Professionals Association (EOPA) and also receiuved the UNO Alumni Association’s Citation for Alumnus Achievement in 1997.

Year Inducted: 1979

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