Stef Strauss-Thompkins, a 2001 Horlick High School graduate and UW-Parkside’s only first-team All-American in women’s soccer, will be inducted into the Great Lakes Valley Conference Hall of Fame during ceremonies in St. Louis May 20, 2014.
Strauss, a defender who earned GLVC Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors as a senior in 2004 after helping the Rangers post the lowest goals-against average in the nation, started all 75 games in her four years with Parkside. She helped the Rangers post 46 shutouts, a 68-9-7 record and two GLVC titles and two Division II Tournament appearances during that stretch.
In 2005, she earned the Richard F. Scharf Paragon Award as GLVC Female Athlete of the Year and was the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association Student-Athlete of the Year.
After graduation, she served as an assistant coach with the Rangers.
With Horlick, she was a three-time All-Racine County player and a four-time All-Southeast Conference honoree.
Strauss-Thompkins, a Racine resident who is a lecturer in Parkside’s Health, Exercise Science, and Sport Management program, is the third Ranger inducted into the GLVC Hall of Fame, joining softball players Wendy Wolff and Jackie (Aiken) Kann.
Strauss-Thompkins joins Northern Kentucky women’s basketball coach Nancy Winstel, Missouri S&T track and field athlete Tyrone Smith, Quincy basketball player Jessica Stuckman, Drury basketball player Molly (Carter) Miller and Camie Bechtold, formerly of Quincy, Saint Joseph’s and the GLVC office, in the 13th class of the Hall of Fame.