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Augsburg celebrates 40 years of women's athletics

Photo courtesy Augusburg College Athletics.

The passage of Title IX, enacted as part of the U.S. Education Amendment of 1972, mandated equal opportunities in education, allowing women to participate on high school and college athletic teams. But the tradition of women's athletics at Augsburg actually dates back to the earliest days of Auggie athletics in the 1920s.

On November 10, at 6 p.m., Augsburg will celebrate 40 years of varsity women's athletics and the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX. Lavonne (Mrs. Pete) Peterson '50 and Joyce Pfaff '65 will be honored at the celebration with "One of Our Own" plaques for their contributions to Augsburg College and the Athletic Department. In addition, female athletes from each decade will be recognized on All-decade Teams.

Peterson, an instructor, coach, and women's physical education director, started the Auggiettes basketball team in 1950 and coached the team for 18 years, leading them to an incredible 154-6 record. Pfaff, an Augsburg coach, instructor, and director of women's athletics, started several women's teams after the passage of Title IX and served the College for 43 years.

Former Perham standout, Natasha Hammann, Augsburg Class of 1999, and a 2010 inductee to Augsburg College's Hall of Fame, was named to the 40th Anniversary Women's Athletics All-Decade team of the 1990's.

Hamann finished her career as one of the best setters in the history of Augsburg's volleyball program, re-writing the Auggie record-book in the assist category.

She finished her career with a school-record 3,926 assists -- the first of only two players to ever have 3,000-plus career assists at Augsburg. Her 8.76 assist-per-set mark is second-best in school history. Her 1,193 assists in the 1997 season is a school record, one of three season assist totals Hamann has on the school's top-10 record list.

She also ranks second in school history in career aces (168) and eighth in career digs (1,071), while also contributing 375 kills and 114 blocks. She played in all but one set of every match in her collegiate career, playing in a school-record 123 matches and 448 sets. Hamann earned All-MIAC honors in both 1997 and 1998, while earning all-conference honorable-mention honors in 1996.

Hamann was also a member of Augsburg's women's golf team for two seasons.

Hamann graduated Magna Cum Laude from Augsburg in 1999, majoring in biology. She earned Academic All-MIAC honors three times, was a GTE Academic All-District selection her senior year, and was named a co-Honor Athlete in 1999. Hamann later attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, and now serves as a family practice physician at Allina Medical Clinic in Buffalo, Minn., where she lives.

Last week, Hamann gave birth to her first child.

Quite a week for the former Yellowjacket.