Frances "Fran" Mrozinski

Induction Year: 2007

Frances Fran Mrozinski

Frances "Fran" Mrozinski was a pioneering woman athlete who participated in five sports and in 1975 earned UW-Superior's first Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award presented to a woman.

Ms. Mrozinski competed from 1971 to 1976, demonstrating enthusiasm, dedication and untiring effort in an era when competitive women's sports were emerging and little publicity and few honors were available.

As a freshman, Ms. Mrozinski joined the volleyball team, which was the only competitive sport offered for women. As more sports were added each year, she joined those teams. By the time she graduated, she had competed in volleyball, basketball, track and field, tennis, and badminton.

Ms. Mrozinski was named captain of the volleyball team four times and captain of the basketball team three times. Competing in the javelin throw, she became the university's first woman athlete to qualify for a state championship meet in any sport other than gymnastics. She concluded her athletic career at UW-Superior by serving as an assistant volleyball coach while also officiating at local collegiate and high school volleyball matches.