Richard "Ike" Eisenmann
Induction Year: 2006
Recipient of the Lydia C. Thering Meritorious Service Award
Richard “Ike” Eisenmann of Superior, Wis., was an outstanding Yellowjacket athlete who distinguished himself by making athletic programs available to local girls. He is inducted into the Hall of Fame as recipient of the Lydia C. Thering Meritorious Service Award, which is named for one of UW-Superior's pioneers in women's athletics and physical education.
At UW-Superior, Mr. Eisenmann lettered in both hockey and football. Since graduating in 1980, he has devoted himself to girls’ fast-pitch softball programs.
Mr. Eisenmann began the Girls’ Fast Pitch Program in Superior with 30 players. Through his effort and leadership, more than 165 now participate. The program offers girls an opportunity to play for fun or to develop their skills for high school and college competition.
Mr. Eisenmann also was a key player in rejuvenating the partially completed Wade Bowl softball field in Superior. In 2003 he was among 30 people nationwide to receive a MetLife Volunteer Service Award in recognition of this work. The $2,500 award was used toward the purchase of an electronic scoreboard for Wade Bowl.
In fall 2003, Mr. Eisenmann created the Girls’ High School Fall League for local teams. When a local team qualified for the Babe Ruth World Series, he spearheaded a fundraising effort that collected more than $9,000 in 10 days so the team could attend the tournament. In recent years, Mr. Eisenmann also has served as a board member, a district commissioner and a state tournament director for various girls’ softball organizations and events.
In recent years, Mr. Eisenmann also has served as a board member, a district commissioner and a state tournament director for various girls’ softball organizations and events.