1996 Inductees: Charles Goligoski, Jim Kravik, Bob Parsley, Tom Reynolds
Alumnus Charles Goligoski lettered in basketball, baseball and tennis for two years at Northern and served as sports editor for the NoMoCo student newspaper from1950 to 1951. He was named second team All-conference for the 1950-51 season and was the Montana Small College singles tennis champion in 1951. He so impresses the scouts at the Regional National Junior College basketball tournament, he was offered a scholarship to Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He served as a varsity assistant basketball coach and freshmen basketball coach at Gonzaga until 1955, when he received an ROTC commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the US Army.
He returned to civilian life in 1957 as a high school teacher and coach at Republic Washington, coached and taught at Butte Central High School, was a graduate assistant varsity basketball coach at MSU-Bozeman, and had an outstanding career as head basketball, head cross country, assistant football, assistant track coach and teacher at Flathead High School. His teams played for the stat4 title in basketball three straight years, 1968 to 1970, winning the championship in 1970. He served as chairman of the English Department from 1980 until his retirement in 1990.
A 1963 Havre High School graduate, Jim Kravik attended Montana Tech his freshman year, then transferred to Northern where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He was named to the All-Conference basketball team in 1967-68. While a student at NMC, he co-published an independent newspaper called "Sidelights," was a sports editor for the school paper and yearbook, edited a column called "Locker Room Shorts," and was a member of the Northern Signers. An American history teacher in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for the past 27 years, he chaired the social studies department at Lake County High School for 7 years.
Jim stayed involved in athletics throughout his teaching career. He coached basketball for 20 years. Jim began officiating basketball in 1968 and high school football in 1971, served as president of the North Idaho Official's Association and was appointed assigning commissioner for Region I and served there for 15 years. He also officiated college football. He continues to work in college football in the Northwest Intercollegiate Conference.
Bob Parsley came to Northern from a successful high school basketball career at Wolf Point High School where he set several records in both basketball and track. He attended Carol College for one year, then was recruited by coach Joe McDonald to play basketball for NMC. While at Northern, Bob's leadership, scoring ability, quickness and finesse earned him All Frontier Conference and Most Valuable Player of the Year in NAIA District 5. He was elected co-captain of the Lights and during the 1967-68 season, led the team in scoring free throws and rebounding. During his junior year, he also competed in track and place in the javelin at the Frontier Conference track meet.
He graduated from NMC in 1969, taught and coached at Kremlin and later KG High School from 1960-1973. Then he was named the Indian Education Specialist for the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) in Helena. He was promoted to Equity Division Administrator in 190 and planned to retire from OPI spring of 1996.
Though NMC's participation in football from 1965 to 1972 was short-lived, under first-year coach Tom Reynolds' leadership the team won a divisional championship in 1965 and five Northern Lights were named to the Montana Collegiate Conference (MCC) championship team. The teams' overall record was 5-2 and conference record was 4-1. The team won the second MCC divisional championship that year, the only two grid titles in the school's history. Later that year, Tom was named MCC football coach of the year. In 1971, the NMC baseball team under coach Reynolds shared the Frontier Conference championship with Eastern Montana College and advanced to the Northwest regional baseball play-offs ultimately winning a berth in the Regional NAIA play-offs. In 1976, he developed a booster club for athletics and initiated an annual fund drive, an effort which has grown today to include institutional fund raising activities as the Northern Foundation. He was named Director of Development in 1979 and following his retirement form the MSU-Northern faculty, was hired by the Foundation as executive Director.