Loras Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Director of Athletics Denise Udelhofen announced Maggie Moore-Arundel ’03, Paul Cleary ’03, Dana Klemm Lainio ’07, Geoff Kaiser ’07, the late John Meyer ’31 and Pete Weber ’08 as the newest inductees into the Loras College Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday. The Class of 2019 will be formally inducted on Oct. 11 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque and will be honored at halftime of the Homecoming football game on Oct. 12.

Maggie Moore-Arundel was a two-sport athlete during her time at Loras, playing soccer in the fall for head coach Dan Rothert and basketball in the winter. Her performance on the pitch has etched herself in the Duhawks’ women’s soccer history book as she ranks second all-time for career points (134), career goals (52) and career assists (32). She ranks fourth in single-season points (54 in 2002), fifth in single-season assists (13 in 2001), and tied for second in single-season goals with 22 in 2002. She was a three-time All-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) honoree and helped lead the Duhawks to two IIAC regular season championships and two conference tournament championships. Loras advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament two of the years Moore-Arundel was on the team, marking the first two appearances in program history and the first time any team at Loras went to the NCAA tournament. She married Loras men’s soccer alumnus John Arundel ’04 and the couple has five children.

Being a Duhawk ran in the family for Paul Cleary as his brother Pete ’00 was on the wrestling team at Loras and his sister Katie ’02 ran cross country and track. As a four-year member of the wrestling team under head coach Randy Steward, Cleary excelled on the national stage, earning All-America distinctions in 2002 when he placed third at the NCAA Division III National Championship at 184 lbs. and in 2003 when he finished fifth. He ranks fourth all-time in career-wins with an overall record of 118-31. He owns the program record for career takedowns (185) and team points (81) and is the lone Duhawk in the 40-wins club for the 2002-03 season. He was the 2002 IIAC Champion at 184 lbs. A history and secondary education major with minors in political science and psychology, Cleary was a standout student, earning Scholar All-America honors in 2001, 2002, and 2003. He was a graduate assistant for the Duhawks for the 2004-05 season and continued to work with the team as a volunteer assistant the following season. He went on to earn his master’s degree in education from Morningside College in 2014 and is currently the head wrestling coach at Western Dubuque High School where he teaches social studies in addition to his role as an assistant football coach for the junior high. Cleary has been named the Iowa 3A Wrestling Coach of the Year (2016), Iowa Junior High Football Coach of the Year (2016), and Iowa 3A District Coach of the Year (2016, 2017). He lives in Dubuque with his wife Ashley and has two children, Sean and Jillian.

Geoff Kaiser capped off his memorable collegiate career as the 2007 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field long jump national champion, jumping 23’10.75″. Before then, he had accumulated nine All-America honors, earned 23 All-IIAC awards, claimed eight conference titles, and been a member of the indoor and outdoor track and field teams that won the IIAC Championship in 2005 and 2007. Kaiser currently holds the indoor school records in the long jump (24’4.25″) and triple jump (46’10”) and the outdoor records for the 400-meter hurdles (52.24 seconds) and the triple jump (47’5″). He sits second all-time with his 24’3.5″ long jump recorded in the 2005 season. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and was recognized as an outstanding student as an eight-time Academic All-American and All-Conference selection as well as a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America and United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honoree in 2006. After graduation, Kaiser returned to Loras for two years and coached Barb Kremer to her first All-America finish in the 100-meter hurdles in 2009.  He also coached track and field and boys’ basketball at Messmer High School in Milwaukee, Wis., leading the girls’ track and field team to victory in the conference championship, the first time any sport had done so in the school’s 94-year history. He is also a member of Horicon High School’s 2014 Hall of Fame class. Kaiser lives in Bellevue, Iowa where he coaches track and is the principal at Marquette Catholic with his wife Kelsey (Kruse) ’12 and their two children Creighton and Beckett.

A 14-time All-IIAC selection, seven-time IIAC champion, and nine-time All-American, Dana Lainio, formerly Klemm, compiled an impressive resume throughout her collegiate career. She was the 2007 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field national champion in the shot put, throwing 47’6.5″ and became the program’s sixth national champion. She was an All-American at the same meet, placing second in the hammer throw (181’4″) and seventh in the discus (136’5″). At the conclusion of the 2007 outdoor season, she was selected as the NCAA Central Region Athlete of the Year and the field events Most Valuable Player. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and secondary education and went on to teach at her alma mater Warren Township High School. She coached the high school’s first state qualifier in the shot put on the boys’ team and coached two athletes to break school records that held since 1972. Lainio lives in Beach Park, Ill. With her husband Dan and two children, Brianna and Connor.

The late John Meyer’s achievements go beyond the starting point of many programs’ history books, but the 1931 graduate celebrated a decorated career while on the tennis team at Loras. He won the IIAC singles tournament three of his four years on the team. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history and earned his master’s degree in education from the University of Michigan thereafter. Between 1929 and graduating from Loras, Meyer, known as “Mr. Dubuque Tennis,” won ten Dubuque City Singles Tournaments and the YMCA State Tournament in 1940. During the summers, Meyer taught tennis camps to more than 5,000 children through the city’s recreation department. Meyer embraced his passion for education and tennis, teaching social studies and coaching tennis from 1937 until his passing in 1971 at Dubuque Senior High School and was inducted into the high school’s Hall of Fame in 1997 after leading the Rams to multiple state finishes and establishing tennis as the school’s first major sport. In 2008, Dubuque Senior honored the former coach and teacher, renaming the tennis courts the Johnny Meyer Tennis Courts. 

Pete Weber made the most of his four-years at Loras on the golf team and left his mark on the program long after he graduated. He was the IIAC medalist runner-up in 2004 before he claimed the conference title and Most Valuable Player distinction in 2005 and led the team to the conference title. An NCAA Division III Championship qualifier in 2004, Weber picked up where he left off the following season, carding eight top-ten finishes in ten tournaments and recording the GolfStat Cup for lowest scoring average in Division III with 73.12 strokes. He advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament, placing fourth, and earned the Jack Nicklaus Award for the NCAA Division III Player of the Year. He is a three-time All-Conference selection and two-time Ping All-American. His academic achievements as a history major did not go unnoticed, earning him All-Academic honors in the conference and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-America Scholar award. After Loras, Weber and his family donated the Loras College golf locker room in loving memory of his father, Larry, and he continues to interact with the team whenever he is in the area. Following his collegiate career, Weber played in two Nationwide Tour events professionally and worked as an assistant golf professional at Cress Creek Golf Course in Naperville, Ill. He and his wife, Penelope, have a daughter Mackenzie, and reside in Dallas, Ga. Where he works with TrackMan Golf.  

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).