The Seawolf Hall of Fame is an exclusive and privileged group of people that have shown exemplary athletic achievement during their collegiate careers at UAA or have made a significant contribution to the UAA athletic Department.
Started in 2001 by former athletic director Dr. Steve Cobb, there are now 56 members in recognition. In order to be eligible, athletes must be nominated 10 years following their last competition at UAA, whereas staff and faculty are eligible for nomination just 5 years after their contribution.
On Oct. 21, 2018, the two most recent nominees were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Carl Arts, former member of UAA men’s basketball team and current UAA assistant professor in the Department of Health and Physical Eduction, was inducted due to his performances in 2004-08. Michael Madrid, a sprinter on the men’s outdoor track and field team, was nominated for his time at UAA during 2005-08.
Madrid came to UAA to compete collegiately after an already fruitful high school career at East High School.
In his time there he was the state champion in the 200 meter dash in 2003 and the 100 meter dash in 2004, however, he never initially intended to start running for the Seawolves.
“My cousin told me he had heard UAA had a track team. I was already enrolled in classes and decided to inquire about the team,” Madrid said. “[I] met with Coach Friess and told him I was the Alaska state champion for the 100m dash the previous year. Then I walked on and by years end had earned a scholarship.”
In just his first year, he earned 100 and 200 meter dash All-Conference honors.
He continued on to progress rapidly over his four seasons with the Seawolves in order to finish with many notable recognitions and awards.
In both 2007 and 2008 he was the winner of both the 100m and 200m dash at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships. After his wins in the 2008, he was awarded GNAC Championships Men’s Most Outstanding Performer.
Prior to his GNAC recognition, in 2007 he was among 10 track and field athletes that was named to the ESPN The Magazine All-Academic District VIII College Division First Team.
Despite his success, Madrid made some other memories in his time at UAA.
“My best memories include traveling for competition, hanging with my teammates and watching the program grow over the course of my four year career,” Madrid said.
Madrid also noted that his final conference championship was one of his greatest memories, that being the very last time he ever raced. He has now moved on to become successful in other ways.
“Currently I am living in Las Vegas. I own and successfully operate a modeling agency. We’ve been growing and becoming more and more successful over the last three years,” Madrid said.
As his dedication and success has carried him through a variety of sports and jobs, Madrid stated that making the best of all his abilities as a student-athlete is what helped him excel.
If Madrid were able to, he would give some advice to current student-athletes.
“Take advantage of the opportunity and make shit happen. As student athletes, these individuals have a chance to test themselves and develop qualities that can translate into success after their time at UAA,” Madrid said.
Similarly, Arts’ would suggest advice as well.
“I would [say to do the] right things consistently! Everyone knows what it takes to be great. It’s whether or not you decide to take the necessary steps day in and day out to reach that level,” Arts said.
Also from Alaska, Arts came to UAA after a successful career at UAA. He was named 2003-04 Alaska 3A Player of the Year after leading Valdez High to a 28-0 record. He transitioned to the Seawolves because he believed the program would help him become even more successful.
“I was led to UAA because it was close to home and more importantly they were invested in doing the right things. It made for an easy choice,” Arts said.
After his four seasons at UAA, Arts finished within the top-20 in 18 different statistical categories in Seawolf history at the time. At the top of that, he finished as the No. 3 all-time scorer and rebounder.
A majority of his success came during his final season, one that Arts remembers well.
“I would have to say my entire 07-08 season was my best memory, where we went all the way to the final four of Division II basketball,” Arts said.
During that season, he was named to all-tournament teams at NCAA West Regional and Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, as well as earning three GNAC Player of the Week awards and was voted Team MVP.
As he accumulated success, he also learned many valuable lessons.
“There are many life lessons that basketball teaches us, but the most significant life lesson I learned is to never except excuses,” Arts said.
Although Arts is now a professor at UAA, he didn’t initially give up basketball. Immediately following his collegiate season, Arts traveled around world playing professional basketball.
“I played two seasons of semi-pro basketball overseas. My first season was in Melbourne Australia where I played for the Southern Peninsula Sharks,” Arts said. “After that I played in Germany for the Langan Giraffes.”
Despite retiring from professional basketball, Arts added that he still plays recreational basketball for fun.
For more information on the Seawolf Hall of Fame, visit www.goseawolves.com.