Retiring University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Director of Athletics Bud Haidet has made many contributions to Panther athletics during his 21 years in charge.
Now, those contributions will be remembered forever.
Haidet was inducted into the UWM Athletics Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the UWM Union Sunday. And, that hall of fame will now bear his name.
Both of those honors came as a surprise to Haidet, who announced his retirement in September and will officially leave UWM this summer.
The renaming of the hall of fame, which will now be known as the Bud K. Haidet Athletics Hall of Fame, also kicks off a fundraising initiative to redevelop the hall of fame in the concourse of the Klotsche Center.
The redevelopment will include a state-of-the-art, interactive touch-screen system that will feature information and background on every member of the hall of fame. The area will also include ample room for donor names as well as new trophy cases feature awards and memorabilia.
Since being hired in 1988, Haidet has led UWM to unprecedented athletic and academic heights. He has guided the program from NAIA status back to NCAA Division I competition and then established UWM as a powerhouse in the Horizon League. Along the way, Haidet helped UWM athletics build a national reputation, highlighted by a men's basketball run to the Sweet 16 in 2005.
Thanks to incredible success in a number of sports, the Panthers have won the Horizon League's McCafferty Trophy four times while winning the league's women's all-sports award seven times and the men's award three times. Since the transition to Division I in 1990, UWM teams have won 85 league regular season, tournament and championship titles, while Panther coaches have claimed 67 league coach of the year honors.
UWM teams have also excelled on the national stage. Panther squads have made 27 NCAA Tournament appearances, while individual UWM athletes have appeared in the track and field national championships seven times.
Those interested in supporting the fundraising effort should contact Eric Anderson at (414) 229-3016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.