Bud K. Haidet Athletics Hall of Fame
Haidet was officially inducted into the hall and learned of the renaming in the spring of 2009, just prior to his official retirement from the University.
The renaming of the hall of fame also kicked off a fundraising initiative to redevelop the hall of fame in the concourse of the Klotsche Center. The new display is nearly complete and is expected to be installed this spring. The display will include the names of all inductees into the hall while also including a video screen that can show highlights of past and present Panther athletic events.
After being hired in 1988, Haidet led UWM to unprecedented athletic and academic heights. He 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. The Panthers won the Horizon League's McCafferty Trophy five times under Haidet, while with him in charge UWM teams won 85 league regular season and tournament championship titles, while Panther coaches claimed 67 league coach of the year honors.
UWM teams also excelled on the national stage. Panther squads made 27 NCAA Tournament appearances while Haidet was the AD, while individual UWM athletes appeared in the track and field national championships seven times.