Former women's basketball player Julie Krommenhoek was a four-time honorable mention All-American 1994-98.
April 8, 2008
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah Crimson Club Hall of Fame/Senior Awards Banquet will take place Monday, April 14. The banquet, which also honors graduating Ute senior student-athletes, will take place at the Sheraton City Center.
The 2008 Hall of Fame inductees are men's basketball player Josh Grant, men's skier Pete Karns, women's basketball player Julie Krommenhoek, and contributor Lauda Newlin.
Tickets are available to the public for $50. Reservations will be taken until noon on Friday, April 11 by calling (801) 585-8837. There will be a social hour at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. Donations will also be taken to sponsor dinners for the graduating student-athletes at $50 per athlete.
2008 Crimson Club Hall of Fame Inductees
Josh Grant, a native of Salt Lake City, graduated from East High School in 1986, where he was a two-time all-state selection. He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Utah as a senior after leading his team to a third-place finish in the state tournament.
Following an LDS church mission to London from 1986-88, Grant joined his hometown college team at the U. As a junior in 1990-91, he was named the Most Valuable Player in the Western Athletic Conference, leading the Runnin' Utes to a 30-4 record, an outright league title with a 15-1 mark, and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
After a knee injury forced him to take a medical redshirt year, Grant returned in 1992-93 to become just the second player in WAC history to earn league MVP honors for the second time. Grant averaged a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, and was a nominee for the John Wooden National Player of the Year Award. He led the Runnin' Utes to a piece of the WAC championship and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Grant finished his career as the second player in school history with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. This past February, he was voted a member of Utah Basketball's All-Century Team.
He was also involved in pre-Olympic and International competition. After his freshman year, Grant played for the West team in the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival. Following his junior year, he played for the Gold Medal winning Team USA in the University Games in Sheffield, England.
Grant was taken in the second round of the 1993 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets and was immediately traded to the Golden State Warriors. After spending one season with Golden State, he continued his professional career overseas for nine more years, playing in Spain, France, Greece and Italy.
After retiring in 2003, Grant took up permanent residence in Park Ridge, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. He returned to school and earned a Master's degree in teaching. Grant then became a history teacher and head boys' basketball coach at Lake Forrest High School, and later moved on to Niles West High School. He is currently a manager of credit for Gonnella Banking Company in Chicago. Josh has two sons, Joshua (15) and James (3), and a daughter Jacquline (12).
Pete Karns was born and raised in Jackson Hole, Wyo. He began competitive skiing in 1955, winning several Intermountain Ski Association championships in the slalom, downhill, cross country and jumping.
Although his specialty was cross country, Karns competed in all four skiing disciplines at the University of Utah. He placed third in the "Skimeister," which combines the four events, at the 1965 NCAA Championships. The following year in 1966, Pete was named an All-American, placing second in the Skimeister and fourth in cross country. In his final season, he was the cross country champion at the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Championships. Karns earned his degree from the U. in 1967.
After his collegiate career, Karns was named to the U.S. Cross Country Team for the 1970 World Championships, but declined in order to compete in the biathlon, his new focus. Karns was the American biathlon champion in both `70 and '72. He placed 45th in the world in 1969 and improved to 38th in 1970.
Karns represented his country in the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan. He was a part of the biathlon relay team that placed sixth, the best finish ever by the United States in that event. Karns also placed 14th in the 20 kilometer individual event.
Karns coached the U.S. Biathlon Team from 1973-76. He guided the United States to the World Championships all four years and the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.
After stepping down from his coaching position, Karns returned to compete in the U.S. Biathlon Championships in 1980, placing second. He also competed in Masters Cross Country Skiing. In 1985 he won the 30 kilometer race in his age class at U.S. Championships. He also placed sixth at the World Championships in the 15K event that year, and was a member of the U.S. relay team that took second in his age group.
Karns was the chief of timing for the biathlon events at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., and the chief of forerunners for the biathlon events at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Karns has continued to live in Jackson Hole, where he has had a successful career in real estate, is a Rotarian, and has given considerable time to community service projects. Pete and his wife Jeanine have raised three children, Jennifer, Leidy and Peter, and have four grandchildren. Jeanine and Jennifer are also alums of the University of Utah.
Julie Krommenhoek, a four-time honorable mention All-American, still holds the Utah career records for scoring average at 17.8 points per game, three-pointers made with 362, and a free throw percentage of 85 percent. Krommehoek scored 2,017 points in her career, which ranked as the top mark in both Utah and Western Athletic Conference history at the end of her career. Her career free throw percentage still stands as the WAC's top mark.
After honing her skills at American Fork High School, Krommenhoek was a first-team all-conference selection all four years of her career. Julie was also voted the WAC Freshman of the Year in 1994-95 and the WAC Mountain Division Player of the Year as a junior in 1996-97. She was later named to the Western Athletic Conference 15 Year Team.
As a senior in 1997-98, Krommenhoek ranked 32nd in the nation in scoring and first in three-point field goals per game, making an average of 3.6 per contest. More than just a scorer, Krommenhoek also retains the Ute all-time steals mark with 255 and was named the WAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 1997-98.
During her career, Krommenhoek was a part of three WAC regular-season championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances. In 1997, she helped Utah make the second round of the NCAA's for the first time in school history.
In 1997-98, Krommenhoek and the Utes cracked the Top 25 national polls for the first time ever. Utah was ranked for 11 weeks that season, and became the first team in school and WAC history to be ranked in the top 10 in the nation when it was tied for ninth in the USA Today/ESPN poll on Jan. 26, 1998.
Krommenhoek then continued her career overseas for two years, playing for Team Gordola in southern Switzerland. She currently lives in Draper, working as a land investor, licensed financial planner and mortgage broker. To fill the void left from a competitive basketball career, Krommenhoek began officiating four years ago. After starting out at the high school level, she now works for three NCAA Division I Conferences.
Lauda Newlin Jennings Cone was one of the true pioneers in women's athletics and played a prominent role in some of the first sporting events for females, including track & field, at the University of Utah.
After becoming involved in high school athletics in Cheyenne, Wyo., Newlin chose to attend the University of Nebraska. When her father took a position with a banking company in Salt Lake City in 1922, she transferred to the University of Utah before her junior year.
At the time, the U. offered only intramural competition for females organized by the Woman's Athletic Association (WAA). Newlin became one of the founding members of the WAA at the University of Utah, and was elected president in its second year.
In May 1923, Utah participated in its first "Telegraphic Track Meet." Schools across the nation organized a series of track events on their own fields and telegraphed the results to an individual who compiled them. Newlin led Utah to a fourth place finish in the meet, placing first in five individual events and taking part in two winning relays. Later that spring, she was one of five honored when the University awarded its first athletic sweaters to women.
Newlin served as the University's first representative at the WAA national meetings in April of 1924. Her goal was to have Utah start participating against BYU and Utah State in preparation for competition at the national level. Newlin also starred in an on-campus women's basketball tournament that spring, and won every event she entered when Utah competed in its second telegraphic track meet in May.
Newlin was also a member of the U.'s chapter of Phi Delta Pi, a national sorority of women physical education majors. In 1924 she was awarded the first Silver Cup as the outstanding woman athlete at the University of Utah. She graduated the same year with a bachelor's degree in physical education.
Newlin then entered the U.'s graduate program for two years. After the WAA sent a petition to the Dean of the Department of Physical Education requesting trained leadership in sports, she was appointed the first Women's Athletics Director for the University of Utah in 1924.
Two years later, Newlin became a physical education teacher at Brigham City High School. She eventually returned to Salt Lake City to marry Ralph Jennings, and the couple had three sons. After Ralph's untimely death, she returned to teaching physical education in the Salt Lake and Granite school districts.
Newlin later married Bill Cone and added four step daughters to her family. She maintained a program of physical fitness until she passed away on July 4, 1981.