Coon Rapids alumna named to UMD athletic hall of fame

Renee (Fluegge) Voltin, a 1984 Coon Rapids High School graduate, will be inducted into the University of Minnesota Duluth Athletic Hall of Fame during an Oct. 5 ceremony at the Holiday Center’s Lake Superior Ballroom in downtown Duluth.

Voltin was selected UMD’s Outstanding Female Senior Athlete in 1987-88 after closing the books on a rewarding collegiate career.

The pitcher anchored the UMD mound staff for four years and exited the softball program owning virtually every team single-season and career pitching record. That included lifetime marks for appearances, innings, starts, complete games and strikeouts.

She also crafted a career earned run average of 0.82, a figure which no one in the history of UMD softball has ever approached.

Voltin saved her best softball for last, landing All-Northern Sun Conference recognition during her farewell collegiate season after setting Bulldog single-season marks for innings pitched (180) and saves (six), while completing a school-record 22 of her 23 starts.

She also went 19-6 on the year and was 3-1 at the NAIA National Championships with the lone loss (2-0) coming to Pacific Lutheran University in the title game.

During her freshman and sophomore years, Voltin competed with the UMD volleyball team and, as a starting middle hitter in 1985, paced the NSC champion Bulldogs in solo blocks (27) and block assists (92).

After graduation, Voltin served as the volleyball head coach at Anoka High School for two years and was a longtime girls’ softball and volleyball assistant coach at her alma mater, Coon Rapids High School.

Sue Austreng is at [email protected]