Fort Collins, CO – As the current Colorado State Rams prepare for their biggest test of the 2011 season on Friday night against 2nd ranked Arizona State, there will be a distinct nod to the program’s past as three new members are inducted into the CSULAA Hall of Fame. The Colorado State University Lacrosse Alumni Association and Hall of Fame committee are proud to announce 2011 inductees Dean Ottenbreit (1985), Mike Reiter (1990) and Ryan Ferrin (2000), all of whom have had a tremendous impact on the program both during their time at Colorado State University and afterward. Also included in the ceremony will be a special recognition for Hank and Krys Priebe, whose sons played at Colorado State in the early 2000s.
The inductees will be honored at halftime of this Friday night’s Hall of Fame Game against Arizona State in a match-up of two MCLA heavyweights. The game will be at 7:00pm on the campus of Colorado State University and on the fields just south of the Student Rec Center. Admission is free and tickets to the upcoming Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown will be on sale on site.
DEAN OTTENBREIT – 1981-1985 – Defense
Dean was an All Star player from Denver’s Thomas Jefferson High School. He brought his imposing and physical game to CSU in 1981 and was a stand-out on the defensive half of the field for the next four years. As a close defenseman, he was extremely athletic for his size and excelled at handling the opponent’s top attackman. His stout defensive play helped the Rams dominate the league on an annual basis. Though he played at a time before statistics were recorded, his remarkable skill at coming up with groundballs was a sight to behold. Ottenbreit would often “play hockey” with the ball to open space before he would pick it up to start a fast break. While serving as team Vice President in 1984 and 1985, he was also an all-league selection and named to Team Colorado in 1985. After graduating from CSU, “Deano” took his tenacious play to the Denver Shots Lacrosse Club and was the captain of the defense. Ottenbreit was an instrumental part of this dominant Denver club team that went on to win five club lacrosse championships. He currently resides in Parker, Colorado with his lovely wife Dorna (CSU ’85), his daughter Kendall and his son Tanner.
MIKE REITER – 1988-1990 – Midfield
Mike Reiter, a talented and gifted athlete, transferred to Colorado State University in the fall of 1987 after having spent his freshman year at the University of Tulsa on a full tennis scholarship. He had been a standout player in the state his senior year at Cherry Creek High School and in the spring of 1988 he picked up where he had left off. From that spring of 1988 until his senior year of 1990 Mike Reiter established himself as the dominant midfielder in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Association (RMLA). In a competitive environment that included the NCAA Division I, II, and III varsity programs of the U.S. Air Force Academy, University of Denver, Colorado College, Colorado School of Mines as well as the ‘virtual varsity’ programs of both Colorado State and University of Colorado, Reiter was cited as an “All RMLA” selectee all of his three years at Colorado State, and named Midfielder of the Year in both his junior and senior seasons. After completing his senior season, Mike returned to Colorado State lacrosse in the spring of 1991 as an assistant coach on the offensive side of the ball. One of the many highlights of that 1991 season was Colorado State’s only recorded win against NCAA Division I Air Force Academy. Post collegiately as a player Mike continued as a perennial member of Team Colorado competing yearly at the Vail Tournament and against such notable teams as the United States Men’s Team and the English National Men’s Team, all this done with a CSU green and gold emblazoned helmet and stick for years after his CSU playing days. Many agree that Reiter could play with anyone and he is a deserving member of the Class of 2011 Hall of Fame.
RYAN FERRIN – 1999-2000 – Attack/Midfield
As a junior transfer from Chapman, Ferrin immediately became an impact player for CSU and one of the preeminent attackmen in the (then) USLIA. A fierce competitor with a “refuse to lose” attitude and a clutch performer under pressure, Ferrin was the type of complete player that made everyone around him better. During his tenure at CSU, he scored 60 goals and tallied 53 assists, good for 12th on the all-time stats list. Perhaps most impressive is that he accomplished this in only two seasons. Ferrin played a significant role in the program’s first USLIA National Championship in 1999. Following the ‘99 season, he was elected Team Captain for the 2000 campaign, which celebrated a RMLC Conference Championship in which Ferrin received tournament CO-MVP and 2nd team all RMLC honors. Since graduation, Ferrin has continued to give back to the program through his participation in the CSU Lacrosse Alumni Association as well as to the sport through coaching at the youth level.
HANK AND KRYS PRIEBE – Honorary Members
The Hall of Fame committee, Colorado State University Alumni Association and current team would also like to recognize and honor Krys and Hank Priebe for the unbelievable support they have given to CSU lacrosse over the years. Krys and Hank are the proud parents of two Colorado State lacrosse alums, Doug and Scott Priebe and are known by most as simply “Mamma and Papa Priebe.” Mamma and Papa Priebe attended every national championship in St. Louis until 2004 (several years after their sons had graduated). They traveled every year to support the team in Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego, St Louis, Provo, Salt Lake City, Texas and all over Colorado. Along with support of the team and the financial contributions they provided, the Priebe’s also snapped over 3,500 photos of the team and of individual players. The photos were used for promotional purposes by both the team and the university, published for formal mailings and recruitment and given to players and players’ families all at no charge to the school, team or players. Their contributions helped lay the groundwork for the current level of parental support now enjoyed by the team.