2019 Roseville Area Schools Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame program recognizes and pays tribute to former athletes, former coaches and community members who have displayed outstanding athletic abilities or have made exceptional contributions to our school district's athletic programs.
Coach Bob Erdman:
Bob Erdman’s favorite memory while coaching was beating St. Paul Central in the region finals to go to the state tournament. Central at the time was the #1 team in the state. There were 13,000 fans in attendance at Williams arena to see Alexander-Ramsey pull off the upset.
After college, Bob started his hall of fame coaching career. Coach Erdman's teams won 14 conference championships in 30 years. His high school teams went to the state tournament seven times. Coaching both boys and girls basketball teams, Bob and his teams totaled 721 wins, making that over a 71% winning percentage. He served over 24 years as member of the Hall of Fame committee. Bob has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for Minnesota Basketball coaches, the Hall of Fame for Minnesota Coaches Association, Hall of fame for Gustavus Adolphus where he attended college. Bob has also been inducted in the Hall of Fame at St. James high school. Bob was honored by the Minnesota Lynx for his contributions to the sport of womens basketball while at Alexander Ramsey. Bob wants to thank “his wonderful wife of 63 years, Judy. She was always supportive of me and these wonderful athletes we were blessed to coach.”
Carolyn Kieger: Class of 2002
Carolyn Kieger is currently the Head Coach for Penn State Women’s basketball. While attending school in Roseville she participated in basketball, softball, and soccer. Her favorite high school memory was beating Cretin Derham Hall to go to state her sophomore year in basketball. Carolyn was a 6 year Varsity starter in basketball, 5 of those years she was an all conference player. She was a 3x all-state player for the Raiders. She scored over 2,000 points in her prep career and led the metro in scoring both her Junior and Senior seasons. While she played here the Raiders won 2 conference championships. Carolyn was a 3 sport captain, and excelled at softball and soccer. She was an all-state player in softball and a 3 year letter winner in soccer. She graduated high school top 10% of her class with a 3.8 GPA, she was our Athena award winner as well. After graduating from Roseville, Carolyn attended Marquette University on a full basketball scholarship. Carolyn is the all-time assist leader at Marquette she is the only player in program history with at least 1,200 career points, 400 career rebounds, and 600 assists. During her senior campaign, Carolyn was a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman award, presented to the nation’s top point guard. She also received the Big East conference sportsmanship award as a senior. In 2007, Carolyn was awarded the McCahill award, presented to Marquette’s top student athlete who demonstrated the highest performance in scholarship, leadership, and athletics.
After her playing career, Carolyn coached at the University of Miami for 7 years. While at Miami, they qualified for post season play 5 of the 7 years. After 7 years at Miami, Carolyn was named the head coach at her alma matter, Marquette University. Widely regarded as one of the nation’s brightest and rising coaching stars, Carolyn’s team in 2014-2015 won nine games. She proceeded to lead the golden eagles to a program record 27 wins the next 4 seasons. Kieger was named a semi-finalist for the 2019 Naismith women’s coach of the year award after leading the golden eagles to one of the best seasons in program history. In 2019, Marquette won their first ever outright Big East championship with a 27-8 record. This past spring, Carolyn was named the head coach at Penn State. Carolyn wanted to thank all of her teammates, coaches and teachers at RAHS. She said, “I would not be where I am today without the support and help from so many wonderful people and leaders. I want to give a special shout out to all the custodians who would open the gym for me early in the mornings. Don and Mike were always there to let me in and lower the hoops for me, I will never forget that.”
Rod Smith: Class of 1988
Rod Smith graduated from Roseville in 1988. While attending high school, Rod was a three sport athlete, participating in football, basketball, and track. But most importantly Rod was an honor roll graduate who succeeded in school and athletics. His favorite high school memory was Coach Fields putting his arm around him, telling him he had full confidence in Rod after he fumbled on the final drive that ultimately resulted in a loss in 1985. The next year, they beat Cretin Derham Hall in the playoffs. Rod was a 3x state champion in track and field, winning the 100M, 200M, and long jump all in 1987. He was an all-conference basketball player as well. Rod found his passion in football and was the most decorated football player to ever attend Roseville Area High School. He was the States, Mr. Football in 1987, and was the Minnesota Gatorade player of the year. He was a football parade All American and signed a full ride scholarship to play football at the University of Notre Dame to play for Coach Lou Holtz.
While at Notre Dame, Rod won a national championship with the fighting Irish in 1988. The 1988 squad, is considered to be one of the best undefeated teams in the history of college football. The Irish beat the teams which finished the season ranked #2, #4, #5, and #7 in the AP Poll. They also won 10 of 12 games by double digits. The 1988 squad is best remembered for its 31-30 upset of No. 1 ranked Miami, ending their 36-game regular season winning streak. The game is remembered to this day as one of the most memorable games in the history of college football.
After his decorated college career, Rod was the 35th pick of the 1992 NFL draft and was selected by the New England Patriots. In 1995, Rod was the 1st pick in the Expansion draft, selected by the Carolina Panthers. While playing in the NFL Rod played for three organizations, The Patriots, Panthers, and Packers. After his playing career Rod stayed in North Carolina where he currently owns and operates Smith Development Group LLC and Magnolia Installers LLC. Rod shared, “I am grateful for wonderful parents, Marc-Paul Smith, Dr. Rosa Ann Smith, and brother Todd Smith who provided structure and guidance when I was lost or unsure. They are the single reason I stand here today.”
Debbie Sparks: Class of 1996
Debbie was a three sport athlete while at RAHS. She participated in gymnastics, track & field, and diving. Her favorite high school memory is competing in gymnastics and enjoying track meets with her teammates. Debbie is the most decorated gymnast we have ever had come out of Roseville, a very storied program. Debbie made the decision to come out for the schools gymnastics team her junior season. She went on to win seven state titles in just two years with the Raiders. Debbie still holds the state record for balance beam, with a 9.90 score. She set a state record for her all-around score as well. She scored a 39.2 all around, and a 9.90 on her floor routine. She scored a 9.8 on vault and uneven bars. She was all conference, section athlete of the year and an all-state athlete. She was also an American elite gymnast. In her two years in the high school program, she won the all-around state championship 2x, and was the single best gymnast in the state of Minnesota two years in a row. She was featured in Sports Illustrated “faces in the crowd” for her amazing accomplishments. Her senior year she was the Minnesota state lions athletes of the year in 1996.
After her storied high school career, she received a scholarship to compete at Boise State University. She continued her success at the collegiate level, winning conference championships for the broncos of Boise State. She won a conference title on the beam and her team won the conference championship 3x. After her collegiate career, Debbie remained in Boise with her husband and children where she currently coaches club gymnastics.
Lee Stecklein: Class of 2012
Lee's favorite high school memory was winning the state championship in hockey her sophomore year. While attending high school she participated in soccer, tennis, hockey, and lacrosse. She was the 2012 Athena award winner. She was all-state three times in high school. In Lacrosse she was an all-state player in 2012 and all conference player in 2011 and 2012 and was a two time captain. In soccer she was a 2x letter winner and all conference honorable mention. In tennis she was a 2x letter winner, all conference and a MSHSL academic all state recipient in 2011. In hockey, Lee was a major part of the 2010 girls hockey state championship. She was a 2 time all state recipient, 2x all conference recipient, she was a part of the state hockey tournament “all-tournament team” in 2010 and 2012. Lee was also a 2012 finalist for Ms. Hockey in the state of Minnesota. She was a first team all-metro player in 2012, and a 4 year academic letter winner.
After high school Lee attended school and played hockey at the University of Minnesota on scholarship. While playing for the gophers Lee was a decorated successful athlete. She along with her team won 3 NCAA National Championships. She was an all American 3x while playing with the gophers and a 2x captain of the team. In 2016, she was on the NCAA all-tournament team, and a Patty Berg Legacy award recipient. In 2017, lee was a NCAA woman of the year nominee, Big Ten Medal of honor recipient, Hockey humanitarian award nominee, and the outstanding student athlete achievement award recipient. While accomplishing all of this on the ice, Lee was a four year, big ten distinguished scholar.
Lee also became a member of the US Women’s national team in 2013, and is still a part of this team today. While competing with the US national team Lee was in the 2014 Olympic games in Russia, and 2018 Olympic games in South Korea. Lee is a 2x Olympic medalist, earning a silver and gold medal. She is a 5x world champion and is currently playing for the Minnesota Whitecaps who won the 2019 Isobel cup.