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"Winningest Coach" at William Woods one of first Hall of Famers there

UW-River Falls director of athletics Roger Ternes is one of three individuals who will comprise the inaugural class of the William Woods University Athletics Hall of Fame, the Fulton, Mo., school has announced.

Ternes, former William Woods University athletic director and the winningest coach in WWU history, will be inducted along with the 1936 Olympic track and field champion Helen Stephens, and Lana Unnewehr-Brooks, all-time leading scorer for the Owls' women's basketball team, at the WWU Hall of Fame's inaugural induction ceremony April 20.

Ternes served as athletic director at WWU for 20 years (1979-99), also serving as head coach for the Owls women's basketball and softball teams during that span. In addition to helping during William Woods' transition to university status, he also oversaw the addition of men's sports as WWU became a coeducational institution and presided over the construction of WWU's baseball/softball complex.

As a coach, he guided William Woods to seven NAIA National Tournament appearances -- six for softball and one for women's basketball -- and is the winningest coach in WWU history for both sports. He boasts a 249-115 record in women's basketball and a 594-237 mark in softball.

Ternes is in his third year as director of athletics at UWRF. He served previously as athletic director at Dickinson State (N.D.) University from 1999-2010.