Mark Dienhart
Team: Football; Inducted 1983

Mark Dienhart graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a BA in 1975. He had an illustrious football and throwing career, including two All-Miac and All-District awards in his junior and senior years, and an All-American award in 1974. He was St. Thomas' first two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, and the first Tommie individual national champion for shot put in 1975. Dienhart was a starter on the Tommies' 1973 MIAC co-champion team, and was named one of the top-13 student athletes in the country in 1974. He was a Mr. Tommy Award winner, and still holds the oldest two St. Thomas track and field school records in indoor and outdoor shot put. He led the St. Thomas track and field team to the 1985 NCAA indoor championship and three other top-three team placings. Dienhart was drafted by the Buffalo Bills, eventually returning to St. Thomas to coach football and indoor/outdoor track, leading the teams to a combined nine MIAC titles. He was the first St. Thomas football coach to take the team to the postseason playoffs.