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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

February 1, 2008

UW-Green Bay announces 2008 Hall of Fame Class

2008 Hall of Fame inductees John Martinez and Julie Steeno.

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will welcome two new members to its Athletics Hall of Fame Friday, February 29.

Men's basketball player John Martinez and women's basketball player Julie Steeno are the 2008 inductees.

This year's induction ceremonies will be held in the Phoenix Room of the University Union on the UW-Green Bay campus. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner slated for 7 p.m. and induction ceremonies at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and can be ordered by calling Marilyn McCarey at (920) 465-2625.

Martinez came to UW-Green Bay as a first-team all state selection from Marquette University High School in Milwaukee. He played at UW-Green Bay from 1989 to 1993, sat out a year because of injury and returned for the 1993-94 season.

As a sophomore and junior, Martinez was a tremendous complement and backcourt companion to All-American Tony Bennett, the dynamic duo accounted for 75.3 percent, and 70 percent, respectively, of UW-Green Bay's total offense in 1990-91 and 1991-92. They led the nation in three-point field goal percentage (46.4 in 1990-91 and 46.7 in 1991-92), and the team had the fewest turnovers, most assists and best three-point field goal percentage in the conference.

Martinez was a sophomore when UW-Green Bay defeated Northern Illinois on ESPN to claim its first Division I NCAA tournament trip. The Phoenix lost to Michigan State in the tourney opener when All-American and future NBA star Steve Smith hit a fall away jumper at the buzzer. The team's 24-7 overall record was the program's best ever D-I posting.

In 1991-92, Martinez played in front of 13 consecutive standing room-only crowds at the Brown County Arena 12 of those were Phoenix victories. Other memorable wins included the Purdue Boilermaker championship and a national televised win over Butler. Martinez suffered a season-ending knee injury in the team's final regular-season conference game, and he was unable to compete in the team's NIT game vs. Manhattan. He took a year off to rehab and returned in 1993-94 as the team's starting point guard. During his senior campaign in 1993-94, the Phoenix took some early lumps, then raced on to win 24 of 27 games including the program's first-ever NCAA post-season victory against the Jason Kidd-led California Bears. A still developing sophomore Jeff Nordgaard led all scorers with 24 points, but Martinez ran the show, scoring 13 of his own, making 3-of-5 three-pointers, while adding seven assists and six steals. He remains 7th all-time in steals with 124 and sixth all-time in three-point percentage (43).

Martinez graduated from UW-Green Bay in 1994 with a degree in business administration. The Milwaukee native has worked in sales since college graduation and is currently a merchandising manager for Pepsi Cola Bottling Group, a position he has held since 2004. He resides in Los Angeles, Calif.

Julie Steeno simply had to cross her hometown to play for the Phoenix. The Ashwaubenon High School star entered the Phoenix women's basketball program as her conference's all-time leading scorer and an all-Metro selection. As a prep she was nominated to tryout with the USA National Junior Women's Basketball Team. She played for UW-Green Bay from 1978 to 1982.

Steeno is the seventh leading scorer (1,387) and third leading rebounder (889) in the history of Phoenix women's basketball, and is eighth all-time in blocks (88). With Steeno as its power forward, the Phoenix captured three straight Wisconsin Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WWIAC) titles and a 27-1 overall conference record her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. As a senior, Steeno complemented a talented team that catapulted to a 27-8 record and received its first-ever national tournament berth the AIAW Division II National Quarterfinals in Charleston, S.C.

When Steeno graduated in 1982, she held individual team records for most career points, field goals, free throws and best field goal accuracy. Steeno was named to the WWIAC all-conference squads for four consecutive years three times a first-team selection.

Steeno graduated from UW-Green Bay in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in human development. She later earned a master's degree in public relations administration from Florida International, a master's in social work from Barry University (Florida) and a Ph.D. in social work from Barry University. She is the vice president of Healthcare Management Services for Amerigroup Corporation, overseeing national management of behavioral health for largest Medicaid HMO in the U.S. She resides in Virginia Beach, VA.

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