Brian Call ’97
Brian was a four-year letter winner in both football and baseball. He served as captain of the 1996 football team and captain of the 1997 baseball team. He was twice awarded All-MIAC honors in football (1995, 1996) and once in baseball (1997).
As a senior, Brian was recognized with the Steve Lindgren award, given annually to the school’s top senior male athlete. He was also awarded the Silver Bat award in 1997 (given to the top offensive player on the team), was a Leadership Scholar recipient for all four years, a Burger King National Scholar Athlete, the Hamline record holder for most negative yard tackles in a season in 1995, and was recognized as a preseason All-American in football in 1996. Brian also once played all nine positions in a single baseball game—which he notes was “not a record, but fun.”
Upon graduation, Brian entered the financial services industry and has seventeen years of lending, business management, and marketing experience. He founded Rubicon Mortgage Advisors in 2006 and currently serves as its president. Brian also cofounded Regency Title, Inc., in 2009. He has been recognized by several professional organizations for his work, including being named as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals nationally by the Mortgage Professional magazine and National Association of Mortgage Brokers. He also serves as a board member to the Minnesota Mortgage Association and the Minnesota Vikings Children’s Fund. Brian and his wife, Annette, live in Brooklyn Park, and together they have four children: Brittany, Griffin, Isaac, and Alexander.
Beth Flaherty ’99
Beth Flaherty is one of the best gymnasts in Hamline history. In 1998, Beth was the national floor champion at the National Collegiate Gymnastic Association (NCGA) meet at Rhode Island College. The following year she again qualified for the national meet, placing fourth on floor and sixth on beam. In 1999, Beth earned All-American academic honors, and the NCGA named her Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year. That same year she was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
During her tenure on the Hamline team, Beth was named most inspirational gymnast two years in a row, and in her senior year she was named most valuable gymnast. She served as captain of the team for both her junior and senior years and received Hamline’s Outstanding Senior Athlete award her senior year. In addition to her commitment to the gymnastics team, Beth served on her hall council, as a student orientation leader, a resident assistant, and as a counselor for the Hamline Gymnastics Camp.
Since graduation, Beth has been a successful gymnastics coach and teacher. She received a master’s in educational leadership in 2006 and a master’s in curriculum and instruction in 2010 from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. While serving as head coach for Summit High School in Summit County, Colorado, she guided the team to the state meet seven of eight years. In 2008, Beth was named both Jefferson County (Colorado) Gymnastics Coach of the Year and Jefferson County Female Coach of the Year. She is currently teaching social studies in Arlington, Virginia, and for the past few years has been a foster parent, mentoring a number of teenage girls.
Ken Rothenberger ’89
Ken Rothenberger was a three-sport athlete at Hamline University, lettering in football, basketball, and track & field. He was a wide receiver on the 1988 football team that shared the MIAC football title with Concordia College. In track, he lettered for all four years, was recognized as an All-American four times as a sprinter and jumper, and served as cocaptain his senior year.
In 1985, Ken was awarded the outstanding freshman award. In 1986 and 1987, he was recognized as most valuable runner. He set a school record which still stands for the indoor 300 meter race. Ken also tied a high jump record, and remains tied for second in the Hamline University all-time list.
After graduation, Ken participated in the Star of the North Games track & field competition from 1989–1991, was a member of the Racine Raider semipro football team in 1991, and the DuPage Eagles semipro football team in 1992. He returned to Hamline for graduate school and earned his master’s in management in 2007. Ken has extensive experience in managing large-scale projects and programs worldwide and currently serves as a program director at CompuCom. He expects to complete his dissertation for a PhD in business in 2014. Ken lives in Mounds View with his wife, Mary, and their three children: Jayden, Isaiah, and Layla.
Jodie Knudsen Wilson ’93
Jodie Knudsen Wilson was a member of some of the most successful volleyball teams at Hamline. As a sophomore, she finished with a .392 attack percentage—the second-best figure in Hamline’s history. In her senior season, she was second in the MIAC in service aces (74, still the Hamline record) and fourth in assists (912). In Jodie’s senior year, she served as team captain. In the same year, she was awarded co-MVP. She was named to two All-MIAC teams and earned three letters.
Jodie still plays volleyball today and has completed the Twin Cities marathon and ten-mile races and Grandma’s Half Marathon. She has been teaching at Hamline Elementary School for ten years where she is both a technology integrationist and the Hamline liaison for the Hamline to Hamline Collaboration. Jodie and her husband, Pete Wilson, live in Roseville and have three children: Lukas, Niko, and Reyna.