ORLANDO, Fla. – Karyn Bye Dietz was one of 12 individuals inducted into the 2020 National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame during the induction ceremony held this evening at the NFHS Summer Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Accepting the award on her behalf was WIAA Assistant Director and fellow River Falls High School graduate, Kate Peterson Abiad. The Hall of Fame medallion was presented by WIAA Executive Director, Stephanie Hauser.
Bye Dietz is a trailblazer for girls hockey and a stellar three-sport athlete at River Falls High School in the late 1980s, which is more than a decade before the WIAA would begin sponsoring ice hockey as a sport for girls. Not to be deterred, her skills and competitiveness were evident as a three-year letterwinner on the boys hockey team. She was a three-time All-Middle Border Conference selection, served as team captain her senior season and was among the team’s scoring leaders her junior and senior years.
She earned 11 varsity letters during her prep career, graduating from River Falls in 1989. Bye Dietz was also a four-time letterwinner and three-time State Tournament participant in tennis. She won the Middle Border Conference championship at #1 doubles and advanced to the third round in the doubles bracket of the State Tournament in 1986 and 1987. In 1988, she was the conference and sectional champion at #1 singles and advanced to the third round of the State Tournament. She also served as team captain her junior and senior seasons.
As a four-year letterwinner in softball, she received all-state accolades as a catcher in 1989 after receiving honorable mention in 1988. Bye Dietz was an all-conference selection three times while receiving honorable mention as a freshman. She led the team in hitting from 1987-89, batting over .500 her junior and senior seasons. She served as team captain her final two seasons.
Bye Dietz attended the University of New Hampshire on a women’s hockey scholarship. She paced the Wildcats in scoring all four years of participation and still ranks fourth on the school’s career goals scored list and 10th on the career points list. She helped lead New Hampshire to Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference titles in 1990 and in 1991, and served as team captain in 1992 and 1993. She was selected as the program’s Rookie of the Year in 1990 and was the recipient of the Wildcats’ Scholar-Athlete Award in 1992. In addition, she was a two-time letterwinner in tennis.
Following graduation from the University of New Hampshire in 1993 with a degree in physical education, she played three seasons of hockey and received numerous awards at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec from 1993-95. She earned her master’s degree in sports administrationin 1995.
Inspired in her childhood by the 1980 USA men’s Olympic hockey team’s gold medal dubbed the “Miracle on Ice,” Bye Dietz accomplished her goal of becoming an Olympic hockey player and helping USA win the gold medal at the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. She was also a member of the team that won the silver medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games.
During her tenure with the USA National Ice Hockey program, she was named USA Hockey Women’s Player of the Year and was nominated for the Female Athlete of the Year Award in 1995 and 1998. She was a six-time silver medalist at the World Championships as a member of the USA National Team and was selected to the All-World Team in 1994. In addition, she was a two-time silver medalist at the International Ice Hockey Federation Tournament with a selection to the All-World team in 1995.
She has amassed numerous honors for her illustrious career on the ice, including inductions into the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011, becoming just the fifth women to be enshrined; the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame as an individual in 2014 and as a 1998 team member in 2009; the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2019 as a member of the 1998 team; the University of New Hampshire Hall of Fame in 1998; and the Concordia University-Montreal Hall of Fame in 2002.
She becomes the 13th individual from Wisconsin to be inducted into the NFHS Hall of Fame.
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