Former volleyball player and coach passes away

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Margie Fitzpatrick, a former member of the Wisconsin volleyball team as a player and an assistant coach, passed away Dec. 5 at age 38.

Fitzpatrick, who died of breast cancer, competed with the Badgers from 1984-88 as an athlete and served as an assistant coach from 1990-93. She served as the interim head coach in 1991, after former head coach Steve Lowe died of cancer. During that season, she took the team to the NCAA Tournament while leading the Badgers to a 23-10 record.

She later served as Northwestern's head coach from 1994-96.

Fitzpatrick is survived by her husband, Michael, sons Colin and Kevin, and daughter Meghan, all of Sun Prairie.

Women's track signs four

Women's track head coach Jim Stintzi has signed four athletes for the 2005-06 track season, his first recruits while at Wisconsin.

Pole vaulter Jenny Soceka of Madison Memorial High School, distance runner Alisa Pabich of Waukesha, shot putter Mandi Hoeppner of Jefferson, and hurdler Carly DuCharme from Iowa City, Iowa, will all become Badgers in the fall of 2005.

"I'm very excited about the initial signees in our first recruiting class," Stintzi said. "Our goal is to build a strong program in the field and on the track, and this is a balanced group that is the first step in achieving that goal."

Men's soccer team awards

The Wisconsin men's soccer team announced its team awards at a banquet earlier this week at the Kohl Center. Senior forward Nick Van Sicklen earned Offensive Most Valuable Player honors for leading the Big Ten with 12 goals and seven assists for 31 points. He was also named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region second team this season, as well as after his sophomore campaign.

Van Sicklen was picked to participate in the Major League Soccer Player Combine Jan. 8-11 in Carson, Calif., which gives professional teams an opportunity to evaluate players before the MLS SuperDraft Jan. 14.

Sophomore defender Aaron Hohlbein earned defensive MVP honors after earning second-team all-Big Ten acclaim. He had a game-winning goal against Drake Sept. 19. Hohlbein will serve as the team captain next fall, the first Badger to fly solo since Brian Doherty did so in 1998.

Sophomore midfielder/forward William Bagayoko earned his second straight Most Improved Player award. After playing well in the first seven games, he started for the remaining 11, earning an assist against Marquette.

The Freshman of the Year award went to B.J. Goodman, who started all 19 games as a midfielder, scoring one goal and three assists.

Senior defender Noah Goerlitz earned the William G. Reddan Spirit of Soccer Award for his leadership on and off the field. He also made the conference second team this season, as well as the 2004 All-Big Ten Championship team.

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