Executive Officers


Dan Culhane, President
Baseball  1990-1993

ISU Memories: Too numerous to single one out. I continue to be amazed at how having played athletics at ISU has made life after ISU so enjoyable.

Judge Johnston - Vice President
Football, 1987-1989
Favorite ISU Memory: Too many too list - when I look back - the overall experience of being a student-athlete at this great university was one that I will never forget. My experience with the football team, staff, and others will always bring a smile to my face. Go Cyclones!



Board Members

Chris Bertrand
Athletic Training
ISU Highlight: The Cyclone experience. Being a part of the Cyclone family and leaving Ames a Cyclone for life. One of the best periods of my life!

Pete Carlon
Athletic Training 1971-75

Jeff Cesler
Honorary Member
Academic Services Coordinator – Athletics Department

Scott Dahl
Alumni Association Representative
3 favorite ISU Memories:

1.    Meeting my future wife during the first week of ISU marching band camp – yeah, band camp - then beginning to date almost 10 years later.
2.    ISU finally winning the Big 8 tournament (Men’s Basketball)
3.    Spending 13+ years connecting with ISU alumni through the Alumni Association.

Brad Kaufman
Baseball, 1991-1993
ISU Highlights: Beating Okie State 3 out of 4 my Freshman year at home was a highlight! I just wish I wasn’t the pitcher in the game we lost, but it was a great memory none-the-less. AND Hilton Magic 1992 – Iowa State beats Oklahoma State….. the Greatest Hilton Magic moment I have ever been a part of! I can remember being in the crowd with some of my baseball teammates and it was so loud. Loved it.
Jesse Klein
Volleyball 2005-06
ISU Highlights: Beating No. 18 Texas at home during my junior year. Watching the program rise over the past several years. Proud to be a Cyclone!

Lindsey Lees Long
Staff Liaison and Letterwinner, Soccer 1999-2003
ISU Highlight: One game I will always remember was at the Big 12 tournament in 1999 when we played Texas A&M, a conference leader in women’s soccer. We took them to a double overtime and then ended with a shootout that we won! We continued on to the second round of the tournament. This season we were ranked 21st in the country!

Jeremy Lyons
Golf, 1999-2003
Favorite ISU Memory: The start of fall semester each year.  It was a time to catch up with friends and teammates you hadn't seen all summer.  Everyone had a fresh start and optimism was high for the year ahead.  And nothing beats playing golf in the fall!

Melanie Heitman Nelson
Track and Field  1979-1983
ISU Highlight: We use to practice in State Gym and we really never thought much about the facility.  However, since getting back to campus the last few years the improvement to the facilities has been amazing!  The new rec centers, football facilities, basketball practice facilities, the new soccer, softball and track complex what an improvement has been made.  All the newness however does not erase the memories of State Gym and the old track complex!

Taylor Sanderson, Student-Athlete Representative
Track and Field 2011-Present
ISU Highlight:  Hosting both the Indoor and Outdoor Big 12 Championships at Iowa State competing in front of friends, family, and Cyclone fans was an unforgettable experience.

Jodi Steyer
Associate Head Coach, Women’s Basketball
ISU Memory: Alison Lacey’s 3-pt shot to lead us to victory over Michigan State to advance to the Elite 8 in 2009.

Dawn Sullivan
Associate Head Coach, Women’s Volleyball

Jeff Symons
Men’s Swimming & Diving - All American 1987
ISU Memory: I grew up in Ames so I was lucky enough to see a lot of Iowa State athletic history. I watched Basketball in the Old Armory, Football in Clyde Williams Field and saw the first games ever played in Hilton and at Jack Trice Stadium.  My great Iowa State memories will always be with me but there are many more to come! Everyday is a great day to be a Cyclone!

Bob Thompson
Wrestling 1988-91
ISU Highlight: Beating Penn State on their home mat my senior year!
Chris Washington
Football, 1980-1983
Hall of Fame Class of 2009
ISU Memory: Leading the team in tackles in 1981 as well as having our team ranked No. 10 in the country. Go Cyclone Nation!

Mike Wittmer
Men’s Swimming  1965-1969
ISU Memory: When it came to swimming, I was never more than a walk-on and Jack McGuire and Jerry Symons were kind enough to let me hang around the program for four years.  I learned a great deal from both coaches and it served me very well in what I consider a very long and successful 29 year career as the head swim coach at Ames High School.  I cannot stress enough the gratitude and respect I have for Jack McGuire and Jerry Symons and the impact they have had on my life and my career.  I would not be where I am today without them.  

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Past Presidents

Craig Rover, President
Track and Cross Country - 1981-1983

ISU Memories: Having the opportunity to train and become friends with world class runners, being part of the 1981 and 1983 Big Eight Champion Cross Country teams and forever being an ISU Letterwinner.

Jeff Gibbons (2011 and 2012)
Wrestling  1986-1989
ISU Memories: Being an All-American on the 1987 National Championship team is a big honor! Starting my senior year half way through the season because of tearing my ACL and still winning  the Big 8 conference title built my character. I was also voted outstanding wrestler at the tournament, another big honor.

Bill Marsau (2009 and 2010)
Football  1995-1999

ISU Memories: My favorite sports memory at ISU was when we beat Iowa at Kinnick in 1998, 27-9! That snapped a 15 year losing streak to the Hawkeyes and would end up being the first of 5 straight wins over Iowa. No one gave us a chance to win that day, but we believed and not only did we beat them, we embarrassed them. I’ve never heard a stadium as silent as that one was that day. The silence was the greatest silence I have ever heard.

Ben Bruns (2007 and 2008)
Football 1997-2000

ISU Memories: I've enjoyed a lot of great memories since becoming part of the Cyclone family in 1996. What I miss most is spending time with the guys I played with. On the field, the best memories were starting my first game at Iowa in 1998 when we ended the streak and started a new one, Okie State and Colorado in 2000 when we had huge road wins and the 2000 Insight Bowl championship. Go State!

Paul J. Schulte
Football  1987-1991

ISU Memory: Playing Golf with Johnny Orr in Letterwinners Club events and getting to hear “Whew Wee” stories and comments for 5 hours.

Barb Croxdale
Softball  1973

Highlight: As one of the members of the inaugural Iowa State Letterwinners Board of Directors, I am proud to see the growth in membership & the camaraderie & support that has been enhanced between alumni Letterwinners and Iowa State. Once a Cyclone, always a Cyclone!

Tom Randall
Football  1974-77

ISU Memory: Being inducted into the ISU Letterwinners Hall of Fame in the fall of 2011. I’m extremely proud to join the previous Hall of Famers and proud to represent the Earle Bruce football era!

Arnie Gaarde
Basketball and Baseball  1952-56

ISU Memories: Elected Co-Captain of two sports my senior year (basketball and baseball-'56). One of two ISU athletes to be so honored. First president of Letterwinners as it was re-established a few years ago by Gene Smith.