Dean Krogman, who earned All-America honors in baseball and honorable mention All-America recognition in football, became the 40th member of the Jackrabbit Sports Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies Oct. 28, 2000.
Krogman, a native of Lismore, Minn., who graduated from Adrian (Minn.) High School, lettered four seasons as a starter in baseball and led the team in hitting as a sophomore and junior. In 1971, Krogman put together a dream season in which he won the North Central Conference Triple Crown. He led the NCC — based on league games only — in hitting at .418 (28-for-67); runs batted in, 28; and home runs, nine. His hit, home run and RBI totals all were league records.
Krogram also led the league in total bases with 66 (second place was 47), and triples with three. His single-season slugging percentage of .881 remains an SDSU record today. He also is second on the career slugging percentage list at .661.
For the full 1971 season, Krogman hit .416 (42-for-101) in the 30-game season and was third in the nation in home runs (10) and fourth in doubles (11). He was named to the NCAA College Division All-America team.
Krogman earned all-NCC honors three straight seasons, one of just seven players in SDSU history to earn three all-conference selections. One of the others on the list is Krogman's son, Ryan. In fact, Dean and his wife, Linda, have three sons — Ryan, Matt and Aaron — who have attended SDSU and played baseball.
A catcher-first baseman, Dean Krogman batted .350 in his 94-game career, collecting 100 hits, including 17 home runs.
Krogman also was a defensive end and place kicker in football, lettering in 1969-70-71. He tied the then-SDSU record for longest field goal at 45 yards in 1969, then broke it with a 46-yarder against Morningside in 1970. That record stood until 1979.
In a 1971 game against St. Thomas (Minn.), Krogman kicked two field goals (35 and 37 yards), two extra points and returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown. That same season, his extra point provided the winning margin in a 16-15 victory over Augustana, a game in which he also had a 42-yard field goal. He led the team in scoring with 32 points and finished with 69 career points kicking, including 15 field goals.
Krogman earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and later added a master's degree in guidance and counseling from SDSU. A former state legislator, his professional career has led him to his current position of vice president of DakotaCare, as well as director of governmental affairs for the South Dakota State Medical Association.