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Mark J. Bodnar

Of course, it's inevitable that Mark Bodnar and twin brother Marty would be compared with one another on many occasions. Both played highly instrumental roles as Barberton won the Ohio Div. I basketball championship in 1976, and they were teammates for four seasons at Michigan, first for head coach Johnny Orr and later for Bill Frieder. Then in 1987 the brothers entered Barberton's Hall of Fame together. But Mark clearly established his own set of credentials as an athlete. During his freshman season he helped the Wolverines beat Michigan State and Magic Johnson with a 30-foot jumper at the buzzer. In his senior season, Mark led a comeback win in Coach Frieder's first game, scoring seven points in a Wolverine late-game rally over Eastern Michigan. That same season, Mark helped Michigan go undefeated in non-conference play as the Wolverines rolled to a 9-0 record that included wins over Kansas on the Jayhawks' court, Arkansas and Dayton. In Big 10 play, Mark converted three free throws in the final 13 seconds to seal a victory over Isaiah Thomas and eventual NCAA champion Indiana. Michigan went 19-11, and earned a National Invitation Tournament berth in that 1980-81 season. During the Bodnar years in Maize and Blue, the Wolverines also posted won-lost records of 16-11, 15-12, and 17-13. Mark's 3.3 GPA in economics his senior year earned him NCAA Academic All-America third-team honors. Today Mark Bodnar, 42, is a financial planner with AXA Advisors, Inc. Mark and his wife Julie have two children, Marissa and Bo, and reside in Cincinnati.

Inducted 2001 | Basketball