Paul Conlin, UW-Platteville: NCAA DIII Athlete Hall of Fame, Class of 2021

Paul Conlin left his mark on NCAA Division III history as an athlete at UW-Platteville and continues to do so more than 25 years later as a coach at rival UW-Eau Claire.

As an athlete, Conlin was a three-time NCAA shot put champion, five-time All-American and four-time Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) champion.

Conlin made an impact in his freshman year, placing second at the 1990 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Naperville, Illinois. He finished runner-up to Keith Rucker of Ohio Wesleyan, who would later sweep the shot put crowns in the 1991 seasons.

Fast forward to 1992, because that’s when Conlin started an unbelievable hot streak. After winning his first postseason title at the 1992 WIAC Indoor Championships, Conlin topped the NCAA podium the following month, then rinsed and repeated the same cycle again outdoors.

Conlin nearly repeated the same quadruple-title year in 1993, but a runner-up finish at the NCAA DIII Indoor Championships dashed those hopes. He did, however, sweep the WIAC crowns again and added another NCAA Outdoor victory to his haul in Berea, Ohio.

History has been kind to Conlin, as he still sits No. 7 in NCAA DIII outdoor history. Conlin achieved his 19.08m (62-7¼) collegiate best at the 1993 WIAC Outdoor Championships.

As a coach, Conlin’s athletes shine when the lights are brightest. Throwers tutored by Conlin have combined for eight NCAA titles, 10 NCAA runner-ups and 44 All-America honors, as well as a slew of all-time performances.

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