Orion resident named to college Hall of Fame

Mindy Carls

Mike Matzen of Orion is one of six former Kohawk athletes who have been named to the Coe College Athletic Hall of Fame.

A 1986 graduate of Coe, he will be inducted during Homecoming weekend, which runs from Thursday, Sept. 15, through Sunday, Sept. 18, on the campus in Cedar Rapids.

Matzen will be honored at the 39th Athletic Hall of Fame Reception and Dinner on Friday, Sept. 16. He will also be honored during the Homecoming parade and before Coe’s football game with Simpson College on Saturday, Sept. 17.

A four-year football letterwinner, he made two All-Midwest Conference teams.

Matzen led the nation as the best punter in NCAA?Division III during his senior season of 1985. DIII?records indicate he booted 55 punts for 2,290 yards and an average of 41.6 yards per punt.

That season, he earned All-America honors from Kodak, Pizza Hut and the Associated Press and All-Midwest Conference honors.

On Coe’s career lists, Matzen still holds the record for 40.4 yards per punt. He is fourth for most yards (4,204) and sixth for most punts (104).

On the single-season lists, Matzen still holds the Kohawk record for most yards (2,626, according to the school), which he set in 1985.

He is still second on Coe’s all-time list for most punts over 40 yards in a season. He booted 64 in 1985.

Matzen has two of the best averages for Kohawk punters. He is second with 41.0 yards in 1985 and sixth with 39.6 yards in 1984.

Matzen owns a construction company in Orion. He is an assistant football coach at Orion High School, where he works with the punters and kickers.