Green Bay Athletics recently added two more names to its “Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in Green Bay Athletics History” list. Chari Nordgaard played for the Green Bay women’s basketball team from 1995-1999. Nordgaard is still the program’s all-time leader in scoring, with 1,964 points, career scoring average at 16.9 points per game, free throws attempted and made and holds the all-time program record for single game scoring at 38 points. She also was a standout academically, making the Academic All-American First Team. Nordgaard went on to play professionally in Greece and was inducted into the Green Bay Phoenix Hall of Fame in 2005.
Jeff Nordgaard played for the Green Bay men’s basketball team from 1992-1996. He ranks fourth on the Green Bay men’s basketball all-time scoring list, with 1,911, second in field goals made with 773 and sixth in career scoring average at 15.9 points per game. Nordgaard was named Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year in 1995-1996 and was an Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention. He played in the NCAA Tournament three out of his four years, including a memorable upset against heavily favored California in 1994. Nordgaard was one of only five former Green Bay men’s basketball players to be selected in the NBA Draft, and went on to play professionally overseas. He was inducted into the Green Bay Phoenix Hall of Fame in 2009 and was the second men’s basketball player to have his jersey number retired in 2018.