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Karyn Bye Dietz

Karyn Bye graduated from River Falls High School in 1989.  She earned a total of 11 letters in three sports; tennis, hockey and softball.  In the fall, Karyn enjoyed playing tennis, especially doubles.  She advanced to the State Tennis Tournament three years, two years in doubles and one year in singles.  Hockey was Karyn’s love.  She made the varsity hockey team as a sophomore, made second team all-conference her junior year, and was the team captain her senior year.  Karyn was on the varsity softball team and lettered all four years.  She was All-Conference for three consecutive years and was on the First Team All-State her senior year.

Karyn was a member of the National Honors Society (1988, 1989), “R” Club President (1989) and attended Badger Girls State (1988). 

After graduating from River Falls High School, Karyn earned an athletic scholarship to the University of New Hampshire where she played four years of hockey and two years of tennis.  Karyn tallied 164 points in 87 games as a UNH Wildcat.  At the end of her freshmen year, she was honored with the University’s Rookie of the Year Award.  She was the leading scorer all four years of playing, and was inducted in the UNH Hall of Fame in 1998. Upon graduating with a B.S. in Physical Education in 1993, Bye attended graduate school at Concordia University in Montreal where she continued her hockey career and graduated with a Graduate Degree in Sports Administration.  She was awarded the Fittest Athlete Award in 1994 and 1995 and was inducted into the Concordia Hall of Fame in 2004.

 In 1992 Karyn joined the USA National Women’s Hockey Team and played in 6 World Championship Tournaments, winning silver at each event.  Karyn’s dream came true in 1998 when she captured a Gold Medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. She was the assistant captain and led the team in scoring with five goals and three assists in the six games.  Karyn Bye made her second appearance on a United States Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team at the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah capturing the silver medal.  USA Hockey has honored her with the 1995 and 1998 Women’s Player of the Year.  In 2009 she was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, MN.  In May 2011, Karyn was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in Bratislava, Slovakia. 

Karyn currently resides in Hudson, WI with her husband Cal Dietz, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Minnesota and their 2 children, Tatum (8) and Brody (6).  During the week you’ll find her teaching Boot Camp at Riverside Athletic Club downtown Hudson.  She continues her passion for hockey by color commentating at the Minnesota Girls State High School Hockey Tournament and running her own hockey camp in the summer. Karyn also is a motivational speaker.