Lon Olejniczak
Lon Olejniczak

Decorah native Lon Olejniczak has been named to the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) Hall of Fame.

Olejniczak was inducted as a player.

Olejniczak was an all-around athlete for the Vikes, playing football, basketball and baseball. On the ball diamond, he pitched varsity all four years for his dad, current Head Coach Dennis Olejniczak. Lon finished his high school career with a 64-16 pitching record, which is still listed as the fourth best all-time in the state record books. He holds the state record for wins during a single season with 28. He is listed as the ninth best all-time for career strike outs with 651, and is fifth best all-time for a single season with 263. He ranks 10th best all time in ERA with a career 0.83 mark.

In 1979, he earned high school All-American honors by the American Association of College Baseball Coaches and also played in the 1979 All-Star Series. In addition, he was named to the Centennial Honor Roll and was named as one of the top-125 most repeated names in Iowa and was listed as one of the best high school male athletes of the past century.

Lon played baseball at the University of Iowa, where he was a three-year letter winner as a pitcher, outfielder and designated hitter. His career ended early due to a leg injury.

He is currently a Chief Executive Officer and Chief Sales Officer for TransAmerica Capital Management in Cedar Rapids. He is the son of Dennis and Paula Olejniczak.

Other inductees to the Hall of Fame were Bret Hover (Coach), Dick Smith (Coach), Ed Sawvell (player) and Roger Barr (umpire).