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Famous Northern Michigan University Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Northern Michigan University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Northern Michigan University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Northern Michigan University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Northern Michigan University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Northern Michigan University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Northern Michigan University.

The list you're viewing contains graduates like Howard Schultz and Tom Izzo.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Northern Michigan University?” and “Which celebrities are Northern Michigan University alumni?”
  • 1
    Businessperson, Television producer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Howard D. Schultz (born July 19, 1953) is an American businessman and multi-billionaire. He was Chairman and Chief Executive of Starbucks from 1986 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2017, as well as its...  more
  • 2
    Athlete, Speed Skater


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Shani Earl Davis (; born August 13, 1982) is an American speed skater.At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Davis became the first black athlete to win a gold medal in an individual event at...  more
  • 3
    Short Track Speed Skater


    BirthplaceRochester, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Cathy Ann Turner (born April 10, 1962, in Rochester, New York) is an American short track speed skater, who won gold medals at the 1992 Winter Olympics and 1994 Winter Olympics. Turner was the...  more
  • 4
    Cross-country skier


    BirthplaceRhinelander, Wisconsin, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Chris Cook is a cross-country skier....  more
  • 5
    Cross-country skier


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Caitlin Compton Gregg (born November 7, 1980) is an American cross-country skier who has competed since 2001....  more
  • 6
    Short Track Speed Skater, Athlete


    BirthplaceBlytheville, Arkansas, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Kimberly Derrick (born April 28, 1985 in Blytheville, Arkansas) is an American short track speed skater. ...  more
  • 7
    Basketball Coach, Coach


    BirthplaceIron Mountain, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Tom Izzo (, Italian pronunciation: [ˈittso]); born January 30, 1955), is an American college basketball coach who has been the head coach at Michigan State University since 1995. On April 4, 2016,...  more
  • 8
    Race car driver, Coach


    BirthplacePerrysburg, Ohio, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jerry Michael Glanville (born October 14, 1941) is an American football coach who is currently the defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Vipers of the new XFL (2020), slated to begin play in...  more
  • 9
    Dallas James Drake (born February 4, 1969) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey winger in the National Hockey League who last played for the Detroit Red Wings. Previously, Drake played for...  more
  • 10
    Tuomas Tarkki (born February 28, 1980) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently the goaltending coach for Oulun Kärpät in the Naisten Liiga. He played collegiate hockey...  more
  • 11


    BirthplaceArlington, Texas, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Randi Miller (born November 3, 1983) is an American wrestler, who competed in the 63 kg weight class at the 2008 Summer Olympics and won a bronze medal. She has now made a transition to mixed martial...  more
  • 12


    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Mary Valentine (born December 30, 1946) is a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. She is a Democrat and former member of the Michigan State House of Representatives. She represented the 91st...  more
  • 13
    Coach, American football player



    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lloyd Henry Carr Jr. (born July 30, 1945) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Michigan from 1995 through the 2007 season. Under...  more
  • 14
    Businessperson, Coach


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Donald Douglas Waddell (born August 19, 1958) is American professional ice hockey executive and former player. He is the president and general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes....  more
  • 15

    AgeDec. at 83 (1911-1994)

    BirthplaceMarquette, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    John Edward Lautner was an influential American architect whose work in Southern California combined progressive engineering with humane design and dramatic space-age flair....  more
  • 16
    Jay W. Johnson (September 30, 1943 – October 17, 2009) was the director of the United States Mint, Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin, and a former...  more
  • 17
    American football player


    BirthplaceNewberry, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Leonard Wayne St. Jean (born October 27, 1941) is a former college and professional American football guard. In 1964, he joined the Boston Patriots of the American Football League. He played there...  more
  • 18
    American football player


    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Mark Anthony Maddox (born March 23, 1968 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a former professional American football linebacker for ten seasons in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals. He...  more
  • 19
    Singer-songwriter, Singer


    BirthplaceBirmingham, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Matt Butcher (born 5 August 1983 in Birmingham, England) is an English folk, Americana, country, independent recording artist from Orlando, Florida. Butcher, former lead singer of Orlando's The...  more
  • 20
    Steve Carpenter (born March 30, 1971 in Prince George, British Columbia) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman. Between 1995 and 1997 he played in the ECHL and the West Coast...  more
  • 21
    American football player


    BirthplaceCharlevoix, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Robert L. Boss (born October 19, 1983) is a former American football coach and player. In 2006, he played for the af2's Green Bay Blizzard. Boss graduated from Northern Michigan University. ...  more
  • 22


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ellis Coleman is an American wrestler from Chicago who won the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials to compete for the United States team in the Greco-Roman 60 kg competition of Wrestling at the 2012 Summer...  more
  • 23
    Record producer, Songwriter


    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Ishpeming

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Steven Ray Wiig (born December 30, 1972) is an American film actor, director, producer and musician. He appeared in the films Into the Wild, Some Kind of Monster, Milk, and The Master. He is also the...  more
  • 24
    American Football coach, Coach


    BirthplaceIron Mountain, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Stephen Ray Mariucci (born November 4, 1955), nicknamed "Mooch", is an American sportscaster and former football coach who was the head coach of two National Football League teams, the San Francisco...  more
  • 25
    American football player


    BirthplaceKingsford, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Timothy Edward Kearney (born October 5, 1950) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and St....  more