HAROLD AHLSKOG (2012)
A three-year letterwinner for the Cougar football team (1928-30), Harold Ahlskog arrived on campus from Spokane, Wash., helping WSC to a 26-6 record in his three seasons. After winning 10 games in 1929, a year in which he garnered all-state honors, Ahlskog and his teammates won their first nine games of 1930, earning a trip to the 1931 Rose Bowl where WSC fell to Alabama. The 1930 Washington State College football team featured three All-Americans on the offensive line and while Mel Hein and Glenn "Turk" Edwards captured many of the headlines, Ahlskog matched them for his work in the trenches that season. Ahlskog was a New York Post First Team All-America selection and received the 1930 J. Fred Bohler Award. Ahlskog earned a degree in science in mining in 1932.
HARRY "HACK" APPLEQUIST (1989)
Harry A. Applequist holds a special place in Cougar football history, having played and starred in the first of the official Rose Bowl Games when WSU beat Brown 14-0 Jan. 1, 1916. Applequist received All-America honors that year and later was named to the all-time Rose Bowl team at guard by Los Angeles columnist Bill Henry. After WWI, Applequist returned to WSU as an assistant football coach, serving from 1920 through 1925. For four years, 1923-26, he directed WSU's baseball program, compiling a 66-29-1 record. His successor was "Buck" Bailey. Applequist then headed for Sacramento and until his death in 1976 he was one of the most respected educators to ever serve the Sacramento educational system. He rebuilt a floundering Sacramento High football program and then took on the challenges of a struggling Sacramento City College, serving as head football and baseball coach during his 1929-41 career. In 1940 he joined the Sacramento School District, remaining until his retirement in 1956. After his retirement he served in a variety of positions with the National Education Association and Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He was the author of three books, was elected to the Sacramento Hall of Fame and received the "Emeritus Award" from the NHPEA.
RICK AUSTIN (2012)
Rick Gerald Austin was born Oct. 27, 1946 in Seattle. He attended Lakes High School in Tacoma, Wash., where he competed in baseball, football and track. In 1968, he led the nation with 12 wins and tied a then-Washington State single-season record. His 1.10 ERA in 1968 is third all-time at WSU and his 1.33 mark in 1967 ranks fifth. He was a Pac-8 All-Star, a NCAA District First Team selection and a Second Team All-American in 1968. He was a first round pick of the Cleveland Indians in the June Secondary Phase of the MLB Draft in 1968. Austin spent part of four seasons in MLB, two with the Indians and two with the Milwaukee Brewers. He appeared in 89 games, including eight starts, winning four and saving six.
BUCK BAILEY (1978)
A WSU sports institution for 35 years, Buck came to the university as assistant football coach and became a legend as its colorful - and winning - head baseball coach. Played football and baseball at Texas A & M and Bethany College in West Virginia and was Captain of West team in the first East-West Shrine game in 1925. At WSU, Bailey's baseball teams won 11 Northern Division pennants and were second 10 times. The 1950 team was runnerup for the NCAA title and Bailey's Cougars were seventh nationally in 1956. Athlete-Coach of "Bailey's Angels," barnstorming basketball team made up of WSU sports greats which toured the Northwest and entertained thousands. Died in 1964.
BY BAILEY (1985)
After starring as a running back at WSU for coaches Phil Sarboe and Forest Evashevski during the 1949-51 seasons, Bailey went on to star in the Canadian Football League for 11 seasons (1954-64) with the British Columbia Lions. He was drafted by Detroit and played the 1952 season with the NFL champion Lions. After a year with Green Bay (1953) Bailey moved north of the border, where he spent his first eight seasons as a running back and the final three as a defensive back. He is the only Athlete known to play on NFL and CFL championship clubs. At WSU he set a career rushing mark of 1,251 yards. He was an All-West Coast second teamer by AP as a senior and won the J. Fred Bohler Award for inspiration. He led WSU in rushing with 695 yards in 1951, the second best one-season total ever at WSU. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Bailey attended West Seattle High School.
ED BARKER (2012)
A record-setting end for the Cougar teams of the early 1950s, Ed Barker set the standard for those that followed. A three-year letterwinner after enrolling at WSC in 1949, Barker was a First Team All-Pacific Coast Conference and Associated Press All-West Coast selection in 1951 after setting the WSC, PCC and NCAA records with 864 receiving yards, records that stood until broken by another Cougar, Hugh Campbell, in 1960. That season also saw Barker set two WSC records with 46 receptions and nine touchdowns, despite playing in a run-oriented offense. He concluded his Cougar career by breaking the NCAA's three-year yardage record with 1,699 yards. In addition to his football achievements, Barker was also an outstanding track man for the Cougars, excelling in the high jump and hurdles while earning three letters. He finished sixth in the United States decathlon trials in 1952. After his days in Pullman Barker was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the first round of the 1953 NFL Draft. After playing two years in the NFL, Barker entered the Air Force where he became a career officer, retiring to Western Washington where he now resides.
STAN BATES (1980)
Stan Bates is remembered by thousands of people in the West for his outstanding service to education and athletics as a coach, high school principal, college admission officer, director of athletics and conference commissioner. Won 10 varsity letters in three sports at the University of Puget Sound and later coached at Monroe and Snohomish high schools and was also principal at the latter. Joined the WSU faculty in 1953 as associate director of admissions and a year later was named athletic director, a post he held for the next 17 years. Served on numerous NCAA committees. In 1970 was named commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference and held that job until retiring in 1980 and moving back to Pullman.
LORIN "BILL" BENKE (1984)
A two-time NCAA All-America and winner of four Pacific Coast Conference titles, Bill Benke was a member of the world, collegiate, PCC and WSY record mile relay team in 1937 and a 400 meter finalist in the 1936 Olympic Trials. He was the NCAA 400-meter champion in 1973 and set Northern Division records in the long jump, 1936, and 400-yard dash, 1937. He won the long jump, 220-yard low hurdles and was on the winning mile relay team at the 1935 PCC meet. In a 65 3/5-65 2/5 win over Oregon in 1935, he won two events and scored in two others as WSU won by the slimmest of margins.
RON BENNINK (2012)
A three-year letterwinner at Washington State, Bennink ranks 16th on WSU's all-time scoring list, having accumulated 1,222 points over his career. When he reached the 1,000-point plateau in the 1954-55 season, the Armour, S.D. native was just the fourth Cougar to achieve the milestone. He's a two-time first team All-Pacific Coast Conference honoree, having received the honor in 1954 and 1955. In 1955 he averaged 16.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, becoming a unanimous selection to the All-Northern Division First Team. At the time his 423 points in 1955 were a Northern Division record. As a junior in 1954 he averaged 17.1 points per game. A 6-foot-1 guard, Bennink holds the WSU career free throw record with 436 made in 87 games. He also ranks 12th in career scoring average (14.0 ppg) and fifth on the season free throw list with 157 in 1954-55. He received his bachelor of science in physical education in 1955.
BILL BERRY (1989)
When William E. "Bill" Berry made the trip from Pullman High to WSU in 1957, he was considered too small at 5-6 to play football. Only Cougar wrestling coach Bill Tomaras had an interest in Berry, despite his previous success in football. Berry had won numerous prep football awards and was the outstanding grappler in the state for two years. At WSU he turned out for freshman football and won a starting spot at guard. When his sophomore season rolled around there was Berry, again a starting guard. He returned to the mat following each football season and for two years ruled the Pacific Coast Conference at the 147-pound division. Three times he earned trips to the NCAA Championships and twice in later years, 1964 and 1968, he just missed making the U.S. Olympic team, finishing second both times. Berry also spent over eight years in the U.S. Air Force. He made his home in Sacramento in 1970, became a CPA and entered the accounting and real estate business. Earlier, in 1967, he had earned an MBA from Michigan State. In 1982 Berry suffered extensive paralysis in a diving accident and is now restricted to a wheel chair. Having proved there was no quit in him as a 160-pound Cougar football Athlete, he is once again proving physical limitations will not get the best of Bill Berry.
GALE BISHOP (1978)
Set a Northern Division, Pacific Coast Conference scoring record of 224 points in his sophomore season, 1942-43, although playing in only 14 of the 16 conference games because of call-up to military duty. Broke the National AAU single game scoring mark in 1943 with a 50-point game and was selected to the Helms Foundation All-America Basketball Team. An All-Northern Division choice in 1942, 1943, and 1946, and All-Pacific Coast Conference in 1943. Later named to the All-Time Pacific Coast Conference first team. Athlete-Coach of outstanding Fort Lewis Army team during military service 1943-1946. Hometown Sumas.
DREW BLEDSOE (2001)
Finished three-year career with 7,373 yards passing, 532 completions, 979 attempts and 46 TD passes, all marks that stand second on WSU's all-time list to Jack Thompson…finished career ranked tenth in Pac-10 total offense, tenth in career passing yards and in a tie for eleventh in TD passes…during career ran and passed for over 200 yards in a game 23 times, a WSU record…had more than 200 passing yards in a game 22 times, equaling the WSU record…also set five single-game records…as a junior Pac-10's MVP on offense…NEA All-America first team pick…semi-finalist for Davey O'Brien Award…eighth in Heisman voting…MVP of WSU's win over Utah in the Copper Bowl…for second straight year led the Pac-10 in total offense…after junior year selected by the New England Patriots as the first pick in the 1993 NFL draft…highest draft position ever by a Cougar…during pro career has led New England to the Super Bowl and has been an All-Pro pick.
J. FRED BOHLER (1978)
"Doc" Bohler was a coach, teacher and athletic administrator at Washington State University almost half the 20th century. A member of the World Champion Reading, Pa., basketball team in 1906, Bohler came west in 1908 as Physical Director and Coach of the WSU basketball and track teams. Is credited with introducing the one-hand push shot. Coached the Cougars to a championship their first year in the Pacific Coast Conference in 1915. Member of the Football and Basketball Halls of Fame of Helms Foundation. Directed total Physical Education and Athletic program at WSU until retirement in 1950. Died in 1960.
WILBUR BOHM (1978)
Dr. Wilbur Bohm was one of the world's leading athletic trainers for nearly half a century, directing programs at the collegiate level and working with seven Major League baseball and football teams. Served as trainer for five U.S. Olympic teams. Winner of the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame Award for noteworthy achievement in athletic training and served as President of the National Trainers Association. Came to WSU in 1926 as athletic trainer and coach of the weight events in track. A National AAU discus champion in his competitive years, Bohm was revered by athletes at all levels for his professional skills and humanity.
CHUCK "BOBO" BRAYTON (1982)
Chuck "Bobo" Brayton, one of the winningest collegiate baseball coaches in NCAA history, and one of the most innovative and imaginative leaders in the college game. A three-sport letterman at WSU and an All-American at shortstop for the Cougars in 1947, Brayton played on two Championship baseball teams at WSU and, beginning in 1965, coached the Cougars to an unprecedented 13 straight Northern Division pennants…retired after the 1994 season the winningest coach in WSU history and the fourth winningest NCAA Div. I baseball coach at the time of retirement…final record 1,162-523-8 (68.9%)…WSU baseball field, Bailey-Brayton Stadium, named after Brayton and his mentor Buck Bailey…baseball uniform number retired May, 2003.
GORDON BRUNSWICK (2012)
A three-sport athlete at Washington State, Gordon Brunswick earned a total of six letters with the Cougars, one in basketball under head coach Jack Friel (1949-50), two in football for coach Phil Sarboe (1947-48), and three in the sport he's most known for, baseball, under coach Buck Bailey (1948-50). A native of Tacoma, Wash., Brunswick was an all-conference first baseman in 1948 and an all-conference outfielder in 1950. In his three seasons he hit .329 in 41 conference games, having his best season as a sophomore when he hit .462 in 11 league games. As a senior in 1950 the Cougars finished first in the PCC Northern Division with a 12-2 league mark and swept Stanford to advance to the first College World Series held at Omaha, Neb. The Cougars fell to Texas in the championship game, finishing as national runner-up with a 32-6 overall mark. Following the 1950 season Brunswick turned pro, spending five seasons in the minor leagues, including a short stint with AAA Seattle. In his final season, 1954, he signed with the New York Yankees and played for Modesto, San Francisco and the Tri-Cities.
ARCHIE BUCKLEY (1984)
Archie Buckley won nine varsity letters at Washington State, three each in football, basketball and baseball. A quarterback and kicker in football, his 25-yard field goal beat Gonzaga 3-0 in 1928, and in 1929 he came off the bench to rally the Cougars from a 13-0 deficit to a 20-13 win over Washington. Cougar teams went 7-3 and 10-2 his last two seasons, and he kicked a school record 46-yard field goal against Oregon State in 1929. A forward for coach Jack Friel's first two basketball teams, he was the second leading scorer in the Northern Division his senior year. Buckley was a member of Buck Bailey's first four baseball teams. He coached at Chehalis (1930-31) and North Central (Spokane, 1931-42) high schools. He took a leave of absence in 1942 to fight in WWII and was killed Feb. 21, 1945, aboard the aircraft carrier Saratoga by a Japanese air strike.
HUGH CAMPBELL (1978)
The "Phantom of the Palouse" ranks as the greatest all-around pass receiver in Cougar gridiron history with 176 catches for 2,452 yards and 23 touchdowns. Two-time NCAA pass receiving champion and perennial pass reception champion in Canadian professional football with Saskatchewan Roughriders during 1964-67 seasons. Received All-American Board in 1961. Entered coaching as assistant at WSU. Later became head coach at Whitworth College, Spokane, and in 1977 led Edmonton Eskimos to Western Division title in first year as head coach in Canadian Professional Football League.
RON CEY (1982)
Ron Cey, the famous "Penguin" of the Los Angeles Dodgers, began his climb to the Major Leagues as a third baseman for Washington State in 1967-68. Cey has played more games at third base for the Dodgers than any other Athlete in the club's history and has set Major League records for runs batted in and home runs. He also tied a National League record for fewest errors by a third baseman and was named to the NL All-Star team six times in his first eight years with the Dodgers.
CLIFF CHAMBERS (1984)
The highlight of an outstanding professional baseball career for Cliff Chambers was a 3-0 no-hit May 9, 1951, as Pittsburgh beat Boston in the second game of a double-header. His pro career included stops in Chicago, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, compiling a 48-53 record, 4.29 ERA in six seasons. His best seasons were 13-7 with Pittsburgh in '49, and a combined 14-12 in 1951 with Pittsburgh and St. Louis (11-6 that year after being traded to St. Louis). He posted an 11-5 career mark at WSU in 1941-42, completing 12 of 18 starts, including nine of 10 in 1942. He posted three shutouts. At the plate, Chambers hit .354 overall and .444 in league play in 1944. He also spent two outstanding years in the minor leagues, including a 28-8 record for Los Angeles in 1947 when he won the strikeout title and was a two-time Pacific Coast League All-Star pick.
JOHN CHAPLIN (2001)
Capped a brilliant Cougar career by posting a 202-15-0 dual meet record…guided the Cougars to four runner-up finishes at the NCAA outdoor championships…Chaplin was a sprinter for WSU (1962-63), then returned in 1968 to assist head coach Jack Mooberry as head cross country coach and a track/field assistant…he was named the head coach in 1974…under his coaching WSU also won five Pacific-10 Conference outdoor titles, 1982-83-84-85 and 1991…his 1977 indoor team won the school's first official NCAA title…in cross country, WSU won conference titles in 1971-72 and 1974-75…he helped coach seven individuals who won 11 conference cross country titles…in addition, three Cougars won five NCAA cross country titles.…in 1975 Chaplin was named coach of the year for the Pacific-10 Conference and the NCAA District 8…as WSU's track and field coach, he was Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1983-85-91, coached 58 outdoor All-Americans who earned the AA certificates 124 times…Chaplin coached 34 NCAA champions during cross country, indoor and outdoor meets…he had eight undefeated dual meet teams…he retired from coaching in 1994…internationally, Chaplin's experience includes stints as Chief of Missions for the American teams at the 1986-88-94 World Junior Championships, meet referee for the Atlanta Olympics, chair of the ICC 1989-96, and on numerous occasions has been an IAAF international technical official since 1983…in 2000 at Sydney, Australia, Chaplin was head coach of the USA Olympic track and field team…after graduating from WSU, where he set indoor world records for the indoor 220 and 330, Chaplin coached at Wapato High, 1963-66, then was an assistant coach at Oregon State for two years…he attended Wilson High in Los Angeles and Pasadena City College before transferring to WSU.
ASA V. CLARK (1978)
Captain of the 1915 WSU team that played in the first Rose Bowl and defeated Brown University 14-0 on New Year's Day 1916. A tackle on the Rose Bowl team, "Ace" also played center and fullback during his career at WSU. Named to a tackle position on the All-Time Pacific Coast team for the first 50 years of collegiate football, 1869-1919. Outstanding farmer and stockman in the Pullman area for many years, served in the State House of Representatives 1941-49, and was a State Senator from Whitman County from 1949 to 1956. One of 12 farmers from U.S. chosen to tour agricultural areas in Russia for State Department. Died in 1972.
GAIL COGDILL (1982)
Gail Cogdill, Rookie of the Year in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions in 1960, made catching a football look easy. "Most graceful athlete I ever coached," said Jim Sutherland, on whose Cougar teams Cogdill played in the 1957-59 seasons. Cogdill's NCAA pass reception yardage record - seven catches for 252 yards - set against Northwestern in 1958 - remained on the books for years. Gail was named to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season with Detroit and played in the all-star classic three more times in his 11 seasons in the NFL. He was Detroit's Most Valuable Athlete in 1962. The former Lewis-Clark of Spokane athlete was named to the All-Time All-Northwest Football Team in 1977.
DOROTHEA COLEMAN (1990)
During her tenure at Washington State University from 1948 until her retirement in 1975, Dorothea Coleman was one of the most respected advocates for girls' and women's sports in the nation. The West Virginia native grew up in Illinois, graduated from the University of Iowa in 1941 and later earned a Master's from the University of Oregon and a doctorate from Southern Cal. She was, throughout her career, an advocate of expanded opportunities in sports for women. This posture came long before the more modern Title IX emphasis. She was active in the Northwest College Women's Sports Association, founded in the 1960s, an organization that provided sports competition for women on a regional basis before any comparable organization existed. Coleman was an early leader in rule changes regarding women's sports and was also very active in many non-sports related organizations at WSU, including the University Senate and Academic Standards committee. From her arrival at WSU until 1962 she was the only coach for all women's intercollegiate team sports. Her field hockey, volleyball and basketball teams were very successful during those years. With other coaches joining the staff and taking over field hockey and volleyball in 1962, "Dort" continued her success in basketball, finishing off a distinguished coaching career by winning the NCWSA title in 1971. She started her teaching and coaching career in the public school system of Normal, Illinois, in 1930. During World War II, she was the highest ranking WAC in the European theatre. During her four-year military stint, she achieved the rank of Lt. Col. in the WAAC-WAC and spent 22 months in several European, North African and Mediterranean theatres. Now residing in Payson, Arizona, Dorothea Coleman is unable to be with us tonight. Accepting on her behalf is long-time WSU colleague Marilyn Mowatt.
EVERETT CONLEY (1984)
A southpaw, Everett Conley won 63 of 66 collegiate boxing matches and had a amateur record of 253-6. A Washington Golden Glove champion before entering WSU, he reached the semifinals of the 1946 National Golden Glove tournament. He was undefeated his first three years at WSU, and although ineligible for PCI and NCAA tournaments as a freshman, won back-to-back titles his sophomore and junior years at 135 pounds. In 1951 he captured the John S. LaRowe Trophy as the top boxer at the NCAA tournament, leading WSU to third place. His senior year of 1952 he won his third PCI title before losing a narrow decision in the NCAA semifinals.
GENE CONLEY (1979)
Gene Conley is one of a few persons in sports history to play on two world championship teams - in different sports. Conley spent two years on the Washington State University campus and played on championship basketball and baseball teams. He later played on the Boston Celtics' world championship teams of 1959, 1960 and 1961, and was a pitcher on the Milwaukee Braves team that won the World Series in 1957. At WSU, Conley played center on Coach Jack Friel's championship basketball team of 1950, and he pitched for Coach Buck Bailey's 1950 Cougar team that won the Northern Division and District Eight and finished second in the College World Series.
IKE DEETER (1978)
Issac Ferguson "Ike" Deeter provided inspiration, leadership and first class instruction to WSU students and Cougar boxing teams for more than three decades beginning in 1930. His teams won eight Pacific Coast titles and 53 individual crowns. The 1937 Cougars were National Intercollegiate Champions and Deeter had 14 individual national champs over the years. An outstanding middleweight, Deeter won two Coast titles and the Northwest Golden Gloves for the Cougars as an undergraduate. Born in Hartline, Deeter entered WSU from North Central High School of Spokane where he was an outstanding football Athlete.
CARL DIETZ (2012)
Who is the greatest athlete in the history of Washington State Athletics? Would Carl Dietz come to mind? Dietz played football from 1912-15, and was captain of the team as a senior. He was a standout on the track and field team, competing in the shot put, javelin, long jump (broad jump), 440-yard dash and as a member of the school's record setting mile relay team. Dietz was the star of WSC's first Rose Bowl team (1915 season) and in WSC's 14-0 Rose Bowl win over Brown University, rushed for 105 yards and scored one of the team's two touchdowns, in addition to handling punting and kicking duties. While no MVP was selected following the Rose Bowl, the tournament of Roses Committee later named him the most valuable player of the game. He also was selected to the 1915 All-Northwest team. Following his playing career at WSC, Dietz remained at the school, serving as a football assistant coach. Dietz then enlisted with the Marines and received his captain's commission at Quantico, Virginia, where he also met his future wife. In 1919 he returned to WSC, where he was a football assistant coach in the fall and a freshman basketball coach in the winter. He also began helping with the track team. He passed away, Oct. 5, 1924. In its story on his passing, The Evergreen, stated Dietz was the greatest athlete in the history of the State College of Washington.
"LONE STAR" DIETZ (1983)
Truly a legend in his own time, Dietz had a fantastic career as WSU's football coach from 1915 through 1917, winning 17, losing only two, with one tie. His teams shut out 15 of 19 opponents in those three seasons. In his very first season he guided WSU to the Rose Bowl and a 14-0 shutout of Ivy League foe Brown. That team won seven straight and allowed just one touchdown and one field goal all year. They had five shutouts. A year later WSU was 4-2 and in 1917 he finished his career with the Cougars at 6-0-1. In 1919, as coach of the Mare Island (Calif.) Marines, he returned to the Rose Bowl against the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. Dietz was a teammate at Carlisle College of the immortal Jim Thorpe and was coached by Glenn "Pop" Warner.
JOHN DIVINE (2012)
John Divine can be credited with propelling the Washington State College track and field distance program to national prominence long before the spikes of Gerry Lindgren and Henry Rono graced the hills and dales of the Palouse. Divine was WSC's first collegiate distance champion, winning the NCAA title in the two-mile run in 1925 as just a sophomore and only two years removed from Spokane's Lewis and Clark High. The lone Cougar at the '25 national championships, Divine set the school record time of 9-minutes, 22.8 seconds at the NCAA meet in Chicago. That same year he had won all four dual meets he entered and placed fourth in the Pacific Coast Conference before winning the national collegiate title. During his junior season Divine had three dual wins in the two-mile and finished third at the PCC meet. As a senior on the 1927 Cougar track team, dubbed a "weak sister" by the Chinook yearbook, Divine was second in the mile and third in the two-mile at the Northern Division meet. The Chinook also described Divine as "infallible" and his induction as a Pioneer into the WSU Athletics Hall of Fame is certainly well-deserved.
JAMES DONALDSON (2006)
This 7-foot-2 center from Sacramento, Calif., had an outstanding career with the Cougar basketball squad, 1976-79, played 14 seasons in the NBA and now owns Donaldson Fitness and Physical Therapy, with four offices in the Seattle business area. Donaldson holds WSU records for career blocked shots (176) and blocks average (2.1), single-season school marks of 82 blocks (1977-78) and 3.0 blocks average (1977-78) and single-game blocked shots (eight versus Stanford, Jan. 25, 1978). His 254 rebounds in 1977-78 ranks second on the Cougar single-season list, while his .542 field goal percentage and 677 rebounds are eight and ninth, respectively, on WSU career lists. Overall, he holds eight spots on Cougar single-season lists and five on WSU career lists. He played in the NBA with Seattle (1981-83, seventh pick of the fourth round), San Diego (1984) and Los Angeles Clippers (1985-86), Dallas Mavericks (1986-1992), New York Knicks (1992) and Utah Jazz (1993, 1995). Donaldson was inducted into the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Hall of Honor in March, 2006.
DAN DOORNINK (1986)
A star with the Cougars of the mid-1970's, Wapato's Dan Doornink went on to fame for eight years in the National Football League. Doornink, 31, was a star on the gridiron and also in the classroom, posting a 3.6 grade-point-average while earning football honors as well. He was a Pacific-8 Conference scholar-athlete winner, received the WSU YMCA sponsored Athletic Director award and was an academic All-America second team pick. Doornink's best season was his junior year, 1976, when he rushed for 422 yards and caught 53 passes for 469 yards. He finished his collegiate career with 1,739 rushing yards, third on WSU's all-time list, and 105 pass receptions for 968 yards, sixth on the Cougar receiving list. Doornink was named MVP of the Challenge Bowl following his senior year and was then drafted in the seventh round by the New York Giants. Doornink was traded to Seattle for the 1979 season and spent seven years with the Seahawks, retiring in 1986. He rushed for 1,836 yards and caught 209 passes for 2,006 yards during his pro career. Doornink has graduated from the University of Washington Medical School this past June with honors.
PETE DUNCAN (2012)
Born Sept. 7, 1948 in Victoria, British Columbia, Peter James Duncan became the first Canadian named to the NCAA All-American team when he was selected as a third baseman in 1970. That season, he led the Pac-8 with a .423 batting average in conference games and a .379 mark overall while tying a then-WSU record for hits with 58. Duncan was named Pac-8 and NCAA District 8 First Team in 1970. The Cougars won the Pac-8 in 1970, and Duncan was honored as the team's Most Inspirational Player. He made seven relief appearances in his Cougar career and, after spending one season at third base in the Kansas City Royals' organization, he was converted to a full-time pitcher. He spent four seasons in the minor leagues as a hurler where he was 28-18 with a 2.54 ERA in 407 innings.
HUBERT DUNN (2006)
Hubert "Hubie" Dunn became WSU's first full time gymnastics coach in 1947 after earning four varsity letters in the sport from Southern Illinois University. Considered by many as "the father of Northwest gymnastics", Dunn led his Cougar teams to three Pacific Northwest College Championships and three Pacific Northwest AAU titles. Following his last WSU season, Dunn was named Outstanding Coach of the Western Area of the United States. From 1967-68, Dunn served as president of the National Gymnastics Coaches Association and was inducted into the Helms Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1973. At the 1979 NCAA meet, Dunn received a unanimous vote for lifetime membership into the National Gymnastics Coaches Association. Dunn was presented the Honor Coach Award in 1981, the highest accolade given by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches, and was a USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame inductee in 1996. Dunn served in the US Navy from 1943-46, and was on a destroyer during the northern and southern landings of France in 1944 during World War II.
GLEN "TURK" EDWARDS (1978)
One of the great collegiate and professional football linemen of all time. Selected to Collier's, New York Sun and Associated Press All-American teams at tackle in 1930. Played on WSU team that met Alabama in 1931 Rose Bowl. Made All-Pro team in 1932 as NFL rookie. Played with Boston and Washington Redskins of NFL from 1932 to 1941 and was All-Pro five times. Member Pro Football Hall of Fame. Coached Washington Redskins for three seasons and was vice president of NFL team. Played on five championship teams with the Redskins. Died in 1973.
JEANNE EGGART (1988)
The most prolific scorer in Cougar basketball history, Jeanne Eggart was a standout in both basketball and track during her career at WSU, 1977-82. She scored 1,967 points during her four-year career, more than any Cougar before or since, male or female. The former Walla Walla High All-American set the WSU javelin record as a sophomore and the mark still stands, the oldest record on the books. After pacing WSU in just about every statistical category during her freshman and sophomore basketball seasons, Eggart took a year off from hoops and turned her attention to track in an attempt to make the USA Olympic Team. Her efforts almost paid off when she finished fourth at the 1980 Olympic Trials, missing third place on the team on the last throw of competition. One of WSU's most dominant basketball Athletes of all time, she was an All-Northwest Basketball League pick four times and three times was selected to the Kodak Region IX all-star team. She was an all-academic pick boasting a 3.4 grade point average and was three times named the Inland Empire's Female Athlete of the Year. The former Clarkston High coach is now girls' basketball and track coach at Mead High in Spokane. Married to Mike Helfer.
CRAIG EHLO (2009)
When the name Craig Ehlo comes up around the water cooler, several images come to mind, including floppy blond hair and long arms that always seemed to be in the opponent's passing lanes. Great teams were also a trademark during the two years Ehlo played for head coach George Raveling, 1982 and 1983. In his senior season he paced WSU to the NCAA regionals at Boise, where the Cougars beat Weber State and lost to No. 1 seed Virginia. Most Cougar fans remember his 91 steals in two years, or 135 assists, including 135 as a senior when he spent most of his time at point guard. He was, in addition, a talented offensive player who shot a school record 55 percent from the field during conference games in 1983. Twice Ehlo received the Jud Heathcote Award for inspiration before embarking on a 14-year NBA career with stops in Houston, Cleveland, Atlanta and Seattle. A frequent visitor to WSU games from his home near Spokane, Ehlo moved into the broadcast booth several years ago, providing color commentary for local universities and the NBA. He also spent a stint coaching basketball in the high school ranks.
CLEM EISCHEN (1983)
Eischen was a standout trackster in the middle distances during his high school and collegiate careers. He won the state mile title in 1944 for Vancouver High and the 880 title a year later. As a freshman at WSU he was fifth in the NCAA 1500. Clem was sixth in the event in 1948 Games in 1948 and then second in the USA Olympic Trials. He competed in the 1948 Games in London in the 1500 finals. In 1951 he was second at the NCAA meet in the 880. After leaving WSU he taught at Fort Vancouver High and his 1961 Trapper track team won the state team title. Clem entered the physical therapy business in 1962 and has been in the field since then in the Portland-Vancouver area.
CARL ELLINGSEN (1980)
Carl "Tuffy" Ellingsen was a four-sport star at WSU in 1929-31. He was named to the All-Coast team in 1929 and in the Cougars' Rose Bowl year of 1930 as a triple-threat halfback. He also lettered two seasons in basketball, baseball, and wrestling. Drafted by the St. Louis Browns in baseball and the Detroit Lions in football, he passed up both offers to enter coaching. he coached seven years at Albany, Ore., High, finishing second in the 1935 state track meet. He coached at John Rogers High in Spokane from 1938 until his retirement in 1971 and also served as athletic director. He won five football titles in 13 years and his 1950 club was state runnerup.
DON ELLINGSEN (1984)
An outstanding wide receiver for the Cougars, few remember the track exploits of Don Ellingsen, including a school pole vault record of 14-3 1/2 in 1958. He still ranks seventh on the WSU career reception list with 86 for 1,166 yards and seven touchdowns. His junior year of "57 he grabbed 45 passes for 559 yards, leading the PCC and ranking third in the nation in total receptions. He earned All-PCC, AP All-West Coast first team honors, third team AP All-American recognition. He is probably best remembered for his 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at USC in 1957 in a 13-12 WSU victory. In 1957 named Inland Empire Athlete of the Year, and in 1958-59 WSU's Athlete of the Year. His father Carl "Tuffy" Ellingsen, was inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980.
JACK ELWAY (2012)
Jack Elway, now considered as one of the primary innovators of the passing game, came to Washington State as a quarterback and later returned as an assistant coach for Jim Sweeney's Cougars from 1972-75. During his time as an assistant on the Palouse, Elway helped guide the Cougs to post a pair of wins over Washington and Oregon. He left WSU to take over the Cal State Northridge program and went 20-11-1 in three seasons before taking the San Jose State job and posting a 35-20-1 record in his five seasons, earning PCAA Coach of the Year honors in 1980-81. Elway later named the head coach of the Blue team in the 1982 Blue-Gray Classic and of the West team in the 1983 East-West Shrine Game. He took over as Stanford head coach in 1984 and coached the Cardinal for five seasons, leading them to the 1986 Gator Bowl. He went on to work in the World Football League in Europe and with the Denver Broncos as the director of pro scouting. His son, John, went on to star at Stanford and with the Denver Broncos and later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
WILLIAM FALLER (2012)
William "Butch" Don Faller was born April 14, 1925 in Mount Vernon, Wash. He played second base for Washington State in 1947 and batted .262 in 13 conference games. In 1948, he moved to shortstop, appeared in 11 conference games and batted .211 (other Cougar statistics are unavailable). Faller played two years (1948-49) in the Philadelphia Phillies' organization where he batted .288 and .287, respectively for Klamath Falls (Ore.). He spent several years teaching and coaching high school in Washington. He was hired in 1961 as the Yakima Valley College (now Yakima Valley Community College) as the head football and baseball coach. In baseball, he replaced Bobo Brayton. His baseball teams won 664 games, 11 conference titles and 18 league and regional championships. The NWAACC championship trophy is named in his honor.
DICK FARMAN (1990)
To say Dick Farman's football career at Washington State University had a bizarre start might be an understatement, but to say he went on to a great football career collegiately and professionally and then an even greater career merchandising pickles is in no way an understatement. The 1940 Cougar graduate played his first collegiate game for the Crimson and Gray after sneaking on the team train to Los Angeles and dressing for the WSU-USC game in 1936. Not authorized to make the LA trip, Farman showed up, dressed, played well and earned a spot for the rest of the season on coach Babe Hollingbery's 1936 club. As they say, the rest is history. Truly an "iron man" for the Cougars, Farman played guard for 589 minutes out of a possible 600 minutes during the 1938 season. Co-Captain of the WSU squad as a senior, he completed his collegiate career by playing in the East-West Shrine Game. A year later found the Iowa native and Kent (Wash.) High graduate playing professional football with the Washington Redskins. An All-Pro pick, Farman played on three divisional title teams and one World Championship club, 1942. In 1944, Farman and his brother Fred formed the Farman Pickle Company, adopting the nickname, "The Pickle People." While pickles have been his game since then, Farman also had a short coaching stint with WSU. During the middle of the 1945 season, he responded to Athletic Director Dr. Fred Bohler's plea to help coach the line. His short season of coaching resulted in a 4-0-1 record. Farman Pickles was sold in 1987 to Curtis-Burns Foods, but Farman was not ready to retire. He continues to serve as president and CEO of the Farman Division. He also has been active in many area civic organizations, including Rotary and the YMCA. Ladies and gentlemen, Dick Farman.
DOUG FLANSBURG (2012)
A member of the "Cardiac Kids," local product Doug Flansburg arrived on campus in 1964 and during his four years developed into one of the finest receivers in program history. In just his third game during the 1965 season, Flansburg caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Tom Roth at Indiana. The subsequent two-point conversion lifted the Cougars to an 8-7 victory; with the last two plays being run after time had expired. That season Flansburg led WSU with 46 receptions for 578 yards. During his junior campaign he caught a career-high 54 passes, including a WSU-record 12 receptions against Houston. That mark stands today as the single-game record for the Cougars and helped Flansburg to First Team All-West Coast and All-Pacific Coast Conference honors. He led the team in receptions for the third-straight season as a senior and capped the year by participating in the 1968 Hula Bowl. He finished his career second to Hugh Campbell in career receptions with 139 and third in receiving yards with 1,652. An agriculture major at WSU, he continues to run the Flansburg farming operation in Palouse.
DALE FORD (1983)
Known as "The Whale", Ford is one of WSU's greatest all-around athletes, but baseball was where he excelled. He played in the early and mid-1960's, graduating in 1966. Ford won eight varsity letters in three sports during an era when freshmen couldn't play varsity sports. Dale was a quarterback for two years, won three basketball letters, and was an NCAA record-setting home run hitter in baseball for three years. In 1966 he set an NCAA mark with 17 home runs and at one time held WSU records for home runs in a season, career batting average (.365) and season slugging percentage (.857). He played with the Cub and Angel organizations before knee injuries ended his career. Ford is now a business executive in the Seattle area.
EARL FOSTER (1979)
Often called "The Man who built WSU's Athletic plant - best of its era" - Earl V. Foster served Graduate Manager at Washington State University from 1925 to 1946. Foster was an undergraduate in 1919-23 and lettered three years in baseball for the Cougars. As Graduate Manager he was instrumental in the construction of Bohler Gymnasium, Hollingbery field and the university golf course, and in the enlargement of the football stadium. Foster hired coaches Babe Hollingbery, Buck Bailey, Jack Friel and others, and helped pioneer sports broadcasting over KWSU. He also introduced Dads' Day to the WSU calendar.
WES FOSTER (1982)
Wes Foster was the first great black sprinter at Washington State University and one of the first of his race to win national attention for the Pacific Northwest in track. Set a world high school record of 5.3 seconds in the 50-yard dash and State records of 9.8 in the 100 and 21.7 in the 220 on the same day in 1925. Also set a World, American and Collegiate record for 175 yards at 16.6 in 1928.
JACK FRIEL (1978)
Head Basketball Coach at WSU from 1928 to 1958. Born in Waterville and played basketball and baseball at WSU. Returned to his Alma Mater as head coach after successful years at Colville and (North Central) Spokane. Developed "platoon" system in basketball and instigated one-and-one bonus free throw rule. His 1941 team won Western title and was runnerup for NCAA crown. Coached baseball in war years and was first Commissioner of Big Sky Conference, 1967-71. Member of Helms College Basketball Hall of Fame and winner of the "Metropolitan Award" from nation's collegiate basketball coaches in 1977 for contributions to the game.
DAN FRISELLA (2012)
Born March 4, 1946 in San Francisco, Daniel Vincent Frisella was a 1963 graduate of Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif. After attending the College of San Mateo, Frisella transferred to Washington State where he was a key member of the Cougar pitching staff in 1965 and 1966. His 0.743 WHIP in 1965 is second-best in school history and his 108 strikeouts in 1966 are a Washington State record for the wood bat era. Frisella recorded five shutouts in his Cougar career, one shy of the Washington State record. He was part of the 1965 team that won the Pac-8 Northern Division and NCAA District 8 titles on its way to the College World Series. He was 17-1 in his Cougar career and helped Washington State win the 1966 Pac-8 Northern Division crown. A third round selection by the New York Mets in the June Secondary Phase of the 1966 MLB Draft, Frisella was with the Mets by 1967. He played for the Mets from 1967-72, then spent the next four seasons pitching for four-different big league clubs. He made 351 appearances in MLB, won 34 games and registered 57 saves.
RICHARD FRY (2009)
The numbers of Cougar football faithful who have not read articles by Richard Fry over the past 50-plus years are few and far between. Fry, who trekked north from his native California in the late 1940's to work for United Press International and then ended up at WSC in 1952, has been writing game program stories almost from the start of his Cougar career. After five years of writing alumni news, Fry moved into the sports information director role in 1957, then in 1970 took over as director of news and information services for the school. However, his love of sports and ability to weave together sports stories you can't stop reading didn't end when he left athletics. He has continued to author stories in just about every WSU game day program printed. All the aforementioned volume of work takes a back seat to what he did after officially retiring in 1985. Within a matter of years he embarked on a three-year project to produce a coffee table book of stories about hundreds of Cougar legends. The Crimson and The Gray - 100 years with the WSU Cougars, was one of three books produced for WSU's 100-year anniversary, and by far the most popular, thanks to Richard Fry's enthralling ability to spin a yarn.
BOB GAMBOLD (1988)
Bob Gambold has seen it all during his illustrious football career. He has gone from a junior varsity quarterback as a freshman at WSU to the Super Bowl, with success and fond memories throughout. Gambold was a two sport star for the Cougars from 1948 through 1951, quarterbacking WSU football teams and directing Jack Friel coached basketball teams. As a junior, he quarterbacked Phil Sarboe's final Cougar team, then as a senior Forest Evashevski's first WSU team. A fine all-around athlete, Gambold showed his versatility as a senior, throwing for over 700 yards, catching five passes, punting six times and even returning kickoffs. He then switched uniforms and was picked to the Northern Division basketball team after leading WSU in scoring. The previous season, he was a starter as WSU won the Northern Division title. After graduating in 1952, the Longview native and R.A. Long High graduate entered the coaching ranks, first at Everett JC. He returned to the Cougars in the late 1950's for Jim Sutherland, then went on to Oregon State and Stanford before joining John Ralston with the Denver Broncos. His Bronco stint included the 1977 Super Bowl. Gambold spent five years with the Houston Oilers and has been on the Illinois staff since 1983.
DIXIE GARNER (2012)
Dixon John "Dixie" Garner was a man who had worldly ambitions. Born in Seattle, Garner prepped at Lincoln High before heading east to Pullman. He lettered in track and field at Washington State College in 1938, '39 and '40, running for highly successful Cougar coach Karl Schlademan, who is also a 2011 WSU Hall of Fame Pioneer Inductee. While at WSC, Garner became one of the nation's top two-milers, setting the American, collegiate and world records in a time when training encompassed only five months a year. In 1939 he ran a two-mile time of 9-minutes, 7.9 seconds at the San Francisco World's Fair, defeating Miklos Szabo of Hungary, who was the reigning world record holder. Team captain as a senior, Garner was the Northern Division champion and NCAA runner-up in the two-mile race and also ran on the Cougar two-mile relay team that set indoor collegiate and world records with a time of 8:01.4. He was considered a sure bet to make 1942 US Olympic team but the Games were cancelled by World War II. Garner graduated from WSC in 1941 with a degree in physical education but became a Navy flight instructor aiding in the war efforts. He died in 1984.
BOB GARY (1989)
Robert R. "Bob" Gary, who prepped at Seattle's Garfield High in the late 1940's, was one of the greatest sprinters ever at Washington State. He won two city sprint titles as a senior at Garfield High in Seattle, had served one year as class president and participated in three sports, football, basketball and track. During his Cougar tenure he captured four Northern Division titles over 100 yards and three 220-yard titles. He captured four Pacific Coast Conference championships, two each in the sprint events. At the NCAA Championships, he was runnerup in the 220 and third in the 100. A year later he placed fourth in the 220. Gary totally dominated the sprint events against Northwest opponents. As a junior and senior, he never lost a sprint race to Oregon, Washington, OSU or Idaho. As a junior Gary won the Northern Division sprint titles at 100 and 220 yards and the PCC title at 220. The next season he came back to capture both events in both the ND and PCC Championships. Gary completed his military duty in 1958 and returned to Garfield High as a teacher, coach and finally an administrator. In 1968 he joined the Renton School District, then in 1970 began a long and distinguished career with the Seattle School District. The noted administrator also has been extremely active in Seattle community affairs.
BILL GASKINS (1990)
Bill Gaskins has not been one to stray far from home, proving you can stay local and still achieve greatness. A 1962 graduate of Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Gaskins made the journey to Pullman and, with the exception of some professional football in Canada, hasn't left the golden wheat land of the Palouse. Gaskins was a member of Jim Sutherland's final WSU team in 1963 and then played his final two seasons for Bert Clark. Gaskins truly made safety play poetry in motion while at the same time seeing duty as a kick return specialist and occasionally as a running back. He picked off five passes as a senior, the second most ever by a Cougar, and finished his career with seven in an era when teams played fewer games and threw less. Gaskins was recognized for his senior-season exploits by being named to the United Press International and Newspaper Enterprise Association All-America second teams, along with All-West Coast honors by Associated Press and the Pacific-8 Conference coaches. He also was honored with the WSU Bohler Award, given annually to a member of the Cougar team who exhibits the inspiration of former athletic leader J. Fred Bohler. Also a hurdler for the Cougar track team during his collegiate career, Gaskins spent two years with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League before returning to Pullman to pursue his pharmacy career. An active member of Pullman Rotary and past member of the Pullman City Council, Gaskins joined the staff of the Pullman Memorial Hospital in 1970 as pharmacy manager. While maintaining that position, he also has served as an instructor of clinical pharmacy since 1970. A starter at Cougar track meets and other area track events, Gaskins also serves as a football official in the Pacific-10 Conference. Tonight Bill is in Tempe, Arizona, where he is preparing to officiate tomorrow's Arizona State football game. Accepting on his behalf is his wife, Felicia Gaskins.
ED GAYDA (1983)
Out of Hoquiam, Gayda was the big man in Jack Friel's program in the late 1940's. He earned four varsity letters and as a senior in 1950 led WSU to the Northern Division crown and later won the Bill Rusch Memorial Inspirational Award. He was all-Northern Division as a junior and senior and his 643 conference points was a school record. Gayda scored 1,061 career points and was drafted by the Tri-City Blackhawks, later to be the Atlanta Hawks. He played part of a season, then entered private business. Ed is now retired and living at Ocean Shores, Wash.
DALE GENTRY (1988)
Dale Gentry was at home on the gridiron, on the hardwood court and on the diamond. He earned eight varsity letters between 1937 and 1941, then went on to play professional football before moving into the coaching ranks, also with WSU. He is, however, best remembered as a first team All-American end during the fall of 1941. His gridiron exploits earned him All-America recognition as well as a spot on the All-West Coast team and a position on the East-West Shrine game. Another highlight of Gentry's career came in 1941 when he was a starter on WSU's basketball team that battled to the NCAA finals before falling to Wisconsin. Gentry was the number five scorer on that club. His success was not limited to athletics. Gentry was selected one of the top 10 seniors at WSU in 1941-42. He entered the Navy during World War II and served aboard the USS Orca, 1944-45, earning five battle stars during eight invasion. He went on to star with the Los Angeles Dons of the American Football League in the late 1940s, earning All-Pro honors twice. After leaving professional ball, the Walla Walla High graduate was in private business and also spent four years on Al Kircher's WSU staff, 1952-55. Gentry died in 1968 in Portland, Oregon.
DOUG GIBB (2012)
Doug Gibb's impact at Washington State University is felt every day by the current student-athletes at WSU, who practice and compete in the facility that bears his name. For more than three decades Gibb served the program as a student-athlete and coach. In recognition of his services, the swimming facility at WSU is named Gibb Pool. He swam at WSC from 1940-41, and during his senior season at Washington State, Gibb was the team point leader while swimming the 100, 200 and 440-yard freestyle events. He took over coaching duties of the program in 1942 and in that season the Cougars won the Pacific Coast Conference Northern Division title. Gibb served as head coach at Washington State for 32 years, until 1974, earning the distinction of dean of the PCC and Pac-8 coaches and was the recipient of numerous coaching honors. His son, Paul, also swam for WSU.
BOYD GITTINS (2012)
For a man who rose from obscurity to being a member of the USA Olympic team in one season, Boyd Gittins took much longer to relinquish the WSU intermediate hurdles record. An incredible 41 years, to be exact. Gittins' athletic history was as remarkable for its brevity as it was for its sterling performances. Gittins aspired to be a miler and arrived at WSU having only run the 400m hurdles twice. Yet, under the tutelage of Cougar coach Jack Mooberry, in 1968 Gittins finished third in the Pac-8 Championships, second at the NCAA meet, and qualified for the U.S. Olympic team by tying an existing world record in the intermediate hurdles of 49.1 seconds. In Los Angeles to qualify for the Olympic Trials, officials released a flock of pigeons during his event and Gittins was hit in the eye with bird-droppings, dislodging a contact. He finished fifth, not a qualifier, but later won a consolation race to earn spot on the team. A pre-trip vaccine caused muscle stiffness and Gittins pulled a hamstring, keeping him from competing in 1968 Mexico City Games and hampering his 1969 performances. At the '69 NCAA meet, Gittins contracted food poisoning the night before his race but he recovered only to break a bone in his foot on the first hurdle, finishing fifth.
GORDON GLADSON (2012)
Gordon Gladson, nicknamed the "Rock", was just that for the Cougars from 1952-55. Gladson was a two-sport star in football and as a boxer for the Cougs. The Bremerton, Wash., native was a three-time NCAA boxing champion, winning the titles in 1952 (178 lbs), 1954 (165 lbs) and 1955 (178 lbs) including a perfect 13-0 mark in 1954. In 1955, Gladson capped his WSC career with a 9-2 mark along with his third-consecutive NCAA title. As a Coug, he claimed three PCI boxing titles, putting him second on WSC's PCI title list behind Jack Melson's four. Gladson went on to teach and coach in Western Washington for a number of years and later in Palmer, Alaska.
ED GODDARD (1978)
Named to All-American teams in all three Varsity seasons (1934-36) at WSU. A triple-threat back, nick-named "The Escondido Express" (for hometown of Escondido, Calif.). Goddard was picked for Liberty Magazine's All-Athletes' All-American in his sophomore season and again as a junior. Selections were based on the percentage of votes a Athlete received from opponents. Goddard received the largest percentage of any Athlete on the All-American team. He was a first team UPI selection at quarterback in his senior season of 1936 and played in the East-West Shrine game.
HARRY GOLDSWORTHY (1993)
From his days as an iron man football Athlete for the Washington Agricultural College to managing the family farm in the rolling Palouse Hills to serving in the Washington legislature, Harry Goldsworthy did it all during his illustrious career. Goldsworthy enrolled at WSU (then WAC) in 1904 out of Oakesdale High and for the next four falls was a prominent member of Cougar grid teams. Normally an end and occasionally a center, he captained WSU's undefeated team of 1906 that never allowed an opponent to score while winning all six games. A year later, his senior year, WSU won seven of eight games and five were shutouts. The Cougars allowed just 18 points in 1907.During his collegiate career and before graduating in 1908, Goldsworthy served as president of the associated students (1907-08), was president of his Sigma Nu fraternity, editor-in-chief of the Chinook yearbook and a member of college debate and glee clubs. He graduated a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society prior to receiving his degree in vocational agriculture. Following graduation from WSU, Goldsworthy had short stints as a teacher and coach at Davenport High and Eastern Washington University (then Cheney State Normal), then managed a large corporate farm in Alberta for three years. He then returned home to operate the family farm near Rosalia. WSU continued to be a very important part of his life. A strong advocate for the university during his Washington Legislature tenure, 1923-31, Goldsworthy was a member of the WSU Board of Regents, 1942-47, and served one stint as president, 1944-45. In 1961 the university honored Harry Goldsworthy by naming a student residence Goldsworthy Hall. He died in the spring of 1970 at age 86.
CAROL GORDON (2004)
A long-time leader nationally in women's athletics, Dr. Carol Gordon served as chair of the WSU Department of Physical Education for Women from 1962 until retiring in 1983. She also coached Cougar field hockey and tennis teams from her arrival until 1966. Gordon taught psychology of sport classes in addition to her coaching and administrative duties at WSU. She served as president of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIWA) in 1973-74, and was a member of the AIWA/NCAA Joint Committee and the NCAA Long Range Planning Committee. She has been honored as the recipient of the WSU Faculty Women of the Year Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators. A native of Goffstown, N.H., Gordon attended Goffstown High and then Oberlin College in Ohio. She coached and taught at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Utah before joining the WSU faculty in 1962.
JENNIFER GRAY (2012)
A native of Puyallup, Wash., Jennifer Gray earned four varsity letters with Cougars and still stands as one of the greatest rebounders in school history. Her 22 rebounds against Western Washington and Boise State, both in 1975, still stand at the top of the WSU single-game leader chart, as she holds the single-season rebounding records with 294 rebounds and 14.7 rebounds per game during her senior season. She holds the school record with a career mark of 9.6 rebounds per game and ranks 22nd in the WSU career record books with 822 points and eighth with a .480 field goal percentage, which at the time was a school record. She also ranks sixth with a career average of 13.3 points per game, also a school record at the time. During her freshman season, the Cougars went on to compete in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Championships, the first national basketball championship held for women. As both a junior and senior, Gray led her Cougar teams to second place in the NCWSA, notching a 9-2 mark in 1973-74 and a 10-4 league mark in 1974-75.
KATIE GRAY (2012)
One of Washington State's best all-around athletes of the 1970s, Katie Gray earned four letters in basketball, excelled in track as a jumper and played volleyball and tennis. Gray finished her career with 207 steals, then the second-best mark in school history, while it now ranks tied for fifth. She scored 587 points, averaging 7.6 per game, while grabbing 2.7 steals per game over her four-year career with the women's basketball team. As a senior in 1976-77, Gray averaged 9.3 points per game, shooting at a .594 clip (92-for-238). That season she grabbed 86 steals, eighth-best in a single-season by a Cougar. As a senior, she scored in double-figures 10 times, including a career best 21 points against Alaska-Fairbanks. In her first two seasons, the Cougars were a combined 25-10 and placed second in the NCWSA in each of the respective years.
PAT HALEY (2012)
Pat Haley never met a sprint distance he didn't like, let alone conquer, even if hurdles were placed in the lanes. Haley, competing during the World War II years, had four WSC track and field coaches in four years. Haley ran the national freshman record time in the 100-yard dash of 9.5 seconds in 1941. He won the Pacific Coast Conference sprint titles at 100 yards, 220 yards, 110 yard hurdles and was a three-time 220 yard low hurdles champion. In spite of his dominating performances in the sprints and hurdles, Haley did not have the opportunity to compete in the NCAA Championships because of suspension of the national collegiate meets during the war years of 1942-44. Haley went on to earn a degree in electrical engineering.
DICK HANLEY (1986)
Dick Hanley quarterbacked Washington State to the 1916 Rose Bowl and a 14-0 win over Brown, played in the Rose Bowl the next year for the Mare Island Marines, and later was a very successful Big Ten head coach at Northwestern. During his four years at WSU the Cougars were 22-4-1. The captain of the 1919 WSU team played a major role in the inception of the famous College All-Star Game in Chicago, staging the first game in 1933. Hanley coached at Pendleton (Oregon) High for two years, then became head coach at Haskell Indian Institute for four years, 1922-26. From there he moved to Northwestern, where he turned the Wildcat program around and won two league titles. He was head coach or assistant coach in 11 East-West Shrine Games. He had a 74-33-8 record at Northwestern and Haskell and a 112-38-8 career mark, including a stint coaching the U.S. Marines at El Toro. Hanley attended Spokane's North Central High.
JASON HANSON (2001)
One of the most honored Cougar football Athletes of all time…a freshman All-American…during sophomore year became WSU's first-ever unanimous first team All-American and also was a first team academic All-American…kicked the longest field goal of the year, 58 yards and the most 50 yards or longer, five…in all named to eight AA first teams…junior year named All-Pac-10 a both a punter and kicker…again named academic All-American by CoSIDA…this time earned All-America honors as a punter with third best average in the nation at 45.5 yards…senior year TSN named him as both their All-American first team punter and kicker…third time picked to the academic AA team…also three-time Pac-10 academic honoree…National Scholar-Athlete winner and 1991 NCAA Fall Top Six Award…again earned All-America first team honors…picked to play in the East-West Shrine Game and Hula Bowl…during career kicked 39 field goals of 40 yards or longer and 20 of 50 yards or longer, both NCAA records…also kicked a 62-yarder at UNLV, the longest without use of a tee in NCAA Div. I history…set four WSU single-game records, five single-season records and six career records…drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 1992 NFL draft…the 56th Athlete taken overall…one of the top kickers in the NFL and an All-Pro pick
VINCE HANSON (1986)
Vince Hanson gained national prominence as a sophomore for the Cougars in 1945, setting a national scoring record with 592 points. He was accorded Helms' Foundation All-America recognition and earned All-PCC honor in 1945. During his career he set single season records for points and field goals and career marks for field goals (460) and points (1153). His collegiate career also included two varsity letters in baseball as a first baseman and two in track, where he was a high jumper. Hanson coached at North Kitsap High for a year after graduating from WSU in 1948, then played with the Goodyear Wingfoots out of Akron, Ohio, in the old AAU league. He returned to the Northwest in 1950 and worked with Goodyear for several years before entering the insurance business. Born in Austin, Minnesota, Hanson attended Lincoln High in Tacoma.
MARV HARSHMAN (1986)
Three colleges, including Washington State, were the benefactors of long coaching stints by Marv Harshman. The Pacific Lutheran graduate started his career at his alma mater, moved to WSU after 13 years and then on to Washington to finish his 40-year coaching career after 13 seasons as head coach for the Cougar basketball program. He retired in 1985, the winningest active NCAA Division I coach, with a 642-488 career record. Harshman was at PLU, 1946-58, before taking over the Cougar program from the legendary Jack Friel. He guided the Cougars to three Pacific-I Conference runnerup finishes in the days when only the championship club moved on to the NCAA playoffs. He finished at WSU fourth on the school's career win list, 155-181. Harshman then went cross-state to complete a 14-year stint as Washington's head coach. He guided the Huskies to five tournament appearances, two Pac-10 titles, and in 1984 was the NCAA Division I Coach-of-the-Year. Harshman graduated from PLU in 1942. Born in Eau Clair, Wisconsin, Harshman attended Lake Stevens (Wash.) High.
DICK HANNULA (2006)
Many WSU graduates have gone on to enjoy outstanding coaching careers, but it is doubtful any could match the coaching success of Dick Hannula, a 1951 graduate in business. To say Hannula's teams dominated swimming would be an understatement. He began his coaching career at Tacoma's Lincoln High in 1951, winning State titles in 1953 and 1955. In 1958 he moved to the newly constructed Wilson High and from 1960 until his coaching retirement in 1983, teams lined up to see who could finish second to Wilson. The Rams ran off 24 straight State championships and "The Streak" was the longest in the history of the National Federation of State High School Association. Wilson teams won 323 consecutive victories in dual, relay, regional and state meets. He has received the WSU Alumni Achievement Award, is a member of the NISCA and International Swimming Halls of Fame and has received just about every national award presented in his sport. Hannula, who resides in Tacoma, also has been manager of two USA Olympic teams and several other national teams.
JANET HARMAN (2006)
Two-sport athlete Janet Harman graduated from WSU in 1952 with a degree in physical education, then combined a brilliant sports career with teaching. As a Cougar she competed in field hockey, but bowling, was where she really excelled. She was a member of WSU's first women's bowling team, undoubtedly the team anchor. She was a polished bowler when she arrived at WSU, spending much of her childhood in her father's bowling center in Walla Walla. At age 15 Harman set the all-time women's league record in Walla Walla. Later she bowled a WIBC record 792 series. A member of Chi Omega sorority at WSU, she served as vice-president of the WRA and was a member of the ICC. Harman was inducted into the prestigious women's International Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in 1985 and is a member of several other halls of fame. During her career she won numerous bowling titles, set several records, was Southern California Bowler of the year in 1962 and 1964 and was named Oregon Female Athlete of the Year in 1956. Harman died at age 61 while living in California.
JUD HEATHCOTE (1990)
When Jud Heathcote guided the 1979 Michigan State Spartan basketball team to the NCAA championship, few people associated with the Cougars were surprised with his success as a coach. First, Heathcote's Spartan squad dismantled a very good Cougar team at the Far West Classic on their way to the NCAA title, and second, the Washington State graduate of 1950 proved his coaching credentials as a seven-year assistant for then WSU head coach Marv Harshman. Heathcote lettered two years under his Cougar mentor, Jack Friel while pursuing his degree in physical education. In his senior year, the Cougars finished 21-9. A North Dakota native and 1945 graduate of South Kitsap High, he spent 14 seasons at West Valley High in Spokane before joining Harshman at WSU. His West Valley teams won or shared five Greater Spokane League titles. He spent five of his seven years with Harshman as Cougar freshman coach, posting a 99-9 mark. Heathcote took over the basketball program at Montana in 1971 and in five seasons coached the Grizzlies into the NCAA regionals. His 1975 club won the Big Sky title, finished 21-8, and came within three points of upsetting eventual NCAA champion UCLA in the regional title game. The next year, 1976, found Heathcote at Michigan State, and there he still resides, stalking the Preslin Students Events Center while coaching MSU basketball teams. His victory over Ohio State last year made him the winningest hoop coach in MSU history. The former USA assistant coach in the 1975 Pan Am Games also coached the Spartans to a school record 28-6 mark in 1990, with MSU winning the Big 10 title and advancing to the NCAA tourney's Sweet 16 round.
MEL HEIN (1979)
Consensus pick as the greatest center in football. Hein was a charter member of the National Football League Hall of Fame. Great two-way Athlete who started at center and linebacker for New York Giants 15 seasons. Entered WSU from Burlington High School and was a star of the Rose Bowl team of 1931. All-Pro center for eight seasons. Coached with Los Angeles Dons of All-American Football League and the LA Rams of NFL. Was Supervisor of Officials for the American Football Conference of NFL until retirement. In 1969, voted one of the 11 best collegiate and professional football Athletes.
VAUGHAN HITCHCOCK (2006)
Vaughan Hitchcock earned seven varsity letters as a Cougar, three in football and four in wrestling. On the gridiron he was a starter at fullback and at guard. On the mat, he captured the 191-pound Pacific Coast Conference wrestling title as both a junior and a senior. He was voted WSC Athlete of the Year for 1956. Hitchcock served as head wrestling coach and assistant football coach at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for 23 years (1962-85), compiling a 355-112-4 wrestling dual meet record. Under his tutelage, 16 Cal Poly SLO wrestlers went on to be NCAA Division II Wrestling champions and his teams won eight national titles. He was voted National College Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1968 and 1972. He served as head coach of the USA Freestyle team (1973-75) and the 1976 US Olympic wrestling squad. Hitchcock is a member of the US Helms Wrestling (National) Hall of Fame (1974), the California Wrestling Hall of Fame, the California Chapter of the National Hall of Fame and the National NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame. From 1967-2001, he was director of the highly successful Vaughan Hitchcock Wrestling Skills Training Camp in Squaw Valley, Calif. He and his bride of 54 years, Patricia, reside in San Luis Obispo.
BABE HOLLINGBERY (1978)
Head Football Coach at WSU for 17 seasons between 1926 and 1942, during which he compiled an outstanding win-loss record and developed many of the finest Athletes in the school's history. An outstanding athlete and coach in the San Francisco Bay area for many years, Hollingbery organized the first East-West Shrine football game and served as the West coach for 19 years, compiling an 11-4-4 record in that capacity. He served the classic 45 years as coach and director of coach and Athlete selection. Led WSU to Rose Bowl in 1930. Member of Helms College Football Hall of Fame. Continued interest in and service to WSU athletics until his death in Yakima in 1974.
ALBERT "PETE" HOOPER (1984)
From 1937-39, WSU's basketball teams posted a 66-29 record, due largely to the efforts of Albert "Pete" Hooper. He scored 605 career points, third best total in the decade of the 30's at WSU, and at the time was sixth on WSU's career list. WSU was 24-8 his sophomore year of 1937, losing to Stanford in the PCC playoffs. The next season he was an All-Conference pick, and capped his career in 1939 by helping WSU to a 23-10 record and earning All-Northern Division honors while leading the club in scoring. Also a baseball Athlete, he hit .351 in 1939 to lead the team and finished with a .294 career average. He also coached the freshman basketball team in 1940 and '41 after completing his eligibility. He grew up close to Pullman, graduating from Johnson High in 1935. A nephew, Jeff, was a sophomore catcher on the 1984 Cougar baseball team and was a starter as a freshman in '83.
SAM JANKOVICH (2006)
Sam Jankovich joined Jim Sweeney's Cougar football staff in 1968, then in 1971 he was named Athletic Director Ray Nagel's assistant, overseeing the Cougar Club. He doubled the organization's membership and tripled funding in four years, then became Nagel's successor in July of 1976. Jankovich left an indelible mark on Cougar Athletics, undertaking the monumental project to push the Martin Stadium capacity from 27,500 to 40,000. His forward looking facility improvements, including the lowering of the stadium floor 14 feet and the reworking of WSU's football schedule, allowed the Cougars to play key games in Pullman and impacted future football successes for many years. The Butte, Mont., native and University of Montana graduate championed the creation of the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978, pushed for other facility improvements and expanded staff areas focusing on student support. In 1984 Jankovich was named athletic director at Miami (FL) and in 1991 he became general manager of the New England Patriots. He now resides in Hayden Lake, Idaho.
ELDON JENNE (1978)
Washington State University's first Olympic Games representative. Jenne made the U.S. team in the pole vault in 1920 and participated in the Games at Antwerp, Belgium, after completing his junior year at the university. He won Pacific Coast pole vault titles in 1919, 1920 and 1921, earned four Varsity letters in track at WSU and also participated in baseball. A native of Coupeville, he entered WSU from Mount Vernon High School. Had a distinguished career as teacher, coach and administrator in athletic and recreation programs in the state of Oregon. Retired in San Diego, Calif.
BRIAN KELLY (1989)
Few people realized when Brian Robert Kelly graduated from WSU in 1978 his best football days were ahead, that he would become one of the great receivers in Canadian Football League history. When he finished his career at WSU following the 1977 season, the 5-9 Arcadia (Calif.) native ranked fourth on the all-time reception list with 116 catches and third in yardage with 1,792 yards. He wore number 44, caught 44 passes as a junior and scored 44 points, then caught 44 again as a senior. Kelly won the J. Fred Bohler Award for inspiration as a senior, and is best remembered for a pair of touchdown catches at Nebraska in WSU's 1977 upset. Following his WSU career, Kelly signed on as a free agent with Edmonton of the CFL. He didn't play in 1978 because of an ankle injury, but Edmonton coach and WSU graduate Hugh Campbell signed him to anther contract. In the next nine years, before his retirement in 1987, Kelly rewrote the team and CFL record book. He caught 575 career passes for 11,169 yards and 97 touchdowns. He set CFL records for reception yardage and touchdown receptions and also established, among others, these CFL records: touchdown receptions in 71 games, six 1000-yard seasons and 41 100-yard games. Kelly continues to live in Edmonton, where he owns a Hyundia dealership.
BOB KENNEDY (1988)
Robert Kennedy, who rewrote just about every rushing record listed in the WSU record book during his career in the early 1940's, has the distinction of having played in two East-West Shrine Games. Kennedy completed his illustrious career as a Cougar fullback by playing in the 1943 East-West Shrine game, then came back two years later to make a repeat performance representing March Field Air Force Base. The Sandpoint (Idaho) High graduate started at WSU in 1939 and during his three varsity seasons rushed for 1217 yards on 343 carries, scored 18 touchdowns, including 15 by rushing, and scored 111 points, all Cougar career marks. He capped a brilliant senior season with his selection to the United Press International first All-America team and to Associated Press's All-West Coast first team and All-America second team. Kennedy's single season records included 813 yards rushing, 11 touchdowns and 69 points. His 171 yards rushing against Montana, including an 81-yarder, were single game marks. After World War II, Kennedy played professional football with the New York Yankees of the American Football Conference from 1946 through 1950. He is now semi-retired in Scottsdale, Arizona after a successful land developing career.
KERI KILLEBREW (2009)
To say Keri Killebrew was a trend setter at Washington State may indeed be an understatement. Her list of accomplishments reads like "Who's Who of College volleyball," which she was. After transferring from Weber State and sitting out the 1989 season, she burst onto the Cougar scene and over the next three years set numerous WSU match, season and career records. During her junior season, she led the Cougars to their first-ever NCAA Championship tournament appearance while ranking seventh nationally in assists. Her finale came as a senior in 1992 when she became WSU's first player to receive All-America status. She again led WSU into postseason, where the Cougars captured the National Invitational Volleyball Championship while becoming the first school in tournament history to sweep through the tournament without losing a game - victorious in 18 straight games. The NIVC Championship MVP winner concluded her career with 5,848 assists, the eighth-best mark in NCAA D-I history. Her three-year WSU total was a school record 4,553 assists. Killebrew coached in the college ranks for several years, then moved into the real estate business in Milwaukee, Wis.
PETER KOECH (2009)
The Long Crimson Line includes some of the world's greatest distance runners of all time, including world record holder Peter Koech, who was one of the dominant collegians of his era before graduating from WSU in 1986 with a social science degree. When he concluded his career, Koech had earned 11 All-America certificates, captured five Pacific-10 Conference crowns and two NCAA Championships. His conference titles include three wins at 10,000 meters, one at 5,000m and a fifth at 1,500m which came in 1985 and was a rare feat as he doubled with a win in the 10,000m at the same meet. In 1984 he won his first NCAA title, a 3,000m victory, and then in 1985 he concluded his Cougar career by winning the NCAA steeplechase, a relatively new event for the talented Kenyan runner. In 1988 Koech captured the Silver Medal in the steeplechase at the Seoul Olympic Games, only to come back a year later to establish the event's World Record in a time of 8:05.35, bettering the second oldest track record in the record book and taking the steeple title away from Cougar great Henry Rono. Koech and his family now live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
JULIUS KORIR (2004)
One of WSU's most honored distance runners, Julius Korir captured the 1984 Olympic Gold Medal in the steeplechase and went on to become one of the greatest distance runners in Cougar history. Korir first stepped foot on the WSU campus in the winter of 1983 and immediately made a statement, capturing the Pacific-10 Conference steeple title as a freshman and was runner-up at the NCAA meet in the steeple and fifth over 5,000 meters. In the spring of 1984 Korir won every steeple race he entered until the final of the NCAA meet, where he finished second. He had even greater success that season in the 5,000m, winning every collegiate race, including the Pac-10 and NCAA titles. Later in the summer, at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Korir blitzed the steeple field in taking home Kenya's only Gold Medal. His winning time in the final ranked him second on the WSU, Pac-10 and collegiate list behind former Cougar and countryman Henry Rono. Korir attended Kaptumo Secondary School in Kapsabet, Kenya.
BERNARD (Kip) LAGAT (2009)
To say Bernard (Kip) Lagat dominated Pacific-10 Conference middle distance running in the mid-1990's would be a huge understatement. From 1997-1999 he won 11 races against Pac-10 and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation competition, including a historic three titles over 800m, the mile and 3,000m at the 1999 MPSF meet. He won that meet's MVP honors three times and the Pac-10 outdoor meet MVP title once. At the NCAA level, Lagat earned 11 NCAA All-America certificates and was MVP of the 1999 indoor championships with wins in the mile and 3,000m. Also included in his resume are four NCAA titles, including a World Record in 1989 indoor meet as a member of the distance medley relay team. Lagat's success continues today with his ranking as one of the world's best. He has Silver and Bronze Olympic Games Medals to his credit and four World titles, including a historic 1,500m-5,000m double at the 2007 World Championships. The 2000 WSU graduate with a two degrees (Management Information Systems and Decision Science/Econometrics), became an American citizen in 2004 and now makes Tucson, Arizona, his home, when not on the international track circuit or setting American records (two so far).
LAURA LAVINE (2006)
Laura Lavine left Issaquah High School as a two-time state discus champion (1983 and 1984) and her best toss (154-1) still ranks in the top 25 in the state of Washington. As a Cougar, Lavine placed fifth in the discus at the 1986 NCAA Championships, earning her first of three All-America honors. In 1987, she won the first of two Pac-10 discus titles and became WSU's first woman NCAA Outdoor Track & Field champion. Lavine proved her first national title wasn't a fluke by repeating as the NCAA discus champion the following year, clinching the title with her clutch final throw of the 1988 competition. Lavine's lifetime-best discus throw of 189-feet, 8 inches, tossed June 11, 1988, in Tucson, Ariz., still stands as the school record. After earning four letters as a discus and shot put thrower, Lavine continued competing, placing seventh in the discus at the 1988 US Olympic Trials and competing at the 1992 Olympic Trials. In 1996, Lavine was selected WSU's Woman Athlete of the Decade as part of the Pac-10's celebration of 10 years of women's athletics. She resides in Chandler, Ariz., where she works as a retail manager.
MIKE LEVENSELLER (1993)
Few records stand the test of time and those that do and those who set them are to be cherished. Such is the case with Washington State University's Mike Levenseller. Currently an assistant coach with the Cougars, Levenseller set records during his playing days that still stand 17 years later. Recruited to WSU out of Tacoma's Curtis High in 1974, Levenseller rocketed into prominence in 1976 when he caught 67 passes for 1,124 yards. A year later with 43 receptions he pushed his career total to 121 passes caught for 2,061 yards and 10 touchdowns. No receiver in Cougar history has ever caught more passes in a single season than the 6-1 native of Bremerton. In addition, his reception yardage of 1,124 yards still ranks as the most ever by any receiver to play in the Pacific-10 Conference (not including bowl games). Levenseller becomes the third member of the Cougars' vaunted pitch and catch combo of the mid-1970's to be inducted into the hall of fame. The quarterback in those record-setting days was Jack Thompson (1987 inductee) and his chief targets were Levenseller and Brian Kelly (1989 inductee). Selected to several All-America, All-West Coast and All-Pac-8 Conference teams following the 1976 and 1977 seasons, Levenseller went on to play in the 1978 Challenge Bowl and Hula Bowl all-star games. Drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round of the 1978 National Football League draft, Levenseller spent eight years as a Athlete in the NFL and Canadian Football League, then turned to coaching. During his CFL coaching tenure, Levenseller tutored receivers for the British Columbia Lions and Toronto Argonauts, including two years with the latter when he coached Raghib "The Rocket" Ismail. In 1992 Levenseller returned to his alma mater as wide receiver coach.
KEITH LINCOLN (1979)
Keith Lincoln - the old "Moose of the Palouse" - may be remembered best by football fans across the nation as the Golden Boy of the San Diego Chargers in the early 1960's, but Cougar fans never will forget the great triple-threat back of the 1958-60 seasons at WSU. Lincoln ran, passed and kicked for Coach Jim Sutherland's Cougars. He set a school career rushing record (1,501 yards); a single season punting average record (43.4), and a career punting average record (40.3), and was an All-West Coast selection at halfback in 1959. He was the Most Valuable Athlete in the American Football League championship game in 1963 and MVP of the AFL All-Star game following the '63 season.
PAUL LINDEMANN (1980)
As a 6-7 center for the Cougars, Paul Lindemann won All-America honors on the WSU team that won the Northern Division, Pacific Coast and Western Regional NCAA titles and finished second in the NCAA finals under coach Jack Friel in 1941. He was the second-leading scorer for WSU in the decade of the 30s with 668 points. Lindemann also earned All-Coast and All-Northern Division honors during the '41 season. He joined Phillips Petroleum after leaving WSU and played on four national championship teams with the AAU 66'ers. He was an AAU All-America pick in 1945. His teams were 176-25 those five years. He still works for Phillips as manager of Corporate Safety in Bartlesville, Okla., and received the National Safety Council's Citation for Distinguished Service in 1979.
GERRY LINDGREN (1978)
Greatest distance runner in American Collegiate history. Won 11 straight NCAA titles and was never beaten in an official NCAA championship event. Set numerous American and Collegiate records from two to six miles and held world record at six miles. While a student at John Rogers High School in Spokane, Lindgren set 11 prep distance marks and won a spot on the 1964 U.S. Olympic team for the Games at Tokyo. He was the first American to beat the Russians in a distance race, accomplishing this feat at Los Angeles in 1964 in the U.S./Russia dual meet in the 10,000 meters.
DUBI LUFI (1989)
Dubi Lufi can, without question, be called the greatest gymnast to ever compete for WSU. The native of Israel completed his WSU education in three years and one semester, earned Phi Beta Kappa honors with a 3.5 grade point average and earned All-America status as a junior and senior. He is the Cougars' only All-American in gymnastics and throughout his WSU career he was entirely self-supporting. Lufi earned his bachelor's degree from WSU in 1975, a Master's from Idaho a year later and his PhD from WSU in 1978. As a senior, Lufi was WSU's conference medal winner as the top scholar-athlete. In the fall of 1983 Lufi had to return home for the Six-Day War. He returned in February after traveling 30 hours, registered and competed against Washington, leading WSU to its first win over the Huskies in 10 years. Lufi was a member of Israel's Olympic team in 1980 and 1984, six times competed in the World Games, won all-around national titles in 1968-69-70-71-81, and in 1984 retired as the oldest (35) competing gymnast in international competition. He currently is Israel's National Technical Director for Gymnastics and is head coach of Israel's most successful junior team. He also serves as clinical psychologist at a regional mental health center and specializes in work with adolescents and family problems.
DAN LYNCH (2006)
A four-year letter winner at Washington State, Dan Lynch quickly moved up the Cougar ranks. As a redshirt junior, Lynch started all 11 games for the Cougars and helped to anchor an offensive line that boosted WSU to second in rushing among Pac-10 teams. In his final season, Lynch was a unanimous selection to the All-Pac-10 first team for two consecutive seasons and the unanimous recipient of the Pac-10 Morris Trophy winner for his work as an offensive lineman. Lynch earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from WSU and was named the Outstanding Senior of the Year in 1984. In the early 1990s, Lynch settled in the Czech Republic and has worked with numerous companies all over Eastern Europe. In 2004, he was awarded the "Golden Egg Award" as philanthropist of the year for his work with local Czech charities and children's organizations. Since 2000, Lynch has been with 3TS Capital Partners, a central European private equity fund, where he is currently the managing partner and direct coordinator for investment structuring, negotiations and syndicated transactions.
ROBERT McGUIRE (2012)
Robert Charles McGuire was born Dec. 2, 1927. He attended Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash. McGuire was a three-time all-conference selection as an outfielder. He was selected to the 1950 NCAA All-District team while leading Washington State to a national runner-up finish. While overall statistics are not available for McGuire's time at Washington State, he batted .304, .377 and .364 for a career average of .353 in conference play. McGuire played four seasons in Minor League Baseball where he batted .265. He also played halfback for the Cougar football team (1947-49) and was inducted into the Tacoma-Pierce Sports Hall of Fame in 1971.
JOE McINTOSH (1987)
Few pitchers ever achieve the success Joe McIntosh enjoyed during a brilliant Cougar career, either on the field, or in the classroom. The Billings, Montana native came out of Billings High in 1969 known as an infielder, but Cougar coach Bobo Brayton saw the makings of a great pitcher his first year on campus and quickly sent him to the mound. In the next three years McIntosh established nine career records and six Pacific-8 Conference marks, plus a host of other records. In addition, the pre-med major was picked to the CoSIDA Academic All-America first team three straight years. He received his Master of Law (L.L.M.) degree in tax from New York University in 1981 and is now a lawyer in Seattle. The 6-2 right hander won all 10 games as a sophomore in 1971, winning the first of three straight Buck Bailey Awards as WSU's top pitcher. He posted a 10-5 mark in 1972, then finished off his career with a 13-3 mark in 1973. He tossed back to back no-hitters that season six days apart, beating Whitworth 8-0 and then Puget Sound 6-0. McIntosh was a member of the USA team that competed in the World Amateur Tournament in the fall of 1972, striking out 21 in 21.1 innings. He shut out Germany, Brazil and El Salvador for a 3-0 mark. Drafted in the 13th round by San Diego, McIntosh's pro career was cut short by an arm injury after being traded to Houston in 1975.
ED McKINNON (1978)
Ranked by Coach Ike Deeter as the finest WSU boxer in the 40 years Deeter was associated with the Cougar program. McKinnon was the National 155-pound champion in 1937 and was Pacific Coast middleweight titlist in both 1935 and 1937. Won the Far Western Diamond Belt Championship at Portland, Ore., in 1935 and 1936, was Pacific Coast AAU middleweight champion in 1936 and won the Post Intelligencer (Seattle) Golden Gloves title two years. Died in 1963 following a logging accident.
ART McLARNEY (1982)
Art McLarney starred in basketball and baseball for the Cougars in the 1930-32 era, was WSU's first All-American in baseball (1932) and signed a professional baseball contract with the New York Giants after his senior season at WSU. Three-year Northern Division selection and All-Pacific Coast choice in 1930 in basketball. McLarney was a student leader as well as an outstanding athlete and served as Student Body President in 1932. Later was a successful high school and collegiate basketball and baseball coach.
CHRIS MARKER (1986)
An All-America swimmer for the Cougars in 1964, he set numerous WSU records, many of which still stand...he was first alternate in 1963 for the USA team to the Pan-Am Games...won two conference titles in 1963 and was in the top ten in two NCAA events...he was fourth in the 100 and 200-yard freestyle events and sixth in the 50-yard freestyle at the NCAA championships in 1964..."Greek Man-of-the-Year" at WSU in 1964...member of Crimson Circle scholastic honorary...currently vice-president for operations of WESTIN Hotel Company...born 10-24-42 in Iowa City, Iowa...attended Vista (Calif.) High.
FRANK MATAYA (1989)
To call Frank Mataya versatile during his WSU career is an understatement. From his enrollment in 1946 until graduation in 1951 with a physical education degree, the Roslyn native earned 12 varsity letters in four sports. Mataya was a left-handed quarterback and defensive specialist on the gridiron for coach Phil Sarboe. He played basketball for coach Jack Friel for three years, 1949-50-51. During the spring each year, Mataya was a mainstay for Jack Mooberry's track team, competing in the shot put (he was the state high school record holder), discus and javelin. He captured third in the discus at the Northern Division Championships one year, won the shot put title as a sophomore and a year later took fifth at the Pacific Coast Conference meet. Baseball entered the picture in 1951 when he joined Buck Bailey's team and hit .333, the third best average on the team. Mataya coached one year at Entiat High, then four years at Cle Elum, his high school alma mater. In 1959 his basketball team won the state title. In 1960 he began a long association with Wenatchee Valley College. He served as head football coach in 1960, had a 15-year reign as track coach and also served as head basketball coach for many years. He also wore the athletic director's hat for several years. In 1985 he retired from teaching and coaching duties.
RUEBEN MAYES (1993)
Rueben Mayes was once described by his Washington State University football coach as a "playful colt." Perhaps Jim Walden knew then, in 1982, that Mayes would soon be considered a stallion among collegiate running backs. By the end of his distinguished four-year Cougar career Mayes held numerous WSU rushing records and several Pacific-10 Conference and NCAA marks. Twice Mayes was honored by the Pac-10 coaches as the conference's outstanding offensive Athlete. As a junior he came out of nowhere to finish tenth in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Mayes burst onto the national scene in 1984. In back-to-back games he rushed for 216 yards at Stanford and then an NCAA, Pac-10 and WSU record 357 yards at Oregon. His two-game total of 573 yards also set NCAA, Pac-10 and WSU records. The Stanford game is one of the most memorable in Cougar history. Mayes scored a school-record five times in aiding a WSU comeback that had the Cougars down 28 points, 42-14, late in the third quarter. WSU won 49-42. Mayes earned numerous All-America honors his final two seasons at WSU and in the process set more than a dozen records, including 3,519 rushing yards, 23 career touchdowns rushing and 26 in all, 13 games with more than 100 yards rushing, and 4,418 all-purpose yards. The Saskatchewan native who now makes his home in Lynnwood, was the 1985 recipient of the Harry Jerome Award, given each year to black leaders in Canada as recognition for their contributions in athletics, community service, academics and creative arts. From WSU Mayes went on to star in the National Football League. Drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round in 1986, he was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1986 and 1987 and won numerous NFL rookie-of-the-year honors after gaining 1,353 yards his first season. After five years with New Orleans, he joined Seattle in 1992.
BUTCH MEEKER (1978)
Despite size (5-5 and 150) Meeker was an All-Conference first team selection at quarterback for the Cougars in 1925 and was picked to play in the 1927 East-West game at the conclusion of a fantastic career at WSU. Cougar mascots were named for him. Set season and career field goal records as a drop-kicker, and was an outstanding broken field runner. Student body vice president. Played professional football two seasons with Providence Steamrollers. Entered WSU from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane. Died in 1960.
JACK MELSON (2012)
From the late 1920s through its end in 1960, boxing as an intercollegiate sport at Washington State College gained national attention. The peak came in 1937 when, coached by legendary Cougar Ike Deeter, WSC captured the NCAA Championship. Nine years later, Jack Melson entered WSC and etched his name alongside the great of Cougar boxing. A Seattle native who attended Seattle Prep, Melson immediately made an impact on the program as he captured the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate title at 130 pounds as a freshman in 1947. The next year he repeated as the PCI champion, only this time it came in the 127-pound division, followed by another title in 1949 at 125 pounds. Melson capped his Cougar career with a fourth-straight title in 1951, the only boxer in Cougar history with four PCI championships. His first NCAA title came shortly thereafter as Melson became just the fourth Cougar to win an NCAA boxing title.
JACK MOOBERRY (1978)
Under his direction, WSU became first school to produce All-Americans in every NCAA track and field event. Coach of the Cougars for 28 years during which he compiled a dual meet record of 123-59-1. Outstanding sprinter from Wenatchee and had splendid collegiate career despite recurring leg problems. Spent 13 years in high school coaching at Longview and John Rogers of Spokane before returning to his Alma Mater. Coached 53 All-Americans, a dozen NCAA champions, and more than half a dozen Olympians from three countries. Named National Coach of the Year by U.S. Track Coaches Association in 1978. Died in 1978.
JACK NELSON (1979)
Heralded as one of American's first great sprinters, John William "Jack" Nelson never was beaten in a collegiate race during three Varsity seasons at Washington State University. On May 29, 1909, in a Northwest Conference dual meet with Whitman College of Walla Walla, Nelson startled the track world by winning the 100-yard dash in 9.6 (9 3/5 in those days), which tied the existing world record. Less than an hour later he won the 220 in 21.2, a new world record. Nelson won both the 100 and 220 at the National Collegiate Championships at the University of Illinois in 1910.
ROBERT NEWMAN (2012)
A two-sport athlete at Washington State, Robert Newman earned one letter in baseball under head coach Buck Bailey (1957) and three letters in football under head coach Jim Sutherland (1956-58). Considered one of the nation's all-time great passers, Newman set 12 individual passing and total offense records for the Cougars over his three seasons. As a junior in 1957, he led the nation in total offense (1,391), completions (104) and ranked as the nation's second quarterback to Stanford's John Brodie. He was named to the All-PCC First Team and to the All-West Coast First Team by the Associated Press. Newman had his senior season interrupted after becoming among the nation's leaders in passing when a knee injury sidelined him. He finished the season 51-for-79 for 541 yards. Over his career, Newman set school records with 246 completions in 437 yards for 3,172 yards and 27 touchdowns. A native of El Cerrito, Calif., Newman was selected in the second round of the 1958 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers following his junior season, but opted to return for his senior season.
JULIE NEWNAM (2012)
Julie Newnam's legacy extends from her achievements at Washington State University to her accomplishments competing for the United States. Newnam was member of the ski team at WSU in 1978 and 1979. She finished 50th in nationals in the cross-country relay as a junior. As a senior, Newnam won cross-country titles at three invitational competitions. After her WSU career, Newnam went on to compete for the United States. In 1985, she was named Athlete-of-the-Year in the biathlon by the U.S. Olympic Committee. That year, she was America's top-ranked women biathlon competitor on the national point list, won a World Cup event, and finished second in the 10K and third in the 5K events at the USBA National Championships.
JOHN NGENO (1993)
The pace of John Ngeno's life since graduating from Washington State University in 1976 has probably slowed considerably, given his current position in Kenya as a government official who also enjoys life on his 14-acre farm. For many years, however, Ngeno was on a fast track as a record-setting collegiate and international distance runner. Ngeno, who has since retired from competitive running, was one of the very best distance runners in the world during his Cougar career, 1972-76. At the conclusion of his collegiate career, he held WSU, Pacific-10 Conference and collegiate records for races covering 5,000m, six miles, 10,000m and 21 kilometers. In 1975 Ngeno, a Kenyan native, was named the outstanding performer at the NCAA outdoor championships, capturing gold medals in both the three-mile and six-mile races. In all, Ngeno won seven indoor and outdoor NCAA titles. Only two other collegians ever won more titles than the 5-9, 145-pound Cougar thinclad. Often his championships were run in record-setting times. In 1974 he set the NCAA indoor meet mark over three miles, then broke his own record the following year. A year later, as a senior, he set the NCAA outdoor meet record at 10,000m. Ngeno was just as dominating in distance races at the Pac-10 outdoor meets, winning seven conference titles, including three consecutive six-mile races. Not limited to world-class times touring the oval tracks, Ngeno also captured the 1974 national AAU cross country championship over the 10,000 meter course. The first in a long line of world class distance runners from Kenya, Ngeno won his first NCAA title outdoors in 1964 at six-miles. In doing so he became the first black to ever capture an NCAA outdoor title more than one mile in length.
LAURIE NIEMI (1978)
Instilled "Cougar Spirit" in every Athlete he coached. An all-time great as a Cougar lineman in 1946-48, Niemi capped his career by being named to the International News Service All-American team at tackle, winning the J. Fred Bohler Award for inspirational play and participating in the East-West Shrine game. Played professionally for the Washington Redskins for five seasons and was in two All-Pro games. Returned to WSU in 1957 as an assistant coach under Jim Sutherland and remained until he joined the staff of the Philadelphia Eagles with former coach Jerry Williams. Came back to WSU to work with Jim Sweeney and died of cancer in 1968. Entered WSU from Clarkston High School.
WILLIAM "BILL" NOLLAN (1982)
William "Bill" Nollan won fame in Northwest athletics as both Athlete and coach. Lettered in basketball, baseball and tennis at WSU and pitched on two Championship baseball teams for the Cougars. Coached at Pasco, Hoquiam and Lincoln (Seattle) High Schools. Nollan's teams at Lincoln, his alma mater, won 22 city titles in football, basketball, track and baseball in 27 years. He was "Mr. Cougar" in Seattle and western Washington for many years.
CARL O'DONNELL (2012)
Fortitude. Grit. Spunk. These would all be appropriate words to describe Carl O'Donnell's 1968 NCAA Championship javelin throw. The Wenatchee native began his most notable Cougar career by setting the WSU freshman school javelin record with a 1965 toss of 228-feet, 10 inches. In the time when athletic competitions were not confined by safety constraints, O'Donnell set the American indoor javelin record with a throw of 250-feet. O'Donnell, a lefty, severely injured his elbow on his throwing arm at the 1967 NCAA Championships in Provo. During his senior year, O'Donnell had become adept at packing his elbow with ice throughout the season. At the 1968 NCAA Championships in Berkeley, he led the field after the qualifying round with a toss of 246-1. The ice was packed on to prepare to throw two days later and at the Saturday final O'Donnell came from behind on the fifth throw to win the title with a career and school-record toss of 258-11. As team captain for coaches Jack Mooberry and John Chaplin, O'Donnell was thrilled to win his event but saddened that his teammate Foss Miller, had injured his knee at the Northern Division Championships and collapsed at the NCAA final, settling for sixth place. O'Donnell received his B.A. in social studies with distinction, with an emphasis in education in June 1968.
JOHN G. OLERUD (2001)
The only Cougar baseball Athlete ever to be named College Athlete of the Year. The outstanding first baseman and pitcher spent three seasons with the Cougars before turning professional with the Toronto Blue Jays, then the New York Mets and now a star for the Seattle Mariners. Olerud is the only pitcher in NCAA history to win 15 games - he was 15-0 in 1988, and also hit 20 or more home runs - he hit 23 that year. John Olerud still holds numerous WSU records, including career batting average at .434 and single season batting average at .464. Olerud was 26-4 and posted a 3.17 ERA while throwing 241.1 innings over three seasons. His sophomore season was truly magical - he set or equaled 12 school records while being named Athlete of the year by Baseball America. Included was a 22-game hitting streak and a slugging percentage of .876. During his career he set two Pac-10 records and 10 Pac-10 North marks. In January prior to his junior year at WSU, Olerud suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a type of brain seizure. He missed the first 28 games of the spring season, but returned to hit .359 for WSU over the final 27 games. Weeks prior to the start of his senior season, Olerud signed a contract with Toronto and went directly to the Major Leagues. In 1993, Olerud became the first Blue Jay to win a batting title, hitting .363. That year he became just the ninth MLB Athlete since 1900 to collect 200 hits and walk 100 times. Olerud played for the New York Mets two seasons, 1997-98, then signed with Seattle. John now joins his father John Sr. in the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
JOHN OLERUD (1986)
Paced WSU to third in the 1965 College World Series while returning first-team All-America status as a catcher...led WSU in hitting that year with a .341 average...he won the Coaches Cup (MVP) in 1964 and 1965 and the "Top Hitter" award in 1965...he tied a school career record with 12 home runs and completed his career ranked in the top ten in times at bat, triples, home runs and runs-batted-in...earned Phi Beta Kappa honors in Zoology and pre-med...spent seven years in the California Angels organization following 1965 draft...Washington medical school graduate...currently associate professor of medicine (dermatology) and orthopedics (sports medicine) at University of Washington hospital...born 11-26-43 at Fargo, North Dakota...attended Federal Way (Wash.) High.
LEE ORR (1979)
One of the most versatile - and powerful - runners in American track history. Set WSU records in 100 and 200 meters as freshman in 1936 and represented native Canada in Olympic Games at Berlin. Starred in football and track at Monroe High School under former Cougar Athletic Director Stan Bates. Won Pacific Coast Conference 220 in 1939 and 1940 and was a member of winning teams in mile relay two years. Also was a member of WSU's world record mile relay team in 1937 and still holds school records for outdoor 200 meters and 440 yards and shares outdoor 220-yard record.
DON PAUL (1982)
An All-Pro defensive back five times in the NFL, Don Paul is best remembered by WSU fans as a fine all-around athlete. He concentrated on football at WSU, but also lettered two years in baseball and played third base for the 1950 club that finished second in the College World Series. Paul was an All-Conference running back in 1949 and played for the West team in the East-West Shrine Game. He still owns WSU records for punt return average and shares the single-game scoring record with his three touchdowns against Stanford in 1946. He played nine seasons of pro ball, four with the Chicago Cardinals and five with the Cleveland Browns, playing on two NFL title clubs with the Browns. In 1977 was named to the All-Time All-Northwest football team.
ROY PETRAGALLO (1979)
Roy "Pooch" Petragallo was a member of the National Championship WSU boxing team of 1937 and one of the finest intercollegiate fighters of his era at 118 pounds…Pooch won the Idaho Golden Gloves title in 1933, the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate title in 1935, Washington and Pacific Coast AAU Golden titles in 1937. He was WSU's first national boxing champion…Petragallo was beaten only three times in 115 collegiate fights and came back to defeat all three of the boxers who had previously beaten him. He was named to the Hearst Newspaper all-American boxing team in 1937.
STEVE PUIDOKAS (2006)
Steve Puidokas arrived at WSU in the fall of 1973 at a time when Cougar basketball was struggling and second year head coach George Raveling was attempting to resurrect the program. Raveling's goal was to build his team around the center and when Puidokas arrived he had the perfect Athlete. In four seasons Puidokas became everything Raveling predicted. He is the only WSU Athlete ever to be accorded all-conference honors (it was the Pacific-8 in those days) four straight years. He led WSU to 19-win seasons as a junior and senior and became the only Cougar hoop Athlete to have his jersey (number 55) retired. When he walked off the court at the end of the 1977 season, he had etched his name in the record books as the career scoring leader at WSU with 1,894 points. His career scoring average, 18.6 points, is still a WSU record, as are his 734 field goals, 1,499 field goal attempts and 992 rebounds. After shining for the Cougars Puidokas took his skills to Europe, where he was a star for many years, only to have his career and life cut short when he died at age 40.
PETE RADEMACHER (1982)
Pete Rademacher gave Washington State University fans some of their greatest moments in sports. In 1956, at Melbourne, Australia, Rademacher set the sports world agog by knocking out Russian heavyweight Lev Mouhkine in the first round and claiming the Olympic Gold Medal. Pete thus became the first Cougar to win an Olympic Gold. Just a year later, Rademacher became the first man in history to fight for the World Heavyweight Championship in his first professional fight. Pete lost to Floyd Patterson but knocked Floyd down in the second round, the first time Patterson had been floored by a contender. The Tieton, Wash. native, a two-year letterman in football for the Cougars in 1950-51, received his degree in Agriculture (Animal Husbandry) in 1953 and also was commissioned in the Regular Army through the ROTC program here. Pete has had a highly successful career in business since leaving the ring.
RICHARD RALL (2012)
Richard Rall not only won in the northwest, he won on the national stage and took Washington State boxing to new heights in the late 1950s. The Seattle native boxed for the Cougars 1956-58, claiming three-consecutive NCAA titles and finishing his career with a 40-2 record. He won four Seattle Pacific Northwest Golden Glove titles, an equal number of Tacoma PNWGG titles plus a pair of Oregon GG belts. In 1956, Rall claimed the Intermountain Collegiate and PCC titles. In 1957, Rall rebounded from a second-place finish at the PCC to win his first NCAA crown. In 1958, he won the Intermountain Collegiate title and the PCC crown before winning his second-straight NCAA title. The following year, Rall became just the second Cougar to win three or more NCAA Championships, capturing the 1959 crown. He went on to win 11 Golden Gloves titles, one Marine championship and two Navy titles before working as an official in amateur, collegiate and professional boxing.
GEORGE RAVELING (2004)
One of the winningest coaches in WSU basketball history, George Raveling guided the Cougar hoop fortunes from 1972-1983 and during his 11 years, took the school to two NCAA tournaments, 1980 and 1983 WSU's 1980 appearance in the Big Dance was the first for the Cougars since finished second in 1941. Raveling finished his WSU career with 167 wins, 136 losses, and had seven winning seasons, including five straight from the 1975-76 campaign through the 1980 season. Raveling won numerous coach-of-the-year honors during his Cougar career. This spring Raveling will also be honored by WSU with his induction into the Pac-10 Basketball Men's Hall of Honor. Raveling continued his collegiate coaching career after leaving WSU, first at the University of Iowa, then at the University of Southern California. The Washington, D.C. native coached at his alma mater Villanova and at Maryland before taking over at WSU. The author of two books on rebounding currently works for Nike and also has been a TV basketball commentator for FOX Sports.
GEORGE REED (1980)
Outstanding fullback on Cougar teams of 1959, 1961 and 1962 and Bohler Award winner and Captain in 1962. Made great comeback after serious leg injury at start of 1960 season which threatened to end career. Played in the East-West game and Hula Bowl after 1962 season. Played 13 seasons with Saskatchewan Roughriders of Canadian Professional Football League and holds all-time professional football records for yards gained (16,166) and touchdowns scored rushing (134). Member of 1966 Grey Cup Championship team at Saskatchewan.
W. B. "RED" REESE (1983)
A winner in every sport he ever coached or played, Reese was a standout basketball Athlete for the Cougars and captain of the 1925-26 team, but he is best known for this coaching exploits. He began his coaching career at Cashmere in 1926 and was later at North Central in Spokane, where his hoop teams won one state title and finished second once. He's best known for his coaching at Eastern Washington University. his EWU football teams won six conference titles and 72.5% of their games, the best in the school's history. Red's track teams won 23 conference titles and had a string of 43 straight dual wins. It was his basketball teams, however, that most remember. They won 12 conference titles and at one time won 27 straight. He won his 500th game in 1960. Reese helped organize the NAIA and served as president in 1952-53.
BOB ROBERTSON (2006)
The long-time voice of Cougar football, started his association with the Cougars in 1964. He currently is in his 35th season calling the action of Cougar football and for many years also broadcast WSU basketball. Robertson is the most recognized sports voice in the state of Washington and has been named the State's Sportscaster of the Year a record 15 times. Robertson, who grew up in British Columbia and attended Western Washington, has broadcast Wenatchee Chief baseball (1949-50), Notre Dame football and basketball (1955-56), Pacific Coast League Baseball (1984-98), North American Soccer League matches (1972-82) and Spokane Indian Baseball (1999-present). He also has served as sports director at several West Side stations, including KSTW (originally KTNT), KMO Radio-TV, KVI Radio and KAYO Radio. The voice of the Cougars was named co-Dad of the Year at WSU in 1978 and this fall was inducted into the Inland Empire Sports Hall of Fame. A master at re-creating broadcasts from the home radio station studios, Robertson is credited with being the last announcer to re-create a baseball road game from home. The voice of the Cougars is perhaps best known for his trademark signature at the close of every broadcast, "Always be a good sport, be a good sport all ways."
TED ROHWER (1989)
Ted Rohwer ranks as one of Washington State's greatest all-around athletes, excelling in football, basketball and baseball. A graduate of Spokane's North Central High, he played for three of the greatest coaches in Cougar history, Babe Hollingbery's first three gridiron teams, Jack Friel's first basketball team in 1929, and as a shortstop and first baseman on Buck Bailey's first three baseball teams. During his football career, the Cougars went 17-7-2, including a 6-1 season in 1926 and a 7-3 finish in 1928. The former sophomore class president at WSU started his basketball career in 1927 for Karl Schlademan. Rohwer was among the top scorers for the Cougars each of three seasons. On the diamond, Rohwer started his career playing for Hack Applequist. A year later, in 1927, Bailey took over the program. During his four varsity seasons as one of WSU's top home run hitters, the Cougars were 60-27. He later turned down pro offers from the Buffalo Bisons (football) and the St. Louis Cardinals (baseball). After coaching stints at Longview High and Portland's Grant and Lincoln Highs and working in private business, Rohwer entered Pacific University's optometry school, graduating in 1955. He then practiced optometry in Seattle (1955-65) and Spokane until his retirement in 1976. He died at age 71 in 1978.
HENRY RONO (1987)
Perhaps at no time in the track and field world has one athlete gained so much attention so fast as Henry Rono. In 1978 he shocked those who follow track and field by establishing, in a span of 81 days, four world distance records. His streak began with a 5,000 meter record in Berkeley April 8, 1978 and ended June 27 in Oslo, Norway, with a 3,000 meter record. In between he set the 3,000 meter steeplechase record in Seattle May 13 and the 10,000 meter mark in Vienna, Austria, June 11. Rono's accomplishments were not limited to those 81 days, however. He dominated college distance running during his cross country and indoor-outdoor competition, winning six NCAA titles and setting six collegiate outdoor records and four indoor marks. Following his record-setting spree in 1978 he received the following awards: Track and Field News athlete-of-the-year, Sport Magazine's track athlete-of-the-year, AP European Sportswriters sportsman-of-the-year and North America winner of Helms Athletic Foundation World Trophy. Rono, 33, was a member of the 1980 Olympic team from Kenya, but missed competition because of the boycott. Shortly after receiving degrees in psychology and general studies from WSU in 1981, Rono broke his own world 5,000 meter mark, his fifth world record in a three-year span.
JENNI RUFF (2012)
Jenni Ruff earned four varsity letters (1992-96) with the Cougars and finished her career with her name sprinkled throughout the WSU record book. The Mossyrock, Wash. native averaged in double-figures her final three seasons and led the team in scoring her junior and seniors seasons while helping the Cougars post 16 and 17 win campaigns, respectively. Ruff capped her career with arguably the best season in Cougar women’s basketball history, posting WSU single-season records of 685 points, nineteen 20-plus scoring efforts including seven 30-plus scoring performances and a 23.6 ppg scoring average while starting all 29 games as a senior. Ruff also set single-season records with 203 made free throws made and set the single-game scoring record with 41 points against California. To go along with scoring, Ruff also led the Cougars in rebounding at 8.8 rpg and added 70 steals and 90 assists and averaged 25.6 ppg in Pac-10 games. Following her senior campaign, Ruff was named Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press, All-District VIII by the WBCA and First Team All-Pac-10 Conference. Ruff finished her career second in scoring with 1,526 points, second in free throws made and attempted (400-560), third in scoring average (14.0 ppg), tied for third in assists (381), fifth in rebounding (727) and fifth in career starts (96) while playing 109 games. She is one of two players (Jeanne Eggart) to record over 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 300 assists.
MARK RYPIEN (1993)
Success and Mark Rypien are no strangers. They seem to have been packaged together ever since his high school days at Shadle Park in Spokane. Rypien has already had enough success to earn a spot in halls of fame representing all three levels of football he's played. After completing one of the most illustrious sports careers in the history of Washington high school athletics, Rypien brought his talents as the nation's top prep quarterback to WSU. After record-setting performances for the Cougars (1981-85), Rypien moved on the National Football League, teaming up with Washington and leading them to the 1991 NFL championship. During his prep career Rypien earned all-state honors in football, basketball and baseball. The former Hertz High School Athlete of the Year led Shadle to state championships in baseball and basketball and to five GSL titles. Rypien's 403 yards passing and 412 yards in total offense in 1985 were both school records and by season's end he had established himself number two on WSU's all-time passing and total offense lists. The former Cougar co-captain earned All-America honors in 1984 and 1985 and was named the top quarterback in the Pacific-10 Conference in 1985. He completed his collegiate career playing in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. In the latter he threw two touchdown passes 49 seconds apart in the fourth quarter to lead his team to a 31-17 win. A sixth round draft pick by the Redskins in the 1986 NFL draft, Rypien became a fixture at quarterback for Washington, earning MVP honors in the 1992 Super Bowl. His play has also earned him two Pro Bowl selections. In 1993 Rypien established a fully endowed scholarship at WSU in the memory of his father Robert, a long-time supporter of youth sports in the Spokane area. The scholarship will be awarded each year to a Spokane area athlete competing in football or baseball.
ART SANDISON (2012)
Art Sandison was a standout middle distance runner for Washington State in the late '60s and carried over that success running for the United States in the '70s. While at WSU, Sandison held the second fastest 880 meter time in American track history and was the holder of numerous meet records. As a junior, he finished second in the 880 meter run at the NCAA Championships, setting a school record time of 1:46.1 and eclipsing the American record time in the process. He competed for the 1969 cross country team that finished unbeaten and was captain of the 1970 track team. That season, Sandison was the Pac-8 champion in the 880 meters and finished third in the event at the NCAA Championships. Sandison made the Olympic Trial final in 1972 and also participated in the 1976 trials.
PHIL SARBOE (1980)
The only Washington State alumnus to serve as head football coach at his alma mater, Phil Sarboe was also a fine football and baseball Athlete for the Cougars from 1931-33. He coached at WSU from 1945-49. He was selected to several All-Coast teams and received All-American mention in football and also played in the 1934 East-West Shrine Game. He received many offers to play professional baseball after starring as a shortstop for the Cougars, but chose football instead. His pro football career saw him play for Boston, Chicago, and Brooklyn. He led the NFL in pass completions and yardage in 1935. He went on to coach at Clarkston, Aberdeen and Lincoln-Tacoma high schools, Central Washington College, Hawaii, and Humboldt State, and later became athletic director at the College of the Redwoods.
KARL SCHLADEMAN (2012)
Coach Karl Schlademan knew how to teach men to compete and refined how a team won. Schlademan, the WSC track and field coach from 1927-1940, accumulated a 36-12 dual meet record for a .750 winning percentage. He coached four undefeated Cougar track teams (1933, 1934, 1937, and 1939) and in his 14 years and his teams won seven consecutive Northern Division titles. Among the Cougar track greats he coached at WSC were Lee and Jack Orr, Loren Benke, Dixie Garner, Paul Swift, and Larry Nettleton. He also coached the Cougars' freshman football team for the first 10 years then was an assistant varsity coach for three years before returning to the freshman team in 1939. Schlademan had a distinguished coaching career of 46 years with stops at Missouri Wesleyan (1912-14), Arizona (1914-16), Baker University (1916-19) and the University of Kansas (1920-26), where he established the Kansas Relays and had was a one-game interim basketball coach for the Jayhawks. Schlademan left WSC and coached at Michigan State from 1941-58 where his teams won cross country titles in IC4A, Big 10 and NCAA prior to his retirement from coaching. He was inducted into the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007, and into the Drake Relays Hall of Fame and the Michigan State Hall of Fame.
ELMER "THE GREAT" SCHWARTZ (1982)
Elmer "The Great" Schwartz started his gridiron career at Washington State by winning All-Coast honors at guard, a new position for him. Switched back to fullback in 1929, Schwartz earned All-Coast and All-American honors his final two varsity seasons and capped his collegiate career by leading the Cougars into the 1931 Rose Bowl game as Captain of Coach Babe Hollingbery's Coast Champions of 1930. An outstanding two-way football Athlete, Schwartz played in WSU teams with posted a combined record of 26 wins against only six losses in three seasons.
CLEM SENN (1990)
Little did Clem Senn know the traditions he would continue and start when he first enrolled at Washington State in 1929. The tradition he helped continue was one of outstanding Cougar football Athletes. The tradition he started was a three-generation string of Senns who have attended WSU. In 1964, he was appropriately recognized as WSU's Dad of the Year. Senn's athletic success started at Tacoma's Lincoln High, where he was a standout in football and wrestling. He never lost a prep grappling match and as a senior was named to the All-State football team. He continued his success at WSU in both sports, earning five varsity letters before graduating in 1933 with a degree in physical education. Senn played for the legendary Babe Hollingbery and was a member of the 1930 Cougar Rose Bowl squad. He earned All-West Coast honors in football after the 1932 season and was an Associated Press honorable mention All-American at guard. Senn received the WSU Bohler Award for inspiration after his senior gridiron season and then was selected to play in the 1933 East-West Shrine Game. Following graduation from WSU, Senn turned down an opportunity to play professional football, choosing instead to begin his teaching and coaching career, a career he pursued with total dedication until his retirement in 1973. Senn's start came just 50 miles north of the WSU campus at Tekoa, where he coached football, basketball, baseball and track from 1934-1937. In 1937, he joined the staff at Sunnyside (Wash.) High School as teacher and football, basketball and baseball coach, beginning a relationship that lasted 37 years. He also introduced wrestling to the school in 1959 and remained its grappling coach until his retirement. Senn is still active in community activities in Sunnyside and has added sports announcing to his long list of accomplishments. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome our final inductee, Clem Senn.
BILL SEWELL (1987)
English-born Bill Sewell, 70, established a WSU career record in total offense with 2,522 yards during his career, 1939-40-41, and is best remembered as the nation's leading passer in 1940. As a junior, Sewell completed 86 of 174 passes for 1,023 yards, the top mark in the nation. He also threw five touchdown passes, rushed for 310 yards and figured in 413 plays, more than any other offensive Athlete in the nation. Named to the All-West Coast first team as a halfback and to the AP third All-America team in 1941, Sewell played in the 1941 East-West Shrine game the year the game was moved from San Francisco to New Orleans because of the war. Sewell also was an outstanding pitcher and hitter for the Cougar baseball team and once struck out 15 Idaho Vandals in a game. In 1946 Sewell returned to WSU as an assistant coach. He was head freshman football coach and assistant baseball coach in 1947, and in 1948 coached WSU's backfield. He moved to Wenatchee Valley College in 1949, where, during his tenure, he was athletic director and coached football, basketball and baseball. In 1956 he moved to Coast Union High in Cambria, California, where he was athletic director and a coach until his retirement in 1976. Sewell, still living in Cambria, was born in Egremont, England in 1916. His family immigrated to the Tacoma area in 1925 and he prepped at Tacoma's Lincoln High.
LINDA SHERIDAN (2004)
After graduating from WSU in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in physical education, Linda Sheridan became one of the most successful high school coaches in Washington prep annuls. During her career at Shadle Park High in Spokane, Sheridan coached teams won 849 times and lost just 222 times. Her volleyball and basketball teams won seven State titles, 17 Greater Spokane League championships, and advanced to State tournaments 32 times before her retirement in 1998. She is the winningest coach in Spokane prep history, male or female. Sheridan returned to her high school alma mater in 1975. As the volleyball coach, her teams were 482-99, captured 10 GSL titles, qualifying for the State tournament 19 times and won State championships in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1993. Her 1993 team was the first team to go through the State tournament without losing a game. She was equally successful coaching basketball, winning seven GSL titles while posting a 367-123 record in 20 seasons. Her 1988 and 1989 Shadle Park teams won State championships. Sheridan is also a member of the Inland Empire Sports Hall of Fame.
SARAH SILVERNAIL (2001)
Dominated Pacific-10 Conference and NCAA volleyball during her illustrious career with the Cougars. She was a two-time All-American, the 1996 Pacific-10 Conference Athlete of the Year after earning Pac-10 Athlete of the Week honors six times in her career, and a three-time All-District VIII selection. Silvernail still holds the WSU records for career kills (1,848), single season kills (649), and most kills in a match (39). Born in Spokane, schooled in Yakima and Tacoma, the 6-1 middle blocker truly was the best Athlete in the state of Washington and was selected 1996 Female Athlete of the Year by both the Greater Spokane Sports Association and the Tacoma News Tribune, in addition to being a finalist for the Seattle P-I's Star Award. Silvernail was the backbone of Cougar volleyball teams that reached the second round of the NCAA tournament in 1993, the first round in 1994, the second round in 1995 and the regional championships in 1996, her final collegiate season when she won team MVP honors. During her career she tallied double-figure kills in 96 of 120 matches (.800). In March of 1997, she was named to the USA National Team and spent the summer in Colorado Springs training for the 2000 Olympic Games. Silvernail played professionally with the USPV league in Chicago and is currently playing on a pro team in Switzerland
HELEN SMITH (1993)
Helen G. Smith traveled great lengths to reach Washington State University in 1925 and once she arrived at the Pullman campus, she was there to stay. The 1919 graduate of Oberlin College was director of physical education at the American College for Girls in Istanbul, Turkey before accepting a position at WSU. Hired as an instructor of physical education for women, Smith impressively moved up the ladder of academic success at WSU in quick fashion. While advancing to an assistant professor status, she also was named acting chair of the department in 1927 and from then until her retirement, Smith led WSU's physical education program for women. In 1928 the university removed "acting" from her title, naming her the full-time chair. Later she was promoted to associate professor (1933) and then to full professor (1943). During her career at WSU Smith also found time to earn a master's degree from Columbia University in 1931 and a PhD from New York University in 1944. Smith was a staunch believer in the efforts of the American Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (AAHPER) and was credited with being one of the organizers of the association in Washington. She also held offices in numerous professional organizations on a regional and national level and was very active as a member of the Western Society for Physical Education of College Women. One of Smith's favorite activities was camping. During her tenure at WSU she taught camping courses and worked in close association with the Campfire and Girl Scout organizations of the area. She also was an organizer of the Inland Empire Camping Association and the American Camping Association. Shortly after her retirement in 1961, the women's physical education building at WSU was named in her honor - Smith Gym. Helen Smith died in 1985 while living in Arizona.
FRED SPIEGELBERG (1983)
"The Black Tornado" has for years been one of the most feared names in Oregon sport circles, thanks to the coaching efforts of Fred Spiegelberg. Speig was named Medford High's football coach in 1952 and over the next 31 years won 253 games, lost only 63, and tied 10, while winning 22 district titles. His teams reached the state finals nine times and came home with four football titles. In college Spiegelberg was a boxer for Ike Deeter and a football letterman for Babe Hollingbery. He won the Pacific Coast Inter-collegiate boxing title at light-heavyweight in 1941 and 1942. In 1971 he was named the National Coaches Association Coach of the Year and in 1979 selected to the National (High School) Coaches Hall of Fame. Fred received the WSU Alumni Association's Alumni Achievement Award in 1974 and retired from coaching in 1983.
BILL STEIGER (1988)
Bill Steiger was the most highly recruited running back in the state when he made the move from Olympia High to WSU in 1954, but he etched his name into the collegiate football record books as a receiver. During the first two years at WSU, he was used as a halfback, but rookie head coach Jim Sutherland moved him to end just before the first game of the 1956 season and the rest, as they say, is history. He caught 39 passes to lead the Pacific Coast Conference as a junior and was named to the All-PCC and All-West Coast first teams and to the Football Writers of America All-America first team. He also averaged 10 yards a carry, led WSU with 36 points and returned punts and kickoffs during the season. A neck injury suffered while diving forced him to sit out the 1957 season, but Steiger fought back from the injury to play again in 1958. He earned the J. Fred Bohler Award for inspiration at WSU and played in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. He finished his career fourth in receptions and receiving yardage, making 58 catches for 844 yards. After receiving his degree in forestry, Steiger spent 13 years with Simpson Timber Company, then eight years with Mercury Marine. He is currently general manager of Echo (power tools) Distributing Company in Seattle.
RAY SUNDQUIST (1979)
Ray "Sundy" Sundquist was captain of the 1941 Cougar basketball team that went to the finals of the NCAA tournament. He was an outstanding playmaker and scorer at guard on the team that set a Pacific Coast Conference record by winning 13 consecutive conference games that year. Ray was named to the All-American squad at guard at the conclusion of the 1941 season. He also was first team All-Northern Division and was voted to the All-Pacific Coast team that year. Sundquist entered WSU from Hoquiam.
HARLAND "SWEDE" SVARE (1982)
Harland "Swede" Svare has had an outstanding career in football as a standout collegiate Athlete at Washington State, a defensive star in the pros for Los Angeles and Washington, and as a coach and general manager for the LA Rams and the San Diego Chargers. He was only 31 when he became head coach of the Rams in 1962. A three-sport standout at North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo, Svare was outstanding offensively and defensively for the Cougars in the 1950-52 era and in one season - 1952 - caught two of the longest passes in WSU history, 84 yards versus Idaho and 76 yards against California. He was a member of the New York Giant team that won the National Football League title in 1956 and also played on the Giants teams that won Eastern Division titles in 1958 and 1959.
PAUL SWIFT (2012)
Paul Swift came to Washington State as a state-record setter and left a world-record setter. The Spokane native ran track and field for the Cougs from 1931-33. He suffered an injury during the summer before coming to WSC but that didn't stop him from putting WSC Track and Field on the map. In 1931, as a freshman he equaled a world record in the 100-yard dash at 9.5 seconds. Swift later matched the world record twice in one day at the Kansas Relays during his sophomore season, becoming first sprinter to equal the world record twice in one day. He was inducted into the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.
GEORGE THEODORATOS (1987)
Best known for his football and boxing success, Theodoratos, 75, also held the world shot put title for a few minutes during a meet his junior year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The winner of two Pacific Coast Northern Division shot put titles, Theodoratos finished third at the NCAA championships in 1934 and 1935, but few remember he set a world record at 53-4 8/10 in 1934, only to have Stanford's John Lymann and LSU's Jack Torrence better his mark in the same meet. His mark did hold up, however, as a world junior mark for seven years. Theodoratos played in the 1934 East-West Shrine game and earned All-West Coast honors as a two-way tackle in 1934, although he came to WSU as a running back. In boxing, he captured two Pacific Coast Intercollegiate heavyweight boxing titles, 1933 and 1935. After leaving WSU Theodoratos returned to the Sacramento, the site of an outstanding prep career at Sacramento High. His post-WSU career included professional football, boxing and wrestling, along with the promotion of professional sports in the Sacramento area for many years. He died in 1970.
JACK THOMPSON (1987)
Known through much of his career as the "Throwin' Samoan," Jack Thompson became one of the most prolific passers in Pacific-8 Conference and NCAA history following three record-breaking seasons, 1976-77-78. Thompson came out of nowhere in 1976 as a sophomore under head coach Jackie Sherrill. He became the most prolific single-season passer in WSU and conference history, setting six league and Cougar records. By the end of his career Thompson had thrown 1,086 passes, completing 601 for 7,818 yards and 53 touchdowns. His 7,818 yards was a three-year NCAA record and in all he set six WSU career marks and an equal number of Pac-8 standards.. He generated 7,698 yards in total offense during his career, the third highest total in NCAA history. He also was the first junior in NCAA history to top the 5,000-yard mark in passing. Thompson was a Sporting News first-team All-America pick in 1978 and won all-league first-team honors as a sophomore and senior. Twice Thompson finished high in the Heisman Trophy balloting. He played in the 1978 Hula Bowl and was MVP of the 1978 Challenge Bowl. The third Athlete drafted in 1978, he spent three seasons with Cincinnati, then his final two NFL years with Tampa Bay. Thompson was born in American Samoa and prepped at Evergreen High in Seattle. He is only the second Cougar football Athlete to have his jersey number (14) retired. The other is Mel Hein (7).
BILL TOMARAS (2012)
Considered to be the father of high school wrestling in the state of Washington, Bill "Clutch" Tomaras left an indelible mark at Washington State College during his 10 years as a Cougar. Beginning with his first team in 1948, which went unbeaten in dual meets, Tomaras compiled a 48-8 dual meet record, including 23-straight victories from 1952-54. His teams captured five Pacific Coast Intercollegiate titles during his tenure and had 21 PCI champions. Tomaras also initiated the Washington State High School Wrestling Tournament in 1953, featuring eight teams and 60 wrestlers. At the 50th State Mat Classic, with more than 900 prep wrestlers from over 200 schools participating, Tomaras was saluted for his efforts on behalf of state wrestling. Tomaras was inducted into the Helms Foundation Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1973, the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1984 and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003. Following his Cougar career, Tomaras completed a doctorate in education at the University of Oregon. He then coached at UC Berkeley for four years before returning to Western Washington University in 1961, where he coached and later served as its athletic director.
LAVERN TORGESON (1979)
LaVern Torgeson, premier linebacker and center for the Washington State Cougars in the 1948-50 era, has had a playing and coaching career in football spanning more than three decades. "Torgie" was Captain of the 1950 Cougar team, won first-team All-Conference and All-Coast honors and received the J. Fred Bohler Award. He still shares the WSU pass interception record with three against Penn State in 1948. Torgeson played for the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins from 1951 to 1959 and was All-Pro five times. During his years with the Lions, they were World Champions two times. He has coached with the Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers and LA Rams. Torgie entered WSU from Lacrosse.
LAURIE TURNER (2012)
In Washington State University Hall of Famer Richard Fry's book, The Crimson and the Gray, Laurie Turner was nicknamed the "Too Tall Guard" as at 5-11 she rose above her competitors in many ways. Her senior year, 1979, was her finest as she scored 13.7 points and grabbed 6.0 rebounds, while recording 57 assists and 57 steals. That same season she scored a then-WSU record 29 points against Seattle University and later was named to the All-Northwest Basketball League second team and to the National Scouting Association AIAW Region IX All-America team. After her playing career was over at WSU, she and Harold Rhodes (later a WSU head coach) were assistants to head coach Sue Durrant before Turner was named head coach at Eastern Oregon State College. At Eastern Oregon Turner added head volleyball coaching duties and later became the athletic director, the start of her career in athletic administration. In 1986 she was named the head basketball coach at the University of Idaho and currently serves as the athletic director at Pacific Lutheran University.
MIKE UTLEY (2004)
When Mike Utley wrapped up his distinguished collegiate football career at WSU in the fall of 1988, he departed the most highly decorated gridiron star in Cougar history - including his selection to six All-America first teams. His success in college propelled him to the National Football League where he was an early third round selection by the Detroit Lions in the spring of 1989. Three months later he was playing in the NFL and three years after entering the league his football career came to a crashing end. In early November 1991, Utley suffered a severe injury during Detroit's game with the Los Angeles Rams, fracturing the sixth and seventh cervical vertebra. Utley was carried off the field while giving his now famous "thumbs up" signal. Since then Utley has formed the Mike Utley Foundation and uses the foundation and proceeds from the sale of "Thumbs Up" merchandise to aid in the research of spinal cord injuries. Utley, a graduate of Kennedy High in Seattle, Utley started 42 of 45 games in his career and helped WSU to an Aloha Bowl victory over Houston in 1988. The consensus All-American played in three-post-season games before being drafted I n the third round.
JOHN VAN REENEN (1982)
John Van Reenen is not only the biggest discus thrower in Washington State University history, he's the best. And his best - 224 feet, 8 inches in 1975 - was a world record. The 6-8, 265-pound Van Reenen, a native of South Africa, came to WSU in 1967 and set a national freshman indoor discus record at 181-9 1/2. He continued to improve throughout his collegiate career and between 1968 and 1970 won three NCAA outdoor discus titles for the Cougars, placing second and third in 1968 and 1970 in the shot put as well. A ruling of the International Olympic Committee barring South Africa from the Games cut Van Reenen out of sure berths on his country's teams in 1972, 1976 and 1980 when he was still a world class thrower.
JIM WALDEN (2009)
Jim Walden was not one to hold back as a player or a coach, and neither were his Cougar football teams from the time he took over between the 1977 and 1978 seasons through his final campaign in the fall of 1986. The Cougars displayed many of the same characteristics Walden exhibited, including a passion for the sport and an outspoken and charismatic personality, plus a willingness to take more than a few chances. Taking the reins after WSU had three head coaches in three years, Walden assured the Cougar faithful he not only would stay around, but he would stay to build a winner. Four years later he guided WSU to the 1981 Holiday Bowl, WSU's first post-season bowl game since the 1931 Rose Bowl. Walden delivered on his promises while defeating every team in the Pacific-10 Conference. He finished his nine-year Cougar stint with 44 wins, second on the Washington State all-time list. After retiring from coaching in 1994, Walden showed his Crimson colors by returning to the Palouse, where he has served as Bob Robertson's broadcast sidekick for the past nine years while calling Harrison, Idaho, his home.
JOANN WASHAM (1982)
JoAnn Washam is the first Washington State University student to have participated in national championships in two sports as a Cougar. She played in the collegiate golf championship in 1971, and in 1972 was a member of the Cougar women's team in the AIAW basketball nationals. Since then, she has been one of the leading money-winners on the Ladies' Professional Golf Association tour, finishing ninth in the final standings in 1980 with winnings of $107,063 and recording an outstanding 73.01 scoring average for 28 tour events. JoAnn began her golfing at the age of 8 and won her hometown club championship in Auburn at the age of 13.
JOANNE WASHBURN (2012)
During a nearly 40-year career at WSU, including serving as women's athletic director from 1965-82, Joanne Washburn presided over unparalleled growth of the women's athletics program. During her time as women's athletic director, the women's athletic program grew to 12 teams and included eight sports: volleyball, basketball, field hockey, skiing, tennis, track & field, gymnastics, and swimming. Additionally, the budget grew from a mere $2,000 to eclipsing $1 million. Teams and individuals represented WSU in all sports at the regional level and as national competitions were developed, WSU qualified individuals and teams as well. During Washburn's tenure, the school was a charter member of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (AIAW). In addition to serving as a WSU Athletics administrator, Washburn coached at the school, and had a distinguished career as an instructor and professor for the school's physical education department.
DUKE WASHINGTON (2009)
When Duke Washington made WSU (nee WSC) his school of choice in 1951, little did anyone realize the impact he would later have on the school and his career. Over the course of three varsity seasons, 1952-53-54, Washington was the team's star back with over 1,000 career rushing yards, team captain, J. Fred Bohler Award winner, honorable mention All-American and Inland Empire Athlete of the Year. However, it was October 2, 1954, when the senior really made history by lining up against the Texas Longhorns in their Memorial Stadium. Texas officials didn't want Washington to make the trip, but the Cougar administration told Texas "no Washington, no game." And thus he became the first African American to play football in Memorial Stadium. He also became the first black to score a touchdown in the stadium, racing 73 yards, after which he received "the day's loudest cheers from 28,000 fans." "When I decided to take the road from Pasco to Pullman," Washington reflects, "I played on the Cougar field, went up on the academic hill and completed my degree, and then left Washington State to do my life's work. I came to the realization that all of my roads go back to Pullman."
CLANCY WILLIAMS (1986)
A star with the Cougars in the early 1960's Williams went on to an outstanding career with the Los Angeles Rams as a cornerback for eight seasons...he led the Rams in interceptions three times and finished his career tied for second on the club's all-time list with 28...also averaged over 25 yards per kickoff return...a 1964 first-team All-America pick by AP, NEA and the Football Writers of America...played in the 1965 Hula Bowl and East-West Shrine games...finished second in career rushing (1,456), kickoff returns (719) and second in single season rushing (783) in 1964...senior year led team in rushing, scoring, total offense, pass receptions, punt returns and kickoff returns...born 9-24-42 in Renton, Wash...attended Renton High.
JERRY WILLIAMS (1979)
Jerry Williams has seen almost every side of the game of football. He played - and starred - at the high school, collegiate and professional levels, and coached the college game and in the pros in the U.S. and Canada. One of the all-time best at returning punts and kickoffs, Williams still holds the WSU single season record for punt returns at 335 yards set in 1948. He played professionally six seasons for the Los Angeles Rams and was head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. In Canada he coached the Calgary Stampeders and the Hamilton Tiger Cats. He also was head coach at the University of Montana.
CLARENCE ZIMMERMAN (1979)
Played on two Rose Bowl teams at end (WSU vs. Brown, 1916; Mare Island Marines vs. Great Lakes Naval Training Station, 1919) and was first "official" WSU All-American. Named to Walter Camp's All-America at the conclusion of 1918 season. Played in 30 football games in collegiate career (and with Marines) and was on winning side 27 times. Coached high school football and basketball and spent long career in education administration. Teams at Walla Walla won two state championships and played for National interscholastic title. Had three undefeated teams in four years at North Central High School in Spokane. Served 18 years as a high school principal and 15 years as superintendent. Died in 1975.
1916-17 MEN'S BASKETBALL (2012)
The 1917 men's basketball team's performance on the court was that of champion; off the court it was heroic. Washington State's legendary coach and athletic director, J. Fred "Doc" Bohler, was entering his ninth season as head coach of the team and was returning the core of his outstanding 1916 team that went 18-3 and earned a Northwest Conference championship; Roy Bohler, Ed Copeland, Bob Moss, Ivan Price and Al Sorenson. The Crimson and Gray (they were not known as the Cougars until 1919) started the season with five-straight road games in consecutive days, winning by an average of 35 points. WSC went on to play just eight of its 26 games at home. Its only loss came at California, 28-20, as the Crimson and Gray notched a 25-1 overall record and 8-1 Pacific Coach Conference mark. The 25 wins marked a school record at the time and remain the fourth-most wins in school history. In 1917 there was no 'national champion' designation awarded to a team at the end of the season, as the first tournament wasn't played until 1939. Washington State was retroactively selected national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation.
1940-41 MEN'S BASKETBALL (2012)
After back-to-back 23-10 seasons, legendary head coach Jack Friel topped himself in 1940-41 with a 26-6 mark as the Cougars became NCAA runner-up. The starting lineup featured four seniors, including center Paul Lindemann, converted forwards Dale Gentry and Vern Butts and guard Ray Sundquist, along with sophomore Kirk Gebert. Friel, who consistently used 11 players in his rotation, also incorporated Marv Gilberg as his 'sixth man.' The Cougars dropped their first two Northern Division games to Oregon State on the road before reeling off 13-straight wins, a conference record, to claim their first title since 1937. WSC then beat Southern Division champion Stanford twice in Pullman for the Pacific Coast title and the right to advance to the Western United States Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. WSC dumped Creighton, 48-39, in the opening round, before upsetting previously unbeaten and tournament-favorite Arkansas, 64-53 in a semifinal. The win earned the Cougars the title as the best team in the West and propelled WSC into the NCAA Championship game against the East Champion Wisconsin. WSC fell to the Badgers, 39-34, earning runner-up status.
1937 BOXING (2012)
Head Coach Isaac "Ike" Deeter led a group of Washington-natives (Paul Waller of Carbondale, Ill. being the only member of the team not from the state of Washington) to its fourth Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Boxing title in six years (five points over second-place Idaho), on their way to capturing what at the time was Washington State's first National Championship in any sport. Waller (139 lbs.) and Ed McKinnon (159) each captured PCI individual championships en route to the National Intercollegiate Boxing Tournament in Sacramento, Calif. WSC sent four boxers to the national championships, Waller, McKinnon, Roy 'Pooch' Petragallo (119) and Robert Bates (135), as all four reached the finals. McKinnon and Petragallo each won the championship in their respective weight classes, giving the Cougars 25 points, 12 ahead of second-place Duke, for the title.
1915 FOOTBALL (2012)
Entering the 1916 Rose Bowl game, at the time called the Tournament of Roses Football Game, the talk was of Brown University freshman star running back Fritz Pollard. In fact, Pollard and Brown were given so much respect that, despite a 5-3-1 record, the Rhode Island school was considered the favorite over a 6-0 Washington State College team that had outscored its opponents by a 190-10 margin. Washington State's 14-0 win over Brown in what would become the first of the continuous Rose Bowl games left an impression on the game's referee, Walter Eckersall. Eckersall compared the Cougars to an undefeated Cornell team that later would be declared national champions. "It is the equal of Cornell," said Eckersall. "There is not a better football team in the country. I do not believe I ever saw a better one at any time." The Los Angeles Times account of the game included, "There was no fluke in the victory. There can be no detracting from the greatness of Washington's eleven."
1930 FOOTBALL (2012)
The Washington State College football team was a dominant force during the 1930 season. Cougar Head Coach Babe Hollingbery's team outscored its opponents 218-32 en route to a 9-0 record and the school's second Rose Bowl appearance. In all, the Cougars shut out opponents in five games and capped the regular season with shutouts at Washington and at Villanova. The team featured future NFL Hall of Fame members Glen "Turk" Edwards and Mel Hein. Edwards and Hein became the first All-Americans selected from Washington State, and Hein, a consensus pick as the greatest center in football, became the first player to have his jersey retired at Washington State. The Cougars could not overcome a 21-point second quarter by Alabama and fell to the Crimson Tide in the Rose Bowl 24-0.