June 4, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University will induct an eight-member class into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame Sept. 13-14, 2013, Director of Athletics Bill Moos announced Tuesday. In addition, three teams have also been selected for induction.
The honorees will join the current 169 members of the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame during campus ceremonies Sept. 13-14. Tickets to the induction ceremony dinner are $60 each. For more information, contact Bridget Slaybaugh at 509-335-0220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The induction dinner begins at 6 p.m. on September 13 at the Compton Union Building Ballroom and will be preceded by a 5 p.m. social in the same location.
The list of six contemporary (men since 1970, women since 1985) inductees includes:
Ian Campbell (track & field) - Garnered a total of four All-America certificates from 1976-78...captured back-to-back NCAA indoor championships in the triple jump in 1977-78...also finished fourth and sixth at the 1977 and 1978 NCAA outdoor championships, respectively...finished fifth at 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Whitney Evans (track & field) - During her career eight-time All-American Whitney Evans won an NCAA high jump title and captured two Pacific-10 high jump championships...also collected two NCAA runner-up finishes (one outdoors, one indoors), a third place NCAA outdoor and a fourth place indoor finish...was equally successful in the classroom, earning CoSIDA Academic All-America first team honors twice and a third team once.
Bernard Jackson (football) - Played two seasons in Pullman after arriving from Pierce Junior College... after senior season named to the All-Pac-8 and AP All-West Coast first teams and selected to play in the Coaches' All-America Game, the Hula Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game...senior year rushed for school record 1,189 yards while his 84 points were also a school record.
Rien Long (football) - Three-year letterwinner under Head Coach Mike Price...capped 2002 All-America season by winning the Outland Trophy Award, signifying the nation's most outstanding interior lineman...earned multiple first team All-America honors...in three seasons ranked sixth in career sacks at WSU and third in tackles-for-loss...played four years with the Tennessee Titans after being a fourth-round draft pick by the club in 2003.
Aaron Sele (baseball) - Spent three years in Pullman before being drafted in the first round of the 1991 MLB Draft...sophomore season earned first-team All-America honors by American Baseball Coaches Association and third team by Baseball America...played with Team USA prior to junior year, leading team with 10 wins, including shutout victory over Cuba...was a two-time all-star during his 15-year MLB career.
Kim Welch (golf) - Washington State's most decorated golfer, Welch left Pullman as the school leader in career wins (11), single-season wins (5) and career scoring average (74.96)...was a two-time All-American, four times named to All-Pacific-10 Conference and led team to four consecutive NCAA Regional appearances...turned pro following her WSU career and made her LPGA debut in 2008.
The inductee list includes two pioneers (men before 1970, women before 1985) who were true trailblazers in their respective Cougar careers:
Don Bertoia (track & field) - Earned three varsity letters in track and field...finished third at the 1962 NCAA Championships in the 800m, earning All-America status...competed for Canada in numerous international competitions, capturing the gold medal in the 800m at the 1963 Pan American Games, setting the Games record...also finished third in the 1500m that year.
Jim McKean (basketball) - Played four years of basketball for the Cougars from 1964-68...two-time LOOK Magazine District 8 All-American and twice named an All-Pac-8 First Team selection... remains in WSU's career top 10 for scoring, scoring average, rebounds, rebounding average and field goals...following his Cougar career he became and educator and an award-winning poet...inducted in Pac-12 Hall of Honor in March, 2013.
The Cougar teams being inducted include the 1965 baseball squad that reach the NCAA College World Series, the 1997 football team that reached the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1931 and the 1937 Mile Relay team that set the world record in a time of three minutes, 12.3 seconds..
The hall of fame was chartered in 1978, at the directive of then-WSU President Glenn Terrell and WSU Athletic Director Sam Jankovich.