Cougars Select Seven for Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
March 2, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - An 11-time NCAA All-American distance runner, a world record-holder in the steeplechase, a 14-season NBA veteran, a volleyball All-American, a football coach who guided WSU to its first bowl game in 51 years, an All-American running back who was the first African-American to play in famed Texas Longhorn's Memorial Stadium, and the unquestioned authority on Cougar athletic history will be inducted into the Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame next fall, WSU Director of Athletics Jim Sterk announced.
The inductee list includes two pioneers (men before 1970, women before 1985) who were true trailblazers in their respective Cougar careers:
Richard Fry - After 13 years as WSU's sports information director and 15 years as the school's news bureau director, he retired, then wrote the definitive history of Cougar athletics for WSU's centennial celebration and continues to write for WSU game programs and other publications...first joined the WSU staff in 1952;
The list of five new contemporary (men since 1970, women since 1985) inductees are:
Craig Ehlo - Led the George Raveling-coached WSU basketball teams in 1982 and 1983, including an NCAA tournament berth, followed by a 14-year NBA career with Houston, Cleveland, Atlanta and Seattle...set several WSU records senior year and led the Pacific-10 Conference in steals...lives in Spokane and serves as a color commentator for FSN Northwest;
The seven new honorees will join the current 113 members of the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame during campus ceremonies Sept. 18-19. The hall of fame was chartered in 1978, at the directive of then-WSU President Glenn Terrell and WSU Athletic Director Sam Jankovich.
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