WSU announces 25-member Hall of Fame class

EIGHT STORIED Cougar football players are among the 25 former WSU athletes elected to the Washington State Athletic Hall of Fame, WSU announced today. Events will be held both in Spokane and Pullman Sept. 18-19, coinciding with the Cougars' home football game against Wyoming. Marcus Trufant, Lamont Thompson, Jerome Harrison and Steve Broussard are among the football notables.

In 2014 the inductee class consisted of only Steve Gleason, who was recognized during ceremonies at the Apple Cup. Bill Moos requested a large class for this year, the school said in a release, that includes both contemporary and pioneer inductees.

“This year’s class is comprised of legendary Cougars who have been tremendous representatives of Washington State University, both as student-athletes and throughout their endeavors after leaving Pullman,” said Moos in the release. “Their accomplishments merit their inclusion into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame, alongside the other great individuals and teams who have preceded them.”

The 2015 WSU Hall of Fame Inductees:

• Pat Beach, 1978-82, Football: Finished WSU career with a tight end record 63 receptions for 936 yards and five touchdowns…First-Team All-America by The Sporting News…nine-year NFL career, including three Pro Bowl selections.

• Larry Beck, 1955-57, Basketball: Two-time All-Conference forward under Coach Jack Friel…led WSC in scoring during the 1950s with 1,263 points…set WSC game, season and career records, including single-season rebounding mark in 1956.

• Steve Broussard, 1986-89, Football: Highly versatile, setting nine WSU records…two-time All-America and All-Pac-10 selection, and 1989 Pac-10 Offensive MVP…led team to 1988 Aloha Bowl victory…nine-year NFL career.

• Rex Davis, 1966-94, Tennis and Gymnastics: Coached gymnastics from 1966-68 and tennis from 1967-94…his athletes had the highest graduation rate in school history…center court at the WSU outdoor tennis center is named in his honor.

• Wayne Foster, 1963-65, Football: Member of Cardiac Kids team in 1965…First-Team All-America defensive end as a senior…played in East-West Shrine Game and Hula Bowl…selected by Oakland Raiders in 1966 NFL Draft.

• Jerome Harrison, 2004-05, Football: 2005 consensus All-American selection…led Pac-10 in rushing with school-record 1,900 yards…finished ninth in voting for 2005 Heisman…seven-year NFL career after being a fourth-round pick by Cleveland.

• Scott Hatteberg, 1988-91, Baseball: Two-time First-Team All-Pac-10 as a catcher…selected for Team USA summer before his junior season…first-round pick by Boston in 1991 Amateur Draft…played 14 seasons in the major leagues.

• Allan Kennedy, 1976-80, Football: Two-time All-America selection…played for three head coaches during his time at WSU …selected by Washington in 1981 NFL Draft…member of San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl teams in 1981 and 1985 seasons.

• Josh Kimeto, 1975-78, Track & Field: Eight-time All-American at WSU…twice won NCAA 5,000m…1975 Pac-8 cross country champion…held NCAA records in 2000m, 3000m, 4000m and 2-mile events…member of Kenyan National Team.

• Curt Ledford, 1936-39, Track & Field: NCAA All-American in 220-yard dash in 1939…member of 400m world record relay team that included Cougar Lee Orr…set WSC record in 200m straight away in 1938.

• Erin McCleave, 2003-07, Swimming: Three-time All-American…finished WSU career as school-record holder in five events, as well as two relay teams…first Cougar to earn Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month …2007 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee.

• Keith Millard, 1980-83, Football: Earned All-America honorable mention honors in 1983…Morris Award winner as top defensive lineman in Pac-10 as a senior…nine-year NFL career…1989 NFL Defensive MVP…two-time All-Pro.

• Jay Miller, 2003-06, Baseball: Third-team All-American as a senior…finished career as WSU’s all-time hits leader…second all-time in doubles with 74…drafted by Philadelphia in 2006 MLB Draft…played professionally for three seasons.

• Mary Moore, 1983-87, Track & Field: Two-time NCAA indoor high jump champion…also earned All-America honors in 1987…remains as WSU’s record holder in the high jump at 6-3…finished third at 1987 Melrose Games with jump of 6-2 1/4.

• Doug Nordquist, 1980-82, Track & Field: Earned All-America honors at 1982 NCAA indoor meet (T-2nd)…topped 7-foot mark 13 times in career…set school record with 7-4 ½ jump in 1981…member of 1984 USA Olympic Team, finished fifth.

• Cassandra Overby, 1980-84, Basketball: Finished career second in scoring, first in rebounding and second in blocked shots at WSU…All-Northwest Women’s Basketball League selection…school-record 43 blocked shots as a senior.

• Erica Perkins-Jasper, 1997-02, Tennis: Finished career as WSU’s all-time leader in singles victories…led team to three NCAA appearances…three-time NCAA singles participant…two-time Academic All-American…WSU’s Pac-10 Conference Medal recipient.

• Pam Qualls, 1985-88, Track & Field: Four-time All-American…remains WSU’s record holder for 100m and 200m sprints…captured NorPac titles in 100m and 200m in 1986…member of USA Junior Olympic Team prior to WSU.

• Geoff Reece, 1972-74, Football: First-Team All-American as a senior…two-time All-Pacific Coast Conference First Team…senior year played in Coaches’ All-America Games, East-West Shrine Game and Blue-Gray Game…played two years in NFL.

• Rick Riley, 1967-71, Track & Field: All-American in 6-mile in 1969…first Cougar to break the four-minute mile barrier (3:59.2) en route to 1970 Pac-8 title…won 1500m and mile races at 1970 Pac-8 Championships in school-record times.

• Richard Stiles, 1947-49, Baseball: Posted a 17-2 record in his two seasons…senior year went 12-1 with 10 complete games, second all-time at WSU…All-Northern Division and All-District 8 as a senior…pitched for St. Louis Browns following WSC career.

• Lamont Thompson, 1997-01, Football: Continues to own Pac-10 record with 24 career interceptions…First-Team All-America as a senior…MVP of 2001 Sun Bowl…selected in second round of 2002 NFL Draft by Cincinnati…spent six seasons in the NFL.

• Marcus Trufant, 1999-02, Football: First-Team All-America as a senior…three-time All-Pac-10 selection…helped WSU to back-to-back 10-win seasons and trips to Sun and Rose Bowls…first-round selection by Seattle in 2003 NFL Draft…spent 13 years in NFL.

• Bob Waits, 1969-71, Baseball: Garnered First-Team All-America honors as a senior…set NCAA record with 59 stolen bases in 1971, also hit .358…team MVP and top hitter as a senior…also played basketball at WSU.

• Bob Yard, 1963-64, Track & Field: Earned All-America honors after winning 1965 NCAA indoor pole vault title…won bronze medal at 1967 Pan American Games while competing for Canada.

The induction ceremony will take place Sept. 18, at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane. The schedule will include a no-host social (5-6 p.m.) prior to the Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony from 6-9 p.m. The following day inductees will be in Pullman for a campus tour, pregame social, and recognition at halftime of the WSU-Wyoming football game.

The 25 new honorees will increase to 203 the members of the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame. The hall of fame was chartered in 1978.

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