Lynch, Puidokas headline new Hall of Famers

NINE COUGAR ATHLETES AND COACHES were announced as WSU Hall of Fame inductees Friday. This year's fellowship, to be enshrined in ceremonies Friday, Sept. 8, before the Cougs' home opener against Idaho, includes four from the Contemporary group; athletes Dan Lynch, Laura Lavine, Steve Puidokas and James Donaldson, and former athletic director Sam Jankovich. The Pioneer group includes athletes Vaughn Hitchcock, Dick Hannula and Janet Harman, and gymnastics coach Hubert Dunn.

The addition of the nine inductees will bring to 113 the players and coaches who have been inducted since 1978.

The 2006 Hall of Fame inductees:

Basketball (1977-78-79)

Full Name - James Lee Donaldson III. WSU Athletics
The 7-2, 275-pound center from Sacramento, Calif., had an outstanding three-years with the Cougar basketball squad...his 677 career rebounds is still ninth best Cougar total...holds WSU records for single-game blocked shots (8 versus Gonzaga in 1978) and career blocks (176)...Post-College Information - 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)…owns fitness and sports medicine businesses in the Seattle area.

DUNN, Hubert
Gymnastics (1947-62)

Full Name – Dr. J. Hubert Dunn. WSU Athletics
Earned four varsity letters in gymnastics before becoming first full time gymnastics coach at WSU, the Northwest and at any PCC school...considered by many as "father of Northwest gymnastics"…resigned WSU position in 1962 to accept a similar position at Northern Illinois University...1973 Helms Gymnastics Hall of Fame inductee...1996 inductee into the U.S.A. Gymnastics Hall of Fame…retired and living in DeKalb, Ill.

Swimming (1948-50)

Full Name – Richard L. Hannula. WSU Athletics
Enrolled at WSU in 1946…co-captain for the WSU swim team as a senior...Post-College Information - in 1951 started teaching and coaching at Tacoma's Lincoln High, winning state swim titles in 1953 and years later moved to Tacoma's new Wilson High, starting a national dynasty in Wilson, starting in 1960 and through his retirement from coaching in 1983 his teams won 323 consecutive victories in dual, relay, regional and state meets, including 24 straight State titles...his overall dual meet record at Wilson was 323-3-1...received WSU's Alumni Achievement Award in 1984…retired and living in Tacoma.

Bowling, Field Hockey (1949-52)

Full Name - Janet Harman. WSU Athletics
Starred for the Cougars in field hockey and was one of top women's bowlers...member of WSU's first Bowling Club...Post-College Information - one of the most honored and successful members all-time of the Professional Women's Bowlers Association…won PWBA national championship in 1963, along with Bowling Proprietors Association of America national doubles title with fellow hall of famer Donna 1958-59 she led the nation's women's bowlers with a 197 average (while bowling in a Portland league; had one 300 game) 1985 received highest honor a women bowler can receive, induction into the Women's International Bowling Congress Hall of Fame…deceased.

Football/Wrestling (1952-55)

Full Name – Vaughn Hitchcock. WSU Athletics
Made his way north to WSU from Hayward, Calif. in the fall of 1952…when he left in the spring of 1955 he had earned three varsity letters in both football (1953-54-55) and wrestling (1954-55-56)…Post-College Information - coaching is where he excelled as one of the nation's top college wrestling coaches…his accomplishments included: 23 years as head coach at Cal Poly (1962-85), where his dual meet record was 355-112-4…head coach of several national teams, including the USA Freestyle team (1974 and 1975) and the US. Olympic team (1976, Montreal)…U.S. Helms Wrestling Hall of Fame (1974)…retired and living in San Luis Obispo, Calif. JANKOVICH, Sam
Asst. AD/ Athletic Director (1972-84)

Full Name - Sam Jankovich. WSU Athletics
First came to WSU in 1968 as Jim Sweeney's defensive coordinator…at the end of the 1971 season, he moved to the administrative side as assistant athletic director overseeing the Cougar Club…in the summer of 1976 he was named athletic director…shortly after his appointment as AD, he undertook a monumental football stadium drive that pushed the facility capacity from 27,500 to 40,000…the project was accomplished by digging down and adding 13 rows to the stadium…the method of adding those 13 rows was unique and during the project WSU removed the track from inside the stadium, built a new track stadium where the baseball field had been located and then built a new baseball facility…Jankovich also pioneered the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978 with the support of President Glenn Terrell…retired and living in Hayden Lake, Idaho.

Track (1987-88)

Full Name – Laura Ann Lavine. WSU Athletics
Two-time Pac-10 and NCAA outdoor All-American champion in the discus, winning titles in 1987 and 1988…a clutch thrower, she won the 1988 NCAA title on her last throw in Eugene and also won the first of two Pac-10 discus titles on her last throw in 1987…became WSU's first women's outdoor champion with her 1987 NCAA title…also competed in the shot put during collegiate career, ranking seventh on WSU's all-time list…established a Pac-10 discus record…selected in 1996 as WSU's Woman Athlete of the Decade…resides in Tucson, Ariz.

Football (1980-84)

Full Name – Daniel Walbridge Lynch. WSU Athletics
Uttered one of the more famous quotes from Cougar lore, in 1984: "There are four important stages in your life. You're born, you play the Huskies, you get married, and you die." The two-time team captain was an All-American offensive guard in 1984 and only player to participate in two Senior Bowls…won prestigious NCAA post-graduate award in 1985 and one of 15 finalists for NCAA's "Top Five" award for scholastic and athletic excellence…earned All-America first team honors by AP, Football News and second team by The Sporting News…played in the East-West Shrine game and Senior Bowl…had played in Senior Bowl after 1983 season, his fourth at WSU, but was then granted a medical hardship and allowed to play an additional year...won Frank Butler award…resides in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Basketball (1974-77)

Full Name - Steve Puidokas. WSU Athletics
Rewrote the WSU record book during his career...established career marks for points (1,894), field goals (734), field goal attempts (1,499), rebounds (992), minutes played (3,592) and points in a single game (42 vs. Gonzaga as a junior)...he still ranks second in points and minutes played…also established WSU career records in league games for points, field goals made and attempted, rebounds and minutes played...he finished his career ranked fourth in Pac-8 career scoring and seventh in rebounds...led the Pac-8 in scoring in 1975...first (and only) WSU basketball player to have his uniform number (55) retired...played professional basketball in Europe for many years…deceased.

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Mark your calendars for this upcoming Wednesday, April 19, at 12 p.m. PT when Robb Akey, defensive coordinator for the Cougs, will be answering questions in the CF.C chat room during a lunchtime session. A subscription is required to access the Chat Room, which you can take out for a FREE 7-day test drive. Click here for membership options: CF.C Premium Access –- though the annual Total Access Pass is the best deal, both in terms of price and perks) The chat with Jeff McQuarrie, producer and director of an upcoming new 4-hour documentary about the colorful history of Cougar football has been rescheduled for the following Wednesday.

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