UW Announces 2006 Hall of Fame Inductees

SEATTLE -- Former head coaches Jan Harville and Jim Lambright are among six individuals who will enter the Husky Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2006. The official list, announced Friday by Washington's Big 'W' Club, also includes former football standout Greg Lewis, men's basketball player Todd MacCulloch, men's swimmer Jody Braden and women's track and field star Aretha (Hill) Thurmond.

The Class of 2006 will be formally inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 27, in a ceremony at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, and will be introduced during halftime of Washington's Oct. 28 Homecoming football game against Arizona State.

During their careers at Washington, this year¹s honorees combined for three Pac-10 individual titles, 19 Pac-10 team titles, and nine All-America honors, and won four NCAA team titles. The list includes three Olympians, one National Coach of the Year, and one Doak Walker Award winner, and three honorees who served their alma maters both as athletes and coaches.

"A Hall of Fame honors the best of former generations," stated director of athletics Todd Turner, "and you simply could not ask for a more distinguished class, overall, than this year's. I find it fitting that two former student-athletes who later became coaches here will be inducted, as well as individuals whose accomplishments were among the most noteworthy in Husky history."

Inaugurated in 1979 to 'honor and preserve the memory of those athletes, teams, coaches and members of the athletic staff who have contributed in a very outstanding and positive way to the promotion of the University of Washington athletic program,' the Husky Hall of Fame has recognized some 136 individuals and 15 teams in its 27-year existence. Classes were inducted annually from 1979-2001, and have been inducted bi-annually since 2004; no classes were inducted in 2002 or 2003.

For more information and tickets to the induction ceremony, contact the Washington athletic department at (206) 543-2210.

Husky Hall of Fame Class of 2006

Jody Braden
A four-time All-American who once held six Washington swimming records, Braden was the Pac-10 Champion in the 400 IM as a senior in 1991. The four-year letter-winner was named the UW's male swimmer of the year three times (1989, '90, '91) and the Pacific Northwest Swimming male swimmer of the year in 1991. Braden was tabbed as an All-American in the 400 IM as a junior before earning All-America honors in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 butterfly as a senior. A member of the United States National Team in 1991 and 1992, Braden earned a silver medal in the 400 IM at the 1991 Pan-American Games. He is currently the head coach of the swim team at the Portland Athletic Club.

Jan Harville
The Washington women's crew program set the standard for excellence in rowing during Jan Harville's 16-year tenure as head coach. Harville won four national titles at Washington, including the first-ever NCAA team title in 1997, and led the UW varsity eight to back-to-back undefeated seasons in 1997 and 1998. In 2002, Harville was voted the National Rowing Coach of the Year by her peers at the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). Harville also collected Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors nine times as Washington won 12 consecutive conference championships between 1992 and 2003. The program accomplished another memorable `first' in 2000 when Harville¹s varsity eight won the Henley Prize, the first women's trophy awarded at the Henley Royal Regatta in England since the famous regatta began in 1839. Harville first came to Washington as an undergraduate, when she rowed for the Huskies from 1970 to 1973. The women's team competed in its first national championship regatta in 1972, on Green Lake in Seattle, and she won a silver medal in the pairs. She received the team's Most Inspirational Award in 1973. Harville is an Olympian as well, earning a spot on both the 1980 and 1984 U.S. National rowing teams. At the '84 games in Los Angeles, she finished fourth as a part of the coxed-four.

Jim Lambright
In 34 years as a Husky player and coach, Jim Lambright redefined defensive football at the University of Washington. As a player, Lambright earned two letters at defensive end and garnered all-conference and All-Coast honors as a senior in 1964. He was also named the Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational Award winner that year. Lambright returned to UW five years after graduation as an assistant coach, where he would embark on a 24-year career as an innovator on the defensive side of the ball. As the defensive coordinator for 16 years and the assistant head coach for six more, Lambright authored defenses that ranked highly among the Pac-10¹s statistical leaders, with all but one finishing in the top half of the conference in total defense. He is also credited with the creation and implementation of the 'attack style' defense that wreaked havoc on opposing offenses using an eight-man defensive front. The defense, unveiled in 1990, was a key factor in Washington's march to a perfect season and the national championship in 1991. The 1991 Huskies were second in the nation in rushing defense (67.1), total defense (237.1), scoring defense (9.2) and turnover margin (+1.73) and led the Pac-10 in virtually every defensive category. Named the head coach at Washington in 1993, Lambright embarked on a six-year tenure as head coach in which he compiled a record of 44-25-1 (.664) - including a 31-16-1 mark in conference play - and led the Huskies to four bowl appearances. His 1995 squad shared the Pac-10 Conference title with a 6-1-1 conference record, while his 1996 team finished 9-3 and 7-1 in league play. All told, Lambright participated in 386 games as a Husky player or coach, a feat unmatched by anyone in Husky football history.

Greg Lewis
Greg Lewis made a name for himself as a star tailback at Washington from 1987 to 1990. As a senior, he rushed for 1,407 yards, a school record at the time, and earned Pac-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors. Lewis was also lauded with the inaugural Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top junior or senior running back, and finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting, the highest finish ever for a Husky offensive player. Lewis, who rushed for 1,197 yards as a junior, was the first UW runningback to rush for 1,000 yards or more in consecutive seasons. His 15 career 100-yard games are second-most in the UW record books. Lewis still holds the Husky record for consecutive games with 100 yards rushing or more, compiling a streak of 10 such games during the 1989 and 1990 seasons. After he finished his college career, Lewis spent two seasons with the Denver Broncos before returning to complete his degree in political science from UW in 1993. Lewis later returned to work in the Husky Athletic Department and is in his fifth year as the staff liaison to the Big "W" Alumni Club, and added Special Assistant to the Athletic Director to his title in 2004.

Todd MacCulloch
Remembered as one of the best-shooting big men in UW history, Todd MacCulloch led Washington to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998 and 1999, including a heartbreaking last-second defeat to UConn in the 1998 Regional Semifinal. MacCulloch was a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 1998 and 1999, and an honorable mention All-American as a senior, when he became just the second player in NCAA history to lead the NCAA in field-goal percentage in three-consecutive years. In addition to his athletic prowess, MacCulloch was a winner off the court, earning three Academic All-Pac-10 honors and twice receiving the Tyee Sports Council award. A second-round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1999 NBA Draft, MacCulloch played four seasons in the NBA, averaged nearly 10 points and five rebounds a game, and starting at center for the New Jersey Nets in the 2002 NBA Finals. Though forced to retire in 2004 due to a rare foot ailment MacCulloch continues to work in the NBA as a color commentator for the 76ers.

Aretha (Hill) Thurmond
Known as Aretha Hill during a prolific career at Washington from 1995-98, Thurmond set Washington, Pac-10 Conference and American collegiate records in the discus, and was a four-time NCAA All-American. For much of the past decade, Thurmond has been America's pre-eminent women's discus competitor, earning top-five finishes at the USA Championships every year since 1996, including back-to-back U.S. crowns in 2003 and 2004. Thurmond has twice represented the United States at the Olympic Games, and was the gold medalist at the 2003 Pan Am Games. She has ranked among the top-10 in the IAAF's World Rankings in each of the past four seasons, including a final ranking of No. 6 in 2005. Thurmond's lifetime best of 216 feet, 1 inch ranks third in U.S. history, while her collegiate best of 215-3 is a Pac-10 record, and the second-best ever by a U.S. collegian.


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