Athletic Awards Aplenty at Annual Banquet

Jeff McBroom

Stephanie Huffman


In a year when Seattle Pacific University produced six teams that finished among the top 16 in the nation, and nine individual All-Americans, there was no shortage of qualified nominees for end-of-the-year awards.

Sharing Athlete of the Year honors at the annual Athletic Banquet on June 1 were basket-ball's record-setting scorer Jeff McBroom and two-sport standout Stephanie Huffman. McBroom, a senior who averaged 24.3 points, tied or broke nine school records as he led the Falcons to a 23-8 record and Sweet 16 advancement in the NCAA tournament. Huffman, a sophomore, set records in volleyball last fall, then came back to finish second in the hepthathlon at the NCAA Track and Field Championships.

The Falcon Award for Excellence, which salutes career achievement in athletics, academics and leadership, was given to four seniors: Matt Cooper, cross country/track and field; Georgianne Smith, gymnastics; Lisa Smith, gymnastics; and Kip Wassink, crew. Later, in July, both Cooper and Lisa Smith were awarded $5,000 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.



Foreman Passes the Baton to Hoyt

Jack Hoyt

Nearly a half century after he developed the first varsity track and field program at Seattle Pacific, Ken Foreman is passing the baton to his protZgZ, Jack Hoyt.

Foreman announced May 24 that he was stepping down as head track and field coach after three lengthy stints at SPU totaling 39 years. Hoyt, a former Falcon All-American and 1987 alumnus, has been a longtime Foreman assistant.

Foreman will remain on the staff as an assistant in the 2000 season. Since 1950, he has also served SPU as athletic director, head basketball and cross country coach, and chairman of the Physical Education Department. He is regarded nationally and internationally as a pioneer in coaching women at the world-class level. Included in Foreman's lengthy list of national team assignments was head coach of the U.S. Olympic Team in 1980.

Spring Into Fall

Seattle Pacific University gymnastics warded off numerous injuries and other setbacks to not only qualify for the national meet last spring, but place fourth. Freshman Alison Siegel finished second in the all-around and balance beam.

Later in the season, women's track took seven individuals to the NCAA Championships and finished 16th. Co-Athlete of the Year Stephanie Huffman was second and Laura Widman fifth in the heptathlon, and Rachel Ross ran sixth in the 800 meters.

Highlights in rowing were Pacific Coast titles for both the men's and women's novice lightweight fours. The women's varsity four was third at nationals, earning the program's first medal since 1981.

This fall, soccer, cross country and volleyball bring back almost all of their top performers. Falcon soccer, which reached the semifinals last year, opens its home season with the Far West Classic September 3-4 at Interbay Stadium. The women's volleyball team, undefeated at Brougham in 1998, hosts Pacific Lutheran September 14.


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