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Winter 2006 | Volume 29, Number 1 | Athletics

Falcon Legends Hall of Fame to Induct Four New Members During Homecoming

AFTER FIVE DECADES OF contributions as an athlete, coach, administrator, and faculty member, Wes Lingren is taking his rightful place alongside Seattle Pacific University’s all-time greats. Lingren is among four inductees to the Falcon Legends Hall of Fame in 2006.

Also to be honored at the January 27, 2006, luncheon and ceremony during Homecoming are basketball great Jim Ballard, Olympic rower John Terwilliger, and basketball/ volleyball record-holder Tosca Lindberg. Longtime booster George Cottrill will be honored posthumously with the Lifetime Achievement Award. With these inductions, the Hall of Fame will grow to 20 members.

Lingren played basketball and tennis in the formative days of Falcon athletics. Upon joining the chemistry faculty, he became tennis coach and guided two teams to national top-seven finishes. Later, he served as both interim athletic director and longtime faculty athletic representative to the NCAA. Now retired, Lingren has been compiling notes for a history of SPU athletics, and he was the presenting speaker for Bob Thompson’s 2004 induction.

Ballard is generally regarded as the top Seattle Pacific player of the ’70s, twice leading teams into the NCAA tournament and completing his career as the No. 2 scorer and rebounder, averaging 15.9 points and 9.5 boards. He was the most valuable player of the 1972 regional tournament.

Lindberg was a force for all seasons. She set five records in volleyball and was the conference player of the year as a senior. In basketball, Lindberg holds marks for rebounding and was two-time all-conference. As a senior she was the NCAA state woman of the year.

Terwilliger rowed in the crew that took third place nationally in 1981, but gained greater fame by becoming a member of the U.S. crew that took silver in the 1984 Summer Games and gold in the 1986 Goodwill Games.

Tickets for the Falcon Legends Hall of Fame Luncheon must be purchased in advance by calling 206-281-2085.

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