Willamette University

News and Notes

Steve Prothero Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Steve Prothero, who served as the head men’s golf coach from 1966 through 2009 and was the head women’s golf coach from 1995 to 2002, was elected into the WU Athletics Hall of Fame prior to his death this spring.

Prothero owned the second-longest tenure for a Northwest Conference head coach in one sport, trailing only WU’s Lestle Sparks ’19, who coached the Bearcats in men’s tennis for 50 years (1925–74).

Under Prothero’s guidance, the men took six NWC titles in golf. He also guided the team to eight NAIA District 2 championships, with the team advancing to the NAIA National Championship tournament in each of those seasons. Willamette transitioned to Division III in 1998.

The women’s team won conference titles in 1995, 1996 and 1999. The Bearcat women advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament in 1998 and 1999. Kara Blair ’01 won the NWC individual title in 1999.

Other new inductees in the Willamette Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will be announced this summer.


Swimmers Leave Records in Their Wake

The women’s swim team broke three school records at the 2012–13 Northwest Conference Swimming Championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. Annette Marinello ’15 set new records in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:07.27and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:28.67.

In addition, the Bearcats broke the 400-yard medley relay record with a new top time of 4:05.65. Swimming on the relay were Michaela Zuber ’16, Marinello ’15, Malia Santos ’16 and Hope Nelson ’14.

Booth and Williams Award Winners Selected

The 2012–13 winners of the J. Henry Booth and Jean Williams Awards were honored at the Athletics Awards Night April 30. Each year these awards go to the senior male and female student-athletes who, having completed their collegiate careers, most exemplify outstanding leadership, scholarship, and athleticism.

Men’s tennis player Joshua Wong ’13 (see p. 9) was chosen as the Booth Award winner, while women’s cross country and track runner Theresa Edwards ’13 and softball catcher Kelli Snyder ’13 were selected as co-winners of the Williams Award.

Peter Hoffman '15 pitches against Pacific Lutheran University

Baseball Places Third in NWC

The Willamette baseball team took third place in the NWC this year at 13-11, reflecting an encouraging trend. The Bearcats went 9-2 in the last 11 games, including 7-2 in the NWC. They were led by Hunter Gallant ’15, who hit .365 for the season, and by starting pitchers Parker Johnson ’13, Brandon Simon ’13 and Peter Hoffman ’15. Given the class standing of key players, the team’s fortunes look bright indeed.

FORE Willamette

FORE Willamette Set for Sept. 16

Willamette’s yearly golf tourney will return to The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, Ore. A primary fundraiser for the Department of Athletics, FORE Willamette has been a Bearcat tradition for nearly 40 years. Contact David Rigsby, director of athletics, at 503-370-6548 or drigsby@willamette.edu to learn more about participation or sponsorship opportunities.

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