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Eat like an athlete
Summer 2015

Fuel up and you can dominate is the mantra of sports nutrition at WSU.


Categories: Athletics, Health sciences
Tags: Sports nutrition


Shattering Some Glass—Women sportscasters breaking into the big leagues
Summer 2015

Women in sports broadcasting jump hurdles and work hard to succeed in the traditionally male-dominated field, as several WSU alumni can attest.


Categories: Athletics, Communication
Tags: Women, Sports broadcasters


A winning style
Spring 2015

WSU basketball coach Ernie Kent teaches his players more than ball skills; he teaches them life skills from his own experience.


Categories: Athletics
Tags: Basketball


A new field of dreams
Spring 2015

The WSU women's soccer team has had success on its newly renovated field, as well as off the field in the classroom.


Categories: Athletics
Tags: Soccer, Athletes


The right color back on
Winter 2014

WSU football standout Jason Gesser '02 returns to the University, reconnecting former student athletes with the athletic program and building relationships with fans and donors.


Categories: Athletics
Tags: Football, Athletes, Development


Cougar football—A new home at the core of campus
Fall 2014

A new building next to Martin Stadium houses the Cougar football program, with updated locker room, weight room, physical rehab, and other features.


Categories: Athletics
Tags: Buildings, Football


Chip Hanauer ’76—The boat guy
Fall 2014

Chip Hanauer '76 went from champion hydroplane racer to The Boat Guy, losing his voice and finding himself along the way.


Categories: Athletics, Recreation, Alumni
Tags: Boating, Racing, Hydroplane boats


Consider the dragon
Summer 2014

Chinese American martial artist and actor Bruce Lee embodied a new and potent physicality as an Asian man on film, one who would transcend traditional kung fu forms, influence fitness, and stand toe-to-toe against stereotypes.


Categories: Cultural studies, Athletics
Tags: Asian Americans, Martial arts, Bruce Lee


Summer Spikes
Summer 2014

A team on the court and in the camps, this summer WSU’s volleyball student athletes will coach the next generation of college players.


Categories: Athletics
Tags: Volleyball, Camps


After the games
Spring 2014

Former Cougar football player Derek Sparks made a special effort to reconnect athletes whose names were once synonymous with WSU, and brought many of them back to campus for a reunion.


Categories: Athletics
Tags: Football


Cougar encampments
Winter 2013

Over the past 20 years a community of devoted campers has developed in the parking lots around the WSU Pullman campus.


Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Tailgating, Transportation


Stronger may not be better
Fall 2013

Neck strength alone won't help prevent concussions when student athletes head a soccer ball, according to WSU researchers. They came to their conclusions from experiments inside WSU’s Sports Science Laboratory.


Categories: Health sciences, Athletics
Tags: Soccer, Concussions


Composing Cougar soccer
Fall 2013

WSU women's soccer coach Keidane McAlpine was a music business graduate and brings an up-tempo game to Cougar soccer.


Categories: Athletics
Tags: Soccer, Coach


Cougar Crew Days
Fall 2013

Cougar men's crew has competed in rowing for 40 years and alumni and current rowers celebrated last spring. The WSU women's rugby squad won a second national championship in the spring, as well.


Categories: Athletics
Tags: Women athletes, Rowing, Rugby, Crew


Games everyone can play
Summer 2013

Intramural sports at WSU have a long and popular history, from baseball games in 1898 to flag football and Battleship in Gibb Pool in 2013.


Categories: Athletics, Recreation
Tags: Intramural sports, Students


Down Under to Pullman
Spring 2013

The WSU men's basketball team has had a number of outstanding players from Australia in the last few years, with a Down Under connection on the coaching staff as well.


Categories: Athletics
Tags: Basketball, Australia


One happy ending
Spring 2013

The WSU Cougars football team pulled off the biggest comeback in Apple Cup history in 2012.


Categories: Athletics
Tags: Apple Cup, Football


That voice
Winter 2012

Bob Robertson has been the voice that fans of WSU Cougar football have connected with for over 510 games.


Categories: Communication, Athletics
Tags: Broadcasting, Football, Sports broadcasters


Bob Hanson ’82—When bowling was big
Winter 2012

Bob Hanson '82 led the WSU bowling team to the national championships. Now he owns Tower Lanes in Tacoma and bowls in professional tournaments.


Categories: WSU history, Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Bowling


A talk with Mike Leach about life, animals...and Cougar football
Fall 2012

A conversation with WSU head football coach Mike Leach ranges far and wide, from Cougar football prospects to hunting bears to the Tokyo Fish Market.


Categories: Athletics, Campus life
Tags: Football, Coach


Marcus Capers ’12—What it means to be a Coug
Fall 2012

Marcus Capers exemplifies the Cougar spirit as an iron man of WSU basketball. The 2012 graduate broke the record for most basketball games played by a WSU player, and Capers did it with heart and energy.


Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Basketball


Scoring position: A man buys his hometown team
Summer 2012
In the 1970s, when Mikal Thomsen ’79 was a budding business student at WSU, he earned his tuition by compiling the stats for the football, basketball, and baseball teams. The job not only let him parlay an interest in numbers and sports into ...
Categories: Athletics, Business
Tags: Baseball, Tacoma


John E. Olerud ’65—Science is a lot like baseball
Summer 2012
Whether he’s studying how wounds heal or he’s tagging a runner out at home plate, John E. Olerud ’65 knows two techniques to succeed: work hard and stick with it.Olerud credits those lessons to the man who recruited him to Washington Stat...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics, Health sciences
Tags: Baseball, Dermatology, Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award, Doctors


Let him swim: The Tom Jager story
Spring 2012
On a Friday evening in August 1989, Tom Jager is about to race in a 50-meter freestyle event at the U.S. National Championships in Los Angeles.The race marks the return of Olympic gold medalist Matt Biondi, who dueled with Jager in the sa...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Olympics, Swimming


A Coug’s Numbers, A Hollywood Story
Winter 2011
By traditional baseball standards, Scott Hatteberg’s big league days were numbered.He had been a Cougar standout, team captain, Most Valuable Player, and catcher for future All-Star Aaron Sele, with whom he went to the Red Sox in 1991. But ...
Categories: Alumni, Mathematics, Athletics
Tags: Statistics, Sabermetrics, Moneyball, Baseball


John Olerud x’88: Faith, Hope, and Horses
Winter 2011
 John Olerud was not enamored with New York City during his playing days with the Toronto Blue Jays. “Every time we went there and played I was so intimidated by the city.” he recalls. “I just thought, man, it was just a matter of tim...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Disabilities, Major League Baseball, Baseball


Collegiate Athletics in the 21st Century
Winter 2011
“Just Win, Baby!” was the motto made famous by legendary Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. His philosophy was that simple. Along the way the Raiders gained a reputation as one of the dirtiest, most penalized, but successful teams in pro...
Categories: Athletics, Business, Cultural studies
Tags: College athletes, Student athletes, NCAA, Collegiate sports


LaToya Harris ’03—Standing out
Winter 2011
When coach LaToya Harris stands with her team on the volleyball court at Lewis-Clark State College, here’s the remarkable thing: She doesn’t stand out. Sure, she is the only one wearing black crop pants instead of blue shorts and a w...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Volleyball, Coach, Lewis-Clark State College


Chance McKinney ’94, ’96—Country music working man
Winter 2011
It’s vacation season, mid-August. A light breeze off Lake Chelan wafts over Manson, where Chance McKinney and his band Crosswire prepare to open for country music star Dierks Bentley at the Mill Bay Casino.For McKinney ’94, ’96—an...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni, Music
Tags: Concerts, Student athletes, Country Music Television, Country music


Running with the Pac-12—A conversation with Bill Moos
Fall 2011
This summer, Washington State University and the other nine schools in the Pac-10 conference expanded to the Pac-12, welcoming the University of Colorado and the University of Utah. WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos has been part of the c...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Football, Pac-12, Buildings


From Burma to the Blazers
Summer 2011
Richard Cho ’89 was born in Burma (Myanmar), an impoverished Asian country on the United Nations’ list of least-developed nations. When he was just three, his family moved to the United States, saving and economizing for a better life...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Basketball, NBA


Run to greatness
Spring 2011
On an overcast, frigid December afternoon, two-time NCAA 400-meter hurdles champion Jeshua Anderson is running with his track teammates in the Indoor Practice Facility. Anderson’s training regime today includes a 300-meter sprint, then f...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Track and field, Hurdles


Hit or be hit
Spring 2011
Hit or be hit. It’s the essence of dodgeball. “The feeling after hitting somebody,” muses Peter Brown, a senior finance major, after his Delta Upsilon team beat the Sig Ep Slingers on a cold night in November, “that’s like, I’m b...
Categories: Athletics, Campus life
Tags: Intramural sports, Dodgeball


Living for a cure
Winter 2010
At his home on the banks of the Columbia River just north of Wenatchee is one of Mike Utley’s achievements. A Ford F-350 pickup. Black with blue flames jutting from front to back, the truck gives off as imposing a presence as the 6-fo...
Categories: Health sciences, Athletics
Tags: Philanthropy, Football, Spinal cord injuries, Mike Utley


Tools for training
Fall 2010
Early one afternoon in June, former head football coach Jim Walden drops by the newly-renovated WSU Athletics weight room to check in on the project.Just a few students are w...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Athletic facilities, Weight training, Rowing, Baseball


Back from the ranch
Summer 2010
Sometime before May 1, Bill Moos ‘73 will become athletic director at WSU. So much needs to be done, but with Moos, it all seems possible.This is because he’s done it before. Moos helped turn Oregon into a Pac-10 and national power before l...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Athletic director, WSU staff


Annie Thiessen '99—The pacemaker
Summer 2010
“I wasn’t always fast,” says Annie Thiessen, a Tacoma veterinarian who in the past 10 years has won well over 30 marathons. “I just don’t know what happened.” But she does know when it happened. It was 2005 and she was competing i...
Categories: Athletics, Recreation, Alumni
Tags: Marathons, Running


Ruggers
Spring 2010
On a frosty Saturday morning in early December, Martin Stadium rings with the thud of tackles and calls for a pass. Football season ended two weeks before, so the voices on the field aren’t quarterbacks and safeties. They are the voices of ...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Women athletes, Rugby


Cougar pride
Spring 2010
Though they attended Washington State nearly a half century apart, Gary Schneidmiller and Herbert Meeker share an unbreakable bond to a storied tradition. For the past three decades, Washington State’s mascot, Butch, has been an anonymous stu...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Football, Butch Cougar, Statues


Cougar Links—Palouse Ridge homecoming
Spring 2010
A little more than a year after the grand opening of the Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, the 315-acre course has garnered national attention as one of the best new courses in the country. It has al...
Categories: Business, Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Palouse Ridge, Golf


Doubling back
Winter 2009
Drew Bledsoe may be best remembered by Washington State fans for what he accomplished on a snowy day in November 1992.And while visions of Bledsoe, receiver Phillip Bobo, and a snow bank are foremost in their memories, these days, Bledsoe wants Coug...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Wine, Football


A player to be reckoned with
Fall 2009
On October 2, 1954, a day shy of his 21st birthday, fullback Carl Talmadge “Duke” Washington ’59 and his fellow Cougars played the University of Texas on a sweltering day at Memorial Stadium. The result was a 40-14 Texas victory, a forgettabl...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: African Americans, Football


A new coach and a new game
Fall 2009
Ken Bone knows his team is young, but the new Washington State University men’s basketball coach foresees a bright future and a different game.Bone landed at WSU after four seasons as head coach of Portland State University, where he racked...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Basketball


A runner's worlds
Summer 2009
On a summer morning, the sun’s first rays peep through my bedroom window, warming the dry air when I hear a tentative knock on my door. “Marisa,” my dad whispers. It’s 5:45 a.m. at the Sandoval house in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The ...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Track and field, Running, Cross country


Rowing 101
Summer 2009
So here I am, about to row with the Washington State women’s rowing team on the Snake River. This is not the first time I have rowed. That occurred a week before when I took some strokes in the new indoor rowing facility at the Bohler Athlet...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Crew, Rowing


Coaching with Heart
Spring 2009
In May of 2007, former college basketball player Kayla Burt received word that her friend and college coach June Daugherty was in the hospital in critical condition. Upon hearing the news, she thought of nothing but getting from her home in Oregon ...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Basketball


Unstoppable Rueben Mayes
Winter 2008
On a raw, wet fall afternoon in Eugene, Oregon, in late October 1984, Rueben Mayes' feet carried him to what was at the time the greatest accomplishment of any NCAA running back. Just a week earlier, Mayes ran for 216 yards at Stanford in a rally...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Football, Hall of Fame


Stadium on the rise
Fall 2008
In 1978, Sam Jankovich knew something had to be done about the football stadium.With just 27,600 seats, Martin Stadium was much smaller than its counterparts in the Pacific-10 Conference. Because of a Pac-10 rule requiring guarantees of $25,000 to...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Football, Martin Stadium


Cougar Crew Days - The old crew's back in town
Fall 2008
Eight graying heads lean forward in unison and then back as 16 oars slide into the water and propel the boat forward. A racing shell of 50-somethings streaks by the Wawawai Landing as a crowd of more than three dozen Washington State University...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Rowing, Crew


Dave Edler - "A real tough kid"
Fall 2008
During his years as a Cougar baseball player, Dave Edler got chewed out many times by Bobo Brayton for his wild and headstrong ways. Once, Brayton caught his young star using marijuana. Edler told the coach that his father didn't mind. "...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Baseball, Politicians


Signing Day Central
Summer 2008
During the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 6, Rich Rasmussen enters the Washington State University football office carrying two boxes, each containing a dozen donuts, and places them on the front counter. Rasmussen opens the door to h...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Football


Bernard Lagat comes home
Spring 2008
On his first morning back in Pullman, world track and field champion Bernard Lagat ’01 pulled on his running shoes and said a quick goodbye to his wife, Gladys Tom ’00, and son, Miika. It was 8 a.m. and about 19 degrees outside. But the mornin...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Track and field


History was made...The fight for equity for women's athletics in Washington
Winter 2007
Back in the late 1960s, when Jo Washburn was athletic director for women's intramural sports at Washington State University, she had to stretch $1,200 to cover all the expenses of the volleyball, gymnastics, basketball, field hockey, skiing, and t...
Categories: Gender studies, Athletics
Tags: Women's studies, Women's sports, Title IX, Women athletes


One Hundred Apple Cups
Winter 2007
The first contest between cross-state rivals Washington State and the University of Washington took place on a muddy field in Seattle in November 1900. The Washington Agricultural College "Farmers," as we were known then, made the 290-mile trek fr...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Apple Cup, Football


A burning mystery
Fall 2007
During spring break in April 1970 an arson fire destroyed the wood stands of Washington State University's football stadium. The Cougars were forced to play off campus for two years while the University built a new stadium. To thi...
Categories: WSU history, Athletics
Tags: Football, Crimes


Their place in history: WSU women athletes made their mark
Fall 2007
One day in 1948 four Washington State College students tugged on their white rubber swim caps, adjusted their nose plugs, and plunged into a cold swimming pool. Three of them locked together head to foot to form a vertical underwater ring, and the...
Categories: Gender studies, Athletics
Tags: Women's sports, Women athletes


Home-court advantage: Shelley Patterson
Fall 2007
When Shelley Patterson graduated from Washington State University in 1984, she thought her basketball career was over. A guard for the Cougar women's basketball team, she was among the state's all-time leaders in assists and steals. But in 1984 th...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Basketball, Women athletes


Baseball's my game
Summer 2007
"Bobo's my name, baseball's my game," says Frederick Charles "Bobo" Brayton as he sits down across from me. His face crinkles into a grin. "That's what I tell everybody."At age 81, Brayton doesn't appear intimidating--former Washington State Unive...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Baseball


Hoop dreams
Summer 2007
Cougar fans are still shaking themselves awake from the dream that was the 2006-07 basketball season.The sweet reverie set in early this winter during a game against Gonzaga at Friel Court. For the first time in years, a scrappy bunch of mostly ju...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Basketball


What Robbie Cowgill eats
Spring 2007
Name: Robbie CowgillPosition: ForwardAge: 20Height: 6'10"Target weight: 210 poundsDaily calories required to maintain weight: 6,000-7,000 Typical day's dietBreakfast: Two or more biscuits with gravy, three scrambled eggs, three pieces of b...
Categories: Athletics, Culinary Arts
Tags: Nutrition, Diet, Basketball


Vaulting ambition
Spring 2007
Despite the icy air of the late October afternoon, Todd Griffiths strips down to his skin-tight spandex uniform and lifts himself atop a bay horse named Darby. His legs move forward and in one fluid swing are back behind him, pulling him into a ha...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Horses, Vaulting


John Leitzinger: Racing with the wind
Spring 2007
On a small boat with six other guys, with about two weeks to travel 2,300 nautical miles, you really want to be with agreeable people.That was John Leitzinger's philosophy when he was looking for teammates to sail with him in the 2006 Vic-Maui Int...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Yacht racing, Sailing


The sportswriter
Winter 2006
If Janie McCauley were telling this story, she wouldn't bury the lead. She'd say right away that she is the Associated Press's 2006 Sports Writer of the Year. Add a little color, some solid quotes like, "I was surprised to get the award. Ther...
Categories: Athletics, Communication
Tags: Sportswriters, Journalism


Two female athletes, two public falls
Fall 2006
In the first three months of 2006, two images of female athletes and their subsequent media interpretations played on television and front pages across the country. The first one showed Lindsey Jacobellis during the 2006 Winter Olympic Snowboard C...
Categories: Gender studies, Athletics
Tags: Cheerleading, Women's sports, Women athletes


A course of one's own, or The Coffee-Can Country Club
Summer 2006
If I've never seen a prettier golf course, I suppose it's because I built it myself, and because I was eleven.It was 1966, and in my Salem, Oregon, neighborhood, I was that most exotic of hothouse flowers: a golfer. I loved playing baseball. I lov...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: WSU golf, Golf Courses


What I've Learned Since College: An interview with Robbie Tobeck
Summer 2006
Seahawk Center Robbie Tobeck ('94 Phys. Ed.) has spent the past 13 years playing professional football. After going to both the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl last February, he took some time off to focus on his four children, McKenzie, Mason, Mia, and M...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Football


When Pullman was a ski town
Spring 2006
"Everybody still skis tremendously," says Richter. "They're all in really good shape." In 1952 the Washington State College ski team placed first in the Northern Division, the Pacific Coast Conference, and the North American International Interc...
Categories: Athletics, WSU history
Tags: Snow Sports


Kelly Smith
Spring 2006
You don't want to be around him when he loses...Kelly Smith harbors such desire to win, that the coach gets testy for days before an ordinary baseball game. From the first pitch to the last, he's usually demonstrative, typically pessimistic, and o...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Coach, Baseball


Going with the Floe
Winter 2005
Chris Floe has worked hard to prove himself in a world of student athletes who rank their particular sports above the others, especially above cheerleading.Chris Floe's arms are covered with tattoos. The bearded senior criminal justi...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Cheerleading


I never said thank you.
Fall 2005
May 2005Inside the First Samoan Congregational Church in Oceanside, California, the Rev. Junior Tupuola is addressing his congregation, when he notices a figure in white moving across the back of the sanctuary. To Tupuola, it resembles an angel.As...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Guns, Football


Cougars abroad
Fall 2005
With more and more Europeans on the roster of NBA teams, Americans like Jan-Michael Thomas '01 have to look outside the United States if they want to continue their hoop careers.As a Cougar basketball player, Jan-Michael Thomas ('01 Bus. Mgt.) wa...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Europe, Basketball


Legends of the Palouse
Fall 2005
"I don't know too many Cougar alums who aren't crazy about the football team," says Jeff McQuarrie ('98 Comm.). Olympia, who set out to make a film that answers the question: "What is this love affair we have with our school?"Legends of the Palouse t...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Film, Documentary, Football


Jim McKean makes poetry of a powerful time
Summer 2005
In his new book, Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports, Jim McKean weaves together a series of essays about growing up in the Pacific Northwest in the late '50s and early '60s.Poetry in motion he wasn't. At least not on the basketball cour...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Basketball


Baseball is a Family
Spring 2005
We hear about his time with the Padres; about teammates Dave Winfield, Willie McCovey, and Tito Fuentes; how he'd faced Hank Aaron and Johnny Bench and Pete Rose and Joe Morgan; and how a tear of his rotator cuff had brought an end to his major league career.
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Baseball


Channel Swimmer
Spring 2005
Pushing back the age barrier The young swimmers at the YMCA pool in Wilton, Connecticut, call him "Grandpa."They even ask their seasoned coach, "Are you the oldest person in the world?"No. But lean and fit George Brunstad is the oldest person ever...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Swimming, Age


Training Table
Winter 2004
Cougar Etiquette DinnerSkillfully sidestepping the busy wait staff, Mylene Barizo circulates among the 100 diners attending the Cougar Etiquette Dinner in the Todd Hall atrium. She stops, chats casually with student-athletes seated around tables f...
Categories: Food, Athletics
Tags: Etiquette, Cougar pride


Guiding Student-Athletes to Academic Success
Winter 2004
Balancing academic and athletic commitments in college can be a tough. On top of classes, labs, assignments, studying, and tests, student-athletes devote an enormous amount of time to conditioning and practice, plus travel and competing. Some 450 ...
Categories: WSU students, Athletics
Tags: Education


Big little man Bill Tomaras touched many lives
Fall 2004
Father of Washington State High School WrestlingBill Tomaras discovered early there wasn't much demand for a five-foot-three, 120-pound basketball player. So he turned to wrestling. The repercussions of that decision have been felt in Washington w...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Wrestling, High school students


WSU Hall of Fame adds 5 who excelled
Summer 2004
Carol GordonOn February 21, the day of her induction into Washington State University's Athletic Hall of Fame, Carol Gordon offered a silent prayer. That evening she shared her petition with 180 guests at the induction banquet in the Compton Union...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Women athletes, Coach, Basketball, Football, Track and field, Hall of Fame


Long-Hitting Kim Welch Puts WSU on the Golf Map
Spring 2004
Kim Welch has a surprising knack for hitting a golf ball long and straight. The rest of her game isn't bad either. She finished fifth in the 2003 NCAA Women's Golf Championship, two strokes back of the winner in a field of 140 golfers. And she was...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: WSU golf


Seeing the floor, making the plays: Basketball's Marcus Moore
Spring 2004
Very little ever got in Marcus Moore's way.Faced with an obstacle, Washington State University's senior point guard could usually flash that Crest-friendly smile or whip around it with an ankle-buckling crossover dribble.But last summer nothing, no...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Basketball


The lure
Winter 2003
The stakes are high for universities across the country in competition for students. Washington State University improved its odds with its recreational gem.
Categories: Campus life, Athletics
Tags: Buildings, Enrollment


Matt Potter puts positive spin on Cougar soccer
Winter 2003
Matt Potter is a disciple of the school of positive thinking. His life's philosophy and his approach to coaching are interwoven. Teaching and soccer are his passion. "In combining the two, we can learn a lot about life," says the Mere, England, na...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Soccer


Is there life after basketball?
Winter 2003
Donaldson finds it in business and communityJames Donaldson would like you to know that he's fine not playing basketball. Sure, the former Washington State center spent 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association and on the European cir...
Categories: Business, Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Public service, Basketball


Dick Bennett's mantra: "Play hard, smart, and together"
Fall 2003
In more than three decades of coaching, Dick Bennett has developed a simple philosophy about basketball. It's a team game. "Once players understand and embrace that concept, basketball becomes simple-at both ends of the floor," he says." Viewed s...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Basketball, Coach, Education


Richardson era ends with her best
Fall 2003
"Someone like her only comes along once a career." —Rick Sloan Ellannee Richardson had just run the race of her life: a blistering 800-meter time of 2 minutes, 12.04 seconds, a personal record, in the final event of the heptathlon at June's NCA...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Coach, Track and field


Brayton has his day in the sun, as WSU retires his number
Fall 2003
Dan Wodrich couldn't attend Bobo Brayton's banquet. He wanted to be there when Washington State University honored its winningest coach May 24 by retiring baseball jersey  no. 14. He played second base for Brayton in 1977-80, fulfilling a dre...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Coach, Baseball


Whitney Evans: All-America high jumper has a head for finance
Summer 2003
Whitney Evans leaves little to chance. Whether competing in sports or analyzing a stock portfolio for a finance class, her attention to detail pays dividends. The fifth-year scholar-athlete from Calgary is a straight-A student, a six-time track an...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Track and field, Finance


They're back! Doba's football staff includes five former Cougars
Summer 2003
As athletes they brought recognition to Washington State University. Now, as assistant coaches, Mike Levenseller, Michael Walker, Timm Rosenbach, Ken Greene, and George Yarno are being counted on to help shape the football future at their alma ma...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: WSU staff, Football


Leveling the playing field
Summer 2003
In softball, success or failure happens when the ball meets the bat. The faster a batted ball travels, the greater the likelihood of a batter's success. Softball bat manufacturers are using technology to create bats that hit the ball harder than e...
Categories: Athletics, Engineering
Tags: Softball, Materials engineering


Harris takes volleyball to heart
Spring 2003
"I've always believed that size doesn't matter..." -LaToya HarrisIt's late November. LaToya Harris's red-knit stocking cap is pulled down tight over the tops of her ears. She's wearing a gray 2002 Apple Cup t-shirt, blue jeans, running shoes,...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Volleyball


Patient Doba pays his dues, realizes his dream
Spring 2003
Washington State didn't need to conduct a national search for a new head football coach when Mike Price resigned December 17. His successor was already on campus. He was familiar with WSU, Pullman, and the Pac-10.Bill Doba, defensive coordinator a...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Football


Long wins Outland Trophy, four named All-America
Spring 2003
Washington State's Rien Long proved to be more than a "West Coast wonder." The 6-6, 286-pound defensive tackle earned the Outland Trophy as college football's top interior lineman for 2002."He put us on the map tonight," coach Mike Price said of t...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Awards, Football


There’s no give-up in Jason Gesser
Spring 2003
When the Cougar football program was at its bleakest, he was at his best.
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Football


Volleyball—European tour builds lifetime memories
Winter 2002
In August Coach Cindy Fredrick and the Washington State University volleyball team spent 12 days in Europe, sightseeing and playing eight matches. While winning all its matches was special, it wasn't everything, Fredrick said of the tour. She agr...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Europe, Volleyball


Lone Star Dietz left a football legacy
Winter 2002
"That was the game which was to change the face of New Year's Day in the years to come." —Rose Bowl historian Rube SamuelsenIn the first four decades of the 20th century, hardly a week went by during football season when the name of Wil...
Categories: WSU history, Athletics
Tags: Native Americans, Football


Deeter recalls demise of college boxing as a sad day
Winter 2002
More than four decades have passed since intercollegiate boxing was dropped, first at Washington State University following the 1959 season, and nationally in 1961.Isaac "Ike" Deeter established the college boxing program at Washington State Colle...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Boxing


Murrell to chart new basketball course
Fall 2002
Sherri Murrell may need a pair of steel-toed shoes.“I’m going to be kicking down doors of all the coaches in the Northwest,” said Washington State’s new women’s basketball coach.Even before she was introduced at WSU in late March, she had...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Basketball


"D" is for Doba
Fall 2002
“I missed those butterflies.” - Coach Bill DobaBill Doba doesn’t think the football turf is greener elsewhere. He likes his coaching job at Washington State University and living in Pullman, where “the only traffic congestion is on foo...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Football


Gillies receives Alumni Achievement Award
Fall 2002
Cliff Gillies, longtime executive director of the Washington Intercollegiate Activities Association (WIAA, 1982-93) and former president of the National Federation of State High Schools Association (1990-91), has received the Washington State Univ...
Categories: Athletics, Awards and honors, Alumni
Tags: Alumni Association, Alumni Achievement Award


The pull of rowing
Summer 2002
Because rowing is more timing and rhythm than just strength, top athletes sometimes become frustrated. They must learn to be patient and accountable to their teammates.
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Rowing


Olympic torchbearer
Summer 2002
About 7 p.m. January 24, John Tarnai accepted the Olympic Torch and braved chilly winds along an eighth-mile leg of the Olympic Torch Relay in downtown Spokane. He said he was “honored and humbled” by the people who lined both sides of the str...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Olympics


Six join hall of fame
Summer 2002
When opportunity knocked, they answered. Their athletic prowess overshadowed that of their peers. And their accomplishments have stood the test of time.As a result, five men and one woman were inducted into the Washington State University Athletic...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Hall of Fame


Ehlo inducted into Pac-10 Hall of Honor
Summer 2002
Former Washington State University basketball coach George Raveling once described Craig Ehlo (x'86 Soc. Sci.) as “playing on the ragged edge of being out of control.” In other words, Ehlo made things happen. His full-speed-ahead approach on t...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Hall of Fame, Basketball


A Titan's Tale
Summer 2002
Bill Nollan didn't like not understanding. So he drove his athletes and his students ever harder. As if their lives depended on it.
Categories: Memoirs, Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Football


The Cougars win their place in the sun
Spring 2002
Forget the adage, “Nice guys finish last.” Coach Mike Price and his Washington State football team are proof to the contrary. The Cougars overcame a 20-17 halftime deficit to defeat Purdue 33-27 December 31 in the Sun Bowl at El Paso. The crow...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Football


Play-by-play announcer calls 500th football game
Spring 2002
Alumnus Bob Curtis (’47 Speech Comm.) broadcast his 500th consecutive University of Idaho football game as “Voice of the Vandals” last October, when the UI entertained Louisiana-Lafayette in Martin Stadium. He also has been play-by-play anno...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Basketball


Mooney banking on improved pitching
Spring 2002
Good pitching is like money in the bank. It’s there when you need it, and it can carry you over the rough spots.That’s the philosophy of Washington State University baseball coach Tim Mooney.Last season, Mooney’s first at WSU, quality pitchin...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Baseball


Track—Women's team strong, men's team well-balanced
Spring 2002
“We need the new people to raise that level of performance and take over leaderships roles in some areas.”—Coach Rick SloanCoach Rick Sloan has good reason to be optimistic. He welcomes back five All-Americans to the Washington Stat...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Track and field


Regents authorize new indoor practice facility
Winter 2001
At its August 31 meeting, the Washington State University Board of Regents approved plans to move ahead on construction of a new indoor practice facility for varsity sports on the Pullman campus. Phase I construction on the $9.7 million projec...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Buildings


Mariner Mania
Winter 2001
“You kinda have to pinch yourself every day.” —Alex WoodEVERYONE LOVES A WINNER. Home attendance at Seattle’s 47,116-seat Safeco Field exceeded three million in 2001. Baseball fans arrived early. They came to watch batting practice, se...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Baseball, Seattle Mariners


Basketball—Heading in the right direction
Winter 2001
THE WASHINGTON State men’s basketball program isn’t where Paul Graham wants it to be. But the third-year coach has it headed in the right direction.Last year the Cougars doubled their win total to 12. Can the Cougars build ...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Basketball


Basketball—Pac-10 tourney on their minds
Winter 2001
GETTING TO THE INAUGURAL post-season Pac-10 women’s basketball tournament is not a problem. All conference teams are invited to the March 1-4 tourney in Eugene, Oregon. The challenge is to succeed.Last year, the Cougars were 11-17 ...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Basketball