Washington State Magazine

Summer 2002

Summer 2002

In This Issue...


The pull of rowing :: 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. by Pat Caraher

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Photographs of WSU crew by Robert Hubner }

Is nothing sacred? :: Never heard of C4 photosynthesis? Now you have. It's rare, it's cool, it could help feed the world. And WSU plant scientists just rewrote the textbook on it. by Mary Aegerter

Pants that fit...In search of a cure for misfits :: "The more I sewed," says Carol Salusso, "the more I got frustrated with the fact that the patterns didn't fit me." So she began designing her own. by Andrea Vogt

A Titan's Tale :: Bill Nollan didn't like not understanding. So he drove his athletes and his students ever harder. As if their lives depended on it. by Bill Morelock

Field Notes

Ukraine: Witnesses to an Uncertain Revolution :: How do you offer a reasonable criticism of America's consumer culture to an audience waiting desperately for basic goods that we take for granted? by Paul Hirt

Ukraine: Mining Every Opportunity for Hope :: There are many toasts, to friendship and Ukraine and its women, who maintain what is left of its social fabric. story & photos by Tim Steury



Tracking the Cougars

Cover: Washington State University varsity crew members Dorothea Hunter, Emily Raines, and Jaime Orth bend their backs to the oars on the Snake River. Read the story here. Photograph by Robert Hubner.

Craig Ehlo has helped resurrect the basketball program during his three seasons as head coach at the Spokane school. Robert Hubner

Craig Ehlo has helped resurrect the basketball program during his three seasons as head coach at the Spokane school. Robert Hubner

John Rogers High School basketball players take a break from practice. Robert Hubner

John Rogers High School basketball players take a break from practice. Robert Hubner

Ehlo inducted into Pac-10 Hall of Honor

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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 the court produced some turnovers, but also a host of steals resulting in easy baskets for the Washington State basketball team.

The former Cougar star was one of 10 inaugural basketball inductees into the Pacific-10 Conference Hall of Honor. The ceremony was held during the Pac-10 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Staples Arena in Los Angeles in March.

Other inductees included coaching greats John Wooden (UCLA) and Pete Newell (Cal). They were joined by former players Sean Elliott (Arizona), Byron Scott (Arizona State), John Dick (lone survivor of Oregon’s 1939 NCAA championship team), Gary Payton (Oregon State), Bill Sharman (USC), Hank Luisetti (Stanford), and Bob Houbregs (Washington).

Ehlo led WSU to its last NCAA tournament victory, a 62-52 win over Weber State, in 1983. The Cougars were eliminated by Virginia, 54-49, and its 7-foot-4 center, Ralph Sampson. WSU finished 23-7.

As a senior, Ehlo averaged 12 points in the Pac-10. His 136 assists established a then WSU season record for conference games. He ranks fifth on WSU’s single-season steals list, averaging two per game. In 1983, he was a third-round NBA draft pick by the Houston Rockets and played professionally for 14 years.

The transplanted Texan now lives in Spokane, where he has coached the John Rogers High School boys’ varsity basketball team for three seasons.

He remembers Raveling as “a unique person” . . . one who made everyday a wonderful experience. He was always doing something different.” For example, he subscribed to nearly every major newspaper in the country as part of his recruiting strategy.

“He had the newspapers delivered to practice and read us [non-sports] stories out of The New York Times or The Washington Post. He wanted us to know something more than basketball,” Ehlo says.

He credits Joe Michalka, his old high school coach in Lubbock, for being a role model.

“Deep down, playing basketball at all levels during the years, I thought I would like to coach at this [high school] level because of the influence you can have on these guys,” he says.

“I try to take simple principles--sports principles like hard work, discipline, and dedication--and have my players relate them to everyday life.”

Ehlo and Jani Webb Ehlo (’83 Speech) are parents of three children—Erica, 13, Austin, 10, and Gavin, 5. In addition to coaching, Ehlo says he enjoys taking care of the kids, freeing up time for his wife. With the two older children in school, he spends a lot of “quality time” with Gavin.

Jani’s late father, Ron Webb, pitched for the WSU baseball team in the late ’50s. Her brothers, Steve (first base) and Stan (pitcher), also played for the Cougars.

It should come as no surprise then that the young Ehlos have taken to sports.

“My daughter loves volleyball and is very good at it,” Craig says. And both of his sons “love to shoot” the basketball.

Just as their dad did.

Categories: Athletics, Alumni | Tags: Hall of Fame, Basketball

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