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Top women's and men's hoop players shatter records, rack up honors
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Kim Corbray (10) finished her career as PLU's all-time steals leader with 366.|
Kim Corbray, a senior point guard, earned NAIA Division II Second Team All-America honors. She is the first PLU women's basketball player to receive such recognition.
Corbray was the driving force behind PLU's 21-7 record, Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges (NCIC) regular season and tournament titles, and the Lutes' appearance at the NAIA national tournament. The Lutes lost in the first round to Doane College of Crete, Neb., 71-62, despite Corbray scoring 22 points and handing out five assists.
The 5'4" dynamo averaged 18.2 points per game as a senior and set a new PLU single-season scoring record with 492 points, breaking her own year-old record. A four-time All-NCIC first team selection and the 1997 NCIC Player of the Year, she established a PLU career scoring record with 1,730 points. She also is a highly regarded defender, finishing her career as PLU's all-time steals leader with 366, an average of more than 3.5 per game.
"Kim certainly deserved the All-America honor," said Gil Rigell, PLU head coach. "She showed throughout the season, and especially at the national tournament, that she is among the elite players in the country at this level."
Albright reaches new heights
Seth Albright (20) established a new PLU career record for field goal shooting percentage at .608, making 450 of 740|
Seth Albright, a senior wing on the men's basketball team, earned NAIA Third Team All-America honors after averaging 17.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game this season. Albright, who was a 1997 NAIA Honorable Mention All-American, became the first PLU men's basketball player in 32 years to earn either first, second or third team All-America honors. (Curt Gammell was named an NAIA First Team All-American in 1966.)
As he helped the Lutes compile a 17-9 overall record this season, Albright broke a pair of PLU field goal shooting per-centage records. Making 186 of 278 attempts from the field (a .669 percen-tage), he ranked among the top five marksmen in the country and broke the PLU single-season shooting record of .622 set by Greg Schellenberg during the 198-90 season.
Albright also established a new PLU career record for field goal shooting percentage at .608, making 450 of 740. The old mark was .528 by Dave Lashua, who played from 1978-81.
In Albright's four years at PLU, the Lutes qualified for NCIC's postseason tournament three times, reaching the championship game this past season. The 17 wins by the 1997-98 Lutes were the most by a PLU team since the 1985-86 season.
But Albright's court peformances were not limited to PLU action. At the invitation of "Bud Light" team coach Larry Eichler '59, he played in the Western Invitational Tournament March 26-28 in Lewistown, Mont. He helped the team of other western-U.S. college players finish second in the contest, where they were beaten in the final game at the buzzer by an off-balance jump shot.
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12-year head-coaching vet resigns from women's basketball team|
MARY ANN KLUGE, who served as head coach of the PLU women's basketball program from 1985 through 1997 before taking a sabbatical leave last season, has resigned her coaching duties at the university. She will remain on the faculty of PLU's
School of Physical Education and will pursue a doctoral degree.
"I have approached coaching with an ethic of care," said Kluge, reflecting on her coaching career. "That's why I have such a peace, knowing that I coached with a sense of concern about the people. I'm excited that I had the oppor-tunity to share what I had learned as a player, and about what athletics has meant in my life, to the students here."
Kluge served as head coach for 12 years, the longest stint of any coach in the history of the PLU women's basketball program. In her last season, she led the Lutes to a 17-9 overall record and a spot in the con-ference tournament championship game. She finishes with a 125-174 cumulative record.
Kluge played her collegiate basketball at the University of Rhode Island and later had offers to play in a short-lived women's profes-sional league. She also played collegiate softball and lacrosse and was selected to the U.S. national women's lacrosse team in 1977.
In his announcement of Kluge's decision, PLU Director of Athletics Paul Hoseth said, "For many years, Mary Ann has successfully combined her teaching and coaching respon-sibilities. The decision to leave coaching after many years is not easy, but Mary Ann's doctoral pursuits and many other interests will find her talents used well in the classrooms."
Rigell named new head coach
GIL RIGELL succeeds Kluge. Rigell was interim head coach during the 1997-98 season, leading the Lutes to a 21-7 record and a berth in the NAIA Division II national tournament.
"Mary Ann's support of and belief in me to be competent to move forward with the program is very gratifying," said Rigell, who got his start in the PLU women's basketball program as Kluge's assistant coach during the 1996-97 season.
"This is a great opportunity for me to pursue the coaching profession on a college level," he said. "I wouldn't want this opportunity to come at any other place than Pacific Lutheran University."
New men's soccer coach comes from across the waters|
JOE WATERS, who started his professional soccer career in England and finished it playing with the Tacoma Stars, has been named men's soccer coach at PLU. He replaces Jimmy Dunn '79, who resigned after 14 years so he could be more involved in coaching his two sons.
Dunn compiled a 149-110-24 record from 1984-97, making him the winningest coach in PLU men's soccer history. Under Dunn's tutelage, PLU earned a berth in the 1991 NAIA national tournament. This past season, the Lutes compiled a 14-6-2 record, equaling the program's season record for victories set in 1978.
A native of the Republic of Ireland, Waters was a member of the Irish national soccer team and started his professional career with Leicester in England. Waters eventually came to Tacoma, where he served as a player and assistant coach with the Stars, a professional indoor soccer club. Waters has most recently coached the boy's soccer team at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma and the girl's soccer team at Gig Harbor High School.
"I'm very excited about the prospects of working at the college level. It's something I've always wanted to do, but the opportunity never before arose," said Waters. "This is a very definite step up for me career-wise, and I'm looking forward to the challenge of coaching at this level."
Haroldson hits milestone
This season, PLU men's basketball head coach BRUCE HAROLDSON surpassed 200 wins at PLU (he has 201) and 350 for his career (he has 352). Way to go, Coach!
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