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Five to be inducted into PLU’s 2000 Athletic Hall of Fame
H. Mark Salzman, a coach and administrator at Pacific Lutheran University for 17 years, will be one of five individuals inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame at a luncheon on Friday, Oct. 6, in the University Center.
Ross Boice, Carolyn Carlson-Accimus, Al Hedman and Scott Wakefield will join Salzman, who will be honored posthumously, in the 2000 class of inductees. This year's group is the 11th to be inducted since the PLU Hall of Fame was first established in 1990. The public is invited to the luncheon. Ticket prices have not been set, but reservations can be made through the PLU Athletic Department by calling 253-535-7352.
H. MARK SALZMAN
COACH, ADMINISTRATOR, 1951-68
Salzman was a PLU coach for 17 years and athletic director for 11 years before illness forced his retirement in the spring of 1968. He died in 1972, at the age of 50. During his years at PLU, Salzman also served as the head track and field coach, assistant football and basketball coach, and coordinator of PLU's intramural sports program. Under his direction, the plans for the construction of PLU's Olson Auditorium were developed. As track and field mentor, Salzman coached three national champions: John Fromm '58, javelin 1956-58; Hans Albertsson '65, high jump 1962; and Vern Lagesson, javelin 1964. Salzman was honored as the NAIA District 1 Track Coach of the Year in 1965, and was a three-time NAIA District 1 Chairman. In addition, he was a member of the board of directors of the Tacoma Athletic Commission and the Pierce County Recreation Federation. After Salzman's retirement, PLU named an award in his honor to be presented annually to persons making outstanding contributions to track and field in the Tacoma area.
ROSS BOICE ’71
Ross Boice came to PLU from Ferndale (Wash.) High School, weighing 195 pounds. By the time he left the university, he had earned numerous all-conference and All-America honors as a 6-foot, 3-inch, 245-pound offensive and defensive lineman. The Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League eventually drafted him. Boice was a two-time all-conference selection as an offensive guard and defensive end, the only player so honored during those two seasons. Following his senior season, he received All-America recognition on the Kodak, Associated Press and All-Lutheran College teams. Boice, a co-captain, was the football team's MVP in 1970, a year in which he also earned all-district honors on both offense and defense. He was the winner of the school's Jack Hewins Man of the Year in Sports award for the 1970-71 school year.
CAROLYN CARLSON-ACCIMUS ’87
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OF FAME MEMBERS
1990 Marv Harshman '92, football and coach; Clifford Olson, coach; Marv Tommervik '42, football and coach; Rhoda Young, athletic staff.|
1991 Chuck Curtis '59, basketball; Roger Iverson '59, basketball; Jim Van Beek '60, '69, basketball; Dianne Johnson '82, cross country and track & field; Earl Platt '41, football; Sig Sigurdson '41, football.
1992 Ron Billings '55, football, basketball and baseball; Don D'Andrea '49, football; John Fromm '58, Track & field; Sterling Harshman '43, track & field; Gene Lundgaard '51, basketball and coach.
1993 Hans Albertsson '65, basketball and track & field; Elizabeth Green Finley '84, swimming; Glen Huffman '53, football, basketball and baseball; David James, sportswriter; Dave Trageser '79, tennis; Dr. Roy Virak, team doctor.
1994 Doug Herland '73, crew and coach; Elmer Peterson '49, football; Kristy Purdy Armentino '85, cross country and track & field; Harry McLaughlin, basketball; Larry Green'76, football.
1995 George Anderson '43, football; Tami Bennett '79, swimming; Curt Gammell '66, basketball; Erling Jurgensen '39, football; Eldon Kyllo '49, football; Steve Ridgway '77, football; Mark Smith '75, track & field.
1996 Evans "Red" Carlson '45, football; Nina Larson '41, women's sports pioneer; Earl Luebker, sportswriter; David Olson, administrator; Tom Whalen '66, basketball; John Zamberlin '79, football.
1997 Diane Bankson '82, multi-sports; Ron Barnard '78, swimming; Mark Clinton '76, football and golf; Tom Gilmer '58, football; Kirsten Olson Wees '86, swimming; Blair Taylor '40, football; 1947 football team.
1998 Sonya Brandt '89, soccer; Valerie Hilden '88, cross country and track & field; Scotty Kessler '81, football; Sara Officer, coach; Phil Schot '83, track & field; Randy Shipley '74, track & field; Scott Westering '82, football.
1999 Mike Benson '69, coach; Kerri Butcher Daniels '86, swimming; Steve Irion '78, football and baseball; David Peterson '74, crew and coach; Rev. Milton Nesvig '35, meritorious service; Stacy Waterworth '87, soccer and softball.
WOMEN’S TENNIS, 1984-87
The first PLU women's tennis player to be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame, Carolyn Carlson-Accimus is also the only Lute player to reach the round of 16 at the national tournament. As a senior, she compiled a 25-7 record, playing No. 1 singles; captured the conference and district championships; and won four straight matches at nationals before finally losing one round short of the quarterfinals. Among her victims at nationals was the tournament's fifth-seeded player. Throughout her career, Carlson-Accimus was the Lutes' top singles player and compiled an overall record of 81-33. She won two district titles and finished second in the other two years. Carlson-Accimus won the 1986 conference singles title with a perfect 21-0 record. In addition to her singles success, she was a member of the conference and district doubles championship teams. She competed at the national tournament in all four years, reaching the fourth and third rounds in addition to her fifth-round experience as a senior.
AL HEDMAN ’67, ’69
At a time when PLU baseball wins were hard to come by, Al "Bomber" Hedman was consistently chalking up pitching victories for the Knights. More than 30 years after he competed for the PLU nine, Hedman still ranks second in career pitching victories with 19, second in career innings pitched with 244, and fifth in career strikeouts with 160. Hedman accomplished these outstanding career numbers during a four-season stretch when PLU played a total of only 78 games. Since 1975, PLU has averaged almost 36 games per season. In addition to his career numbers, Hedman's eight victories against just three losses in 1966 (when PLU won a total of only 14 games) stood as the school's single-season record until it was broken in 1999. During that same 1966 campaign, Hedman chalked up 85 innings, seventh on the single-season list. In addition, his 2.73 earned run average, during his senior season in 1967, is eighth best for one season among all PLU hurlers. Not only was Hedman an outstanding baseball player, he was a sparkplug guard on four Pacific Lutheran College basketball teams.
SCOTT WAKEFIELD ’76
A three-time, first team All-American from 1973 to 1975, Scott Wakefield held the PLU record in the men's 400 individual medley for 23 years until it was finally broken during the 1997 season. His record lasted more than two decades despite subsequent rules changes that allowed swimmers to go faster. Wakefield's school record time of 4:16.79 came during his national championship meet victory in 1974. That same season he placed fourth in the 200 butterfly and was a member of PLU's fifth-place 400 medley relay squad. As a freshman, Wakefield had an outstanding national meet, placing second in the 400 individual medley and third in the 200 butterfly. In all, Wakefield earned All-America swimming honors six separate times.