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Oustanding athletes honored

Four standout student-althetes and one legendary football coach will be the 15th group inducted into the PLU Athletic Hall of Fame during a Homecoming luncheon on Friday, Oct. 1. Reservations can be made through the PLU Athletic Department by calling 253-535-7352. This year’s inductees are:

Cheryl Kragness Brost

Soccer, 1989-92

Cheryl Kragness Brost ’93 was a key player on two NAIA national championship teams and two teams that finished as national runners up. During her junior year, she led the team in goals scored (18), assists (11) and total points (47) – all of which remain top-10 all-time marks. In her senior season she tied for the team lead in assists (11), and was second in goals scored (17) and total points (45). Her career totals of 62 goals and 153 points rank fourth in PLU’s record book, and her 29 career assists is sixth.

The Intercollegiate Soccer Association of America twice named Brost the Player of the Year. She was also named an NAIA All-American, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American and first-team NAIA All-West Region her senior season. She was a three-time NAIA all-district selection, a two-time all-conference pick, and a three-time member of the national all-tournament team. She was twice named an NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete.

She lives in Eugene, Ore.

Kathy Thompson Elwyn

Swimming, 1987-90

Kathy Thompson Elwyn ’90 was a dominant swimmer on one of PLU’s great sports dynasties in the 1980s and early ’90s. She was the cornerstone of a team that never finished lower than fifth at the NAIA national meet and never lost a dual meet to a Northwest Conference opponent. Her team won four consecutive conference championships.

Individually, she won an astonishing 25 conference championships, including four straight titles in both the 200-yard and 400-yard individual medley. At nationals she was a 22-time, four-year NAIA All-American. At the national meet, she finished as high as second in the 200-yard IM, and twice finished third in the 400-yard IM. Elwyn placed second in both the 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay. She is still PLU’s record-holder in the 200 IM and 400 IM, as well as a member of the school’s record-holding 400-yard freestyle relay team.

She lives in East Wenatchee, Wash.

Eddie Schultz

Tennis, 1981, 83-85

Eddie Schultz is one of the top men’s tennis players in PLU history, ranking in the top 20 for season victories in singles in each of his four years. He is second in career victories with 106, and has the fourth all-time career winning percentage at 77.3 percent. Schultz compiled a 32-6 record in 1984, an 84.2 winning percentage, which is tied for 10th all-time.

Schultz twice won the NAIA District 1 championship in singles and was the district doubles champion. He won the consolation doubles title at the conference tournament his sophomore season. A competitor at the national tournament all four years, Schultz advanced to the quarterfinals in singles three times. He was named to the Northwest Conference all-conference team three times and was named to the all-district team once. He was the co-winner of PLU’s Man of the Year in Sports award in 1985.

He lives in Wenatchee, Wash.

Karen Bell Steen

Track, 1982-86

Karen Bell Steen ’86 was a two-time NAIA All-American in the 400-meter hurdles. She set the school record of 59.76 seconds in the event at the 1986 national meet, where she finished second. She competed at the national meet all four years, also placing fourth and seventh in the 400-meter hurdles. Karen won seven conference titles and two district titles, and finished in the top four at the district meet in eight other events.

In addition to her 400-meter time, she is ranked in the top 11 in three other events – the 100-meter hurdles, 400-meter run and the heptathlon. In her junior season she was co-winner of the team’s Most Inspirational Award. In 1986 she was named a co-winner of PLU’s Woman of the Year in Sports award. She lives in Olympia, Wash.

Frosty Westering

Football coach, 1972-2003

Frosty Westering compiled a 261-70-5 win-loss record in his 32-year tenure at PLU and never had a losing season. His teams won three NAIA Division II national titles and one NCAA Division III national championship in 19 postseason appearances.

He is the winningest coach in NAIA history with 256 wins, and is the ninth winningest coach in college football history with 305 victories. He was named the NCAA Division III national coach of the year in 1999 by the American Football Coaches Association, Football Gazette magazine and Shutt Sports, and was the NAIA Division II national coach of the year in 1983 and 1993. He was also named the Lutheran Brotherhood Lutheran Coach of the Year for 1999-2000. He was selected as the conference Coach of the Year in 1985, 1986, 1993 and 1998 and was voted as the Northwest Small College Coach of the Year in 1979, 1980, 1983, 1993 and 1998. During his career he coached 26 NAIA and NCAA first team All-Americans.

His list of awards also includes the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Lifetime Achievement Award, the Athletes for a Better World Lifetime Achievement Award, the Tacoma News Tribune Man of the Year in Sports (twice) and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Publisher’s Award (in 2000). He was inducted into the Puget Sound Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year and is also a member of the Iowa Collegiate Coaching Hall of Fame. His teams have also been known for their community service work. In 2003 Westering received an award from the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators for the Lutes PHD (Pride, Heart and Determination) program, which was started in 1980.

After retiring this year, he still lives in Tacoma.

Lutes name assistant football coach

Jud Keim ’86 has taken over as assistant football coach. He fills the position vacated when Scott Westering ’82 became head coach, replacing his father.

Keim returns to his alma mater from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., where he was defensive coordinator the past four seasons. He also was an assistant coach for four seasons at California Lutheran University and was a graduate assistant coach for two years at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Keim earned his master’s in physical education while at Mankato State.

Keim was a four-year letter winner in football and track and field. He was a two-time all-conference running back in football and a conference champion in the long jump.


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