The Seattle University athletics department welcomed six individuals and one team into the Seattle University Athletics Hall of Fame during the annual dinner and induction ceremony Saturday, May 26, at the Campion Tower Ballroom.
Frank Ahern was inducted in the Special Recognition category, established for Seattle U graduates who made a significant impact on athletics outside the University's athletics department. Ahern's coaching career spanned seven decades with stops at Seattle Prep, Franklin, Cleveland, Asa Mercer Junior High, Seattle Community College, O'Dea, Highline Community College, and Garfield. One of Ahern's many pupils was Seattle U Athletic Hall of Famer Jim Harney, the captain of the 1958 Seattle U men's basketball team that reached the NCAA title game.
Clarence and Marvin Carter teamed up to lead the Seattle U baseball team in 1984 and 1985. Clarence Carter was nicknamed "The Human Bullet" after stealing 72 bases in 77 attempts during those two seasons, a success rate of 93.5 percent. In 1984, he set single season records with 41 runs scored and 37 stolen bases, following up with a school-record 54 hits during the 1985 season in which he batted .403.
Marvin Carter batted .481 (51-of-106) during the 1984 season, scoring 30 runs and driving in 31 runs. He put together a school-record 23-game hitting streak during the 1984 campaign. In 1985, he batted .347 with 21 runs scored and 18 runs batted in. During his two-year career at Seattle U, Marvin Carter stole 35 bases in 38 attempts and compiled a .403 career batting average.
In the mid-1950s, Gordon MacKenzie helped Seattle University win every dual match in the sport of golf. Before coming to Seattle U, MacKenzie won the 1953 Canadian Junior Championship. In 1956, he won the Western Intercollegiate and followed that with a convincing victory in the 1957 Washington State Amateur Tournament. MacKenzie led the Seattle U golf team to the 1957 NCAA Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. After graduating from Seattle U, he defeated Jack Nicklaus at the 1958 Canadian Amateur Championships.
Basketball star Jawann Oldham is currently 10th on the Seattle U all-time scoring list with 1,530 career points. He is also second on the school's all-time career rebounding list with 965 rebounds, behind only Elgin Baylor. Oldham shot .565 from field (188-of-333) in 1979-80, the ninth-highest single-season field goal percentage and second-highest among those attempting at least 300 field goals in a season. Averaging a double-double in both his junior (17.9 ppg, 10.9 rpg) and senior (16.9 ppg, 10.4 rpg) seasons, Oldham was drafted in the 2nd Round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets.
Sheryl Williams is considered one of the best sweepers in the history of Seattle U women's soccer. She played at the school in the 1999 and 2000 seasons, earning First Team All-Pacific West Conference and All-Region honors each year. She was the team's Defensive Most Valuable Player each season, helping Seattle U post a 0.69 goals against average in 1999 and a 0.50 goals against average in 2000. A Third Team All-America selection in 2000, she started all 45 matches she played in, amassing six goals and eight assists for 20 total points.
The 1952 Seattle University baseball team was also recognized for induction this year. The team finished with a 23-6 overall record and became the first Seattle U squad to advance to an NCAA Tournament. The team was coached by Al Brightman and included John Kelly, Ed O'Brien, John O'Brien, Ernie Pastornicky, and Les Whittles, all members of the Seattle U Athletics Hall of Fame. Kelly and Pastornicky earned nine wins apiece on the mound, while the O'Brien brothers each batted over .430 during the 1952 season. Also on the 1952 baseball team: Albie Anderson, Bob Carlson, Bob Clark, Bill Collier, Bob Fieser, Jim Gallwas, Ed Garay, Don Ginsberg, Archie Guinasso, Bill Lagried, Jack Lynch, Tony Manca, Frank McBarron, Jim Myers, Bob Ward
Photos from the event are available for viewing in the accompanying album.