SEATTLE – Four individuals and one team have been voted as Seattle University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The class will be formally introduced and honored at a brunch reception on Saturday, Feb. 9, followed by recognition at the Redhawks' men's basketball game later that day.
STEVE ALLEN, '77
One of the first men's soccer scholarship players, Steve Allen, '77, played at Seattle U from 1973-76. Allen was named an all-conference selection and to the All-Far West Team in 1976. He was named Seattle U's interim head coach while still a player in 1976, making him the youngest NCAA Division I men's soccer coach in the country. Allen earned team MVP and most inspirational awards during his playing career. After graduation he won two National Championships, one in 1982 with the Croatia SC and the USA National Amateur Cup, which was one level below the NASL professional league where the Sounders played. He also won the 30 and over National Championship in 1985.
RON HOWARD, '74
Ron Howard, '74, played men's basketball for SU from 1970-74, including one season on the JV roster and three for the varsity men's basketball team. During his freshman season in 1970-71, Howard averaged 16.22 points per game as Seattle U went 19-4 in 23 contests. In three seasons on the varsity squad, Howard played in all 78 games, averaging 9.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting better than 50 percent from the floor. He went on to sign as an undrafted free agent in 1974 with the Dallas Cowboys, declining an offer to play professional basketball in France. He was converted into a tight end and played in Super Bowl X with the Cowboys. The Seattle Seahawks selected him from the Cowboy roster in the 1976 NFL Expansion Draft. Howard also played with the Buffalo Bills before begin released in 1980.
DAYNA MALTBY, '93
Dayna Maltby, '93, competed for Seattle U women's tennis from 1990-92. After transferring to Seattle U, Maltby won the 1991 and 1992 NAIA District titles in doubles alongside Jenny Adkisson. In 1992, she led Seattle U to a 19-2 record, the NAIA District I title and a tie for sixth place in the NAIA National Tennis Tournament. She advanced to the fourth round of the NAIA national singles tournament in 1992 and earned Second Team NAIA All-American honors. Maltby and Adkisson also advanced to the fourth round of the national doubles championship in 1992.
ERIC YARDLEY, '13
Eric Yardley, '13, played for SU from 2010-13 as the baseball program was resurrected beginning in 2010. As the Redhawks' closer during his four-year career, he ranks second in all-time saves (16), third in all-time appearances (80) and eighth in all-time ERA (3.55). Yardley's 11 saves during the 13 season rank second in the Redhawks' single-season record book. He also holds the No. 6 and No. 7 ranks for single-season ERA. Yardley went on to sign with the San Diego Padres.
1980-81 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
The 1980-81 women's basketball team remains one of the most successful in Seattle U history. The team achieved a 23-8 overall record, was ranked as high as 11th in the nation and beat eight NCAA Division I teams - as a DII program. All told, 19 individual and team records were set during the season, which culminated in a trip to the regional playoffs, and Sue Stimac was named as the Seattle U women's basketball's first All-American. Seattle U capped the season with a fourth-place finish in the Region IX Tournament as Sue Turina and Sue Stimac were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Team Members: Barb (Earl) Bowles '82, Kim (Manion) Pittsley '82, Julie (Wilson) Wukelic '82, Sue (Turina) Bangasser '82, Peg (Graham) Hamill '84, Debbie (Henderson) Hughes '81, Mo Dunn '82, Kathy Witmer '84, Maria (Bajocich) Penner '83, Cathy Percy '83, Sue (Stimac) Verduin '82, Dave Cox (Head Coach).
The 2019 Hall of Fame ceremony is set for Saturday, Feb. 9 on the Seattle U campus. A reception and brunch will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Student Center 160, followed by the Redhawks' men's basketball game against Utah Valley at the Redhawk Center at 1 p.m. For more information on attending the event, please contact Judy Yu at email@example.com or 206-398-4428.