Class includes basketball standouts Randy Buss & Kathleen Nygaard, plus three other individuals, the 1966 baseball team and contributors Ruth and Lawson Van Kuren
Basketball and the 1960’s will be well-represented this fall when the 15th induction of the Eastern Washington University Athletics Hall of Fame takes place Oct. 10, 2015, in Cheney, Wash.
Basketball scoring and rebounding machines Randy Buss (1969-72) and Kathleen Nygaard-Kaut (2000-04) will be honored, as well as a trio of athletes from the 1960’s. They include football-track and field standout/contributor Dean Adams, baseball player/contributor Gary Glasgow and gymnast/contributor Randy Carruthers.
Also, the 1966 baseball team will be inducted on the 40th anniversary of that’s team’s Evergreen Conference and NAIA District 1 titles under the direction of Hall of Fame head coach Ed Chissus. Glasgow played on that squad, as well as previous Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Bill Diedrick Jr., who was also an All-America football quarterback at Eastern and has since gone on to a highly-successful coaching career.
In addition, Ruth Van Kuren and her late husband Lawson Van Kuren will be recognized for their 40 years of involvement with track and field, including 30 years as Eastern officials. They will be the recipients of the Eastern Hall of Fame Service and Contribution Award.
Buss and Nygaard-Kaut combined for 2,865 points and 1,603 rebounds during their careers at Eastern. Buss was a NAIA All-American and set five school records, including a scoring average of 25.2 points per game in the 1971-72 season. He scored 1,399 points and had 849 rebounds in three seasons at Eastern.
Nygaard was a three-time All-Big Sky Conference first team selection (2002-03-04) and EWU’s first-ever Kodak/WBCA All-America finalist as an All-Region 7 selection in 2004. She was also selected twice as a member of the Big Sky Conference’s All-Tournament team (2003-04), and earned Academic All-America second team honors as a senior. She scored 1,466 points and had 754 rebounds in her four-year career.
Formerly from Manson, Wash., Adams was the runner-up in the triple jump at the NAIA Championships in 1966 and held the school record in that event for nine years. On the gridiron, he earned first team All-Evergreen Conference honors in 1964 as a cornerback and the following season was honored on the NAIA All-District 1 squad. He had a successful career as a collegiate athletic trainer, including from 1980-2003 at Oregon.
Carruthers was a three-time NAIA All-American in gymnastics, and won the NAIA Championship in the long horse vault in 1967. He helped Eastern finish fourth as a team in 1967 and third in 1968 before embarking on a coaching career in the sport.
Glasgow earned All-Evergreen Conference honors all four years he played at Eastern (1965-66-67-68) and earned honorable mention NAIA All-America accolades. He went on to be a Hall of Fame coach at his alma mater -- nearby Medical Lake (Wash.) High School.
Glasgow hit .345 for the 1966 baseball team, which finished 15-10 to set a single season record for victories, and also set a school record for runs with 142 (5.7 per game). As district champions, Eastern advanced to the NAIA Pacific Coast Playoffs where its season came to a close with a narrow, 3-2 loss to Linfield, which would go on to win the national title.
The induction breakfast and ceremony will start at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 10 at the Pence Union Building. The public is invited to attend and the cost is $20 per person. Guests must register via a link that will be available later in July at http://www.goeags.com/hallfame/hallfame. Inductees will also be honored at halftime of EWU’s football game against Cal Poly later that day (kickoff is at 1:05 p.m.), as well as Eastern’s volleyball game that evening against Portland State at 6 p.m.
Established in 1996, this year’s inductees will bring the total number of individuals in the Hall of Fame to 74 and teams to 13. There are also currently 14 recipients of the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame Service and Contribution Award. All of the inductees and induction classes may be viewed at: http://www.goeags.com/hallfame/hallfame.
Below are bios of each of the inductees.
Adams was a highly-honored football player for Eastern and was also a runner-up finisher at the national championships in track and field before embarking upon a successful career as a collegiate athletic trainer. Originally from Manson, Wash., he lettered in football in the 1964 and 1965 seasons at Eastern. He earned first team All-Evergreen Conference honors in 1964 as a cornerback and the following season was honored on the NAIA All-District 1 squad. In a 36-20 victory over Puget Sound in 1964, he had three interceptions and returned one of them 47 yards for a touchdown. He also played flanker on offense and was among the top punt returners in NAIA as a senior in 1965. Eastern finished 5-4 in 1964 when he won team MVP honors, then he helped EWU win the school’s first Evergreen Conference championship in 15 years a year later. In track and field, Adams placed fifth in the triple jump at the NAIA Championships in 1965 and then finished second in 1966. He won the NAIA District 1 title (45-10) in 1966 and was the team's most inspirational athlete. His career-best of 47-11 1/4 the triple jump stood as a school record for nine years. He received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern in 1967 and his master’s degree the following year. Adams went on to serve as long-time athletic trainer at the universities of Hawaii and Oregon, and was inducted into the Northwest Athletic Trainers Association (NWATA) Hall of Fame in 1999. In 1997, he received the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) 25-Year Award and was the initial NWATA Meeting Coordinator from 1982-1990. Adams was the head athletic trainer at Hawaii from 1968-1979 and at Oregon from 1980 to 2003. He retired in 2003 but continued to work part-time at Oregon until January of 2004. He was selected by the Eastern Athletic Department to the “100 for 100” All-Time Football Team, which was honored on Sept. 27, 2008, to commemorate Eastern’s 100th year of football.
Finishing his career with five school records, Buss was a NAIA All-American in 1972 for the Eagles when he set school records with 595 points and a 20.52 average per game. His point total stood as a school record for 17 years until it was broken by David Peed in 1989 with 626 and now stands sixth (through 2014-15 season). He also held the single season record for 17 years for scoring average (20.52 in 1971-72), which is now tied for sixth. Buss originally set the record in 1971 when he scored 520 points (18.61 average per game). His career scoring average of 17.06 was also a school record for 18 years until broken by Peed (now fourth). He finished with 1,399 career points, which currently ranks sixth (second in school history at the time). He also had 849 career rebounds that ranked as a school record for a year until broken by teammate Dave Hayden (1,139 from 1970-1973). Hayden ended his junior season in 1972 -- his third in the program -- with 821 rebounds (10.8 average). Buss had a 10.5 rebounding average and Hayden finished his career with an 11.4 average, with Ron Cox currently holding the school record for both rebounds (1,273 from 1974-77) and average (12.0). His 317 free throws made in his career were also a record until broken 35 years later by Rodney Stuckey. Buss set a school record with 36 points in a 120-70 victory over Metropolitan State on Dec. 22, 1971. It stood for just over 17 years and now ranks 15th. Buss made 53 percent of his field goal attempts in his career (541-of-1,017) and 71 percent of his free throws (317-of-444) in 82 career games. He averaged 12.4 field goal attempts and 5.4 free throw attempts per game in his career, and 14.7 and 6.3, respectively, during his senior season. As a team in 1972, Eastern set school records of 2,610 total points, 90.0 points per game, 2,275 field goals attempted, 1,027 field goals made, and 791 free throws attempted. The points scored record stood for 43 records until broken by EWU’s NCAA Tournament team in 2015 (2,820 points). Eastern out-scored opponents by an average of more than 10 per game that season. EWU's win-loss records went from 8-18 to 17-11 to 22-7 in his three years in the program. Eastern came a win away from the NAIA Tournament in his senior season, winning the first game in Cheney of a best two-out-of-three series with Western Washington, which won the next two games in Bellingham to earn the berth. In the three seasons he played in Cheney, Eastern went from 8-18 to 17-11 to 22-7. Said former Eastern head coach Jerry Krause: “He was one of the best players that ever played at Eastern Washington. He had great end-to-end speed and just unbelievable hands.” Nicknamed the “Magic Buss” at Eastern, he went on to play professionally three years in Belgium. He settled down in Minok, Ill, just 100 miles from his hometown of Shannon, Ill.
Before embarking upon a coaching career in the sport, Carruthers was a three-time NAIA All-American in gymnastics, and won the NAIA Championship in the long horse vault in 1967. He was NAIA runner-up in the parallel bars in 1967, and placed fifth in the all-around competition in 1969. He was a first team All-America selection in 1967 in the long horse vault and 1968 in the parallel bars. He earned second team All-America honors in 1969 in the horizontal bar. Led by Carruthers, Eastern placed fourth as a team in 1967 and third in 1968 at the NAIA Championships. He received his master’s degree from Penn State where he helped coach gymnastics for two years under nine-time national championship coach Gene Wettstone. Carruthers was gymnastics coach from 1971-1972 at State University New York at Brockport, and then at Portland State University in Oregon for 10 years from 1972-81. While at PSU, he served as chair of the NCAA Gymnastics Selection Committee and was secretary/treasurer for the National Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches Association (NCGCA). He received a service award from the NCAA for his contributions to NCAA Division I gymnastics. He was also a nationally-certified judge, and served at various national championship Olympic qualifier events, the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle and the Pac-10 championships. He attended Bothell High School near Seattle and won the high school all-around competition in 1964 and 1965, helping Bothell to the team title in 1965.
Glasgow earned All-Evergreen Conference honors all four years he played at Eastern (1965-66-67-68) and earned honorable mention NAIA All-America accolades. He helped Eastern win the EvCo title in 1966, and NAIA District 1 championships in 1966 and 1967. He led Eastern in batting in 1965 with a school-record .429 average (.512 in conference play) and in 1966 with a .345 mark. He held the school record for career hits (105) for 13 years, and at one time held career records for batting average (.385), runs batted in (66), at bats (333), triples (6) and stolen bases (26). In the 1966 season, he led EWU to a doubleheader sweep of Central Washington (15-6, 14-4) by going 6-of-7 with two home runs, seven RBI, and six runs scored. He also played three years of basketball at Eastern, earning a varsity letter in 1965. Glasgow received his bachelor’s degree in education in 1968 and his master’s in administration from Eastern in 1975. He went on to a successful coaching and teaching career at his alma mater, Medical Lake High School, and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in September 2008. After beginning his teaching and coaching career at Toutle Lake High School, he returned to Medical Lake in 1971 and remained there until his retirement in 1998. He coached baseball for 30 years, and also coached football and basketball and served as athletic director from 1995-98. While a student at Medical Lake, Glasgow earned second team All-State honors in basketball while earning a total of 13 letters in basketball (four), baseball (four), track and field (three) and football (two).
A three-time All-Big Sky Conference first team selection (2002-03-04), Nygaard was EWU’s first-ever Kodak/WBCA All-America finalist as an All-Region 7 selection in 2004. She was also selected twice as a member of the Big Sky Conference’s All-Tournament team (2003-04). An outstanding student as well, she was a CoSIDA Academic All-America second team selection as a senior, a two-time member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII team (2003-04) and a four-time member of the Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team (2001-02-03-04). She culminated her athletic and academic career by being EWU’s female recipient of the Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2003-04 school year. She was a member of the 2003-04 Eagle squad that had a collective 3.626 grade point average to lead NCAA Division I on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Top 25 Honor Roll. Early in her senior season, she passed the 1,000-point mark in her career during the East Carolina Lady Pirate Invitational. In that tournament, she scored a career-high 30 points against Ball State. Also that season, she scored 18 points and had 15 rebounds in EWU’s 72-69 win over Gonzaga on New Year’s Eve at the Spokane Arena. She scored 1,466 career points to rank second in school history while also ranking second in scoring average (14.4) and third in field goal percentage (.512). As a senior (2003-04 season), she led the league in scoring (18.6 points per game), field goal percentage (.528), double-double performances (14), 20+ performances (13) and 10+ rebounding games (13). She was also second in rebounding (9.7 per game) and fifth in blocked shots (1.14). She helped Eastern to the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference Tournament three-straight years (2002-03-04), including the 2002-03 season when Eastern finished 17-12 overall and 7-7 in the Big Sky Conference. Eastern was 51-63 overall and 23-34 in the Big Sky in her four years at EWU. Said Eastern head coach Wendy Schuller during Nygaard’s senior season: “Kat has been a great player for the past two years, but now she is a great player every game and pretty much every minute. She definitely deserves all the recognition she can get.”
During a quick two-month season in the spring of 1966, Eastern won the Evergreen Conference and NAIA District 1 titles with a team that broke eight school records during the year. After starting the season 2-3, Eastern reeled off a school-record six-straight victories, including wins over non-conference rivals Gonzaga (4-2) and Idaho (11-5). Four of the wins in the streak came in doubleheader sweeps of Evergreen Conference foes Central Washington and Whitworth, en route to a final league record of 8-3. Eastern closed the season with a pair of wins over Puget Sound by 7-1 and 7-4 scores to secure the Evergreen Conference title. Eastern finished 15-10 to set a single season record for victories, and also set a school record for runs with 142 (5.7 per game). In the sweep over Central, Gary Glasgow finished 6-of-7 with two home runs, seven RBI and six runs scored. Marty O’Brien belted three homers in the 15-6 and 14-4 wins. That sweep helped EWU set four more school records, including runs (29), hits (28) and home runs (5) in a doubleheader, as well as O’Brien’s individual record with three home runs. As district champions, Eastern advanced to the NAIA Pacific Coast Playoffs where its season came to a close with a narrow, 3-2 loss to Linfield, which would go on to win the national title. Glasgow hit .345 for the season and earned All-Evergreen Conference honors for the second of what would become four-straight seasons. He led the team with 22 RBI, three home runs, 10 stolen bases and 29 total hits. Pitcher Jim Chubb (pictured) was also on the All-EvCo squad after going 5.1 with a 2.05 earned run average and 35 strikeouts in 44 innings pitched. Bill Goble was 4-2 with 40 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings, and would leave Eastern a year early after signing with the New York Yankees. Also earning all-league honors were catcher Brian Cloherty (.205, .988 fielding average); infielder Rich Wharf (.224, 17 runs scored, .956 fielding percentage); and utility player Bill Lnenicka (.274, 11 RBI, .990 fielding average). Bill Diedrick Jr., who was inducted into the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006 as a football player and contributor, hit. 305 with a team-leading five doubles. As a team, Eastern hit .259 with 12 home runs, had a 3.05 earned run average and .956 fielding average. Eastern's only other EvCo titles came in 1963 and 1978 and the only other district titles were in 1963 and 1967. Eastern was coached by Ed Chissus, who was the 1966 NAIA District 1 Coach of the Year. He was a 1999 inductee into the Eastern Hall of Fame after winning nearly 300 games in 26 seasons as Eastern’s baseball coach.
The Van Kurens have been Eastern track and field officials for more than 30 years, and were organizers of the Cheney Track Club for 35 years. Lawson served as Meet Director for the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2006 that were held in Cheney, and was honorary meet director when the meet returned to Roos Field in 2015. That was the fourth Big Sky meet hosted by EWU that the Van Kurens have worked as head officials. They have also been a part of the annual WIAA State Track and Field Championships (for smaller schools) which have taken place at EWU every year since 1996 – Lawson mostly as facilities coordinator and head shot put judge, and Ruth as head javelin judge and team check-in coordinator. They have also worked countless other championship and regular season meets throughout the Inland Northwest at the collegiate, high school, middle school and youth levels. They started the Cheney Track Club in 1972 with 50 children taking part, and grew to 160 in 1973. Eventually, more than 2,000 persons – ranging in age from 2 to 70-plus -- participated in the club in the next 35 years it was under the direction of the Van Kurens. During that time, they annually hosted the Inland Northwest Junior Olympics Championships, and several Region XIII Championships. The Van Kurens also hosted the Cheney Marathon and 20-kilometer races for 10 years. In 1974, the CTC hosted 10 events that year alone. The Cheney Track Club produced two national champions and hundreds more who participated in national championship events. They also served for many years in an officials training capacity for USATF. The long-standing motto of the Van Kurens and their club was “Do Your Best.” Lawson served the Cheney School District for 30 years as a middle school mathematics teacher, cross country coach, track and field coach and athletic director. Ruth was an instructional aide at Betz Elementary School for 17 years and a substitute in the district for another 19, and also mentored young student-athletes. They met at the State B Basketball Tournament in Spokane in 1959. Lawson graduated from Eastern in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in education, and in 1970 received his master’s degree in education. Ruth and their children, Carol and Cathy, also attended Eastern. Lawson was inducted into the Washington Secondary School Athletic Administrators Association (WSSAAA) Hall of Fame in 1997 as the first junior/middle school athletic director to be honored. Also in 1997, they received a 25-year year award from the Spokane Sportswriters and Broadcasters. They also were given the Community Leadership Award from the Northeast Washington Association of School Administrators. The new track at Cheney Middle School was renamed in their honor on Jan. 28, 2015, and in the same year they were honored by Eastern Washington University, at the Big Sky Conference Championships and at the WIAA State 1B, 2B, 1A Championships taking place for the 20th time at EWU’s Roos Field. After a hard-fought battle with cancer, Lawson passed away on June 26, 2015, at the age of 73. Married for more than 50 years, Lawson and Ruth spent most of those years involved deeply with the sport of track and field.