(Inducted Oct. 11, 2000)
Ross Boice came to Pacific Lutheran as a 195-pounder out of Ferndale High School. By the time he left the school, Boice had earned numerous all-conference and All-America honors as a 6-3, 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 for the 1970-71 school year.
(Women's Tennis, 1984-87)
The first Pacific Lutheran 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. For that accomplishment, she earned NAIA All-America recognition, an honor she alone holds in the annals of PLU women's tennis. 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 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 conference and district doubles championship teams. She competed at the national tournament all four years, reaching the fourth and third rounds in addition to her fifth-round experience as a senior.
At a time when Pacific Lutheran 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 Pacific Lutheran 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 Pacific Lutheran played a total of just 78 games. In comparison, since 1975 Pacific Lutheran has averaged almost 36 games per season. In addition to his career numbers, Hedman's eight victories against just three losses in 1966 (when Pacific Lutheran won a total of just 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 Pacific Lutheran hurlers. Not only was Hedman an outstanding baseball player, he was a sparkplug guard on four Pacific Lutheran University basketball teams.
|H. MARK SALZMAN|
(Coach, Administrator 1951-68)
Mark Salzman was a Pacific Lutheran 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, following an extended illness. During his years at PLU, Salzman served as the head track and field coach, assistant football and basketball coach, and coordinator of PLU's intramural sports program, in addition to his duties as athletic director. 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, javelin 1956-58; Hans Albertsson, 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 for 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.
(Men's Swimming, 1973-76)
A three-time first team All-American from 1973-75, Scott Wakefield held the Pacific Lutheran 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. The time also set what was then an NAIA national meet record. 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.
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