(Inducted Oct. 6, 2006)
Leta Baysinger was part of a Lute softball program that won the NAIA national championship her senior season, made three trips to the national tournament and won the Northwest Conference title all four years. She was a first team all-conference, first team all-district and first team NAIA All-American her junior and senior seasons, was selected as the NAIA National Player of the Week as a junior, and was named to the NAIA National Championship All-Tournament Team in 1992. She was a co-winner of PLU's Senior Athlete Award in 1992. Baysinger shares the school record with 8 triples in a season. In her career she hit .392 with 8 home runs, 16 triples and 94 RBI.
During his senior season at PLU, Al Bessette set two school records that still stand 30 years later - receiving yards in a season (1,245) and touchdown receptions in a season (18). He is also part of the longest pass play in PLU history, a 99-yard touchdown completion in 1974. Following the 1976 season he was named to the all-conference first team, was an all-district, Little All-Northwest and All-Lutheran pick, and received NAIA First Team All-America honors. He was a three-year letterman in football, and also competed in track and field, where is listed in PLU's all-time top 25 in the long jump and triple jump.
(Coach and Administrator, 1968-2005)
During his 38 year career at PLU, Paul Hoseth was the head track coach from 1968-82, assistant football coach from 1968-95, and was Athletic Director and Dean of the School of Physical Education from 1996 until his retirement. In his coaching career, he coached five track NAIA All-Americans including one national champion, coached 12 football NAIA All-Americans and was a coach on three NAIA National Champion and 13 conference champion teams. As Athletic Director, he led the transition in national affiliation from NAIA to NCAA Division III, organized efforts to coordinate fundraising with the Office of Development, which included starting the Lute Club Golf Tournament, and began the groundwork on the master plan for athletic, physical education and recreation facilities. He was named the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors West Region Athletic Director of the Year in 2000-01, and served on the NCAA's West Region and National Football Committee for five years.
(Cross Country and Track & Field, 1987-88, 90-91)
Minta Misley was an NAIA All-American in track and field four times and was named to the NAIA Academic All-America Team three times. She had three second-place finishes in the 1500 and placed fourth in the 3000 at the national meet. PLU won the Northwest Conference title in each of her four years on the track team. As a member of the cross country team in 1987, she helped PLU win the conference and regional titles and finish third at the national meet. Minta was named the track team's Most Inspirational athlete three times and was selected as PLU's Most Outstanding athlete in her final season. She was the inaugural winner of the Lute Inspirational Award for the 1987-88 school year.
John Shoup is one of the all-time greats in PLU men's swimming history. During his four year career, he set six school records including one which still stands - the 200 butterfly. He won 10 Northwest Conference championships, seven NAIA Bi-District championships, and earned 20 NAIA All-America certificates. He placed nationally in the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 400 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay in each of his four years. He was named PLU's Most Valuable swimmer three times and was twice selected as the team's Most Inspirational swimmer. He was the co-winner of PLU's Man of the Year in Sports Award in 1987.
(Soccer and Track & Field, 1985-89)
Gail Stenzel was the starting goalkeeper on PLU's 1988 NAIA national champion women's soccer team. She holds the school records for Goals Allowed Average (GAA) in a season and career shutouts and shares the school record for consecutive shutouts (11). She was an all-conference first team selection in 1987 and 1988, was a second team all-district pick in 1987, and was named a second team NAIA All-American in 1988. In track & field, she earned NAIA All-American honors in 1989, placing sixth in the shot put. At one time she held the school records in the discus and shot put and is in the top five all-time in both events.
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