(Inducted Oct. 10, 2008)
If the turnaround of the Pacific Lutheran women's basketball program could be credited to a single athlete, Kim Corbray would be that woman. After the 1994 season saw the Lutes finish with a 2-22 record, Corbray came to PLU hoping to help salvage a program that had fallen on hard times. In her first season, Corbray started every game and led the Lutes in scoring as the team finished with an 11-14 record. Corbray went on to start in all but one game the next three seasons. A four-time first-team all-conference honoree, she led PLU in scoring all four seasons. As a junior, Corbray was honored as the NCIC's 1997 Player of the Year, and in her senior season Corbray helped the Lutes go 21-7 en route to their first conference title in over a decade. Corbray's name can be found in 30 different categories in the record lists, as she holds single season records in scoring and steals and career records in scoring, steals, free throws made and free throws attempted.
(Track & Field, 1992-95)
The school record holder in both the shot put and the discus, Wendy Cordeiro was one of the most dominating throwers in the history of the Northwest Conference. At the conference level Cordeiro was almost untouchable, winning the discus at the Northwest Conference Championships all four years and placing atop the podium in the shot put three times. Cordeiro was named the Outstanding Athlete of the meet at the 1993 NWC Championships. Wendy jumped onto the national stage as a freshman in 1992 by winning the NAIA national championship in the discus. In her sophomore year she placed fifth in the discus, but also qualified in the shot put, taking seventh in that event. As a junior, Wendy finished runner-up in the discus and repeated her seventh-place finish in the shot put. In her fourth and final year Wendy returned to the top of the podium, winning the national title in the discus for the second time while placing third in the shot put. In the four years Wendy competed for PLU, the Lutes won four Northwest Conference titles in track and placed no lower than 12th at the national meet, including two top-five finishes.
(Men's Basketball, 1973-75)
In the two years Tony Hicks played basketball for Pacific Lutheran, he proved himself to be one of the most talented guards to wear the black and gold. A transfer from Spokane Falls Community College, Hicks led the Lutes in scoring his first season as PLU went on to win the Northwest Conference title. That year he earned a handful on honors, including being named first-team All-Northwest Conference and first-team NAIA District 1 as well as earning an honorable mention NAIA All-American nod. As a senior, Hicks led the team in scoring average and shooting percentage, averaging 22.5 points a game while shooting .516 (222-for-411). The leading scorer in the Northwest Conference, Hicks earned first-team honors in the NWC and NAIA District 1 for the second straight year. His 22.5 scoring average as a senior is the third highest single-season scoring average in PLU men's basketball history following current Hall of Fame inductees Tom Whalen (24.2) and Chuck Curtis (23.2).
(Football, 1994-97 and Track & Field, 1994, 96-98)
Karl Lerum is without a doubt one of the best two-sport athletes in Pacific Lutheran history, currently holding school records in both track and football. On the football field Lerum was one of the most prolific receivers ever to play for the Lutes, setting school records in career receiving yards and total receptions. As a sophomore, Lerum led the Lutes in scoring with 48 points, and his junior and senior seasons he was the team leader in receiving. A three-time first-team all-conference selection, he helped Pacific Lutheran earn three playoff appearances, including a national runner-up finish in 1994. When Karl wasn't scoring touchdowns on the field, he was busy scoring points for the Lute track & field team. One of the best athletes the Northwest Conference has ever seen, Lerum was named the NWC Male Track & Field Athlete of the Year three times, something no other athlete has accomplished. In his four years of competing at the conference championships, Karl won the decathlon and 100-meter hurdles three times each, and took first in the long jump, triple jump, 400 meters, 400-meter hurdles, and multiple 400 and 1600-meter relays. He was a three-time All-American after finishing third in the decathlon his sophomore year and runner up as a junior and senior at the national meet. Lerum ranks among the top the 13 all-time in 10 different events, including first in the 400-meter dash (47.89) and second in the decathlon (7,225). His senior year, he was honored for his outstanding athletic achievements with the PLU Man of the Year in Sports award. Karl is currently the head track and field coach at Seattle Pacific University, where he has twice been voted GNAC outdoor track & field coach of the year.
Following in the footsteps of current Hall of Fame inductees Gail Stenzel and Kate Wheeler, Brenda Lichtenwalter was one of the great goalkeepers during the glory years of Pacific Lutheran women's soccer. Brenda helped lead the Lutes to two of their five consecutive NAIA national title match appearances. After backing up Wheeler during her freshman year, Lichtenwalter took over as starting keeper in the 1991 national championship season, allowing an average of 0.49 goals per match and posting 15 shutouts. As a junior Brenda maintained the same high level of play between the post, allowing only 15 goals in 2,176 minutes of play. In her senior season, Brenda was able to notch a career high 94 saves. Over her career, Brenda was named first-team All-Conference and All-Region three times and picked up All-American honors twice, second team in 1991 and honorable mention in 1992.
A two-sport athlete, Eric Monson lettered seven times in baseball and football. In the fall Eric was an offensive threat on the gridiron, leading the team in receptions, yards and scoring. The co-captain was a first-team All-Conference, NAIA all-district, Little All-Northwest and NAIA honorable mention All-American selection as an end his senior season. As impressive as he was on the football field, the baseball diamond was where Eric left his mark. In his senior season he established 11 PLU season and career batting records, ranking as the all-time career leader in at bats, hits, runs, triples and batting average. Currently you can find Eric's name on seven different records list, including most career triples (11) and highest single-season batting average (.446). Monson was named a Northwest Conference and NAIA District 1 all-star in his sophomore through senior seasons. He was drafted in the 11th round of the 1982 Major League Baseball draft by the Kansas City Royals.
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