| Hall of Fame’s Second Class
of Inductees Includes Icons of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s
ANOTHER COACHING GIANT and three more sports will be recognized
when the Falcon Legends Hall of Fame inducts its second class of
charter members January 23 at 11:45 a.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons.
Once again, the list of selections reads like a Who’s Who of
Seattle Pacific University athletics.
Les Habegger, the hugely successful Seattle Pacific basketball coach
from 1957–1974, earned the sole non-athlete spot. Under Habegger,
the Falcons emerged as a regional and national power on the hardwood,
qualifying for six NCAA tournaments and reaching the 1965 Elite
The other four members of this year’s induction class
stand as icons for their eras, if not their sport. Ken Covell was
Falcon soccer’s first star, and his accomplishments have stood
the test of time. He scored a then-record 57 goals in 71 games and
in 1974 helped SPC reach its first NCAA championship game. Debbie
Halle Jackson was not only a member of Seattle Pacific’s first
gymnastics team, but she was also the first to claim a national collegiate
championship, winning the uneven bars title at the 1974 AIAW Championships.
Bob Thompson’s name has become synon-ymous with Falcon
tennis, and for good reason. He won a record 66 singles matches and
advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 1969 NCAA Championships
both in singles and, along with Wilbert Look, in doubles. Roy Duncan
becomes the fifth member of the Hall of Fame with ties to track and
field. No records have stood the test of time longer than Duncan’s.
Converted to metric, his times of 10.5 in the 100 and 20.9 in the
200 dashes have remained intact since 1956.
Tickets for the second annual induction luncheon and ceremony are
priced at $25. They must be purchased in advance by calling
the SPU Athletics Office at 206/281-2085.
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