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Four former standout athletes to be inducted into WWU Athletics Hall of Fame on May 18

April 20, 2013

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Four former standout Western Washington University student-athletes, two of whom went on to become top assistant coaches for the Vikings, will be formally inducted into the WWU Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 18.

The foursome includes women's basketball player Lori deKubber, women's track and field athlete Brandi Stevenson, men's soccer player Scot Swanson and men's basketball player Rudy Thomas.

The four inductees bring the hall's membership to 125. The ceremony takes place at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend can RSVP by calling Dorothy Goldsmith at 650-6525.

Lori deKubber - Basketball (Guard)

A three-time NAIA District 1 all-star, deKubber ranked second among WWU women's basketball career leaders in points (1,408) and fourth in assists (345) when her four-year career (1981-85) ended.

deKubber led the Vikings in scoring three times, averaging 12.2 points as a freshman, 13.8 as a sophomore and 9.9 as a junior. She played on teams that had a combined record of 88-29 (75.2 winning percentage) and won a district title in 1983.

deKubber served as a WWU assistant coach to Carmen Dolfo for eight seasons, the Vikings finishing 26-7 and reaching the NAIA national quarterfinals in 1995-96, and again reaching the national tournament in 1997-98.

Since leaving coaching, deKubber has continued working at WWU, providing injury rehabilitation services for students and being an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Physical Education, Health and Recreation, teaching health and kinesiology classes.

Recently deKubber, a graduate of Snohomish High School, moved to campus recreation and serves as a clinical athletics trainer. She developed a program called "First Step," which targets individuals interested in getting more movement into their lives. First Step focuses on individualized movement goals and overcoming barriers to starting and continuing an activity program. deKubber also makes presentations on health and wellness topics in the NuFit program.

deKubber received her bachelor's degree in community health in 1986 and a master's degree in education with an emphasis in sports psychology in 1993.

deKubber, 50, has a daughter, Quinn, 13.

Scot Swanson - Soccer (Forward)

Receiving NAIA All-America honorable mention and NAIA National Scholar-Athlete recognition as a senior in 1997, Swanson ranked second among WWU men's soccer career leaders in goals (30) and points (72) when he completed his four-year career (1994-97) and is currently third in both categories.

Swanson also earned NAIA Pacific Northwest Region all-star honors and was Most Valuable Player of the Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference in 1997, leading the 12-6-1 Vikings to the Pacific Northwest sectional title and the first round of the regional playoffs with team-leading totals of nine goals and four assists.

At sectionals, WWU defeated Hawaii Pacific and Simon Fraser, both by 1-0 scores, then at regionals lost to eventual national champion Seattle University, which featured Swanson's brother Kurt. WWU was coached during that time by yet another Swanson, Scot's brother Brad.

As a junior in 1996, Swanson was a second-team all-region pick and a unanimous first-team all-league selection, scoring 16 goals and having five assists. He also received all-league honorable mention as a sophomore.

A graduate of Sehome High School, Swanson was a three-time Northwest League all-star for the Mariners, helping them place third at state in 1993 and fourth in 1994.

Swanson earned his bachelor's degree at WWU in business administration and marketing in 1999 and went to obtain a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree at the University of Washington in 2002. He practiced law for two years in Everett and for the last eight years at the Belcher Swanson Law Firm in Bellingham.

Swanson has coached at four club programs, including teams in the top league in the state of Washington, and has played on a number of semipro teams. He coached the Whatcom F.C. Rangers from 2004 to 2009.

The 37-year-old Swanson and wife, Kristen, who also is a WWU graduate, have two sons, Drew 3 and Brady 1.

Rudy Thomas - Men's Basketball (Center)

Averaging a double-double as a senior with 15.4 points and 10.5 rebounds, Thomas helped the WWU men's basketball team to a 26-4 record in 1971-72, the Vikings winning Evergreen Conference and NAIA District 1 titles and advancing to the quarterfinals at the NAIA National Tournament. That season, WWU was ranked No.9 nationally in the Associated Press Poll and No.5 in the NAIA Poll.

Thomas, who received Little All-Northwest and NAIA District 1 all-star honorable mention, averaged 21.3 points and 10.7 rebounds at nationals, both team-leading figures.

During that memorable 1971-72 season, WWU began with wins in its first 21 games and took a dramatic best two-out-of-three series with Eastern Washington in the district playoffs. In five games involving those teams that season, just seven points separated them with three contests going into overtime.

In 1970-71, Thomas helped the Vikings to a 20-6 record, averaging 13.2 points and 8.1 rebounds.

Thomas went on to play for the Harlem Globetrotters and competed professionally in Mexico. He worked at Yesler Terrace in the Seattle Parks Department for eight years and then for 25 years as program coordinator for the Crossroads Community Center in Bellevue.

Thomas earned all-region honors at Highline CC and was all-state at Northwestern High School in Jacksonville, Florida.

The 68-year-old Thomas is married to the former Marsha Whittlesey, He has a daughter Marny Maahs, granddaughter Kelley Maahs, son Brian Satero and son Kris Franklin. Thomas obtained his bachelor's degree in recreation from University of Washington in 1974.

Hook Shot by Thomas at Municipal Auditorium in Kansa City

Brandi Stevenson - Women's Track & Field

A three-time NAIA All-American, Stevenson placed fourth at the NAIA outdoor nationals in the heptathlon in 1996, fifth in the 400-meter hurdles in 1994 and seventh as a member of the 4x100 relay in 1996. She set five WWU records, four outdoor and one indoor.

Stevenson also was a NAIA National Scholar-Athlete three times, being named to the Dean's List at WWU on nine occasions.

Stevenson served 14 years as an assistant coach for the Vikings, coaching 23 All-Americans.

Stevenson competed as a redshirt freshman at Washington State University, reaching the PAC-10 Championships in the 200 and 4x100 relay.

Stevenson received her bachelor's degree in sociology in 1994 and master's degree in education in 2010, both at WWU. She is currently employed as a maintenance technical writer at BP Cherry Point and is an adjunct faculty member at WWU in the Continuing College Education Master's Program.

Stevenson also is a doctoral candidate at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in the Doctorate in Education Program.

A graduate of Sehome High School, Stevenson was a two-time Class AA state champion in the 300 hurdles and an all-Northwest League pick in volleyball.

Stevenson, 41, has four children: Jack 14, Mary 12, Troy 8 and Sullivan 5.


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