May 17, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Four former student-athletes were formally inducted into the Western Washington University Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 17, at the Viking Union Building on the WWU campus.
The foursome included softball centerfielder Jen Brandolini-Register, who helped the Vikings to the school's first team national championship in 1998; men's basketball guard Ron Radliff, who gained legendary status as a professional player in Australia, and the Stevenson brothers, Jacob and Jared, who combined to score 3,048 points for the Vikings in men's basketball.
Those inductees increased the WWU Athletics Hall of Fame membership to 129.
Special recognition was also given to Sonya Joseph-Perez, the former WWU softball player who passed away on May 2 following a courageous battle against breast cancer. She also was a member of that 1998 national championship softball team, being named the NAIA National Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Ron Radliff played 10 seasons professionally in Australia's National Basketball League, seven with the Brisbane Bullets and three with the Gold Coast Rollers. He helped Brisbane win NBL championships in 1985 and 1987 as a player and another in 2007 as an assistant coach.
Known as "Ron the Rat," Radliff finished his legendary career with 3,759 points (14.3 avg.) and 1,034 assists (4.0 avg.), shooting 43.5 percent (639-of-1468) from 3-point range and 83.2 percent (366-of-440) at the free throw line. The 3-point shot was introduced during his second NBL season.
In all, Radliff played and coached in over 900 games in the Australian NBL and his jersey No.22 was retired by both Brisbane and Gold Coast.
Radliff earned NAIA District 1 all-star honorable mention and was the WWU team MVP as a senior in 1979-80. He averaged 13.2 points as "sixth man" that season, setting a school record by shooting 91.1 percent (72-of-79) at the free-throw line. Ron was a four-year letter winner for the Vikings.
At Enumclaw High School, where he was coached by his father Gary, Ron scored 1,015 career points and played in the senior all-state game.
Radliff has spent the last 31 years in Australia. He and wife, Sue, have two grown sons, Joshua 26 and Jorden 22.
Radliff's presenter was his father, Gary, who played basketball at Western in the mid-1950s and state hall of fame coach at Enumclaw High.
Jacob Stevenson finished his four-year WWU career in 2003 with 1,320 points, 403 assists and 165 steals. He helped the Vikings to their first West Regional title and Elite Eight appearance, being named the regional Most Outstanding Player in 2001 as he averaged 22.5 points in four national tournament games.
Stevenson was a first-team Pacific West Conference West Division all-star and Little All-Northwest as a junior that season, averaging a team-leading 16.1 points. Stevenson received Street & Smith's Pre-Season All-America honorable mention as a senior.
Stevenson led the Vikings in assists three years and lettered four seasons. Currently, Stevneson is in his ninth season (2005-14) with the Bellingham Slam, helping the team to three IBL titles. Prior to this season, he had career totals of 3,710 points (20.3 avg.), 1,038 rebounds (5.7), 796 assists (4.3) and 375 steals (2.0) in 183 games.
In 2013, Stevenson, a four-time league all-star, was named 2013 IBL Player of the Year by USBasket.com.
As a senior at Sehome High School, Stevenson was a second-team all-state pick, averaging 18.4 points and 5.1 assists as a senior on a team that placed third at the 1998 Class 4A state tournament.
Jacob's presenter was his basketball coach at Western, Brad Jackson.
When he graduated from Western in 2000, Jared Stevenson held the men's basketball school career scoring record of 1,728 points. He led the Vikings in points three straight seasons and in assists twice.
A second-team West Region all-star as a senior, Stevenson also was a two-time Pacific West Conference all-star and a PacWest academic all-star.
Stevenson played seven seasons professionally with the Bellingham Slam, scoring 1,064 points and handing out 310 assists. He helped the team to two International Basketball League titles.
Prior to his college and professional careers, Stevenson was a standout player at Sehome High School, playing on a Mariners' team that went undefeated in 30 games and won the Class 3A State Championship in 1996, the best season in school history. At state, Sehome won its tournament games by an average of 24.5 points.
Stevenson has served as the assistant boys basketball coach at Ferndale High School for the last two seasons.
Jared's presenter was his coach at Sehome, Pat Fitterer.
Brandolini was named Western Softball Player of the Century for 1900-99, helping the Vikings win the 1998 NAIA National Championship. She finished her four-year career holding and/or sharing 25 school records, including 125 runs scored, 105 stolen bases and a .347 batting average.
Brandolini was named to the NAIA National All-Tournament team and the Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference Hitter of the Year in 1998. She hit from the left side for the first time that season, leading the conference in batting (.431), hits (69), runs scored (44) and stolen bases (30).
A four-time conference all-star, Brandolini led Western to a conference title as a freshman.
Brandolini is completing her 11th year as a teacher at St. Lucie West Centennial High School located in Port St. Lucie, Florida. She has been the Eagles head softball coach the last two years after coaching volleyball for four seasons. A graduate of Bothell High School, Brandolini and husband Ryan have a 1-year-old daughter, McKenzie.
Brandolini's presenter was her coach at Western, Art Phinney.
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