Former Viking athletic director earns organization's most prestigious honor
In second year as Special Assistant to the Vice President/Athletic Fund Raising ... Retired on May 6, 2013, following 26 years as WWU Director of Athletics ... Under her direction, Vikings won nine national championships and another nine individual national titles and posted five straight top 15 finishes (2008-13) among over 300 schools in Learfield Sports Directors Cup Division II National All-Sports standings, being sixth in 2009-10 and seventh in 2010-11 ... WWU claimed fifth straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Sports championship in 2012-13, its ninth title in 12-year history of conference ... 2006 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics NCAA II West Region Athletics Director of the Year ... Named WWU's Sports Impact Person of the Century (1900-99) and inducted into Western's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 ... Also inducted into NAIA National Hall of Fame in 1996, Northwest Women's Hall of Fame in 2000, Lake Stevens High School Hall of Fame in 2004 and Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 ... Selected NAIA Pacific Northwest Region Women's Administrator of the Year in 1996-97, Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference Female Administrator of the Year in 1994-95 and NAIA District 1 Female Administrator of the Year in 1991-92 ... Finalist for Whatcom County Business Woman of the Year in 1992 ... Received Distinguished Alumnus Award from Western's Alumni Association in 1988 and named Whatcom County Sports Person of the Year in 1987 ... Past member of NCAA II Championships Committee ... Instrumental in rebuilding and reshaping WWU's sports program ... With her at helm, WWU Athletics earned reputation as leader both regionally and nationally ... Accomplishments included seven NCAA II national championships in women's rowing and one in men's basketball, Top 100 national all-sports standing finishes in all 15 seasons as NCAA II member (last nine among top 50), and school's first national title when softball took NAIA crown in 1998 ... Other noteworthy accomplishments included raising funds for strength and fitness center, softball field upgrade and installation of multipurpose field, introducing highly successful annual fund drive, auction, and golf tournament to raise scholarship monies, adding softball and golf as varsity sports for women, and implementing strong marketing program that helped set attendance records in all sports ... Also was associate athletic director for two years and headed women's sports program for seven years ... WWU women's basketball coach for 19 seasons ... Named Vikings' Female Coach of the Century (1900-99) ... Became just third NAIA women's basketball coach to reach 400 milestone in career victories ... Posted 411-125 record at WWU ... Directed Vikings to three District 1 championships and two Bi-District I crowns, both times reaching quarterfinals at NAIA National Tournament; and three regional titles and subsequent trips to AIAW Nationals ... Finalist for National Division II Coach of the Year honors in 1981 and 1982 ... Never had losing season, while posting 13 20-win campaigns and reaching post-season play 18 times ... Assistant coach for East team that won silver medal at 1985 National Sports Festival ... Recognized as Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International ... Also coached and taught five years at West Seattle High School ... Obtained bachelor's degree in 1966 and master's degree in 1973, both at WWU... Graduate of Lake Stevens High School ... Also coached golf, tennis, track, and volleyball at WWU ... 69 years old.