April 6, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
The national champion Western Washington University men's basketball team will be at Safeco Field on Saturday, Apr. 14, for a special tribute prior to the Seattle Mariners' baseball game with Oakland, including the ceremonial first pitch by head coach Brad Jackson.
The Vikings became just the second collegiate men's basketball team in the state of Washington to capture a national title, and the first in 36 years, with a 72-65 win over Montevallo (Ala.) on March 24 at Highland Heights, Ky. They won a school-record 31 games while also capturing the regular-season Great Northwest Athletic Conference title and earning a trip to the Elite Eight by winning the West Regional championship.
Jackson was the consensus NCAA II National Coach of the Year, being honored by both the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Division II Bulletin. He has won 518 games, the third-highest total by a collegiate coach in the state of Washington, in 27 years directing the Vikings' program.
Game time on Apr. 14 is 6:10 p.m. with the ceremonial first pitch taking place approximately 10 minutes prior to that.