Six individuals and two sets of teams will be honored this fall as the University of Idaho Department of Athletics celebrates its heritage with the biennial Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet.
This 2014 class includes Bob and Jan Cowan, Jake Scott, Russ Winger, Jackie Ross, Sherrie Crang, the 1966-73 men’s tennis teams, and the 1937-41 cross country teams. The Induction Ceremony and Banquet are Sept. 12 at the University Inn-Best Western. The class also will be recognized at the Hall of Fame Football Game when the Vandals take on Western Michigan Sept. 13.
The Cowans, for whom the Cowan Spectrum is named, are being honored for their long-time contributions to Vandal Athletics. Both are graduates of the University of Idaho and both are past recipients of the Alumni Association’s Jim Lyle Award. Bob was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in 2004. They are members of the Stadium Builders Club and have served on the UI Foundation Board as well as the national Vandal Boosters/Vandal Scholarship Fund board.
Scott, a native of Lewiston, Idaho, was a four-year starter for the Vandals before embarking on a 10-year professional football career. He played for the 2006 Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts and was on the 2004 Football Digest all-Rookie Team. He started 128 of his 131 career NFL games. He graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Winger is a six-time NCAA all-American thrower and a 10-time qualifier for NCAA Championship meets. He finished second in the NCAA indoor shot put three times, and was an NCAA top-five finisher six times. He was the 2005 Big West Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Year, the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Performer of the Year, and the 2008 WAC Outstanding Field Performer. He was a WAC Athlete of the Week nine times.
Ross was a 10-time Big Sky Conference champion and in 1990 set a record in the outdoor triple jump that still stands. She was the Big Sky Conference’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year in 1990, 1991 and 1992. She competed in the 1988 Olympic Games for St. Vincent.
Crang was the 1982 AIAW national champion in the 3,000 meters and helped the Vandals to a second-place national finish. She was a member of the 1982 regional cross country championship team, which had a 41-4 dual meet record. She still holds Idaho’s record in the 5,000 meters and is second-all-time in the 3,000 meters and fourth in the 1,500 and 10,000 races.
The Vandals’ men’s tennis teams won seven successive Big Sky Conference titles from 1967-73, while the 1937-41 men’s cross country teams similarly dominated the Pacific Coast Conference with titles in all four of those years.