Linfield Wildcats


Lisa Lind
Joe Robillard
Ed Kama
Del Smith
Dave Hansen
Cliff Saxton
Alan Schmidlin
1976 Mile Relay
1961 Football Team

The Linfield College Athletics Hall of Fame inducted seven individuals, a national championship relay squad, and the first football team to compete in the national playoffs at the eighth annual induction ceremony and banquet, Saturday, Nov. 5, following the Alumni-Junior Varsity football game.

The athletes inducted included:

Ed Kama '81, a three-time all-conference offensive tackle and first team NAIA All-American in 1980;

Lisa Lind '89, a Northwest Conference champion in three events and current Linfield record holder in the high jump;

Joe Robillard '69, a four-year all-conference defensive back who ranks second on Linfield's career interceptions list;

Cliff Saxton '52, a four-year starter on both offense and defense and a NAIA All-American for Hall of Fame football coach Paul Durham;

Alan Schmidlin '80, a first team NAIA All-America quarterback who passed for more than 5,000 career yards;

Keith Lazelle, Stewart Minors, Carl Shaw and Randy Carter, all Class of '76 and members of Linfield's 1976 Mile Relay squad that captured the NAIA national championship. The quartet continues to hold Linfield and Northwest Conference records in the mile relay.

Linfield's 1961 Football Team, which played for the NAIA national championship, known as the Camellia Bowl, and was the first Linfield squad to compete in the national playoffs, is also being enshrined.

Earning induction into the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame for meritorious service are Dave Hansen, the Wildcats' football and basketball radio announcer for 30 years and current Linfield Dean of Students, and longtime Linfield supporter Del Smith, owner of Evergreen Aviation.

The inductees were chosen by the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame selection committee from a list of submitted nominations. The 20-member panel is made up of administrators, former and current coaches, former athletes and members of the media.