Linfield Wildcats


Steve Lopes
Staci (Malin) Lindsay
Randy Marshall
Missy (Hayward) Goode
Ed Langsdorf
Don Hakala, Jr.
Carolyn (Pearce) Kraus
Bob Sullivan
Anthony St. John
1986 Football Team

Former sports greats ranging from the college's first female national champion to its third national championship football team were inducted into the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday night in ceremonies sponsored by Cingular Wireless in Ted Wilson Gym.

Fittingly, the ninth annual banquet followed Linfield's 21-3 football victory over Menlo of California, which clinched Linfield's national all-divisions record of 51 straight winning football seasons.
Eight athletes, a coach and the 1986 football team were feted.

About 300 people saluted these Hall of Fame inductees:

National champion swimmer Staci (Malin) Lindsay '96, who set NAIA records and led the Linfield women to their only Northwest Conference championship in 1993;

Basketball's Don Hakala, Jr., class of 1991, who scored more points in one season than any other player and ranks second in Linfield career points;

Track record holder Missy (Hayward) Goode '96, a conference champion and NAIA All-American in the 3,000 and 5,000 meter runs;

Steve Lopes '84, an All-America offensive tackle and member of the 1982 NAIA national championship football team;

Randy Marshall '73, a two-time NAIA All-America nose guard and member of two conference championship football teams who played in the NFL;

Volleyball All-American Carolyn (Pearce) Kraus '82, a four-time conference all-star who led the 1981 Wildcats to second place in the small-college national championships.

Bob Sullivan '71, a three-time All-NWC defensive tackle and honorable mention NAIA All-America, whose teams went 28-7-1 during his four-year career;

Four-time all-conference baseball pitcher Anthony St. John, who holds six Linfield career records, including wins, complete games and shutouts.

The 1986 Football Team, which rolled to a 12-0 record and captured the NAIA Division II national championship, Linfield's third in five years. (Linfield left the NAIA for the NCAA a decade later.)
Ed Langsdorf, who coached football and track and field for 20 years and led Linfield to the NAIA championship game in his first year as head football coach in 1992.

A thread that ran consistently through the inductees' acceptance remarks was the value they placed on their time at Linfield. Those were the best days of my life," Sullivan said. "It changed my life."

Lopes, who is an associate athletic director at Southern California and has been a part of many national championship programs there, declared, "Coming to Linfield was the best decision I ever made. Thank you Linfield!"

Two of the inductees met their wives at Linfield. Hakala is the third second-generation Hall of Fame member; his parents met and married at Linfield and he met his wife here.

Several inductees hailed the inspiration and teaching abilities of their coaches. Langsdorf said that none of the coaches he played for or worked with got rich, "but they all enriched my life."

Malin praised Linfield not only for nurturing her athletically but also for her "well-rounded collegiate experience . . . it shaped me into the person that I am today."

Sullivan said he had never been more than 100 miles from his home in Hartford, Conn., before Linfield football coach Paul Durham recruited him. "He talked to my mother on the phone for an hour," Sullivan recalled. "When they finished, she said, "He's a nice man. You're going to Linfield."

At Linfield, "I was 3,000 miles from home, but my teammates took me under their wings and took care of me," Sullivan said.
Hakala said that more than the dozens of records he set, "the team of players with me made my career special."
Langsdorf said his boss at Linfield, Ad Rutschman, "taught me more than any other person in my professional life."

Rutschman, accepting induction for his 1986 national championship football team, noted some of the achievements of the players and coaches in their working careers after Linfield. About 35 members of the team, plus coaches and trainer Tara Lepp, were present.
Although he set six Linfield baseball career pitching records, St. John said his greatest moment at Linfield was the day he graduated.

He said Scott Carnahan, his coach and current Linfield athletic director, shouted to him from the audience, "We did it!"

The inaugural class of the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame was inducted in 1998. About 10 members have been added in each of the nine years since in categories of athlete, coach, team and meritorious service.