Linfield Wildcats


Stuart Young
Scott Brosius
Ray Olson
Norm Musser
Nancy Steinbach Haack
Hugh Yoshida
George Harrington
Dave Boschma
Bill Machamer
1982 Football Team

Attending Linfield and competing in college athletics opened doors and paved the way for personal and professional success.

That was the message that was echoed by the nine individuals and members of the 1982 national championship football team that made up the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2002.

Over 350 family members and supporters filled Ted Wilson Gymnasium Nov. 16 for the fifth annual banquet and awards presentation, honoring some of the greatest athletes and achievements from the pages of Linfield's rich sports history.

Former All-America football player Dave Boschma traveled from his dairy farm in New Mexico to attend the ceremony. Boschma, Linfield's career interceptions leader, was "in awe to be among this group of quality people. To be singled out like this is just a great honor. Being inducted is more than I could ever hope to imagine."

Scott Brosius, a three-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees and former NAIA All-America baseball player, credited his wife, Jennifer, and former coach, Scott Carnahan, for supporting him as he pursued his dream of playing professional baseball.

"Whatever success I've had could not have happened on its own. The people around me have been so important in my career. And when I consider what Linfield College represents, it's a great honor to now be a part of the Hall of Fame."

Nancy Steinbach Haack, a former national record holder in swimming, recalled how Hall of Fame coach Jane McIlroy required her to participate in field hockey, a sport she knew nothing about. Because of McIlroy's insistence, Steinbach Haack grew to love team sports, where athletes could work together toward a common goal.

"Team sports offered me important lessons in cooperation, teamwork, loyalty and trust," Steinbach Haack said. She credited her father and sister for giving her "an intense love of sports."

George Harrington managed to fit his 10-page acceptance speech within the required five-minute time limit. Harrington said he was "excited and thrilled" when told he would be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He ranked his induction among his top three biggest thrills, along with receiving his eight-star lettermen's blanket and being the recipient of the college's alumni service award.

Two-sport star Bill Machamer thanked his high school coach, Ole Johnson, for introducing him to Linfield. He expressed appreciation to Hall of Fame coaches Roy Helser and Hal Smith for the influence they had during his athletic career at Linfield. He also credited teammates Jack Riley and Don Porter, both prior Hall of Fame inductees, with having a hand in his success.

Norm Musser, who went on to a 30-year career in coaching, said his dedication and intensity rubbed off from Ad Rutschman. The Hall of Fame coach cited Musser's tremendous ability to evaluate athletic talent and to motivate and inspire those around him as reasons for his pupil's success.

Ray Olson, whom Hall of Fame coach Paul Durham once described as "one of the greatest team players ever," thanked his teammates upon receiving his commemorative plaque. Olson also recalled the special times with coaches Helser and Durham, saying "they set an example to be outstanding citizens and they truly cared about athletes as people."

The values that Durham set forth as football coach 40 years ago still resonate today, inductee Hugh Yoshida pointed out. A member of the 1961 Camellia Bowl football team that played for the national championship, the former NAIA All-American recalled passionately how his teammates were "committed to doing the right things and committed to winning."

All-America pitcher Stuart Young helped Linfield capture the college's first national championship and was named Most Valuable Player of the 1966 NAIA World Series. Young related how attending Linfield and participating in sports opened doors around the world during a distinguished 35-year career in public and international education. Young shared with the audience five secrets for success, saying "Everyone is a MVP in their own way. My teammates and the circumstances presented to me combined for my success in athletics."

More than 35 members of the 1982 football team, which captured the NAIA Division II national championship, were on hand for induction into the Hall of Fame. Known for their ability to respond to adversity, the 1982 squad was the first Oregon-based collegiate football team to capture a national title. They set the tone for what would become the winningest small-college football program of the 1980s.

In accepting the Hall of Fame induction on behalf of the 1982 team, Rutschman said "my admiration for this group runs very deep. I am most proud of their post-graduate achievements."

The banquet concluded with Scott Carnahan announcing the creation of a perpetual award in honor of Vern Marshall Sr., who was suffering terminal cancer and died Dec. 5. The award will be given annually to the male and female athletes who best exemplify the tenacity in competition that Marshall modeled as an athlete at Linfield from 1953-57.