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2016 Linfield Magazine Winter

Scholars and athletes Lever, Helser, Durham, Wilson and Rutschman are legendary names in Linfield’s athletic history. They helped lay the foundation for the college’s reputation on the regional and national level. But the story of Linfield’s student-athletes goes deeper than conference and national titles, school records or numbers on a scoreboard. It’s about academics and education and a deep, pure love of the game. It’s about building confidence, learning balance, establishing relationships – lessons that carry over long after graduation and that final season. It’s about family – the rich history, tradition and culture on the court and off. Scott Carnahan ’73, athletic director and head baseball coach, is a product of that tradition. He was at Linfield one semester when his father was critically injured in a logging accident and he had to leave school. Teammates and coaches alike reached out to offer assistance, encouragement and support. He spent a year and a half at Centralia Community College. It was the ties he established at Linfield that brought him back to complete his degree and to play football and baseball for Ad Rutschman ’54. The bonds formed have remained and he counts many of those teammates among his closest friends today. “We are sometimes like second parents,” he said of his role now. “I’ve had students come to me with really difficult family problems. They know everyone on the entire coaching staff is available. The best example of that is when Parker Moore ’17 was killed. Anne Ferguson Anne Ferguson ’19, at the beginning of her Linfield experience, hopes to be a middle school social studies teacher. She enrolled because of Linfield’s academic reputation, and playing soccer was the bonus. She’s learned many lessons her first semester including time management, flexibility, keeping up with homework and communicating with her professors. “Communication with my professors is cruicial, especially because I am a student-athlete,” she said. “That’s one of the top things I like about Linfield. Faculty are flexible about working with me if I miss class.” She’s also appreciated the exposure to new people and ideas. “Here there are international students and students from places I’m not familiar with. Having open conversations and being accepting of new ideas is really important,” she said. Winter 2016 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 7


2016 Linfield Magazine Winter
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