The Seattle University athletics department is proud to announce the six individuals and one team who will be inducted into the Seattle U Athletics Hall of Fame at a luncheon Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. They include: Jeremiah Doyle, Steve Looney, Bob Neubauer, Mike Prineas, Sarah Sommerman, Sue Urcino and the 1953-54 ski team.
Jeremiah Doyle started his career as the goalkeeper for the Seattle U men’s soccer team in 1998, earning third team NAIA All-America recognition as the squad advanced to the national title game. After all-league performances in 1999 and 2000, he left the team, but came back in 2004, recording 15 shutouts as the Redhawks won the NCAA Division II National Championship. If not for a wrist injury suffered during the 2004 season, Doyle would have earned a spot on a professional soccer club.
Steve Looney was a member of the Seattle U men’s basketball team from 1964 through 1968, averaging 12.1 points per game as he collected 907 career points. He played in the historic game in 1996 when Seattle U handed Texas Western its only loss on the way to its “Glory Road” national championship. Looney helped Seattle U to an 18-8 record in 1966-67 and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Bob Neubauer played baseball at Seattle U from 1960 to 1963 and still holds the school record for most runs batted in during a single season with 48 in 1963 and during a career with 109. He helped the team post a 76-29 record during his four-year career, a winning percentage of .724. Currently a native of Meriden, Conn., Neubauer was inducted into the Connecticut High School Association Hall of Fame last month after a 30-year career as a baseball and cross country coach.
Mike Prineas was the number one player on the men’s tennis team throughout his time at Seattle U, which spanned from 1970 to 1974. In 1972, he won the West Coast Athletic Conference individual title, teamed with Warren Farmer to win the WCAC doubles championship, and led Seattle U to the conference team title. The 1974 Seattle City Tennis Tournament champion, Prineas was ranked number one in the Pacific Northwest in singles in 1972 and in doubles in 1973.
Sarah Sommerman (Hazelman) becomes the first Seattle U volleyball player to be inducted in the school’s athletics hall of fame. She still holds both the school and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) records for most kills in a career with 1,461. The 2002 GNAC Freshman of the Year, Sommerman led the team to a 70-40 record (.636) during her career, including the program’s only postseason appearance in 2003. She received First Team All-GNAC and Academic All-District honors in 2005 after earning second team recognition in 2004.
Sue Ursino attended Seattle University from 1970 to 1974, but the athletics department did not sponsor a women’s golf team at the time. Ursino won the Seattle Amateur Tournament in 1972 and 1973 and finished in second place at the Washington State Championship in 1974. She has won 20 Sahalee Country Club titles and is the only woman to win three Washington State Senior Championships (2003-2005). Ursino has volunteered for numerous committees involving golf tournaments, including the 1998 PGA Championship and the 2010 U.S. Senior Open.
The 1953-54 Seattle University ski team finished second at the NCAA Skiing Championships in Reno, Nev. Coached by Bob St. Louis and featuring top performances from Dick Schwaegler, Bard Glenne, and Irwin Servold, the team regularly competed within the Pacific Northwest in preparation for the NCAA meet. The squad overcame injuries suffered by Schwaegler, Glenne, and Bryon Dickinson in an auto accident in February to be successful just a month later at the national championships.
The 2013 Seattle University Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon will take place Saturday, Feb. 2, starting at 12 noon at the Campion Tower Ballroom on campus. The new inductees will also be recognized at halftime of that night’s men’s basketball game at KeyArena between Seattle U and Utah State.