Rich Brooks, Tom Trebelhorn among Oregon Sports Hall of Fame inductees
Former University of Oregon football coach Rich Brooks and former major league baseball manager Tom Trebelhorn are among the inductees in the 2011 class for the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.
The 32nd annual induction ceremony is Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Multnomah Athletic Club.
Others being enshrined are Clive Davies, a Masters marathon runner; Kelly Blair-LaBounty, former UO track star and Olympic heptathlete; Les Gutches, a national champion and Olympic wrestler from Oregon State; Bucky Buckwalter, longtime Trail Blazers executive and coach; and the Linfield College national championship football teams of 1982, 1984, 1986 and 2004.
Brooks, a former Oregon State player, coached the Ducks for 18 years and led them to the Rose Bowl during the 1994 season. He also was UO athletic director from 1992-94. Brooks went on to head coaching duties with the St. Louis Rams and was defensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons before returning to college ball as head coach at Kentucky.
Trebelhorn, a graduate of Cleveland High and Portland State, spent five years as a minor league catcher and infielder. He coached in the minor leagues for Oakland, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee and became manager of the Chicago Cubs in 1992. He later served as a coach for Baltimore and has been manager of the Class A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes since 2008.
Davies took up distance running at age 57 and went on to set 46 American and world age-group records.
Gutches, a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame , works with USA Wrestling as a senior manager. He won the gold medal at the 1997 World Freestyle Championships and added a bronze in the 1999 tournament. At OSU, he captured NCAA crowns in 1995 and 1996 and placed fifth in the '94 NCAA tourney. He was named the nation's top college wrestler in 1996. He also took seventh in the '96 Atlanta Olympics during a streak in which he claimed five consecutive U.S. titles.
Blair-LaBounty, from Prosser, Wash., played basketball as well as track at Oregon. She was a three-time NCAA All-American and three-time Pac-10 champion in track, winning the NCAA heptathlon in 1993 with a still-meet record 5,989 points. She placed eighth in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and competed again in 2000.
Buckwalter, a La Grande native, spent 22 years with the Blazers. He began as a college scout shortly before the team's championship season of 1976-77 He was vice president of basketball operations from 1986-92 and was named basketball executive of the year in 1991 by The Sporting News.
The induction reception starts at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and program at 7 p.m.
Bill Schonely will emcee the ceremony.
Tickets are $90 per person, with tables for 10 at $850.
Call the Hall at 227-7466 for information.