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Dan Fitzgerald first came to Spokane in 1972, and as he, his wife Darleen and daughter Kelly were driving up Division Street in a U-Haul, the future Gonzaga men’s basketball coach admired the town around him.
Jason Hanson joins the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday as part of a splendid 2019 class in a ceremony at the Spokane Arena which, alas, he won’t be able to attend. But he will be at a Cougar game in a couple of weeks for induction into the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame.
Fitzgerald, who died in 2010 at the age of 67, took the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Tournament in 1995 and posted a 252-171 record in 15 years as head coach.
Every year the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame induction and awards ceremony is a momentous occasion, filled with laughter and tears celebrating the athletic careers and contributions to sports of the best that this region has to offer.
When it comes to sports tributes, I love them all: rings of honor, halls of fame, retired jerseys (hint-hint, East Valley.)
Former Washington State Coach Mike Price said he had come to hate the drive from Pullman to Spokane. But on Tuesday, he said it was a joy as he joined several other inductees into the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame.
The Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday grew by five, four prominent figures that have left indelible imprints on the sports community and one, an Olympic medalist, you’ve probably never heard of. Spokane Chiefs and Indians owner Bobby Brett, former Chiefs standout Pat Falloon, basketball coach and author Jerry Krause, Indian Canyon golf pro Gary Lindeblad and the late Carl Johnson were inducted during ceremonies at the Spokane Arena.
The Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday grew by five, four prominent figures that have left indelible imprints on the sports community and one, an Olympic medalist, you’ve probably never heard of.
The veranda at Indian Canyon is not the veranda at Augusta National, and we rather prefer it that way. Because the panorama still makes you go, “Wow” – and it’s still very much us. All of it.