Portland Hall Of Honor Inductees
|Nicole Karr||2018||Women's Cross Country & Track||Portland|
|Shannon Mac Millan||2017||Women's Soccer||Portland|
|Bill Krueger||2016||Baseball & Men's Basketball||Portland|
|Jim Sollars||2015||Women's Basketball||Portland|
|Laura Sale O'Connell||2014||Women's Basketball||Portland|
|Darwin Cook||2013||Men's Basketball||Portland|
|Kasey Keller||2012||Men's Soccer||Portland|
|Tiffeny Milbrett||2011||Women's Soccer||Portland|
|Joe Etzel||2010||Director of Athletics/Baseball/Men's Basketball||Portland|
|Clive Charles||2009||Men's & Women's Soccer (coach)||Portland|
PORTLAND HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES
2018 - Nicole Karr, University of Portland
Nicole Karr was the first Pilot to begin to single-handedly rewrite the track record books at the University of Portland, posting school records in the indoor 800, mile, and 3000. Her outdoor 1500 and 3000 records still stand today. In cross country, she led the Pilots to four WCC team titles (91-94), claiming the individual title in 1994. In her final cross country season, she qualified as an individual for the NCAA Cross Country Championships, earning her first All-American honors with a 24th place finish and was named to the All-America Academic team as well. In track and field, she ranked among the top-five fastest in the NCAA in both the 3,000 and 5,000 during her senior year in 1996. She then ended her collegiate career with an 8th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in the 3,000, garnering her third All-America honor. Karr went on to compete in the 1996 Olympic Trials in the 1500 after running a 4:16.14 to qualify and was awarded the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.
2017 - Shannon Mac Millan, University of Portland
Shannon Mac Millan spurned many high-profile offers at the time and joined Clive Charles at the University of Portland, a program that had yet to reach the NCAA playoffs when she arrived on campus in the fall of 1992. She immediately helped re-shape Portland soccer by leading the team to its first NCAA tournament that season. Mac Millan would go on to lead the Pilots to four straight postseason appearances, the school's first College Cup semifinal in 1994, and the program's first NCAA Championship game in 1995. A finalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy in 1993 and 1994, Mac Millan was the unanimous national player of the year in 1995 after scoring 23 goals and recording a school record 16 assists. Mac Millan's collegiate legacy also included leading the nation with 58 total points in 1993 and she still ranks top 15 in NCAA history in both points and goals scored. She collected two University of Portland Student-Athlete of the Year honors, two West Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year Awards and four National Soccer Coaches Association All-America selections. Mac Millan was a high-scoring forward for the U.S. National Team and led the 1996 Olympic Team to a gold medal with three goals in five matches, including the game-winners against Sweden and Norway. She also helped the U.S. team win the 1999 World Cup and take silver at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. She scored 17 goals in 2002 and was voted the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year. Mac Millan retired from international competition in 2006 with 60 career goals and 175 caps. A founding member of the Women's United Soccer Association, Mac Millan played three seasons for the San Diego Spirit. She currently coaches and mentors youth soccer players as the Director of Club Operations of San Diego's Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks.
2016 - Bill Krueger, University of Portland
A native of McMinnville, Ore., Bill Krueger was recruited to play baseball the University of Portland, but he was awarded a basketball scholarship. A two-sport athlete with the Pilots, Krueger hit .301 in 1977 to earn the team's MVP award as a rookie. Primarily a first baseman, Krueger still ranks seventh all-time at UP with 869 career putouts. Krueger also pitched for UP and he played with the 1980 squad that won a program record 36 games. He boasts a career batting average of .286, while on the hardwood he averaged 5.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in 105 career appearances. Following graduation, Krueger was signed by the Oakland Athletics as an undrafted amateur free agent in 1981, making the Oakland A's Class A Team in Medford. Krueger became primarily a pitcher as a professional and he made his Major League Baseball debut with the A's in 1983 against the California Angels in front of 40,000 fans. Krueger spent 13 years (1983-95) in Major League Baseball, and he also pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners (twice), Minnesota Twins, Montreal Expos, Detroit Tigers and San Diego Padres. He compiled 66 career wins, including three seasons of double-digit wins, pitched more than 1,100 innings, registered 639 strikeouts and boasted a career-low 3.40 ERA with the Tigers in 1993. Since retiring from baseball, Krueger has enjoyed a career in sports broadcasting. He is the senior baseball analyst for Root Sports Northwest, covering the Seattle Mariners, and he works extensively with college athletics.
2015 - Jim Sollars, University of Portland
Long-time University of Portland women's basketball head coach Jim Sollars retired following the 2013-14 season, ending a 28-year run at the helm of the Pilots. Sollars, who compiled nearly 400 wins with the Pilots and won 565 games overall as a collegiate head coach, was a five-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year and he led the Pilots to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments during the mid-1990's. Sollars, who also served the university as a history professor during his first 11 years on The Bluff, ended his career second all-time in WCC wins with 166. He won 388 games at UP, compiled 411 victories overall at the NCAA Division I level, and posted a 565-513 career record as a collegiate head coach. Under Sollars' leadership at Portland, 39 players earned All-WCC honors, four players were named the WCC Player of the Year, and he coached two Pilots (Laura Sale and Deana Lansing) to honorable mention All-America status. His players also consistently excelled in the classroom as he guided 41 WCC All-Academic Team selections, 14 CoSIDA Academic All-Region Team picks and one WCC Scholar Athlete of the Year, while two athletes earned first team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. Sollars arrived at UP in 1986 with ten years of previous head coaching experience. He led his 1987-88 team to a 17-11 record, a second-place WCC finish and garnered his first WCC Coach of the Year award. Sollars claimed the school's first WCC Basketball Championship (men or women) in 1991-92 and he was again named the WCC Coach of the Year, making him the first coach in the WCC to win the award twice. During the 1990's, Sollars had four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths (1993-97), including the first in school history in 1993-94. From 1993-99, Sollars and the Pilots compiled a 125-51 (.710) record, including a 27-3 mark during the 1996-97 season, the program's best since joining the NCAA Division-I ranks. His 1993-94 team captured the WCC Tournament Championship to earn the school's first NCAA Tournament bid. Sollars guided the Pilots to NCAA at-large berths in 1995, 1996 and 1997. During that 1996-97 season, the team went 27-3 overall for the second-highest win total in program history, won a second-consecutive WCC Championship (the third overall during Sollars' tenure), became the first team in league history to go undefeated (14-0) in WCC play and was the school's first NCAA Division-I basketball team to earn a national ranking (highest rating No. 21 USA Today/No. 25 in the final poll). Sollars was named WBCA District-8 Coach of the Year and was WCC Coach of the Year for a fourth time. Sollars nabbed his fifth and final league coach of the year honor in 2008-09 when he led the Pilots to the WNIT. A berth to the WBI followed in 2009-10, giving Sollars seven postseason trips during his storied career. Prior to UP, Sollars coached at Wenatchee Valley Community College (1976-83) and Portland State University (1983-86). His Wenatchee program won six Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) regional championships and compiled a 154-25 record (.860). Besides building a basketball dynasty, Sollars was also the dean of WVCC's social sciences department for two years and its athletics director for one year.
2014 - Laura Sale O'Connell, University of Portland
A University of Portland Athletics Hall of Fame member, Laura Sale O'Connell was the ultimate student-athlete, starring on the court while shining in the classroom. Sale O'Connell, who still ranks fifth all-time in UP program history with 1,542 career points, helped lead the Pilots to three NCAA Tournaments in the mid-1990's and she was named an Academic All-American in 1996. She also still ranks fifth all-time at Portland in field goals (596), is tied for eighth in free throws made (287) and is 10th in rebounds (579). After averaging in double figures in points as both a sophomore and a junior en route to All-West Coast Conference Honors, Sale O'Connell had perhaps her best season as a senior in 1995-96. That year, she was named the WCC Player of the Year after leading the Pilots to the WCC regular season championship. She led the conference in scoring with a 19.2 points per game mark, had a season and career-high 30 points against University of San Francisco at the WCC Tournament and she garnered United Press International (UPI) All-America Honorable Mention. The 116 field goals Sale O'Connell made that year against WCC opponents are still an all-time league season record. The 577 points she scored as a senior ranks fifth on Portland's all-time single-season charts, while her per game average that year is eighth best all-time. Sale O'Connell was a two-time All-WCC First Team selection and was selected to the WCC All-Tournament Team twice. She landed conference all-academic accolades three times and garnered all-region all-academic honors as both a junior and a senior. Following college, Sale O'Connell earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship before playing a year professionally in Germany. She would go onto become a long-time high school teacher and girls basketball coach.
2013 - Darwin Cook, University of Portland
In his four years as a University of Portland starting guard, Darwin Cook was the team's Most Valuable Player in 1977 and 1980, Portland's Co-Athlete of the Year in 1980 and an All-West Coast Athletic Conference Team member in 1979 and 1980. Cook also earned Associated Press All-America honorable mention. The Pilots joined the WCAC during Cook's first year on The Bluff, and he would lead Portland to a 65-44 overall record without missing a single game during his tenure. Along the way, he graduated as the Pilots' all-time leading scorer and is still the career leader in assists and steals. He shot 49 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free throw line throughout his career. Cook averaged 15.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. During an All-WCAC senior season, he set a school single-season record for assists per game (6.2) and steals (82), while averaging 17.2 points and shooting 52 percent from the field. Cook was drafted with the first pick in the fourth round of the 1980 NBA draft and would go on to average 9.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game during eight seasons with New Jersey, Washington, San Antonio and Denver. He is one of 49 players in NBA history to record nine or more steals in a game. Cook's professional career extended to a three-year stint in Italy playing for Scavolini where his team won the league championship. He was the league leader in both assists and steals his final two seasons, before concluding his career in the CBA. Cook was inducted into the University of Portland Athletic Hall of Fame in the summer of 1991.
2012 - Kasey Keller, University of Portland
Kasey Keller, who most recently was an all-star for the Seattle Sounders of the MLS, retired in 2011, ending a career which spanned 23 years, four World Cups and four countries. Keller, who starred at UP from 1988 until 1991 and led the Pilots to their first ever College Cup, has been named U.S. Soccer's Athlete of the Year an unprecedented three times. Keller is the U.S. National Team's all-time leader for goalkeepers in caps (102), wins (53), shutouts (47) and World Cup qualifying appearances (31). He was named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year an unprecedented three times (1997, 1999 and 2005) and has competed in four World Cups. The native of Olympia, Wash. played more than 300 matches in three of the world's top leagues: England's Premier League, Spain's La Liga and Germany's Bundesliga. While at UP, Keller (1988-91) was a three-time All-American and was named the collegiate goalkeeper of the year in 1991. He is still the school's all-time leader in career shutouts (43.0) and goals-against average (0.64). In 1988, he helped lead the Pilots to the school's first ever NCAA College Cup appearance. Portland, which lost to host Indiana in the 1988 semifinals, reached the post season all four seasons with Keller between the pipes.
2011 - Tiffeny Milbrett, University of Portland
Tiffeny Milbrett attended the University of Portland from 1990 to 1995 and left the school with various awards and NCAA records. In 1990, she was named Soccer America's Freshman Soccer Player of the Year, and in 1991, she led her team with 21 goals and six assists. Milbrett also garnered WCC Offensive Player of the Year honors in 1992 and 1994, and was a three time NSCAA All-American as well as a three-time finalist for the Hermann Trophy and Missouri Athletic Club Award awarded to the top player in the nation. Milbrett was her university's all-time leader in goals with 103, and assists with 40. She placed second in NCAA career goals with 103, and tied for fourth in career points with 246. She was also named to Soccer America's College Team of the Decade for the 1990s. Milbrett also had a heralded international career that saw her win both Olympic and World Cup Championships. In 1995, she was a member of the team that finished third at the World Cup in Sweden, and in 1996, was a starter for the team that won the 1996 Olympic Gold in Atlanta, scoring the game-winning goal against China in the final. In 1998, Milbrett was a member of the team that won the gold medal at the Goodwill Games, and in 1999, Milbrett became the goal leader on the USA team that won the World Cup and take home Silver in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. In 2001, Milbrett became a founding member of the New York Power in the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) where she also became the league's MVP as well as Offensive Player of the Year. In March 2009, Milbrett was selected to play with FC Gold Pride of the new Women's Professional Soccer and began play in April 2009.
2010 - Joe Etzel, University of Portland
When Joe Etzel was appointed director of athletics in 1970, the University of Portland's intercollegiate athletic program consisted of three coaches and five men's teams. When he retired in 2004, those figures increased to 13 full-time and 11 part-time coaches for 16 men's and women's teams, all competing at the NCAA Division I level. In addition, the University also built four athletic facilities throughout the Etzel era: The Earle A. and Virginia H. Chiles Center (basketball/volleyball), Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center, Pilot Stadium (baseball, which later was renamed in his honor), and Harry A. Merlo Field (soccer). Etzel retired as the longest tenured Athletic Director at the NCAA Division I level. As an undergraduate at the University of Portland, Etzel lettered four years in baseball as a pitcher and once in basketball. He still ranks near the top of many of the school's career pitching records. Etzel is first in career win percentage (.741) with a 20-7 record. He is second in career ERA (2.45) and wins (20), fourth in walks per nine innings (2.18) and led the Pilots to the NCAA playoffs in 1957 and 1958. Etzel's 21-year reign as the university's head baseball coach began in 1966. He took on the director of athletics position in 1970 and served in both capacities until his coaching retirement following the 1986 baseball season. He was later inducted into the University of Portland Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993, the State of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 and the National Athletic Directors (NACDA) Hall of Fame in 2008.
2009 - Clive Charles, University of Portland
Clive Charles was the greatest coach in more than a century of University of Portland athletics, leading his women's and men's soccer teams to 439 victories, 20 national playoff berths, 13 conference titles, and a national championship. His players went on to play on the national teams of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, and also play in the professional ranks in America and Europe and Asia. Others earned Olympic gold medals and won World Cups. He coached the United States Olympic Team (1996-2000) and Women's National Team (1993-1996). He was a professional soccer star in England, Wales, and North America, and was named to the all-time North American Soccer League team. Just before the Olympics in August 2000, Charles was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Despite the harsh news, Charles still coached the U.S. to a fourth place finish in the Olympic Games. Charles also continued to coach both the men's and women's Portland teams until his death. During his last season (2002), the Portland women's team won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship.