Charlie Reed – Football
One of the great running backs in Whitworth football history, Charlie Reed set records that have stood for nearly 40 years. A key player on the last Whitworth team to win an Evergreen Conference championship (1962), Reed still holds the Whitworth record for most rushing yards per game in one season (135.2). Reed also set a record for most rushing yards in one season (1,217, set in 1963) that was not broken until the fall of 1999. Reed also holds the record for most rushing touchdowns in one game (4) which he set in a 33-7 win over Eastern Washington in 1962. As a junior he rushed for a school single-season record of 1,010 yards on 151 carries and scored six touchdowns. His senior season he broke his single season rushing record with 1,217 on 200 carries and scored nine touchdowns. Following his senior season Reed was named NAIA First Team All-American. Upon graduation he coached and taught at the high school level for 32 years throughout the state of Washington. He spent most of those years coaching and teaching at Cheney High School, where he taught history and health and led the freshmen football teams to several undefeated seasons. Reed remains active raising quarter horses at his ranch near Rosalia, Washington. He competes in roping competitions throughout the country.
Rod McDonald – Basketball
Rod McDonald is the most prolific record-setter in Whitworth’s storied history of men’s basketball. He set school records for most points in a game (51), most free throws made in one game (19), most points in a career 1,801, career scoring average 18.1 pointer per game, career rebounds (1,310), career rebounds per game (13.1), rebounds in a season (365) and rebounds per game in a season (13.1). In 1966 he was named NAIA Honorable Mention All-American after leading the Pirates to an 18-8 record. In his senior season of 1967 he led Whitworth to a 17-7 record and wins over the University of Montana and Montana State and was named a Second Team NAIA All-American. In the spring of 1968 he was an AAU First Team All-American after leading his team to the AAU National Tournament title game. Upon being drafted by the US Army that same year, he played for the Army select team stationed out of the Presidio in San Francisco. In 1970 he played on the World Championship team that played in Yugoslavia (a team that included Bill Walton). That year he was also drafted by Salt Lake City of the ABA and played with the Stars for three seasons. After retiring from professional basketball, McDonald worked in the hotel industry, the sporting goods industry and as a children’s counselor. He currently lives in San Jose, California and works for Federal Express and his family’s sour dough bread business (J & B Foods).