Heritage Gallery Class of 2008

SPOKANE, Wash. -- On October 4th Whitworth University will induct former football All-Americans George Elliott and Larry Jacobson, basketball and baseball standout Bob Mandeville and volleyball All-American Julie (Weatherred) Jones as the 19th class into the Whitworth Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place at Whitworth Community Presbyterian Church ’s Quall Hall, beginning at 8:30 am.

All-American E George Elliott

George Elliott was a record-setting All-American wide receiver at Whitworth from 1963-66. Elliot was recruited to Whitworth from Charlotte, North Carolina by Hall-of-Fame coach Sam Adams in 1963. By his sophomore season he was starting both offensively and defensively, as well as kicking field goals and extra points. During his junior season in 1965, Elliot set Whitworth and Evergreen Conference records for touchdown receptions (10) and receiving yards (871), earning first team All-Conference honors. As a senior in 1966, Elliot was selected as a First Team NAIA All-American after he caught 48 passes for 808 yards with six touchdowns. He finished his career at Whitworth with 106 pass receptions, 1,884 receiving yards and 19 touchdown receptions. Between touchdown catches, punt returns, field goals and extra points, Elliot scored 194 points during his Pirate career. Elliot was also a four-year letterman for Whitworth’s basketball team. Following graduation George volunteered and worked in different ministry areas, including Young Life and Advent Growth Ministries, a group he helped found and lead as president of the board for more than ten years. Professionally he worked for Saga Foods, then started his own business - Peter James Coffee - with two partners in 1980.

All-American LB Larry Jacobson

Larry Jacobson, an all-star from Sandpoint, Idaho, was a standout on the football field from 1966-69, an era of Whitworth football when victories on the scoreboard were hard to come by. Jacobson played linebacker for the Pirates, serving as team captain and earning first team All-Evergreen Conference honors three years in a row and NAIA All-America honors during his senior season. He accomplished all of that on a team that won only six total games over the course of his four seasons. During Jacobson’s senior season, he finished with 202 tackles, both primary and assisted, for an average of more than 22 tackles per game. Those amazing numbers were recognized with his All-America selection, in addition to selections on the Little All-Northwest, All-NAIA District 1 and All-Evergreen Conference teams. As a senior, and the year following, Larry and his wife Debbie served as Resident Directors of Stewart Hall on campus. Following a tryout with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL, Jacobson earned a doctorate in guidance and counseling and returned to North Idaho as a principle at Priest River Junior High School and assistant principal at Sandpoint High School. In 1984 Larry moved to Alaska, where he worked as an administrator in education, including 17 years as a middle school principal in Palmer, Alaska.

Basketball and baseball star
Bob Mandeville

Bob Mandeville came to Whitworth as a highly regarded prospect out of Southern California and left as one of the greatest all-around athletes in school history. A four-year starter in both basketball and baseball from 1981-84, Mandeville excelled in both sports for the Pirates. In basketball he made an immediate impact, leading his team in scoring as a freshman. The following season he improved his scoring average, leading Whitworth to its first-ever Northwest Conference title in basketball and earning first team All-NWC. As a junior he led the NWC in assists and the Pirates to another Northwest Conference title, earning both first team All-NWC and first team All-NAIA District 1. As a senior he led the Pirates to their third straight conference title and was again named first team all-conference and all-district. He concluded his career with 1,296 points. As a four-year starting shortstop for the baseball team, Mandeville hit .308 as a junior then led the Pirates to a 23-10 record as a senior, when the team came within a game of making the NAIA World Series. He was named first team All-NAIA District 1 and was drafted by the Chicago Cubs organization. After graduation, Mandeville went on to a successful career in financial planning in Southern California


All-American OH Julie Weatherred

Julie Weatherred had a tremendous impact at Whitworth in her two seasons (2001 and 2002) leading the Pirate volleyball team. Originally from Spokane and a star at Ferris High School, Weatherred played her first two seasons for Eastern Washington University. As a transfer during her junior season she led Whitworth to a 21-6 record and a Northwest Conference title with a 14-2 record. The Pirates advanced to the NCAA Division III national tournament and lost to eventual national champion La Verne in the second round. Weatherred was the NWC Player of the Year and earned first team AVCA All-West Region and first team AVCA All-American honors, the first Pirate to be named an All-American in volleyball in 20 years. The following season Whitworth earned a second straight NWC title (15-1) and finished 24-3. The Pirates hosted the west regional of the NCAA Division III tournament and defeated defending national champion La Verne before falling to top-ranked Cal State Hayward in the final. Weatherred was again named NWC Player of the Year and first team ACVA All-Region. Whitworth led all of NCAA Division III in attendance that season, averaging 540 fans per game. Weatherred graduated with a double major in Spanish and education and has worked professionally with Young Life.

The class of 2008 will join a group of 60 individuals and seven teams already enshrined in the Heritage Gallery. The class of 2008, along with all current Heritage Gallery members attending the induction, will be recognized at halftime of the Whitworth - Willamette football game on October 4th.

The Whitworth Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Crimson Club and the first class was inducted in 1990.

Reservations for the induction ceremony and breakfast can still be made by calling 777-3224.