SPOKANE, Wash. -- On September 25th Whitworth University will induct four former outstanding student-athletes as the 21st class of the Whitworth Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place at the Whitworth Hixon Union Building’s multi-purpose room, beginning at 8:30 am. The four inductees include Bryan Depew, the leading men's basketball scorer in Whitworth history; John Gould, the first Whitworth All-American in men's soccer; Melanie Kosin, the first Whitworth All-American in women's cross country; and Kevin Wang, a two-time national champion and former NCAA Division III record-holder in swimming.
Bryan Depew retired as the leading scorer in the history of Whitworth men’s basketball, finishing his career with 2,013 points. He led the team in scoring all four seasons, and became the first Pirate men’s player to earn First Team All-Northwest Conference honors four years in a row. As a junior, he led the Pirates to a Northwest Conference title and the school’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament, earning NWC Player of the Year and Second Team All-Region honors. As a senior, he led the conference with a scoring average of 23.6 points per game and was named a Third Team All-American by D3hoops.com. Whitworth had a 75-29 won-loss record over his four seasons, including a 46-18 mark in NWC games. As of his induction in 2010, he holds Whitworth basketball records for career scoring average (19.4 points per game), career free throws made (535), career free throws attempted (649), and single game free throw percentage (12-12 vs. Pacific Lutheran in 2004).
Whitworth has a rich, if relatively brief, history in men’s soccer. And John Gould will go down as the first Pirate soccer All-American. Only a two-year player at Whitworth after playing two years for the Community Colleges of Spokane, Gould still set Pirate records for career points (91), points in a season (54), goals in a season (19) and assists in a season (15) that still stand at the time of his induction in 2010. He set his single season records as a junior in 1988, leading Whitworth to a 17-3-2 record. He was named NAIA Third Team All-American, First Team All-Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges (NCIC) and First Team All-Northwest Collegiate Soccer Conference (NCSC). As a senior he led the Pirates to a 15-3-2 record and to the school’s first-ever appearance in the NAIA district playoffs. He was again named Third Team All-American by the NAIA and was the NCSC Player of the Year after scoring 15 goals and adding seven assists.
The first in a distinguished line of women’s distance runners at Whitworth, Melanie Kosin was one of the first Pirate women to become an NAIA cross country All-American. She earned that distinction as a freshman in 1989, finishing 18th at the NAIA Championships. As a sophomore, Kosin led the Whitworth women’s team to its first-ever national championship meet, where the Pirates finished in 19th place. She finished 11th in the nation as a junior, still the highest-ever individual finish at a national championship meet for a Whitworth woman. During her senior season, the women’s team rose to an 11th-place finish at the NAIA championships, led by her individual race in 18th place. Also an outstanding track & field competitor, Kosin set the school record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:30.07 in the spring of 1992, a mark that stood until 2010. She was the NAIA District 1 champion in the 5,000 as a junior and qualified for the NAIA Track & Field championships each of her four seasons.
Kevin Wang is the most dominant men’s swimmer in Whitworth history. He was a two-time national champion in the 400-yard individual medley, setting an NCAA Division III record in that event as a junior in 2003. Over the course of his career, Wang earned NCAA Division III All-American honors 10 times and was a Northwest Conference champion in 11 of his 12 career events. At the time of his Heritage Gallery induction in 2010, he still held Northwest Conference records in the 500-yard freestyle, 1,650-yard freestyle, the 200-yard individual medley, the 400-yard individual medley and the 800-yard relay. He led the Pirate men to three Northwest Conference titles during his career and was the NWC Men’s Outstanding Swimmer as a sophomore, junior and senior. In 2003 the Pirates finished 7th as a team at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, the highest team finish in school history at the time of the induction.
The class of 2010 will join a group of 67 individuals and seven teams already enshrined in the Heritage Gallery. The class of 2010, along with all current Heritage Gallery members attending the induction, will be recognized at halftime of the Whitworth - Lewis & Clark football game on September 25th.
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 be made by calling 777-3224.