SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Whitworth University Crimson Club has approved four new members of the Whitworth Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame for induction in 2011.
The four include three former Pirate student-athletes and a highly successful coach and administrator: Sky Blake, Warren Friedrichs, Tiffany Speer and Jerry Tighe.
Sky Blake (class of 2001) was an AP Little All-American at Whitworth during his senior season in 2000. A defensive end, Blake led the Northwest Conference in total tackles (110), tackles per game (12.2) and added 15 tackles for 49 yards in losses. He was a D3football.com First Team All-American and the Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the NWC. He became the defensive MVP of the post-season Aztec Bowl all-star game.
Tiffany Speer (class of 2005) retired as the second all-time leading scorer in Whitworth women's basketball. She finished her career with 1,707 points and set Pirate records for most points in a single game (48), single season scoring average (21.1), and most free throws made (540) and attempted (698) in a career. She was a two-time NWC Player of the Year and two-time D3hoops.com Third Team All-American.
Jerry Tighe (class of 1970) was an NAIA cross country and track and field All-American at Whitworth. He won three consecutive NAIA District cross country championships and finished as high as 11th at the NAIA national cross country championships. He became a three-time All-American in the two-mile distance at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships between 1968-70 and also was a two-time All-American in the three-mile race at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, earning national runner-up in 1969.
Warren Friedrichs has served a variety of key roles in the Whitworth athletics department, most notably as the men's basketball coach from 1986-2001. He is the winningest coach in school history with a career record of 251-195. His teams won or shared five Northwest Conference titles and he led the Pirates to three national tournament appearances. His 1991 Pirate team was the first Whitworth squad to advance to the NAIA Division I tournament in Kansas City in 30 years. His 1996 team lost in overtime of the NAIA Division II championship game in Nampa, Idaho. More recently he resurrected the Pirate golf program, leading the men to four NWC titles (2005-7, 2010) and two national tournament appearances, while the women have claimed two NWC crowns (2009 and 2010) and reached the 2010 NCAA Division III tournament. Friedrichs also served the department as interim Director of Athletics from October of 2009 through June of 2011, during which time the Pirates claimed a pair of NWC McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophies.
The class of 2011 will join a group of 71 individuals and seven teams already enshrined in the Heritage Gallery during a breakfast ceremony on Saturday, October 8th. The class of 2011, along with all current Heritage Gallery members attending the induction, will be recognized at halftime of the Whitworth - Pacific Lutheran football game that afternoon.
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.