SPOKANE, Wash. – When Whitworth University celebrates its 125th anniversary during Homecoming Weekend this fall, a class worthy of the occasion will be inducted into its athletic Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame.
Samantha Kephart, Jock McLaughlin, Haley Nichols and Scott McQuilkin will become the 25th class inducted into the Heritage Gallery on October 11th.
The class includes three former student-athletes and an influential administrator and coach. The induction will take place at 9:00 am in the HUB Multi-purpose room. The ceremony includes a breakfast and reservations can be made by calling 509-777-3224. The cost is $10 per individual.
Kephart won two NCAA Division III titles in swimming and was a nine-time All-American in the pool during her Pirate career (2005-08). She set a Division III national record in the 200-yard butterfly as a sophomore in 2006. She also earned 10 Northwest Conference individual championships and was part of 11 NWC-championship relays. She still holds NWC meet and all-time records in both the 100 and 200-yard butterfly races.
McLaughlin was a standout on the football field and the track. He was a three-year starting lineman for the Pirate football team from 1963-65, earning All-Evergreen Conference honors and honorable mention AP Little All-America recognition as a senior. He also set Evergreen Conference and NAIA District 1 records in the shot put, finishing as NAIA national runner-up in the event as a senior in 1966. He set school record in the shot put (58’-3”) in 1965 that stood for 45 years.
An explosive forward, Nichols helped lead the Whitworth women’s soccer team to a pair of Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges championships in 1993 and 1995. She ranks second all-time in all three offensive categories for the Pirates – total points (94), goals-scored (34) and assists (26). Whitworth had a cumulative won-loss record of 46-22-5 during her four-year career.
McQuilkin served as Whitworth’s Director of Athletics from 1996-2009, earning an NCAA Division III West Region AD of the Year award for 2001-02. During his tenure the Pirate athletics department grew from 15 to 20 varsity sports. McQuilkin oversaw the addition of the Westside Athletics Complex (softball, soccer and track) and was responsible for major facility improvements to the Pine Bowl and Whitworth Fieldhouse. Prior to his term as AD, McQuilkin was Whitworth’s baseball coach from 1985-90, winning the NAIA District I championship and advancing to the NAIA regional playoffs three times.
The class of 2014 will join a group of 80 individuals and eight teams already enshrined in the Heritage Gallery. The current class, along with all current Heritage Gallery members attending the induction, will be recognized at halftime of the Whitworth – Willamette 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.