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Alumnus Jon Kitna’s Jersey Retired

The No. 3 football jersey, worn by quarterback Jon Kitna when he played for CWU, was retired from competition at the CWU Athletic Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony last May.

Kitna, who led the Wildcats to the 1995 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics football championship, went on to a 16-year career in the National Football League, including as the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. A native of Tacoma, Kitna is now a mathematics teacher and head football coach at his alma mater, Lincoln High School. His retired jersey is on display in Nicholson Pavilion.

Six Athletes and Swim Team Join Hall of Fame

The Class of 2014 was honored at the annual Athletic Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony last May.

Keith Baker, who was a five-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American in the 110-meter indoor and outdoor hurdles.

Jim Clem, who coached the Dayton and Burlington-Edison high school baseball teams to 22 consecutive winning seasons and 481 victories over 30 years.

Judy (Koenigs) Earle, who still ranks as the CWU all-time women's soccer career scoring leader with 27 goals and 65 points.

Tyson Raley, who is one of just six players—and the only Wildcat—to earn Columbia Football Association first team all-league honors for four straight seasons.

Kit Shaw, who won the 142-pound NAIA wrestling championship in 1973 and 1974. He was named the outstanding wrestler in the tournament, while leading CWU to the '74 national team title.

Rose (Shaw) Wessels, CWU's all-time women’s basketball scoring leader with 1,696 points during her career. She also holds the school rebound record with 790.

The 1984 swim team, which won the first of three NAIA national swimming team titles that the CWU men’s team earned during a four-year period.


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