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Pacific Lutheran Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2016; Event Set for October 14

Pacific Lutheran Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2016; Event Set for October 14

TACOMA, Wash. – Pacific Lutheran University's Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

This year's honorees include six former student-athletes: softball's Brenda Dobbelaar, baseball's Theander "Doc" Harstad, women's swimming's Tareena Joubert, women's soccer's Jennie Lee, men's swimming Terry Ludwig and football's Steve Welch.

Each inductee will be featured on GoLutes.com leading up to the event.

The induction luncheon will be held on Friday, October 14 in the Chris Knutzen Hall at 11:30 a.m. and helps kick off a weekend of Homecoming activities.  Tickets will be available for $20 after August 15 through GoLutes.com.  If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or table purchases for the event, please contact the Athletics Department at (253) 535-8504.

Class of 2016 Highlights

Brenda Dobbelaar (Softball, 1990 - 92)

Dobbelaar was a two-time All-American shortstop for the Lutes ending her career with a .422 batting average.  She is still ranked number 1 on the all time single season hits list with 69 and the all time doubles list with 22. 

Theander "Doc" Harstad (1908 – 1911)

The son of PLU's founder Bjug Harstad, "Doc" was the first Pacific Lutheran student to play in the major leagues.  He appeared 32 times in relief for the Cleveland Indians, ending with a 3-5 record and 3.40 ERA.  After retiring, he became a family man and dentist, practicing for over 50 years.

Tareena Joubert (Women's Swimming, 1986 – 1990)

During her time in the pool, Joubert was a 22 time All-American, while also being voted team captain three times and most inspirational.  She graduated with records in the 100 and 200 meter breast stroke events.

Jennie Lee (Women's Soccer, 1991 – 1994)

Lee was a three-time All-American during her time at PLU.  A member of the 1991 NAIA National Championship team, she was a two-time conference, district and region champion and the 1994 Conference Player of the Year.

Terry Ludwig (Men's Swimming, 1971 – 73)

Ludwig was a five-time All-American in the pool who helped lead the Lutes to a third place finish at the NAIA National Championships, the highest finish in program history.  He won three individual titles at the 1973 championships in the 200, 500 and 1650 freestyle, a tie for the most ever at the NAIA event.

Steve Welch (Football, 1984 – 86)

Welch, a co-MVP for the offence and team captain, still holds the PLU record for consecutive games with a touchdown catch at 15.  A 1986 NAIA All-American and Columbia Football Association North Division First Team honoree, he is also tied for sixth in touchdowns in a single season with 17.

The purpose of the Athletics Hall of Fame is to honor and preserve the memory of those athletes, coaches, athletic staff members and others who have contributed in a very outstanding and positive way to the promotion of the PLU athletic program.  

CLICK HERE - For additional information on the PLU Athletics Hall of Fame.