SPOKANE, Wash. – A student-athlete, a coach and an administrator, all of whom made long-lasting impacts on Whitworth University athletics, comprise the school’s 24th induction class of the Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame.
Michael Allan, a record-setting tight end drafted into the NFL, will join former swimming coach Tom Dodd and former Whitworth President William (Bill) Robinson as the incoming class set for induction into the Heritage Gallery on October 5th, 2013.
Allan closed his Pirate football career with school records for individual season touchdown receptions (15 in 2005), career touchdown receptions (29), and career yards per catch (18.7). He finished with 118 receptions for 2,202 yards in his career. He was a consensus All-American in 2006 and a D3football.com and AFCA Division III All-American in 2005. Allan was invited to play in the 2007 East-West Shrine Classic and participate in the 2007 NFL Combine following the 2006 season. In April he was selected in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. As a senior Allan helped lead Whitworth to a 10-0 regular season and into the second round of the Division III football playoffs.
Dodd coached Whitworth swimming for 16 seasons (1987 – 2003), earning NAIA Men’s Coach of the Year honors in 1996 after leading the Pirates to a runner-up finish at the national championships. He was also named Northwest Conference Coach of the Year (either men or women) eight times. Dodd coached six different swimmers to individual national championships (either NAIA or NCAA Division III) and also had two national champion relays. Dodd’s swimmers produced 132 individual NAIA All-American or Honorable Mention All-American performances (1988-98) and 47 individual NCAA All-American or Honorable Mention All-American performances. Dodd is currently the head swimming and diving coach at California Lutheran University.
Robinson served as the 17th President in Whitworth history from 1993 - 2010. Along with other school presidents, he helped spearhead Whitworth’s (and the Northwest Conference’s) transition from the NAIA to the NCAA in the mid-1990s. He also oversaw dramatic improvement in the fortunes and accomplishments of Whitworth’s athletic teams as a by-product of increased enrollment, increased financial stability and improved campus facilities. Robinson may be most famous for cancelling a school day in March of 1996 so the Whitworth community could travel to Nampa, Idaho to watch the Pirate men’s basketball team play in the NAIA Division II national championship game. He joins President Frank Warren as the second Whitworth chief administrator selected to the Heritage Gallery.
The class of 2013 will join a group of 77 individuals and eight teams already enshrined in the Heritage Gallery during a breakfast ceremony that will begin at 9:00 a.m. The class of 2013, along with all current Heritage Gallery members attending the induction, will be recognized at halftime of the Whitworth – Pacific (Ore.) 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.