Central Wildcats' 2011 Hall of Fame Class

Ellensburg Native John Hallead, Former Basketball Coach Gil Coleman among Five Inductees plus One Team

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (Apr. 19) -- Five individuals and one team will be welcomed into the Central Washington University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2011 at its annual banquet on Saturday, May 21, at 6 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom on the CWU campus.

The former Wildcats being inducted into the 28th Hall of Fame class are Ellensburg native John Hallead, former men’s basketball head coach, the late Gil Coleman, football standout Eric Boles, baseball star Marc Greeley, and women’s basketball headliner Kristi Wilson. In addition, the 1988-89 men’s basketball team will be inducted into the Hall this year.

Hallead, who prepped at Ellensburg High School, embarked on a professional baseball career with the Colorado Rockies organization before attending CWU and playing four seasons of football for the Wildcats from 1997-2000. He was a first team NAIA All-American as a sophomore, was a third-team Division II All-American by the Football Gazette as a senior, and was the Columbia Football Association’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1998 and 2000. Hallead, who still ranks sixth on the school’s all-time list for tackles (272) and 12th for career interceptions (9), has since been a successful coach -- both as an assistant at CWU in the sports of football and softball and as a head coach at the high school level.

Coleman, a 1981 graduate of CWU, was the Wildcats’ head basketball coach from 1990-95. A three-time district or conference coach of the year during his five-year tenure, he won 92 games before becoming ill with pneumonia, eventually passing away late in the 1994-95 season at the age of 38. Coleman’s son, GE, just completed his fourth year as an assistant coach on the Wildcats’ men’s basketball staff.

Boles was a standout wide receiver for the Wildcat football team from 1988-91, and was the last CWU gridiron player to be drafted by a National Football League team when he was selected by the New York Jets in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL draft. Boles, who finished with 1,380 career receiving yards and 11 touchdowns at CWU, has since had an extremely successful career as a motivational speaker.

Greeley batted .330 with 19 home runs and 112 runs batted in during his four-year playing career as a shortstop for the Wildcat baseball team from 1985-88. He was the NAIA District I Player of the Year as a senior, helping lead CWU to the NAIA World Series. Greeley still ranks second on the all-time list in career runs scored (126), third in hits (156), fourth in home runs, and second in RBI. He also remains the career leader in stolen bases with 65.

Wilson played for the Wildcats from 1983-87, and still ranks 10th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 846 career points. She is third all-time in total rebounds, including a school-record average of 9.5 per game during her senior season in 1986-87. As a senior, Wilson also set single-season records for free throws made (162) and attempted (201), both of which still stand today.

The 1988-89 men’s basketball team, the next-to-last CWU squad coached by CWU Athletics Hall of Famer Dean Nicholson, tied a school record with 32 victories. That squad, which finished with a 32-10 record, defeated Western Washington two games to one to win the NAIA District 1 championship to advance to the NAIA Division I National Tournament, where the Wildcats won three games before falling to Saint Mary’s (Texas) in the national semifinals. Carl Aaron was the scoring leader on that team, averaging 20.0 points per game, while Dave Biwer averaged 8.5 rebounds per game.

Tickets for the CWU Athletics Hall of Fame banquet can be purchased for $35 per person online at http://www.mycentral.cwu.edu/hof.