Past Winners & Honorees

Male Athlete
of the Year



Greg Lewis
UW All-American Running Back

As a senior, Lewis rushed for 1,407 yards, a school record at the time, and earned Pac-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors. Lewis was also lauded with the inaugural Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top junior or senior running back, and finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting, the highest finish ever for a Husky offensive player.



Steve Emtman
UW All-American Defensive Lineman

A consensus All-American, Emtman won the Outland Trophy, Lombardi Award, was the Bill Willis Award winner and the UPI Lineman of the Year. He was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He played six seasons as a defensive lineman in the NFL.



Edgar Martinez
Mariners and AL Batting Champ

Martinez spent his entire 18-year MLB career with the Seattle Mariners. He is one of only eight players with 300 home runs, 500 doubles, a career batting average higher than .300, a career on-base percentage higher than .400 and a career slugging percentage higher than .500.



Randy Johnson
Mariners Pitching Ace

Johnson was a dominant force during his tenure in Seattle. Over a 21-year career he has won the Cy Young Award five times, second only to Roger Clemens’ seven.



Napoleon Kaufman
Husky Rushing Champion

Kaufman is still the University of Washington’s all-time leader in rushing yards (4,106), rushing attempts (735), most 200 yard games (4) and rushing touchdowns (34). Kaufman went on to a six year NFL career.



Lou Piniella
Seattle Mariners Manager

Piniella presently ranks 14th all-time on the list of managerial wins. From 1993–2002 he managed the Seattle Mariners, winning the AL Manager of the Year Award in 1995 and again in 2001 when he led the Mariners to a record-tying 116 wins.



Alex Rodriguez
AL Batting Champion

Considered one of the best all–around baseball players, Rodriguez was the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs. Being a 12-time AL All-Star, 3-time AL MVP, and 10-time AL Silver Slugger Award are just a few of his many achievements.



Gary Payton
SuperSonics All-Star

Payton played 12 years with the Seattle Supersonics. He is the only point guard ever to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine times.



David Segui
Mariners Fielding Star

Segui played for the Seattle Mariners from 1998-1999.



Marques Tuiasosopo
UW Quarterback and MVP

In 1997 Tuiasosopo was the Huskies’ first true freshman to start a game at quarterback. As a senior in 2000, he led the Huskies to the Pac-10 title and a 34-24 Rose Bowl victory over the Purdue Boilermakers. He was also named the MVP of the game.

Female Athlete
of the Year



Rhonda Smith
UW Center and Scoring Champion

During her four-year career at UW, Smith finished as the all-time scorer and third-leading rebounder. A three-time All Pac 10 pick and named to the District VIII All America team her junior and senior years, she was a founding member of Seattle Reign and first Washington player drafted by the WNBA.



Chris Gobrecht
UW Women’s Basketball Coach

During her 11 years (1986-96) at Washington, she compiled a 243-89 record and became the winningest coach in Washington history. She led the Huskies to nine NCAA Tournament berths, three conference championships, and four second-place league finishes.



Michelle Akers
Olympic Soccer Champion

A former leading American soccer player, Akers played in the historic 1999 Women’s World Cup victory by the US. She is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.



Kate Starbird
College Basketball Player of the Year

A former professional basketball player in the WNBA, Starbird was awarded the Women’s Naismith College Player of the Year Award while at Stanford University.



Karen Thorndike
World Solo Sailor

Originally from Snohomish, Washington. In 1996, at age 56, Thorndike became the first American woman to sail around the world and successfully solo-navigate around the five “Great Capes.



Becky Newbry
UW Softball All-American

In her 4 seasons with the Huskies she helped UW to 4 College World Series appearances and 2 national runner-up finishes. She left Washington with her name in the Huskies top ten in 14 offensive categories and more notably as the 1999 Pac 10 Batting Co-Champion.

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