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Sports Star of the Year Award Winners (1970-1979)

1970

Doris Brown Heritage
World Running Champion

A star at Seattle Pacific University and a two-time Olympian, Brown shattered national and world records at every distance from 440 yards to one mile. She was inducted into the USATF Hall of Fame and also became the second female ever inducted into the U.S. Track Coaches Hall of Fame after a career that put women’s distance running on the map.

 

1971

Lynn Colella
Pan-American Games Swim Medalist

Colella earned the Sports Star of the Year after winning a pair of swimming gold medals at the 1971 Pan-America Games. The Seattle native and UW graduate also won Olympic silver in the 200-meter butterfly in 1972.

 

1971

Rick Colella
Pan-American Games Swim Medalist

Colella, like his sister Lynn, saw swimming success at the 1971 Pan-American Games. Also a former UW swimmer, he won gold in the 200m breaststroke in 1971 and won multiple medals in the 1975 Pan-American Games. In recent years, he and his wife have dedicated themselves to funding facioscapulohumeral disease (FSHD) — a form of muscular distrophy that affects their son.

 

1972

Tom Gorman
Davis Cup Tennis Ace

A former tennis star at Seattle University, Gorman ranked as high as 8th as a professional tennis player and was a member of the U.S. team that won the 1972 Davis Cup. He is the most recent American tennis player to win the Davis Cup as both a player and a captain.

 

1973

Bill Fenton
Softball Hall of Famer

1978 saw the only three-way tie in Sports Star of the Year history. Fenton played a key role in bringing the national fastpitch softball tournament to Seattle and also coached a number of different softball teams. He later acted as Seattle U’s athletic director.

 

1973

Cal Jones
UW Football All-American

Jones still ranks 7th all-time in career interceptions in UW football history with 11, and was also an electric punt returner. The All-American cornerback later played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos.

 

1973

Spencer Haywood
SuperSonics All-Star

Haywood’s 29.2 points per game in the 1972-73 season and 13.4 rebounds per game in the 1973-74 season remain the single-season record averages for the Seattle SuperSonics franchise. He was an NBA All Star in four of his seasons in Seattle and later won an NBA title in 1980 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

1974

Earl Anthony
Bowling Superstar

A Tacoma native, Anthony’s $100,000 total winnings in 1974 set a Professional Bowling Association record. His 10 professional bowling titles are tied for the most all-time, and he is widely credited with increasing the popularity of bowling in the United States.

 

1975

Marv Harshman
Pan-American Games Gold Medal Coach

Harshman’s 642 wins as a college basketball head coach ranked near the top among active coaches when he retired in 1985. He coached for Pacific Lutheran, Washington State, and Washington, racking up awards along the way — 1976 Pac-8 Coach of the Year, 1982 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, 1984 NABC Coach of the Year, and a 1985 inductee at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

 

1976

Slick Watts
SuperSonics Star

A prototypical stat-sheet stuffer, Watts became the only player to lead the NBA in assists and steals in the same season while playing for the SuperSonics. In 1976, he was also named to the 1976 All-Defense First Team and received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for community service. His signature off-centered headband look is iconic to this day.

 

1977

Warren Moon
Husky Rose Bowl Quarterback

One of the most well-recognized Husky football legends, Moon was the hero in Washington’s 1978 Rose Bowl victory over Michigan. He played professionally for 23 years between the NFL and CFL. He became both the first African American quarterback and the first undrafted quarterback to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

 

1978

Lenny Wilkens
Seattle Basketball Legend

A three-time Hall of Fame inductee, Wilkins remains the NBA career leader in coaching win-loss totals. His decorated basketball career ended with 15 years as a player and three-and-a-half decades as a coach — including eight seasons as head coach for the SuperSonics. He coached that team to an NBA title in 1979, Seattle’s first major sports championship.

 

1979

Joe Steele
UW Football Rushing Leader

Steele sits fourth in career rushing yards in UW football history with 3,168. He finished a dominant college career with 35 total touchdowns from scrimmage and a 1977 Rose Bowl victory.

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