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Bearcat Athletics News


Christine Folz '87 receives Alumnus of the Year award

Many of her peers know her for her talents on the basketball court and in track and field, and those of us still on campus know her for her arduous (but always worth it) fitness classes in Sparks Athletic Center. For her contributions over time, Folz recently received the Department of Athletics' Alumnus of the Year Award.

The award, says athletics, commends Christine for "maintaining a lifelong connection and commitment to Bearcat athletics."

Wing named interim head coach of women's basketball

Wally Wing

Wally Wing has been hired by Willamette as the interim head coach of women's basketball, Director of Athletics David Rigsby recently announced. Wing previously served as an assistant men's basketball coach with the Bearcats.

Wing will be the interim head coach until the search for a new head coach is completed. His primary duties will be to follow up with Willamette's recruits for the upcoming season, finalize details regarding the 2012-13 schedule and be available as a resource for the current players.

As the primary assistant coach for the Willamette men's basketball team Wing spent 22 seasons working under Head Coach Gordie James from 1987-88 through 2008-09. Wing made significant contributions to the team and helped coach the Bearcats to the NAIA National Championship in 1992-93 when Willamette achieved a 29-4 record.

In 2010, Wing co-coached at the Northwest Shootout All-Star game. He maintains working relationships with college coaches of every level across the country. In addition to his extensive experience as an assistant coach at Willamette, Wing has been a volunteer assistant coach with the women's basketball and track and field programs at McNary High School in Keizer, Ore. He also has coached youth basketball teams.