Accomplished trio enters Seawolf Hall in 2006
ANCHORAGE (Oct. 15) – Featuring two former student-athletes and one of the most versatile contributors in UAA Athletic history, the sixth class of the Seawolf Hall of Fame was inducted Sunday by University of Alaska Anchorage director of athletics Dr. Steve Cobb. The 2006 inductees were Allegra (Stoetzel) Butler (women’s basketball), Derek Donald (hockey), and Harry Larrabee (basketball coach/administrator/athletic director).
The official ceremony took place in the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, following several weekend events surrounding the Nye Frontier Classic hockey tournament. Presenters included fellow Seawolf Hall of Fame member Dr. Lee Piccard (Butler), former hockey standout Brian Kraft (Donald), and longtime UAA Associate Athletic Director Tim McDiffett (Larrabee).
“Once again we are very pleased with the selections of the Hall of Fame committee,” Dr. Cobb said. “Both student-athletes and Coach Larrabee clearly distinguished themselves through their hard work and achievements on behalf of UAA.”
Here is a biographical look at each of the 2006 inductees:
The most prolific point guard in Seawolf women’s basketball history, Allegra (Stoetzel) Butler [1992-96] was also one of the most natural team leaders ever at UAA. Butler captured 13 individual school records during her 4-year career, including six that still stand at the time of her induction – most notably the single-game scoring record (41), career assists (460), and career three-pointers made (191). The Seawolves’ team captain her junior and senior seasons also twice earned Academic All-America awards, including first-team honors in 1996. Butler was voted second-team All-West Region in 1995, and added three second-team All-Pacific West Conference awards and three PWC All- Academic certificates. As a sophomore in 1994, she led the team in scoring and steals while helping the Seawolves to one of just six all- time postseason appearances in women’s basketball. Butler’s playing career was capped with the UAA Athlete of the Year award in May 1996. Known for her grit, tenacity and hustle on the court, Butler has transferred those qualities into her everyday life. After graduating from UAA with a bachelor’s in physical education (’96) and a 3.79 overall GPA, the native of Spring Arbor, Mich., returned to the Midwest to coach college basketball at Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne for two seasons. The lure of Alaska drew her back in 1999 when she began working for the Mat-Su School District and concentrating on her second athletic career – golf. Again, Butler’s hard work paid off as she captured the 2003 and 2004 Alaska Women’s State Amateur titles. She is a member of the National Federation of High School Basketball Officials, and recently drew the assignment of working the 2006 Alaska 4A girls state title game. Butler is an active community volunteer as well, donating her time and skills to causes such as Junior Achievement, the Chugiak Youth Sports Association, and Palmer Junior Golf. She and her husband Joe reside in Palmer.
As an Anchorage native, Derek Donald [1988-92] did more than welcome the pressure of playing in front of the hometown fans – he thrived under it. Aided by his 165 career points, the Seawolf hockey team racked up an 88-49-10 record, capturing three straight NCAA Tournament bids, a pair of Nissan/Jeep Classic titles, and the most victories in any 4-year span of UAA hockey history. Individually, Donald still holds the Seawolf career records for power-play (29) and short-handed (9) goals, and he ranks among UAA’s all-time top 10 in career goals (74, 4th), assists (91, 7th), and points (4th), plus season lists for goals (22 in 1990-91, t-9th), assists (36 in 1991-92, 3rd) and points (59 in ’91-92, 4th). But it was the team aspect of the game in which Donald truly excelled. The undersized winger from Service High was on the ice for some of the most historic moments in Seawolf history, delivering game-winning assists in the Nissan/Jeep Classic championship overtime win over British Columbia and in the first game of UAA’s stunning NCAA Tournament upset of Boston College. As a sophomore, Donald delivered perhaps the most impressive offensive onslaught in school history when he had back-to-back hat tricks against Maine and Ohio State in victories at Sullivan Arena. As a senior he captained the Seawolves to a school-record 27 victories, including 13 in the final 15 games, to clinch yet another playoff berth. After his collegiate career, Donald attended training camp with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and became a two-time East Coast Hockey League all-star with the Dayton Bombers. He later returned home to join the Anchorage Aces as both a player and executive, helping the franchise transition from an amateur team to the professional West Coast Hockey League, and eventually from the WCHL to the ECHL. Donald completed his bachelor’s degree in health science from UAA in 1995 and has since gone on to a successful business and real estate career. Although he remains one of the most recognizable faces in Alaska hockey, Donald currently resides in Poulsbo, Wash., with his wife Amy and their children Megan and William.
Anyone who played basketball for Harry Larrabee [1979-86 & 1991-2000] would think it unfair to categorize him as merely a coach. For the better part of two decades, Larrabee proved to be infinitely more valuable than his head-coaching numbers of 167 victories, three conference titles, three NCAA Tournaments, and eight wins over Division I teams. In fact, his technical titles of ‘coach,’ ‘administrator’ and ‘athletic director’ could just as accurately have been described as ‘teacher,’ ‘ambassador,’ and ‘leader.’ Larrabee came to UAA as a men’s basketball assistant in just the program’s third year of NCAA Division II play. Two seasons later, the Shelbyville, Ind., native assumed the head job and quickly proved his considerable skill with a 21-9 record, the 1982 Great Northwest Conference title, and UAA’s first NCAA Tournament berth in any sport. The 1985-86 season saw Larrabee’s club accumulate a then- school record 22 wins, an 8-0 GNC mark, and a Great Alaska Shootout win over D-I power Missouri. Larrabee took the head-coaching job at D- I Southwest Texas State in April 1986, leaving the Seawolf program on solid footing. However, in 1991, when UAA went looking for its next men’s coach, Larrabee felt the calling and reprised his former role. The Seawolves continued to excel under his guidance, posting back-to- back 20-win seasons and another postseason bid. Larrabee was just two games into 1993-94 campaign when he stepped down from head-coaching duties following a health scare and assumed the title of Special Assistant to the Athletic Director and, eventually, Senior Associate AD. In the meantime, however, fate would call him in yet another direction. With an unexpected December head coaching vacancy, Larrabee returned to the bench, but this time for the Seawolf women. Taking over a 1-8 squad, he managed to get five more victories that year, and quickly returned the program to respectability with 14-13 and 16-13 records the ensuing seasons. Larrabee became Athletic Director in July 1998 and helped the department through period of major transition. Although he stepped down as women’s coach after the 1998-99 campaign, Larrabee worked to revive the program’s prestigious Northern Lights Invitational – a victim of budget cuts – by adding women’s games to the Great Alaska Shootout. In August 2000, Larrabee stepped down from the AD’s chair to once again return to coaching, but this time at his hometown high school in Indiana. At Shelbyville, Larrabee has rebuilt the Golden Bears – from an 8-15 record his first season – into one of the top large-school programs in the state, topping out with a 23-1 mark in 2005-06. This May, Larrabee announced his latest move, stepping down from the SHS boys bench to take over the girls program. Larrabee graduated with honors in 1975 from the University of Texas, where he was a two-time All-Southwest Conference guard and one of five players named to the Longhorns’ All-Decade Team for the 1970s. Upon graduation, he became one of just seven NCAA student-athletes chosen for a postgraduate scholarship that year, and went on to earn his master’s in education from Southwest Texas State in 1977. Larrabee and his wife Betsy are the parents of three adult children – Scott, and twins Sarah and Todd – and two grandchildren, Bryant and Baylor.Seawolf Hall of Fame Classes
Allegra (Stoetzel) Butler, women’s basketball, 1992-96
Derek Donald, hockey, 1988-92
Harry Larrabee, basketball coach/administrator/athletic director, 1979- 86 & 1991-2000