Bruns, Spooner to enter Hall of Fame
- One of the most prolific goal-scorers in Seawolf hockey history and the winningest
men's basketball coach in program history, Doug Spooner and Charlie Bruns will be
inducted as the 12th class of the Seawolf Hall of Fame, athletic director Dr.
Steve Cobb announced Friday.
The Class of 2012 will be inducted in a public ceremony at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on Sunday, Oct. 14.
"The Seawolf Hall of Fame ceremony is one of our favorite events," Dr. Cobb said. "It's an exciting time to have former student-athletes and supporters back on campus to recognize for their contributions to Seawolf Nation. I encourage everyone to make plans to attend this year's festivities as we honor this special group."
Nominations for the 2012 class were accepted through April 15. Former UAA student-athletes and teams are eligible for nomination 10 years following their last competition at UAA. Former UAA coaches and staff members are eligible five years following their university service. Volunteer contributors may be nominated at any time.
Seawolf Hall of Fame inductees are chosen by an athletic director-appointed committee consisting of UAA Athletics staff, coaches, boosters, volunteers and faculty members.
Here is a look at the accomplishments of the Seawolf Hall of Fame Class of '12:
a knack for the net like few others, Doug
Spooner [1987-91] thrilled UAA fans for four seasons, tallying a
near-record number of goals and helping UAA to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. Utilizing
his solid frame and soft scoring touch, the Cache Creek, British Columbia, native
was a staple of Seawolf teams that compiled four straight winning seasons,
including 21- and 22-victory campaigns in 1989-90 and 1990-91. UAA's 1987-88
Rookie of the Year, 1988-89 Leon Thompson Fan Favorite and 1990-91 team captain
tallied 23 goals in both his sophomore and junior seasons, still tied for No. 6
on the all-time list. Spooner's 75 career goals left him just one shy of
equaling the program record - a mark he likely would have topped had he not
missed 13 games to injury as a senior. His 148 points and 73 assists both also
rank in UAA's career top 10 more than 20 years after his playing days, while
his 50 points as a sophomore are still tied for 9th on the single-season list. Playing
on the same team - although often on different lines - with fellow Seawolf
Hall-of-Famers Rob Conn, Dean Larson and Derek Donald, he was a vital part of
the program's first to NCAA Tournament teams in 1990 and 1991. Spooner
graduated in 1991 with a bachelor of arts
in justice. He currently lives in League City, Texas.
a calm demeanor off the court and a fiery disposition on the sidelines, men's
basketball coach Charlie Bruns [1980-2004]
was a fixture on the UAA bench for nearly a quarter century and 700 games.
Showing a unique commitment to the Seawolf program, Bruns worked for 13 years
as an assistant - including his first 10 as a volunteer - under three different
head coaches. Three seasons after being promoted to the top assistant's role,
Bruns took over as head coach early in the 1993-94 season and promptly led the
Seawolves to 21 wins, the Pacific West Conference title and an NCAA berth.
Bruns would win his first of three Pac West Coach of the Year awards that
season, beginning a journey that would end with a program-record 186 victories.
All told, in his 24 years with the program the New York native was a part of
692 games, 442 wins and 11 NCAA Tournaments. During his head coaching tenure,
UAA produced five Pac West Players of the Year and memorable Carrs/Safeway
Great Alaska Shootout victories over such programs as Wake Forest, Notre Dame
and Rhode Island. Bruns came to UAA after coaching Kotzebue High School to two
small-schools state titles in 1977 and 1978, in addition to eight years at
Turlock (Calif.) High School, where he coached five sports. The former New York
state 100-yard dash champion earned his bachelor's in health and physical
education in 1968 from Eastern Washington University, where he also played
football. He and his wife Colleen currently live in the Seattle area.