Monday, March 31, 2014

Linfielder Lance Lopes, UW senior associate A. D.

UW Sports Info news release:

University of Washington Director of Athletics Scott Woodward announced the hiring of Lance Lopes (photo) as Senior Associate Athletic Director in February 2014. 

Lopes joined the Huskies after serving as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Seattle Seahawks, Sounders FC and CenturyLink Field. 

 Lopes carries a wealth of executive sports administration experience, having guided facets of the internal, external and legal affairs efforts throughout his tenures with the Seahawks and Sounders as well as with the Green Bay Packers. 

At UW, Lopes has oversight of marketing and communications efforts, as well as multimedia rights. He also holds sport oversight of several Husky sports programs and serves as a member of Woodward’s executive staff. 

In addition to his duties as general counsel with the Seahawks, Lopes handled special projects for the team, including playing a primary role in identifying and hiring the Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider. Lopes also spent time leading Corporate Partnerships and administering the business affairs of CenturyLink Field and oversaw the construction of the club’s Virginia Mason Athletic Center headquarters. 

 Prior to the Seahawks, Lopes served with the Green Bay Packers from 1993-2000 where his duties primarily involved salary cap administration and player contract negotiations. In 2000, he left the Packers to serve on the original management team of StubHub. 

A graduate from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1989, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Linfield College in 1985 where he played tight end on the 1982 and 1984 NAIA national championships football teams. 

Lopes was born and raised in Winnemucca, Nevada. He is married to Susie Ridder Lopes and they have six children. 

  End of UW Sports Info news release

Lance Lopes is brother of Linfielder Steve Lopes, a USC senior associate athletic director. Steve Lopes will be speaker at Linfield Commencement, June 1, 2014. Linfield news release here.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

McMinnville campus: Seen on a Spring day, 3/27/2014 during Linfield Spring Break




Monday, March 24, 2014

Before THE Wildcat (logo), there were other Wildcats. This is about one of them.

There’s the Linfield Wildcat logo.

“The venerable Linfield athletic logo, showing a scowling Wildcat wearing a jauntily cocked sailor's cap, first became a fixture in 1963 under the late coach Paul Durham,” said a posting at the Linfield Athletics website.

Who designed the logo? In a hand-written postcard (dated 7/2/2004 mailed from his home in Honolulu) Durham told Wildcatville “I remember asking somebody, I don't remember who, to design a Linfield logo using the Walt Disney touch. That's what we got." (Durham died 6/22/2007.) The “ask” took place while Durham was Linfield football coach (1948-1967) and athletic director (1949-1967).

Does that mean the Linfield Wildcat is a Walt Disney creation? No. 

But, Durham asking for the Walt Disney touch is understandable. It’s some 90 miles from the Linfield campus in McMinnville to the University of Oregon’s campus in Eugene. According to a UO chronology, in 1947, UO Athletic Director Leo Harris “forms an agreement with Walt Disney to allow Oregon to use Donald Duck as school's mascot.”

So, we have the Linfield Wildcat logo since 1963. What about before that year? Linfield athletic teams were still the Wildcats, but there wasn’t one specific logo representing the college, its teams and athletes.

This story about one of those logos is thanks to information from Linfielder Judee Wiscarver Ward. She was a Linfield Song Leader during the 1956-1957 academic year. And, she kept the chenille embroidered emblems which were on her song queen sweater. See photos, taken by Wildcatville, with this story.

Judee is married to Paul Ward, also a Linfielder. He lettered four years playing football for Paul Durham-coached teams, the last three (1956, 1957 and 1958) of which are the second, third and fourth of current (this story was written in March 2014) the college’s amazing 58-season football Streak.

Both Judee and Paul graduated from Linfield in 1959. Both graduated from high school – she from McMinnville and he from Newport -- in 1955. They live in Dallas, Ore.

She says the Wildcat emblem of the Linfield Song Leaders 1956-1957 “doesn’t scowl (as does today’s Wildcat), but it does …. have characteristics” of today’s Wildcat.

Judee and classmate/friend Justine McClean were two “Mac townies” (grew up in McMinnville, graduated from McMinnville High School) on the five-member Song Leader squad. Judee and Justine acquired red skirts used by the Song Leaders. The skirts had been used previously by McMinnville High Pep Club members. White skirts (see photo) were made by the squad members or they had made, Judee can’t remember which.

“Justine had artistic talent. She designed the Wildcat emblem. I remember she took her design drawing to Dehen (Knitting Company) in Portland. Our sweaters were from Dehen, too” she said.

Being a Song Leader was a “real confidence booster,” said Judee. “I never won many popularity contests. So, being on the squad changed my attitude about myself.”

One of her recollections is leading songs during a 1956 Linfield home football game on Maxwell Field. “Our Song Leader shoes got stuck in the mud, because the field was such a mess. I also remember football games at night under the lights (see photo). I get a little nostalgic remembering this. These were really good times at Linfield for, me, Paul, the Song Leaders and everyone who was part of the college then.”

Black & white photo of Linfield Song Leaders of the 1956-1957 academic year from the 1957 Oak Leaves. Starting in back and going clockwise: Justine McClean, Judee Wisecarver, "Fussy" Nelson, Carol Beale, and Lois Shelton. They’re lying on the Riley Gym floor. Other black & white photo of a Linfield football crowd at Maxwell Field also from Oak Leaves.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Softball: Wildcats beat GFU 1-0 in extra innings 3/16/2014

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In game #2, GFU wins, 2-0, giving Linfield its first loss of 2014 season.

Friday, March 07, 2014