Emtman Heads List of Inductees for 1999 Husky Hall of Fame

Defensive lineman Steve Emtman, who helped lead the Husky football team to the 1991 national championship and two Rose Bowl appearances, headed the list of inductees at the 1999 Husky Hall of Fame Celebration. The celebration was held Friday, April 23, in Seattle. Tickets cost $60 for UWAA members and $65 for non-members. The following is a brief look at the 1999 inductees:


Point guard Joe Cipriano, '54, led the Huskies to three consecutive Pacific Coast Conference titles (1951-53) and a third-place finish in the 1953 NCAA tournament. He later coached at Washington, Idaho and Nebraska, where he became the winningest coach in Cornhusker basketball history with a 254-196 record before his death in 1980.


Emtman is easily the most acclaimed Husky lineman in the team's 110-year history. A unanimous All-American, he won the Lombardi and Outland trophies in 1991 and anchored a defense that allowed only 67.1 yards and 9.2 points per game for the 12-0 Husky team that won the national championship. He was also the No. 1 pick in the 1992 NFL draft. After injuries cut short his NFL career, Emtman is now involved in business ventures in eastern Washington and Los Angeles.



A member of the All-Time Husky Team for the first 50 years, Walter Harrison, '43, was a two-way football player and winner of the Flaherty Inspirational Award. A second-team All-American, he was voted the UW Athlete of the Year in 1942 and later served in the U.S. Marine Corps, earning the rank of captain. He lives in Bellevue and is retired.


A founding member of the women's Husky gymnastics club, Dale McClements Kephart represented Washington in 1965 at the first women's collegiate championships, winning three of the four events and leading the Huskies to a second-place finish. She was a member of the 1963 Pan American Games team and the 1964 Olympic team.


An All-American selection, Ernest Steele, '41, is one of the best return specialists in Washington history. In the 1940 game against WSU, he returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown and a kickoff 83 yards for another score. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1942-48, earning All-Pro honors in 1943. He lives in Seattle and is retired.


Rick Noji, '90, is among the best track and field athletes to ever compete at Washington. A high jump specialist, he was a six-time All-American, won a Pac-10 title and finished third in the NCAA championships. He also competed in four World Championships and three U.S. Olympic Trials. A Seattle resident, he is an executive at Columbia Greenhouse in Kent.


The team of John Stillings, '78, '79, (coxswain), Mike Hess, '77, Jesse Franklin, Terry Fisk, '81, Mark Miller, Mark Umlauf, Ross Parker, Mark Sawyer, '79, and Ron Jackman, '78, surprised the rowing community in 1977. The Pac-10 and national champions defeated the British National Team at Henley in the Grand Challenge, earning the first victory for the U.S. at this event in 18 years.

UW Hall of Famer Rick Noji, '90

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