Inaugural Class of 2012

In recognition of The Evergreen State College’s 40th anniversary, the Evergreen State College Recreation and Athletics Hall of Fame was formed to recognize members of the Evergreen community who have helped shape Evergreen’s recreation and athletics program at the institutional, regional, national or international level.

The inaugural class was chosen specifically to embody the history of recreation and athletics at Evergreen. These four individuals left unique legacies and it is fair to say that the recreational and athletic opportunities at Evergreen would not be the same, or even existent, without their footprints.

From taking on the administrative role of forming a recreational and intercollegiate athletics program at Evergreen to being a member of the founding faculty to providing countless students with a once-in-a-lifetime experience to being the first ever All-American in school history, these four represent what we hope recreation and athletics will be at Evergreen for the foreseeable future.

Introducing the Class of 2012

Pete Steilberg

Pete Steilberg

Considered by most to be the father of recreation and athletics at The Evergreen State College.  Former director of recreation and athletics and cross country coach. Retired in 1999.

Willie Unsoeld

Willi Unsoeld

Founding faculty member at The Evergreen State College. Part of first American expedition to summit Mount Everest, reaching the peak on May 22, 1963. Died in an avalanche during a winter climb of Mount Rainier in March 1979.

Mike Denoyer

Mike Denoyer '75

Among the first graduates in Evergreen history, owns and operates Grand Canyon Expeditions, offering expeditions down the Colorado River for many years. 

Sarah Applegate

Sarah Applegate '92, MiT '95

The first All-American in school history, she swam for the Geoducks while earning both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Evergreen.  Currently the librarian at River Ridge High School in Lacey, she was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching grant to study school libraries in Finland.