2007 Inductees

VINCE HANSON — Basketball

Vince Hanson gained national prominence as a sophomore for the WSU Cougars in 1945, setting a national scoring record with 592 points.  He was accorded Helms’ Foundation All-America recognition and earned All-PCC honor in 1945. During his basketball career he set single season records for points and field goals and career marks for field goals (460) and points (1153). Hanson, who attended Lincoln high in Tacoma, played with the Goodyear Wingfoots out of Akron, Ohio, in the old AAU league in 1948 before entering the insurance business.


One of the all-time Washington State Cougar football greats as a player and coach. Laurie Niemi was named to the International News Service All-America team as a tackle in 1948 following his three-year playing career. He also won the coveted J. Fred Bohler Award for inspirational play his final year. Niemi played five years in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, including two Pro Bowls, and later returned as an assistant Cougar coach. From Clarkston, Washington, he died in 1968.


Acknowledged as one of the top TV and radio play-by-play announcers in the Northwest, Bob Robertson is the long-time voice of WSU Cougar football and basketball since 1964. He has been named State Sportscaster of the Year 12 times. Robertson has covered all major sports in the region including Pacific Coast League baseball, Seattle Totems hockey and Seattle Sounders soccer. In 2004, Bob won the Chris Schenkel National Football Foundation award and is a member of the broadcaster’s wing of the College Hall of Fame.


A member of the College Football and NAIA Halls of Fame, Frosty Westering compiled an incredible 305-96-7 overall record in 40 seasons as a college coach. His 32-year career at Pacific Lutheran University included three NAIA Division II titles and the 1999 NCAA Division III championship, in addition to four national runner-up finishes. Frosty is known for emphasizing the double-win theme: victory on the scoreboard and the satisfaction of playing to one’s personal potential. Attaway Frosty!