Lasting impression: Portland State welcomed several new faces to the Hall of Fame this month, highlighting the diverse athletic achievements of those who once called the Park Blocks home.
Jim Dunn began his baseball career at Portland State in 1977, when his father, Jack Dunn, was coach. His career at PSU spanned three seasons, from 1977–79. Dunn stole a record-setting 26 bases in 1979 and received All-NorPAC honors in 1978 and 1979. He was named the team’s Outstanding Pitcher in 1978 and won a Gold Glove award in 1979. Dunn is also PSU’s all-time leading hitter with a .385 batting average. He played professionally for the San Francisco Giants after graduation. His son, Ryan Dunn, was recently drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ryan Fuqua (football, 2001–04)
Ryan Fuqua played football for Portland State from 2001–04. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three of his four seasons and set a school record of 393 rushing yards in a single game. He was named Big Sky Newcomer of the Year in his first season and rushed for over 1,500 yards that year, ranking him fifth in the nation. At the end of his collegiate career, Fuqua ranked second all-time in rushing yards at PSU and fourth in touchdowns. He was also named National Player of the Week three times during his stint as a Viking.
Sarah Tiller (women’s golf, 2001–05)
Sarah Tiller played golf for the PSU women’s team from 2001–05. During her senior year, she was named PSU’s Female Athlete of the Year and still ranks in the top 10 all-time at PSU in career and season scoring average.
Tiller was lauded as an All-Big Sky player three times and was the Big Sky Golfer of the Week five times in her final season. She led the team to conference championships in three straight years from 2003–05.
(men’s basketball, 2001–05)
Inducted for his performance on the men’s basketball team from 2001–05, Seamus Boxley had a consistently strong collegiate career at PSU. Boxley finished his career as PSU’s fourth all-time leading scorer (1,498 points) and third all-time leading rebounder (748 rebounds). He was the Big Sky Freshman of the Year for the 2000–01 season and was named Big Sky Conference Player of the Year as a senior. Boxley was instrumental to PSU’s first Big Sky Basketball Championship in 2004–05. He currently plays for the Lieden squad in Holland’s first division league, where he was voted MVP for the 2011–12 season.
Tim Walsh coached PSU football for 14 seasons between 1993 and 2006, longer than any other coach. He coached four NCAA playoff teams, including three straight from 1993–95, and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year award in 2000. Walsh is currently the head coach of the football team at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.
1962 Viking baseball team
First place in the Oregon Collegiate Conference championship and the NAIA District II championship plus second place in the national championships—not a bad year for the 1962 PSU baseball team. They ended that season 25-12, with numerous All-American awards and honorable mentions on the roster. Vikings pitcher Gordon Riese was inducted into the PSU Hall of Fame in 1997 for multiple career and season records.