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Crusader basketball: creating history and remembering many years

April 1, 2009, 1:00 pm
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The Crusader men’s and women’s basketball teams have a pattern of history in the Northwest. This past February, the women’s team was the first NNU team featured on national television when they played at Seattle Pacific University.

Televised as part of the CBS Sports – NCAA Division II national broadcast package, the game was one of nine NCAA Division II games chosen for broadcast this season on the CBS College Sports Network.

The veteran CBS broadcast duo of Charlie Neal and Ann Schatz were on hand to call the action as the Falcons defeated the Crusaders 66-55 in a game that was not decided until the final minutes. While she wanted the outcome to be different, NNU head coach Kelli Lindley could see the value and experience for everyone involved. “What a great opportunity,” Lindley commented. “The exposure for the University and our program was priceless. We felt privileged to have been selected.”

The men’s basketball team has created a history of their own. This past January, following the NNU Athletic Hall of Fame induction festivities,  NNU athletic director Rich Sanders paused a moment to appreciate the historical significance of the group of men he was talking with. He realized in this photo these coaches represent a combination of more than 1,000 games.

Ray Burwick coached the Crusaders in 1974-75 and was followed by Terry Layton’s from 1975 to 1982. Garry Matlock took the reins for nine seasons from 1982 to 1991, while Ed Weidenbach had two tours leading the team, from 1991 to 1997 and from 2002 to 2004. Rich Sanders led the program from 1997 to 2002, which included the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II and current head coach Tim Hills has been at the helm since 2005.

1,018 games and counting…

Picture Cutline:  (L to R) Ray Burwick, Tim Hills, Garry Matlock, Rich Sanders, Terry Layton, Ed Weidenbach

Missing from the photo is Mike Terpstra, who served as head coach for one season, the 2004-05 campaign.


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