Hall of Fame Inductees

As a way of honoring former athletes, coaches, contributors and teams, the Eastern Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1996. Currently, there are 61 individuals and nine teams in the Hall of Fame, as well as 12 recipients of the Hall of Fame Service and Contribution Award. The EWU volleyball program has seen three former players, one former coach and one team inducted in the Hall of Fame.

Juli Argotow (Inducted Sept. 22, 2001)

Argotow led Eastern to the 1989 Big Sky Conference Championship and a first-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. She was selected as the MVP of the Big Sky Conference and MVP of the Big Sky Tournament as the Eagles finished the season 25-7 overall and 14-2 in the conference. She also earned second team All-Northwest Region honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Eastern set a school record for victories as EWU made its first appearance in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. Argotow was also a Big Sky All-Academic selection as a senior at Eastern, and she set 14 school records with career totals of 1,011 kills (3.42 per game), 2,588 hitting attempts and 972 digs (3.28 per game). As a senior in 1989, she had 525 kills (4.1 per game), 1,354 hitting attempts and 428 digs. In 1992 she was selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Decade team (1982-92). Formerly from Port Alberni, B.C., Argotow played for the Eagles for three seasons after transferring from Malaspina College. At Malaspina she earned All-Canada honors and was selected as her school's female athlete of the year.

Kim Exner (Inducted Sept. 29, 2007)

    Exner led Eastern's volleyball program to an amazing 46-12 record her final two seasons in 1997 and 1998. Both seasons Eastern was 13-3 in the Big Sky Conference as the Eagles won a Big Sky co-regular season title in 1997 and earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament in 1998. A unanimous selection for 1998 Big Sky Conference MVP and first team All-Big Sky honors, she was also the 1997 Big Sky Conference co-MVP and was a three-time first team All-Big Sky selection. She also earned American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region VIII accolades in both 1997 & 1998. She finished her four-year career (1995-98) with a Big Sky Conference record 1,860 kills (4.43 a game), and had 4,331 total attempts, 643 errors and a .281 hitting percentage. Exner became the first player in conference history to win the AVCA National Player of the Week award on Sept. 14, 1998. She won the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week award five times during the 1998 season, and was the first player in conference history to win the award in consecutive weeks. She accomplished that feat twice, and in her career Exner won the Player of the Week award 11 times. Among the seven school records she broke was the single-season kills mark with 561 in 1998. Also an outstanding student, she was a second team selection on the CoSIDA All-District VIII Academic team in 1998. She was also the 1998 Inland Northwest Amateur Athlete of the Year as selected by the Spokane Sportswriters and Broadcasters. The native of Vernon, B.C., went on to serve as an assistant coach in Eastern's volleyball program, play professionally for three years in Europe and play for the Canadian National Team two years. She married former EWU offensive coordinator Timm Rosenbach. and they had their first child, a girl named Reece Tammy, on Feb. 6, 2007.

Pamela Parks (Inducted Sept. 29, 2007)

In the 1990's, no athletic program at Eastern Washington University had more success and growth than the volleyball team under the direction of legendary head coach Pamela Parks. She had a 291-256 record in 18 seasons as head coach of the Eagles from 1976-78 and 1985-99. Including a short stint at Montana State, her 310 career wins made her one of only four coaches in Big Sky Conference history with more than 300 wins. In 22 years as a collegiate and high school head coach, Parks won 375 matches and in 1989 was selected as Big Sky Coach of the Year and AVCA Northwest Region Coach of the Year. In addition, she was honored by U.S.A. Volleyball for nearly 20 years of coaching Junior Olympic Volleyball teams. The path to coaching greatness began for Parks as a setter for Eastern's volleyball team in the early 1970's. After graduating from Eastern in 1974, she served as an assistant for two years before becoming head coach at Eastern for three seasons. She left to coach Sandpoint to an Idaho State Championship in 1980, then eventually returned to Cheney in 1985 after spending the 1984 season as head coach at Montana State. In her tenure, Eastern had six 20 victory seasons, won two Big Sky Conference titles (1989 regular season and tournament championships and the 1997 regular season co-championship) and advanced to three NCAA Tournaments. Parks obviously saved the best for last. In her final three seasons, her Eagle teams won 70 matches and lost just 20 for a winning rate of nearly 80 percent. Her final two seasons ended with NCAA Tournament appearances. And in each year -- starting a streak that exists entering the 2007 season -- Eastern has ranked in the top 25 nationally in attendance while averaging more than 1,000 fans per match. Parks stepped down as head coach following the 1999 season when she was elevated to the position of associate athletic director-senior woman administrator. She served as Eastern's senior woman administrator from 1991-99 on a part-time basis. In the 2005-06 school year she served as interim athletic director. Since 2002, she has been a member of the prestigious NCAA Volleyball Committee. At the collegiate and junior volleyball levels, and as director of the State B High School Volleyball Championships at EWU, Parks never passed up an opportunity to promote and advance the sport. She and Irene Matlock were local pioneers who helped start, administer and coach numerous junior clubs and teams in the Evergreen Region of U.S.A. Volleyball.

Suzanne Vick (Inducted Oct. 1, 2011)

A record-breaking setter, Vick earned second team All-Northwest Region honors in 1989 when she helped lead Eastern to the NCAA Tournament after winning Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament titles. Also that year, she earned first team All-Big Sky and Big Sky Conference All-Tournament Team honors. She was also named to the BSC All-Academic Team in 1989 and was the league’s player of the week once that season. She and league MVP Juli Argotow helped lead Eastern to its first-ever Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament titles to advance to the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament. Eastern finished the season 25-7 and 14-2 in the Big Sky Conference. Vick set the single season school record with 1,367 assists in 1989, a mark that stood for a decade. She also hit .284 as a senior to set a school record that stood for eight seasons. As a junior, she was the team’s Most Valuable Player when she hit .172 and finished with 902 assists, 32 aces and 230 digs in 99 sets. She set the school record for career assists with 2,679, a record that stood for 10 years (currently third). Also a letter winner in 1986 and 1987, she finished her career with 299 total games played, a .235 hitting percentage and 570 digs.  In four seasons at EWU (1986-89), the Eagles had three 20-win seasons and were a collective 77-57 overall and 33-25 in league play. She was a 1986 graduate of Wilson High School in Tacoma, Wash., where she earned All-Narrows League honors and was team captain as a senior. She was second team All-Narrows League in soccer and was her school's softball captain, and also lettered in basketball. Her sister, Sherrie, also played volleyball at Eastern. Her father, John, lettered at Eastern in football in 1959. In 2008, she was inducted into the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame.


1989 Team (Inducted Oct. 10, 2009)

Eastern won the Big Sky Conference Tournament (then called the Mountain West Conference) to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Led by Juli Argotow and coached by Pamela Parks, Eastern had what was then a school-record 25 victories before losing to Hawaii in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Argotow was selected as the MVP of the Big Sky Conference and MVP of the Big Sky Tournament as the Eagles finished the season 25-7 overall and 14-2 in the conference. She also earned second team All-Northwest Region honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Argotow was also a Big Sky All-Academic selection as a senior at Eastern, and she set 14 school records with career totals of 1,011 kills (3.42 per game), 2,588 hitting attempts and 972 digs (3.28 per game). In the 1989 season alone, she set school records with 525 kills and 1,354 attempts. Besides Argotow, setter Suzanne Vick was also a first team All-Big Sky selection and Angela Rogers earned honorable mention. Vick set a school record with 1,367 assists, and Janie Hogan had a school-record 80 aces. Besides Argotow and Vick, Tina Kaay also earned league all-academic honors. In addition, Argotow finished as EWU's team MVP, with Rogers earning Most Improved honors and Shannon Horn being selected as Most Inspirational. Parks was the league's coach of the year and Northwest Region coach of the year as well. Argotow was selected to the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001 and Parks followed in 2007.

Pictured - Front Row (left to right): Erica Ziemer, Juli Argotow, Kelli Tennent. Middle Row: Margret Holmer, Tina Kaay, Suzanne Vick, Janie Hogan, Angela Rogers, Heather Wilson. Back Row: Angela Grant, Sharon King, Shannon Horn, Susie Heggenes, Kathy Oliver, Sandy Andersen, Lori Foland. Not Pictured: Tami Mason.

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