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Go Birds! A Concise History of Varsity Athletics at Seattle Pacific University 1933–2017


FOR MORE THAN 80 YEARS, athletes such as Ken Foreman, Ken Bone ’83, MPEd ’94, Doris Heritage ’64, MEd ’70, and Les Habegger have represented Seattle Pacific’s banner in all manner of athletic competition.

Some of those competitive events were long-forgotten local contests. Others were national championships at venues around the country. Some even brought the Falcon legacy to the world stage.

All that athletic history from 1933 through SPU’s 125th anniversary in 2017 is now available in the publication, Go Birds! A Concise History of Varsity Athletics at Seattle Pacific University.

The book was the brainchild of Falcons Hall of Fame tennis coach and retired SPU chemistry professor Wes Lingren ’52, who spearheaded the project, along with John Glancy ’70, EdD ’05, who served the school in various capacities for five decades. Frank MacDonald, longtime sports information director, and Adrienne Thun Meier ’04, Seattle Pacific archivist, were also authors of the 244-page paperback that takes a year-by-year look at the athletics program and the people who shaped it.

A print version of Go Birds! can be purchased on Amazon. A non-downloadable electronic version is available at

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