Kevin Boss and Judy Lovre will highlight the Western Oregon University Athletic Hall of Fame’s class of 2012, the eighth class to be inducted.
Boss, a tight end who signed with the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason after a year at Oakland, is perhaps the most recognizable name in modern WOU football history.
The Philomath High graduate played for the Wolves from 2003-06 where he was a two-time all-American as a tight end. Boss ranks in the top 10 at WOU in career receiving yards, catches and touchdowns.
Boss was selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the New York Giants and went on to win a Super Bowl in his rookie season. He had a crucial 45-yard reception early in the fourth quarter to set up New York’s first touchdown.
Lovre, who coached volleyball, is the winningest coach in WOU athletics history with 489 career victories and helped lead the Wolves’ to their most successful run in school history.
During Lovre’s 17 years at the helm, the Wolves won the NAIA District 2 title nine times, including playing for the national championship in 1987, 1988 and 1994. Lovre coached 18 all-Americans and her teams won 16 conference and district titles.
Prior to coaching at WOU, Lovre had a remarkable run at Corvallis High, leading the Spartans to four state championships in a 10-year span. The Spartans won 261 matches in that 10-year period and won nine consecutive Valley League championships.
Also in the class are Marv Hiebert, a three-sport athlete for the Wolves in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and Renee Lambrecht, a standout performer for the Wolves on both the track and the basketball court during the late 1970s.
The Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony will be held Oct. 12 at WOU as part of homecoming weekend.
The 2012 class will join the 67 members already inducted into the Western Oregon Hall of Fame, which began in 2004.