Men's Junior Varsity Basketball
at Whitman College

1996-97 Junior Varsity Roster

No.NamePos.Ht.Wt.Yr.Hometown / Previous School(s)

10Todd HendryG6-1175Fr.Snohomish WA / Monroe (WA) HS

14Diallo JacksonG6-0165So.Seattle WA / West Seattle HS

22Andrew HuffF6-3195Jr. Auburn WA // Bellamine Prep (Tacoma WA)

23Greg DurkinP6-9190Fr.Redwood City CA / Sequoia HS

42Jesse ArickG6-3170Fr.Portland OR / Lincoln HS

44Jack BakerP6-6½205Fr.Longview WA / Mark Morris HS

50Tom StoreyP6-6½200So.Spokane WA / Lewis & Clark HS

55Davor RukavinaP6-7230So. Mission BC / St. Thomas HS (Burnaby BC)

Junior Varsity Coach: C.J. Froke


Whitman Men's JV Basketball
1996-97 Schedule

Friday, Nov. 22 (7 pm) -- at Big Bend CC (Moses Lake WA).

Saturday, Nov. 23 (TBA) -- at Treasure Valley CC Tournament (Ontario OR).

Sunday, Nov. 24 (TBA) -- at Treasure Valley CC Tournament (Ontario OR).

Wednesday, Dec. 4 (7 pm) -- at Walla Walla CC.

Saturday, Dec. 7 (11 am) -- Linfield College JV at Whitman.

Thursday, Dec. 12 (7 pm) -- at Yakima Valley CC.

Thursday, Jan. 23 (TBA) -- at Walla Walla College Tournament (College Place WA).

Friday, Jan. 24 (TBA) -- at Walla Walla College Tournament (College Place WA).

Saturday, Jan. 25 (TBA) -- at Walla Walla College Tournament (College Place WA).

Thursday, Jan. 30 (7:30 pm) -- Eastern Oregon State College JV at Whitman.

Monday, Feb. 3 (7:30 pm) -- at Eastern Oregon State College JV (La Grande OR).

Thursday, Feb. 6 (8 pm) -- at Walla Walla College (College Place WA).

Thursday, Feb. 20 (8 pm) -- Walla Walla College at Whitman.

His coaching goals for his first Whitman season are to give his players a structure and system to play within, to put players into the right spots on the field, and to correct any bad habits his players may have acquired.

"After that, as I've already told them, it's up to them to play hard, and to put up or shut up. It's their season."

With an eye on the larger picture, Houston wants his players to forge a commitment to success on the soccer field and then apply that dedication to other parts of their lives. "There's no question that the principles you learn from soccer and athletics apply across the board to life in general," he said. "For this team to be successful, players must learn some life lessons from the effort they give in practice and the accomplishments they achieve as a group."

Following his graduation from Whitworth College, where he majored in journalism with a minor in sociology, Houston served as the assistant men's soccer coach for his alma mater for one season. He began a master's program in counseling that same year at Whitworth, and he hopes to complete work on that degree within the next year.

In addition to his coaching duties at Whitman, Houston is an assistant in the sports information office. He also will teach physical education classes.

"Brandt is a great addition to our coaching staff," Whitman athletic director Max Seachris said. "His background in soccer is outstanding. He played professionally after college, and he was a very successful coach at the high school level. He brings a great deal of expertise and enthusiasm to our program."

Houston's professional soccer career was a brief one. While coaching his high school team in the Spokane area, he also played for the Spokane Shadow during the 1994-95 season. The Shadow are part of the new U.S. Intercontinental Soccer League, which serves as a farm system for Major League Soccer.

"I really didn't get to play that much," Houston said. "I was coaching my high school team on the other side of Spokane, and I was missing practices with the Shadow on a regular basis. Coaching was my first priority at that time."

In joining the Whitman athletic department, Houston was reunited with longtime friend Scott Shields, who coaches the women's soccer team at the college.

"We basically grew up together (in Richland, Wash.)," Houston said. "We lived in the same neighborhood and played on a lot of the same teams, whether it was in youth leagues or on select teams. Scott is one of my best friends, so the opportunity to coach with him is a great situation for me."

Houston and Shields were soccer pioneers of sorts in Richland. "They didn't have varsity soccer at Richland High School until 1987, the year we were seniors. Scott and I and a few others had to lobby hard to get soccer into the high school."

The summer following his high school graduation, Houston and two friends started a youth soccer camp in Richland. "We ran the camp every summer while we were in college, and it turned out to be very successful," he said. "Many of the kids who came to camp had problems in other parts of their lives, so I'd take an interest and try to help them out. That's what sparked my interest in counseling."

Once he completes his master's degree in counseling, Houston hopes to combine coaching and counseling at the college level as a long-term professional career.

"Coaching is something I enjoy very much," he said. "It's almost as rewarding as playing, and the same holds true for counseling. As early as high school, friends started bringing their problems to me. I guess I'm a good listener, and I like to help."


Would you would like more information
about the men's intercollegiate soccer program at Whitman College?

Or, would you like information
about the intramural indoor soccer programs at Whitman?

In either case, please click here to send an e-mail message
to men's head soccer coach Brandt Houston.

message
to Cathy Crosslin, women's head basketball coach and director of intramural sports. 11 Curd 19-9 29 101 28.7% 3 6 50.0% 25 30 83.3% 86 4.5 47 2.5 16 0.8 23 0 Demski 24-9 56 169 33.1% 46 135 34.1% 8 12 66.7% 166 6.9 48 2.0 18 0.8 21 0 Erickson 22-0 2 17 11.8% 0 0 0.0% 5 10 50.0% 9 0.4 23 1.0 3 0.1 4 0 Hager 21-6 18 58 31.0% 0 0 0.0% 12 34 35.3% 48 2.3 76 3.6 3 0.1 12 2 Hutchison 24-11 44 152 28.9% 27 87 31.0% 15 27 55.6% 130 5.4 50 2.1 43 1.8 28 1 Johnson 24-19 38 117 32.5% 2 7 28.6% 23 49 46.9% 101 4.2 127 5.3 40 1.7 21 1 Kafoury 22-9 45 119 37.8% 5 19 26.3% 28 46 60.9% 123 5.6 48 2.2 42 1.9 28 1 Longinotti 24-22 81 237 34.2% 52 126 41.3% 36 54 66.7% 250 10.4 97 4.0 67 2.8 40 2 Sakamoto 21-4 14 53 26.4% 8 28 28.6% 9 14 64.3% 45 2.1 25 1.2 14 0.7 10 1 Saltonstall 7-7 23 61 37.7% 0 1 0.0% 19 25 76.0% 65 9.3 36 5.1 3 0.4 4 3 Totals 24 519 1462 35.5% 158 476 33.2% 277 434 63.8% 1473 61.4 771 32.1 303 12.6 278 22 Updated 2/22/97


Congratulations! Not counting Susan Sakimoto Hubbard, Barbara Cunningham, Jennifer McClure, Katie Rubenser and other past legends from Whitman women's basketball, each of whom receives daily reports via the latest in telepathic communications technology pioneered by Whitman graduates at the Central Intelligence Agency, you are basketball fan number 1 0 3 4 to have accessed this page since Dec. 18, 1995.

Rukavina 11-0 6 7 85.7% 0 0 0.0% 1 3 33.3% 13 1.2 9 0.8 1 0.1 0 0 Schillinger 24-22 30 95 31.6% 18 53 34.0% 31 38 81.6% 109 4.5 49 2.0 145 6.0 34 0 Storey 8-0 0 4 0.0% 0 0 0.0% 5 8 62.5% 5 0.6 4 0.5 2 0.3 0 0 Van Divort 24-12 22 49 44.9% 0 1 0.0% 13 26 50.0% 57 2.4 90 3.8 9 0.4 13 4 Wyatt 24-16 68 170 40.0% 11 34 32.4% 52 75 69.3% 199 8.3 136 5.7 41 1.7 20 7 Totals 24 651 1556 41.8% 226 606 37.3% 303 423 71.6% 1831 76.3 768 32.0 420 17.5 180 83 Updated 2/22/97


Congratulations!

Not counting inquiries from the small town of Ephrata, Wash., where the coffee shop debate still rages as to who was a better hometown basketball player -- Skip Molitor or Travis King -- and where the final vote totals are too close to call and won't be decided until all the absentee ballots are tabulated (and counted, too), you are basketball fan number 2 1 0 0 to have accessed this page since Nov. 27, 1995.