Bob Finn Named Alumni Director

June 2, 2005

SPOKANE, Wash. - Former Gonzaga University baseball player Bob Finn has been hired as director of alumni relations for his alma mater effective June 20.

Currently a biology and health and fitness teacher at University High in Spokane, he also serves as the head boys' golf coach for the Titans.

Finn, a 1988 Gonzaga alumnus with a bachelor's degree in biology, will replace Marty Pujolar within the University Relations staff, the fund-raising arm of the university. Pujolar, who held the position for 25 years, was credited with leading the effort to purchase the Crosby Alumni House, the childhood home of GU alumnus Bing Crosby, to provide Gonzaga alumni with a permanent home. Among many other significant accomplishments, Pujolar - along with the late GU alumnus Harry Leppek and his wife Harriet - helped create the Alumni Car Raffle, an event that has raised more than $600,000 to provide scholarships to children of alumni.

Finn comes to GU with 17 years of teaching and coaching experience at both University High and the University of San Diego High School in San Diego. As a faculty member and coach, Finn brings a wide range of experience to the Alumni Association.

Finn, captain of the 1988 Gonzaga baseball team, also earned a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the United States International University in San Diego. He has served as head boys' golf coach and assistant junior varsity football coach at University High from 1998 until present, and as varsity girls' basketball coach from 1993-98. He taught biology at University of San Diego High from 1988-93, and served as assistant boys varsity baseball coach and assistant football coach during the same period. In addition, Finn was an assistant girls basketball coach at University of San Diego High from 1992-93.

Finn, a right-handed pitcher, played two seasons of baseball for the Bulldogs under former head coach and current director of athletic relations Steve Hertz. Finn played two seasons at Eastern Washington University prior to transferring to the Bulldogs for the 1985-86 season. He sat out that season under NCAA transfer rules.

As a junior in 1987 he appeared in 17 games, 16 of them in relief. He went 1-0 and had a pair of saves. His lone decision came in his only start of the season, a 5-2 victory over Washington State University.

His senior season he appeared in 15 games for the Bulldogs, 13 in relief. He posted a 1-1 record, his victory a 10-2 decision over Lewis-Clark State College.

A graduate of Spokane's West Valley High, he posted a 6-1 record and a 1.30 earned-run-average on the mound his senior year for the Eagles after going 7-1 as a junior. He was selected to the All-State baseball and football teams as a senior and was named the Eagles' MVP in both sports his senior campaign.

Finn said he is looking forward to returning to his alma mater.

"Gonzaga is a family of very special people, and even as we have grown bigger in size and programs, we have maintained that same atmosphere," Finn said. "It is important that we keep that family feeling intact, and I look forward to working with alumni around the country to serve them and their needs, and to keep them - or get them - engaged with their alma mater."

Among his first initiatives will be developing alumni chapter programs in cities with significant Gonzaga alumni populations. These chapters will be designed to help keep alumni connected to Gonzaga, and to keep them engaged.

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