A coach who was a fixture at UAA for nearly a quarter century and an athlete who was a top scorer during the glory days of UAA hockey are the newest members of the Seawolf Hall of Fame.
Charlie Bruns, whose career spanned 24 seasons and nearly 700 games as he went from volunteer assistant to head men's basketball coach, and Doug Spooner, who helped UAA to back-to-back NCAA tournaments, will be inducted in an Oct. 14 ceremony.
Bruns and Spooner constitute the 12th class of the Hall of Fame.
From 1980 to 2004, Bruns showed exceptional loyalty to UAA basketball, serving 13 seasons as an assistant coach -- the first 10 as a volunteer -- before taking over as the head coach for 11 seasons.
Bruns worked for three different head coaches before becoming the head coach himself early in the 1993-94 season. He led the Seawolves to 21 wins, the Pacific West Conference title and an NCAA berth that season.
He posted a program-record 186 victories, was a three-time Pac West Coach of the Year, coached five Pac West Players of the Year and was the head coach in UAA's stunning Great Alaska Shootout victory over Tim Duncan and Wake Forest. In all, he was part of 692 games, 442 wins and 11 NCAA tournaments.
Bruns, a native New Yorker, coached Kotzebue to state championships in 1977 and 1978 before joining the Seawolves. He and his wife Colleen live in the Seattle area.
Spooner played on four straight winning hockey teams from 1987-91. He was the school's 1987-88 Rookie of the Year, the 1988-89 Leon Thompson Fan Favorite and the 1990-91 team captain.
His 75 career goals, a total he managed despite missing 13 games to injury as a senior, left him one short of tying the program record. The 23 goals he scored in both his sophomore and junior seasons are tied for sixth place on the all-time, single-season goal-scoring list, and his 148 points and 73 both rank in the school's career top 10 lists.
A native of Cache Creek, British Columbia, Spooner lives in League City, Texas.
Seawolf Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a committee of UAA Athletics staff, coaches, boosters, volunteers and faculty members.