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SMNW Alumni News




July 19, 2020

EUGENE, Ore. – A Pac-10 cross country champion and a member of the 1999 softball team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament have been selected to receive the University of Oregon athletic department's annual awards, athletic director Rob Mullens announced Thursday.
Steve Fein has been named the recipient of the 2020 Leo Harris Award while Missy Koke is the honoree for the 2020 Becky L. Sisley Award. Both are highly successful businesspersons in the state of Oregon and both have shown selfless commitment to community service and the University of Oregon.
They will be honored at Oregon's 2020 Hall of Fame ceremony, the date of which will be announced later this summer.

Steve Fein, SMNW XC Alum Class of 1995 & Member of the SMNW Athletic Hall of Fame Class 2018

Leo Harris Award
The Alumni Athletic Award was originated in 1967 by the late Leo Harris, former UO director of athletics, and his family and was later renamed the Leo Harris Award in his honor. It is presented to an alumni letterman on the basis of at least 20 years of achievement and service since graduation.

Record-setting harrier Steve Fein helped usher Oregon into a new era of distance running when he took third at the 1999 NCAA Cross Country Championships as the top American finisher. That came less than a month after he won the Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional cross country crowns.

After transferring from Wisconsin in 1998, Fein went on to earn five all-America awards in track and cross country for the Ducks. His first honor came at the 1998 NCAA Cross Country Championships where he finished 18th, but it was 1999 when Fein began to leave his mark on the Oregon distance program.

At the 1999 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Fein earned all-America status in the 3,000 meters by finishing seventh in 7:58.51. That season, he also set the school record at 3,000 meters in 7:54.26 and ran the anchor leg on the distance medley relay team that set the school record in 9:39.75. Outdoors, after running 13:43.40 at 5,000 meters earlier in the season (just shy of his personal-best 13:40.86 from 1998), Fein claimed his second all-America award with a seventh-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the 1999 NCAA Championships.

Following his stellar 1999 cross country season, where he was named the Pac-10 cross country athlete of the year, injuries slowed Fein until late in the spring. But his 2000 debut was a memorable one as he joined the exclusive sub-4:00 mile club at the Oregon Twilight meet where he finished third in 3:59.46. He would go on to earn all-America honors in the 1,500 meters at the 2000 NCAA Track and Field Championships.

The accounting major also excelled in the classroom where his 4.00 grade point average earned second team academic all-America honors for the 1999-2000 academic year. He was also a Pac-10 first team all-academic selection in both track and field and cross country.

He was named the team's 1999 Bill Dellinger Cross Country Award winner and the Dow Wilson Inspirational Award honoree in 2000 as the team's most inspirational athlete. He also earned an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship in 2000.

Fein competed in two USA Outdoor Track & Field Championship meets, finishing eighth at 5,000 meters in 1998 and 10th in 1999. After college, he went on to compete as a professional runner for Nike from 2000-02 before embarking on a remarkable career in the financial sector.

Fein was hired by Moss Adams while running for Nike and has been with the largest accounting firm in the state of Oregon ever since. He was named a partner in 2011 and was promoted to regional managing partner in 2016.

Overseeing 35 partners and 300 employees, Fein manages the Moss Adams Oregon region which includes Portland, Eugene and Medford. He has advised businesses and their owners in the manufacturing, distribution, food processing and forest products industries, among other areas.

Fein's commitment to the community can be seen in the numerous boards and committees he has served on. Among those are the UO Lundquist College of Business, the Portland Archdiocese Strategic Plan and St. Anthony Catholic Parish and School. He also regularly donates to numerous community and religious charities including Transitional Youth, Compassion International, Open Arms International, Meals on Wheels, Goodwill, Portland Columbia Symphony, Portland Children's Museum, Oregon Zoo Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brother Big Sister, Trillium Family Services, ALS Foundation, American Red Cross, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

His generosity also extends to his alma mater where he has contributed to the Duck Athletic Fund, UO Foundation, Lundquist College of Business, Helen Gernon Faculty Excellence Fund and Student Life – Crisis Fund. Additionally, Fein plays an important role in Moss Adams' on-campus recruitment. The firm has hired more than 60 Lundquist College graduates as interns over the past 10 years and has approximately 85 Oregon alumni on its full-time staff.

The Shawnee, Kansas, native is married to the former Monika Gieczys, who played tennis for the Ducks from 1999-03 and was a two-year team captain. They live in Beaverton with their four children Sofia (9), Renee (7), Ian (4) and Siena (10 months).