A Tacoma, Washington native, Dale Schlueter was a 6’10” center drafted out of Colorado State by the San Francisco Warriors in the 1967 draft. One of the original Trail Blazers, Schlueter was acquired from San Francisco by the team in the 1970 Expansion Draft. He played backup center to LeRoy Ellis during the inaugural season then took over as starter for most of 1971-72. Schlueter played in the National Basketball Association from 1968 to 1978, and after an absence of five years, Schlueter returned to the Blazers roster for his final season in 1977-78. An active member of the Trail Blazers family, Schlueter remains connected to the organization through his work in the community such as managing the now inactive Trail Blazers Alumni Team’s fundraising efforts, playing a major role in the team raising over $2 million for charities across the state. Schlueter works with Financial Benefits Resources and currently resides in Tigard with his wife, Jeni.