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Pepperdine Athletics Announces Its 2009 Hall of Fame Class

Aug. 19, 2009

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics announced today that seven more of its all-time greats - Doug Christie, Geoffrey Clark, Bob Ctvrtlik, Katherine Hull, Kelly Jones, John Rettberg and Rod Wilde - will be inducted into its Hall of Fame this fall.

The ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 25, at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, Calif. A reception will be held at 5 p.m., with dinner and the awards presentation at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per plate and can be purchased by contacting Heather Collart at 310-506-6483 or heather.collart@pepperdine.edu. The deadline is October 12 to make a reservation.

"The Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame is enriched each year as we continue to add some of the most distinguished and accomplished student-athletes in the program's history," said Pepperdine Director of Athletics John Watson. "These are seven individuals that are very well deserving of this honor. We look forward to honoring them and recognizing their achievements, both what took place at Pepperdine and in their professional lives."

The Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1980. These seven will join 77 individuals and 12 teams that have already been enshrined.

To be eligible for induction, nominees must have competed, coached for or rendered an extraordinary service to Pepperdine University Athletics. After a list of nominations was gathered, Pepperdine's Hall of Fame Committee made the decision on this year's inductees.

Here is more information on the seven Pepperdine greats that will be inducted into the Hall of Fame:

Doug Christie, Men's Basketball
Played three seasons (1989-90 through 1991-92) ... A guard/forward from Seattle, Wash. ... A two-time All-American (1991 and 1992) ... The WCC Player of the Year in both 1991 and 1992 ... MVP of the 1992 WCC Tournament ... A four-time WCC Player of the Week ... As a senior, led team in scoring (19.5), assists (4.8) and steals (2.0) ... As a junior, led team in scoring (19.1), assists (4.8) and steals (2.2) ... As a sophomore, averaged 8.9 points and led the team in assists (4.0) ... Ended his career #13 on Pepperdine's all-time scoring chart with 1,392 points (now #15) ... On career lists, still ranks #3 in assists (395), #3 in steals (168) and #10 in blocked shots (86) ... Team won both the WCC regular season and the WCC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in both 1991 and 1992 ... Selected in the first round (17th overall) of the 1992 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics ... Had a 15-year career in the NBA.

Geoffrey Clark, Men's Water Polo
Played three seasons (1989 through 1991) ... A 2-meter man from Sydney, Australia ... The 1991 National Player of the Year ... A three-time All-American first teamer ... A three-time Big West Player of the Year ... A three-time All-NCAA Tournament Team selection ... Ranks third all-time at Pepperdine in career goals (250) ... Led the team in scoring in 1989 (90 goals) and 1991 (85 goals) ... Scored 75 goals in 1990 ... Team tied for first in the Big West all three seasons and competed at the NCAA Championships all three seasons (including a third-place finish in 1991) ... Competed with his native Australia at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics.

Bob Ctvrtlik, Men's Volleyball
Played one season with the Waves (1985) ... An outside hitter from Long Beach, Calif. ... The National Player of the Year and the MVP of the NCAA Tournament ... Also made the All-American first team and All-SCIVA first team ... Led the Waves in kills (424), digs (103) and service aces (27) that season ... Pepperdine won its second NCAA championship that season, beating Ball State and USC at Pauley Pavilion ... Competed at three Olympics for the U.S., winning gold in 1988 and bronze in 1992 ... A Vice President of the U.S. Olympic Committee and a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Katherine Hull, Women's Golf
Played four seasons (1999-2000 through 2002-03) ... Hometown was Sunrise Beach, Queensland, Australia ... Named the NGCA National Player of the Year in 2003 and the Dinah Shore Award winner ... A three-time NGCA All-American, the last two years on the first team ... A four-time All-WCC first team honoree ... A 2003 NGCA All-American Scholar and a two-time WCC All-Academic selection ... Won seven individual titles ... Set NCAA records with a single-round 63 and a three-round total of 200 at the 2003 San Jose State Spartan Invitational ... Second all-time in career scoring average (73.44) at Pepperdine and holds the school single-season record for scoring average (72.19 in 2001-02) ... Pepperdine went to the NCAA Championships all four years (and finished second in 2003) and won three WCC titles ... Has been a member of the LPGA Tour since 2004.

Kelly Jones, Men's Tennis
Played four seasons with the Waves (1982-83 through 1985-86) ... Hailed from San Diego, Calif. ... Was part of two NCAA doubles championships, winning titles with Jerome Jones in 1984 and Carlos DiLaura in 1985 ... A four-time All-American ... He and Jerome Jones went 20-4 in dual matches and he and DiLaura went 21-6 in dual matches ... In singles, had a career dual-match record of 76-32 (ranks sixth in school history in total wins) ... At the NCAA Championships, the Waves finished second, third and fourth and also made the quarterfinals in his four years ... Competed at the 1984 Olympics for the U.S. ... Achieved the world's #1 ranking in doubles and was a finalist at three Grand Slam events.

John Rettberg, Men's Basketball
Played three seasons (1956-57 through 1958-59) ... A 6-foot-3 guard from Los Angeles ... Named to the All-WCAC honorable mention squad twice ... Averaged 11.2 points and 4.9 rebounds a senior ... Averaged 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds as a junior ... Averaged 9.0 points and 3.6 rebounds as a sophomore ... Spent 33 years working for the Northrop Grumman Corporation, rising to Vice President and Treasurer of the company ... A past president and current member of the Pepperdine Alumni Association and also serves on several boards and committees at the University ... Has been honored by the University with the Distinguished Alumnus Award and with the Oly Tegner Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service ... A former chairman of Pepperdine's Athletics Board and a long-time significant contributor and advocate for athletics.

Rod Wilde, Men's Volleyball
Played four seasons (1976 through 1979) ... A setter from Fort Dodge, Iowa ... A three-time All-American first teamer ... Made the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 1978 when the Waves won their first national championship ... A four-time all-conference selection (twice on the first team) ... His teams shared two SCIVA titles and went to the NCAA Championships three times ... Later served as head coach from 1986 through 1988 when Marv Dunphy was coaching the U.S. National Team ... His teams went 58-27 and won the 1986 national championship ... Was a member of the U.S. National Team and was an alternate on the 1984 Olympic squad ... Was an assistant coach for the U.S. teams at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics ... He also worked as the men's head coach at UC San Diego, the women's head coach at Drake and an assistant women's coach at Wisconsin.