Gonzaga Hall Of Honor Inductees
|John Stockton||2017||Men's Basketball||Gonzaga|
|Kelley Cunningham Spink||2014||Women's Volleyball||Gonzaga|
|Dan Dickau||2013||Men's Basketball||Gonzaga|
|Blake Stepp||2012||Men's Basketball||Gonzaga|
|Brian Ching||2011||Men's Soccer||Gonzaga|
|Jeff Brown||2010||Men's Basketball||Gonzaga|
|Frank Burgess||2009||Men's Basketball||Gonzaga|
GONZAGA HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES
2017 - John Stockton, Gonzaga University
Since taking the hardwood at Gonzaga more than 30 years ago, John Stockton and the small Jesuit University in Spokane have been linked. Stockton remains the player most closely related to the program as he has become one of the National Basketball Association's 50 Greatest Players of all-time, a James H. Naismith Hall of Fame selection and the NBA all-time leader in assists and steals. Stockton, a product of Spokane's Gonzaga Prep, played for the Bulldogs from the 1980-81 season through the 1983-84 season and finished his GU career as the first player to surpass the 1,000-point and 500-assist marks during their career. He was named the West Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year after leading the league in scoring, assists and steals during his senior season of 1984. He also earned Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention accolades and was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American. Stockton is still prominent on Gonzaga's career lists ranking 22nd on the all-time scoring list with 1,340 points, fourth in assists with 554 and first in steals with 262. On the Bulldogs single-season charts Stockton is 11th in field goals made (229 in 1984), third in assists (201 in 1984) and holds the top three spots in steals with 109 in 1984, and 68 in both 1982 and '83. In his senior season of 1984, he scored double figures in all 28 games and averaged 20.9 points per game. Stockton then became Gonzaga's first player drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft as the Utah Jazz selected the point guard with the 16th overall pick. A 10-time NBA All-Star and five-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection, he played all 19 seasons of his professional career with the Jazz. Stockton was also a member of the men's basketball "Dream Team" that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the 1992 squad marking the first time players from the NBA participated in the Olympic Games.
2016 - Mike Redmond, Gonzaga University
Spokane native Mike Redmond quickly became one of the best catchers to ever call a game for the Bulldogs. After sharing time behind the plate as a freshman, Redmond moved into the starting role his second season and immediately produced great results. In 1991, he led the team and was fifth in the Pac-10 North with a .371 average, collecting 59 hits and 34 RBIs for the Zags as well as posting a fielding percentage of .983. The standout season earned Redmond his first of two First Team All-Pac-10 North designations, and he also earned an invitation to USA Baseball's Olympic Trials that summer, where he hit .571 to tie for the camp lead. During his junior year, Redmond hit .333 in league play, collecting 53 more hits and 36 RBIs throughout the entire year. Behind the plate, however, 1992 was his best year yet with a .989 fielding percentage overall and a perfect 1.000 mark against Pac-10 North competition. He picked up his second All-Conference honor that season, his last in college baseball. Redmond went pro in August 1992, signing as a free agent with the Florida Marlins. He went on to make his major league debut with the Marlins in 1998, hitting .331 and fielding .992 in 37 games that season. He earned a World Series ring with the Marlins in 2003 and went onto better his career marks in later years, hitting .341 in 2006 for Minnesota and going without an error from 2005 to 2009. Throughout his career, Redmond hit a solid .287, but his fielding percentage of .996 as a catcher is the second highest in major league history. After his playing career was done, Redmond moved down the bench into managing. In 2011, he took over the Lansing Lugnuts, leading the squad to its best record in history and earning Midwest League Coach of the Year. A year later, in November 2012, he was hired to manage the Miami Marlins, a role he held until 2015.
2015 - Jason Bay, Gonzaga University
A junior transfer from North Idaho College, Jason Bay needed just two years to leave his mark on the Gonzaga baseball program. The outfielder provided much-needed pop to the Bulldog lineup, tallying a .374 career batting average and 35 home runs in 1999 and 2000. Both marks are among the Zags' top-10 career totals, and many of Bay's other numbers still hold up 15 years later. The slugger still owns two of the highest season home run totals in program history, ranking third and fifth in the category. During his first year in school, he tallied 74 RBIs - second-most in GU history - and as a senior, he led the entire West Coast Conference with a .388 batting average. Due to his impressive slugging numbers, Bay became the first Zag to earn consecutive First Team All-WCC honors, and in 2007 he was one of three Zags named to the conference's 40th Anniversary Baseball Team. With the deceptively speedy Bay manning centerfield, the Zags went on to win 27 and 28 games in 1999 and 2000, respectively. Additionally, the squad finished second in the conference during both of Bay's years, at that point the highest conference finish since 1989. After his time at Gonzaga, Bay went onto have a prolific MLB career. He made his big-league debut in 2003 and earned National League Rookie of the Year honors a year later. Throughout his 11-year big league career, he was named to the All-Star Game three times: twice with the Pittsburgh Pirates and once with the Boston Red Sox. Bay played 1,278 major league games, amassing 1,200 hits and 222 homers, more than any other Gonzaga alum. The native of Trail, British Columbia, also represented Canada in the 2006 and 2009 editions of the World Baseball Classic.
2014 - Kelley Cunningham Spink, Gonzaga University
Kelley Cunningham Spink rewrote the WCC and Gonzaga University record books from 1989-92. Spink, who won two Sports Festival gold medals in 1990 in Los Angeles and in 1992 in San Antonio, shattered records for career (1,964) and single-season (651) kills on her way to earning WCC Player of the Year honors in 1992. An honorable mention All-WCC pick as a freshman in 1989 and a second-team selection as a sophomore in 1990 as she helped the Bulldogs to their inaugural NCAA Tournament appearance, the homegrown product of Spokane's Lewis and Clark High began her dominance as a junior in 1991. That season she earned All-WCC first-team and All-West Region second team status as selected by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Her sensational senior campaign saw her gain All-WCC first team, All-West Region first team recognition and honorable mention All-America honors as selected by Volleyball Monthly Magazine. Spink was named the Gonzaga University Bulldog Club Senior Female Athlete of the Year, and was Gonzaga's institutional recipient of the Champion NCAA Woman of the Year. After one year as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs following graduation, Spink moved played for the San Jose Storm in the Professional Volleyball League during the 1996-97 season and played for the Storm when it was a member of the National Volleyball Association from 1994-96. Spink was a member of the USA National Team in 1995, which played in the NORCECA'S. She also played four years of beach volleyball, playing both double and 4-person volleyball. In 2010 Spink was one of 10 former Bulldogs honored on the commemorative 25th Anniversary Team of 50 student-athletes to celebrate 25 years of the West Coast Conference sponsoring women's athletics. She was selected to be Gonzaga's representative at the 2010 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships, which recognized the 25th Anniversary Team.
2013 - Dan Dickau, Gonzaga University
Dan Dickau is one of Gonzaga University's most decorated men's basketball players. Dickau became Gonzaga's inaugural Associated Press first-team All-American in 2002. He was also named to the John R. Wooden Top Five All-America Team, was a Naismith Player of the Year finalist and was a two-time National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 14 first-team selection. Dickau was a two-time West Coast Conference first-team selection and was the 2002 WCC Player of the Year as well as being the 2002 WCC Tournament MVP. A broadcasting major, Dickau was a first team Verizon Academic All-American in 2002 after being a District VIII first-team selection as a junior, graduating with a 3.4 GPA. Dickau still ranks 28th on Gonzaga's all-time scoring list with 1,125 points and his 20.3 ppg in 2002 is tied for 13th on the single-season list. He is seventh in career 3-point field goals made (188), eighth in 3-point field goals attempted (404) and third in free throw percentage (86.4). Dickau led Gonzaga to a fourth straight WCC Tournament title in 2002 as he scored a game-high 29 points in the title game against Pepperdine to earn his second straight tournament MVP honor. Dickau was a first-round draft pick of the Sacramento Kings in the 2002 NBA Draft, then traded to the Atlanta Hawks on draft night where he began his NBA career that spanned six seasons. He also played overseas and in the NBA Developmental League. He spent the 2011-12 season with the Portland Blazers as a developmental coach after beginning the season as an analyst on the locally-televised Gonzaga men's basketball games, a position he returned to for the 2012-13 season.
2012 - Blake Stepp, Gonzaga University
Blake Stepp played basketball for the Gonzaga Bulldogs from 2000-2004. As a freshman, Stepp started in all 33 games, was named the WCC Freshman of the Year, and tabbed as an All-WCC honorable mention as well as All-WCC Tournament team. By the end of his career, Stepp had 126 starts and 128 appearances for the Zags with a .417 shooting percentage and a .381 three-point percentage. He also tallied 500 rebounds, 640 assists, 1,552 steals, and 1,670 total points, which garnered him All-WCC Player of the Year honors, WCC All-Tournament team, WCC All-Academic team, and a handful of national honors, including Associated Press Second Team All-American, the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-American second team, and the John R. Wooden Award Top 10. Stepp was selected to represent the United States men's national team at the Pan American games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and appeared in all five games. Following graduation, he entered the Chicago NBA pre-draft camp and was drafted in the second round by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Near the end of 2004, Stepp left to play overseas in Serbia and Montenegro in a Euroleague. He then returned to the U.S. in Summer 2005 to compete in the Reebok Vegas Summer League before heading back to Europe to sign with a team in Spain.
2011 - Brian Ching, Gonzaga University
Brian Ching, a native of Haleiwa, Hawai'i, is one of the most decorated men's soccer players in Gonzaga University history, as well as the first successful player from Hawai'i in both MLS and United States World Cup annals. Ching joined the Bulldogs for the 1996 season, and as a freshman played in 18 matches with five starts. He finished second on the team in scoring with 12 points on three goals and six assists. As a sophomore, he appeared in 16 matches with 14 starts and was second on the team behind WCC Player of the Year and teammate Jeff McAllister with 10 goals and 23 points. The 10 goals were second on the all-time Gonzaga single-season list and his 23 points were third on the all-time GU list. He earned All-WCC second-team honors. In 2000, Ching was named All-WCC first team and earned All-Far West Region first-team honors. He finished his Gonzaga career with 34 goals, good for third on the all-time GU list, and his 23 assists are a Gonzaga career record. Ching's 91 career points are still tied for second and he still holds the single-season record (71) on the Gonzaga charts. Ching's professional career began when he was the fourth pick of the second round and the 16th pick overall by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2001 Major League Soccer Super Draft. He became the first Gonzaga player and the first player from his native Hawai'i selected in the MLS draft. After his rookie season was cut short because of injury, Ching was named to the MLS Best XI and recognized as 2004 MLS Comeback Player of the Year after being named the Earthquakes scoring champion and MVP. Ching earned MVP honors of the 2006 MLS Cup after scoring the tying goal in the 114th minute, and scoring the winning penalty kick in shootout as the Dynamo captured the MLS title. In 2008, he was named winner of the Dynamo's Golden Boot award and the team's MVP award. He ranked a career-high fifth in the league in goals. In 2009, he won the Dynamo's Budweiser Golden Boot award for the third straight year. He was once again named a MLS All-Star and was also named 2010 Dynamo's Humanitarian of the Year winner and was a finalist for league-wide MLS Works Humanitarian of the Year. Ching also has a plethora of International experience. In 2009 he was a regular for the U.S. national team as it qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He was set to be named to the Confederations Cup roster but missed out due to a hamstring injury. Ching recovered to be named to the roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He scored against Honduras to help the U.S. reach the Gold Cup final. In 2008 he started six matches and scored four goals and had an assist for the U.S. national team. He became the first Hawaiian to be named to the U.S. roster for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, and in 2005 appeared in three final-round World Cup qualifiers, starting two.
2010 - Jeff Brown, Gonzaga University
A three-year standout for the Gonzaga men's basketball team, Jeff Brown was a key player in Gonzaga's early stages of becoming a basketball powerhouse. After transferring from the University of Washington, Brown started the next three seasons for the Bulldogs. As a senior during the 1993-94 season, Brown led the WCC in scoring at 21.0 points per game, leading the Bulldogs to a 22-8 record, their inaugural WCC regular-season championship and a berth in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) for the program's first-ever postseason appearance. Brown, a three-time All-WCC First Team member, earned WCC Player of the Year honors in 1994. In addition, he was named to GTE/College Sports Information Directors of America All-District VIII first team, GTE/College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America first-team and was named Men's Basketball Academic All-American of the Year with 3.68 GPA in finance/pre-med. Brown is still listed in several statistical categories in the Gonzaga record books, ranking seventh on the Zags' career scoring charts with 1,646 career points, fifth in field goals made (618), 9th in field goal percentage (55.5) and 4th in free throws made (390).
2009 - Frank Burgess, Gonzaga University
Frank Burgess came to Gonzaga right out of the Air Force in 1958. The 6-1 sharpshooter led the Bulldogs in scoring for three seasons and won the national collegiate scoring crown for the 1960-61 season with 842 points in 26 games and a 32.4 scoring average. Burgess scored what is today still a school-best 2,196 points in his three years at Gonzaga (he spent a pre-military year at Arkansas AM&N) and scored more than 40 points in a game seven times including a school-record 52 against California-Davis his senior year. Burgess was a Helms Foundation All-American selection in his junior and senior year and was an All-American choice by the major wire services in his senior year. After two seasons with Hawaii in the professional American Basketball League, he returned to Gonzaga to attend law school and graduated near the top of his class. He was inducted into the Inland Empire Sports Hall of Fame in 1985. Gonzaga University retired his No. 44 jersey Feb. 19, 2005, and today it hangs in the McCarthey Athletic Center rafters.