Pepperdine Hall Of Honor Inductees
|William "Bird" Averitt||2017||Men's Basketball||Pepperdine|
|Maureen Formico-Caloiaro||2016||Women's Basketball||Pepperdine|
|Dane Suttle||2015||Men's Basketball||Pepperdine|
|Kartherine Hull||2013||Women's Golf||Pepperdine|
|Dana Jones||2012||Men's Basketball||Pepperdine|
|Wayne Wright||2011||Athletic Director||Pepperdine|
|Dr. Gail Hopkins||2010||Baseball||Pepperdine|
|Doug Christie||2009||Men's Basketball||Pepperdine|
PEPPERDINE HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES
2017 - William "Bird" Averitt, Pepperdine University
William "Bird" Averitt enjoyed the two greatest seasons in Pepperdine men's basketball history, as he averaged 28.9 points as a sophomore and then led the NCAA in scoring with 33.9 points per game as a junior. He still holds the WCC records for points in a game and scoring average for both a season and career. During his first season of 1970-71 he was unable to play with the varsity due to the NCAA rule of freshmen being ineligible at the time. But his legend began when he scored 43 and 44 points in games against UCLA during freshman games. Averitt then broke Pepperdine's season scoring record as a sophomore and again as a junior. His single-game best of 57 points vs. Nevada in 1973 set a school record, one of 11 times he scored at least 40 points. Averitt scored in double-figures in all 49 of his games in a Pepperdine uniform. His career scoring average of 31.5 points per game is nearly 13 points more than the second-ranked Wave. He scored a remarkable 1,541 points in just two seasons, which was a school record that has since been broken. He earned All-American honorable mention honors from both the Associated Press and UPI after his junior year, and was the 1973 WCC Player of the Year. Averitt turned professional after his junior season, and though he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1973 NBA Draft, he instead signed with the San Antonio Spurs of the ABA. He moved on to the Kentucky Colonels, where he won the ABA championship in 1974-75 playing alongside the likes of Artis Gilmore and Dan Issel and being coached by Hubie Brown. Averitt averaged double-figures in points in each of his three ABA seasons, including a career-best 17.9 with the Colonels in 1975-76. When Kentucky was disbanded as part of the ABA-NBA merger, he played two seasons in the NBA with the Buffalo Braves and the New Jersey Nets.
2016 - Maureen Formico-Caloiaro, Pepperdine University
Thirty years after gracing Firestone Fieldhouse, Maureen Formico-Caloiaro is still the greatest scorer in Pepperdine women's basketball history as well as being one of just three Waves to earn All-American status.The 6-foot forward set a school record for both the boys' and girls' programs at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif., by scoring more than 1,800 career points. She bettered that at Pepperdine, scoring a program-record 2,190 points in 114 career games, while averaging a double-double for her career with 19.2 points and 10.4 rebounds. After a strong freshman season in 1982-83, Caloiaro broke out as a sophomore and averaged team highs of 18.7 points and 10.3 rebounds. As a junior she followed with best offensive season in Pepperdine history despite a slow start due to an offseason injury. Once recovered, the Waves' fortunes improved. The team won nine of its final 14 games and Caloiaro set school single-season records with 713 points and a 24.6 scoring average (records that still stand), and ranked ninth in the nation in scoring. Caloiaro scored a career-high 43 points against U.S. International. She also averaged 13.2 rebounds, placing third on the Waves' records list and good for 12th in the nation. She set a school-single game record by grabbing 33 rebounds against Loyola Marymount. For her efforts, Caloiaro was awarded All-American status by the publication Fastbreak, and she would repeat that honor with another tremendous season as a senior. The West Coast Conference began to sponsor women's basketball in 1985-86, and Caloiaro led the league in its first season in both scoring (22.9) and rebounding (11.6) en route to All-WCC first team honors. Her statistics ranked 19th and 21st in the nation, respectively. After graduating from Pepperdine in 1986 with a degree in physical education, Caloiaro was drafted into a professional league in the U.S., and then went to Spain to play overseas a year later. She has worked in the insurance industry ever since, and also served as an assistant girls' basketball coach at Archbishop Mitty for eight years. Caloiaro's family tree is filled with athletes of note. Her father, Marte Formico, was a star at Santa Clara in football and track. Her sister, Margie, was a two-time MVP in volleyball at Santa Clara. Her niece (and Margie's daughter) is two-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh. Caloiaro and her husband Dominik, who also played basketball, live in Saratoga, Calif. Their oldest three children played college sports at San Francisco (Angelo/basketball, who currently plays in Spain; Vincenzo/soccer; and Joan/volleyball, who later transferred, played at and graduated from Cal). Their youngest child, Gino, is a freshman at Foothill College.
2015 - Dane Suttle, Pepperdine University
For more than 30 years, one man's name - Dane Suttle -- has stood atop the list that marks the all-time scoring leaders in Pepperdine men's basketball history. Suttle, a 6-foot-3 guard, came to Pepperdine as a freshman in 1979-80 after earning All-City honors at Fremont High School in Los Angeles. Four years later, Suttle finished up as the school's all-time leader in points, field goals made, assists, steals and games played. While most of those records have been broken in the decades since, Suttle still holds the scoring mark with a total of 1,701 points. After averaging 23.4 points per game as a senior in 1982-83 - the third-best average in school single-season history and a figure that ranked him 14th nationally - Suttle was named All-American honorable mention by the Associated Press and shared the West Coast Conference's Player of the Year award. Suttle also averaged 16.8 points as a junior, leading to All-WCC first team honors, and 15.1 as a sophomore. Only five players in Pepperdine history have scored at least 40 points in a game, and Suttle accomplished the feat when he poured in 41 points in a 101-92 victory at rival LMU during his senior year. Over his four seasons playing for head coach Jim Harrick, the Waves went 75-39 (.658), won at least a share of three WCC regular-season titles and advanced to the postseason three times. Pepperdine appeared in the NIT his freshman year and in the NCAA Tournament when he was a junior and senior. Suttle was taken by the Kansas City Kings in the seventh round of the 1983 NBA Draft, and he would play two seasons for the Kings. In his best-ever game he scored 26 points at Detroit during his rookie campaign. For his career he averaged 5.6 points in 46 games. Suttle, who returned to Pepperdine to earn his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1994, has three children: Cache, Audom and Dane Jr. (the last of which was a four-year letter-winner at Pepperdine who graduated in 2012).
2014 - Mike Scott, Pepperdine University
Mike Scott turned in a decorated three-year career (1974-76) at Pepperdine. The righthander made an immediate impact for the Waves, capturing WCC Freshman of the Year honors in 1974. A three-time All-WCC selection, Scott departed the Malibu campus as Pepperdine's career record-holder for wins (26), strikeouts (232) and games started (42). Scott still ranks fourth in career ERA (2.10) and tossed a perfect game against Cal Lutheran on Feb. 17, 1976. During his collegiate career, Pepperdine won three consecutive WCC titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each year. Scott was a 1975 District VIII selection. Named to the WCC's 50 Greatest Student-Athletes list in 2001, Scott was also named to the WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team. After being selected by the New York Mets in the second round of the 1976 Major League Draft, Scott enjoyed a remarkable professional career and played 13 years in the majors with the New York Mets (1979-82) and the Houston Astros (1983-91). One of just a handful of pitchers to ever record a no-hitter and 300 strikeouts in the same season, Scott was a three-time All-Star and started for the National League in the 1987 Midsummer Classic. Scott captured the 1986 National League Cy Young Award after posting an 18-10 record with a 2.22 ERA to go along with a league-leading 306 strikeouts. On September 26 the Santa Monica native pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants in the Astrodome to clinch the N.L. West division title. The Astros fell to the Mets, the eventual World Series Champions, but Scott was so dominant in his starts in game one and four that he was named the 1986 NLCS MVP - the first ever selected from the losing team. As a 20-game winner in 1989, Scott finished second in the Cy Young voting. The Astros retired his No. 33 jersey in 1992.
2013 - Katherine Hull, Pepperdine University
Katherine Hull arrived at Pepperdine in January 2000 and spent four seasons accumulating one of the top careers in Pepperdine history. Since 1992, Hull remains the only women's golfer from a non-BCS-affiliated school who has won National Player of the Year honors from the National Golf Coaches Association (now known as the Women's Golf Coaches Association). In addition to that honor in 2003, Hull also won the Dinah Shore Award. She was a three-time NGCA All-American, earning first team honors as a junior and senior and second team acclaim as a sophomore. All four seasons, Hull earned a spot on the All-WCC first team. She finished in the top 10 of her first nine tournaments during the 2002-03 season. The Waves won three WCC titles in her four seasons, with Hull placing in the top five all four seasons, including a second-place finish in 2002. She played a key role in Pepperdine's co-championship at the 2002 NCAA West Regional, tying for second place overall. The Waves advanced as a team to the NCAA Championships all four years, with three top 10 finishes and a program-best second-place result in 2003. Hull turned professional following her senior year, first playing on the Futures Tour in 2003 before qualifying for the LPGA Tour in 2004. She graduated with a degree in sports administration in 2003, earning 2003 NGCA All-American Scholar honors and being named to the WCC All-Academic squad twice. Hull was inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009 (becoming the first women's golfer to be inducted) and into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame in December 2012.
2012 - Dana Jones, Pepperdine University
Dana Jones played four seasons for the Pepperdine Waves as a 6-foot-6 forward from Los Angeles, California. Jones was named the 1993 WCC Player of the year as well as being a three-time All-WCC first team selection and the 1991 WCC Freshman of the Year. He was the first player ever named to the WCC All-Tournament Team all four seasons and was also named MVP in 1994. He was a five-time WCC Player of the Week. In his senior year, he led the team in scoring (18.4 ppg), rebounding (9.7), steals (2.5) and blocks (1.3) during his senior year. Jones led the WCC in rebounding in each of his final two seasons. He ranks No. 2 all-time on Pepperdine's career scoring list with 1,677 points and ranks No. 1 in rebounds with 1031, No. 1 in steals with 211, and No. 1 in field goals made with 719. Jones capped off his career with three WCC regular-season titles and three WCC Tournament championships and competed for three NCAA Tournament teams and one NIT squad.
2011 - Wayne Wright, Pepperdine University
Wayne Wright served as the Athletic Director at Pepperdine University for 21 years (1976-1997). During his tenure, Pepperdine won seven NCAA titles in four different sports: baseball (1992), men's golf (1997), men's volleyball (1978, 1985, 1986, 1992), and men's water polo (1997). Pepperdine also won three individual NCAA titles in the sports of men's tennis (1988: singles, 1984, 1985: doubles). While the AD at Pepperdine, the Waves won 33 conference regular-season championships (23 WCC), 41 conference tournament championships (40 WCC), and made 87 NCAA Championship appearances. Wright also started the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980, instituted the "Wave Club" for the purpose of raising financial support for athletic programs, and added the sports of women's golf, women's swimming and women's soccer. Wright served on the NCAA Council from 1991-93, helped implement an academic advising and tutorial program in 1986, raising graduation rates, and had two student-athletes as valedictorians. Before his reign, Wright was also the golf coach for four seasons and the head baseball coach for eight seasons. A three-time WCC Coach of the Year, Wright led his baseball squads to a 195-166-3 record, three WCC titles and three NCAA playoffs.
2010 - Dr. Gail Hopkins, Pepperdine University
Dr. Gail Hopkins, who became the first person in his family to attend college when he selected Pepperdine over Stanford, California and UCLA in order to both play baseball and study religion, played baseball at Pepperdine from 1962-64 and earned All-America honors as a junior in 1963. Hopkins helped Pepperdine qualify for the NCAA Playoffs in both 1962 and 1963 and he became the first Pepperdine baseball player to ever reach the Major League when he broke in with the Chicago White Sox in 1968. He primarily played first base in seven seasons in the majors with the White Sox, Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers, and hit a career-best .286 with Chicago in 1970. Hopkins was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers team that won the National League Pennant and played in the World Series in 1974. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Pepperdine in 1966 as a double-major in Religion and Biology, a Master's in Religion from Pepperdine in 1974, a Ph.D. in Biology from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1977 and an MD from Rush Medical College in 1981. In addition, he will complete a Masters of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary in May of 2010. Hopkins is believed to be the only player in Major League Baseball history to have earned both an MD and a Ph.D..
2009 - Doug Christie, Pepperdine University
Doug Christie, a 6'6" shooting guard, was the WCC's MVP in 1991 and 1992. In both seasons, Christie was also named All-American and a member of the All-WCC First Team, as he led the school in scoring, assists, and steals. His 1,392 career points made him the school's 15th leading scorer while his 395 assists placed him third in school history. Swingman Christie attracted dozens of NBA scouts to Firestone Fieldhouse and was later selected 17th overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. Christie played for the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Dallas Mavericks, and Los Angeles Clippers, where he would end his professional career. While playing for the Kings, Christie developed into one of the league's best defenders and was perennially named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.