San Francisco Hall Of Honor Inductees
|Brittany Lindhe||2017||Women's Basketball||San Francisco|
|Bill Cartwright||2016||Men's Basketball||San Francisco|
|Jim Brovelli||2015||Men's Basketball||San Francisco|
|Ollie Johnson||2014||Men's Basketball||San Francisco|
|Mary Hile-Nepfel||2013||Women's Basketball||San Francisco|
|K.C. Jones||2012||Men's Basketball||San Francisco|
|Steve Negoesco||2011||Men's Soccer||San Francisco|
|Bob St. Clair||2010||Football||San Francisco|
|Joe Ellis||2009||Men's Basketball||San Francisco|
SAN FRANCISCO HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES
2017 - Brittany Lindhe, University of San Francisco
One the greatest female athletes in USF history, Brittany Lindhe led the Dons to three consecutive West Coast Conference Tournament Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances during her career on the Hilltop from 1994-99. Lindhe made an immediate impact on the Dons' program. In 1994-95, she was named the WCC's Freshman of the Year and earned first-team All-WCC honors after averaging 15.4 points and 6.6 rebounds to help USF to the WCC regular season and tournament championships and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. Lindhe earned first team all-conference honors again as a sophomore, as the Dons repeated as WCC regular season and tournament champions and staged a memorable run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament after memorable upsets over Florida and Duke. As a junior, she was named a honorable mention All-American after leading the Dons to their third straight WCC tournament title and a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. After sitting out the 1997-98 campaign due to injury, Lindhe returned for the 1998-99 season and became the WCC's first female player in conference history to earn first-team all-conference honors four times. She graduated as USF's second all-time leading scorer with 1,619 points and its eighth all-time leading rebounder. Lindhe, who earned her degree in exercise and sports science, was a two-time West Coast Conference All-Academic selection and was named the WCC's Scholar of the Year in 1999. She also received a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship to obtain her master's in education from the University of Portland. After spending three years as an assistant coach at Portland, Lindhe returned to USF as an assistant coach for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. She was inducted into USF's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 and is one of two women's basketball players to have their number retired by the University.
2016 - Bill Cartwright, University of San Francisco
A three-time All-American, Bill Cartwright is USF's all-time leading scorer with 2,116 points and ranks third all-time with 1,137 rebounds. He graduated as the WCC's all-time leading scorer and his point total still ranks sixth all-time in conference annals while his rebounding total ranks eighth. During his four-year career on the Hilltop from 1975-79, USF posted a 93-22 (.808) record, including a 45-7 (.865) mark in WCC play, captured three conference titles and made three trips to the NCAA Tournament. As a sophomore in 1976-77, the Dons won their first 29 games and were ranked No. 1 in the nation for the majority of the season. Following the season, Cartwright earned his first of three WCC Player of the Year honors and was named a second team All-American by AP and UPI. He earned first team All-America honors as a junior and senior. The third overall selection in the 1979 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks, Cartwright played 16 seasons in the NBA with the Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Seattle Sonics. As a player, he won three NBA titles with legendary Bulls' teams on the early 90's and added two more rings as an assistant coach under Phil Jackson in 1997 and '98. He also served as head coach of the Bulls during the 2001-02 season. In January of 2013, Cartwright was named the head coach of Osaka Evessa of the Japanese Professional League and in September of 2014, was hired as the head coach of Mexico's National Team. Born in Lodi, Calif., Bill attended Elk Grove High School. He currently makes his home in Lake Forest, Ill.
2015 - Jim Brovelli, University of San Francisco
Jim Brovelli has left an indelible mark on the West Coast Conference as both a student-athlete and coach. A former USF point guard from 1961-64, Brovelli helped the Dons to a 41-14 record, two conference titles and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in his final two seasons on the Hilltop. After spending time as an assistant coach under his mentor Pete Peletta, Brovelli was named head basketball coach at the University of San Diego where he guided the Toreros from a successful Division II program to membership in the West Coast Conference. In 1984, Brovelli led the Toreros to the WCC title and the program's first ever Division I NCAA Tournament berth. For his efforts, he was named the WCC's and District Coach of the Year. He left San Diego as the school's all-time winningest coach. Brovelli returned to his alma mater for the 1985-86 season to usher in an new era of Dons basketball. The Dons posted back-to-back winning seasons in 1993 (19-12) and 1994 (17-11) and finished second in the league standings in '94. His 131 coaching victories rank fourth all-time among USF head coaches while his combined 76 triumphs in league play still rank 12th on the conference's all-time career list. After leaving USF following the 1994-95 season, Brovelli was named director of player development for the Denver Nuggets in 1996 and later that season assumed the role of an assistant coach. He later joined long-time friend Bernie Bickerstaff as an assistant coach on the Washington Wizards and was appointed the team's interim head coach for the final 18 games of the 1999 season. He wrapped up his coaching career following a one-year (1999-2000) stint as the head coach of the CBA's Sioux Falls Skyforce. A standout high school player at St. Ignatius Preparatory in San Francisco, Jim is a member of the San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame and has been inducted into both the USF and San Diego halls of fame.
2014 - Ollie Johnson, University of San Francisco
Ollie Johnson, a two-time West Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year who earned All-America honors as a senior in 1964-65, played an instrumental role in the resurgence of the USF basketball program to national prominence during his three-year varsity career from 1962-65. After a four-year run which saw USF win two national championships and go to three Final Fours from 1954-58, the Dons went through a four-year period in which they compiled a 42-62 record. Beginning with Johnson's sophomore season in 1962-63 (freshmen were not eligible), USF compiled a 65-19 record (.774), won three straight WCAC championships and made three NCAA Tournament appearances. He was a two-time NCAA All-Tournament selection and averaged 36 points and 18 rebounds in the 1965 NCAA Tournament. Johnson ranks sixth on USF's all-time scoring list with 1,668 career points and has the third highest scoring average in school history at 19.9 points per game. He also ranks second all-time in career rebounding, trailing only Bill Russell, and his 1,323 career rebounds rank fifth in WCC history. Johnson is just one of four USF players, along with Bill Cartwright, Bill Russell and Darrell Tucker, to rank in the school's all-time top-10 in scoring and rebounding and is one of just two players, along with Cartwright, to rank in the all-time top-10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage. Johnson's No. 32 jersey was retired by the University on Jan. 25, 2014, becoming the sixth USF men's basketball player to have his number retired. Johnson was selected in the first round of the 1965 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics with the eighth overall pick but never played in the NBA. He played for the San Francisco Athletic Club in the Amateur Athletic Union and professionally in Belgium for three seasons.
2013 - Mary Hile-Nepfel, University of San Francisco
Mary Hile-Nepfel dedicated 23 years to the San Francisco's women's basketball program, leading the Dons not only on the court as an All-American player, but also from the sidelines as the winningest coach in program history. After four years as a Don, Hile-Nepfel continues to own the top spot in the women's record books for career points (2,324) and rebounds (1,602). To this day, she owns the title of all-time leading scorer for a USF basketball player, male or female. The number 15 was retired in her honor in 1981, and she became the first woman inducted into the USF Hall of Fame in 1986. A three-time Kodak Regional All-American and four-time All-NorCal selection, she was twice a finalist for the Wade Trophy, awarded to the nation's top collegiate women's basketball player. Led by Hile-Nepfel's celebratory play, the Dons made the AIAW Regionals in 1979 and won the NCAC title in 1980. She was also a two-time academic All-American and twice named the recipient of the Anne Dolan Award as USF's outstanding female athlete. Hile-Nepfel's passion for basketball continued during her 19-year coaching tenure for USF. She shared head coaching duties with husband Bill from 1987 to 1999 and took over the reigns as sole head coach in 2001. The two-time WCC Coach of the Year led the Dons to three WCC Championships, their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 1995, and the NCAA Sweet 16 the following year. Hile-Nepfel compiled 270 career victories by her final bow in 2006 to stand as the program leader.
2012 - K.C. Jones, University of San Francisco
KC Jones played four years for the San Francisco Dons, competing in 78 games between 1952-1956. He played alongside the likes of Bill Russell and was guided by Hall of Fame coach Phil Woolpert. Jones helped the Dons capture back-to-back NCAA titles in 1955 and 1956. During his time with the Dons, he made 247 field goals and made 273 free throws from the floor, totaling 767 points in his career. Jones had 281 rebounds with a high of 148 in his junior year. He had a career .368 shooting percentage and a .625 free throw percentage, averaging 9.8 points per game. Following his outstanding college career, Jones was selected to compete in the 1956 Olympics where the team won the Gold Medal in basketball for the United States. During his nine seasons playing for the Boston Celtics (1958-1967), Jones recorded 676 games played earning the reputation of a play-making guard and a defensive specialist. He rejoined Russell and helped the Celtics to eight consecutive NBA champion teams (1958-66). He had a .387 field goal percentage, scoring 5,011 points as well as a .647 free throw percentage making 1,173 from the line. He recorded 2,399 rebounds and 2,908 assists with the Celtics. Jones coached the Celtics leading them to the 1984 and 1986 NBA championships. In all, he earned 12 NBA championship rings.
2011 - Steve Negoesco, University of San Francisco
Steve Negoesco played soccer for the University of San Francisco from 1947-51 and served as the USF Head Soccer Coach for 39 seasons. As a player, Negoesco became the first All-American selected from the West Coast, in 1948. Under the direction of NSCAA Hall of Fame Coach Gus Donoghue, Negoesco helped the Dons to a co-championship in the 1950 College Soccer Bowl. After working as a school teacher, Negoesco returned to coach at his alma mater in 1962, where he became the first Division I Coach to win 500 games and finished with 540, the second most in NCAA history. His teams made 25 NCAA tournament appearances, winning five national titles. His 1966 squad won the first ever NCAA title in school history, while his 1969 squad was the NCAA National Runner-Up. From 1975 to 1980, San Francisco won four NCAA Championships (1975-76, 1978*, 1980) and posted a runner-up finish in 1977. He won 22 West Coast Conference titles, compiling 34 winning seasons and 41 NCAA Tournament wins. Negoesco's final season as San Francisco's head coach came in 2000 after 778 matches, headlined by 30 NSCAA All-American players, 27 former players that are now in the USF Hall of Fame, and seven Olympians. He is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (BASHOF). The Dons' home field, dedicated in 1982, is named in his honor.
2010 - Bob St. Clair, University of San Francisco
Bob St. Clair was a member of what many consider to be one of the most dominant college football teams of all time. The 1951 University of San Francisco Dons went a perfect 9-0 with an average winning score of 32-8. Nine players on that team were drafted in the NFL, and three ended up in the Pro Football Hall of fame. St. Clair began his pro career in 1954. He didn't have to travel far as he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. Over the next 11 seasons, St. Clair would cement himself in history as one of the greatest offensive tackles to have ever played the game. He was a nine-time All-Pro selection, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, named to the 1950`s NFL's All-Decade Team, and in 1990, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. St. Clair holds the distinction of being one of the few players in history to have spent almost his entire playing career in the same city, playing in the same stadium.In 2001, as a tribute for playing a total of 17 seasons and 189 home games at Kezar Stadium, the city of San Francisco renamed the stadium's field in honor of St. Clair.
2009 - Joe Ellis, University of San Francisco
Joseph (Joe) Franklin Ellis attended USF from 1962-1966 and captured First Team All-Conference honors in all three seasons as a varsity player. The 6'6", 175 pound, Ellis, who departed USF as the third leading scorer in program history (1,120), earned Northern California Player of the Year accolades and All American honorable mention selection. He was also one of four juniors chosen in 1965 to represent the United States in the World University Games. Inducted into the USF Hall of Fame in 1973, Ellis was named one of 75 "Legends of the Hilltop" in 2006 for the 150th anniversary of the University of San Francisco. Upon graduation, Ellis was selected by the San Francisco Warriors in the second round (13th pick overall) of the 1966 NBA Draft. The Oakland native averaged double-figure scoring averages in three successive seasons, including a career-best 15.8 points per game in 1969-70. In eight NBA seasons - all with the Warriors - Ellis scored 4,825 points, averaging 8.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.