Saint Mary's Hall Of Honor Inductees
|Mark Teahen||2017||Baseball||Saint Mary's|
|David Vann||2016||Men's Basketball||Saint Mary's|
|Odell Johnson||2015||Men's Basketball||Saint Mary's|
|Tracy Morris Sanders||2014||Women's Basketball||Saint Mary's|
|Allegra Porter||2013||Women's Cross Country||Saint Mary's|
|Tom Candiotti||2012||Baseball||Saint Mary's|
|Peter Thibeaux||2011||Men's Basketball||Saint Mary's|
|Anja Suomalainen (Bordt)||2010||Women's Basketball||Saint Mary's|
|Tom Meschery||2009||Men's Basketball||Saint Mary's|
SAINT MARY'S HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES
2017 - Mark Teahen, Saint Mary's College
Mark Teahen is one of the best offensive players ever to play for Saint Mary's. His .368 career batting average from 2000-02 still stands as the school record. He was named First Team all-WCC in 2002 after winning the conference batting title with a .412 average Ð the third-best single-season mark at SMC. He was also named all-WCC Honorable Mention in 2001 and was a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American Honorable Mention in 2000. He is among the Saint Mary's top-five in career runs (123, 5th) and walks (107, 4th). He was drafted in the first round of the 2002 MLB Draft and had a seven-year MLB career with the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays from 2005-11. In 2009 he was awarded the MLB Hutch Award, given annually to an active MLB player who "best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire" of Fred Hutchinson, by persevering through adversity. He was inducted into the Saint Mary's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. Teahen is a founder, co-chair and organizer of a charity golf tournament called "Driving Out Domestic Violence," benefiting the Chrysalis organization.
2016 - David Vann, Saint Mary's College
David Vann overcame a serious hand injury and developed into one of the region's top high school careers, often mentioned in the same breath as other area stars such as Fat Lever, Brian Jung and Jeff Altman. Local college power Arizona offered him a scholarship, but he chose to attend Saint Mary's College and went on to become one of the top players in the College's history. Vann's name has been a mainstay in the Gaels record books as he held the school's all-time scoring record for a quarter of a century. He scored 1,738 points in his four-year career, and held the scoring record until 2006 when Daniel Kickert topped his career point total. He now stands at fifth on the school's career scoring list. In addition to his prolific scoring, David also dished out 268 career assists which ranked third in the SMC record books when he graduated from Saint Mary's in 1982. A 6-5 shooting guard, Vann connected on nearly 49 percent of his shots from the floor and made a then-Saint Mary's record 731 field goals in his career. David never saw a shot he didn't like, as he also took a school record 1,494 field goal attempts. A three-time all-West Coast Conference first team selection, David averaged 15.9 points in his career, and ranks among the top 25 all-time in the WCC in scoring. His junior season was his best as he scored a team-high 472 points to average 17.5 points per game. As a sophomore and then again as a senior, he shot over 50 percent from the field and averaged 16.7 and 16.6 points per game, respectively. Following his playing career at Saint Mary's, Vann was drafted by the Golden State Warriors and spent time in training camp with the New York Knicks. He played for the Reno Bighorns in the old Continental Basketball Association. Vann, who now lives in nearby Martinez, Calif, has worked in the petroleum industry for the past 25 years and is a Sales Representative for Phillips 66. He has coached nationally prominent AAU basketball teams and served as the head coach at Bentley School.
2015 - Odell Johnson, Saint Mary's College
A 1958 graduate of Saint Mary's College, Odell Johnson played two seasons as a standout guard on the Gaels men's basketball team and was one of the top players in school history. Voted as the program's 10th best player ever in a recent All-Century honor team, he played in a total of 52 games and averaged 16.4 points per game, scoring a total of 851 points in two seasons. Odell's biggest game came in his first season with the Gaels, as he scored 40 points against Pepperdine on January 7, 1956 - still the second best mark in program history. As a senior, Odell averaged 15.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while helping the Gaels post a 17-9 record and post a second place finish in the West Coast Athletic Conference with a 10-4 mark. An outstanding free throw shooter, Odell made 345 of 424 attempts from the foul line to shoot 81.4 percent from the line for his career. The Gaels posted a 33-19 record for a .634 winning percentage in Odell's two season's with the program. After graduation, he became the first African American head varsity basketball coach between Los Angeles and San Francisco when he accepted a position as coach and math instructor at San Joaquin Memorial High School. After four years at San Joaquin and a stint with the Fresno Unified School District, he was appointed as the Executive Director of Trinity Street Community Center in West Fresno, which was selected as one of the top to programs nationally in President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty program. In 1968, he returned to Saint Mary's as the Dean of Men. Two years later, when the College began accepting female students, he was promoted to Dean of Student Affairs and became one of just four African Americans in the national serving in this position at a predominantly white college. He later served in numerous administrative positions, including Vice President for Instruction at College of Alameda and an 18-year tenure as President of Laney College. Johnson has been bestowed numerous honors over the years for his athletic, civic and community involvement and administrative achievements. He is a member of the SMC Athletic Hall of Fame, served on the school's Alumni Board of Directors and currently serves on the Board of Regents. In 1967, he was presented the Urban Services Award by Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and in 2006 earned the Leadership Award by the National Council for Black American Affairs.
2014 - Tracy Sanders, Saint Mary's College
Tracy Sanders (formerly Morris) enjoyed a standout collegiate career as a member of the Saint Mary's women's basketball team from 1996-2000. A member of the WCC's 50 Greatest Student-Athletes list, Sanders' honors include the WCC Freshman of the Year (1997), three WCC first-team selections and the 1999 WCC Player of the Year. She finished her career with 1,807 points (a school record at the time), amassing 1,069 points in her final two seasons. During the 1998-99 year, the Gaels entered the WCC Tournament as the No. 3 seed as Sanders led SMC to an upset win over No. 2 seed and tournament host Santa Clara in the semifinals, then a 72-69 win over No. 1 seed Pepperdine to cut down the nets. Sanders captured WCC Tournament MVP honors. Sanders led the league in scoring for three straight seasons and finished second all-time in the WCC in points scored. She set the Saint Mary's school record for points in her career, breaking a 15-year old mark. During her Player of the Year season in 1999, Sanders led the Gaels to their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. After her playing career, Sanders was an assistant coach for three years with the Gaels, including assisting on the 2000-01 NCAA Tournament team, which reached the second round. Before joining current head coach Paul Thomas' staff, Sanders had her children, Cason (12) and Samantha (11). , who are now 12 and 11 years old, respectively. Sanders has coached the last eight seasons with Thomas, being promoted to Associate Head Coach before the 2013-14 season. She has helped produce several All-WCC award winners, including helping the development of Louella Tomlinson, who ended her career as the Saint Mary's leader in career points, the WCC leader in career rebounds and the NCAA career leader in blocked shots.
2013 - Allegra Porter, Saint Mary's College
Allegra Porter spent four seasons on the Saint Mary's women's cross country team and accumulated various accolades, including West Coast Conference Cross Country Champion, All-WCC honors, and Academic All-American. As a freshman, Porter was named the 2000 WCC Freshman of the Year. She then competed in five events during her sophomore year, finishing second in three of them, including the WCC Women's Cross Country Championships after an 18:07 time. Porter was named the WCC Athlete of the Month for the month of October 2001 and also claimed All-WCC honors that season. Porter continued her impressive career by capturing the 2002 WCC Championship individual title as a junior with a time of 17:42 in the 5K race, breaking her own school record by 11 seconds and marking the third fastest time ever run at the WCC Championships at Crystal Springs Course. In the postseason, Porter finished 21st at the NCAA West Regionals to qualify her for the All-West Regional Team. At the 2003 WCC Championships, Porter earned 11th place with her 5K time of 18:46. She had an excellent showing at the Bronco Invite in Santa Clara, as she finished in fourth place, covering the course in 18:27, her best 5K of the season. Porter ender her career at Saint Mary's as the top Gael finisher at every meet of the regular season for two straight years and recording five of Saint Mary's 10 fastest times. Porter also excelled in the classroom, graduating as a three-time WCC All-Academic selection.
2012 - Tom Candiotti, Saint Mary's College
Tom Candiotti played four seasons for the Saint Mary's Gaels as a baseball player and still stands among the school's all-time leaders in several statistical categories. A native of Walnut Creek, California, Candiotti won 37 career games for the Gaels, which is third most in school history. His career ERA of 2.51 is the ninth best in SMC history. He is also Saint Mary's career leader with a .740 winning percentage, 413.1 innings pitched, eight shutouts and 30 complete games. In 1977, Candiotti was named the Northern California Baseball Association Pitcher of the Year. He made All-NCBA First Team in 1977 and 1979. In 1979, Candiotti was also an Honorable Mention All-American. Candiotti, nicknamed "The Candy Man," pitched in Major League Baseball from 1983 to 1999. He made his major league debut with the Brewers on August 8, 1983. Best known for a dancing knuckleball, Candiotti pitched for the Brewers, Indians, Blue Jays, Dodgers and A's throughout his 16-year career in the big leagues. His best season came in 1988 with the Indians where he went 14-8 with a 3.28 ERA and 137 strikeouts. He finished his professional career with a 151 wins and a 3.73 ERA in 2,275 innings pitched with 1,735 strikeouts.
2011 - Peter Thibeaux, Saint Mary's College
A local player who was the first to sign a national letter of intent for first-year head coach Bill Oates in the spring of 1979, Peter Thibeaux went on to have a record-setting career on the basketball court at Saint Mary's College and remains one of the top performers in school history. The Oakland native and Skyline High School grad lettered four years at Saint Mary's from 1980-83 and still lists among the school's best in several career statistical categories. The two-time first-team all-WCC selection scored 1,490 points in his career, which ranks sixth on the Gaels' all-time list. Thibeaux is also among the top 10 on the school's career charts for made and attempted field goals, field goal percentage, blocked shots and starts. He led the 1982 and 1983 Saint Mary's teams in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage and registered a career-high 39 points in a 1983 contest against Southern Utah. After being drafted in the fourth round by the Golden State Warriors, Thibeaux spent the 1985 and 1986 seasons with the club, appearing in 93 games and averaging 5.0 points per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor. In 1989, Thibeaux won a Continental Basketball Association (CBA) Championship with the Tulsa Fast Breakers under NBA and college coach Henry Bibby. He went on to play basketball in the European leagues, playing for Torino (Italy), Badajoz (Spain), Tours (France), and Denbosch (Holland). Thibeaux also played and coached for Kawasaki in the Japanese leagues. As Kawasaki's coach from 1993-94, the team won the Japanese championship.
2010 - Anja Suomalainen (Bordt), Saint Mary's College
After playing her freshman season at California, Anja Suomalainen (Bordt) starred for three seasons at Saint Mary's (1988-89 through 1990-91). Suomalainen was a two-time WCC Player of the Year (1990 and 1991) and led the conference in scoring and assists in all three of her seasons. In 1991, she was named the West Coast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year and an Academic All-American. Suomalainen was also named the NCAA Woman of the Year in 1991 for the state of California. She ranks in the top five in the West Coast Conference's all-time assists, points, and steals categories. Suomalainen, who was inducted into the Saint Mary's Hall of Fame, played professionally in Finland, Germany and Spain and was named the Finland Player of the Year in 1991 and a German Bundesleague All-Star in 1995-96. She played in over 120 games for the Finland National Team.
2009 - Tom Meschery, Saint Mary's College
Tom Meschery was a 6'6" power forward who played for Saint Mary's from 1957-1961. Averaging 16.7 points and 13.6 rebounds per game, Meschery concluded his collegiate career as the school's leading rebounder (916) and his 1,126 career points ranked 12th all-time at Saint Mary's. Meschery's No. 31 was the first basketball number ever retired by the college. Meschery then went on to play 10 seasons in the NBA. The first six seasons were spent playing for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, where he competed in the 1963 NBA All-Star Game. The Warriors also retired his jersey number (No. 14). Meschery then spent his last four seasons with the Seattle Supersonics before retiring in 1971, the same year in which he became head coach of the ABA's Carolina Cougars. Meschery was also inducted to the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.