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Aleisha Rose Cramer, Brigham Young University
Aleisha Cramer Rose was a soccer phenom long before arriving in Provo. She was the third youngest player to ever suit up for the U.S. National Team at the age of 16 and was named National High School Player of the Year in 1999 before starting her BYU career in 2000. In her four years at BYU (2000-03), Rose never scored fewer than six goals and never had fewer than nine assists in a single season. She was a four-time All-American, including three first-team awards and was named the 2000 ESPN/Soccer Times National Freshman of the Year. As a sophomore in 2001, she was named the Chevy Young Female Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Rose led BYU to four straight MWC titles, four trips to the NCAA tournament and was a two-time candidate for soccer's highest national honor, the Hermann Trophy. As a senior, Rose set the BYU career assist record and the single-game assist record on the same September night against Southern Utah. Her four assists against the Thunderbirds pushed her past Michelle Jensen Peterson to No. 1 on the career list. Neither record has been seriously threatened in the decade since she graduated. The team went on to reach the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time in program history, beating Colorado, Idaho State and Villanova before finally losing to Connecticut on the road. Rose is still the BYU career leader in NCAA tournament assists.
Her playing career ended after her senior season as she had previously decided to give up playing on the U.S. Women's National Team for personal reasons. She earned 16 caps for the senior national team in her career.
Rose began her coaching career the season after she graduated and she can still be found on the sidelines as an assistant to BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood. Rose graduated in April 2005 with a degree in marriage, family and human development.
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.
Rick Adelman, Loyola Marymount University
Rick Adelman led the Lions in scoring his junior and senior seasons and was the seventh player in Loyola history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. He was only the third player in school history to finish the season with a point per game average over 20 points (21.0). The two-time all-conference selection was the winner of the John Donovan Memorial Trophy, winning the WCC Player of the Year honor in 1967-68.
He graduated in 1968 and was drafted in the seventh round (79th overall pick) by the San Diego Rockets. He played until 1975 for the Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Jazz and the Kansas City-Omaha Kings. During his NBA playing career, Adelman averaged 7.7 points and 3.5 assists per game.
He went into coaching in 1977, and had a long career as a coach in the NBA, which included stints with Portland Trail Blazers (1988-93), Golden State Warriors (1995-97), Sacramento Kings (1999-06), Houston Rockets (2007-11), and the Minnesota Timberwolves (2011-2014). He finished with a record of 1,042-748 in the NBA (58.2 percent) and earned 79 wins in the playoffs, leading Portland to the NBA finals in 1989-90 and 1991-92. Adelman ranks eighth in career NBA victories and is 10th in playoff wins (79).
Elaina Oden, University of the Pacific
Elaina Oden is remembered as one of the most decorated women's volleyball players in University of the Pacific history. Oden was the key player on Pacific's back-to-back NCAA national championship teams. Highlights of those seasons included defeats of UCLA and Stanford for the NCAA title in 1985 and the steamrolling of Texas and Nebraska en route to the 1986 crown.
Oden is Pacific's all-time single season hitting percentage leader (.380 in 1985) and she was named PCAA Most Valuable Player in 1985. Until recently, Elaina held the Pacific single season kill record (547) and the all-time career kills mark (1,485). Oden's .357 hitting percentage in 1986 places her third on Pacific's all-time list.
In leading the Tigers to back-to-back NCAA Championships, Oden was named an All-America at the middle blocker position in both 1985 and 1986 as the Tigers amassed a combined record of 75-6. Volleyball Monthly recognized her as its 1986 National Player of the Year. Elaina added a third All-America honor in 1989, helping the Tigers to a record of 29-5. She is one of three Tiger volleyball players to have their jersey number retired by the Pacific Athletic Department.
When it comes to career records, the seven-year member of the United States National Team currently ranks second in career hitting percentage (.341), third in digs (1,229), third in block solos (138), fourth in block assists (396), and fourth in total blocks (534). In addition, Oden set the Pacific freshman record of 547 kills in 1985.
During her tenure on the U.S. National Team, Oden played in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. She also competed in the 1986 Goodwill Games and the 1986 World Championships. Elaina was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team in 1985 and was nominated for the NCAA's Broderick Award in 1985 and 1986.
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).
Jim Sollars, University of Portland
Long-time University of Portland women's basketball head coach Jim Sollars retired following the 2013-14 season, ending a 28-year run at the helm of the Pilots. Sollars, who compiled nearly 400 wins with the Pilots and won 565 games overall as a collegiate head coach, was a five-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year and he led the Pilots to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments during the mid-1990's.
Sollars, who also served the university as a history professor during his first 11 years on The Bluff, ended his career second all-time in WCC wins with 166. He won 388 games at UP, compiled 411 victories overall at the NCAA Division I level, and posted a 565-513 career record as a collegiate head coach. Under Sollars' leadership at Portland, 39 players earned All-WCC honors, four players were named the WCC Player of the Year, and he coached two Pilots (Laura Sale and Deana Lansing) to honorable mention All-America status. His players also consistently excelled in the classroom as he guided 41 WCC All-Academic Team selections, 14 CoSIDA Academic All-Region Team picks and one WCC Scholar Athlete of the Year, while two athletes earned first team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
Sollars arrived at UP in 1986 with ten years of previous head coaching experience. He led his 1987-88 team to a 17-11 record, a second-place WCC finish and garnered his first WCC Coach of the Year award. Sollars claimed the school's first WCC Basketball Championship (men or women) in 1991-92 and he was again named the WCC Coach of the Year, making him the first coach in the WCC to win the award twice. During the 1990's, Sollars had four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths (1993-97), including the first in school history in 1993-94. From 1993-99, Sollars and the Pilots compiled a 125-51 (.710) record, including a 27-3 mark during the 1996-97 season, the program's best since joining the NCAA Division-I ranks.
His 1993-94 team captured the WCC Tournament Championship to earn the school's first NCAA Tournament bid. Sollars guided the Pilots to NCAA at-large berths in 1995, 1996 and 1997. During that 1996-97 season, the team went 27-3 overall for the second-highest win total in program history, won a second-consecutive WCC Championship (the third overall during Sollars' tenure), became the first team in league history to go undefeated (14-0) in WCC play and was the school's first NCAA Division-I basketball team to earn a national ranking (highest rating No. 21 USA Today/No. 25 in the final poll). Sollars was named WBCA District-8 Coach of the Year and was WCC Coach of the Year for a fourth time.
Sollars nabbed his fifth and final league coach of the year honor in 2008-09 when he led the Pilots to the WNIT. A berth to the WBI followed in 2009-10, giving Sollars seven postseason trips during his storied career.
Prior to UP, Sollars coached at Wenatchee Valley Community College (1976-83) and Portland State University (1983-86). His Wenatchee program won six Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) regional championships and compiled a 154-25 record (.860). Besides building a basketball dynasty, Sollars was also the dean of WVCC's social sciences department for two years and its athletics director for one year.
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.
Scott Thompson, University of San Diego
Scott Thompson turned in an outstanding basketball career for the Toreros and played a key role in guiding the University of San Diego to two NCAA Tournament appearances and two West Coast Conference Championships (1984, 1987). The 7-footer was the team's starting center all four years during his illustrious career at Alcala Park.
During his senior year he started all 30 games in leading the Toreros to a school-best 24-6 mark; a WCC championship 13-1 record; a perfect 14-0 home record; and to an NCAA Tournament berth. The Toreros won a school record fourteen consecutive games and finished the season ranked No. 1 in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.401). He averaged 15.9 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game on his way to earning the West Coast Conference Player of the Year honor. He scored a career-best 31 points (at Utah) and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds (vs. LMU). Additionally he collected his second straight team Most Valuable Player award.
The program's only 3-time All-West Coast Conference First Team selection, Thompson also earned WCC Freshman of the Year honors in 1983-1984 after helping lead the Toreros to the league title and to their first NCAA Division I Tournament appearance. Over his career Scott played in 113 games, starting the final 105 games he played in, with the team going a combined 77-36 (.681 winning percentage). He finished with a field goal percentage of .541 (567-1048) and free throw percentage of .728 (241-331). In the USD Torero Division I record book following his final season in 1987, Scott was first in blocked shots (183), second in rebounding (740) and third in scoring (1,379 points). He was inducted into USD's Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
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.
Bud Ogden, Santa Clara University
Bud Ogden was a catalyst for the Santa Clara men's basketball team amidst one of its most successful runs in program history. He proudly represented the Broncos from 1966-1969 and led Santa Clara to NCAA tournament appearances in 1968 and 1969. Ogden was named to the WCC All-Conference first team in 1968 and 1969, which followed a second team selection in 1967. Furthermore, Ogden was honored as an All-American selection in 1969 by the Helms Foundation and the USBWA as he led the Broncos to a No. 3 national ranking.
Ogden etched his name in the Santa Clara and WCC record books as one of the all-time greats. His 55 points against Pepperdine in 1967 still ranks tops amongst single game scoring performances at Santa Clara and is the third most all-time in a WCC game. Three other Santa Clara records he holds from that game include most points in a half, most points by a sophomore, and most field goals scored in a single game. Ogden ranks 14th in Santa Clara history with 1,437 points scored and sits 10th all-time in rebounds with 694. Ogden's scoring average of 18.2 points per game ranks third all-time in Santa Clara history.
The Bronco teams on which he played were known for scoring big and winning even bigger. The '67-'68 team averaged the most points in school history at 83.8 points per game. That team also ranks fifth in school history with 22 wins. The '68-'69 Broncos have the most single season wins in school history with 27 victories. Ogden graced the cover of Sports Illustrated for the February 1969 issue as the Broncos advanced to the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament that season.
After finishing his Santa Clara career, Ogden was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 13th pick of the first round in 1969. This was Ogden's second time being selected in the professional draft, as he was picked in 1968 by the Seattle Supersonics before choosing to return to Santa Clara for his Senior season. For his athletic accomplishments, Ogden has been selected into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame and the Santa Clara University Athletic Hall of Fame. To further honor his great Bronco legacy, Ogden's No. 34 jersey hangs in the rafters of the Leavey Center and was raised on February 5, 2007.
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Ed Eyestone, Brigham Young University
Ed Eyestone became a 10-time NCAA All-American, and in 1984, went undefeated in NCAA cross-country events. Eyestone is one of only three runners, along with Gerry Lindgren and Suleiman Nyambiu, to capture the NCAA "Triple Crown" by becoming the 1985 NCAA Champion in cross-country, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. In 1985, the Academic All-American and recipient of the NCAA Top Six Award set a then-NCAA record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 27:41:05. He finished his collegiate career with four NCAA Championships and set the school record in the 10,000 meter, 5,000 meter, 3,000 meter and 2 mile races.
Eyestone claimed conference championship titles for BYU in 1983 and 1984 in cross country, in 1984 and 1985 for the 5,000, in 1984 for the indoor mile, and in 1985 for the indoor two-mile and 10,000. He was the first non-football player to win the WAC's Stan Bates Award. He also won the NCAA Top Six Award in 1986.
As a professional runner, Eyestone was an Olympic marathoner twice, first in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea, and then in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain. Eyestone has a career-best marathon time of 2:10:59. was a five-time U.S. Road Racer of the Year, and won the San Francisco Bay to Breakers 12KM race and is the last American (and only since 1981) to win what is considered the world's largest footrace. Eyestone has also served as a commentator for ESPN and Fox Sports Elite Racing for 12 years and has been a columnist for Runners World magazine since 1999. In 2008, Eyestone was the head distance analyst for NBC's coverage of the Beijing Olympics.
As the men's cross country coach since 2000, Eyestone has guided the Cougars to eight Mountain West Conference Championships and two WCC Championships. Eyestone earned WCC Cross Country Coach of the Year accolades in 2011 and 2013.
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.
Jeff Fryer, Loyola Marymount University
As the Lions' all-time deep threat, Jeff Fryer was one of the best all-time three-point shooters in school history. In his four-year career (1986-90), he played in 112 games and scored 1,922 points, 1,089 of them were scored from the three-point line. He is currently ranked sixth all-time in scoring and holds seven of the nine three-point records in LMU history, including the 11 three-pointers he hit in the NCAA tournament Second Round win over Michigan in 1990. The 11 threes is an NCAA tournament record and Fryer finished with 41 points against the Wolverines. En route to being named to the All-West Region Team and first-team All-WCC, Fryer averaged just under 23 points per game his final two seasons at LMU. He finished his career averaging 17.2 points per game.
One of the top long distance shooters in WCC history, Fryer still owns two of the top three spots on the single-season charts in three-point field goals with 126 (4.1 per game) as a junior and 121 (4.3) as a senior. More than two decades since attempting his last shot as a collegiate player, Fryer currently ranks second all-time in career three-pointers with 363 (3.24) in overall games and is the career leader during league play with 166 (3.4).
Fryer played a key role on a loaded Loyola Marymount team advanced to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including a dramatic run to the 1990 Elite Eight. The Lions captured three WCC Regular Season Championships and two WCC Tournament titles.
Keith Swagerty, University of the Pacific
Keith Swagerty was a potent scorer and fierce rebounder who led University of the Pacific to two conference championships and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances from 1964 to 1967. A San Jose, CA native, he was one of the most highly-decorated players in Tiger history. He was named West Coast Athletic Conference (WCAC) Player of the Year twice (1966 and 1967) and was a first team Academic All-American. As a senior, he earned first-team All-America honors from the Helms Foundation, second-team honors from Converse, and was named honorable mention by the Associated Press and UPI.
In the 1966 NCAA Tournament, Swagerty scored 16 points and had 19 rebounds in a first-round 83-74 loss to Utah. He scored 26 points and collected 23 rebounds in a 102-91 loss to the Elvin Hayes-led Houston Cougars in the consolation game. A year later in the 1967 NCAA Tournament, Swagerty led Pacific to a 72-63 first-round win over defending national champion Texas Western (now UTEP). He scored 11 points and had eight rebounds in an 80-64 second-round loss to John Wooden's UCLA Bruins. Swagerty earned national recognition when he had 39 rebounds in one game against UC Santa Barbara on March 5, 1965; it is still a WCC and Pacific record. Upon graduating, he held the records for career totals in points and rebounds, and still holds the record for career rebounds today.
Swagerty went on to play two seasons in the ABA with the Houston Mavericks and the Kentucky Colonels. He also played in Italy before becoming a physical education instructor and coach at Seattle Pacific University from 1974-80. He compiled an 87-61 record and led the Falcons to the NCAA Division II Tournament with a 20-9 mark in 1976-77.
He was the first Pacific Basketball player to have his number retired (32). A 1985 inductee into the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame, Swagerty was awarded the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award of Honor in 2005 for living a life of distinction.
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.
Laura Sale O'Connell, University of Portland
A University of Portland Athletics Hall of Fame member, Laura Sale O'Connell was the ultimate student-athlete, starring on the court while shining in the classroom. Sale O'Connell, who still ranks fifth all-time in UP program history with 1,542 career points, helped lead the Pilots to three NCAA Tournaments in the mid-1990's and she was named an Academic All-American in 1996. She also still ranks fifth all-time at Portland in field goals (596), is tied for eighth in free throws made (287) and is 10th in rebounds (579).
After averaging in double figures in points as both a sophomore and a junior en route to All-West Coast Conference Honors, Sale O'Connell had perhaps her best season as a senior in 1995-96. That year, she was named the WCC Player of the Year after leading the Pilots to the WCC regular season championship. She led the conference in scoring with a 19.2 points per game mark, had a season and career-high 30 points against University of San Francisco at the WCC Tournament and she garnered United Press International (UPI) All-America Honorable Mention.
The 116 field goals Sale O'Connell made that year against WCC opponents are still an all-time league season record. The 577 points she scored as a senior ranks fifth on Portland's all-time single-season charts, while her per game average that year is eighth best all-time. Sale O'Connell was a two-time All-WCC First Team selection and was selected to the WCC All-Tournament Team twice. She landed conference all-academic accolades three times and garnered all-region all-academic honors as both a junior and a senior.
Following college, Sale O'Connell earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship before playing a year professionally in Germany. She would go onto become a long-time high school teacher and girls basketball coach.
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.
Jose Luis Noriega, University of San Diego
Jose Luis Noriega, a four-time NCAA All-American, was the first USD student-athlete to achieve that status. Although he fell short of his goal of winning an NCAA Singles Championship during his time at USD, Noriega accomplished just about everything else possible in college tennis. His four-year cumulative record was 138-30 (100-15 in singles; 38-15 in doubles), and his overall record in ITA Grand Slam events was an amazing 34-10.
During his senior year, he advanced to the NCAA Singles Championships Semifinals. He captured two Grand Slam titles - the 1992 Rolex National Collegiate Indoor Championships and the 1989 DuPont Intercollegiate National Clay Court title. He led USD to two West Coast Conference Championships (1989 & 1990) and two NCAA Team Championship appearances (1989 & 1990).
In his junior campaign, he advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals, won his second West Coast Conference Singles Championship, received the Region VIII Head/Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship award, and at the NCAA Tournament, received the national Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award. As a sophomore, he won the WCC Doubles title with teammate J.R. Edwards and was runner-up in singles. He was the WCC Singles Champion and Doubles Champion with Dave Stewart as a freshman and was named the 1989 Volvo Tennis/Rookie Player of the Year.
Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Noriega was one of his country's best junior players. He capped off his junior career by winning the 1987 South American Junior Championships. During his USD tenure, he also won back-to-back Peruvian National Clay Court titles (1989 & 1990) and represented his country for the first time in Davis Cup competition (1990-91). A 1992 USD graduate with a degree in Business, he was inducted into USD's Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
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.
Leslie Osborne, Santa Clara University
A four-year standout for the Broncos from 2001-2004, Santa Clara's Leslie Osborne is one of the most decorated women's soccer players in school history. A member of Santa Clara's 2001 National Championship team, Osborne was a three-time All-American and was the recipient of the 2004 Honda Sports Award for soccer, which is given annually to the nation's premier female player.
Contributing to a women's soccer program rich in achievement, Osborne currently sits sixth on Santa Clara's all-time goals list with 44 and ranks ninth in assists with 33. Named to the 2001 and 2004 College Cup All-Tournament teams, Osborne won back-to-back West Coast Conference Player of the Year awards in 2003 and 2004 and was also tabbed as the WCC's Defender of the Year for the 2004 season.
Appearing in 62 games for the United States senior national team, Osborne earned her first USA national team appearance in 2004 vs. Sweden and scored her first national team goal vs. Chinese Taipei on October 1, 2006. Osborne also started five of six games in the 2007 Women's World Cup in which the USA team placed third.
Osborne began her professional soccer career as team captain of the Bay Area FC Gold Pride in 2009. In 2010, she was team captain with the Boston Breakers, and in 2013 she joined the Chicago Red Stars as team captain in the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League.
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LaVell Edwards, Brigham Young University
A coaching icon whose success and longevity are paralleled by few, LaVell Edwards guided Brigham Young to heights never before reached in the program's illustrious history. For 29 seasons as head coach from 1972-2000, Edwards roamed the football sidelines at BYU, a tenure that ranks fifth all-time for coaches at one school. In 20 of those 29 seasons, the Cougars claimed conference championships as they dominated their competition while earning 22 bowl invitations.
Edwards reached the pinnacle of coaching success in 1984 by guiding BYU to the football national championship with a perfect 13-0 season. Edwards amassed 257 wins during his 29 years overseeing the BYU program, which ranks sixth overall in NCAA Division I-A history.
Edwards compiled a .722 win percentage with a 257-101-3 overall record and coached one Heisman Trophy winner, two Outland Trophy recipients, four Davey O'Brien awardees, 34 All-Americans and six College Football Hall of Famers. BYU's success did not come without personal reward for Edwards either. He was named NCAA District 8 Coach of the Year eight times, Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year in 1979 and AFCA National Coach of the Year in 1984. Edwards was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004 and the BYU Hall of Fame in 2006. The BYU football stadium now bears his name, LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Edwards and his wife Patti are the parents of three children, Ann [Cannon], John and Jim.
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.
Edit Pakay, Loyola Marymount University
A standout two-sport athlete, Edit Pakay had stellar careers in both women's tennis and women's cross country. In the spring of 2000 as a freshman, Pakay recorded 19 wins in singles and doubles tennis play. After redshirting her sophomore year in 2002, she was selected as the LMU Female Athlete of the Year and was a first team All-West Coast Conference selection in singles, while also garnering honorable mention accolades in doubles. Her singles record was 18-8, including three wins over ranked opponents.
Pakay's stellar play guided the Lions to a victory over Pepperdine to win the 2002 WCC Women's Tennis Championships, the first in program history. She finished her illustrious career in 2003 with her second first team All-WCC selection in singles and another honorable mention selection on the doubles side. Pakay managed a 63-41 singles record in her career (.606), placing ninth in the LMU record books for career winning percentage.
As a cross country runner in the fall of 2001, Pakay won the WCC Women's Cross Country Championship 5K with a time of 17:58. She went on to finish 70th in the 6K at the West Regional with a time of 23:40. Pakay finished her first collegiate race in third place and did not finish lower than that spot in any regular season race from that point on.
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.
Darwin Cook, University of Portland
In his four years as a University of Portland starting guard, Darwin Cook was the team's Most Valuable Player in 1977 and 1980, Portland's Co-Athlete of the Year in 1980 and an All-West Coast Athletic Conference Team member in 1979 and 1980. Cook also earned Associated Press All-America honorable mention.
The Pilots joined the WCAC during Cook's first year on The Bluff, and he would lead Portland to a 65-44 overall record without missing a single game during his tenure. Along the way, he graduated as the Pilots' all-time leading scorer and is still the career leader in assists and steals. He shot 49 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free throw line throughout his career. Cook averaged 15.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. During an All-WCAC senior season, he set a school single-season record for assists per game (6.2) and steals (82), while averaging 17.2 points and shooting 52 percent from the field.
Cook was drafted with the first pick in the fourth round of the 1980 NBA draft and would go on to average 9.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game during eight seasons with New Jersey, Washington, San Antonio and Denver. He is one of 49 players in NBA history to record nine or more steals in a game.
Cook's professional career extended to a three-year stint in Italy playing for Scavolini where his team won the league championship. He was the league leader in both assists and steals his final two seasons, before concluding his career in the CBA.
Cook was inducted into the University of Portland Athletic Hall of Fame in the summer of 1991.
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.
Petia Yanchulova, University of San Diego
Petia Yanchulova made a huge impact on the Torero volleyball program during her playing career between 1996-1999. The 5-11 outside hitter from Sofia, Bulgaria was a two-time AVCA first team All-America selection, a two-time District VIII first team pick, a two-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year and a two-time WCC first team selection. All of these honors came during her final two years (1998 and 1999).
During her four years on the USD volleyball team, Yanchulova guided the Toreros to the WCC Championship twice (1997, 1998) and to the NCAA Tournament each year with the team reaching the second round three times. She was named WCC Defender of the Year in 1999, a WCC second-team member twice (1996, 1997), and the WCC Freshman of the Year in 1996. A two-time team MVP, she also was named second team District VIII All-Academic and was a two-time WCC All-Academic selection. She is USD's all-time leader in kills (1,892), digs (1,341), and attack attempts (4,295).
Yanchulova competed professionally in the Beach Volleyball World Tour with sister Lina Yanchulova-Taylor. The two represented their home country of Bulgaria in the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympics. Yanchulova then played indoor volleyball in Europe from 2008-2010.
Atop her tremendous volleyball accolades, Yanchulova has served as a coach to the Coast Volleyball Club and various beach volleyball camps and clinics. She returned to USD in 2011 as a volunteer coach with the Toreros finishing with a record of 28-5, a national ranking of No. 21, and a second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
She was inducted into the USD's Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
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.
George "Pat" Malley, Santa Clara University
In 1959, Santa Clara turned to recent graduate and former football player George "Pat" Malley to resurrect its dormant football program. Over the course of the next 26 seasons, Malley firmly etched his name in Santa Clara history as Head Football Coach and as Athletic Director.
Pat Malley was a guard for the Broncos and was a freshman when Santa Clara shocked Bear Bryant's Louisville team in the 1950 Orange Bowl.
Malley guided Santa Clara to 141 victories as head coach and endured only five losing seasons. He was heralded as a great recruiter, coaching future NFL All-Pros Dan Pastorini, Brent Jones and Doug Cosbie. More importantly, he was loved, respected and deeply appreciated by each of his players, who still speak of him today in reverent tones.
Among Malley's coaching accolades, he was named the Northern California College Coach of the Year in 1963, 1965, 1967 and 1980. His 1980 team advanced to the semi-finals of the NCAA Division II playoffs, and in 1983, Malley was inducted into the Santa Clara Athletic Hall of Fame.
As Athletic Director, he was instrumental in the early years of the West Coast Athletic Conference - the precursor to the WCC.
Malley passed away in 1985. Those who knew him remark about his ability to look into a person's eyes and see his soul. They also fondly recall how he would point to the SC in the Santa Clara logo and emphasize that it also stands for "style and class," both of which he had in spades. In 1999, Malley was posthumously inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame.
In a very fitting tribute to honor his lasting legacy, the Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center at Santa Clara was built with donations from his former players.