West Coast Conference Announces 2018 Hall of Honor Class
WCC Inducts Class of 10 at 10-Year Anniversary Ceremony
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- The West Coast Conference will induct its 10th annual Hall of Honor class on Saturday, March 3 at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. Ten individuals, one from each member institution, will be honored as part of the 2018 West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships to highlight the 10-Year Anniversary of the WCC Championships in Las Vegas.
The 2018 induction class features one NCAA statistical champion, one NCAA National Athlete of the Year, two Olympians, two NCAA record holders, three individuals amassing five Academic All-American honors, five individuals collecting a combined seven conference MVP honors and six individuals compiling a combined 20 All-American citations.
“The West Coast Conference is honored to celebrate the accomplishments of these former student-athletes and coaches as we celebrate the 10-Year anniversary of the WCC Basketball Championships in Las Vegas,” said West Coast Conference Interim Commissioner Connie Hurlbut. “The 2018 Hall of Honor class represents our 10 schools’ long-standing commitment to developing student-athletes by fostering an environment of athletic and academic excellence.”
The 2018 WCC Hall of Honor class includes: BYU'sMiles Batty (Cross Country/Track), Gonzaga’sRonny Turiaf (Men’s Basketball), Loyola Marymount’sBrian Quinn (Administrator), Pacific’s Ken Earle (Golf), Pepperdine’s Randy Wolf (Baseball), Portland’s Nicole Karr (Cross Country/Track), Saint Mary’s Mandy Bible (Volleyball), San Diego’sChristine Enger (Women’s Basketball), San Francisco’s Sue Enos O’Meara (Women’s Basketball/Volleyball) and Santa Clara’s Cameron Rast (Men’s Soccer).
The Hall of Honor class will be formally inducted at the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch on Saturday, March 3 at 9 a.m. PT at the Mardi Gras Ballroom in the Orleans Hotel and each inductee will be honored throughout the course of the basketball championships.
Tickets to the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch & Induction Ceremony are available to the public for $40 and may be purchased by contacting Lindsey Jones in the WCC office via email – Ljones@westcoast.org. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, February 16.
Miles Batty, Brigham Young University
Miles Batty concluded his BYU career in 2012 as one of the most decorated student-athletes in BYU history. An eight-time USTFCCCA All-American in track and cross country, Batty was named the 2011 National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year as a junior, after winning the mile at the NCAA Indoor National Championships and also leading the BYU distance medley relay team to a national title.
As a senior in 2012, Batty broke the NCAA record in the mile, with a time of 3:54.54. Later that year, he was awarded the prestigious NCAA Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship, the West Coast Conference Postgraduate Scholarship and the NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award.
Batty, who graduated magna cum laude from BYU in June 2012 with degrees in neuroscience and exercise science, was equally impressive in the classroom. He was twice named CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year for men’s track and cross country (2011 and 2012), and as a senior was named the USTFCCCA Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the WCC Mike Gilleran Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
After graduation, Batty signed a professional running contract with Team Asics Elite, where he competed professionally from 2012-14. Batty is currently in his third year of medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Following medical school, he plans to be an orthopedic surgeon.
Batty is married to Danika Antczak, who also graduated from BYU (2013). They have a one-year-old son, Max. Miles and his wife enjoy running marathons, and he recently earned an age group qualification for, and competed in, the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Ronny Turiaf, Gonzaga University
Ronny Turiaf became one of the most beloved Zags of all-time not only because of his production, but for his love for Zag Nation, on-court passion, acrobatic dunks and many different hairstyles.
A native of Martinique, by way of Paris, France, Turiaf became the face of the Gonzaga Bulldogs program during his four-year stay on the Spokane campus. In addition to his friendly smile and talk-to-everyone attitude, Turiaf helped the Bulldogs win 107 games and finish with three Top 10 national rankings in the final Associated Press poll during his four years.
On the national scene, Turiaf was a two-time honorable mention Associated Press All-American. He also finished as a Top 30 Wooden Award Candidate as a junior and senior.
Turiaf earned first-team All-West Coast Conference honors three times and was named the WCC Player of the Year in 2005 after averaging 15.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. He finished his career ranking fourth at Gonzaga with 1,723 points and 859 rebounds, including a career-high of 40 points (a McCarthey Athletic Center record at the time) in 2004.
Turiaf shined on the biggest stages, averaging 16.7 points and 7.6 rebounds in seven NCAA tournament games, and 18.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in nine WCC Tournament games, along with being named the 2005 WCC Tournament Most Valuable Player.
His marks on the Gonzaga record books go even deeper. Turiaf was the best Zag ever at not only getting to the free throw line, but making them count. He finished as the career leader with 643 free throws breaking the 44-year-old record of Frank Burgess, as well as free throws attempted at 899. Turiaf owns three of the top six marks for free throws made in a season, and the top mark for free throw made in a regular season game and free throws made in an NCAA Tournament game.
After his prestigious career at GU, in June of 2005, Turiaf was selected in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. But, he had to place his NBA dreams on hold as he underwent surgery for a heart condition on July 26, 2005. The operation was successful and Turiaf rejoined the Lakers organization only six months later. He went on to have a 10-year NBA career, spending time with the Warriors, Knicks, Wizards, Clippers, Timberwolves and Heat, where helped win the 2012 NBA Championship.
Brian Quinn, Loyola Marymount University
A well-known figure as an athlete and administrator, Quinn led the Lions as a student-athlete on the basketball court, as well as the baseball field. During his basketball career, he averaged 13 points a game. He was among the league's leading scorers and free throw shooters, completing the 1960-61 season with 11 points per game and a 78% free throw percentage. His team won the West Coast Conference Championship in 1960-61, and advanced to NCAA tournament. Quinn was team captain and MVP his senior year before earning his Bachelor's degree from Loyola University in 1963.
In 1985, Quinn returned to his Alma Mater as Director of Athletics to help the University reestablish LMU's athletic glory. Teams won nine WCC titles and advanced to NCAA playoffs eleven different times in a variety of sports, including to the 1986 Baseball College World Series and The Elite Eight in the 1990 NCAA Basketball Tournaments. Quinn represented the university on a variety of NCAA committees including chair of the Men's Volleyball committee.
In 1990, Brian began focusing on fundraising activities for Athletics as the Executive Director of Athletic Development. In 1996, the community of Westchester honored Brian with its "Citizen of the Year" Award for his achievements. Following his tenure at LMU, Quinn was named Athletics Director at Cal State Fullerton, where he served from 2002 through 2012. While at Fullerton, Quinn was named 2007 NCAA Division I Athletic Director of the Year in the West and was also the President of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, Division IAAA.
Quinn has been honored as the recipient of the NACDA Gary Cunningham Lifetime Achievement Award, and in addition to being enshrined in the LMU Hall of Fame in 2000, he is also a member of the Serra High School Hall of Fame. A member of the NCAA Baseball Committee, he continues to serve as a site manager for the postseason baseball playoffs. Quinn has been married to his wife, Collette, for 54 years. The couple has four children and 13 grandchildren.
Ken Earle, University of the Pacific
The most decorated golfer in Pacific history, Ken Earle earned conference Most Valuable Player honors in 1983 and 1984. During his tenure, he led the Tigers to four team tournament titles in three years. He was an individual medalist in seven tournaments from 1982 to 1984 on his way to earning All-Conference and All-America mentions in 1982, 1983 and 1984. In the classroom, he was an Academic All-American in 1983 and 1984.
Earle finished 20th in the 1983 NCAA Men's Golf Championship, after ten finishes in the top ten during the 1982-83 season. In 1984, he placed 24th at the NCAA Men's Golf Championship. He posted a three-round 219 at the championship to earn 1982 Pacific Coast Athletic Association MVP honors, a 223 to finish second in 1983, and in 1984 he turned in a 212 while earning MVP honors again.
His medalist performances included a 201 at the Elkhorn Invitational and a 72-69 two-round performance at the Silverado in 1981-82. He won the Aztec Invitational in 1982-83 by posting a third-round 66 to force a playoff. Earle continued his consistent play during his junior and senior seasons, with a 206 at the Southwestern North Ranch, a 216 at the Murrietta Invitational and a 147 at the Silverado in 1983-84.
Since finishing his college career, Earle played competitive golf at the San Diego City Amateur Tournament, finishing as the runner up in 1986 and 1988. He won the San Diego Match Play Championship in 1997. In 1990, 1997, 2003 and 2011, he captured the International Father/Son Championship with his Father- Tony Earle. As a member of Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, he has participated in many of the club tournaments along with representing the club in team play matches.
Earle graduated from Pacific in 1984 with a degree in Business/Marketing and an emphasis in Computer Science, and went on to a career in manufacturer's sales with Earle Associates, working primarily with technology companies providing semiconductor, electromechanical, computer/communication and manufacturing solutions. He and his wife Lucy (also a Pacific graduate-Class of 1995) have three children, Andrea (26), Sydney (23) and Scott(19). Both Andrea and Sydney graduated from UC Berkeley and Scott is currently a freshman and San Diego State University.
Randy Wolf, Pepperdine University
Randy Wolf is among the best pitchers in Pepperdine baseball history and the left-hander also had one of the longest Major League careers by anyone that has worn the Waves’ uniform.
After an outstanding prep career at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., where he was named Player of the Year by the Los Angeles Times, Wolf was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 25th round of the 1994 MLB Draft. However, he turned them down and enrolled at Pepperdine.
Over his three seasons in Malibu, he established himself among the nation’s best pitchers. He went 25-8 overall and posted a 1.97 earned-run average with 328 strikeouts in 315.0 innings pitched. On Pepperdine’s all-time lists, he finished his career first in strikeouts and shutouts (records he still holds), second in ERA, fifth in innings pitched (now ninth) and seventh in wins (now 10th).
In 1995, Wolf was named a Freshman All-American by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, as well as the Freshman of the Year in the WCC. In 1997, he was awarded All-American honors by three publications and was the WCC’s Pitcher of the Year. All three seasons, he was selected to the All-WCC first team. He recorded the fifth and most recent no-hitter in Pepperdine history on March 15, 1996, against Gonzaga.
Wolf’s Pepperdine teams posted a cumulative record of 103-63-1, claimed the 1995 WCC championship and advanced to the 1995 NCAA West Regional.
During his time at Pepperdine, he pitched for the U.S. National Team in 1995 and 1996 and posted a 6-0 record.
He was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the second round of the 1997 MLB Draft, and made his Major League debut two years later with a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Wolf spent 16 seasons in the Majors between 1999 and 2015 and pitched for the Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles, Miami Marlins and Detroit Tigers. He had a career win-loss record of 133-125.
Wolf made the National League All-Star Team in 2003 while pitching for the Phillies in a season where he led all NL left-handers in wins (16) and strikeouts (177). He made the postseason with the Dodgers in 2009 and Brewers in 2011.
In 2006, he was selected to the WCC’s 40th Anniversary Team. He was inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
Nicole Karr, University of Portland
Nicole Karr was the first Pilot to begin to single-handedly rewrite the track record books at the University of Portland, posting school records in the indoor 800, mile, and 3000. Her outdoor 1500 and 3000 records still stand today.
In cross country, she led the Pilots to four WCC team titles (91-94), claiming the individual title in 1994. In her final cross country season, she qualified as an individual for the NCAA Cross Country Championships, earning her first All-American honors with a 24th place finish and was named to the All-America Academic team as well.
In track and field, she ranked among the top-five fastest in the NCAA in both the 3,000 and 5,000 during her senior year in 1996. She then ended her collegiate career with an 8th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in the 3,000, garnering her third All-America honor. Karr went on to compete in the 1996 Olympic Trials in the 1500 after running a 4:16.14 to qualify and was awarded the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.
Mandy Bible, Saint Mary’s College
Mandy Bible is in her third season as an assistant coach for both the Saint Mary's women's indoor and beach volleyball teams after a four-year playing career as one of the greatest players in Saint Mary's volleyball history.
Bible returned to Saint Mary's in 2015 to begin her coaching career after concluding her professional playing career in Europe. Since 2015-16, Saint Mary's student-athletes have earned a total of 24 WCC All-Academic honors (14 indoor, 10 beach). The Gaels earned a Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association following the 2016 season.
Bible is undoubtedly the greatest setter in Saint Mary's history. She owns three of the top-four SMC single season records for assists, including the top-two. Her career record of 5,362 assists is over 1,000 more than the next best. And her career assists per set average of 12.47 is over two assists more than the No. 2 spot. She's also No. 3 in career block assists (400), fourth in total career blocks (425), and her career attack percentage of .288 is seventh all-time.
Bible was part of three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament for the Gaels from 2003-05. The 2004 team went 25-4 and made an appearance in the Sweet 16 - cementing it as one of the best SMC volleyball teams of all time.
She also made a mark away from the court, earning a spot on the WCC All-Academic team as a senior. Bible also spent time assisting in the Saint Mary's athletic department and served in a variety of roles.
From 2009 to 2015, Bible continued her playing career in several parts of Europe. She began her career as a member of the OK Luka Koper Volleyball Club in Slovenia, winning a bronze medal in the 2010-11 season. In 2011, she signed with ASKO Linz Steg Volleyball Club and competed in the CEV Cup, Middle European League and Austrian League. She helped the club finished second in the Austrian League both seasons, and advanced to the CEV Cup quarterfinals during the 2012-13 season. After taking 2013-14 off, Bible re-signed with OK Luka Koper and earned an award for best setter in Slovenia while helping the club reach the finals of the Slovenian Cup. While overseas, she also caught the coaching bug, helping to coach mini and juniors volleyball in Europe.
Christine Enger, University of San Diego
Christine “Chris” Enger arrived at Alcala Park in 1989-90 and made an immediate impact on the USD women’s basketball program. The 6’4” center was one of the best centers in the nation. She earned First Team All-WCC honors and was selected the WCC Freshman of the Year. Following her freshman year, she was chosen to compete in the 1990 Olympic Festival. By the time she finished her career in 1993, Chris had accumulated a long list of athletic and academic honors.
For her Torero career she was a three-time First Team All-WCC selection; a two-time selection to the WCC All-Academic Team; a four-time WCC Scholar-Athlete, and a member of the 1993 WCC All-Tournament Team after leading the team to its first NCAA Tournament berth. Additionally, she was team captain for the 1992-1993 season.
At the time of her graduation, the USD women's basketball record section was filled with Chris' accomplishments. Enger’s game was defense, her specialty was blocking shots. In her rookie campaign she set USD records for blocks in a game (12, vs. Gonzaga) and rebounds (24, vs. Portland), both still WCC records. She left USD as the all-time leader in career rebounding (831) and blocked shots (372) and was third all-time in scoring (1,187 points). She also held single season records for rebounding (278, '92- '93), rebounding average (9.9, '92- '93), field goal percentage (.580, '89-'90) and blocked shots (137, '92-'93). Chris led the nation in blocked shots her senior year with 137 (4.9 per game) and her career average of 3.88 blocks per game ranked first for a number of years in the NCAA record books.
After graduation in 1993 with a degree in English, Chris earned her teaching credential from USD while a graduate assistant for the Toreros. She would then play four years of professional basketball in Ipswich, England. During her four years in England she had the opportunity to go into schools and sports centers around Suffolk introducing and coaching basketball to over 500 boys and girls ages 8-18. Most of the kids had zero to no experience in the sport and some schools didn’t even have baskets.
Enger was inducted into USD’s Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2010 she was one of nine former Toreros honored on the commemorative 25th Anniversary Team of 50 student-athletes to celebrate 25 years of the West Coast Conference sponsoring women’s athletics.
A high school all-state performer at Vista High School in Vista, California, she is currently in her 18th year of teaching at Thompson Middle School in Murrieta where she has taught primarily 7th grade Language Arts. In 2009 her colleagues named her Teacher of the Year.
Sue Enos O’Meara, University of San Francisco
A two-sport athlete who played basketball and volleyball, Suzanne (Enos) O’Meara is a true pioneer of USF women’s athletics. She was the first female athlete ever to receive an athletic scholarship at the University upon the launch of the women’s athletics program in 1976-77.
She was part of USF’s first-ever women’s basketball team fielded in 1976-77. Enos-O’Meara played three seasons of basketball and volleyball from 1976-77, 77-78 and 78-79 and was named the basketball’s team MVP as a freshman after scoring 248 points (14.1 ppg) in 1976-77. She scored 35 points in a game against Chabot College on Jan. 11, 1977, then a school-record and averaged 11.0 points per game as a sophomore to earn All-Northern California Athletic Conference honors. She also participated in the 1976 U.S. Olympic Basketball Trials.
A native of San Rafael, Calif., O’Meara was a dominant two-sport athlete at Sir Francis Drake High School, where she twice earned team MVP in both basketball and volleyball and was named Women’s Sports Magazine Athlete of the Year in 1975. Following her graduation from USF, she earned her Master’s degree in education from Stanford in 1981 and has enjoyed a long career as a teacher and administrator in Marin County, where she currently serves as the associate head dean of faculty at Mount Tamalpais School in Mill Valley. One of the greatest high school female athletes in Marin County history, O’Meara was inducted into the Marin County Athletic League’s (MCAL) Hall of Fame in 1999.
Cameron Rast, Santa Clara University
Following one of the most productive playing careers in West Coast Conference history, Cameron Rast has found tremendous success as a collegiate coach.
Rast, the current men’s soccer head coach at Santa Clara University, was a two-time All-America sweeper at the school. Rast helped earn Santa Clara's 1989 co-national championship and played a key role in leading the Broncos to the 1991 NCAA championship game. During his four-year playing career, the Broncos compiled a 57-4-11 record. As a sophomore in 1989, he earned his first All-America selection, scoring a career-high 30 points on 11 goals, as Santa Clara finished with a 20-0-3 record, the nation's top ranking and a share of the NCAA title.
A knee injury forced Rast to sit out much of 1990, but he returned to form his senior year in 1991. He and the Broncos returned to the national championship game, this time claiming the second-place trophy. Rast earned his second All-America honor, as did his twin brother and fellow Bronco defender, Matt. In 1991, Rast was a finalist for both the Hermann Trophy and the Missouri Athletic Club Award, both given to the nation's top collegiate men's player.
He is the only two-time first team All-American in school history, and was the 1989 and 1991 WCC Defensive MVP.
Following his graduation from Santa Clara, Rast made an impact on the international scene. He helped the United States team to a gold medal at the 1991 Pan-American Games in Havana, Cuba, and served as the captain of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team in Barcelona, Spain. He also played in the 1993 World University Games in Buffalo, New York, and was a member of the U.S. Under-20 team that reached the semifinals of the 1989 Youth World Cup in Saudi Arabia.
The 2017 season marked his 16th year as the Bronco head coach where he has been named West Coast Conference Coach of the Year five times. Rast owns a 164-126-48 career record, making him Santa Clara’s winningest coach. On May 17, 2006, Santa Clara inducted Rast into its Athletic Hall of Fame.