May 14, 2001
Now that the spring sports seasons are completed it is the perfect time of the year to take a deep breath, reflect on the past 12 months and enjoy the beautiful Bay Area weather. It is also the time for planning and preparing for what I think will be a truly exciting 2001-2002 academic year.
We are in the process of finalizing budgets and schedules for next season and our coaches are preparing for some of the most important recruiting periods of the year. Summer youth sports camps will have the campus buzzing soon, not to mention keeping our coaches and student-athletes on their toes! The spring quarter will be coming to a close and graduation will take place next month, so our seniors are preparing for life after college. This is a really wonderful time of the year!
Upon the conclusion of the basketball season in March, we began the second phase of renovation in the Leavey Center. The entire East side of the facility has been removed and a $15 million project is underway. This second phase of renovation will continue the transformation of Leavey into one of the top on-campus arenas of its size.
By January 1, a new upper level seating area will be in place, including approximately 150 mid-court chairback seats, as well as a suite that overlooks the court, new concessions facilities and external ticket windows. In April there will be new athletic administrative office suite, an academic center, team rooms, weight room and a press center.
We have placed pictures of the renderings of the Leavey Center on our official athletic site. There you will also find updated photos of the construction progress throughout the project.
I want to congratulate a couple of our head coaches on their recent appointments. Dick Davey has been named to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Basketball Coaches. This is a very prestigious association that shapes the policy and direction for the game of college basketball. Dick's appointment is a clear indication of the respect he has earned from his peers on a national level. With the recent hiring of three new coaches in the WCC, we are proud that we have such strong leadership and stability in our basketball program.
Women's soccer coach Jerry Smith has been named the head coach for the U.S. Women's Under-21 National Team. These are the players that are next in line to be our national team and Jerry has proven to be the best coach in the country. The U.S. national team program is lucky to have him as their coach. The team recently played its first two matches with Jerry as head coach against Mexico's full national team and came away with two wins. It should be noted that we also have three Broncos on the squad in Devvyn Hawkins, Anna Kraus and Aly Wagner.
I'll finish with a hearty congratulations to the eight wonderful and deserving inductees into the Athletics Hall of Fame for 2001: David Alfaro '80 (football), Michael Gonzales '78 (football), Stacey MacDonough '89 (volleyball), Bob McKillop '50 (basketball), Scott Nelson '88 (boxing), David Palic '89 (soccer), Terri Reade Bramer '82 (basketball) and Rich Robertson '66 (baseball). There is no question these individuals are very deserving of the honor of being inducted into the Hall of Fame. We are proud of our athletic heritage at Santa Clara University and these eight should be extremely proud of their accomplishments in helping shape the past, present and future of Bronco athletics.