Broncos Athletics

From the Director's Chair With Cheryl Levick

December 1, 2000

An incredible fall quarter is almost behind us and what a successful start to the athletic season it has been! While it is easy to look ahead to the exciting basketball season that is already underway and the opening of the brand new Leavey Center, I want to take a minute to applaud the accomplishments of our fall sports.

  • Jerry Smith's women's soccer team advanced to its 12th-straight NCAA Tournament, sixth-straight regional final and was just an overtime goal away from its fifth-straight NCAA College Cup appearance. Three Broncos were named to the All-West Coast Conference first-team. Heather Aldama was named the WCC's co-Player of the Year and Veronica Zepeda was named the WCC's Co-Freshman of the Year.

  • Jon Wallace's nationally-ranked volleyball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third-straight year and we hosted the first and second rounds for the first time in school history! The list of individual honors is exhaustive, but here's a few: Jon was named the WCC Coach of the Year. Ynez Carrasco was named WCC Player and Defender of the Year. Becky Potter was named the WCC Freshman of the Year. Carrasco, Roz Pelayo and Amy Kohl were named first-team All-WCC. The team set a school-record for wins with 27!

  • Men's cross country Coach John Maloney was named the West Coast Conference Men's Coach of the Year after leading his team to a second-place finish at the conference championships. His team provided the tightest margin of between first and second-place at the league championships in 12 years!

  • Mitch Murray's men's soccer team finished third in the WCC, won 10 games for the 13th time in the last 14 years and recorded its 14th-straight winning season. Jeff Stewart was named the conference's Defender of the Year. Murray loses just three seniors and is enjoying a very successful recruiting season.

  • The women's cross country team, coached by Sandy Sanchez, finished in the top five in four of their seven meets and was just six points from third-place in the WCC championships. A total of five of the top seven runners for the squad were either freshmen or sophomores, so a bright future for Sandy's team is evident.

  • Steve Hanson's men's water polo team gave a great effort this season, despite playing its entire season on the road while Leavey renovation was taking place. More than one-half of the team's losses were by three goals or less and the squad capped-off the season with a 9-7 win over Air Force, who was ranked 16th in the nation.

    Not only have our teams been tremendously successful on the field, Santa Clara supporters and the Bronco Bench Foundation are diligently working to provide the resources necessary to compete at the highest levels of college sports

    At the Bronco Bench Foundation's Endowment Dinner, a total of 58 student-athletes were recognized as recipients of 44 endowed, living or special scholarships. I wish every Bronco could have heard senior student-athletes Jamie Holmes and Roz Pelayo provide their perspective on what it means to be a part of Santa Clara University. It was truly inspiring.

    I would be remiss if I didn't mention the opening of the Leavey Event Center. Mark down December 13th on your calendar and don't miss the first game in Leavey when the men's basketball team plays Fresno State.

    If you haven't been on campus since the spring, you will notice a difference right away. The inflatable roof of the former Toso Pavilion affectionately known as "The Bubble," is now gone and in its place is a beautiful three-story glass windowed structure with an entirely new look.

    Inside the building, you will see new courtside chairback seating, a huge new video/scoreboard, expanded restrooms and concession areas, additional disabled seating and a new student section that will help give us a tremendous homecourt advantage.

    I would encourage you to take a look at the new seating charts on our official athletic website ( You can also take a look at a photo gallery that depicts the progress of the Leavey construction.

    As you can see, Santa Clara athletics is well on its way to another wonderfully successful athletic season. I look forward to seeing everyone on December 13 for the first game at the newly renovated Leavey Center.

    Go Broncos!