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Athletic Department Celebrates Record Breaking Year

Athletic Department Celebrates Record Breaking Year

June 12, 2002

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The 2001-2002 athletic season at Santa Clara University came to an end Wednesday at the department's year-end luncheon celebration hosted by the Santa Clara Marriott. Director of Athletics and Recreation, Cheryl L. Levick, spoke to the staff and congratulated one and all on their hard work and dedication to the program during the year.

"We've had a tremendous year and today was a chance for our staff to celebrate it," said Levick. "We won four West Coast Conference titles, one national championship and had several coaches, student-athletes and staff members earn honors both on the field and in the classroom. Today's luncheon also gave us the perfect opportunity to recognize three of our departing coaches and wish them well in all their future endeavors."

Levick presented a brief review the 2001-2002 seasons, pointing out some of the highlights from one of the best overall years in Bronco history. In addition to the national championship and four conference titles, the Broncos also had six all-Americans, six national academic award winners, four conference coaches of the year, 48 all-conference performers and 14 academic all-conference award winners among the impressive list of accomplishments re-capped during the presentation.

Additionally the Bronco Bench Foundation announced that it had raised more annual giving dollars this year than it had in any previous year, with contributions and pledges totaling $635,000. The number of members jumped from just under 1,300 to nearly 1,700 members. Additionally the BBF Golf Tournament netted more than $59,000 in profits that goes directly to benefit Santa Clara athletics, marking the highest total ever for the events.

Immediately following the year-end summary, Levick also took time to thank and congratulate two outgoing coaches for their hard work and dedication to the Santa Clara University athletic department. Former men's tennis head coach Sean Burns and former men's soccer head coach Mitch Murray were presented with a commemorative Santa Clara blanket for his eight years of service to the department. Former men's and women's water polo coach Steve Hanson and women's basketball coach Chris Denker were unable to attend the luncheon.

During his time on the Mission Campus, Burns had led the Broncos to a place among the prominent teams in the nation. He closed out his collegiate coaching career by earning his fourth West Coast Conference Coach of the Year honor. Burns, who also earned the recognition in 1997, 1998 and 2000, announced his retirement earlier this month and his decision to enter private business. In 2002, he led the Bronco program to 18 victories, its highest national ranking, and an undefeated home season. He retires as the winningest coach in Bronco history, with a 130-91 record over nine seasons, and 12 All-WCC selections.

Mitch Murray leaves his fellow coaches with some final words.

Murray, otherwise known as "Mr. November", leaves the Santa Clara program after 11 years as head coach and 16 years with the University overall. He is the all-time winningest coach in Santa Clara men's soccer history with his 143-58-17 overall record. He was named the WCC Coach of the Year twice and led the Broncos to five league titles during his tenure. In his first season, Murray was named the national coach of the year after leading the Broncos to a 20-1-2 record and the national championship game. That season, brothers Cameron and Matt Rast became the first of 10 Broncos to earn All-America honors under Murray's tutelage. Since 1991, five Broncos have been named WCC players of the year and 78 have earned all-WCC honors.

Hanson has been on the Broncos' staff for seven years, and has brought experience, knowledge, and dedication to the water polo program. In 1994, Hanson joined SCU as the assistant coach for the men's water polo team, continuing for the '95 and '96 seasons. In spring of 1997, Hanson assisted his brother Marc with the Santa Clara women's club team. He has coached many talented players, including All-American recipients Jay Moorhead in 2001 and Kim Yost in 2000. He's also coached 18 athletes to 29 Academic All-American honors, including two-time recipients Matthew Petrich, Moorhead, Kristy Kunisaki, and Shannon Von Lehr.