Broncos Athletics

From the Director's Chair With Cheryl Levick

September, 2001

The entire world will remember September 11 and the ensuing weeks as a time of grief, sorrow and mourning. The events that took place in New York and Washington D.C. have affected us all in a way that is nearly impossible to describe.

From the death of Santa Clara student Deora Bodley in the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 to the cancellation of our men's and women's soccer, volleyball and water polo events, the tragedy touched our campus in a very personal way.

It is important to refocus our energies on entering the fall quarter. The students have returned to campus. Our fall sports seasons are in full swing. The rest of our teams are beginning preparations for their seasons. This time of the year sets the table for everyone on our staff and in our athletic community. This is the time to showcase the enthusiasm, energy and optimism surrounding Bronco athletics and provide some small measure of relief from the terrible events of September 11.

Our fall sports teams have started their seasons with a bang. The women's soccer team has been ranked as high as third in the nation in the first few weeks of the season. Jon Wallace's volleyball team defeated 13th-ranked UC Santa Barbara and has been ranked as high as 20th in the country, while the men's soccer team started out the season rated as high as 13th nationally in a preseason poll.

However, before we completely jump into the new year I'd like to point out a few highlights from the past few summer months:

  • The Leavey Center phase II renovation has been moving swiftly towards its completion dates. We expect all interior seating and concession areas to be completed in time for the Cable Car Classic in late December. I think everyone associated with Bronco athletics will be impressed with the renovation. The remainder of the project, including the new athletic offices, weight room, academic center and team rooms, is scheduled to be complete in the spring.

  • Former Director of Athletics Carroll Williams was selected for induction into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame. This is a much deserving honor for Carroll, who has dedicated so much of his life to young people and making Bronco athletics such a special place. He will be inducted into the Hall in a special ceremony on Nov. 7. It will be a Santa Clara night at the induction dinner as senior women's soccer All-America Danielle Slaton will be honored as the San Jose Amateur Athlete of the Year.

  • One of the most recognizable sports figures in the Bay Area and a remarkable Santa Clara alum, Brent Jones was named to the 2001 Division II Football Hall of Fame. He will be inducted on December 7 as part of a combined Harlon Hill Trophy and Division II Football Hall of Fame Banquet at 6:30 p.m. in Florence, Ala. Brent was a four-year letterman at SCU from 1982-85 and was a Division II All-American as a senior. Many sports fans remember him as an All-Pro and three Super Bowl champion during his career with the San Francisco 49ers.

  • Brandi Chastain, Megan Horvath, Jacqui Little and Lisa Nanez were part of the historic Bay Area CyberRays championship team that won the inaugural Founders Cup in the new Women's United Soccer Association. Seven former Santa Clara University women's soccer standouts took part in the inaugural WUSA Championship, making the Broncos the most represented collegiate program in the title contest. Santa Clara was the only school in the country that had at least one player on each of the eight WUSA rosters.

  • Former Bronco All-America men's soccer player Joe Cannon was the top vote-getter at the goalkeeper position for the Major League Soccer All-Star Game. Joe holds almost every goal keeping record for the San Jose Earthquakes of the MLS and has been one of the top players in pro soccer the last couple of years. He helped lead the Earthquakes into the playoffs this season for the first time since 1996.

  • Steve Nash once again made international news as he led Team Canada to a bronze medal at the COPABA Tournament of the Americas. Canada's second-place finish qualifies them for a place in next year's FIFA World Championships to be held in Indianapolis, Ind.

    I hope to see everybody at an upcoming Bronco sporting event!

    Go Broncos!