Nov. 29, 2001
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Santa Clara University placed eight former Bronco standouts on the West Coast Conference's list of the top 50 greatest athletes in league history, conference officials announced today.
Dennis Awtrey, Steve Nash, Kurt Rambis and Ken Sears from men's basketball, Mandy Clemens and Danielle Slaton from women's soccer, Melissa King from women's basketball and Cameron Rast from men's soccer were each named to the elite list of athletes. Slaton is the only selection on the 50-member squad who is currently active participant.
In honor of the West Coast Conference celebrating its 50th year of existence, the WCC is announcing 50 of the conferenceıs greatest student-athletes to ever grace the courts, courses, and fields over the last five decades. The list includes only individuals from the leagueıs current membership who participated in WCC athletics while the conference sponsored each performer's particular sport. For example, Bronco great Brandi Chastain is not on the list due to the fact that her final year of participation at Santa Clara was the fall of 1990 and the league began sponsoring women's soccer in the fall of 1992.
Each of the honorees is being recognized for his or her contributions to the conference, with primary focus on each individualıs collegiate accomplishments.
All eight of the WCCıs current member institutions submitted nominees to the conference staff to be considered for the leagueıs Top 50 list. The final student-athletes were then selected by the conference office from the pool of nominees.
"The challenge of limiting the selections to 50 individuals was significant, and many outstanding male and female student-athletes do not appear on the final list," said Commissioner Michael Gilleran. "The talent pool was very deep, and I have no doubt that reasonable arguments may be made on behalf of a number of individuals who were not selected. I would like to recognize and thank the 50 individuals who were selected, as well as all the men and women who have contributed to the success of the conference since its inception 50 years ago."
On the following page is a list of 50 of the greatest student-athletes in West Coast Conference history. The honorees are presented in alphabetical order. The full list is also available by clicking here, the official website of the West Coast Conference. Check our website in the near future for articles on some of our Top 50 student-athletes as well as a historical look at the league.
WCC's 50 Greatest Athletes
|Bird Averitt||Pepperdine||MBB||2X all-WCC, Player of Year, All-Amer., 2 NBA teams||Dennis Awtrey||Santa Clara||MBB||3X all-WCC, 2X Player of Year, All-Amer., 6 NBA teams, Santa Clara leader in rebounds|
|Justi Baumgardt||Portland||WSOC||4X all-WCC, Frosh of Year, Player of Year, Nine All-Amer., US Natıl team, WUSA|
|Billy Bean||Loyola Marymount||BB||2X all-WCC, All-Dist. 8, HM & 2nd team All-Amer, played for Detroit Tigers|
|Anja Bordt||Saint Maryıs||WBB||3X all-WCC, Frosh All-Amer., 2X player of year, All-Amer., WCC all-time assist leader|
|Taggert Bozied||San Francisco||BB||3X All-Amer. & all-WCC, WCC player of year, ³Triple Crown² winner, All-Amer., MLB|
|Jeff Brown||Gonzaga||MBB||3X all-WCC, Player of Year, 3X Acdemic All Amer.|
|Casey Calvary||Gonzaga||MBB||2X all-WCC, Wooden Award Finalist, WCC Player of the Year|
|Tom Candiotti||Saint Maryıs||BB||2X all-WCC, Pitcher of Year, 16 years in MLB|
|Bill Cartwright||San Francisco||MBB||3X All-Amer., 3X WCC MVP, 3 NBA champs with Chicago Bulls, USF all-time leading scorer|
|Doug Christie||Pepperdine||MBB||2X all-WCC, 2X Player of Year, All-Amer., MVP in 1992, 4 NBA teams||Mandy Clemens||Santa Clara||WSOC||3X all-WCC, 3X all-Amer, 3X player of year, USA Sr. Natıl team, WUSA|
|Susie Erpelding||San Diego||WBB||3X all-WCC, All-Amer., scholar-athlete of year, schoolıs all-time leading scorer (men incld.)|
|Mike Farmer||San Francisco||MBB||2X all-WCC, NCAA champs, All-Amer., 7 years in NBA|
|Hank Gathers||Loyola Marymount||MBB||Player of Decade, All-American, led NCAA in scoring/rebounding in same year|
|Valerie Gillon||San Francisco||WBB||2X all-WCC, 2X MVP, scholar-athlete, NCAA Sweet 16 appearance|
|Jason Gore||Pepperdine||MG||2X all-WCC, NCAA Champs, All-Amer., PGA tour|
|Guillermo Jara||San Diego||MSOC||4X all-WCC, Soccer America Frosh of Year, US Natıl U-23 team, US Olympic Festival|
|K.C. Jones||San Francisco||MBB||2X NCAA champs, USA Olympic Gold, 8 NBA Titles with Boston Celtics, NFL draft choice|
|Kelly Jones||Pepperdine||MT||4X All-Amer., 2X NCAA doubles champ|
|Kasey Keller||Portland||MSOC||4X all-WCC, goalkeeper of year, 3X All-Amer., US Natıl Team, US Olympic Team|
|Bo Kimble||Loyola Marymount||MBB||All-American, NCAA scoring Champ, WCC Player of Year||Melissa King||Santa Clara||WBB||3X all-WCC, 2X player of year, All-Amer., Santa Clara leader in scoring|
|Tim Layana||Loyola Marymount||BB||All-WCC, Pitcher of Year, 2nd team All-Amer, All-Dist. 8, 3 MLB teams|
|Zuzana Lesenarova||San Diego||WT||4X all-WCC, four NCAA All-Amer., NCAA natıl champ, ITA player of year, 6 ITA grand slams|
|Brittany Lindhe||San Francisco||WBB||4X all-WCC, All-Amer., scholar-athlete of year, NCAA post-grad, , NCAA Sweet 16|
|Roger Lindqvist||San Diego||MSOC||3X all-WCC, 2X All-Amer., West Region Defensive MVP, Final Four MVP, Player of year|
|Sarah McFarland||Loyola Marymount||VB||All-Amer., LMU all-time career kills leader, National Player of Week|
|Shannon McMillan||Portland||WSOC||4X all-WCC, Frosh. Of Year, 2X Player of Year, nine All-Amer., Herman Trophy winner|
|Tom Mescherry||Saint Maryıs||MBB||All-WCAC, 2X All-Amer., WCAC Champs, player of year, NBA all-star, 3 NBA teams|
|Tiffeny Milbrett||Portland||WSOC||2X Player of Year, seven All-Amer., WUSA MVP, US Olympic Team, US Natıl Team|
|Tracy Morris||Saint Maryıs||WBB||2X all-WCC, Frosh of year, MVP, Player of year, All-Amer.||Steve Nash||Santa Clara||MBB||3X all-WCC, 2X player of year, MVP, Dallas Mavericks, Canadian Olympic team bronze|
|Jose Luis Noriega||San Diego||MT||4X All-Amer., Frosh. Of year, Volvo Tennis Rookie of Year, won two ITA Grand Slams|
|Sarah Noriega||Loyola Marymount||VB||3X all-WCC, All-Amer., WCC Player of Year, U.S. Natıl VB Team|
|Lisa Petticord||Gonzaga||VB||4X all-WCC, Player of Year, VB Monthly All-Amer, 2X All-West Region||Kurt Rambis||Santa Clara||MBB||2X all-WCC, Player of Year, Frosh of year, 4 NBA teams, 4 champs with LA Lakers||Cameron Rast||Santa Clara||MSOC||2X All-Amer., 2X defensive player of year, US Olympic Team, National Co-Champs|
|Steve Rodriguez||Pepperdine||BB||2X all-WCC, MVP in 1992, 2X WCC champs, won CWS, All-Amer.|
|Bill Russell||San Francisco||MBB||2X NCAA champs, USA Olympic Gold, 11 champs with Boston Celtics|
|Laura Sale||Portland||WBB||2X all-WCC, player of year, All-Amer., NCAA post grad scholarship|
|Matt Santangelo||Gonzaga||MBB||3X all-WCC, Frosh. Of Year, World Games Gold|
|Mike Scott||Pepperdine||BB||3X all-WCC, Frosh. Of Year, 3X WCC Champs, 2 MLB teams, Cy Young Award||Ken Sears||Santa Clara||MBB||3X all-WCC, 2X player of year, All-Amer., New York Knicks. 1st college bkb player to be on cover of SI|
|Martha Sheldon||Portland||WBB||2X all-WCC, player of year, Portland scholar-athlete of year, All-Amer., NCAA post-grad||Danielle Slaton||Santa Clara||WSOC||3X all-WCC, Frosh of year, 3X All-Amer., USA Olympic team, USA Sr. Natıl team|
|Phil Smith||San Francisco||MBB||3X all-WCC, All-Amer., NBA champs with Golden State Warriors|
|John Stockton||Gonzaga||MBB||2X all-WCC, 2 Olympic Golds, Played for Utah Jazz|
|Robbie Weiss||Pepperdine||MT||2X All-Amer., NCAA singles title, played on ATP tour|
|Petia Yanchulova||San Diego||VB||2X Player of Year, All-Amer., Frosh of year|