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WCC Announces Top 50 Student-Athletes in League History

WCC's Press Release in PDF format

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 AverittPepperdineMBB2X all-WCC, Player of Year, All-Amer., 2 NBA teams
Dennis Awtrey Santa ClaraMBB3X all-WCC, 2X Player of Year, All-Amer., 6 NBA teams, Santa Clara leader in rebounds
Justi BaumgardtPortlandWSOC4X all-WCC, Frosh of Year, Player of Year, Nine All-Amer., US Natıl team, WUSA
Billy BeanLoyola MarymountBB2X all-WCC, All-Dist. 8, HM & 2nd team All-Amer, played for Detroit Tigers
Anja BordtSaint MaryısWBB3X all-WCC, Frosh All-Amer., 2X player of year, All-Amer., WCC all-time assist leader
Taggert BoziedSan FranciscoBB3X All-Amer. & all-WCC, WCC player of year, ³Triple Crown² winner, All-Amer., MLB
Jeff BrownGonzagaMBB3X all-WCC, Player of Year, 3X Acdemic All Amer.
Casey CalvaryGonzagaMBB2X all-WCC, Wooden Award Finalist, WCC Player of the Year
Tom CandiottiSaint MaryısBB2X all-WCC, Pitcher of Year, 16 years in MLB
Bill Cartwright San FranciscoMBB3X All-Amer., 3X WCC MVP, 3 NBA champs with Chicago Bulls, USF all-time leading scorer
Doug ChristiePepperdineMBB2X all-WCC, 2X Player of Year, All-Amer., MVP in 1992, 4 NBA teams
Mandy ClemensSanta ClaraWSOC3X all-WCC, 3X all-Amer, 3X player of year, USA Sr. Natıl team, WUSA
Susie Erpelding San DiegoWBB3X all-WCC, All-Amer., scholar-athlete of year, schoolıs all-time leading scorer (men incld.)
Mike FarmerSan FranciscoMBB2X all-WCC, NCAA champs, All-Amer., 7 years in NBA
Hank GathersLoyola MarymountMBBPlayer of Decade, All-American, led NCAA in scoring/rebounding in same year
Valerie GillonSan FranciscoWBB2X all-WCC, 2X MVP, scholar-athlete, NCAA Sweet 16 appearance
Jason GorePepperdineMG2X all-WCC, NCAA Champs, All-Amer., PGA tour
Guillermo JaraSan DiegoMSOC4X all-WCC, Soccer America Frosh of Year, US Natıl U-23 team, US Olympic Festival
K.C. JonesSan FranciscoMBB2X NCAA champs, USA Olympic Gold, 8 NBA Titles with Boston Celtics, NFL draft choice
Kelly JonesPepperdineMT4X All-Amer., 2X NCAA doubles champ
Kasey KellerPortlandMSOC4X all-WCC, goalkeeper of year, 3X All-Amer., US Natıl Team, US Olympic Team
Bo KimbleLoyola MarymountMBBAll-American, NCAA scoring Champ, WCC Player of Year
Melissa KingSanta ClaraWBB3X all-WCC, 2X player of year, All-Amer., Santa Clara leader in scoring
Tim LayanaLoyola MarymountBBAll-WCC, Pitcher of Year, 2nd team All-Amer, All-Dist. 8, 3 MLB teams
Zuzana LesenarovaSan DiegoWT4X all-WCC, four NCAA All-Amer., NCAA natıl champ, ITA player of year, 6 ITA grand slams
Brittany LindheSan FranciscoWBB4X all-WCC, All-Amer., scholar-athlete of year, NCAA post-grad, , NCAA Sweet 16
Roger LindqvistSan DiegoMSOC3X all-WCC, 2X All-Amer., West Region Defensive MVP, Final Four MVP, Player of year
Sarah McFarlandLoyola MarymountVBAll-Amer., LMU all-time career kills leader, National Player of Week
Shannon McMillanPortlandWSOC4X all-WCC, Frosh. Of Year, 2X Player of Year, nine All-Amer., Herman Trophy winner
Tom MescherrySaint MaryısMBBAll-WCAC, 2X All-Amer., WCAC Champs, player of year, NBA all-star, 3 NBA teams
Tiffeny MilbrettPortlandWSOC2X Player of Year, seven All-Amer., WUSA MVP, US Olympic Team, US Natıl Team
Tracy MorrisSaint MaryısWBB2X all-WCC, Frosh of year, MVP, Player of year, All-Amer.
Steve NashSanta ClaraMBB3X all-WCC, 2X player of year, MVP, Dallas Mavericks, Canadian Olympic team bronze
Jose Luis NoriegaSan DiegoMT4X All-Amer., Frosh. Of year, Volvo Tennis Rookie of Year, won two ITA Grand Slams
Sarah NoriegaLoyola MarymountVB3X all-WCC, All-Amer., WCC Player of Year, U.S. Natıl VB Team
Lisa PetticordGonzagaVB4X all-WCC, Player of Year, VB Monthly All-Amer, 2X All-West Region
Kurt RambisSanta ClaraMBB2X all-WCC, Player of Year, Frosh of year, 4 NBA teams, 4 champs with LA Lakers
Cameron RastSanta ClaraMSOC2X All-Amer., 2X defensive player of year, US Olympic Team, National Co-Champs
Steve RodriguezPepperdineBB2X all-WCC, MVP in 1992, 2X WCC champs, won CWS, All-Amer.
Bill RussellSan FranciscoMBB2X NCAA champs, USA Olympic Gold, 11 champs with Boston Celtics
Laura SalePortlandWBB2X all-WCC, player of year, All-Amer., NCAA post grad scholarship
Matt SantangeloGonzagaMBB3X all-WCC, Frosh. Of Year, World Games Gold
Mike ScottPepperdineBB3X all-WCC, Frosh. Of Year, 3X WCC Champs, 2 MLB teams, Cy Young Award
Ken SearsSanta ClaraMBB3X all-WCC, 2X player of year, All-Amer., New York Knicks. 1st college bkb player to be on cover of SI
Martha SheldonPortlandWBB2X all-WCC, player of year, Portland scholar-athlete of year, All-Amer., NCAA post-grad
Danielle SlatonSanta ClaraWSOC3X all-WCC, Frosh of year, 3X All-Amer., USA Olympic team, USA Sr. Natıl team
Phil SmithSan FranciscoMBB3X all-WCC, All-Amer., NBA champs with Golden State Warriors
John StocktonGonzagaMBB2X all-WCC, 2 Olympic Golds, Played for Utah Jazz
Robbie WeissPepperdineMT2X All-Amer., NCAA singles title, played on ATP tour
Petia YanchulovaSan DiegoVB2X Player of Year, All-Amer., Frosh of year