Oct. 13, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University's rich and storied athletic tradition will come alive on Wednesday night, November 19 with the induction of eight deserving members into the institution's Athletic Hall of Fame.
The eight new members of the Hall include: Brandi Chastain '91 (soccer); Bill Connolly '65 (baseball); Bill Duffy '82 (basketball); Gary Hoffman '83 (football); Paul Holocher '91 (soccer); Melissa King Fisher '93 (basketball); Gary Podesta (lacrosse); Eric Yamamoto '90 (soccer).
Induction ceremonies are scheduled to take place on Nov. 19 in the Leavey Center on the SCU campus. Tickets to attend the event are available through the university's Alumni Association by calling 408/554-6800. A pre-event reception will begin at 6 p.m., while the dinner and induction ceremony will start at 7 p.m.
This year's class of inductees brings the total number of members in Santa Clara's Athletic Hall of Fame, which was established in 1962, to 223 individuals and one team which represent the best in the university's athletic heritage.
Chastain is one of the top players in Santa Clara women's soccer history and continues to be one of the sport's most recognizable figures. She was a two-time All-America selection for Santa Clara and, in 1989, led the team to its first-ever postseason appearance. The Broncos advanced to the national semifinals and a final ranking of No. 3 in the nation that season. In 1990 she led the team to a No. 1 national ranking and the NCAA semifinals and was named the national player of the year.
Connolly was a member of the 1962 Bronco baseball team that finished advanced to the championship game at the College World Series and spent the majority of the season ranked No. 1 in the nation. He batted .298 that season with five home runs and 56 RBI in 1964, both of which were second on the team. He is currently the chairman of the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
Duffy played two seasons on the Santa Clara basketball team after transferring from the University of Minnesota, leading the team in assists and steals as a junior and, despite suffering a broken wrist, scoring as a senior. He was a team captain and a two-time all-Northern California selection while at SCU. He is currently considered one of the top agents in professional sports.
During his football career at Santa Clara, Gary Hoffman earned Associated Press Little All-America first-team honors and was a first-team all-Western Football Conference selection. As a sophomore, he became the first underclassman selected to be a team captain, an honor he held for three years. Hoffman played professionally for the Green Bay Packers and currently serves as the General Sales Manager for Romania's RV Center in Eugene, Ore.
Holocher ended his four-year men's soccer career in 1991 as the Broncos' career scoring leader, team captain and an All-American. As a sophomore, he helped lead the Broncos to the school's first-ever national title and he was twice named to the all-West Coast Conference honor team. Holocher's career goals and assists marks both remain near the top of the SCU record books. He currently serves as the head men's soccer coach at UC Santa Cruz.
King Fisher completed her four-year basketball career at Santa Clara as the school's leading scorer and the third-highest scorer in West Coast Conference history. She remains at the top of the school charts for scoring, field goals, three-point field goals, free throws and steals. A three-time all-WCC selection, she led the Broncos to three-straight WCC championships and the National Women's Invitational Tournament title in 1991. She was named Kodak honorable mention All-America as a senior.
Podesta joined the Santa Clara University community in 1983 as the men's lacrosse coach and served in that capacity for 16 years. He led the Broncos to nine West Coast Lacrosse League playoffs, four league semifinal appearances and one championship game. Twenty-five players were named WCLL all-stars. Podesta was able to take players who had never played the largely-East Coast dominated sport and create a championship-caliber program while providing opportunities for a number of deserving student-athletes.
Yamamoto, currently a member of the Bronco men's soccer coaching staff, is the only multiple Academic All-America selection in SCU soccer history. A four-time all-conference selection as goalkeeper, he has the third lowest career goals-against average in school history and his 0.47 mark during the 1989 national championship season is the lowest single season mark in Bronco history.