SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara's Red and White Celebration, an end-of-the-year awards gala, honored the past and recognized many of the great accomplishments of current student-athletes.
The seventh annual event, which was presented by Heritage Bank of Commerce, was held Saturday in Leavey Center and saw the induction of nine to the Athletics Hall of Fame, the bestowment of senior awards and acknowledgement of the baseball program for its achievements during the 1962-72 era, which included six conference titles and a trip to the 1962 College World Series.
The 2019 Hall of Fame class included:
|Whitney (Longmire) Hollis||Women's Soccer|
|Kylie (Bivens) Hopper||Women's Soccer|
|Jacqui Little||Women's Soccer|
|Nikki Serlenga-Fein||Women's Soccer|
|Kim (Pickup) Williams||Women's Soccer|
Men's tennis and women's soccer each had two award winners.
Maria Sanchez of women's soccer, who led the nation with 16 assists, captured the Brandi Chastain Award as the top senior female student-athlete for 2018-19.
Andrew Gu of men's tennis, a 2018-19 first-team All-West Coast Conference performer, was bestowed the Pat Malley Award as the top male student-athlete of the year.
"It's a great evening and it's always great to be a Bronco," Santa Clara director of athletics Renee Baumgartner said. "Tonight, we're celebrating many new chapters for our seniors, our Hall of Fame inductees and (university president) Father Engh (who is retiring in the summer). I'm excited we're all here together. We feel this really powerful momentum that we haven't felt for decades. We have waited a very long time but I can tell you it's coming."
The Hall of Fame class featured some of the most recognizable names in Santa Clara history.
Hollis, Hopper, Little, Serlenga-Fein and Williams were standout members of women's soccer in the late 1990s, one of the most successful periods in school history. That group, under head coach Jerry Smith, helped guide the Broncos to the NCAA semifinals four straight seasons.
Carey and Pereira made their mark as two of the top NFL game officials, Howarth was the longtime play-by-play voice of the Toronto Blue Jays and Dunton's name is etched throughout the school's baseball record book.
2019 Santa Clara Athletics Senior Awards
Jim Jennings Award
• Cesar Tesan (marketing)
Senior non student-athlete for his or her service to the athletics department. The award is in honor of Jim Jennings who served as a volunteer in Santa Clara Athletics for more than 20 years.
DJ Frandsen Award
• Andres Jimenez (men's soccer)
A male or female student-athlete who used courage, perseverance and spirit to overcome adversity and now serves as a role model for inspiration. The award is in honor of former men's basketball manager David Frandsen Jr. who inspired many with his battle with cancer which ultimately claimed his life.
Jim Shea Award
• Hannah Buck (women's water polo)
In years past, this award was bestowed to the most courageous football player. It now recognizes one male or female student-athlete who has courageously led his or her team through selfless actions and been a leader in the campus community. Jim Shea was the first Santa Clara student-athlete whose life was cut short while serving in the Vietnam War.
Carroll Williams Award
• Jack Larkin (men's water polo)
A senior who bests defines what it means to be a Santa Clara student-athlete. Someone who excels in the classroom and on the athletically while making an outstanding contribution in community service.
Senior Academic Award
• Evan Misuraca (men's cross country/track and field) - 3.88 GPA
• Jamie Ferris (women's cross country/track and field) - 3.98 GPA
Presented to the male and female senior student-athletes with the highest grade-point averages.
James D. Farwell Award
• Connor Garnett (men's tennis)
• Melissa Lowder (women's soccer)
Awarded annually to one male and one female student-athlete who best combine academic and athletic excellence (minimum: 3.30 GPA). James Farwell was the longtime Santa Clara men's and women's rowing coach.
Henry Schmidt Award
• Henrik Jadersten (men's basketball)
Given annually to a male student-athlete who best demonstrates the qualities or attitude, character, desire, competitive spirit and the will to excel both on and off the field of play. Henry Schmidt was the first Santa Clara's athletic trainer, a position he held for 50 years.
Mary Grace Colby Award
• Andraya Flor (women's basketball)
Given annually to a female senior athlete who best demonstrate the qualities or attitude, character, desire, competitive spirit and the will to excel both on and off the field of play. Mary Grace Colby was the first Women's Athletic Director.
Pat Malley Award
• Andrew Gu (men's tennis)
Given to the top senior male athlete. The award is in honor of former football coach and director of athletics Pat Malley.
Brandi Chastain Award
• Maria Sanchez (women's soccer)
Given annually to the school's top senior female student-athlete. Brandi Chastain was Bronco legend on the soccer field and was on the United States Women's National Team from 1988-2004.
2019 Hall of Fame Profiles
Mike Carey played running back for Santa Clara football before embarking on a career as an NCAA/NFL referee and a rules analyst for football television broadcasts.
Carey had a breakout season for the Broncos as a junior in 1970 when he rushed for 283 yards on 59 carries (4.7 per carry) and scored a pair of touchdowns. He became the starter midway through the year and entered his senior campaign as the team's lead back before suffering an ankle injury. Carey finished his final season as a Bronco with three touchdowns and graduated in 1972 with a degree in biology.
Shortly after graduation, Carey started his officiating career at the Pop Warner level in his hometown of San Diego, California. He rose to the ranks of the NCAA's Western Athletic Conference in 1985 and officiated three bowl games in five seasons of collegiate football.
Carey progressed to the NFL in 1990, where he began as a side judge before being promoted to referee in 1995. Carey was the second African-American referee in league history and first to officiate the game's biggest event when he got the nod for Super Bowl XLII in 2008. He totaled 24 seasons in the league and worked 17 postseason contests.
In 2014, Carey shifted to a role as a football television rules analyst with CBS Sports. He provided insight into making and reviewing decisions for officiating crews during live broadcasts and studio shows.
Dunton set a standard of excellence during his baseball playing days as a Bronco from 1982-85 when he set the career home run record (38), a mark which still stands today. He ranks among the top 10 in various career categories, including third in at-bats (873), sixth in runs (151), second in doubles (56), third in RBIs (178), second in total bases (420) and tied for first in extra base hits (96).
After the 1985 season, Dunton joined the Montreal Expos organization where he played two seasons in the minor leagues.
The native of Atherton, California, came to Santa Clara University as a standout player from Menlo-Atherton High School. Dunton was inducted to the Menlo-Atherton Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.
Women's Soccer (1996-99)
Hollis played on some of the most dominant women's soccer teams in school history. The starting midfielder played in four consecutive NCAA College Cups and the team posted an 83-9-4 record from 1996 through 1999. The Broncos reached the NCAA semifinals in each of her four years.
Following earning the team's most improved player award in 1997, she went on to become a first-team All-West Coast Conference selection as a senior.
After playing at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, where she earned Parade All-America honors, Hollis went on to appear in 87 career matches, including 64 starts, for the Broncos, posting 15 goals and 11 assists. She recorded career highs in both goals (seven) and assists (five) in 1998. The following season, the team posted a goal differential of plus-98, which is still an NCAA record.
Kylie (Bivens) Hopper
Women's Soccer (1996-99)
A member of the 1996-99 teams that went 83-9-4 and advanced to the NCAA semifinals four years in a row, Bivens is eighth in Santa Clara history with eight career postseason goals, three of which were match-winners.
As a senior in 1999, Bivens took home first team All-West Region honors and a second team All-West Coast Conference nod while winning the team's most inspirational award.
Bivens attended Claremont High School in Claremont, California, where she played midfield and was a four-time All-Baseline League pick and was twice named All-California Interscholastic Federation.
A three-year starting defender at Santa Clara, Bivens appeared in 92 matches and made 66 starts while scoring 18 goals and adding 16 assists.
She earned nine international caps in her career and played in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Final. She also went on to play for the Atlanta Beat of the WUSA.
Howarth is a Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer and longtime Toronto Blue Jays play-by-play broadcaster.
He joined the Blue Jays broadcast team in 1981 and the following year teamed up with commentator Tom Cheek where "Tom and Jerry" remained together as the radio voices for the next 23 years. Howarth's tenure covered Toronto's back-to-back World Series championships in 1992 and 1993. Upon Cheek's death in 2005, Howarth continued to voice Blue Jays games until his retirement prior to the 2018 season.
In 2012, Howarth received the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Jack Graney Award, a prestigious trophy given to a member of the media in gratitude for his or her contributions to the sport.
Raised in the Bay Area, he graduated from Novato High School in 1964 before enrolling at Santa Clara where he earned his bachelor's degree in economics in 1968.
Women's Soccer (1996-99)
Little's career was highlighted by four trips to the NCAA semifinals, multiple All-America honors and several other accolades. The four-year starting forward was named a 1996 freshman All-American and as a senior in 1999 was a third-team All-America selection after registering four hat tricks, the most ever by a Bronco in one season.
After a decorated playing career at Marymount High School in Los Angeles, Little earned 1996 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year honors and was a first team all-league selection all four years. In 1997, she was named to the College Cup All-Tournament Team and secured honorable mention All-America honors. As a junior, she earned second team All-National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) after becoming just the fifth player (seventh now) in school history to reach 25 goals and 25 assists in a career.
A native of Pacific Palisades, California, Little played in 94 career matches, including 84 starts, for the Broncos, registering 163 points on 63 goals and 37 assists.
Her name remains etched all over the Santa Clara record book, ranking second in points, third in goals and fifth in assists. Little is also among the most prolific postseason producers at the school. She is tied for second all-time with eight goals, tied for third with seven assists and tied for second in points (25).
Little's 21 goals in 1999 rank fourth on the Santa Clara single-season list and her 50 points that year are tied for fourth. Her 15 career multi-goal matches are third in program history.
After helping the team set an NCAA record for goal differential in a season that still stands (plus-98 in 1999), she went on the play in the WUSA and in 2003 was a member the Washington Freedom who won the WUSA League Wide Founders Championship.
Mike Pereira was a staple as an outfielder for Santa Clara baseball from 1970-72 before becoming an NCAA/NFL referee and a rules analyst for football television broadcasts.
Bronco baseball went 123-46, including 49-9 in West Coast Athletic Conference play, during his three seasons with the program, which included three WCAC titles, three postseason appearances and six postseason victories. Pereira was the only player to appear in all 111 contests from 1971-72. As a senior, he hit .305 and tied for the team lead with 16 stolen bases. Pereira graduated from Santa Clara in 1972 with a degree in finance.
Pereira began officiating NCAA football games in 1982 and spent 14 seasons at the collegiate level in the Big West Conference and Western Athletic Conference. He officiated eight bowl games, including a pair of trips to the Cotton Bowl.
In 1996, Pereira made the jump to the NFL as a sideline judge while also serving as the WAC coordinator of officials. He quickly climbed the ladder and was promoted to NFL Supervisor of Officiating in 1998, Director of Officiating in 2001 and Vice President of Officiating in 2004.
Following a 14-year tenure in the NFL, Pereira shifted to a television role as a football rules analyst for FOX Sports in 2010. He monitors both NFL and NCAA football games from the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles and provides insight into making and reviewing decisions for officiating crews during live game broadcasts and studio shows.
Women's Soccer (1996-99)
Serlenga was an extremely productive player on some of the best women's soccer teams in school history before embarking on a professional career. She played in the NCAA College Cup all four seasons and following her final two years was a two-time first team All-American and first team All-West Region selection.
A three-year starting midfielder, Serlenga was named to the 1998 College Cup All-Tournament team and helped the team post an 83-9-4 record from 1996-99.
She earned All-West Coast Conference her final three seasons, including first team accolades as a junior and senior, and was named the league's defender of the year in 1999 when Santa Clara set an NCAA record for goal differential (plus-98) which still stands today.
The San Diego native attended San Pasqual High School where she scored 103 goals and was named the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Player of the Year as a freshman and sophomore.
At Santa Clara, Serlenga played in 84 matches, including 75 starts, and posted 15 goals and 27 assists (10th in school history). In her postseason career, Serlenga had two match-winning goals and six assists, which is tied for sixth on the school's all-time list.
She went on to play for the United States Women's National Soccer Team, winning a silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games. Serlenga was also a member of the Atlanta Beat in the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA).
Kim (Pickup) Williams
Women's Soccer (1996-99)
A standout defender during an impressive period in the storied history of Santa Clara women's soccer, Pickup earned a number of accolades in her four years (1996-99) as a starter.
She was a third team All-West Region pick in 1998 and second team All-West Coast Conference choice as both a junior and senior. She was named the team's defensive MVP in 1999 when the Broncos posted a plus-98 goal differential, still an NCAA record.
During four straight NCAA appearances, Pickup collected five assists, including a Santa Clara single-match record three against Penn State during the second round of 1996. That season, she was named the team's most improved player as well.
Pickup appeared in the NCAA semifinals all four years. She finished her Bronco career appearing in 88 matches and making 73 starts while scoring one goal and adding 16 assists from the backline.
Pickup attended Chatsworth High School in Chatsworth, California, and led her team to a 53-3 record in three years, including a 19-0 run to the city championship as a senior.
After graduating from Santa Clara, Pickup was selected in the fourth round of the 2000 WUSA Draft by the San Diego Spirit. There she played alongside Santa Clara alums Jennifer (Lalor) Nielsen and Aly Wagner.