A Look Back at the 2010 Hall of Fame Ceremony
Oct. 21, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. - The ballroom at the Warner Center Marriott was packed to capacity on Sunday night as Pepperdine Athletics hosted a tremendously enjoyable 2010 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Eight all-time greats - Simon Aspelin (men's tennis), Marv Dunphy (men's volleyball), Dana Jones (men's basketball), Janna Kovacevich (women's tennis), Sasha Poljak (men's water polo), Steve Smith (baseball), Randy Wolf (baseball) and Lindsey Wright (women's golf) - were inducted along with the 2005 NCAA champion men's volleyball team.
The group brings the Athletics Hall of Fame totals to 94 individuals and 13 teams that have been enshrined. The Hall of Fame was established in 1980.
Associate Vice Chancellor Sam Lagana was the master of ceremonies, Director of Athletics John Watson spoke and handed out the awards and Assistant Director of Athletics Heather Collart produced the event.
Some of the highlights of the evening:
--A video was prepared for each inductee with former teammates, coaches and colleagues paying tribute to the honoree.
--Members of the 2005 men's volleyball team filled the stage for its induction. Team captain John Mayer spoke on behalf of the squad.
--Smith related a story from Friday night's Blue & Orange Madness event, where his daughter Allie (a fellow Pepperdine graduate) leaned over to him and said, "Pepperdine makes me happy." Smith said in return, "It's so true."
--Aspelin and Wright were unable to be in attendance due to their commitments on the professional tennis and golf tours, but recorded videos that were played to the audience accepting the honor.
--Poljak said that "anything done in life is done with God's plan" and that his achievements only came because of hard work, sacrifice and the love of others.
--An emotional Jones remembered back to last year's induction ceremony when teammate Doug Christie was honored. He wondered at the time what it would feel like to be up there, and this year, when it was his turn, he said "it feels great."
--Kovacevich thanked long-time Pepperdine Coach Gualberto Escudero and forgave him for all of the 5:30 a.m. wakeup calls, saying all that hard work paid off.
--Wolf talked about being recruited by former Pepperdine Coach Andy Lopez. He didn't think he would get a full ride to Pepperdine, but was excited when he did. What Lopez didn't know, Wolf said, was that he made the decision to go to Pepperdine when he saw his first Waves' game at the age of 10 or 11.
--The final honoree of the night - Dunphy - received the biggest ovation. He began by telling a story about coming back to campus after winning the 2005 national championship at UCLA. He was stopped at the guard gate coming onto campus and the person there didn't recognize him. When she asked who he was with, Dunphy replied, "the Malibu Roofing Company." She asked, "Do you know where you are going?" To which Dunphy said, "Yes I do!" Dunphy recognized and thanked many of his friends, colleagues and fellow coaches that were in the audience.