Sept. 6, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. - Eight all-time greats and one national championship team will make up the newest group of inductees for the Pepperdine University Athletics Hall of Fame this fall, the department announced today.
The inductees at the Sunday, October 17 event will be: 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), Lindsey Wright (women's golf) and the 2005 NCAA champion men's volleyball team.
The ceremony will be held at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, Calif. Check-in and a welcome reception will begin at 5 p.m., with dinner and the awards presentation at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $50 per plate and can be purchased by contacting Heather Collart at 310-506-6483 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is October 12 to make a reservation.
"Every year we have the honor to induct individuals and on occasion an entire team to the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame," said Pepperdine Director of Athletics John Watson. "This year it will be my pleasure to celebrate these eight individuals and the 2005 NCAA champion men's volleyball team for the duration of Waves Weekend and more intimately at the ceremony on October 17."
The Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1980. This year's group will join 86 individuals and 12 teams that have already been enshrined.
To be eligible for induction, nominees must have competed, coached for or rendered an extraordinary service to Pepperdine University Athletics. After a list of nominations was gathered, Pepperdine's Hall of Fame Committee made the decision on this year's inductees.
Here is more information on the newest Hall of Fame inductees:
Simon Aspelin, Men's Tennis
Marv Dunphy, Men's Volleyball
Played four seasons (1993-94 through 1996-97) ... Earned All-American honors all four years ... Posted a career dual-match singles record of 77-20 ... His win total ranks tied for fourth in Pepperdine career history, and his winning percentage of .794 ranks ninth ... In doubles, went 24-1 in dual matches with Troy Budgen in 1994, tied for second on the single-season win list and third on the winning percentage list ... The Waves won four WCC titles and reached the NCAA quarterfinals in 1995 and Round of 16 in 1996, and were in the regionals the other two seasons ... Currently plays professionally, where he has won 12 career doubles titles, including the 2007 U.S. Open ... Won a silver medal in doubles at the 2008 Olympics.
Played for the Waves in the early years of the program (1972 and 1973) ... Was an assistant coach before becoming head coach in 1977 ... In 27 seasons as head coach, has posted a record of 507-199 and four NCAA championships ... The 2005 National Coach of the Year and a three-time MPSF Coach of the Year ... Teams have won seven regular-season conference titles and four conference tournament championships ... Has had 19 different players earn All-American first team honors 34 times ... Head coach of the U.S. National Team that won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics, and has been a part of the coaching staff at four other Olympics ... Inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1994 and AVCA Hall of Fame in 2009.
Dana Jones, Men's Basketball
Played four seasons (1990-91 through 1993-94) ... The 1993 WCC Player of the Year ... A three-time All-WCC first team selection ... The 1991 WCC Freshman of the Year ... Named to the WCC All-Tournament Team all four seasons and was MVP in 1994 ... Led the team in scoring (18.4), rebounding (9.7), steals (2.5) and blocks (1.3) as a senior ... Led the team in scoring (15.6), rebounding (9.1) and blocks (1.2) as a junior ... Led the WCC in rebounding in each of his final two seasons ... Averaged 11.4 and 7.1 rebounds as a sophomore ... Averaged 10.0 points and 8.2 rebounds as a freshman ... Ranks #2 all-time on Pepperdine's career scoring list (1,677 points) ... Also on the career lists, ranks #1 in rebounds (1,031), #1 in steals (211), #1 in field goals made (719), #2 in field goal percentage (.585), #3 in games played (121) and #6 in blocked shots (119) ... Was part of three WCC regular-season titles, WCC Tournament championships, three NCAA Tournament teams and one NIT squad.
Janna Kovacevich, Women's Tennis
Played four seasons (1987-88 through 1990-91) ... First women's tennis four-time All-American in WCC history ... Won two WCC doubles tournament titles and made the singles final four times ... Ranks #1 in school history in dual singles wins (78) and second in winning percentage (.830) ... Went 25-1 in dual singles matches in 1988 and ranked #16 nationally ... Went 24-2 in dual singles matches in 1989 and ranked #18 nationally ... Went 16-5 in dual singles matches in 1990 and ranked #17 nationally ... Made the semifinals of the 1991 NCAA doubles tournament ... Team won four WCC titles and made the NCAA quarterfinals three times.
Sasha Poljak, Men's Water Polo
Played four seasons (1985 through 1987 and 1989) ... A three-time All-American (first team in 1987, second team in 1986 and 1989) ... Two-time PCAA Player of the Year (1986 and 1987) ... Four-time all-conference selection (three times on first team) ... Three-time All-NCAA Tournament team selection ... Ranks #2 on Pepperdine's career scoring list (320 goals) ... Led Pepperdine with 83 goals in 1986 ... Also had 77 goals in 1989, 83 goals in 1987 and 77 goals in 1985 ... Team won one PCAA title and shared one Big West title ... Team went to the NCAA Championships three times.
Steve Smith, Baseball
Played two seasons (1975 and 1976) after transferring from College of the Canyons ... Hit a team-best .320 in his first season at Malibu and set then-season records for most at-bats (203) and hits (65) ... Voted All-WCAC in 1975 after hitting .433 against league opponents ... Helped lead Pepperdine to a pair of NCAA West Regional appearances ... Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 24th round of the 1976 MLB Draft ... Spent seven seasons (1976-82) as a second baseman and shortstop in the Padres' minor league system before managing at all levels for San Diego, which included guiding Las Vegas to the Pacific Coast League championship in 1988 and Wichita to the Texas League crown in 1987 ... With the Brewers' organization, led the Indianapolis Indians to both the International League and Triple-A World Series championships in 2000 ... Won a World Series ring with the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies, serving as their third base coach ... Now coaching with the Cleveland Indians.
Randy Wolf, Baseball
Played three seasons (1995 through 1997) ... An All-America in 1997 and the WCC Pitcher of the Year ... The 1995 WCC Freshman of the Year ... A three-time All-WCC selection ... Named to the WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Team (1968-2007) ... Appears several times among Pepperdine's career leaders, including #1 in strikeouts (328), #1 in shutouts (seven), #2 in ERA (1.97) and #2 in opponent batting average (.211) ... Ranks #3 on Pepperdine's single-season strikeouts list (128 in 1997) ... Went 9-4 with a 1.79 ERA in 1997 ... Went 7-3 with a 2.02 ERA in 1996 ... Went 9-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 1995 ... Pitched a nine-inning no-hitter against Gonzaga in 1996 ... Pepperdine won the WCC title in 1995 and advanced to the NCAA Regionals ... Selected in the second round of the 1997 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies ... The 2010 season is his 12th in the majors (now with the Milwaukee Brewers).
Lindsey Wright, Women's Golf
Played four seasons (1999-2000 through 2002-03) ... A four-time All-American (first team in 2003, twice on the second team and once on honorable mention) ... Won the 2000 and 2002 WCC Championships ... A four-time All-WCC first team selection ... Named the WCC Freshman of the Year in 2000 ... Won a total of three tournaments in her career ... Holds the Pepperdine school record for career scoring average (73.44), and is #4, #6 and #8 on the single-season list ... Pepperdine went to the NCAA Championships all four years (and finished second in 2003) and won three WCC titles ... Now a veteran of the LPGA Tour.
2005 Men's Volleyball Team
Won the program's fifth national championship ... Went 25-2 overall, winning the MPSF Tournament at home and beating Ohio State and UCLA in Pauley Pavilion at the NCAA Championships ... Sean Rooney was the National Player of the Year, Jonathan Winder was the National Freshman of the Year and Marv Dunphy was the National Coach of the Year ... Along with Rooney and Winder, Andy Hein was an All-American ... Rooney, Winder and John Parfitt made the All-NCAA Tournament team (Rooney was MVP).