A Growing Elite

SCU Hall of Fame expands to 307 with the addition of seven athletes. The Bronco Bench Foundation’s annual Red and White Gala celebrated success on Santa Clara fields and courts. Established in 1962, the hall includes Ken Sears ’55, the first basketball player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, soccer great Brandi Chastain ’91, and two-time Olympic rugby player Rudy Scholz 1918, J.D. ’20.

Jim Nicholas ’33

Leading on and off the court.. It wasn’t enough for Nicholas to twice be named an All-Californians First Team member. He also led the Broncos to the best hoops record on the Pacific Coast, and served as junior class president and chair of the junior prom committee.

Terry Malley ’76

From quarterback to coach. For three years Malley hit the SCU gridiron as quarterback. His father, Pat Malley, coached. After Pat’s death in 1985, Terry made the role of SCU coach his own. In his first season, he became the Western Football Conference Coach of the Year. On the scale of wins and losses, his career balance at SCU stands at 49-33-1. After leaving SCU, Terry coached the San Jose SaberCats to three Arena Football League championships.

George Stein ’50

Excellence on court and field. Stein played both baseball and basketball at SCU—and played them well. It was in baseball that Stein found a brief minor league career. He pitched for the Broncos and later signed a contract with the Yankees. No stranger to Hall of Fames, Stein founded and served as president of the Napa High School Hall of Fame Foundation.

Lisa (Sacco) Swendsen ’98

Stealing was no foul on the court. Swendsen made taking the ball out of an opponents’ hands look easy. She holds the record for third most steals in Bronco women’s basketball history. In four years, Sweden racked up more than 1,000 points. The West Coast Conference recognized her as Player of the Year, tournament MVP, and twice named her to the First Team. Today Swendsen is the assistant director for University Events and Protocol at SCU.

Bryan Barker ’86

An all-time leader in punts for SCU football. Barker took kick to the NFL, where he ranks 11th for the most punted yards of all time—47,641 over 16 seasons. Opponents were unable to lay a hand on 878 consecutive kicks. The NFL’s second-longest streak of unblocked punts. Barker played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, and St. Louis Rams. He was named best NFL punter three times.

Fran Mullins ’79

An all-around infield great pushing SCU to first in the conference. As a Bronco, Mullins owned the infield of the diamond; an All-American who lead the team in home runs and RBIs. Mullins went pro with the Chicago White Sox in 1980. He went on to play for the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians, excelling at every infield position.

Tony Tebbutt ’72

A man of many talents, and goals. The 1968 SCU men’s soccer team still ranks first in average goals per game—with a shocking 3.4. Behind that number is Tebbutt’s boot. He is second in SCU history in goals with 38. He went on to Stanford for an MBA and worked as a pharmaceutical executive. These days Tebbutt is an author of two published novels.

A Theologian’s Theologian

Paul Crowley, S.J. lived by a philosophy that emphasized compassion for the individual over rigid church doctrine.

Twin Pursuits

Seeing double? Sisters Brittni and Breana Várgas ’16 marry a pair of brothers at the Mission.

Dreams from Lessons Past

2020 is not the first time Santa Clara University has weathered pandemic and natural disasters.