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Hall of Famers

Hall of Famers

By SCM Staff

The six new members of SCU’s Athletic Hall of Fame

A ceremony inducting them was held in May 2014, with the Bronco Bench Foundation’s annual Red and White Gala the following evening.

 

Stephen “Steve” Schott ’60

His name is synonymous with baseball at SCU. A pitcher for SCU as a student, he built a career in real estate and development with Citation Builders, and in 1995 he and business partner Ken Hofmann purchased the Oakland Athletics baseball team. Under their ownership, the franchise rebuilt itself by emphasizing a strong minor league system that produced the majority of the players who led the A’s to four straight postseason appearances. In 2005, the Stephen Schott Baseball Stadium opened on the Santa Clara University campus. Schott kicked off the project with a $4 million pledge. The 1,500-seat stadium houses the entire Santa Clara baseball program, including its training, practice, and equipment facilities.

Gary Filizetti ’67

Top rusher as the senior halfback of the Broncos football team. Current president and CEO of Devcon Construction, which has built Bay Area landmarks such as Cisco Systems, Lockheed Martin, the San Jose Civic Center, and Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. Also one of several former Bronco football players instrumental in planning and fundraising for the 9,500-square-foot weight room in SCU’s Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center—named the Filizetti-McPherson Weight Room, after Filizetti's father, John, and Bill McPherson ’54, who was a former Santa Clara and San Francisco 49ers assistant coach.

Jerry Kerr ’61

Served as executive director of the SCU Alumni Association and has dedicated 31 years of service to the University. As a student, he led the movement to bring back football in 1959. Worked to recruit Pat Malley ’53 to return as head coach. Said to have recruited a number of players on the 1962 baseball team including Ron Calcagno ’64 and Ron Cook ’63. During the three decades he led the Alumni Association, membership grew to 60,000, including 1,400 volunteer leaders in 53 chapters that sponsor more than 240 events per year. Spearheaded initiatives including the Ignatian Award and the Alumni Family Scholarship program.

Mandy Clemens ’99

One of the best collegiate women’s soccer forwards to play the game. SCU’s all-time leading scorer: 67 career goals and 65 assists for 199 points. Helped lead the Broncos to the Final Four all four seasons. First-team All-American in 1998 and 1999, and swept postseason player of the year awards following her senior season: the Hermann Trophy, as the top college player in the country; the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year; and NSCAA Division I Player of the Year. As a sophomore, the first player in Santa Clara women’s soccer history named West Coast Conference Player of the Year; she captured the award three times.

Danielle Slaton ’02

A four-year starter, three-time first-team All-American defender, and team captain for the Broncos women’s soccer team. Helped lead the team to the 2001 NCAA championship and was named NCAA College Cup Defensive MVP, 1998 WCC Freshman of the Year, 2001 WCC Defender of the Year, and 2001 NCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year. The first overall draft pick by the Carolina Courage in the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), where she helped lead the team to their WUSA championship, and was named the league’s defender of the year. A five-year member of the U.S. National Team (from 2000 to 2005), won a silver medal in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, and was part of the team that took third in the 2003 World Cup.

Alyson “Aly” Wagner ’03

Played for Broncos 1999–2003, named second-team NSCAA All-American, first-team All-WCC, and WCC Freshman of the Year. In 2001, helped lead the Broncos to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. In 2002, awarded the Hermann Trophy as the top collegiate soccer player in the country. No. 1 pick in the 2003 WUSA draft; played for the San Diego Spirit and the Boston Breakers. Joined the U.S. National Team in 1998 and was critical in helping win a gold medal in the Athens Olympics in 2004. Competed as alternate in 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2010, returned to Mission campus to finish her bachelor’s degree, working as assistant coach.

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