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SCU Athletic Hall of Fame inducts eight new members

SCU Athletic Hall of Fame 2003
From left to right: Eric Yamamoto, Paul Holocher, Brandi Chastain, Bill Connolly, Melissa King-Fisher, Gary Podesta, Bill Duffy, and Gary Hoffman.

The Santa Clara University Athletic Hall of Fame welcomed eight new members in a November 2003 ceremony in the Leavey Center. This year's class of inductees brings the total number of members in the Hall of Fame, which was established in 1962, to 223 individuals and one team.

The eight new members of the Hall are: Brandi Chastain '91 (soccer); Bill Connolly '65 (baseball); Bill Duffy '82 (basketball); Gary Hoffman '83 (football); Paul Holocher '91 (soccer); Melissa King-Fisher '93 (basketball); Gary Podesta (lacrosse); and Eric Yamamoto '90 (soccer).

Chastain was one of the top players in Santa Clara women's soccer history and continues to be one of the sport's most recognizable figures. She was a two-time All-America selection for SCU and, in 1989, led the team to its first-ever postseason appearance. In 1990 she led the team to a No. 1 national ranking and the NCAA semifinals and was named the national player of the year. She gained fame when her penalty kick gave the women's World Cup team a win over China in the 1999 finals.

Connolly was a member of the 1962 Bronco baseball team that played in the championship game at the College World Series and spent the majority of the season ranked No. 1 in the nation. He is the chairman of the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

Duffy played two seasons on the Santa Clara basketball team after transferring from the University of Minnesota, leading the team in assists and steals as a junior and, despite suffering a broken wrist, in scoring as a senior. He was a team captain and a two-time All-Northern California selection while at SCU. He is considered one of the top agents in professional sports.

During his football career at Santa Clara, Gary Hoffman earned Associated Press Little All-America first-team honors and was a first-team All-Western Football Conference selection. Hoffman played professionally for the Green Bay Packers and now serves as the general sales manager for Romania's RV Center in Eugene, Ore.

Holocher ended his four-year men's soccer career in 1991 as the Broncos' career scoring leader, team captain, and an All-American. As a sophomore, he helped lead the Broncos to the school's first-ever national title and was twice named to the All-West Coast Conference honor team. He is the head men's soccer coach at U.C.-Santa Cruz.

King-Fisher completed her four-year basketball career at SCU as the school's leading scorer and the third-highest scorer in West Coast Conference history. She remains at the top of the school charts for scoring, field goals, three-point field goals, free throws, and steals. A three-time All-WCC selection, she led the Broncos to three straight WCC championships and the National Women's Invitational Tournament title in 1991. She was named Kodak honorable mention All-America as a senior.

Podesta came to SCU in 1983 as the men's lacrosse coach and served in that capacity for 16 years. He led the Broncos to nine West Coast Lacrosse League playoffs, four league semifinal appearances, and one championship game. Twenty-five of his players were named WCLL all-stars.

Yamamoto, a member of the Bronco men's soccer coaching staff, is the only multiple Academic All-America selection in SCU soccer history. A four-time all-conference selection as goalkeeper, he has the third lowest career goals-against average in school history.

University President Paul Locatelli, S.J., credited the inductees with success beyond athletics.

"Many student-athletes, taking what they have learned in the classroom and on the court or playing field, have brought their leadership, teamwork, and desire to always do their best to their families, careers, and communities," Locatelli said. "Those honored tonight join a distinguished group who have brought special honor and renown to Santa Clara both as outstanding athletes and as committed citizens."

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