Pacific Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2005-06
Feb. 1, 2006
Stockton, Calif. Seven individuals and one team will be inducted into the University of the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame in annual induction ceremonies on April 22, 2006.
Established in 1982, the Hall of Fame welcomes Jeff Brehaut (Men's Golf), Debbie Duhamel (Women's Tennis), Honor Jackson (Football), Dean & Kathy Janssen (Contributors), Cathey Scotlan (Women's Volleyball), Ralph Wright (Men' s Swimming) and the 1947 Football Team. With the 2005-06 class, the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame will have honored 198 individuals and 18 teams in its 24-year history.
As part of this special evening, the 2005-06 Pacific Tigers Student-Athletes of the Year Awards will also be presented. This evening of celebration and recognition provides a unique opportunity for connecting Pacific's heritage of outstanding athletic alumni and Hall of Famers with the current generation of exceptional student-athletes.
Induction ceremonies and the annual awards banquet will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2006, at the Alex G. Spanos Center on the Pacific campus. A social hour begins at 6:00 p.m., with dinner and the induction program beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available by contacting the Pacific Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at (209) 946-2387.
All previous inductees to the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame are encouraged to attend and wear their Hall of Fame medallions to this year's event.
Following are brief biographical sketches of the 2005-06 Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.
Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame 2005-06 Inductees
Jeff Brehaut - Men's Golf, 1982-85 Brehaut has played on the PGA (Professional Golf Association) Tour since 1999. During the 2005 season, Brehaut ranked 61st on the PGA money list with over one million dollars in earnings. He earned two victories on the Nationwide Tour, claiming the Nike Inland Empire Open in 1995 and the Nike Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic in 1997. While at Pacific, Brehaut led the Tigers to a total of six team tournament titles during his career. As a junior, Brehaut earned All-PCAA (Pacific Coast Athletic Association) Third Team honors.
Debbie Duhamel - Women's Tennis, 1978-80 Duhamel was an AIAW (Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) All-American in 1978 as a singles player. The following season in 1979, she and fellow Tiger Lisa Bee were the runners-up in doubles at the AIAW national championships. One of Pacific's most highly recruited and decorated women's tennis athletes, Duhamel played one year at Foothill College, where she was undefeated in both singles and doubles play.
Honor Jackson - Football, 1968-70 Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1971 NFL Draft, Jackson was 12th in the nation in 1970 for receiving average. Jackson went on to play for the New England Patriots (1972-73) and the New York Giants (1973-74). Jackson earned All-PCAA honors as a senior in 1970. A dual sport athlete in both football and track, Jackson earned the Tigers' Robert E. Burns Award for Excellence of Performance in 1970. Jackson ranks eighth in Pacific history with 1,236 receiving yards in his career, including 931 in 1970.
Dean and Kathy Janssen - Contributors Kathleen (Lagorio) Janssen earned her BA degree in Education from the Benerd School of Education in 1968. She has served as a Regent for Pacific since 1994, during the last five years she has been the Chair of the Finance Committee of the Board. Both Kathy and Dean have each served on the PTAA Board of Directors and have been Athletic Campaign Committee members. Dean and Kathy Janssen recently donated the naming gift for Pacific's new multipurpose gymnasium, which will be call Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium. After graduating from Pacific, Mrs. Janssen earned her MA degree from the University of San Francisco in 1978. She began her career as an elementary school teacher and spent 17 years as an educator in Stockton Unified School District. During that time, she served as the President of the Stockton Teachers Association. Mrs. Janssen and her family own and operate Lagorio Enterprises, the parent company of Ace Tomato, Ace Apple, Delta Pre Pack, Lagorio Farming Company, Lagorio Communications and Lagorio Leasing.
Cathey Scotlan - Women's Volleyball, 1987-90 A two-time All-American, Scotlan is currently sixth in Pacific history with 1,426 kills. Her 734 career blocks and 1.57 blocks per game remain the most by anyone in Tigers' history. Scotlan earned All-America honors in 1988 (Volleyball Magazine) and 1990 (AVCA and Volleyball Magazine). Scotlan was the 1987 AVCA All-Region Freshman MVP, a 1988 AVCA All-Region Second Team member and was named to the 1989 and 1990 AVCA All-Region First Team.
Ralph Wright - Men's Swimming, 1939-43 Wright had a storied career both at Pacific and beyond. He set the Olympic and World Record in the 200 breaststroke in 1946 while swimming at the Hawaii University Aquatic Club. Wright ranked third in the nation twice while at College of the Pacific, where he also played football for legendary coach Amos Alonzo Stagg. He held numerous records while attending Pacific, including 100 yard breaststroke, 200 yard breaststroke and 300 I.M. relay. Before coming to Pacific in 1938, Wright pioneered the butterfly stroke using an over-the-water arm recovery and breaststroke kick. Wright coached the Stockton High School team while in college and won three section championships. From 1948 through 1951, Wright was the head swimming coach at the University of Louisville. In addition to his work at Louisville, Wright also had successful coaching stints at the Lakeside and Plantation Swim Clubs in Louisville. Wright founded the American Swim Coaches Association and served on its board for many years. Wright was tragically murdered at the age of 45 in 1966, just before one of his swimmers went on to win an Olympic medal (Suzie Shields, bronze in 100 fly, 1968).
1947 Football Team The 1947 Pacific Football Team finished with the second best record in school history at 10-1, losing only to Len Casanova's Santa Clara Broncos by one point, 21-20. Led by one of the most decorated players in Pacific history, Eddie LeBaron, the Tigers won seven consecutive games to close the 1947 season. Pacific's final two victories came in the Grape Bowl and the Raisin Bowl. Pacific claimed the Grape Bowl on Dec. 13 as the Tigers defeated Utah State, 35-21. Just over two weeks later on Jan. 1, Pacific defeated Wichita State, 26-14. Larry Siemering was the first year head coach of the Tigers in 1947, after taking over for legendary coach Amos Alonzo Stagg. Two years later, in 1949 Siemering would lead the Tigers to the only undefeated mark in school history (11-0).