Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Set for April 26, 2008
March 18, 2008
Stockton, Calif. - Seven individuals will be inducted into the University of the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame in annual induction ceremonies on April 26, 2008.
Established in 1982, the Hall of Fame welcomes Dick Cullenward (Swimming/Water Polo), Richard Davey (Baseball, Basketball), Jane Donaldson (Women's Sports), Kristin Fifer-Ayers (Volleyball), Dan Reichert (Baseball), Brad Schumacher (Swimming/Water Polo) and Roy Williams (Football). With the 2007-08 class, the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame will have honored 209 individuals and 19 teams in its 26-year history.
As part of this special evening, the 2007-08 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. Pacific will also add Eddie Macon's football jersey (#41) to the wall of the Spanos Center, becoming the 14th jersey to be retired.
Induction ceremonies and the annual awards banquet will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2008, 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 Athletics 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 2007-08 Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame inductees.
Dick Cullenward - Men's Swimming and Water Polo, 1949-50
Cullenward earned All-America honors following the 1949-50 campaign after recording a sixth place finish at the 1950 NCAA Championships in the 1,500 yard freestyle. Before his time at Pacific, Cullenward was a J.C. All-American for coach Bill Antilla at Stockton College, where he held national J.C. records in the 220 and 440 yard freestyle at both 20 and 25 yard course distances. In 1951, Dick scored 66 goals for the men's water polo team, breaking Frank Poucher's school record. He helped the Tigers to a record of 3-3 in 1950 and 7-5 in 1951. He tied for high point honors on the 1950 team with Bobby Brown.
Richard Davey - Baseball, Men's Basketball, 1960-64
Davey earned three letters in both basketball and baseball in his time at Pacific. He started 78 straight games for the Tiger basketball team from 1961-64. An outstanding baseball player as well, Davey earned All-West Coast Conference honors as a catcher in both his junior and senior seasons. After receiving his degree in education from Pacific in 1964, Davey signed a professional contract with the San Francisco Giants and played two seasons in their farm system before a injury cut short his promising career. Dick spent 30 years at Santa Clara University, 15 years as an assistant coach to Carroll Williams and 15 years as the Broncos' head coach. Davey finished his head coaching career with a 251-190 overall record and a 122-88 mark in the WCC. He won three WCC regular season titles, one WCC Tournament championship and made three NCAA Tournament appearances in his 15 seasons.
Jane Stuart-Donaldson - Women's Sports, 1935-38
Jane attended the College of the Pacific from 1935-1938 where she was a stellar athlete. In her four years at Pacific, she played four sports, golf, tennis, hockey, and basketball, and she was a four-year letter winner in each. In 1936 she received first place in golf and was sent to the Western Sectional Conference at Mills College to represent Pacific. 1938 she was a tennis champion and was made President of the Women's Athletic Association. Donaldson graduated from Pacific in 1938 with a degree in physical education, and taught at French Camp School in French Camp, Calif. following graduation. In 1948 Donaldson played golf at Stockton Golf and Country Club, and from 1957-1989 she won the women's club championship 13 times, the most recent coming in 1989 when she was 73 years old. Donaldson has won countless trophies in her golfing career, including a title at the 1984 Western Women's Senior Amateur, where she defeated 160 golfers from 11 different states. In 1989, Donaldson set the course record for women at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif. with an astonishing 79. Donaldson was inducted into the Stockton Hall of Fame in 1992 for her golfing career.
Krissy Fifer-Ayers - Women's Volleyball, 1987-91
Krissy had an outstanding four-year career as an outside hitter for the Tigers, resulting in all-america honors in both her junior and senior seasons. In her first season, she earned Pacific Coast Athletic Association All-Freshman Team honors after establishing a dominating left side presence for Pacific. She was an All-Big West Conference Second Team selection in 1989 and was a first team honoree in 1990. Her 1,330 career kills still stand as the 10th most in school history, while her consistent hitting percentage of .338 is fourth all-time in Pacific annals. Fifer ranks eighth and 10th on the single season hitting percentage lists after hitting .342 in 1989 and .340 in 1990. She helped lead the Tigers to a record of 111-29 over her four years, including a spot in the 1990 NCAA Tournament finals. Pacific defeated Nebraska 3-1 in the semi-final round before falling 3-0 to UCLA in the national championship match.
Dan Reichert - Baseball, 1995-97
Dan had an outstanding three-year career at Pacific, capped by a 13-4 junior season that helped him earn Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year accolades, along with All-Big West Conference First Team and all-america honors. He compiled a 26-17 career record as a Tiger, including 355 strikeouts, which is the third best career mark in the Pacific record book. His 169 strikeouts in 1997 remains a Pacific single season record, while his 13 wins in 1997 are the second most in school history. After his stellar junior year, the Kansas City Royals selected Reichert with the 7th overall pick in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. He made his major league debut on July 16, 1999, and won two games in his first year. Over his five year Major League career, he twice won eight games, and finished with an overall record of 21-25 in 125 appearances. He struck out 240 batters in the big leagues, including a career-best 94 with the Royals in 2000.
Brad Schumacher - Men's Swimming, Men's Water Polo, 1992-96
Brad established himself as one of the all-time greats in aquatic sports earning two gold medals at the 1996 Olympic Games and representing the United States in water polo at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He is the only aquatics athlete in the world to become a world champion in both swimming and water polo, as he helped the U.S. National water polo team win gold in the 1997 FINA World Cup held in Athens, Greece. Brad was also the first athlete since Matt Biondi in the late 1980's, to have earned All-America status in both water polo and swimming. Schumacher earned All-America honors for water polo in 1992, `93, 94', and `96, while collecting All-America honors for swimming in 1994 and `95. As a swimmer at Pacific , he recorded the fastest ever times in Big West Conference 50, 100, 200 freestyle events. He led the water polo team to #5 national ranking during 1993 season and #6 national ranking in 1996. He also led the swimming team to 18th place finish at NCAA Championships during the 1994-95 season.
Roy Williams - Football, Track, 1959-63
Roy had an honored football and track career at Pacific from 1959-1963. In 1959 season, Williams was named the Most Outstanding Frosh Football Player. In 1961 Williams designed a new type of football pad that is still used today. Instead of using the typical "bull-sled" design, Williams created the T-shaped pads we see today. This was the first change in the design since 1911. In 1963 Williams was chosen to play in the first annual All-American Bowl held in Buffalo, New York. Williams as also chosen to play in the 30th annual college All-Star game held at Soldier's Field, where his team took on the professional franchise, the Green Bay Packers and won. Williams graduated in 1963 with a degree in speech pathology, and went on to play professional football. He was selected in the second round of the draft by the Detroit Lions. Williams and his sons were inducted into the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame for their achievements in both football and basketball. In 1996, Williams was inducted into the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame, for his solo football career and achievements.