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Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

Seven individuals and the 2000 women's volleyball team were inducted into the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame at the annual awards ceremony April 28.

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Athletics honors outstanding alumni and student-athletes during annual Hall of Fame and Honors Dinner

May 8, 2018

For the first time in the more than 30-year history of the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame and Honors and the Amos Alonzo Stagg Awards, both events were held in the same evening in the Alex G. Spanos Center on April 28. In addition the Pacific Tigers Student-Athletes of the Year awards were presented. 

The evening began with the honoring of 2018 Stagg Award winners, Bob Amerman and Mark Miller Sr., individuals who were selected as a result of leading a life of distinction, while demonstrating the integrity, dedication, idealism and team spirit personified by the late Amos Alonzo Stagg.

Amos Alonzo Stagg Awards
Mark Miller Sr. '68 
is one of three generations in his family to attend the University of the Pacific, graduating with degrees in both physical education and social sciences in 1968. During his collegiate career he participated in both football and baseball. Following graduation, he went on to teach both World History and English for 40 years at Linden High School. He also served as an assistant football coach for 21 years and then went on to spend the next 29 years as the Lions' head coach. He led LHS to 163 victories, which included eight league championships, 12 CIF playoff berths and three Section Final appearances. Miller was tabbed the league Coach of the Year on 11 occasions, including as the Stockton Record Area Football Coach of the Year in both 1981 and 1985. Currently he is in his 19th season as Linden High School's head softball coach. His teams have won a total of five league titles and two section titles en route to earning Coach of the Year honors five times. Miller has devoted a significant amount of time in the community, which included but is not limited to serving on the Board of Trustees of Linden Unified Methodist Church, the Board of Directors of the Linden Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Linden Lions Club, Linden Athletic Booster Club, St. Joseph's Medical Center's "No One Dies Alone" program. 

Bob Amerman '62 has devoted nearly 60 years of his life on the baseball diamond. After graduating from the Tigers' program in 1962 he went on to coach at both Linden High School and Lincoln High School and is currently coaching football at Lincoln High School. As a player, Amerman received the Outstanding Senior Award in 1962 prior to graduating with a social science degree with a concentration in education. From 1966-2008 Amerman coached the Linden High Lions baseball team to 610 wins, which included Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championships in 2004 and 2005. Over the 2004 and 2005 seasons his teams combined for 38 consecutive victories, which is the most in section history and ranks No. 3 all-time in the State record books. Following the 2005 season Amerman was tabbed the All-State Division IV Coach of the Year. 31 players from Linden High School have gone on to play baseball at a four-year university and 11 have been drafted to the MLB, including 2017 All-Star Aaron Judge, who also finished as the American League Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion. Amerman's has contributed greatly to his community assisting in enhancing various city facilities including, Pixie Woods, Edison High School, Fremont Jr. High School, Billy Hebert Field and several other local parks. In addition, he has donated his time and treasure in support of the St. Mary's Dining Interfaith Dining Hall. 

Student-Athletes of the Year
Eight current student-athletes who have showed excellence both in competition, in the classroom and in the community throughout the academic year also were recognized. Women's soccer player Mary Witkowski and men's baseball player Copper Casad received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Scholar-Athlete Award for scholastic excellence. Melissa Ma, women's soccer, and Miles Mackenzie, men's swimming, received the Pacific Tigers Leadership Awards for outstanding leadership, citizenship, and sportsmanship. The Dan Malley Service Award for notable contributions and service to others in the university and community were presented to Andres Ochoa, men's soccer and Hannah Terry, women's soccer. Kenna Ramey, women's swimming, and Tristan Blackmon, men's soccer, received the Director of Athletics All-Tiger Award for scholastic achievement and outstanding performance in sport. 

2017-18 Hall of Fame
The climax of the evening was the induction of seven individuals and one team into the 2017-18 Hall of Fame honorees. The 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. Established in 1982, the Hall, which is now made up of 250 individuals and 29 teams, welcomed Wendy Woolgar (women's soccer), Natalie Dorr (women's soccer), Kara Gormsen (women's volleyball), Sarah Marshall (women's swimming), Eddie Wisniewski (men's water polo), Wendy Crain (field hockey), Adi Kramer (men's tennis) along with the 2000 women's volleyball team.

2017-18 Hall of Fame Inductees:

Wendy Woolgar (1999), posthumous, women's soccer
Woolgar led the Pacific women's soccer team from 1995-1998. The three-time All-Big West First Team (1996, 1997, 1998) and 1997 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-West Region Third Team selection continues to top the women's soccer all-time list with 115 points (1.46/gm) over her four year career with the Tigers. Her career assist total (39) ranks first and her career goal total (38) ranks second all-time, while her single-season marks rank among the top three in points, points per game, goals, and assists. 

Natalie Dorr (1999), women's soccer
Teammate of Woolgar, Natalie Dorr capped off her four-year career by earning the Big West Player of the Year award and All-Big West First Team honors as a result of helping the 1998 women's soccer team to a 15-3-3 record, including an undefeated 7-0-2 in the Big West. That year she led the Tigers to a Big West regular-season Championship and a Conference Tournament title. Statistically, Dorr still tops the women's single-season record book with 38 points and eight game winning goals. In addition, she is second with 14 goals and third with 10 assists.

Kara Gormsen (2001), women's volleyball
Gormsen spent three seasons with the women's volleyball team after transferring from Arizona in 1997. During her tenure she averaged 12.72 assists and 2.56 digs per set. As a senior, she averaged 14.21 assists, which continues to rank No. 1 in the all-time single-season record book. Also in 2000, Gormsen was named Co-Big West Player of the Year and was selected to the  American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America First Team after guiding her team to a second-straight Big West Title, which included records of 28-4, 15-1 in conference play.

Sarah Marshall (2004), women's swimming
Marshall was a 12-time All-American swimmer for the Tigers from 2000-2004. In 2002 she finished top 16 in three individual events and three relay events. The following year, Marshall snagged a fifth place national finish (54.13) in the 100 Backstroke, which is the highest finish by a University of the Pacific swimmer, and was 13th in the 200 Backstroke with a time of 1:57.95. At the conference level Marshall was a four-time 100 Back champion, two-time 200 Back champion, while also contributing to the four-time 400 Medley Relay and 200 Medley Relay Championship performances. As a sophomore (2002) she was tabbed the Big West Athlete of the Year after setting conference records, which still hold today, in the 100 Back (53.82) and the 200 Back (1:57.65). Academically, Marshall was named the Big West Scholar Athlete of the Year as a senior, completing her bachelors degree in biology before going on to earn her BSN at John's Hopkins University and her master's degree in Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco.

Eddie Wisniewski (2004), men's water polo
Wisneiwski joins wife Sarah Marshall in this year's induction class after completing a stellar four-year career with the men's water polo team. The two-time All-America selection ranks 12th all-time with 152 career goals. As a senior, Wisniewski finished the season with a career-high 68 goals in 24 games, which also placed him second in the MPSF with 2.83 goals per game and third in total goals. That same year he totaled 13 steals and 10 assists. In his first year with the program he was second on the team with 32 goals. Succeeding even outside of the pool, Eddie received MPSF All-Academic honors in 2002 and 2003.

Wendy Crain (1991), field hockey
Crain is just one of six field hockey players to earn All-America honors, earning the award as a junior in 1989. That same year the three-time Defensive Player of the Year was named the NorPac Player of the Year after setting a single-season record for defensive saves with 11. Crain as well as the women's field hockey program were highlighted by their 1989 performance, setting a program record at that time for wins (9-6-1) and win percentage (.594) en route to the Tigers first-ever NCAA appearance.

Adi Kremer (1995), men's tennis
Kremer put the Pacific men's tennis program on the map for recruiting international talent. The right-hander from Israel had the ability to compete with anyone in the country during the three years he played for the Tigers. After an outstanding freshman year, Kremer returned as sophomore in 1994 with a No. 55 national preseason ranking in singles. That same year he compiled a 19-5 record en route to earning his first of two All-Big West honors. Kremer was also outstanding in the classroom, maintaining a 3.75 GPA while pursuing a double major in Business and Computer Science. He currently serves as a volunteer coach for the Pacific men's tennis team.

2000 Women's Volleyball Team
The 2000 women's volleyball team finished 28-4 overall with the help of 20-straight victories from Sept. 28-Dec. 2. In those 20 matches the Tigers allowed their opponents to just three set victories, outscoring their foes 60-3. With a 15-1 conference record the program snagged its second-consecutive Big West Title and advanced to their 18th regional in 20 years. Following victories in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, the 2000 squad finished at No. 8 in the final AVCA coaches poll. As a team the Tigers set several records, including single-season kills per game, digs per game and assists per game records. Gormsen will join fellow Hall of Famer Jennifer Joines, as well as All-Big West selections - Jamie Hamm, Danielle Shinn, Elaine Goeders and Courtney Miller — in the team's induction.

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