May 19, 2006

Santa Clara Inducts Seven Into Athletic Hall of Fame

May 19, 2006

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University's Athletic Hall of Fame welcomed its seven newest members in a dinner and ceremony Thursday night in the Leavey Center. Among the inductees making up the Class of 2006 is current men's soccer head coach Cameron Rast '92, who as team captain led the 1989 Bronco soccer team to the national championship and as head coach guided the squad to the College Cup in 2003.

Along with Rast, inducted into the Hall last night were: LeRoy Jackson '63 (basketball); Kris (Kosnoski) Gambelin '94 (volleyball); Frank Lico '52 (baseball); Art Santo Domingo (special); Sue (Wall) Ramirez '93 (soccer); and the late Daniel Wallis '43 (football).

Established in 1962, the Santa Clara University Athletic Hall of Fame now includes 230 individuals and one team which represent the best in the university's athletic heritage.

Rast (Simi Valley, Calif. / Royal High School), Santa Clara's only two-time first-team All-America selection in men's soccer, also served as the captain of the U.S. Olympic Team at the 1992 Barcelona Games. He was a three-time all-West Coast Conference (WCC) selection and was selected the league's Defensive Player of the Year in 1989 and 1991. In 1989, he led the Broncos to the school's first-ever national championship and is among the single season and career leaders in goals and assists.

"It's a great honor to join an elite group of Santa Clara athletes, I'm very proud especially to join former soccer teammates Eric Yamamoto, Paul Holocher and Dave Palic in the Hall of Fame," Rast said. "Santa Clara is a place that is very dear to me. It was a great time when I was here as a student, and now being entrusted with the men's program, it continues to be a very important focal point in my life. Being inducted into the Hall is a great highlight to a place that I feel very strongly about."

Jackson (Hayward, Calif. / Hayward High School) a three-time all-West Coast Conference (WCC) selection and led the Broncos to a 53-24 record under coaches Bob Feerick and Dick Garibaldi. He was the first African-American men's basketball player at Santa Clara and led the team in rebounding all three seasons and scoring twice during a time when freshman were not eligible to participate. His 273 rebounds in 1963 still ranks among the school's top single season performances.

Gambelin (Kent, Wash. / Kentridge High School) was Santa Clara's first-ever West Coast Conference (WCC) Player of the Year in women's volleyball and was a three-time all-league honoree as a setter. She led the Broncos to two WCC championships and a second-place finish in her final three seasons, the school's first-ever volleyball top-20 national ranking. Her 1,760 assists in 1991 still remains the school record and she is third on the list for career assists.

Lico (San Jose, Calif. / Bellarmine College Prep) was a second-team baseball All-America selection as an outfielder for coach John J. "Paddy" Cottrell. He helped lead the team to a three-year record of 47-12-0 and was selected by the players and coaches of the California Intercollegiate Baseball Association (CIBA) as a first-team all-league selection. He led the CIBA in total bases and extra base hits and was described by longtime San Jose Mercury News columnists Tom Rowan as one of the greatest players ever to wear the Bronco uniform.

Rast (Simi Valley, Calif. / Royal High School) is the school's only two-time first-team All-America selection in men's soccer and served as the captain of the U.S. Olympic Team at the 1992 Barcelona Games. He was a three-time all-West Coast Conference (WCC) selection and was selected the league's Defensive Player of the Year in 1989 and 1991. In 1989, he led the Broncos to the school's first-ever national championship and is among the single season and career leaders in goals and assists.

Santo Domingo (Bronxville, N.Y. / Bronxville High School), a 1960 Duke University graduate, co-founded the annual Cable Car Classic men's basketball tournament in 1967 and has been a generous and loyal supporter of Santa Clara men's basketball since that time. In 1977, Santo Domingo moved the tournament from San Francisco's Civic Auditorium to SCU's Toso Pavilion and the event currently remains the longest-running holiday tournament in the nation. In addition to operating the tournament, he also conducts a golf tournament each summer that attracts many of the top college basketball coaches in the nation.

Ramirez (San Jose, Calif. / Prospect High School) was a women's soccer All-America selection in 1992 and served as the starting goalkeeper for three Bronco teams that were ranked among the top six in the nation. She is Santa Clara's all-time career leader in shutouts and was honored as the 1992 West Coast Conference (WCC) Defender of the Year and the Defensive MVP in the 1992 College Cup. Wall ranks third on the school's list for career goals-against average and saves.

As a senior in 1942, the late Wallis (Los Banos, Calif. / Bellarmine College Prep) was a team captain for the nationally-ranked Bronco football team that went 7-2 during the final season before the program went on a three-year hiatus due to World War II. He was an offensive guard in Santa Clara's single wing formation and helped his team to a four-year record of 24-7-4 under legendary coach Lawrence T. "Buck" Shaw. Following graduation, he spent two years in military service then earned a master's degree at Stanford University and earned a varsity letter in rugby.