Six Member Class Named to Santa Clara University Athletic Hall of Fame
Santa Clara, Calif, – Ranging from the Class of 1960 – the Class of 2003, Santa Clara University is proud to announce its six member class to the Athletic Hall of Fame. The class includes Mandy Clemens '99, Gary Filzetti '67, Jerry Kerr '61, Steve Schott '60, Danielle Slaton '02 and Aly Wagner '03.
The induction ceremony will take place on Fri., May 16 in the Williman Room in the Benson Center on the Mission campus. The induction ceremony will include the honorees and their families, athletic department staff and University administration.
In addition, the following night the Bronco Bench Foundation (BBF) will host the Red & White Celebration, which will recognize the Hall of Fame Inductees, the 2013-14 season year in Bronco Athletics and the senior student-athlete's awards ceremony and send-off. More than 400 people attended last year's event and this year the BBF anticipates an even larger crowd with the Athletic Hall of Fame inductees being honored as well so get your tickets today! Click here to register for this event.
Bios for the six inductees are as follows.
Mandy Clemens '99 --- Mandy Clemens was one of the best collegiate women's soccer forwards to ever play the game. Clemens is Santa Clara University's all-time leading scorer with 67 career goals and 65 assists for 199 points – which helped lead the Broncos to the Final Four each of her four seasons. She became just the fifth player in college history to score 60 goals with 60 assists in a career. She was named first-team All-American in 1998 and '99, and swept post season player of the year awards following her senior season, winning the Hermann Trophy, as the top college player in the country, the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year and she was honored as the NSCAA Division I Player of the Year. As a sophomore, Clemens became the first player in Santa Clara women's soccer history to be named West Coast Conference Player of the Year and captured the award three times in her career. She was the first Santa Clara player to lead the WCC in regular season scoring, snapping a steak of five consecutive Portland winners.
Gary Filizetti '67 --- Gary Filizetti was Santa Clara University's top rusher as the senior halfback of the Broncos football team. Filizetti is the current President and CEO of Devcon Construction, a company that builds commercial structures, including local bay area landmarks such as Cisco Systems, Lockheed Martin, the San Jose Civic Center and the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium. Filizetti was also one of several former Bronco football players who was instrumental in the planning and fundraising for the 9,500-square-foot weight room located inside of the Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center on the Santa Clara University campus. The room is named the Filizetti-McPherson Weight Room, after Filizetti's father, John, and Bill McPherson, class of 1954, who was a former Santa Clara and San Francisco 49ers assistant coach.
Jerry Kerr '61 --- Jerry Kerr, the executive director of the Santa Clara University Alumni Association, has dedicated 31 years of service to Santa Clara University. As a student at Santa Clara, he led the movement to bring back football in the fall of 1959. He also worked to recruit Pat Malley to return to campus as the head coach. It is even said that he recruited a number of players on the '62 Baseball team, some of which were also top football players, including Ron Calcagno and Ron Cook. The 1962 baseball team was arguably the best in school history. During his three decades as executive director of the Alumni Association, the alumni membership grew to 60,000, including 1,400 volunteer leaders in 53 chapters that sponsor more than 240 events per year. Kerr spearheaded several Alumni Association initiatives, including the Ignatian Awards, which recognize alumni who have demonstrated outstanding service to others, and also the Alumni Family Scholarship Program, that provides more than 100 scholarships every year to undergraduates who are related to alumni.
Stephen (Steve) Schott '60 --- Steve Schott was a pitcher for Santa Clara University's baseball team. In 1977, he and several partners formed Citation Builders, a real-estate company and residence-development company. In 1988, he bought out his partners' shares and reformed the company as a family-run business, Citation Homes Central, where they then moved to Santa Clara, Calif. and are responsible for the construction of over 50,000 individual residences. In 1995, Schott purchased the Oakland Athletics baseball team along with Ken Hofmann. Under their ownership, the franchise has successfully rebuilt itself by emphasizing a strong minor league system that produced the majority of the players who led the A's to four straight post-season appearances. In 2005, the Stephen Schott Baseball Stadium opened on the Santa Clara University campus. Schott kicked off the project with a $4 million pledge. The 1,500-seat stadium houses the entire Santa Clara baseball program, including its training, practice and equipment facilities. Also equipped with a 600 square-foot press box and VIP suite, Schott Stadium is one of the premier college baseball stadiums on the West Coast.
Danielle Slaton '02 --- Danielle Slaton played for Santa Clara's women's soccer team as a four-year starter, three-time first-team All American defender, and team captain for the Broncos. During her senior year, she helped lead the Broncos to the 2001 NCAA Championship and was named the NCAA College Cup Defensive MVP. She was also a four-time first team All-West Coast Conference (WCC) selection, the 1998 WCC Freshman of the Year and 2001 WCC Defender of the Year. Slaton graduated as a star both on the field and off. She was named the 2001 NCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year and graduated magna cum laude with a 3.74 GPA. After graduation in 2002, Slaton was the first overall draft pick by the Carolina Courage in the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), where she helped lead the team to their WUSA Championship and was named the league's defender of the year. Slaton was also a five-year member of the U.S. National Team from 2000 through 2005, and was part of the team that won the silver medal during the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia as well as part of the team that took third place in the 2003 World Cup.
Allison (Aly) Wagner '03 --- Aly Wagner played for the Broncos from 1999 through 2003, where she received the Santa Clara Soccer Endowment in 2003. Wagner was named Second Team NSCAA All-American, First-Team All-WCC, and the WCC Freshmen of the Year. In 2001, Wagner helped lead the Broncos to the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. In 2002, Wagner was awarded the Hermann Trophy as the top collegiate soccer player in the country. She then went on to be the No. 1 draft pick in the 2003 WUSA Draft where she then played for the San Diego Spirit and the Boston Breakers. Beginning her time with the US Women's National Team in 1998, she was a critical member in helping the team win a gold medal in the Athens Olympics. Wagner also competed as an alternate in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2010, Wanger returned to the Mission campus to finish her degree, working as an assistant coach under Jerry Smith for the women's soccer team.