SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University and the Bronco Bench Foundation are proud to announce the nine-member 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Class, which features some of the greatest athletes and recognizable names in school history.
The class, which will be honored at the seventh annual Red and White Celebration on Saturday, May 18, includes:
|Whitney (Longmire) Hollis||Women's Soccer|
|Kylie (Bivens) Hopper||Women's Soccer|
|Jacqui Little||Women's Soccer|
|Nikki (Serlenga) Fein||Women's Soccer|
|Kim (Pickup) Williams||Women's Soccer|
Hollis, Hopper, Little, Fein and Williams were standout members of women's soccer in the late 1990s, one of the most successful periods in school history. That group, under head coach Jerry Smith, helped guide the Broncos to the NCAA semifinals four straight seasons.
Carey and Pereira made their mark as two of the top NFL game officials, Howarth was the longtime play-by-play voice of the Toronto Blue Jays and Dunton's name is etched throughout the school's baseball record book.
The Red and White Celebration, presented by Heritage Bank of Commerce, will be held in Leavey Center with the program beginning at 6 p.m. Click here to register.
The program will also include senior awards for current student-athletes, as well as recognition of endowment benefactors and the 1962-72 period of baseball that featured six conference titles and a College World Series appearance in 1962.
The main entrance of Leavey Center, located across from the Locatelli Center entrance, will serve as the check-in point for the event.
Parking will be available in either the Leavey Center lot or main parking structure, which is located on Palm Drive through the main campus entrance (500 El Camino Drive). The Leavey Center lot may be accessed through Accolti Way off El Camino Real. Click here for a campus map and parking restrictions.
2019 Hall of Fame Profiles
Mike Carey played running back for Santa Clara football before embarking on a career as an NCAA/NFL referee and a rules analyst for football television broadcasts.
Carey had a breakout season for the Broncos as a junior in 1970 when he rushed for 283 yards on 59 carries (4.7 per carry) and scored a pair of touchdowns. He became the starter midway through the year and entered his senior campaign as the team's lead back before suffering an ankle injury. Carey finished his final season as a Bronco with three touchdowns and graduated in 1972 with a degree in biology.
Shortly after graduation, Carey started his officiating career at the Pop Warner level in his hometown of San Diego, California. He rose to the ranks of the NCAA's Western Athletic Conference in 1985 and officiated three bowl games in five seasons of collegiate football.
Carey progressed to the NFL in 1990, where he began as a side judge before being promoted to referee in 1995. Carey was the second African-American referee in league history and first to officiate the game's biggest event when he got the nod for Super Bowl XLII in 2008. He totaled 24 seasons in the league and worked 17 postseason contests.
In 2014, Carey shifted to a role as a football television rules analyst with CBS Sports. He provided insight into making and reviewing decisions for officiating crews during live broadcasts and studio shows.
Dunton set a standard of excellence during his baseball playing days as a Bronco from 1982-85 when he set the career home run record (38), a mark which still stands today. He ranks among the top 10 in various career categories, including third in at-bats (873), sixth in runs (151), second in doubles (56), third in RBIs (178), second in total bases (420) and tied for first in extra base hits (96).
After the 1985 season, Dunton joined the Montreal Expos organization where he played two seasons in the minor leagues.
The native of Atherton, California, came to Santa Clara University as a standout player from Menlo-Atherton High School. Dunton was inducted to the Menlo-Atherton Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.
Women's Soccer (1996-99)
Hollis played on some of the most dominant women's soccer teams in school history. The starting midfielder played in four consecutive NCAA College Cups and the team posted an 83-9-4 record from 1996 through 1999. The Broncos reached the NCAA semifinals in each of her four years.
Following earning the team's most improved player award in 1997, she went on to become a first-team All-West Coast Conference selection as a senior.
After playing at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, where she earned Parade All-America honors, Hollis went on to appear in 87 career matches, including 64 starts, for the Broncos, posting 15 goals and 11 assists. She recorded career highs in both goals (seven) and assists (five) in 1998. The following season, the team posted a goal differential of plus-98, which is still an NCAA record.
Kylie (Bivens) Hopper
Women's Soccer (1996-99)
A member of the 1996-99 teams that went 83-9-4 and advanced to the NCAA semifinals four years in a row, Bivens is eighth in Santa Clara history with eight career postseason goals, three of which were match-winners.
As a senior in 1999, Bivens took home first team All-West Region honors and a second team All-West Coast Conference nod while winning the team's most inspirational award.
Bivens attended Claremont High School in Claremont, California, where she played midfield and was a four-time All-Baseline League pick and was twice named All-California Interscholastic Federation.
A three-year starting defender at Santa Clara, Bivens appeared in 92 matches and made 66 starts while scoring 18 goals and adding 16 assists.
She earned nine international caps in her career and played in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Final. She also went on to play for the Atlanta Beat of the WUSA.
Howarth is a Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer and longtime Toronto Blue Jays play-by-play broadcaster.
He joined the Blue Jays broadcast team in 1981 and the following year teamed up with commentator Tom Cheek where "Tom and Jerry" remained together as the radio voices for the next 23 years. Howarth's tenure covered Toronto's back-to-back World Series championships in 1992 and 1993. Upon Cheek's death in 2005, Howarth continued to voice Blue Jays games until his retirement prior to the 2018 season.
In 2012, Howarth received the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Jack Graney Award, a prestigious trophy given to a member of the media in gratitude for his or her contributions to the sport.
Raised in the Bay Area, he graduated from Novato High School in 1964 before enrolling at Santa Clara where he earned his bachelor's degree in economics in 1968.
Women's Soccer (1996-99)
Little's career was highlighted by four trips to the NCAA semifinals, multiple All-America honors and several other accolades. The four-year starting forward was named a 1996 freshman All-American and as a senior in 1999 was a third-team All-America selection after registering four hat tricks, the most ever by a Bronco in one season.
After a decorated playing career at Marymount High School in Los Angeles, Little earned 1996 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year honors and was a first team all-league selection all four years. In 1997, she was named to the College Cup All-Tournament Team and secured honorable mention All-America honors. As a junior, she earned second team All-National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) after becoming just the fifth player (seventh now) in school history to reach 25 goals and 25 assists in a career.
A native of Pacific Palisades, California, Little played in 94 career matches, including 84 starts, for the Broncos, registering 163 points on 63 goals and 37 assists.
Her name remains etched all over the Santa Clara record book, ranking second in points, third in goals and fifth in assists. Little is also among the most prolific postseason producers at the school. She is tied for second all-time with eight goals, tied for third with seven assists and tied for second in points (25).
Little's 21 goals in 1999 rank fourth on the Santa Clara single-season list and her 50 points that year are tied for fourth. Her 15 career multi-goal matches are third in program history.
After helping the team set an NCAA record for goal differential in a season that still stands (plus-98 in 1999), she went on the play in the WUSA and in 2003 was a member the Washington Freedom who won the WUSA League Wide Founders Championship.
Mike Pereira was a staple as an outfielder for Santa Clara baseball from 1970-72 before becoming an NCAA/NFL referee and a rules analyst for football television broadcasts.
Bronco baseball went 123-46, including 49-9 in West Coast Athletic Conference play, during his three seasons with the program, which included three WCAC titles, three postseason appearances and six postseason victories. Pereira was the only player to appear in all 111 contests from 1971-72. As a senior, he hit .305 and tied for the team lead with 16 stolen bases. Pereira graduated from Santa Clara in 1972 with a degree in finance.
Pereira began officiating NCAA football games in 1982 and spent 14 seasons at the collegiate level in the Big West Conference and Western Athletic Conference. He officiated eight bowl games, including a pair of trips to the Cotton Bowl.
In 1996, Pereira made the jump to the NFL as a sideline judge while also serving as the WAC coordinator of officials. He quickly climbed the ladder and was promoted to NFL Supervisor of Officiating in 1998, Director of Officiating in 2001 and Vice President of Officiating in 2004.
Following a 14-year tenure in the NFL, Pereira shifted to a television role as a football rules analyst for FOX Sports in 2010. He monitors both NFL and NCAA football games from the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles and provides insight into making and reviewing decisions for officiating crews during live game broadcasts and studio shows.
Nikki (Serlenga) Fein
Women's Soccer (1996-99)
Serlenga was an extremely productive player on some of the best women's soccer teams in school history before embarking on a professional career. She played in the NCAA College Cup all four seasons and following her final two years was a two-time first team All-American and first team All-West Region selection.
A three-year starting midfielder, Serlenga was named to the 1998 College Cup All-Tournament team and helped the team post an 83-9-4 record from 1996-99.
She earned All-West Coast Conference her final three seasons, including first team accolades as a junior and senior, and was named the league's defender of the year in 1999 when Santa Clara set an NCAA record for goal differential (plus-98) which still stands today.
The San Diego native attended San Pasqual High School where she scored 103 goals and was named the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Player of the Year as a freshman and sophomore.
At Santa Clara, Serlenga played in 84 matches, including 75 starts, and posted 15 goals and 27 assists (10th in school history). In her postseason career, Serlenga had two match-winning goals and six assists, which is tied for sixth on the school's all-time list.
She went on to play for the United States Women's National Soccer Team, winning a silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games. Serlenga was also a member of the Atlanta Beat in the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA).
Kim (Pickup) Williams
Women's Soccer (1996-99)
A standout defender during an impressive period in the storied history of Santa Clara women's soccer, Pickup earned a number of accolades in her four years (1996-99) as a starter.
She was a third team All-West Region pick in 1998 and second team All-West Coast Conference choice as both a junior and senior. She was named the team's defensive MVP in 1999 when the Broncos posted a plus-98 goal differential, still an NCAA record.
During four straight NCAA appearances, Pickup collected five assists, including a Santa Clara single-match record three against Penn State during the second round of 1996. That season, she was named the team's most improved player as well.
Pickup appeared in the NCAA semifinals all four years. She finished her Bronco career appearing in 88 matches and making 73 starts while scoring one goal and adding 16 assists from the backline.
Pickup attended Chatsworth High School in Chatsworth, California, and led her team to a 53-3 record in three years, including a 19-0 run to the city championship as a senior.
After graduating from Santa Clara, Pickup was selected in the fourth round of the 2000 WUSA Draft by the San Diego Spirit. There she played alongside Santa Clara alums Jennifer (Lalor) Nielsen and Aly Wagner.