LOS ANGELES — Occidental College will induct three individual athletes and one team into its Athletics Hall of Fame during its sixth annual induction ceremony on Friday, October 13. The class of 2017 includes one of the most talented football players in SCIAC history, an all-around track and field superstar, Oxy’s all-time leading scorer in men’s basketball and the first-ever NCAA Division III national championship women’s tennis team.
The class brings the total number of hall of famers to 34 individuals and two teams.
“Each year after we announce our HOF class I get a few emails saying, ‘Well, it’s about time he or she got in,’" Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Jaime Hoffman said. “It always makes me chuckle because that is how impressive our athletic history is. Our Tigers include Olympians, national champions, All-Americans and SCIAC Players of the Year, many of whom have yet to be inducted. We have some catching up to do, that's for sure, but this year’s class is another phenomenal display of our rich history.”
Details about the dinner ceremony (to be held on Kemp Stadium's Bill Henry Track) will be mailed out soon. For more information, visit oxyathletics.com.
Inductees in the Class of 2017 are:
Andy Collins ’07 led the Tigers to a 27–0 SCIAC record during his three-year tenure as quarterback (2004–2006) and is regarded as the most dominant SCIAC football player in the modern era. Collins, who died in 2011, was the SCIAC’s first three-time Offensive Player of the Year and the top quarterback in NCAA Division III as chosen by the American Football Coaches Association.
One of the most versatile all-around runners in Oxy track and field history, Steve Haas ’63 set school records in the 100, 220, 440, and 880 during the 1963 season. He also was a member of Oxy’s school record 2-mile relay team. In the words of one onlooker, “Haas was a beast in every event.”
Blair Slattery ’94 is Occidental’s all-time career scoring (1,676 points) and rebounding (1,034) leader in men’s basketball. The 6'7", 225-pound forward later played pro ball for five years in Europe, averaging 22 points and 17 rebounds per game in leading Germany’s Munster Basketball Club to a 34-2 record in his first season.
The 1982 women’s tennis team won the first NCAA Division III championship in the sport, defeating UC San Diego in Jackson, Miss., in May 1982. Coached by Lynn (Pacala) Mehl, the 11-member squad was led by Jean-Marie Sanders ’84, Sue Rene ’82, Kathleen McFadden ’82, and Maria Newton ’85.