Sept. 20, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - The rich and proud tradition of Stanford Athletics will be enhanced by the induction of eight new members to Stanford University's Athletic Hall of Fame.
The inductees will be Ellen Estes '02 (women's water polo), Ron George '92 (football), Larissa Fontaine '00 (women's gymnastics), Dan Hanan '90 (men's volleyball), Brad Hauser '00 (men's cross country, track and field), Misty Hyman '01 (women's swimming), Meredith McGrath `93 (women's tennis), and Jessica Mendoza '02 (softball).
All of the inductees will be honored at a private reception and dinner at McCaw Hall in the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center on Friday, Nov. 9, beginning at 6 p.m. The class will also be introduced at halftime of Stanford's football game against Oregon State on Nov. 10.
Here is further information on the Stanford Hall of Fame class of 2012:
Ellen Estes '02, women's water polo: A four-time All-American in a career that spanned six years on The Farm, Estes was one of the key players on Stanford's first NCAA champion team, in 2002. Estes scored 214 career goals, highlighted by a program-record 93 in 1998. Away from Stanford for two seasons as she prepared for the 2000 Olympics, Estes returned to co-captain Stanford's 2001 and 2002 teams, scoring twice in the Cardinal's 8-4 NCAA title-game victory over UCLA in 2002, under coach John Tanner. Internationally, Estes was a member of the U.S. senior national team from 1999-2004, winning Olympic medals in 2000 (silver) and 2004 (bronze), as well as helping the U.S. to FINA World Championship gold in 2003.
Ron George '92, football: George transferred to Stanford from the Air Force Academy in 1989 and the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder wasted no time making his presence felt on The Farm, leading the Pac-10 in sacks and tackles for loss in 1990. A year later, George was third in the Pac-10 in sacks and second in tackles for loss as Stanford went 8-3 under Dennis Green to earn an invitation to the Aloha Bowl, the Cardinal's first bowl appearance since 1986. George was prepared to enter the NFL draft but decided to stay when coach Bill Walsh returned to Stanford for the 1992 season. The decision paid off for George, who earned first-team All-America honors, recording 25 tackles for loss and 15 sacks in 1992 -- the second-best season marks in school history. The Cardinal finished 10-3, with a Blockbuster Bowl victory over Penn State and a No. 9 ranking. Drafted in the fifth-round by the Atlanta Falcons in 1993, George spent eight seasons in the NFL.
Larissa Fontaine '00, women's gymnastics: Fontaine was Stanford's first NCAA individual women's gymnastics champion and graduated as the most decorated gymnast in school history, with five All-America honors. Fontaine arrived at Stanford after competing for the U.S. senior national team from 1991-97, taking part in two World Championships. At the 1994 individual worlds in Brisbane, Australia, she completed a unique bars dismount that came to be called "The Fontaine." The Deerfield, Ill., native competed under coaches Mark Cook and Lisa Izzi at Stanford and helped the Cardinal to its first Pac-10 title, in 1998. She went on to win regional and national titles on vault that year. Fontaine followed in 1999 with third place in the same event and remains one of four Stanford gymnasts with multiple top-three NCAA finishes. Fontaine later served as a Stanford assistant coach under Kristen Smyth.
Dan Hanan '90, men's volleyball: Hanan was Stanford men's volleyball's first three-time first-team All-American and graduated in 1990 as the program's career kills leader. A 6-foot-6 middle blocker from Huntington Beach, Calif., Hanan earned All-America honors from 1988-90 and was a key figure on the first Stanford team to reach an NCAA final, in 1989 under coach Fred Sturm. Hanan finished with school career records in kills (1,471), blocks per game (1.13), and hitting percentage (.369), and held the single-match mark with 23 digs. Hanan played for the U.S. national team from 1989-92 and spent several more seasons playing the four-man game on the pro beach circuit before focusing on a career as a software engineer.
Brad Hauser '00, men's cross country and track and field: Hauser is one of the most decorated runners in Stanford history, winning five NCAA titles and earning 12 All-America honors. He also helped the Vin Lananna-coached Cardinal to NCAA team titles in both cross country and track. Hauser was a key to the 1996 and 1997 NCAA title teams in cross country, finishing in the top-10 as an individual both seasons. On the track, Hauser won a pair of NCAA indoor titles at 5,000 meters and three titles outdoors, twice in the 10,000 and once at 5,000. During the 2000 outdoor season, Hauser's final year on The Farm, he won both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter NCAA titles and led the Cardinal its first team title since 1934. Hauser later qualified for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney in the 5,000.
Misty Hyman '01, women's swimming: One of the most decorated student-athletes in the history of women's swimming, Misty Hyman was a 28-time All-American on The Farm. However, her claim to fame was earning a gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2000 Sydney Games in one of the greatest upsets in Olympic swimming history. Hyman shocked heavy favorite and defending Olympic champion Susie O'Neill, known as "Madame Butterfly," who was competing in her home country. Under the direction of Stanford coach Richard Quick, Hyman won the 100 fly (NCAA record 51.31), 200 fly and 200 backstroke and was part of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams while leading the Cardinal to the 1998 NCAA title. Hyman was named both NCAA and Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year while earning her second Honda Award for swimming.
Meredith McGrath '93, women's tennis: In her only season on The Farm before pursuing a professional career, McGrath produced a memorable year that included several individual honors. A 1990 All-American, McGrath teamed with Teri Whitlinger to claim the 1990 NCAA doubles championship, finishing with a 14-0 record in duals. In addition to qualifying for the NCAA singles championship as the event's No. 1 seed, McGrath finished 20-1 in duals while playing primarily at the No. 2 position. Guiding Stanford to the 1990 NCAA team title under coach Frank Brennan, McGrath also led the Cardinal to a Pac-10 title and earned all-conference honors.
Jessica Mendoza '02, softball: One of the most recognizable names in the sport, Mendoza played for Stanford under John Rittman from 1999-02, and became a two-time Olympian, an ESPN analyst and reporter, and a professional player. At Stanford, Mendoza became the first four-time NFCA All-American in program history. The Camarillo, Calif., native, played on the 2001 squad which made the school's first appearance in the Women's College World Series. The 1999 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year and 2000 Player of the Year, Mendoza still holds school career records in batting average (.416), hits (327), home runs (50), slugging percentage (.719), runs scored (230) and stolen bases (86). Mendoza went on to win an Olympic gold medal at the 2004 Athens Games, and a silver at the 2008 Beijing Games, and helped the U.S. to three World Championship and three World Cup titles. She also played professionally in the National Pro Fastpitch league, winning MVP honors in 2011.
With the addition of these eight individuals, the Stanford Hall of Fame will number 389. The Hall of Fame was the brainchild of the late Walt Gamage, the longtime sports editor of the Palo Alto Times, and the first class was inducted in 1954.
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