Aug. 18, 2005
Six of Stanford's all-time great athletes, one of the school's top coaches, and a group of Olympic gold medalist rowers headline the Hall of Fame Class of 2005, which was announced today. The class will be formally inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, September 30, and honored the next day during halftime of the Cardinal-Oregon football game on October 1.
The class includes seven individuals and a foursome of Olympic gold medalist rowers. This all-star class won a total of eight NCAA team championships and 15 individual NCAA titles during their careers on The Farm. The inductees include: Mike Montgomery, who led the Men's Basketball team to 16 post-season tournaments in his 18-year tenure with the Cardinal; 1978 Pac-10 Water Polo Player of the Year Doug Burke; tennis player Sandra Birch, a two-time NCAA singles champion (1989, 1991) and four-time First-Team All-American; Olympic silver medalist and 15-time NCAA Women's Swimming champion Janel Jorgenson; Ed Cummings, a First-Team All-American fullback in 1962; Chuck Evans, who led the team in quarterback sacks in his three years starting as a defensive tackle; 1983 Pac Southern Division baseball Player of the Year Eric Hardgrave; and an Olympic rowing foursome that includes gold medalists Kurt Seiffert, Conn Finlay, Kent Mitchell and Edward P. Ferry.
"We are very proud of the Hall of Fame Class of 2005 and all of their accomplishments," said Stanford Athletic Director Ted Leland. "This diverse group of former student-athletes and coaches is a great representation of the history of Stanford Athletics. Based on their numerous achievements, these individuals were natural choices for induction into the Stanford Hall of Fame," he said.
The inductees for the Class of 2005 are listed below:
Mike Montgomery- Head Men's Basketball Coach (1986-2004)
Led the Cardinal to 16 post-season tournament appearances, including trips to the NCAA tournament in each of his last 10 years on The Farm...Honored as Pac-10 Coach of the Year on four occasions... In his last season, Montgomery was named Coach of the Year by Sports Illustrated and Basketball Times, as well as NABC District-14 Coach of the Year and the USBWA District-9 Coach of the Year... Overall, posted a 393-167 (.702) record during his time at Stanford... He continues his coaching career as the head coach of the Golden State Warriors.
Doug Burke- Men's Water Polo (1975-78)
Three-time All-American including First-Team All-American as a junior and senior...Member of two NCAA Championship teams in 1976 and 1978... Scored the winning goal in overtime over Cal to give Stanford the 1978 NCAA title... 1978 Pac-10 Water Polo Player of the Year... Elected to the U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame... Member of the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic Water Polo Teams.
Sandra Birch- Women's Tennis (1988-1991) Perhaps the most successful tennis player in Stanford history... Won two NCAA singles championships in 1989 and 1991... Helped lead the Cardinal to four-consecutive NCAA team championships, including back-to-back undefeated seasons in 1989 and 1990.... Four-time First-Team All-American... Two-time winner of the Broderick Award as the top female tennis player in the country... During her four seasons, the Cardinal went 111-3 in dual matches.
Janel Jorgenson- Women's Swimming (1990-1993)
1988 Olympian in the 100 butterfly and silver medalist in the 400 medley relay...Five-time NCAA individual champion in the 100 butterfly (1990, 1993), 200 butterfly (1990, 1993) and 200 IM (1990)... 10-time NCAA relay champion on the 200 free relay (1993), 400 free relay (1992), 800 free relay (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993), and 400 medley relay (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)... Member of 1992 and 1993 NCAA Championship teams... Won eight Pac-10 individual championships and 13 relay championships... Member of American, Pac-10 and school record 800 freestyle relay teams
Ed Cummings- Football (1959-1962)
First-Team All-American fullback in 1962...Also named First-Team All-Pac-8 as a "specialist" in 1962...Played both fullback and inside linebacker as a junior and senior...Led the team in tackles in 1961 and 1962...Career stats include 256 yards rushing on 70 carries and 238 tackles in 1961 and 1962.
Chuck Evans- Football (1976-1979)
Four year letter-winner and three-year starter as a defensive tackle...Led team in tackles for loss in 1978 and 1979 and in quarterback sacks in 1977, 1978, and 1979... As a senior in 1979, he was named Honorable Mention All-America and Honorable Mention All-West Coast and Second-Team All-Pac-10...As a junior, he earned Honorable Mention All-America and Honorable Mention All-West Coast honors... Footbal News Honorable Mention All-America as a sophomore in 1977 ... Accounted for 347 career tackles, tops among Cardinal defensive lineman.
Eric Hardgrave- Baseball (1980-1983)
1983 Pac Southern Division Player of the Year...In 1983, he hit .360 with 24 home runs and 81 RBI...First-Team All-America and All-Pac-10 in 1983... Finished his career tied for the school record with 37 career home runs and third in RBI with 150... Dring his career, he helped the Cardinal to two College World Series appearances, three NCAA regional trips and one league championship.
Men's Crew Olympic Gold Medalists
Conn Finlay, four-time Olympic medalist, including two gold medals in 1956 and 1964; coached the Stanford varsity rowing teams for five seasons (1959-1960 and 1962-1964)...Kurt Seiffert, Olympic gold medalist in 1956 and a member of the 1960 Olympic rowing team; graduated from Stanford in 1956... Kent Mitchell, Olympic bronze medalist in 1960, and a gold medalist in 1964; graduated from Stanford in 1961...and Edward P. Ferry, 1964 Olympic gold medalist and 1963 Pan American Games gold medalist; graduated from Stanford in 1963...Finlay, Seiffert, Mitchell and Ferry are all members of the National Rowing Hall of Fame.