2003 Inductees For USC Athletic Hall Of Fame Announced
Oct. 19, 2002
LOS ANGELES-Twenty-four Trojan luminaries have been selected to the sixth class of USC's Athletic Hall of Fame and they will be honored at a gala black tie induction dinner on May 3, 2003, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
Alphabetically, the 2003 inductees are: Nate Barragar, Ken Carpenter, Paul Cleary, Lillian Copeland, Howard Drew, Marshall Duffield, Debbie Green, Pat Haden, John Hall, Clarence "Bud" Houser, Fred Kelly, Steve Kemp, Grenville "Grenny" Lansdell, Dallas Long, Dick Leach, Mike Nyeholt, Murray Rose, Jim Sears, George Toley, Stan Williamson, Gwynn Wilson, Don Winston, Tex Winter and Richard Wood.
Barragar, Carpenter, Cleary, Copeland, Drew, Duffield, Houser, Kelly, Lansdell, Sears, Williamson and Wilson will be honored posthumously. Nyeholt and Winston will receive a Spirit Award. Hall will be honored for his contributions as a sportswriter.
"This is an outstanding group of Trojan greats who have played an important role in USC's athletic history," said USC athletic director Mike Garrett, who was a member of the 1994 charter class. "They'll join our first five classes of Hall of Famers to form a real Who's Who in USC sports. The first five induction dinners were very memorable and I'm sure the 2003 dinner will be just as special."
Tickets to the induction dinner are available by calling the USC Athletic Department at (213) 740-4155.
The Hall of Famers are selected by a 75-member panel consisting of media and USC alumni and athletic department supporters. To be eligible for election, athletes must have completed their last season of eligibility at USC 10 years ago.
The 2003 inductees, who will have commemorative plaques installed at Heritage Hall, will join the 16 inaugural inductees (Jon Arnett, Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, Rod Dedeaux, Braven Dyer, Mike Garrett, Al Geiberger, Frank Gifford, Marv Goux, Howard Jones, Fred Lynn, John McKay, Parry O'Brien, Bill Sharman, O.J. Simpson, Stan Smith and Norman Topping), the 24 members of the 1995 second class (Marcus Allen, Dean Cromwell, Morley Drury, John Ferraro, Mal Florence, Jess Hill, Julie Kohl, Ronnie Lott, Marlin McKeever, Mike McKeever, Cheryl Miller, Orv Mohler, Charles Paddock, Mel Patton, Giles Pellerin, Erny Pinckert, Dennis Ralston, Roy Saari, Tom Seaver, Gus Shaver, Dave Stockton, Brice Taylor, Irvine "Cotton" Warburton, and Charles White), the 21 members of the 1997 third class (Johnny Baker, Ricky Bell, Raymond "Tay" Brown, Peter Daland, Charlie Dumas, Arnold Eddy, Ron Fairly, Mort Kaer, Allan Malamud, Ron Mix, Jess Mortensen, John Naber, Alex Olmedo, Nick Pappas, Aaron Rosenberg, Ambrose Schindler, Bob Seagren, Scott Simpson, Ernie Smith, Paul Westphal, and Ron Yary), the 21 members of the 1999 fourth class (Garrett Arbelbide, Jerry Buss, Bob Chandler, Cynthia Cooper, Anthony Davis, Homer Griffith, Jim Hardy, Jesse Hibbs, Gene Mako, Mark McGwire, Anthony Munoz, Russ Saunders, Harry Smith, Craig Stadler, Francis Tappaan, Harley Tinkham, Jack Ward, Vern Wolfe, Cynthia Woodhead-Kantzer, Frank Wykoff and Louis Zamperini) and the 22 members of the 2001 fifth class (Hal Bedsole, Bob Boyd, Brad Budde, Don Buford, Sam Cunningham, Jack Davis, Craig Fertig, Bruce Furniss, Ray George, Jimmy Gunn, Lee Guttero, Alex Hannum, Tom Kelly, Lenny Krayzelburg, Rick Leach, Earle Meadows, John Rudometkin, Makoto Sakamoto, Bill Sefton, Bill Thom, Steve Timmons and Ralph Vaughn).
BIOGRAPHIES OF 2003 USC ATHLETIC HALL OF FAMERS
BARRAGAR: One of USC's earliest All-American football players, Nate Barragar earned All-American first team honors in 1929. He also won All-Conference honors twice (1928 and 1929). A 3-year letterman guard and center (1927-28-29), he was a member of USC's first 3 conference title squads. In 1928, he also was part of USC's first national championship team and the first Trojan team to beat Notre Dame. The San Fernando High product captained the 1929 team that went 10-2 and beat Pittsburgh in the 1930 Rose Bowl. After USC, he played professionally with Minneapolis (1930), Frankford (1931) and Green Bay (1931-35), then became a motion picture producer and director for more than 30 years. He died in 1985 at age 78.
CARPENTER: Ken Carpenter was USC's first 2-time NCAA champion in a weight event. He won the NCAA discus throw title in 1935 and 1936 (he was the runner-up in 1934), helping lead the Trojans to the NCAA team championship both years. A 2-year letterman (1935-36), he also won a pair of AAU crowns in the event in those years. He then captured the gold medal in the discus at the 1936 Berlin Olympics with an Olympic record heave of 165-7. He held the American record in the discus from 1936 to 1940. He came to USC from Compton (Calif.) High, where he starred in football and track. After a neck injury ended his football career in his freshman year at USC, he concentrated on the discus. After USC, he served in the Navy, then began a 33-year career as a junior college coach and teacher at College of the Sequoias and Compton College. He died in 1984 at age 70.
CLEARY: Paul Cleary won consensus All-American and All-Conference first team honors as a 2-way end in 1947, helping the Trojans that year to the conference title, a berth in the Rose Bowl and an eighth place finish in the AP poll. A 2-year letterman (1946-47), he then played in the 1948 College All-Star Game and was picked in the 10th round of the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions, as well as in the fourth round by the Chicago Rockets of the All-America Football Conference (he ended up playing pro football with the New York Yankees in 1948 and Chicago Hornets in 1949). He was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in 1989 and then the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. He came to USC from Santa Ana (Calif.) High via Santa Ana Junior College and then 3 years in the Army. After his playing career, he became the president of an asphalt paving, construction and engineering firm. He died in 1996 at age 73.
COPELAND: Lillian Copeland, USC's earliest outstanding female athlete, was the first Trojan woman trackster to compete in the Olympics. After setting national marks in the shot put and discus throw in 1926 as a sophomore at USC, she won a silver medal in the discus at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics (that was the first year that women's discus was included in Olympic competition). Then, in the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, she won the discus gold medal with a world record heave of 132-2. She was a 5-time AAU shot put champion (1925-26-27-28-31) and twice won AAU crowns in the discus (1926-27) and javelin (1926-31). She set 5 American records in those events. She was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1994. A product of Los Angeles High, she was an officer with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department from 1936 to 1960. She died in 1964 at age 59.
DREW: Howard Drew, the first "World's Fastest Human," was regarded as the sport's best pre-World War I sprinter. He made the 1912 U.S. Olympic team as a high school senior, but a leg injury forced him out of the 100-meter finals in Stockholm. As a freshman at USC, he tied the world record in the 100-yard dash (9.6) and 220-yard dash (21.2). Regarded as the first in a long line of great African-American sprinters, he won the AAU 100 in both 1912 and 1913 and the AAU 220 in 1913. He also was the second person ever to twice win the 100 at the Penn Relays (1914-15). A 1915 USC letterman, he also was a world class athlete in the long jump and other events. He received his law degree from USC in 1918 and became an attorney. He is deceased.
DUFFIELD: Marshall Duffield, nicknamed "Field Marshall," was a 2-time All-Conference first team quarterback (1929-30). He captained the 1930 Trojan team. A 3-year letterman (1928-30), he was a member of USC's 1928 national championship squad. He scored 2 touchdowns and passed for another in the 1930 Rose Bowl (USC beat Pittsburgh, 47-14). He still ranks high on several USC career lists: 24th in total offense (2,716 yards) and 28th in rushing (1,538 yards). He came to USC from Santa Monica High. After his USC career, he became a successful businessman in Southern California. He died in 1990 at age 79.
GREEN: Regarded as America's greatest women's volleyball setter, Debbie Green was a 2-time All-American (1976-77) and led the Women of Troy to AIAW national championships both of those years (the 1977 team recorded the first-ever undefeated season in collegiate women's volleyball, 38-0). A 2-year letterwinner (1976-77), she was named to 2 U.S. Olympic teams (1980 and 1984), helping the American women win a silver medal in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. She also competed in 3 World Championships and 2 Pan American Games (winning the silver medal in 1983), and played professionally with the Los Angeles Starlites. She was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1995, the United States Volleyball Association Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. She was named to Volleyball magazine's All-Time Indoor first team. A product of Westminster High, she has been an assistant coach with the Long Beach State women's team since 1986. Married with 2 daughters, she now goes by Debbie Green-Vargas.
HADEN: Pat Haden exemplified the term "student-athlete." Not only was he one of USC's most productive quarterbacks, but he starred in the classroom. A 3-time letterman (1972-73-74), he led the Trojans in passing in 1973 and 1974 (and in total offense in 1973). He was a member of USC's 1972 and 1974 national championship teams and played in 3 Rose Bowls. He was Co-MVP of the 1975 Rose Bowl (with lifelong friend J.K. McKay) when he threw for 181 yards and 2 scores, including a TD pass and PAT pass late in the game, for a comeback win over Ohio State. He was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1995. A Trojan co-captain in 1974, he was named the team's MVP that season and was selected to play in the 1975 Hula Bowl. He still ranks 10th on USC's career passing list (241 completions) and 11th in total offense (3,802 yards). A Rhodes Scholar, he was a 2-time Academic All-American (1973-74) and was named an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholar, NCAA Today's Top Six Award winner and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete in 1974. He was inducted into the charter class of the GTE Academic All-American Hall of Fame in 1988 and received an NCAA Silver Anniversary Award in 2000. A seventh round pick of the Los Angeles Rams in the 1975 NFL draft, he played for the Rams from 1976 to 1981 while also attending Oxford. The Bishop Amat High alum now is a successful Los Angeles businessman and a football broadcast analyst.
HALL: One of Southern California's most popular sports columnists, John Hall covered the local sports scene for more than 40 years. After beginning his sportswriting career with the Hollywood Citizen News in 1950, he then wrote for the Los Angeles Mirror in 1953 and moved over to its sister paper, the Los Angeles Times, in 1962. Not only did he write a widely-read and snappy column, but he covered USC and the Angels as a beat writer. He then moved his column to the Orange County Register in 1981 until retiring in 1993. He was named California Sportswriter of the Year 6 times. Although retired, he became a contributor to USC Report and still writes for the San Clemente Sun Post News. A product of nearby Manual Arts High, he attended Stanford on a basketball scholarship.
HOUSER: Clarence "Bud" Houser, a 3-time Olympic gold medalist, won USC's first Olympic gold in both the shot put and discus throw, and was the school's first NCAA discus champion. A 3-year letterman (1924-25-26), he captained the Trojans' first-ever NCAA championship team (in 1926). He was the 1926 NCAA discus champ, which was sandwiched by his Olympic gold medals in the event in 1924 in Paris and 1928 in Amsterdam (both were Olympic record throws). He also won Olympic gold in the shot put in 1924. He was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1979. After his athletic career, he became a dentist for 52 years in Los Angeles and Hollywood. At the time of his death in 1994 at the age of 93, he was the oldest living Olympic track and field gold medalist.
KELLY: Fred Kelly was USC's first Olympic gold medalist, winning the 110-meter high hurdles in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics as a Trojan freshman. A 4-year letterman (1912-13-14-15), he captained the 1914 Trojans. Known for his versatility, he competed in the high and low hurdles, the long jump and the shot put. Coach Dean Cromwell called him "the greatest track and field performer of all time." He set a U.S. record in the 220-yard low hurdles. After USC, he joined the Army, learned to fly and became a celebrated pilot, often flying Will Rogers. In 1925, he was the first pilot for Western Airlines, the nation's first regularly-scheduled airline (he retired in 1946). He died in 1974 at age 82.
KEMP: Steve Kemp, still USC's record holder in career batting average (.397), was the Trojans' first-ever designated hitter (in 1974). A 3-year letterman outfielder/first baseman/designated hitter (1973-74-75), he was a 1975 All-American, All-District and All-Conference first teamer. He also was USC's MVP in 1975 when he led the team in batting average (a school-record .435), home runs (13), RBI (67), hits (90) and runs (53). He was a member of USC's 1973 and 1974 College World Series champions. He was the first player selected in the 1976 major league regular phase draft and played in the majors for 10 seasons (1977-86) with the Tigers, Yankees and Pirates (he appeared in the 1979 All-Star game). A graduate of Arcadia High, he became a financial consultant and high school baseball coach.
LANSDELL: Grenville "Grenny" Lansdell was an All-American and All-Conference first team quarterback at USC in 1939. The 3-year letterman (1937-38-39) helped USC to a pair of conference titles, AP Top 10 rankings and Rose Bowl wins. He led the Trojans in passing in 1937 (28 completions, 310 yards), 1938 (44, 458) and 1939 (42, 479). He also was the team's leader in rushing, total offense and scoring in 1938 (462 yards, 920 yards, 31 points) and 1939 (742, 1,221, 54). He still ranks among USC's Top 25 career leaders in rushing (23rd with 1,621 yards) and total offense (19th with 2,868 yards). A product of Pasadena Junior College, he played in the 1940 College All-Star Game. He then was selected in the first round of the 1940 NFL draft by the New York Giants and played with them that season. Afterwards, he was a pilot and captain for TWA. He died in 1984 at age 65. His legacy continues at USC, as his grandson (Morgan Craig) currently is a Trojan freshman quarterback.
LONG: Dallas Long ruled the shot put world in the 1960s. He won 3 consecutive NCAA titles (1960-61-62), won the gold medal in the event at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics while setting an Olympic record (he won the bronze at the 1960 Rome Olympics) and set the shot put world record 11 times from 1959 to 1965 (with a best of 67-10). He was ranked No. 1 in the world in 1961, 1962 and 1964. The 3-year letterman (1960-61-62) was a member of USC's 1961 NCAA championship team and captained the 1962 squad. His USC record throw of 65-10 ? set in 1962 stood for 10 years and his USC freshman mark of 63-7 in 1959 still stands. He was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1996, as well as the Arizona Hall of Fame in 1964 and the National High School Sports Hall of Fame. He prepped at North Phoenix High, where he became the first high schooler to throw the 16-pound shot past 60 feet to set a national prep record. After his competing days, he became a dentist, then a doctor.
LEACH: Dick Leach had a storybook career as USC's men's tennis coach, culminating in a national team title in his last match. In his 23 years (1980-2002), he led the Trojans to 4 NCAA championships (1991-93-94-2002) and 7 Pac-10 crowns while winning 80% of his dual matches (535-133). A 3-time National Coach of the Year (1987-91-2002) and 5-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, he produced 2 NCAA singles champions and 3 NCAA-winning doubles teams. He coached both of his sons at USC: Rick, a 4-year All-American who is a member of USC's Athletic Hall of Fame, and Jon, a 2-time All-American who was a member of his father's first 3 NCAA titlists. His 2002 squad became the lowest seeded team (at No. 11) to win an NCAA title and did so less than a month after Leach announced his retirement. He also lettered 3 years (1959-60-61) in tennis at Troy under George Toley (1959-1961) and earned All-American third team honors in 1961. He then became a high school coach, a tennis pro and an owner of tennis clubs. He continued to play competitively during his USC coaching career, winning 14 national father-son titles.
NYEHOLT: Mike Nyeholt has turned tragedy into unparalleled triumph. Nyeholt was a 3-time All-American freestyle swimmer at USC (1975-77) who once was ranked 13th in the world. However, in 1981, he was paralyzed in a motorcyle accident. His friends and teammates, led by fellow swimmer and roommate Ron Orr (now an associate athletic director at USC), rallied to his aid that year by staging a swim-a-thon (then called "Swim For Mike") that raised $58,000 for a specially-equipped van. At Nyeholt's suggestion, the excess donations were used to establish USC's Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund. The next year, Nyeholt joined other swimmers in the water helping raise money and the swim-a-thon became an annual event, which was renamed "Swim With Mike." Now in its 22nd year, in excess of $3.5 million has been raised to provide more than 40 USC scholarships to athletes who have overcome life-challenging accidents or illnesses. Twelve of those athletes are presently enrolled at USC. Nyeholt, currently an accountant and financial manager who attended San Gabriel High, today is able to do some walking without crutches. He has received numerous national honors for the program.
ROSE: One of the world's all-time swimming greats, Australian Murray Rose won 5 NCAA titles and 6 Olympic medals. Before coming to USC, he won gold medals in the 400-meter freestyle, 1500 free and 800 free relay at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, becoming the youngest (at 17) Olympian in any sport to win 3 golds. Then at the 1960 Rome Olympics, he added a gold (400 free), silver (1500 free) and bronze (800 free relay). He set numerous world records, including being the first to break the 18-minute barrier in the 1500-meter freestyle. At USC, he captured 3 NCAA freestyle championships in 1961 (220, 440 and 1500 yards) and 2 more in 1962 (440, 1500). He captained the 1962 Trojans. He was a junior Australian record holder while growing up in Sydney. After his swimming career, he became a businessman, sports marketer and television announcer.
SEARS: Jim Sears was one of USC's top football players of the early-1950s and, despite being just 5-9 and 164 pounds, certainly was the top player in the West as a senior in 1952. A 3-year letterman (1950-51-52) as a halfback and safety, he was a consensus All-American in 1952 when Troy won the conference title, finished fifth in the AP poll and beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. In 1952, he led USC in passing (48 completions, 712 yards), total offense (1,030 yards), scoring (36 points) and punt returns (478 yards). Seventh in the 1952 Heisman Trophy voting, he won the Voit Trophy (given to the outstanding player on the Pacific Coast) and Pop Warner Award (given to the most valuable senior on the Pacific Coast) that season, as well as All-Conference first team honors. He was voted USC's Most Inspirational Player as a senior and was selected to play in both the 1953 College All-Star Game and Hula Bowl. He also was USC's kickoff return leader in 1950 (198 yards) and still is fifth on the school's career punt return list (544 yards). He was picked in the sixth round of the 1953 NFL draft by the Colts and played for the Chicago Cardinals (1954, 1957-58), Los Angeles Chargers (1960) and Denver (1960-61). He then was a USC assistant coach in 1959. Later in life, he was an automobile dealer. He came to USC from El Camino College via Inglewood High (he was inducted into the El Camino College Athletic Hall of Fame). He died in 2002 at age 70.
TOLEY: George Toley is one of the premier tennis coaches in collegiate history. He led USC to 10 NCAA team championships during his 27-year reign (1954-80) as the men's tennis coach. Nine of his players won the NCAA singles crown and 12 Trojan duos captured the NCAA doubles title. His teams won 82% of their dual matches (430-92-4). A number of his pupils went on to win Grand Slam events and several were ranked No. 1 in the world. He is a member of the Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. Known as the "Father of Tennis" in Mexico because of his efforts to develop the sport in that country, he coached Mexico in the Davis Cup, recruited some of the nation's finest players for his Trojan teams (including the late Rafael Osuna and Raul Ramirez) and held an annual summer tennis camp in Ensenada for youngsters. He was nationally ranked while playing tennis at USC in 1940 and 1941. He then was a teaching pro at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club in 1941 before becoming the head pro at the Los Angeles Tennis Club in 1947 (a position he held until 1972).
WILLIAMSON: Stan Williamson was a 1931 All-American and All-Conference first team honoree as a football center. The 3-year letterman (1929-30-31) was on 2 conference titlist teams and played in the 1930 and 1932 Rose Bowls. He was a member of USC's 1931 national championship team, which was the first Trojan squad to beat Notre Dame in South Bend. The Pittsburg High alum captained USC in 1931. After his USC days, he became an assistant football coach at Kansas State and Oklahoma, and a teacher, coach and athletic director at UC Santa Barbara. He died in 1965 at age 56.
WILSON: Gwynn Wilson was USC's-and Los Angeles'-first renowned athletic administrator. From 1921 to 1930, he served as graduate manager for USC athletics (a precursor to the present-day athletic director). He and Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne (with prodding from their wives) organized the on-going USC-Notre Dame football series in 1926. A life trustee at USC, the student union building on campus is named after him. He lettered 3 years (1919-20-21) on USC's track team and was its captain in 1920. After his time at Troy, he was instrumental in bringing the 1932 Olympic Games to Los Angeles and served as general manager of the organizing committee. He then worked at Santa Anita Race Track from 1934 to 1960, including as general manager and director. He died in 1992 at age 95.
WINSTON: One of the nation's most successful fundraisers, Don Winston has helped the USC athletic department raise more than $145 million. He also has seen the athletic endowment grow to nearly $100 million (among the best in the nation). He joined the Trojan athletic department as an associate athletic director in 1983, then was promoted to senior associate athletic director in 1989. He oversees the athletic development office, which includes all support groups, major gifts and endowments. In 1999, he was named the university division Fundraiser of the Year by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors. He also handles day-to-day supervision of baseball (he previously handled men's golf, tennis, volleyball and water polo). He came to USC in 1974 as director of development for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, then was named assistant vice president for development in 1982. Before USC, he held development positions at Davidson, Whitman and Pomona. He played baseball at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
WINTER: Fred "Tex" Winter, who refined and popularized the famed "Triangle Offense," has been making his mark on the sport of basketball for more than 50 years. He was the Most Inspirational Player on the 1947 USC basketball team (the only year he lettered). He also was one of the nation's top pole vaulters when he lettered in track at Troy in 1946. He came to Troy from Huntington Park High and Compton College. But it was as a coach where he had even greater success. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Kansas State (1948-51), helping the Wildcats to 3 league titles and the 1951 NCAA tourney runner-up spot. He became Marquette's head coach the next 2 years (1952-53), then returned to Kansas State as its head coach for 15 seasons (1954-68), winning 8 league titles and getting to the NCAA Final Four twice. He was National Coach of the Year in 1959 when his Wildcats finished No. 1 in the AP and UPI polls. It was while at Kansas State that he wrote a book in 1961 about the triple post offense. He next was Washington's head coach for 3 seasons (1969-71) before moving into the NBA as the head coach of the San Diego/Houston Rockets for 2 seasons (1972-73). He then returned to the college ranks as the head coach at Northwestern (1974-78) and Long Beach State (1979-83) and an assistant at LSU (1984-85). In all, he won 454 NCAA games. He then became an assistant with the Chicago Bulls for 14 seasons (1986-99), helping them to 6 NBA championships, and now with the Lakers for 3 years (2000-02), capturing NBA titles each season. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.
WOOD: Richard Wood, nicknamed "Batman," is USC football's only 3-year All-American first teamer and was the first 3-year All-American selectee by AP from the West Coast. He was honored in 1972-73-74 (he was a consensus pick in 1973 and 1974). The 3-year letterman linebacker was a member of USC's 1972 and 1974 national championship teams and played in 3 Rose Bowls (1973-74-75). Also a 3-time All-Conference first teamer (1972-73-74), he captained the 1974 Trojans and won USC's Player of the Game versus UCLA Award in 1972. He came to USC from Jefferson High in Elizabeth, N.J. He was selected to play in the 1975 Hula Bowl, Senior Bowl and College All-Star Game. He was picked in the third round of the 1975 NFL draft by the Jets and played for Jets (1975) and Buccaneers (1976-84). After his playing career, he became an assistant coach in the NFL and in Europe, a high school head coach, and a law enforcement officer.