Women are first admitted into the undergraduate program at Santa Clara University.
Marygrace Colby MA ’91 is hired as the first female athletic administrator for SCU.
The Women’s Recreation Association is officially recognized. The first women’s school trophy is won by the basketball team.
The tennis team wins the Northern California Women’s Intercollegiate Conference Championship (NCWIC) and the Doubles Championship.
Future Hall of Famer Cathy Jamison ’71 anchors the swim team that wins the NCWIC conference championship.
The women’s golf team is established, led by future Hall of Famer Margaret Leonard ’76, JD ’79.
The women’s swim team wins the NCIAC Championship.
Santa Clara offers its first female athletic scholarship to tennis player Darby Teichgraeber ’77.
Santa Clara hires its first full-time women’s coach for volleyball and basketball.
Women’s Rowing Novice 8 boat qualifies for Nationals.
AIAW merges with the NCAA. Santa Clara Men’s and Women’s teams are now competing in the NCAA.
Karen Choppelas (Horstmeyer) ’84 becomes the 1st female member of the 1000 points club for Santa Clara Basketball.
Dorinda Lindstrom ’88 is the 1st Women’s Basketball Player to receive WCC Player of the Year Honors .
Caren Choppelas (Horstmeyer) ’84, MA ’96 is hired as the head coach for women’s basketball, the 1st SCU Athletic Alumnus to work full time for the SCU Athletic Program.
Women’s Soccer advances to their first NCAA Final 4 Championship.
Women’s Soccer is ranked #1 in the NCAA National Polls. Brandi Chastain ’91 is awarded National Player of the Year for Women’s Collegiate Soccer.
Women’s Basketball wins their first WCC Championship and WNIT National Championship.
Volleyball team captures their 1st WCC Championship title.
Women’s Golf team notches their 1st tournament win at the Menlo College Invitational.
Cheryl Levick becomes the first female athletic director both at SCU and in the West Coast Conference.
The women's soccer team wins the NCAA Women's National Championship.
Women’s Cross Country wins their first WCC title.
Women’s Softball wins their first PCSC Conference Championship.
Women’s Volleyball has their first appearance in the NCAA Final Four.
Cross Country captain Noelle Lopez '09 becomes SCU's first female Rhodes Scholar.
Miki Ueoka ’11 competes as the school’s 1st participant in the NCAA National Championship Golf Tournament.
Katie Le ’13 becomes the 1st Women’s Tennis Player to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship.
Women celebrate 50 years of Division I Athletic Competition.
|1961||Women are first admitted into the undergraduate program at Santa Clara University.|
|1963||Marygrace Colby MA ’91 is hired as the first female athletic administrator for SCU.|
|1964||The Women’s Recreation Association (WRA) is officially recognized. Volleyball, Tennis and Basketball are the first organized intercollegiate sporting teams. The first women’s school trophy is won by the basketball team.
Women are allowed to use the Seifert Gym for the first time—1 night a week!
|1965||In 1965, with a desire to consolidate the governance of women’s intercollegiate athletics under one organization, the Division for Girls and Women’s Sports Commission (DGWS) is formed to assume control over competition and extramural events.
|1965||The first action the DGWS takes is to establish the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (CIAW) to assume responsibility for designing, sponsoring, and sanctioning women’s intercollegiate sports and championships. The CIAW is responsible for providing the framework and organization for women’s intercollegiate athletic opportunities and to sponsor national championships for college women under the authority of the DGWS.
|1965||The SCU tennis doubles team places second in the prestigious Ojai Tennis Tournament.
|1967||The tennis team wins the Northern California Women’s Intercollegiate Conference (NCWIC) Championship and the NCWIC Doubles Championship.|
|1969||Future Hall of Famer, Cathy Jamison ‘71 anchors the swim team that wins the NCWIC championship and participates in the first National Championship for women, taking 5th place. This is the first SCU National Championship appearance since the 1962 Baseball team participated in and won the National Championship. The team boasts two Olympians and went on to to capture 5 conference records and set numerous league best marks at the individual and relay levels.
|1971||Out of the CIAW, the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) is formed at the national level to govern collegiate women’s athletics in the United States and to administer national championships. Santa Clara joins as one of the 140 member charter colleges and universities.
1974-77: Santa Clara competes in the Northern California Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
1977-1982: Santa Clara competes in the Northern California Athletic Conference.
|1971||The women’s swim team places 4th in the National Swim Finals.
|1972||The United States Congress passes Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972.|
|1973||The women’s golf team is established, led by future Hall of Famer Margaret Leonard ’76, JD ’79. Jana Garland ’77, Pauline Lillian ’74, Anne Kerwick ’76, and Gail Giacomazzi ’77 enter the Women’s Golf Invitational—a first for Santa Clara.
|1973||The AIAW grants permission for colleges and universities to grant scholarships to women.
|1973||The University undergraduate catalogue is published recognizing women’s intercollegiate programs for the 1st time
||Women’s Swim team wins NCIAC Championship.
||Ranked #10 in the country, Women’s golf competes in the AIAW National Golf Championships.
||A Women’s Crew team begins intercollegiate competition.
|1977||Santa Clara offers 1st scholarship to a female athlete (Darby Teichgraeber ’77, Tennis, $500)
|1977||Janet Steiner is awarded the Northern California Athletic Conference Outstanding Student Athlete as well as the Henry Schmidt Sports-minded Woman of the Year Award for her successes in volleyball and basketball.|
|1977||NCIAC twenty-one schools breakup into three new conferences based on scholarships. Santa Clara joins the Northern California Athletic Conference (1977-1982)|
|1978||Santa Clara hires their 1st full time women’s coaches in volleyball and basketball.|
|1979||Softball begins competing at an intercollegiate level after competing for 2 years at a club level.|
|1980||Women’s soccer helps form and begins competing in the California College Women’s Soccer Association.|
|1980||Women’s cross-country begins competing at an intercollegiate level after a successful 2 year club status.|
|1980||Our Women’s Rowing Novice 8 boat qualifies for Nationals.|
|1980||First Woman inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame – Joanne Berscheidt ’66 (basketball, volleyball, tennis)|
|1982||AIAW merges with the NCAA to align with the men’s programs|
|1982||Women celebrate 20 years of organized athletic programs at SCU. The year begins with 6 full time and 5 part time staff supporting 7 sports with 15.5 scholarships offered.|
|1982||Liz Bruno ’82 becomes the 1st women athlete to receive the prestigious Victor Corsiglia SCU Athlete of the Year Award. Bruno is also honored with the COSIDA Academic All-American award.|
|1982||1st Female Coach or Athletic Director is inducted into the Hall of Fame–Marygrace Colby|
|1984||Karen Choppelas (Horstmeyer) ’84 becomes the 1st female member of the 1000 points club for Santa Clara Basketball.|
|1985||Santa Clara allocates additional financial resources to women’s programs.|
|1985||SCU moves into the WCAC which would later become the WCC.|
|1986||Women’s soccer receives their 1st National Ranking (#17). Jenny Fechner Sneeringer ’86 becomes the programs 1st All-American.|
|1988||Dorinda Lindstrom’88 is the 1st Women’s Basketball Player to receive WCC Player of the Year Honors – 1 of only 6 players to have won this honor in the program’s history.|
|1988||Santa Clara celebrates 25 years of Women’s athletics. Women were competing in 7 sports with 18 athletes receiving a partial scholarship to compete.|
|1988||Caren Choppelas (Horstmeyer) ’84, MA ’96 is hired as the head coach for women’s basketball, representing the 1st SCU Athletic Alumnus to work full time for the SCU Athletic Program. She left SCU in 2000 with the highest win-loss record in program history (221-124, .641)|
|1989||Women’s Soccer advances into their first NCAA Final 4 Championship.|
|1990||Women’s Soccer is ranked #1 in the NCAA National Polls.|
|1990||Brandi Chastain ’91 is awarded Santa Clara’s first Honda Award as the National Player of the Year for Women’s Collegiate Soccer.|
|1991||Women’s Basketball wins their 1st WCC Championship and WNIT National Championship. The program has gone on to win 8 WCC conference titles|
|1992||Volleyball team captures their 1st WCC Championship title.
|1993||Women’s Soccer wins their 1st of what will be 9 WCC Championships.
|1993||Women’s Golf team notches their 1st tournament win at the Menlo College Invitational.
|1993||Kris Kosnoski ’94 receives the program’s 1st WCC Player of the Year Honor for Volleyball.
|1993||Melissa King ’93 caps her senior basketball season receiving the program’s 1st All-American Honors. King holds the school record for points scored (men and women) while helping lead her team to their 1st WNIT Championship in 1991, a 1st NCAA appearance in ’92 and 3 straight WCC titles. Her retired jersey now hangs in the rafters of the Leavey Center.|
|1994||Margaret Krawiec ’95 (Women’s Soccer) is awarded the 1st WCC Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award. She was also awarded the school’s first NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship Award.|
|1995||Marygrace Colby retires after a 32 year career at Santa Clara and as is honored with The Marygrace Colby Female Student Athlete Scholarship.|
|1997||Mandy Clemens ’03 is awarded the WCC Soccer Player of the Year – the first of what would be many.
|1998||Women’s Water Polo program started as a club program and by the year 2000 had moved into D-1 competition.|
|1999||Mandy Clemens ’99 receives the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy. The award is given to the top women’s soccer player in the country.|
|2001||The Santa Clara Women’s Soccer Team wins a National Championship–1st NCAA Women’s National Championship in school history.|
|2001||Annie Garrison ’01 receives the WCC Scholar Athlete of the year Award for her work on the basketball court and in the classroom.
|2001||Aly Wagner ’02 is awarded the Honda Award for Women’s Soccer – The program’s 2nd Student Athlete to win the national award.|
|2001-2002||Santa Clara’s Women’s Athletic Program is awarded the WCC All Sports Champions recognition.|
|2002||Aly Wagner ’02 wins the prestigious M.A.C Hermann Award.
|2003||1st Women’s Tennis Player receives WCC Player of the Year Honors – Christine Limbers ’03.|
|2004||Track is added to the Women’s Athletic Program.|
|2004||Leslie Osborne ’05 becomes the school’s 3rd Honda Award recipient for women’s soccer.
|2004||Women’s Soccer team makes its 10th Final 4 appearance.|
|2004||Women’s Softball takes their 1st PCSC Conference Championship.|
|2004-2005||Santa Clara Athletics wins the WCC Commissioners Cup.|
|2005||First NCAA Final Four appearance for the volleyball program|
|2005||Women’s Water Polo receives their 1st National Ranking (20th)|
|2006||Women’s Water Polo team captures 3rd place in the WWPA Championship Final and ended the season with a program best 25-8 record.|
|2006||Women’s Water Polo 1st All-American (HM)|
|2007||Shannon Bell ’07 captures the 1st COSIDA Academic All-American honor in the Cross Country program.
|2008||The Women’s Water Polo team is honored with the 7th Highest National Academic/GPA team ranking.|
|2008||Noelle Lopez ’09 (Cross-Country) receives the prestigious Rhodes Scholar Award.|
|2008||Crystal Matich ’08 leads the Volleyball team to their 5th WCC title and on to their 10th straight trip to the NCAA tournament. Crystal would go onto to receive WCC Player of the Year honors.|
|2009||1st NCAA tournament appearance by a SCU golfer. Miki Ueoka ’11 ties for 9th in the National Championship tournament. Miki would go on to receive the programs 1st All-American honors for her outstanding year.|
|2009||Water Polo reaches WWPA Championship, a program first.|
|2009||Stephanie Wilson ’11 wins the WCC Cross Country Individual Title, a first in program history.|
|2010||Brandi Chastain ’91 becomes Santa Clara’s 1st Women inducted into the WCC Hall of Honor|
|2010||Bianca Henninger ’12 is awarded the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the year and receives the prestigious Golden Gloves Honor at the 2010 U20 World Cup (soccer).|
|2011||Women’s Golf team wins the Colby Invitational Golf Tournament for the 1st time in it’s 13 year history.
|2012||Tanya Schmidt ’12, All WCC 1st team, graduates with the highest GPA of all Academic All-Americans and as a Rhodes Scholar Finalist. She is awarded WCC and NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship Awards for her excellence on the courts and in the classroom.|
|2012||Katie Le ’14 becomes the 1st Women’s Tennis Player to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship. She was selected as the program’s 1st District 8 COSIDA Academic All-American and WCC Player of the Year.|
|2012||Briana Knight ’12 sets records as the #2 All-time leader for both homeruns and RBIs in the Pacific Coast Conference. She receives 1st team All PCSC honors for her season efforts.|
|2013||Women’s Softball joins the WCC and plays their 1st home match ever on the Santa Clara campus.
|2013||Women’s Basketball Student Athlete, Ashley Armstrong ’13 selected to serve as Valedictorian and WCC Post Graduate Scholarship Award Recipient.|
|Fall-2013||Beginning in the Fall, Santa Clara Women will begin their 50th year of competition.|