A hot winter and spring for SCU sports
WCC All-Sports Award
The Santa Clara University Broncos women’s sports teams earned the West Coast Conference’s All-Sports Award for the 2005-06 season, marking the third time SCU has clinched the honor in the last five years. Overall, Santa Clara finished second in the Commissioner’s Cup race to Loyola Marymount, after earning 65 points (in men’s and women’s sports) in 2005-06, 2.5 points behind the Lions.
|Co-captain and All-WWPA player Lindsey Bacolini. Photo: Don Jedlovec |
Since the All-Sports Awards were inaugurated in 2001-02, the Santa Clara women have finished first three times and second twice to establish themselves as a leader in women’s sports in the WCC.
Coaches of the Year
Reflecting the success and persistence of the athletic teams, four SCU head coaches were honored as conference coaches of the year. Volleyball’s Jon Wallace, women’s basketball’s Michelle Bento-Jackson, and men’s golf’s Rob Miller all earned WCC Coach of the Year honors—while on the pool deck, women’s water polo’s Keith Wilbur was named Coach of the Year by the Western Water Polo Association.
Broncos Earn Academic Honors
What makes the consummate scholar-athlete? That might be a question for these Broncos, who have exhibited the mental and physical discipline to perform well on the field or court while showing their acumen when it comes to coursework, too.
• Cross-country’s Shannon Bell was named to ESPN the Magazine’s Academic All-District VIII team following a season that saw her finish second at the WCC Championships while majoring in combined sciences and setting the pace with a 4.0 grade-point average. “We have so many student-athletes who carry outstanding GPAs in our program here at Santa Clara,” says cross- country head coach Tom Service, “but Shannon is the perfect example of achieving excellence in the classroom and also, in her case, on the cross-country course.”
• Tennis players Jan Macek, Bobby Rasmussen, and Kim Daniel all earned spots on the WCC’s Spring All-Academic team. Macek is graduating a year early with a degree in finance and a 3.57 GPA. Rasmussen, an accounting major, sports a 3.46 GPA—and this is the second consecutive year that he has been honored by the WCC for his academic prowess. Daniel, also an accounting major, boasts a 3.92 GPA.
• Ashley Graham, Mitch Henke, and Joey Kaempf represented SCU basketball on the WCC Winter All-Academic team. Graham, a psychology major, carries a 3.60 GPA, while Henke is working towards a degree in mathematics with a 3.58 GPA, and Kaempf, a political science major, carries a 3.63 grade-point average.
Season of Firsts
- The Broncos turned in the finest season in program history and made their first-ever appearance in the NCAA West Regionals. Guided by first-year mentor and WCC Co-Coach of the Year Rob Miller, and led on the links by seniors John Colyar and Michael Nicoletti, Santa Clara captured a program-best four tournament titles while Nicoletti turned in six top-five finishes.
|Broncos on the links: from left, Michael Nicoletti and John Colyar. Photo: David Gonzales |
Women’s water polo
- Bronco women made history in the pool this spring, posting a 25-8 record and earning a No. 15 ranking in the nation. Santa Clara capped its stellar year with a third-place finish at the WWPA Championships. Lindsey Bacolini garnered first-team All-WWPA honors, Katie Radvanyi was named to the second team, and Kristin Barnes received an honorable mention.
• Six Broncos earned All-WCC honors, including All-WCC First-Teamers Daniel Nava and Kris Watts. Freshmen Matt Wickswat and Matt Long were named to both the All-WCC second team and WCC All-Freshman team, while Kevin Drever was named All-WCC honorable mention, and Brady Fuerst garnered a spot on the All-Freshman team.
• Nava led the WCC in batting with a .392 average—the first Bronco to pace the conference since 2003.