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USC Athletics 2018 Hall of Fame class announced

LOS ANGELES–Eighteen Trojan luminaries have been selected to the 12th class of USC’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Alphabetically, the 2018 inductees are: Wayne Black (tennis), Chris Claiborne (football), Sam Clancy (basketball), Kim Clark Jennings (soccer/basketball), Mike Gillespie (baseball coach/player), J.K. McKay (Spirit Award), Ous Mellouli (swimming), Mikaela Parmlid (golf), Troy Polamalu (football), April Ross (volleyball), Felix Sanchez (track and field), Rod Sherman (football), Kevin Stadler (golf), Tim Tessalone (media), Traveler (Spirit Award), Charlie Weaver (football), Lauren Wenger Trapani (water polo) and Barry Zito (baseball).

They will be introduced during this year’s Nov. 4 USC-Arizona football game in the Coliseum and then honored at an induction dinner on May 19, 2018, at USC’s Galen Center.

“This is an iconic group of Trojans who have left their mark on USC’s athletic history,” said USC athletic director Lynn Swann, who was a member of the 2005 class. “They will join our first 11 classes of Hall of Famers to form a Who’s Who in USC sports.”

Tickets to the induction ceremony are available by calling the USC Athletic Department at (213) 740-4155.

The Hall of Famers were selected by a 100-member panel consisting of media, previous Hall of Famers, USC Athletics Board of Counselors and Trojan head coaches and athletic department senior staff. To be eligible for election, athletes generally must have completed their last season of eligibility at USC 10 years ago.


BLACK—Wayne Black helped USC capture the 1993 and 1994 NCAA men’s tennis team championships, earning All-American acclaim both years. The 1994 Pac-10 Player of the Year, he was a three-time (1992-93-94) All-Pac-10 honoree. He went on to a successful pro career, especially in doubles. He won the 2001 U.S. Open and 2005 Australian Open doubles crowns (with Kevin Ullyett), among his 18 pro doubles titles between 1998 and 2005 (he was runner-up at the 2000 Australian). He and his sister, Cara, also won the mixed doubles at the 2002 French Open and 2004 Wimbledon. He rose to No. 4 in the world’s doubles rankings (and No. 69 in singles) and earned more than $3 million in prize money. He represented his native Zimbabwe in singles and doubles at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and in doubles in 2004. He joined with his brother, Byron, who preceded him at USC, on numerous Zimbabwe Davis Cup teams, including in the 1998 upset of Australia. He now is a businessman in Zimbabwe.

CLAIBORNE—Chris Claiborne was USC’s first winner of the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker. In 1998, when he won that award, he also was named a unanimous All-American and the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year as he notched 120 tackles, 16 pass deflections and six interceptions (all team highs). In his Trojan career, he had 312 tackles, including 27 for losses. He was selected by the Detroit Lions as the ninth pick of the 1999 NFL draft (as a junior) and played 8 seasons with the Lions, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams and New York Giants. He then became a high school football coach and ran youth football camps.

CLANCY—Sam Clancy, a key cog on USC’s 2001 Elite Eight run, was one of Troy’s most dominant basketball players. Despite being just 6-7, he was relentless on the boards and tough to stop in the paint. The four-year (1999-2002) letterman forward was the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2002 while averaging 19.1 points and 9.4 rebounds. On USC’s career lists, he is second in blocked shots (195) and third in both scoring (1,657 points) and rebounds (839). He was inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor in 2016. An NBA second round pick, injuries limited his time in the NBA but since 2004 he has played professionally for numerous foreign teams.

CLARK—Kim Clark Jennings not only was one of the best players in the formative years of the USC women’s soccer program, but she also excelled on the Women of Troy’s basketball team. She was a three-time (1997-98-99) All-Pac-10 first team honoree and two-time (1997-98) All-West Region selection, and also made All-American second team in 1999. She set the USC season record for assists in 1997 (17). In her career, she scored 33 goals and had 36 assists, putting her second on the career points list (102). She also was a guard on USC’s hoops team in 1997 and 1998, playing alongside her twin sister, Kristin (the team’s top scorer in 1998 and the school career recordholder for 3-pointers). After her USC days, she played professional soccer and now is a real estate agent.

GILLESPIE—Mike Gillespie is one of only two men to play on and coach a College World Series championship baseball team. He was an infielder/outfielder on USC’s 1961 CWS champs (and 1960 runner-up squad). In 1987, after a successful 16-year junior college coaching career (three state titles), he became Troy’s head coach through 2006, leading the Trojans to five Pac-10 titles, 14 NCAA Regional appearances, four CWS berths (including finalist in 1995) and the 1998 CWS crown. He won 763 games in his 20-year USC tenure and coached 42 All-Americans, 15 Freshman All-Americans, nine Pac-10 Players/Pitchers of the Year and 30 major leaguers, including MLB All-Stars Mark Prior, Barry Zito, Aaron and Bret Boone, Geoff Jenkins and Morgan Ensberg. A four-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, he was the 2000 USA National Team head coach. Currently UC Irvine’s head coach (the winningest in school history), he has guided the Anteaters since 2007 to five NCAA Regionals, including a trip to the CWS, and at least 30 wins every season. In his 29-year (and counting) Division I coaching career, he has won more than 1,100 games and twice was the National Coach of the Year (1998 and 2014). He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010.

McKAY—J.K. McKay, the son of legendary USC football coach John McKay, was a standout Trojan wide receiver and later a USC athletic administrator. Playing for his father, he was a member of USC’s 1972 and 1974 national championship teams and played in three Rose Bowls. His late-in-the-game 38-yard touchdown reception (from childhood friend Pat Haden) helped the Trojans to a dramatic 18-17 comeback win over Ohio State in the 1975 Rose Bowl to seal the national crown (he and Haden were the game’s Co-MVPs and in 1988 he was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame). The three-year letterman (1972-74) had 88 catches and 18 TDs in his USC career. He spent 1975 with the WFL’s Southern California Sun, then three years (1976-78) playing for his father again, this time with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He then became an attorney, as well as a sports front office executive, including general manager of the XFL champion Los Angeles Xtreme. He served as a senior associate athletic director at USC from 2010 to 2016.

MELLOULI—Ous Mellouli is one of USC’s most prolific distance swimmers. He won the 2005 NCAA 400-yard individual medley title and seven Pac-10 titles on the way to being a 16-time All-American. A five-time Olympian (2000-04-08-12-16) for Tunisia, he was the first African male swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual event when he won the 1500-meter freestyle in 2008 (just his country’s second gold medal ever). He got another gold when he won the open water marathon 10K in 2012 and, coupled with the bronze medal he won in that Olympics’ 1500-meter freestyle, he became the first Olympian to win medals in both open water and the pool in a single Olympics. He also won four World Championship gold medals. Tunisia’s flag carrier in the 2012 Olympic closing ceremony and 2016 opening ceremony, his five Olympic appearances are tied for second most by any USC athlete (and most by a Trojan swimmer).

PARMLID—Mikaela Parmlid won the NCAA women’s golf individual title in 2003 while leading the Women of Troy to the program’s first team championship. A two-time (2002-03) All-American first team honoree, she won a then-USC record-tying five career tournaments, including a then-school record four in 2003. She was USC’s first-ever winner of the golf Honda Award. A member of the Swedish National Team, she then played on the LPGA and Ladies European Tours, where she won nearly $1 million. She was inducted into the Women’s Golf Coaches Association Players Hall of Fame in 2013. She teaches golf and is a motivational speaker and coach in Sweden.

POLAMALU—Troy Polamalu, known for his fearless hitting and flying tackles along with his flowing black hair, was one of the greatest safeties in football history. He was a two-time (2001-02) All-American first teamer and team captain at USC, recording 281 tackles and 6 interceptions in his four-year (1999-2002) career. He made 118 stops in 2001. A member of the Pac-12 All-Century Team, he was a first round NFL draft pick and spent his entire 12-year pro career (2003-14) with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He helped the Steelers to three Super Bowls (XL, XLIII and XLV), winning twice, and was named to eight Pro Bowls. He was the 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. With 770 career tackles and 32 interceptions, he was named to the Steelers’ All-Time Team.

ROSS—April Ross not only is regarded as one of USC’s best women’s indoor volleyball players, but she has gone on to become one of the world’s most accomplished female beach players. Ross won the 2003 Honda Award as the top collegiate player and twice (2002-03) was an All-American first teamer while helping the Women of Troy to the NCAA indoor crown both seasons. Among the other college accolades for this four-time All-Pac-10 first team performer were 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year and 2000 National and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. She led USC in kills all four of her seasons (2000-03), as well as digs in 2001 and aces in 2003 (a school record 59). In her illustrious pro beach career, she has won more than 50 international and domestic tournaments with prize earnings of about $1.7 million. She was the Olympic silver medalist in 2012 and won bronze in 2016. She was the 2007 FIVB Rookie of the Year after being so honored in 2006 by the AVP.

SANCHEZ—Felix Sanchez is one of USC’s greatest intermediate hurdlers. He won the 2000 NCAA title in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles and helped USC to the 1999 and 2000 Pac-10 championships. He then competed in four Olympics (2000-04-08-12) for the Dominican Republic, winning gold in his specialty in 2004 and 2012 (at 34, becoming the oldest man to win the Olympic 400 hurdles) and setting the school record (48.33) at the 2000 Games. He was ranked No. 1 in the world in the 400 hurdles for four years (2001-04) when he had a 43-race winning streak. He won a pair of World Championships (2001 and 2003). The Dominican Republic’s largest stadium is named after him.

SHERMAN (photo above) —Rod Sherman caught one of the most famous touchdowns in USC football history. The three-year (1964-66) letterman wideout grabbed Craig Fertig’s fourth-down 15-yard TD pass with 1:33 to play against unbeaten, top-ranked Notre Dame in 1964 to lead Troy back from a 17-point deficit and a 20-17 win. Sherman actually suggested the play (“85-Z Delay”) on the sideline to head coach John McKay, who then sent Sherman into the game. He captained the 1966 Trojan team that played in the Rose Bowl (he won All-Conference first team honors that season). In his career, he caught 90 passes. After playing in the Hula Bowl, College All-Star Game and Coaches All-America Game following his senior season, he spent 7 years in the NFL with the Raiders, Bengals, Broncos and Rams. He then became a sports executive and founder of football fantasy camps.

STADLER—Kevin Stadler followed in the footsteps of his famous father, Craig, becoming an outstanding USC and professional golfer. The 2002 Pac-10 Golfer of the Year, the younger Stadler led the Trojans to the 2001 and 2002 Pac-10 championships. He then went on to play on the PGA and European Tours, where he has collected more than $10 million in career earnings and posted two tourney wins. In 2014, he and Craig became the first father-son duo to play in the same Masters (Kevin also became the first son of a Masters champion to play in that tournament).

TESSALONE—Tim Tessalone is USC’s longest-tenured sports information director, serving since 1984 (the USC graduate began as a Trojan assistant SID in 1979). During his time, he and his staff have publicized 45 national championship teams, 266 Olympians and 21 Academic All-Americans, and in football 82 All-Americans, 210 NFL draftees and five Heisman Trophy winners. He has served as media coordinator at 17 championships hosted by USC and worked more than 450 Trojan football games, including 28 bowls (12 Rose Bowls). The USC sports information office has won more Football Writers Association of America “Super 11” awards than any school. He is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America and FWAA Halls of Fame.

TRAVELER—Traveler, the noble white horse that appears at all USC home football games with a regal Trojan warrior astride, is one of the most iconic collegiate mascots. Traveler first appeared at a USC football game in 1961 and, ever since, whenever USC scores, the band plays “Conquest” and Traveler gallops around the Coliseum. Traveler also has appeared at some away football games (the 2005 Orange Bowl in Miami is the farthest), as well as at other Trojan events, and at grade and high schools, at charity functions, in parades (including nearly 50 Rose Parades), on screen and stage, in commercials and at personal appearances with many celebrities.

WEAVER—Charlie Weaver, a feared defensive end, was a member of USC’s famous “Wild Bunch” 1969 defensive line that surrendered just 2.3 yards per rush en route to a 10-0-1 record and a Rose Bowl victory. The following season, he was a consensus All-American and All-Conference first teamer while being named USC’s Most Inspirational Player and co-captain. The two-year letterwinner came to USC from Arizona Western College. He was a second round pick in the 1971 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions, where he played for 11 seasons (1971-81; he also spent part of 1981with the Washington Redskins).

WENGER—Lauren Wenger Trapani won the 2006 Peter J. Cutino Award as the top collegiate women’s water polo player. Also an All-American in 2006, she scored 127 career goals. Known as a strong defender and a perimeter scorer, she was a key member of USC’s 2004 NCAA championship team. Representing the USA, she won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics after getting a silver in 2008. The 2007 USA Water Polo Female Athlete of the Year, she was the MVP at the FINA World Championship that year as the Americans won the gold medal (her USA squad repeated in 2009). She also played professionally in Europe. She now is in medical device sales.

ZITO—Barry Zito had one of the finest seasons ever by a USC pitcher when he posted a 12-3 record with 154 strikeouts in 1999, earning All-American first team and Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year acclaim. After coming to USC via UC Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Pierce College, he parlayed his only season as a Trojan into a first round draft selection and a stellar 15-year (2000-13, 2015) major league career with the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants. The lefty, known for his nasty curveball and sneaky fastball, won the 2002 American League Cy Young Award by going 23-5 with a 2.75 ERA and 182 strikeouts. He was a three-time All-Star (2002-03-06) and a member of the Giants’ 2012 World Series champions. In his pro career, he won 165 games and struck out 1,885 batters. A talented guitarist, he now is a recording artist.


1994 (inaugural): 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

1995: 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

1997: 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

1999: 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

2001: 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

2003: 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, Carson Palmer, Murray Rose, Jim Sears, George Toley, Stan Williamson, Gwynn Wilson, Don Winston, Tex Winter and Richard Wood

2005: Dick Attlesey, Jack Beckner, John Berardino, Chuck Bittick, Jim Brideweser, Willie Brown, Jeff Cravath, Rich Dauer, Ken Flower, Bud Furillo, Lou Galen, Joe Gonzales, Elmer “Gloomy Gus” Henderson, Wally Hood, Willis O. Hunter, Sim Iness, Payton Jordan, Bruce Konopka, Mike Larrabee, Lisa Leslie, Katherine B. Loker, Bob Lutz, Bruce and Clay Matthews, Sam Randolph, Bill Seinsoth, Lynn Swann, Hal Urner and Paula Weishoff.

2007: Charley Ane, Sam Barry, Joe Bottom, Bud Bradley, Pat Cannamela, Mark Carrier, Dusty Dvorak, Ed Hookstratten, Jack Hupp, Manuel Laraneta, Matt Leinart, Earl McCullouch, Pam and Paula McGee, Rafael Osuna, Paula Jean Myers Pope, C.R. Roberts, Gene Rock, Loel Schrader, Ron Severa, Roy Smalley, John Werhas, Angela Williams and Charles Young

2009: John Abdun-Nur, Rink Babka, Pete Beathard, Julie Bescos, Rex Cawley, Al Centofante, Al Cowlings, Bob Falkenburg, Sherman Finger, Tim Hovland, Lennox Miller, Bernice Orwig, Rodney Peete, John Robinson, Richard Saukko, Junior Seau, Mike Walden, Dave Wharton, Gus Williams, Wally Wolf, Stan Wood and Hank Workman.

2012: Art Bartner, Lindsay Benko, Steve Bisheff, Tony Boselli, Clarence Davis, Barbara Hallquist, Barbara Hedges, Bob Hughes, Wayne Hughes, Bryan Ivie, Keyshawn Johnson, Randy Johnson, Jill McGill, Tina Thompson, Forrest Twogood, Quincy Watts and Adrian Young.

2015: Byron Black, Pete Carroll, Jack Del Rio, John Hamilton, Isabelle Harvey, Joe Jares, Jimmy Jones, Dave Levy, Harold Miner, Aniko Pelle, Mark Prior, Kristine Quance-Julian, Don Quarrie, Jennifer Rosales, Tim Rossovich and Bob Yoder.