The Road to the Hall: Kevin Witt
Kevin Witt was LMU's first three-time All-American in water polo, going on to play for the U.S. National Team.
Jan. 25, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - This past December, the LMU men's water polo team capped a decade of dominance in the Western Water Polo Association, claiming their eighth conference title and eighth trip to the NCAAs in that time span. At the start of it all was three-time All-American Kevin Witt, and on January 29 he will be inducted to the LMU Athletics' Hall of Fame.
"He was the first national-level player to come to our program and he made an immediate impact," said LMU Men's Water Polo Head Coach John Loughran. "He came in with outstanding offensive abilities being a left-handed shooter. He added to that a great game sense that made him such a great player."
Witt was the leader on the 2001 team that on the first WWPA Championship for the Lions, kick-starting the Lions current run of eight in 10 years. Witt scored 42 goals with a team-high 34 steals, 13 assists and a team-high 12 field blocks on his way to second-team All-American honors as a junior.
"In his junior year he led us to our first championship," said Loughran. "He was such a versatile player, we switched him to the center-defender position and by his senior season he developed into one of the best in the nation."
As a senior in 2002, Witt earned WWPA Player of the Year honors and claimed his third All-American honor, earning third-team honors. He finished that last season scoring 42 goals with 24 steals, 30 kick-outs drawn and 15 assists.
Witt graduated LMU with his name all over the record book. As he is inducted into the Hall of Fame, he is ranked third with 210 career goals, third with 93 career assists, 13th with 108 games played, and third with 145 career steals.
His career continued to develop after leaving LMU as he went on to play professionally overseas and then earned a spot on the U.S. National Team, including training with the 2008 Olympic team that went on to win Silver.
Witt will join Kate Murray (women's basketball, 2004), Edit Pakay (women's tennis/cross country, 2003), Arturo Torres (Men's Soccer, 2003), the 1950 Loyola football team, and the 1989 women's rowing four that won a national championship as the newest members of the LMU Hall of Fame. The four individuals bring the number of members in the Hall of Fame, which was started in 1986, to 108. The two teams will be the fifth and sixth inducted into the Hall of Fame, as they join the 1969 football team, the 1981 women's rowing team, the 1990 men's basketball team, and the 1986 baseball team.
The Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced during halftime at the LMU men's basketball game against Santa Clara on Saturday, January 29, 2011. For game tickets, please contact Scott Higdon at 310-258-2680.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the Hall of Fame event, please contact June D'Amour at 310-338-1743 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The invitation and RSVP card can also be downloaded using the following links:
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