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LMU to Induct Six Members into Hall of Fame



Former head coach Paul Westhead highlights Class of 2001

Los Angeles, Calif. (Feb. 13)--For the first time since 1994, the Loyola Marymount University Athletic Department will induct members into its Hall of Fame with a class of six new members ranging in all sports and backgrounds. LMU will officially induct the Class of 2001 into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 24 at a luncheon in Ahmanson North Dining Hall of the campus of Loyola Marymount starting at 1 p.m.. Tickets are available for $50. The inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the men's basketball game against Saint Mary's that evening.

This year's class includes:

Keith Smith, Men's Basketball
Smith played for the Lions from 1982-1983 season through 1985-1986 season in the point guard position. In Smith's best season, his junior year, he averaged just over 21 points per game, and three rebounds per game. That year he broke the school's single season scoring record by scoring an outstanding 678 points. After a successful career at LMU Smith was drafted in the second round of the 1986 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Paul Westhead, Men's Basketball Head Coach
Known as the second winningest coach in LMU's hoop history, many people credit Paul Westhead's coaching for LMU's place on the NCAA basketball map. As the head coach for five years, Westhead's 1988 Lions hold the school record for the best season, ending overall 28-4. His teams scored the highest halves in NCAA history against the US International teams (93 and 94 points at the half). In 1990, Westhead's Lions set NCAA history again by averaging over 122 points per game, ending that season one game shy of the final four. Many of this seasons still rank in the NCAA record books as the highest scoring teams every. After his fifth season as the Lion's head coach, Paul Westhead left LMU to continue his career as an NBA coach for the Denver Nuggets.

Lynn Flanagan, Women's Basketball
Lynn Flanagan was not only dangerous to her opponents, but she was an inspiration to her teammates. During her four years as a Lion, Flanagan worked her way into the record books, as she holds the record for most points in a career (1,436), most field goals in a career (549), the most free throws (337) and the best free throw percentage (.752). She is also the Lion who has seen the most action on the court, as she appeared in 114 games, also a record. In her senior year she led her team in points, scoring 469. After earning her B.A. in 1991, Flanagan has remained loyal to the Lions, as she enters her tenth season as an assistant coach with the women's basketball team, which is currently in a battle for first place in the West Coast Conference.

Brian Quinn, Athletics Director/Men's basketball
After serving the Lions on the court in basketball and on the field in baseball, 22 years later Brian Quinn returned to LMU as the athletic director in 1985. Quinn's administration is responsible for the LMU Athletic Hall of Fame. The school's teams advanced to the NCAA playoffs 11 different times, including the 1986 College World Series and the Final Eight in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. In 1996, the city of Westchester honored Brian Quinn with the Citizen of the Year award for his achievements. After serving as LMU's athletic director for 13 years, he accepted a new position as Executive Director of Athletic Development and Promotion, overseeing the fundraising for the department. Quinn earned his BA from Loyola in 1964.

Karen (Hock) Hjelm, Crew
Karen Hock Hjelm, class of 1978 (BBA) and 1981 (MBA) was a pioneer, accomplished leader and outstanding performer in women's athletics for Loyola Marymount University. She began her career at LMU in 1975 as a member of the crew program. As one of the founders of the LMU women's crew team, she and three others circulated a petition and presented it to the provost to include women on the crew team. In 1975 the women's crew program rowed their first meet. She went on to win the first ever United States National Medal for LMU in 1977 with a bronze finish. In 1978 she won a bronze medal in the U.S. National in Seattle. That same year saw her run on the men's cross country team while lettering in both crew and cross country. After graduating with her bachelor's degree, she stayed at LMU for her masters and in the process continued to earn athletic success. She won a silver in 1979 in the U.S. Nationals in Detroit, a gold medal, first ever for LMU, in 1981 and was the first women's crew coach at LMU in 1982.

Miah Bradbury, Baseball
A 1990 graduate from LMU and a four-year letterwinner for the baseball team, Miah Bradbury was drafted to play professionally in 1990. It was his final season with the Lions that was his finest in earning the WCC Player of the Year honors, only one of six players to earn that honor in program history. In his senior year, Bradberry led the team in home runs (16) and RBI (66), which ranks fourth and 11th, respectively, as all-time season records in LMU history. In 1989 as a junior, he led the team with a .398 batting average and set the season record with 31 doubles. In his career, Bradberry still reigns a top the record books with 846 at bats, 306 hits, 72 doubles, and 490 total bases.

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