March 1, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- On Saturday, March 2, seven individuals and one team will be introduced as the Loyola Marymount University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
Albert Gersten, II (benefactor), Danielle Kaminaka (softball), Kealani Kimball (women's volleyball), John R. Lind, Sr. (men's crew head coach), Endre Rex-Kiss (men's water polo), Thomas Salvino (men's basketball), Lynn Agnes Scott (women's tennis) and the 2004 women's water polo team join the ranks of the elite as the newest members of the LMU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Festivities begin Saturday afternoon with the sold out Hall of Fame Banquet, followed by recognition at halftime of the men's basketball regular-season finale versus BYU at 8 p.m.
Albert Gersten, II `74
A lifetime supporter of Loyola Marymount University Athletics, Albert Gersten, II becomes the second benefactor to be inducted into the LMU Athletics Hall of Fame. A 1974 graduate of LMU, his major gift led to the Jan. 15, 1981 opening of Gersten Pavilion, the home of LMU men's and women's basketball and volleyball. The Pavilion was named in honor of Albert Gersten, the father of Albert Gersten, II. Gersten, II has served on the Athletics Director's Council and the Board of Regents, financed a state-of-the-art scoreboard featuring scoring systems for both water polo and swimming at the Burns Aquatics Center in 2001, and has remained an active supporter and avid fan throughout the years.
Danielle Kaminaka `06
Danielle Kaminaka was the starting third baseman on the LMU softball team from 2001-05. A three-time first team All-Pacific Coast Softball Conference performer during her collegiate career, Kaminaka also won PCSC Player of the Year and National Fastpitch Coaches Association Pacific All-Region honors in 2004 when she set then school records with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs. In 2005, Kaminaka's senior year, she won the PCSC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, was awarded first team Academic All-District honors, while helping LMU to its second conference title and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. At the time of her induction, Kaminaka ranked second in career doubles (43), home runs (47), slugging percentage (.623), on-base percentage (.434) and walks (110); third in career runs (140) and RBIs (149), fifth in career hits (213) and sixth in career batting average (.326). After graduating from LMU in 2006 with her bachelor's degree in English, Kaminaka spent two years teaching English in Japan. She returned to LMU as a graduate assistant coach from 2008-2012 while also earning her master's degree in English literature from LMU in 2010.
Kealani Kimball `04
In her four years at LMU, Kealani Kimball earned All-West Coast Conference honors three times, led the Lions to three NCAA Tournament appearances (2000, 03, 04) and became just the fourth Lion to surpass both the 1,000 kill and 1,000 dig milestone in her career. After appearing in 26 matches as a freshman in 2000, Kimball truly began to shine as a sophomore in 2001. Leading her team in block assists and ranking second on the team in attacks, kills, blocks solo and total blocks, Kimball earned first-team All-WCC honors. As a junior, Kimball led the Lions in serve aces, second in kills, digs and total blocks, earning her second All-WCC selection. Following two very impressive seasons as a Lion, Kimball out did herself in her last year at LMU. Contributing all over the floor, Kimball was selected to her third consecutive All-WCC team. Kimball also received Academic All-District VIII honors in 2003 for her achievements on the court and in the classroom. At the time of her induction, Kimball ranked No. 9 in kills (1,105) and No. 10 in digs (1,038) in LMU's career record book, and was just one of five players in program history to have her jersey retired.
John R. Lind, Sr. `71
Head Coach, Men's Crew
John R. Lind, Sr. has been called by many, the "founding father" of LMU crew. Given his achievements during his 11 seasons at the men's crew head coach, the title suits him just fine. When Lind took over the two-year-old program in 1963, there was no boathouse, limited equipment and funds, and no varsity wins. Perhaps his most significant achievement was his near single-handed effort of getting the program a boathouse. Reaching out to the Marina, the University and potential donors in the area, by the start of the 1966-67 season, the LMU crew team had a floating boathouse to call home. In the water, Lind's guided the Lions into a new era that included a win over powerhouse UCLA in 1968, wins over 20 of the 21 programs on the West Coast in 1968 and 1969 and a 1970 victory over Cal, which had recently produced three Olympic medaling crews, on their home course. He also served as the manager of the U.S. National team at a meet in Austria in 1969. Lind's final season at LMU was 1973-74, after which he took a position at the University of Washington.
Endre Rex-Kiss `06
Men's Water Polo
Endre Rex-Kiss was the second LMU men's water polo player to earn All-American honors three times, claiming second team honors from 2003-05. During his four years as a Lion, the program won 71 games, clinched three consecutive Western Water Polo Association titles (2003-05) and finished third in three straight NCAA Championships. Along with his three All-American honors, Rex-Kiss was named WWPA Player of the Year in 2004, was a three-time selection to the NCAA All-Tournament first team (2003-05) and earned four All-WWPA selections (2002-05), including first team honors his junior and senior seasons. At the time of his induction into the LMU Athletics Hall of Fame, Rex-Kiss ranked first in career assists (116), tied for first games played (128), and second in total points (261). In 2004, Rex-Kiss finished the season with 83 total goals, becoming the first player in the non-two goal era to score more than 70 goals in a season.
Thomas Salvino `56
Thomas Salvino was a member of the LMU men's basketball team from 1953-56. In an era when freshmen were not allowed on collegiate varsity rosters, Salvino had just three seasons to make his mark on the program. At the time of his induction Salvino ranked 24th in career free throws made (255), 19th in career free-throw attempts (378), 30th in career rebounds (464) and 26th in career rebound average (6.6 rpg). The Lions went a combined 43-37 during Salvino's three seasons, including a 16-9 mark in 1954-55, which resulted in the first collegiate sponsored postseason tournament appearance for the program - the NAIA National Championship. In 1955-56, the Lions joined the California Basketball Association, which, two years later, formed the West Coast Athletic Conference. LMU finished second with a 9-5 record and Salvino earned second team all-conference honors. During his final season at LMU, Salvino was the team's leading rebounder at 9.0 boards per game. For his career, Salvino averaged 11.0 ppg and 6.6 rpg.
Lynn Agnes Scott `78
Lynn Agnes Scott will forever go down in Loyola Marymount University Athletics history as the recipient of the first athletic scholarship ever awarded to a female athlete at LMU. A transfer from West L.A. College in 1975, Scott led the Lions to a 20-0 record during her two years of competition in a Lion uniform, capturing their first two conference championships, the first as a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and the second as a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). Scott remained with the program an assistant coach during the 1977-78 season, guiding the Lions to an 8-2 record and third consecutive conference championship (CCAC). A graduate of nearby Westchester High School, Scott began playing tennis in her sophomore year of high school. She played out of the No. 1 position at West L.A. finishing the year with a perfect 10-0 record and was named the school's most valuable female athlete.
2004 Women's Water Polo Team
The 2004 LMU women's water polo team set a new bar for Lion athletic programs, becoming the first team in more than 90 years of intercollegiate sports to play in an NCAA sponsored title game. Coached by John Loughran and led by Devon Wright, the 2004 squad captured its fourth straight Western Water Polo Association title and advanced to the 2004 NCAA Championship national title game, eventually dropping a heartbreaker, 10-8, to USC, to finish second. Head Coach John Loughran claimed his fourth consecutive Coach of the Year title, while Devon Wright and Teresa Guidi were named WWPA Player of the Year and first-team All-American, respectively. The Lion's finished ranked No. 2 in the final coaches' poll, the highest end-of-the-year finish by any LMU program.