LMU To Induct Former Champions
Some of LMU's most recognized former student-athletes to be inducted into Hall of Fame.
Oct. 18, 2004
Los Angeles, CA (Oct. 18) -- With many of the jerseys already hanging in the rafters of Gersten Pavilion with their numbers retired, the 2005 Inductees to the Loyola Marymount University Hall of Fame are some of the most recognized and accomplished former student-athletes in the history of LMU athletics. The LMU Hall of Fame Class of 2005 includes Terry Buckley ('57), Hank Gathers ('91), Tracy Holman ('98), Bo Kimble ('91), Anthony Napolitano ('94), Mardell Wrensch ('96) and the 1989-90 Men's Basketball Team.
The 2005 class will be inducted into the hall during the LMU Hall of Fame Dinner on Friday, Jan. 28 on the campus of LMU. The formal induction ceremony will be held during the dinner while the new inductees will be recognized during halftime of the LMU vs. Pepperdine men's basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 29. The 2004-05 basketball campaign marks the 15th anniversary of the Lions' famed 1990 squad that went to the NCAA Elite Eight.
As a group, the 2005 Hall of Fame class won 10 conference championships, 18 all-conference honors, nine academic all-conference honors, three All-American honors, a trip to the Sweet 16 in volleyball and the Elite Eight in men's basketball. With those honors, it is no surprise that four of them have their numbers retired.
Gathers and Kimble both had their numbers retired in 2000, and joined the retired jerseys of Wrensch and Holman of women's volleyball. While Gathers and Kimble and the rest of the 1989-90 men's basketball are the most remembered student-athletes at LMU, Wrensch and Holman were key in putting LMU women's volleyball among the nation's elite.
Holman was the first student-athlete in LMU history to win four straight first-team all-conference honors in the West Coast Conference. She helped the women's volleyball team to three straight WCC titles in 1994-96. The 1996 squad rivals the 1989-90 men's basketball team as the best LMU squads of all-time. Holman helped that team to the 1996 Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament, going 26-3 overall, a perfect 14-0 in the WCC and advancing to the Pacific Region semifinals.
A teammate of Holman's for two seasons, Wrench was a part of the first two title runs, winning it in her junior and senior campaigns. She was a three-time first-team All-WCC selection in her tenure and was named Academic All-Conference all four years.
Another three-time first-team All-Conference selection was Napolitano. With the men's baseball team from 1991-94, Napolitano was one of the most consistent players in LMU history, leading the league in doubles and hitting better than .350 in all of those seasons. The two-time Academic All-District selection was a second-team Academic All-American as a senior.
As for records, no two athletes or one team holds more than Gathers, Kimble and the 1989-90 men's basketball team. The 1990 men's basketball team went on to accomplish what many thought was not possible as they reached the Elite Eight despite the tragic death of Gathers in the WCC tournament. Led by the nation's leading scorer in Kimble, the Lions would defeat New Mexico State, defending champion Michigan and Alabama before falling to UNLV in the West Regional final.
The 1989-90 team finished the season ranked 19th in the nation and still holds the national record for 28 games over 100 points and the points per game average with 122.4 points per game. The high-speed offense caught national attention as Kimble's 1,131 points that season still ranks 6th all-time in LMU history. Kimble led the nation as a senior with 35.3 points per game and completing his three-year career at LMU with a combined total of 2,010 points. Gathers led the nation in scoring and rebounding as a junior in 1989 with 32.7 ppg and 13.7 rpg. Gathers became only the second player in NCAA history to lead the nation in both categories the same season.
Making that historic run as a member of the 1989-90 team was Jeff Fryer, Gathers, Kimble, Chris Knight, Marcellus Lee, Terrell Lowery, John O'Connell, Tom Peabody, Jeff Roscoe, Christian Scott, Marcus Slater, Per Stumer, Greg Walker and Tony Walker.
During the success of this year's class, the support of the LMU fans was at a peak. Earning his way into the Hall of Fame thanks to his tireless support of LMU athletics is 1957 alum Terry Buckley. Known for his spirit during LMU athletics events of the years, Buckley has been seen joining the student section in chants at crucial moments of most LMU contests and in 1956 met his wife, Claudy, at a Loyola-USC basketball game. In addition, Buckley and his brother, Russ, formed an endowment to LMU that has been helping student-athletes with fifth-year scholarship funds enabling them to graduate.
For more information on the Hall of Fame Dinner contact (310) 338-5278.
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