Dec. 8, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The Loyola Marymount University athletic department announced that six individuals will be inducted as the Class of 2009 into the LMU Athletics' Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held on Friday, February 6, 2009 in the Edward Roski Dining Room located in University Hall. The inductees will also be introduced during halftime at the LMU vs. Pepperdine men's basketball game on Saturday, February 7, 2009.
This year’s class includes Bryn Britton (Women’s Basketball, 2002), Bill Crone (Football, 1970), Ryan Eisberg (Men’s Water Polo, 1998), Sarah Noriega (Women’s Volleyball, 1998), Reid Priddy (Men’s Volleyball, 2000) and Bernie Sandalow (LMU Public Address Announcer, 1978). The six individuals bring the number of members in the Hall of Fame, which was started in 1986, to 104.
Britton becomes the third women’s basketball player selected to the Hall of Fame, joining current assistant coach Lynn Flanagan, who was elected in 2001, and Sherri Brown, who was elected in 2003. LMU’s all-time leading scorer with 1,662 points, Britton is the only Lion to be named First Team All-West Coast Conference three times in her career. She led the Lions in scoring in each of her four seasons, setting records in each year for most points by a member of her class. Along with being the school’s all-time leading scorer, she is first in field goals, second in scoring average, and third in assists and three-point baskets. She holds three of the top-10 individual point totals and scoring averages for a season.
Crone enters the Hall of Fame after earning National Club Football Association First Team All-American accolades in 1968 and 1969. A Southern California Sportswriter’s Player of the Week selection in October of 1969, he was named Second Team Associated Press Little All-American and United Press International Little All-Coast at the offensive tackle position. Following a stellar collegiate career in which he was named Team MVP in his senior year, Crone became the first Lion football player to be drafted into the National Football League when the Buffalo Bills took him in the 1970 draft.
Eisberg becomes the first water polo player to be elected into the Hall of Fame after a stellar four-year career at LMU. The first AWPCA All-American to come out of the Lion program, Eisberg garnered Honorable Mention All-American recognition in 1996 and was named LMU Student-Athlete of the Year following that same season. LMU’s all-time leading scorer with 304 career points, Eisberg also ranks fifth in assists (83). He holds three of the top-10 individual season point totals, amassing 95 in 1994, 83 in 1995 and 80 in 1997.
Noriega continues a string of Hall of Fame inductees for women’s volleyball, including five since the 2005 ceremony. Noriega became just the fifth volleyball player in LMU history to have her number retired on October 13, 2007. While playing at LMU, she was an AVCA First Team All-American, a Volleyball Magazine All-American, a three-time All-West Coast Conference First Team selection and the 1997 WCC Player of the Year. She was also a three-time All-District VIII honoree and was LMU's Female Athlete of the Year for the 1997-98 school year. Noriega was a member of three WCC Championship teams with the Lions, including their most successful season in program history in 1996, when the team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. Playing opposite the setter, she led the Lions to a 26-3 overall record, a perfect 14-0 mark in conference play, and a WCC crown. In her senior season, she was named the February National Player of the Month by Volleyball Magazine. That year she posted 614 kills and led the nation with a kill average of 6.90, both of which still rank her third in LMU history. Before returning to LMU to complete her degree in 2007, Noriega played with USA Volleyball and the U.S. National Team. She still pervades the LMU career record books, ranking fourth all-time in kills (1,446), second in kill average (4.71) and third in attack percentage (.319). Noriega also still holds the NCAA record for kills in a four-set match, when she recorded 47 kills on November 7, 1997, against San Diego.
Priddy, who graduated in 2000, recently guided the U.S. to an Olympic gold medal in men’s volleyball at the Beijing Olympics. A player with an already storied career at both the professional and National levels in volleyball, he becomes the first men’s volleyball player named to LMU’s Hall of Fame. At LMU, Priddy earned American Volleyball Coaches Association First Team All-America honors as a senior, and Second Team All-America honors as a sophomore and junior. He also garnered Second Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors as a junior after leading the team in kills (435), kills per set (5.80) and service aces (35) that season. Priddy's All-American selection in 1998 was the first in school history, after leading the Lions with 391 kills and 17 matches with 10-or-more kills that year. He also earned All-MPSF Honorable Mention accolades for his efforts over his sophomore campaign. After playing at LMU, he went on to serve as a 2000 U.S. Olympic Team alternate and a player on both the 2004 and 2008 squads.
Graduating from LMU in 1978, Sandalow has been a staple of the Lion athletic program for over 30 years. Sandalow is currently in his 31st season as the voice of LMU men’s basketball, beginning his tenure on the public address microphone during the 1977-78 campaign. In addition, Sandalow served as the voice of LMU baseball from 1989 to 2007. Called upon to emcee numerous athletic events and banquets, he was a member of the Athletic Development Council from 1993-1998, serving as the chair for the Fundraising Committee in 1995.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, contact the Office of Special Events at (310) 338-5278 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The invitation and RSVP card can also be downloaded using the following links:
2009 Hall of Fame Invitation
2009 Hall of Fame RSVP Card