Billy Bean to Enter WCC Hall of Honor in 2012
LMU Hall of Famer Billy Bean will be formally inducted into the WCC Hall of Honor on March 3.
Feb. 15, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Former LMU baseball standout Billy Bean is one of nine members of the newest class to enter the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor. The class will be inducted on Saturday, March 3 at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The induction ceremony will be part of the Conference's celebration of its rich history in athletics and academics during the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships from February 29-March 5 at the Orleans Arena.
"This year's WCC Hall of Honor class includes nine, highly accomplished student-athletes and administrators who have made their marks on their respective institutions and beyond," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "We look forward to recognizing our inductees in Las Vegas as part of our celebration to honor those who represent the West Coast Conference and its long history of athletic and academic excellence."
The 2012 WCC Hall of Honor class includes: BYU's Elaine Michaelis (Volleyball), Gonzaga University's Blake Stepp (Men's Basketball), Loyola Marymount University's Billy Bean (Baseball), Pepperdine University's Dana Jones (Men's Basketball), University of Portland's Kasey Keller (Men's Soccer), Saint Mary's College's Tom Candiotti (Baseball), University of San Diego's Thomas Burke (Administration), University of San Francisco's K.C. Jones (Men's Basketball), and Santa Clara University's Kurt Rambis (Men's Basketball).
All nine Hall of Honor members will be formally inducted at the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch on Saturday, March 3 at 9:00 AM at the Mardi Gras Ballroom in the Orleans Hotel and will be honored during halftime of the first men's semifinal later that evening.
Tickets to the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch & Induction Ceremony are available to the public for $40 and may be purchased online using the Hall of Honor Ticket Form on WCCsports.com. Tickets must be purchased by Tuesday, February 28.
Elaine Michaelis, Brigham Young University
Elaine Michaelis guided the BYU women's volleyball program for 40 seasons before retiring from coaching in May 2002. She also served as Director of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics at BYU from 1995-2004, overseeing one of the country's most successful intercollegiate women's athletics programs.
A legend in the coaching profession, Michaelis retired as the all-time leader in victories among female coaches in collegiate volleyball at any level with 886 wins (which included only the 33 seasons since volleyball records were maintained at BYU starting in 1969). She ranks second overall in Division I women's volleyball victories, trailing only UCLA's Andy Banachowski. When Michaelis retired from coaching, only six other female coaches (all softball coaches) had ever achieved more wins than Michaelis in an NCAA Division I sport.
While compiling an overall record of 886-225-5 (.792), Michaelis never suffered a losing season. With a 20-9 mark in her final season, Michaelis completed her 28th consecutive 20-win season while advancing the team to her 12th straight NCAA tournament. Overall, her teams qualified for 30 of the 33 national tournaments, including 20 of 21 NCAA tournaments.
Blake Stepp, Gonzaga University
Stepp was selected to represent the United States men's national team at the Pan American games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and appeared in all five games. Following graduation, he entered the Chicago NBA pre-draft camp and was drafted in the second round by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Near the end of 2004, Stepp left to play overseas in Serbia and Montenegro in a Euroleague. He then returned to the U.S. in Summer 2005 to compete in the Reebok Vegas Summer League before heading back to Europe to sign with a team in Spain.
Billy Bean, Loyola Marymount University
He was a fourth round draft pick in 1986 to the Detroit Tigers where he played two seasons and was traded the L.A. Dodgers mid-season. He took some time off and was picked up in 1993 where he played two seasons with the San Diego Padres where he finished his professional baseball career.
The Loyola Marymount Baseball team retired his No. 44 jersey and in 1992 he was inducted into the LMU Hall of Fame.
Dana Jones, Pepperdine University
He ranks No. 2 all-time on Pepperdine's career scoring list with 1,677 points and ranks No. 1 in rebounds with 1031, No. 1 in steals with 211, and No. 1 in field goals made with 719.
Jones capped off his career with three WCC regular-season titles and three WCC Tournament championships and competed for three NCAA Tournament teams and one NIT squad.
Kasey Keller, University of Portland
Keller is the U.S. National Team's all-time leader for goalkeepers in caps (102), wins (53), shutouts (47) and World Cup qualifying appearances (31). He was named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year an unprecedented three times (1997, 1999 and 2005) and has competed in four World Cups. The native of Olympia, Wash. played more than 300 matches in three of the world's top leagues: England's Premier League, Spain's La Liga and Germany's Bundesliga.
While at UP, Keller (1988-91) was a three-time All-American and was named the collegiate goalkeeper of the year in 1991. He is still the school's all-time leader in career shutouts (43.0) and goals-against average (0.64). In 1988, he helped lead the Pilots to the school's first ever NCAA College Cup appearance. Portland, which lost to host Indiana in the 1988 semifinals, reached the post season all four seasons with Keller between the pipes.
Tom Candiotti, Saint Mary's College
In 1977, Candiotti was named the Northern California Baseball Association Pitcher of the Year. He made All-NCBA First Team in 1977 and 1979. In 1979, Candiotti was also an Honorable Mention All-American.
Candiotti, nicknamed "The Candy Man," pitched in Major League Baseball from 1983 to 1999. He made his major league debut with the Brewers on August 8, 1983. Best known for a dancing knuckleball, Candiotti pitched for the Brewers, Indians, Blue Jays, Dodgers and A's throughout his 16-year career in the big leagues. His best season came in 1988 with the Indians where he went 14-8 with a 3.28 ERA and 137 strikeouts. He finished his professional career with a 151 wins and a 3.73 ERA in 2,275 innings pitched with 1,735 strikeouts.
Thomas Burke, University of San Diego
He worked closely with the development of the Sports Banquet, USD's single largest fund-raising event for athletics; he was President of the West Coast Conference Executive Cabinet from 1983-1994; and he played an important role in seeing a dream become a reality with the opening of the Jenny Craig Pavilion in October, 2000. He was inducted into USD's Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
K.C. Jones, University of San Francisco
During his nine seasons playing for the Boston Celtics (1958-1967), Jones recorded 676 games played earning the reputation of a play-making guard and a defensive specialist. He rejoined Russell and helped the Celtics to eight consecutive NBA champion teams (1958-66). He had a .387 field goal percentage, scoring 5,011 points as well as a .647 free throw percentage making 1,173 from the line. He recorded 2,399 rebounds and 2,908 assists with the Celtics. Jones coached the Celtics leading them to the 1984 and 1986 NBA championships. In all, he earned 12 NBA championship rings.
Kurt Rambis, Santa Clara University
Rambis headed to Greece after being drafted into the NBA and released by the New York Knicks. After four months overseas, Rambis signed with the L.A. Lakers in September 1981. Head coach Pat Riley put Rambis on the roster where he became a regular contributor starting in 43 of the final 45 games in the regular season and played a key role in the Lakers' 1982 NBA title. Playing alongside Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy and Byron Scott, Rambis helped the Lakers to Pacific Division titles in his first seven years and earned four NBA Championships. Rambis' playing career spanned nearly two decades in the NBA also playing for the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, and Charlotte Hornets. Aside from his playing career, he also has spent time coaching, working in the front office for NBA teams, and sharing his expertise as a television analyst for ESPN.