PACIFIC ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
The 2004-05 Inductees of the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame
The inductees for the 2004-05 Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame induction class are Dr. Glen Albaugh (Men's Golf Coach, 1971-92), Ryan Benjamin (Football, 1990-92), Greg Bishop (Football, 1989-92), Therese Boyle-Niego (Women's Volleyball, 1982-85), Tine Freil (Women's Basketball, 1989-93), Dr. Martin Gipson (Contributor), the 1949-50 men's swimming team, and the 1979-80 men's golf team. For more information, contact the Pacific Athletic Department at (209) 946-2387 .
Dr. Glen Albaugh
Albaugh coached the Pacific men's golf team for 20 years from 1971-92, while also serving as a professor in the University's department of sport sciences. Over his 20-year coaching career, he guided the Tigers to a total of six NCAA postseason team appearances, including NCAA Finals bids in 1980 and 1983. In addition, the Tigers were individually represented in NCAA postseason play consistently throughout Albaugh's tenure.
Albaugh led the Tigers to Top-25 national rankings four times during a five-year span from 1979-84. He coached nine All-Americans and three Academic All-Americans in addition to countless individual top-10 finishers and tournament medalists.
Albaugh resides in Stockton with his wife, Sandy. Since 1992, Glen has been a sports psychology consultant, working with numerous professional and amateur golfers. In addition, he continues to consult with Pacific coaches and student-athletes. Following the conclusion of his coaching career in 1992, Albaugh continued to serve as a professor in Pacific's department of sport sciences until 1999.
Benjamin re-wrote the Pacific and Big West Conference record books and gained national acclaim as a running back and return specialist for the Pacific football team from 1990-92. He was a two-time All-American and Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the Tigers in 1991 and 1992.
As a junior in 1991, Benjamin led the country in all-purpose yardage and became the first player in conference history to catch 50 passes while rushing for at least 1,500 yards. His 2,996 all-purpose yards were second only to Barry Sanders' NCAA record numbers in 1988. Following the season, Benjamin became Pacific's first and only Associated Press First Team All-American and just the second player in Big West Conference history to earn the honor.
Benjamin followed his decorated junior campaign with an equally impressive senior season in 1992. He earned AP and UPI All-America Second Team recognition after rushing for 1,441 yards and compiling 2,597 all-purpose yards. Ryan continues to lead the NCAA in career yards per game with an average of 237.8 yards per contest over his career. That average is more than 30 yards better than the next best average. In addition, Benjamin is still the only player in NCAA Division I history to surpass 2,500 all-purpose yards in two different seasons.
In the Pacific record book, Benjamin holds the single season rushing record with 1,581 yards in 1991, and ranks second with 3,119 career rushing yards. He holds Pacific and Big West Conference records for all-purpose yardage in a single season and in a career, as well as school and conference records for the most games with at least 300 all-purpose yards in a season and a career.
Benjamin went on to sign as a free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League, where he played for one and a half years from 1993-94. He then competed for the Shreveport Pirates of the Canadian Football League in 1994, and the Portland Forest Dragons of the Arena Football League from 1995-2000, were he served as the team's captain and earned team MVP honors. Benjamin currently resides in Cordova, Tenn., with his wife, Shannon, and their three children. He works as a national accounts manager for American Home Shield, where he manages accounting and collection representatives.
Bishop started every game of his final three collegiate seasons (1990-92) at left tackle for the Pacific football team, after playing on the defensive line as a freshman in 1989.
As a junior in 1991, Bishop earned All-Big West Conference Second Team honors as a starter on the offense that led the nation with an average of 511.3 yards per game. He followed that performance with an All-Big West Conference First Team bid as a senior and an appearance at the 1993 East-West Shrine Game. Greg received the National Strength and Conditioning Award in 1992, and received team honors as the most valuable lineman and iron man.
Bishop blocked for two-time All-American and fellow Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Ryan Benjamin in 1991 and 1992, and Ryan rushed for more than 1,400 yards each of those two seasons. A versatile left tackle who was also an outstanding pass protector, Bishop was honored by the NFL Draft Report as an All-America First Team choice on special teams.
Bishop was selected by the New York Giants in the fourth round of the 1993 NFL Draft. He played for the Giants from 1993-98, including one stretch when he started 65 consecutive contests. Greg concluded his NFL playing career with the Atlanta Falcons in 1999.
Bishop resides in Lodi with his wife, Julie, and their three children. He is a partner with his father, Larry, at O-Line Properties. His father was in the 1995-96 Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame induction class. Greg also coaches football at the high school level at Lodi High School.
Boyle-Niego competed for the Pacific women's volleyball team as an outside hitter from 1982-85. She helped guide the Tigers to their first-ever national championship in any sport in 1985, and a combined 137-23 record over her four years.
Therese made an immediate impact for the Tigers as a freshman in 1982, earning all-conference first team honors and setting a program record for the most kills in a single match by a freshman with 31.
She went on to garner all-conference second team honors as a sophomore in 1983, before being recognized as a Volleyball Monthly All-American during the Tigers' national title run in 1985. Therese served as captain for the national champion Tigers her senior season.
In the Pacific career record book, Boyle-Niego continues to rank 10th in kills with 1,279, fourth in total attacks with 3,382, and fifth in service aces with 143.
At the national level, Boyle-Niego was a United States Junior National Team member from 1980-81. In addition, she was a United States Olympic Festival participant from 1981-83.
Following her time at Pacific, Boyle-Niego went on to play Major League Volleyball, the first-ever women's professional league, and coach with the late Steve Lowe at the University of Wisconsin. Later, she coached at Loyola University of Chicago, where she took the women's team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Therese resides in Chicago with her husband, Charlie Niego, and their five children. She is a full-time mom, but also directs the Elite Volleyball program in Chicago, a volleyball school for girls and boys.
Freil made an indelible mark on the Pacific women's basketball program during her four-year career as a guard from 1989-93.
The most decorated player in program history, Freil ranks third in NCAA Division I history with a Big West Conference record 1,088 assists and 9.8 assists per game. She is one of just two players in NCAA Division I history to accumulate 1,000 points and 1,000 assists in a career.
Freil wasted no time in establishing her legacy as a freshman in 1989-90, setting the NCAA freshman record for assists per game with 11.1 and earning Big West Conference Freshman of the Year honors. She set the school's single game assist mark with 18 against San Jose State on Feb. 19, 1990, a mark she would increase to 22 against Wichita State her sophomore season. Tine was named to the Big West Conference All-Tournament Team as a freshman, after setting a tournament record with 15 assists in a contest against UC Irvine.
Freil went on to earn all-conference first team recognition each of her final three seasons, tallying up the program's top four single season assist totals and four of the top five single season steal marks. She continues to rank seventh in the Pacific career record book in scoring with 1,291 points, 10th in rebounds with 602, and third in three-point field goals made per game with 1.4. She was selected by Dick Vitale's Basketball Magazine as a Pre-Season All-American prior to her senior campaign. At the international level, Freil has been the starting point guard for the Danish National Team. She currently resides in Denmark, where she has also played professionally.
Dr. Martin Gipson
Gipson, who was a noted sports psychologist, author, and advocate of personal health care management, earns posthumous induction after working closely with a number of Pacific teams and coaches over the years.
Gipson was a close adviser to Dr. Terry Liskevych as he built a championship women's volleyball program at Pacific in the early 1980's. He then moved on to help Liskevych coach the United States National Women's Volleyball Team. Under their auspices with the U.S. National Team, the U.S. achieved three Top-10 Olympic finishes, including a bronze medal in Barcelona, Spain, in 1992. The do also co-authored a spectator's guide to volleyball in 1988, along with Nancy Liskevych.
In addition, Gipson served as a medical commissioner for the Federation of International Volleyball and wrote several grants for the United States Volleyball Association.
A cum laude graduate of Chico State in 1959, Gipson did graduate work in psychology at the University of Illinois and received a doctorate in experimental psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1968. As a professor at Pacific, Gipson received the Faye and Alex Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award in 1982, for excellence in teaching and commitment to student achievement within the College of the Pacific, the University's school of arts and sciences. He was chair of Pacific's psychology department from 1975-81.
Gipson was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, a cancer affecting the kidney, in 1989, and was given three to six months to live. He defied the odds for nearly a decade, as he went on to teach and travel the world. He also went on to write a book, co-authoring "Managing Your Health Care" in 1996 with Liskevych and Stockton physician Dr. Edwin Swillinger. Gipson wrote from his personal experience as a kidney cancer patient. Gipson passed away in September of 1998, after a nine-year battle with cancer.
1949-50 Men's Swimming Team
Under the guidance of legendary head coach Chris Kjeldsen, the Tigers lodged an undefeated dual meet season as an independent powerhouse.
Members of the 1949-50 Pacific men's swimming team included: head coach Chris Kjeldsen, Bob Brown, Dick Cullenward, Don Driggs, Morrie Green, Wayne LaVelle, Bill McMillan, Chuck Moore, Ken Mork, Gene Nyquist, Frank Poucher, Bob Sherman, John Stebbins, and Bob Steel.
Pacific opened its dual meet season with a dominating 59-16 victory over San Jose State, a team that went on to win the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship that year.
During a season-ending battle of unbeatens, Pacific defeated Stanford, the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champion, by 16 points in front of an overflow home crowd to decide Northern California swimming dominance. At the Stanford meet, the medley relay team of Poucher (backstroke), Stebbins (breaststroke), and Steel (freestyle) dashed off to a new school record. The four-man relay team of Driggs, LaVelle, Brown, and Steel also turned in a new school record, while Stebbins set a new school mark individually in the 200-yard breaststroke
The Tigers qualified four swimmers for the NCAA Championships at Ohio State University. The 300-yard medley relay team of Poucher, Stebbins, and Steel gained All-America recognition in that event. Cullenward placed sixth individually in the 1,500-yard freestyle, also earning All-America status for the Tigers. In addition, Cullenward entered the 220- and 440-yard freestyle, Poucher entered the 150-yard backstroke, Stebbins swam the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, and Steel competed in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships.
Over the course of the 1949-50 season, Green and Sherman competed as divers for the Tigers, Moore and McMillan were breaststrokers, and Nyquist and Mork were backstrokers.
1979-80 Men's Golf Team
Members of the 1979-80 Pacific men's golf team included: head coach Glen Albaugh, Kris Baxter, Tom Brill, Bill Corbett, Jim Evans, Dan Field, Tony McBroom, Bryan Pini, Jim Rowse, Fred Tedeschi, Steve Vanscoy, and Scott Wenborn.
Pacific competed in the challenging District 8 in 1979-80, consistently facing the likes of USC, UCLA, Oregon, Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, Long Beach State, San Diego State, San Jose State, and Fresno State. As there were no NCAA Regional tournaments until 1988, only the top six teams from each district would earn bids to the annual NCAA Championships.
The Tigers showed glimpses of what was to come during the fall tournament season, notching Top-5 team finishes at the Nevada Wolf Pack Golf Classic, Pacific Autumn Invitational, and Stanford Fall Intercollegiate.
Pacific would carry its momentum forward during the spring, as the 1979-80 Tigers were ranked as high as No. 15 in the nation and advanced to the NCAA Championships as a team for the first time in program history. Competing against the very best in collegiate golf at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio, Pacific finished in 24th place as a team. Rowse finished in a tie for 45th place individually at the NCAA Championships, capping his second consecutive All-America Honorable Mention campaign.
Rowse, Pini, and Corbett alternated in the top three spots in the Tigers' lineup with similar stroke averages for the season. Evans, Wenborn, and Baxter, the team's captain, filled out the six-man team that competed in most of the team's tournaments in 1979-80. Brill was a three-year letterwinner for the Tigers, and Vanscoy, Tedeschi, and Field rounded out the roster.
Out of 12 tournaments Pacific competed in during the season, the Tigers placed in the Top-5 seven times, including two team titles and three individual champions. A further trademark of Coach Albaugh's legacy, each member of the Tigers' roster would go on to graduate from the University.