Jan. 5, 2007
Stockton, Calif. - Five individuals and one team will be inducted into the University of the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame in annual induction ceremonies on April 21, 2007.
Established in 1982, the Hall of Fame welcomes Melanie Beckenhauer (Women's Volleyball), (Swimming/Water Polo), John Dunning (Coach), Troy Kopp (Football), Marge Larsen (Contributor), Aaron Turner (Football) and the 1978-79 Men's Basketball Team. With the 2006-07 class, the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame will have honored 203 individuals and 19 teams in its 25-year history.
As part of this special evening, the 2006-07 Pacific Tigers Student-Athletes of the Year Awards will also be presented. This evening of celebration and recognition provides a unique opportunity for connecting Pacific's heritage of outstanding athletic alumni and Hall of Famers with the current generation of exceptional student-athletes.
Induction ceremonies and the annual awards banquet will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2007, at the Alex G. Spanos Center on the Pacific campus. A social hour begins at 6:00 p.m., with dinner and the induction program beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available by contacting the Pacific Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at (209) 946-2387.
All previous inductees to the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame are encouraged to attend and wear their Hall of Fame medallions to this year's event.
Following are brief biographical sketches of the 2006-07 Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.
Melanie Beckenhauer - Women's Volleyball, 1988-91
Beckenhauer was a two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and Volleyball Monthly First Team All-American setter for the Tigers. She is Pacific's career assists leader, compiling 5,304 during her four collegiate seasons, while also holding the single season record with 1,617. A two-time All-Big West selection, Beckenhauer led the Tigers to a 105-31 record, including an NCAA runner-up finish in 1990.
John Dunning - Women's Volleyball Head Coach, 1985-2000
Coach Dunning led Pacific's Women's Volleyball team to NCAA National Championships in his first two seasons at the helm. Dunning, the current head coach at Stanford University, has accumulated four national titles during his 21-year career as a collegiate head coach. Dunning holds the Pacific record for victories by a head coach with 437 wins, while also holding the highest winning percentage of any coach in Pacific history at .811 (437-102). Under Dunning's watch, 16 Pacific student-athletes combined for a total of 29 All-America awards. During his 16 seasons as the head coach of the Tigers, Dunning led Pacific to the NCAA Regionals or "Sweet Sixteen" 14 times, including seven regional championship appearances and four Final Fours.
Troy Kopp - Football, 1989-93
Kopp left Pacific as the all-time leader in most passing categories at both the school and conference level, leading the run and gun offense known as "Air Pacific." Kopp holds twelve individual school records and four Big West Conference records, and also holds the top five marks in school history for both passing yards and total offense in the Pacific single game record book. He holds Pacific's pass efficiency records for a single game (242.63), season (151.78), and career (134.85), while also holding the Pacific season (61.2%) and career (58.1%) records for completion percentage. Kopp holds the Pacific and Big West Conference records for passing yardage in a game (564) and in a season (3,767) and is the Tigers all-time leading passer with 10,258 yards. Kopp led the NCAA in touchdown passes in 1991 with 37, the 18th most in NCAA history, while his career total of 87 ranks 12th most in NCAA history. Kopp earned first team All-Big West honors in 1991.
Marge Larsen - Contributor
Marge Larsen has been a long-time supporter of Pacific women's athletics, and has been an advocate for women's sports her entire life. As a highly-skilled competitor who played multiple sports at Tracy High School and the University of California, Berkeley, Marge has dedicated her life to the growth of sports for girls and women in the Stockton region. Upon earning a Masters degree at the College of the Pacific in 1947, Marge began a 32 year career as a high school physical education teacher and coach in the Stockton Unified School District. Marge has received numerous civic awards and was the first woman inducted into the Tracy Sports Hall of Fame. Larsen is the namesake of the Marge Larsen Endowment for Women's Athletics at Pacific, an endowment which provides annual funds to each women's varsity sports program at the University of the Pacific.
Aaron Turner - Football, 1989-93
Turner currently holds three NCAA receiving records, including most 100-yard receiving games in a season, most consecutive games with 100-yards receiving, and most seasons with 1,000 receiving yards. He currently ranks third all-time in NCAA history in career touchdowns with 43, and is sixth all-time in receiving yards (4,345) and tenth in career receptions (266). Turner holds 16 school records, including game, season and career records in receptions and receiving yards. He holds eight conference marks, including most touchdown passes caught in a season and career, as well as the most games played with a touchdown in a season and a career. Turner earned Third Team AP All-American honors in 1990 and Second Team UPI All-American honors in 1991, while earning First Team All-Big West honors in 1991 and 1992.
1978-79 Men's Basketball Team
The 1978-79 Men's Basketball team posted an 18-12 overall record (including 11-3 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association) for PCAA coach of the year Stan Morrison, earning the PCAA Championship. Pacific was selected to its fourth NCAA Tournament in school history, earning a No. 6 seed in the West Regional and a first round bye. Led by first team All-PCAA selections Terence Carney and Ron Cornelius, the Tigers fell to No. 3 seeded Marquette in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Three Tigers from that squad, Carney along with Matt McGuire and Scott McLaughlin, earned Academic All-American honors.