2022 Hall of Fame class – Stanford Athletics | Hot Mobile Press

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford Athletics will continue its celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Title IX this fall, which will be marked by the introduction of the first all-female Hall of Fame class in school history.

Comprised of some of the most recognized names in collegiate and professional women’s athletics from across multiple eras, the 10-strong Class of 2022 is made up of record-breakers, program icons and innovative trailblazers, all of whom embody the spirit of Title IX while contributing to Stanford’s unparalleled excellence in women’s athletics.

Former student athletes include: Lisa Bernhagen Ramos (women’s athletics), Elaine Breeden Penrose (women’s swimming and diving), Margie Dingeldein (women’s water polo), Ashley Hansen (softball), Carly Janiga Reardon (women’s gymnastics), Nneka Ogwumike (women’s basketball), Christen Press (women’s soccer) and Sally Voss Krueger (women’s golf).

Tara VanDerveer (women’s basketball) is inducted for her legendary coaching career, entering its 37th season in 2022-23, while longtime volunteer Linda R. Meier receives special recognition for her service to the department.

The class will be inducted in an evening ceremony at Bing Auditorium on Friday, September 9th and publicly introduced on Saturday, September 10th during Stanford’s soccer game against USC.

In addition to producing a total of four NCAA team championships and six NCAA individual titles, several candidates have also won Olympic medals or been honored as national player of the year in their sport. All eight former student-athletes were recognized as All-Americans in multiple seasons.

Student-athletes can be accepted 10 years after their last competitive season (see below).

The Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame was established by Walt Gamage, a longtime sports editor for the Palo Alto Times. Gamage, who had previously worked for many Chicago-area neighborhood newspapers, moved to Palo Alto in 1944 and quickly developed an interest in Stanford sports. In early 1954, Gamage organized a Hall of Fame. The first class of recruits, including 34 of the biggest names in Stanford sports history, was announced in a full-page spread in the Palo Alto Times on December 21, 1954.

Lisa Bernhagen Ramos • Women’s Athletics • 1986-89

  • Helped Cardinal finish sixth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (1986) and NCAA Indoor Championships (1987), and finished runner-up at the 1985 WCAA Championships
  • 1987 NCAA Indoor High Jump Champion, the only female Cardinal to win an NCAA title in that event
  • Four times placed in the top four at NCAA championships, including one win and two second places (1988 outdoor, 1989 indoor)
  • Set the collegiate high jump record (including indoors and outdoors) of 6-5 ½ (1.97 meters) on February 2, 1987 in Flagstaff, Arizona, a jump that remains the third highest in collegiate indoor history
  • Since its inception in 1987, no Cardinal athlete has come within four inches of their indoor school record (6-5 ½) or two inches from their outdoor school record (6-2).
  • Six-time high jump All-American (indoor 1987-89, outdoor 1986-88)

Elaine Breeden

Elaine Breeden Penrose • Women’s Swimming and Diving • 2007-10

  • Guided Cardinal to four NCAA appearances (2007-10), NCAA runner-up (2010), and one Pac-10 title (2010)
  • Four-time NCAA Champion (100 Butterfly 2010, 200 Butterfly 2007, 2009-10)
  • 24-time All-American, tied ninth in school history and short of the record four times
  • 7-time Pac-10 Champion (100 Butterfly 2009/10, 200 Butterfly 2007/09, 200m medley relay 2007, 400m medley relay 2010)
  • Two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team (2009-10), NCAA Postgraduate Scholar (2010)
  • Olympic medalist (2008 silver in 4 x 100m medley relay with Team USA)

Margie Dingeldein

Margie Dingeldein • Women’s Water Polo • 1999-2002

  • Guided Cardinal to his first NCAA championship (2002) in school history
  • Guided Cardinal on its first two MPSF titles (2000-01), which are the program’s only consecutive conference crowns
  • Four-time All-American, one of only 14 players in school history to receive recognition in all four seasons
  • Ranked seventh in school history for career goals (187)
  • Four-time Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Academic All-American (1999-2002) and three-time MPSF All-Academic honoree (2000-02)
  • Olympic Medalist (2004 Bronze with Team USA)

Ashley Hansen

Ashley Hansen • Softball • 2009-12

  • Member of two NCAA super-regional teams (2009, 2011) while leading Cardinal to four NCAA appearances (2009-12)
  • USA Softball Player of the Year (2011), the only player of the year selection in program history
  • Two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American (2009, 2011)
  • Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year (2012), Pac-10 Player of the Year (2011), Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year (2009)
  • Second in school history in career triples (18), third in career batting average (.402), career hits (301) and career runs (192), and fourth in career RBI (179)
  • Cardinals single-season record holders in batting average (.495 in 2011), hits (95 in 2011), and triples (8 in 2012)

Carly Janiga

Carly Janiga Reardon • Women’s Gymnastics • 2007-10

  • Propelled Cardinal to three NCAA Super Six appearances (2007-08, 2010), including a national third place finish in 2008
  • 2010 NCAA uneven bars champion, one of three gymnasts in school history to win an individual national championship
  • Nine-time All-American, including first-team honors on uneven bars, balance beam and all-around as a senior
  • Five-time Pac-10 Champion and Pac-10 Rookie of the Year (2007), who also helped Cardinal to a Pac-10 title (2008)
  • Member of the Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics All-Century Team, one of 16 selected conference gymnasts spanning four decades
  • Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2010) and NCAA Postgraduate Scholar (2010)

Linda Meier

Linda R. Meier • Special Recognition (Service)

  • Founded the Cardinal Club, the women’s athletics scholarship program, in 1978
  • Built a strong community of Cardinal Club supporters and hosted a 1984 conference call event that raised $1 million in one evening
  • The first woman to chair the Stanford Athletics Board and the only person to hold the title for two separate terms
  • Collaborated with Cal for the 100th Big Game auction, raising over $1 million per school in 1997
  • Honored in 2001 as the 21st recipient of the Degree of Uncommon Citizen, a degree bestowed only when the university president deems it appropriate to honor individuals of rare and exceptional service to Stanford

Nneka Ogwumike

Nneka Ogwumike • Women’s Basketball • 2009-12

  • Powered Cardinal to four NCAA Final Four appearances (2009-12), including a national runner-up in 2010
  • Three-time All-American, Associated Press (AP) and WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) recognition
  • Guided Cardinal to four consecutive conference titles (2009-12), named Pac-10 Player of the Year (2010) and Pac-12 Player of the Year (2012)
  • Second in school history in career free throws (555), third in career points (2,491) and career field goal percentage (.583), and fourth in career rebounds (1,226)
  • Selected in the first round (No. 1 overall) of the 2012 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks after playing 11 seasons for the franchise
  • Winner of WNBA Rookie of the Year (2012), WNBA Most Valuable Player (2016), WNBA Champion (2016), and seven-time WNBA All-Star (2013-15, 2017-19, 2022)

Christen Press

Christen Press • Women’s Soccer • 2007-10

  • Guided Cardinal to four NCAA appearances (2007-2010), including national runners-up in 2009 and 2010
  • Winner of the MAC Hermann Trophy (2010), Soccer America Player of the Year (2010), Top Draw Soccer Player of the Year (2010), and three-time All-American (2008–10)
  • Pac-10 Player of the Year (2010) and Pac-10 Rookie of the Year (2007) while leading Cardinal to two Pac-10 titles (2009–10)
  • School record holder in career points (183), goals (71) and shots (500) and second in career assists (41)
  • CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team (2010) and Pac-10 Scholar Athlete of the Year (2010)
  • Two-time world champion (2015 and 2019 with Team USA), a total of 155 appearances and 64 goals as a member of the national team
  • Selected in the first round (No. 4 overall) of the 2011 WPS Draft by Washington Freedom, named WPS Rookie of the Year (2011) and currently plays for Angel City FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
  • Olympic Medalist (2020 Bronze with Team USA)

Tara VanDerveer

Tara VanDerveer • The Setsuko Ishiyama director of women’s basketball (since 1985)

  • Entering her 37th season, she has an overall record of 1.005-208 (.829) since arriving on The Farm in 1985-86
  • Became the all-time winning coach in women’s college basketball history as of December 15, 2021 and is a five-time national coach of the year (1988-90, 2011, 2021) and 17-time conference coach of the year
  • Guided Cardinal to three NCAA championships (1990, 1992, 2021), one of four coaches in the sport’s history to win at least three titles
  • Other team accomplishments during her tenure at Stanford include: 14 NCAA Final Four appearances, 39 conference titles (24 regular-season titles, 15 tournaments), 17 30+ win seasons
  • Additional individual achievements during her tenure at Stanford: two Wade Trophy Player of the Year honors, two Naismith Player of the Year honors, 34 First-Team All-America honors, 19 Conference Player of the Year honors
  • Member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2011) and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2002)
  • Head coach of the United States national basketball team, which won gold at the 1996 Olympics and had a 60-0 record in 1995-96 and an 88-8 overall record in 1995-96

Sally Voss

Sally Voss Kruger • Women’s Golf • 1976-79

  • Enrolled as a Walk-On and member of the 1976 Pac-8 Championship Team
  • Seventh overall at the 1978 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Championships
  • Two-time Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American (1978-79) receiving first-team honors
  • California Women’s Amateur Champion (1979)
  • 10-time San Francisco City Women’s Golf Champion, with victories at the event spanning four decades
  • One of the few women invited to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am when she first competed in 1996
  • Inducted into the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) Hall of Fame (2018)

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