Oct. 30, 2007
Eight new members will be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday night, November 8. Invitation-only ceremonies will be held in the Hall of Fame, located in the J.D. Morgan Intercollegiate Athletics Center, and in Covel Commons. In addition, the new inductees will also be introduced during halftime of the November 10 UCLA-Arizona State football game at the Rose Bowl.
The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1984 with 25 charter members. The Class of 2007 brings the total membership to 215. The 2007 inductees are Amy Acuff, track and field; George Brown, track and field; Jennifer Brundage, softball; Jim Ferguson, water polo; Troy Glaus, baseball; John Moore, basketball; Jeff Nygaard, volleyball; and Keri Phebus, tennis.
Following are biographies on the 2007 UCLA Hall of Fame inductees:
Acuff, a record-breaking high jumper on UCLA's track & field team from 1994-97, won the Pac-10 high jump title each of her four years as she became the first woman in conference history to win four-straight Pac-10 individual titles. During her illustrious career, Acuff also won a collective five NCAA high jump titles (three indoor in 1994, '95, '97 and two outdoor in 1995, '96). In 1995, Acuff also established a UCLA and national collegiate record by clearing 6'6. As a Bruin, she helped pace UCLA to three Pac-10 team championships while twice being named Pac-10 Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year. She also led the Bruins to two third place and one second place team finish at the NCAA championships. Acuff has ranked in Top-3 in United States in the high jump in 12 of last 13 years including five years at #1 and has captured five U.S. outdoor championships and two indoor championships. She set her personal record at 6'7" while winning the 1997 World University Games. Acuff has also competed in three Olympic Games with a career best 4th place finish in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Before arriving at UCLA, Acuff was the 1993 Gatorade Prep Track and Field High School Athlete of the Year. She also set a national junior high jump mark in 1992 and reestablished it in 1993 at 6'4".
Brown competed for the UCLA track & field team in 1951 and 1952 in the long jump and 220 yd. after arriving highly recruited from Compton Junior College. In high school, Brown jumped 25-2 ½ to break Jesse Owens' National Interscholastic record but it was never officially accepted because it was accomplished in a dual meet. While at UCLA, Brown won the Pac-10 championship in the 220 yd. in 1951 and finished 5th and 6th respectively in the NCAA championships in the 220 in 1951 and 1952. But, it was in the long jump that Brown was most dominant. He won both the Pac-10 and NCAA long jump competitions in 1951 and 1952. Brown also went on to win the USA Track and Field championships in 1951 and 1952 (the only Bruin in history to capture the NCAA and USA track and field crown in the same year twice.) In 1952, Brown jumped 26-3 ½ which, at the time, was the 4th longest jump ever in history. It also remains 4th on UCLA's career list some 50 years later. Brown was ranked #1 in the world in the long jump for three consecutive years (1951-52-53).
Brundage was an outstanding four-year letter winner at third base and outfield for the women's softball team from 1992-95. As a senior in 1995, Brundage capped off a stellar career by being named winner of the prestigious Honda Award given to the top intercollegiate softball player in the nation. That season, Brundage led the nation in hitting with a .518 batting average while setting UCLA single-season team records including home runs (14), runs (59), RBI's (60), hits (87) and doubles (15). During her career, Brundage was a twice selected First-Team All-Pac-10, twice named First-Team All-American and twice named First-Team Academic All-American. Upon graduation, she ranked first in career home runs (20), RBI's (151), and doubles and ranked second in career batting average at .390. Brundage helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA championship in 1992 and a runner-up finish in 1993. In addition, Brundage was named 1995 GTE Softball Academic All-American of the Year, NCAA postgraduate scholarship winner and UCLA Athletics senior scholarship award winner. Brundage went on to play for the U.S. National Team and was an alternate on 1996 Olympic Softball team. In 2000, she helped lead the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal as she led the team in batting and was Team USA's team leader in runs and home runs in their pre-Olympic schedule. Brundage is currently an assistant coach at the University of Michigan.
Ferguson was a three-time All-American (1968-69-70) on the UCLA water polo team and led the Bruins to the 1969 NCAA championship and two 2nd place national finishes. Ferguson came to UCLA highly recruited after being named the 1967 National High School Player of the Year and was one of UCLA's greatest water polo players of all-time. As a Bruin driver, Ferguson set UCLA career marks for goals scored and assists and was twice awarded the Robert Lee Starr Memorial Award (1969, '70) which recognized the MVP of the University of California system which teams predominantly won the National Championship. After graduation, Ferguson played for the U.S. National Team that won the gold medal at the 1971 Pan American games and the silver medal at the 1975 Pan American games. In 1972, Ferguson was a co-captain on the bronze medal winning U.S. Olympic water polo team. He was also an eight-time AAU All-American and two-time AAU MVP. Ferguson was inducted into the U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame in 1984 and, in 1992, he was inducted into the International Water Polo Hall of Fame. Ferguson continues to compete internationally at the master's level and several years ago his team went undefeated at the World Master's Cup in Munich and in August 2006, he led a group of former Bruins to a second place finish at the 2006 World Masters games in Palo Alto. He is currently vice-president of worldwide marketing for Superior Industries.
Glaus was a power hitting shortstop/third baseman on the UCLA Baseball team for three seasons (1995-97). In 1997, Glaus set Pac-10 records in home runs with 34 (eclipsing Mark McGuire's record of 32) and total bases (227) and also tied for the conference lead with 91 RBI while leading the Bruins to their first College World Series appearance since 1969. That same year, Glaus batted .409, set UCLA records with 100 runs and 108 hits while reaching base in all 67 games he played. He became the third player in college history to hit 30 homers and steal 10 bases and was honored as both Pac-10 Player of the Year and first-team All-America. As a Bruin, Glaus was twice named All Pac-10 and remains second all-time on UCLA's career lists in homers (62) and runs (211) as well as Top-10 in virtually every other offensive category - all in three years (179 games). During his sophomore season, Glaus was selected to the 1996 US Olympic team and helped lead Team USA to a bronze medal by hitting .342 with 15 home runs and 34 RBI during preliminary games and 4 HR's during the Olympics. After his junior year, Glaus was the third overall selection of the 1997 Major League draft. In 2000, he became the first Angel in club history to post 100 runs scored, 100 RBI and 100 walks in season while he led the American League in home runs with 47. He was also named to the all-star team and received the silver slugger award. In 2002, Glaus was named World Series MVP as he led Anaheim to its first World Series title. During his nine year Major League career with Anaheim, Arizona and Toronto, Glaus has hit 257 home runs with 716 RBI's. Glaus has hit more than 30 HR's on five occasions and has surpassed 100 RBI's four times.
Moore was a four-year (1952-53-54-55) starting basketball forward and 1955 team co-captain on early John Wooden teams that won the '52 Pacific Coast Conference Championship and '55 Southern Division title. Moore received All-Conference and Consensus All-American honors in his senior season. Moore led the Bruins in scoring in 1953 and 1955, becoming the first Bruin to surpass the 1,000 point total and finished up his Bruin career as UCLA's all-time leading scorer with 1,202 points. He twice won the Caddy Works Award as UCLA's team MVP. He was selected by Boston in 1955 in the 7th round but after his graduation, he was also drafted into the U.S. Army. After his military service, Moore went into the field of finance in Los Angeles and rose from bank manager to vice president of a leading financial institution. Prior to his arrival to UCLA, Moore was an outstanding student-athlete and All-State basketball player from Gary, Indiana and was inducted into the Indiana Hall of Fame in 1979.
Nygaard starred at middle blocker on the men's volleyball team for four seasons (1992-95). After arriving from his native Wisconsin, Nygaard made an immediate impact in Westwood and was named both Pac-10 and NCAA Freshman of the Year in 1992. Nygaard's stellar play continued as he helped the Bruins to NCAA titles in 1993 and 1995. For three straight seasons (1993-95), Nygaard received All Pac-10 and first-team All American honors as well as being honored as the back-to-back Pac-10 and Consensus National Player of the Year recipient in 1994 and 1995. In 1995, Nygaard helped lead the Bruins to a 31-1 record, an undefeated league record and was named Outstanding Player in the 1995 NCAA tournament. In 1993, Nygaard led the Bruins to the NCAA championship by hitting a record .867 in the semis and was named Co-Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament. In 1994, Nygaard set UCLA records with 650 kills while averaging 6.98 kills per game and also made the NCAA All-Tournament team. For his career, Nygaard ranks second in career kills (1,800) and blocks (658), fourth in aces (123) and tenth in digs (571). He ranks first in career blocking average at 1.88, second in kills per game (5.14) and fourth in kill percentage (.427). Nygaard went on to play on the U.S. National player from 1993-2000 and has represented the United States in three Olympics (1996, 2000 - U.S. indoor teams/ 2004 - Beach Volleyball). In 2001, Nygaard moved outdoors and joined the domestic beach volleyball tour. Nygaard has won a total of six events, was named the 2003 AVP Most Valuable Player and AVP Team of the Year with partner Dain Blanton. From 2002-04, when not competing, Nygaard was an assistant coach for Al Scates and the men's team.
Phebus is the most decorated UCLA women's collegiate tennis player of all-time. She was named All-Conference and All-America each of her four years at UCLA (1993-94-95-96). She had a banner 1995 campaign culminating with the Pac-10 singles title as well as both the NCAA singles and doubles titles. She was named the 1995 Conference Player of the Year, UCLA Female Athlete of the Year and was the winner of the prestigious Honda Award as the nation's best women's tennis player. She also established a UCLA record for the highest winning percentage by going 55-4 (.932). The following season, Phebus won the 1996 Pac-10 doubles title and was named the ITA Senior Player of the Year. Phebus helped lead UCLA's 1996 team to a third place finish in the NCAA championships and the 1995 team to a fifth. As a professional, Phebus had a record of 54-53 in singles and 39-32 in doubles before retiring in 1998. She captured one ITF singles title and four ITF doubles titles.