May 29, 2013
Eight standout UCLA athletes, including two-time NSCAA/adidas All-American Nandi Pryce, will be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero announced today. Pryce is only the second UCLA women's soccer player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The members of the Class of 2013 are: Mohini Bhardwaj (gymnastics), Carlos Bocanegra (men's soccer), Fred Bohna (wrestling), Eric Byrnes (baseball), Yvonne Gutierrez (softball), Don Johnson (men's basketball), Maylana Martin Douglas (women's basketball) and Nandi Pryce (women's soccer).
Invitation-only ceremonies will be held on Friday, Oct. 11 at Covel Commons, and UCLA Athletics will also recognize the entire class at halftime of the football game vs. California on Saturday, Oct. 12.
Following are biographies on the 2013 UCLA Hall of Fame inductees:
Nandi Pryce (Women's Soccer, 2000-03)
One of the most successful players in UCLA women's soccer history, Nandi Pryce was a two-time NSCAA/adidas All-American and two-time semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, given to the top player in collegiate soccer. Pryce was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection and the 2003 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year. UCLA played in the NCAA Tournament all four years of Pryce's career, reaching the NCAA College Cup in 2000 and 2003. The Bruins advanced to the NCAA Final during her freshman season in 2000. During her four years playing defense, UCLA teams compiled 56 shutouts, an average of 14 per season. Pryce was a fixture on several U.S. National Teams before and during her UCLA career. She was a member of the Under-21 U.S. team in 2003, starting every match as the team captured the Nordic Cup. She also helped the U-21s to Nordic Cup titles in 2000 and as captain in 2002. An alternate on the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team, Pryce earned her first National Team cap in 2000.
Mohini Bhardwaj (Gymnastics, 1998-2001)
Mohini Bhardwaj finished her career at UCLA as a two-time NCAA team champion, two-time NCAA individual champion, 11-time All-American and the 2001 Honda Award winner for gymnastics. Bhardwaj set numerous scoring records at UCLA, including scoring the second-highest all-around total in NCAA history, 39.975, in 2001. She led UCLA to NCAA team titles in 2000 and 2001 and won the uneven bars in 2000 and floor exercise in 2001. Along with winning the Honda Award in 2001, she was also the Pac-10 and West Region Gymnast of the Year and the AAI Award-winner as the nation's top senior gymnast. Bhardwaj continued her gymnastics career after graduation, winning the 2001 U.S. National Championship on vault and helping the U.S. win a bronze medal at the 2001 World Championships. In 2004, she resurrected her career and earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team, where she served as team captain and led the U.S. to a silver medal. She also qualified for event finals on floor exercise, where she placed sixth.
Carlos Bocanegra (Men's Soccer, 1997-2000)
An impact player from day one, Carlos Bocanegra helped lead UCLA to the 1997 NCAA Championship and 1999 College Cup. He earned All-MPSF first-team honors three straight years, was selected one of 11 Soccer America Collegiate MVPs in 1998, and was an All-American and Player of the Year candidate in 1999. Bocanegra turned pro after his junior year and was selected the No. 4 overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft. He was the MLS Rookie of the Year in 2000 and a two-time MLS Defender of the Year. He moved on to a successful career overseas, playing for Fulham in the English Premier League from 2003-08, Rennes and Saint-Etienne in the French Ligue 1 and Rangers FC in the Scottish Premier League. He currently plays for Racing de Santander in Spain. A fixture on the U.S. National Team and the U.S. team captain since 2007, Bocanegra was a key member of two World Cup teams, starting two games in the 2006 and playing every minute for the U.S. in the 2010 World Cup. He earned his 100th international cap in 2011.
Fred Bohna (Wrestling, 1976-79)
Fred Bohna is UCLA's only national collegiate wrestling champion. He went undefeated his senior year, was selected the Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year and won the Pac-10 and 1979 NCAA Wrestling Championship in the heavyweight division. As a freshman, Bohna was 20-9-1 at 190 lbs, and as a sophomore, he placed second in the conference. During Bohna's senior year, heavyweight became an "unlimited" class. Despite being outweighed by 90 pounds, the 228-pound Bohna defeated his 318-pound opponent David Klemm to win the NCAA title. Bohna continued to compete internationally following his UCLA career, winning a gold medal in the 1979 Pan American Games. He retired after the 1984 Olympic Games. Bohna passed away on July 9, 2010 after a long battle with cancer.
Eric Byrnes (Baseball, 1995-98)
UCLA's all-time leader in hits (326), at-bats (984), runs scored (235) and doubles (75), Eric Byrnes is considered to be one of the finest players to put on a UCLA uniform. His career totals include a .331 batting average, 48 home runs, 81 stolen bases, a .956 fielding rating and a .410 on-base percentage. He was a first-team Freshman All-American in 1995 and a three-time All-Pac-10 honoree. A double major in History and Economics, Byrnes was equally successful in the classroom, earning the UCLA Baseball Academic Award for three consecutive years. Byrnes made his Major League debut in 2000 for the Oakland A's, where he played from 2000-05. He had his best professional season in 2007, hitting 21 home runs while stealing 50 bases to help lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to the National League Championship Series. Byrnes has also made a name for himself in television, working as an analyst for ESPN's Baseball Tonight show. He was in the ESPN booth for the 2010 College World Series and is now a contributor to the MLB Network and to the KNBR radio station in Northern California.
Yvonne Gutierrez (Softball, 1989-92)
Outfielder Yvonne Gutierrez was a part of three NCAA Championship squads (1989, 1990, 1992) and earned first-team All-America honors in each of her final three seasons. Gutierrez appeared in 240 games in her career, posting a .370 average with 19 homers, 149 runs batted in and 128 runs scored. She is ranked in the UCLA Top 10 in six statistical categories - tied for third with 17 triples, tied for sixth in games played, ninth in hits (261), and tied for 10th in batting average, on-base percentage (.436) and stolen bases (29). Gutierrez led the Bruins in batting average in each of her last three seasons, including winning the team triple crown as a senior in 1992, posting a .406 average, 11 homers and 58 RBI. The 11 homers also led the nation. She was named to the Women's College World Series All-Tournament Team in each of her final three years and was a four-time All-Pac-10 honoree. Gutierrez joined the LA City Fire Department, where she now serves as an engineer.
Don<!> Johnson (Men's Basketball, 1951-52)
Playing under Coach John Wooden, Don Johnson was a consensus All-American and an all-conference honoree as a senior in 1952. During his career, Johnson averaged 9.8 points and 5.6 rebounds and helped lead the Bruins to the 1951 PCC Southern Division Title and the 1952 PCC Championships. He led the Bruins in rebounding both seasons, and in 1952 was selected the winner of the Caddy Works Award for competitive spirit, inspiration, and unselfish contribution. After graduating from UCLA, Johnson went into coaching and was the long-time successful head coach of Cypress College. At Cypress, Johnson guided the team to two state titles ('77,'80) and seven conference titles. He also coached and is credited with developing big men Swen Nater and Mark Eaton, who both went on to successful NBA careers. Johnson is the all-time winningest coach in California Community College men's basketball history, with a record of 588-259. For his efforts, Cypress College dedicated its court in 2008 "Don Johnson Court". He is an inductee in the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame.
Maylana Martin Douglas (Women's Basketball, 1997-2000)
Maylana Martin helped lead UCLA to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including an all-time best finish at the Elite Eight in 1999. Martin earned first-team Kodak All-America honors and was the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1999. She led the Pac-10 in scoring as a junior (18.2 average) and in rebounding as a senior (8.7 average). She was named the 1997 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and went on to become just the fourth player to be selected All-Pac-10 for four-straight seasons. Martin ranks second on the UCLA women's basketball all-time scoring list and fourth overall for Bruin men and women with 2,101 career points. She still ranks fourth on the all-time school list for career rebounds (935), blocks (96) and field goal percentage (.545). She is one of only two Bruin women to record over 2,000 points for her career, and she ended her career ranked sixth on the all-time Pac-10 Conference scoring list and eighth on the rebounding list. In 2000, she was picked 10th in the first round of the WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx. She played in the WNBA for two years before retiring due to a severe back injury. Martin also served as a UCLA assistant coach under Kathy Olivier for four seasons and was an assistant coach at Pepperdine University for two seasons.
For a complete list of members of the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, click here.