Oct. 6, 2009
Eight new members will be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame this Friday night, October 9. 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 Saturday's UCLA-Oregon football game at the Rose Bowl.
The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1984 with 25 charter members. The Class of 2009 brings the total membership to 231. The 2009 inductees are Tyus Edney, basketball; James "Cap" Haralson, football/track & field; Cade McNown, football; Stein Metzger, volleyball; Nicolle Payne, water polo; J.J. Stokes, football; Daiva Tomkus, volleyball; and Walt Torrence, basketball.
Edney, McNown, Metzger, Payne, Stokes and Tomkus will be in attendance at Friday night's dinner and Saturday's football game. Haralson will be represented by his two daughters, Mary Sowers and Anita Gifford, while Torrence will be represented by his widow, Ada, and his son, Gregory.
Following are biographies on the 2009 UCLA Hall of Fame inductees:
EDNEY, TYUS - Edney was a point guard whose game-ending 4.8 second full-court dash and lay-up gave the Bruins a second round triumph over Missouri in the 1995 NCAA Tournament and paved the way for the Bruins' 32-1 record and 11th National championship. Edney was then named MVP of the West Regional in Oakland and also scored 21 points vs. Oklahoma State in the NCAA semi final before sustaining a sprained right wrist which limited him to less than three minutes played in the championship game. During his career (1992-95), Edney was a three-time All Pac-10 performer and was named the winner of the 1995 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the nation's best player under six feet tall. He was twice named team MVP (1993, 1995 Co-MVP with Ed O'Bannon), 1995 Outstanding Defensive Player and 1992 Most Valuable Freshman Player. He remains on many of the Bruin career lists, including scoring (1515 points, 18th all-time), free throw percentage (80.5%, 9th), free throws made (450, 3rd), assists (652, 2nd), and steals (224, 2nd). Edney set a UCLA record with 11 steals in a game in 1995 and ranks in the top three on the UCLA single season record lists in assists, steals and minutes played. Edney played in the NBA for four years, averaging 7.6 ppg and 4.0 assists and played in the 1996 Rookie All-Star game. He has also had success playing professional basketball internationally. He was a member of the 1998-99 Lithuanian National Champions, and the 2002 and 2003 Italian Champions. He was named All-Euro League 1st team in 2002 and 2003 and was the 2003 Italian Cup Finals MVP.
HARALSON, JAMES "CAP" - James "Cap" Haralson competed for UCLA in the early 1920's. He was UCLA's first ever athlete to earn 4 varsity letters in the sport of track and field, football basketball & baseball. Haralson was given the nickname "Cap" by track and field coach Harry Trotter in 1922 when he named Haralson the team captain before his sophomore season. Haralson served as the captain of the track and field team for three seasons and as the football team captain for two seasons. Haralson was the most famous Bruin athlete of his era, and established a javelin record that would last for twenty years and a high hurdles record that stood for fifteen years. After UCLA, Haralson became the track coach at Kern County High School and led the Drillers to two California State Championships and became one of the most respected track coaches in the state over his twenty years at KCHS. Haralson served for five years as chairman of the USA Track & Field Committee under the AAU and supervised the construction of the Memorial Stadium Athletic Complex in Bakersfield. Haralson helped bring many nationally significant track and field meets to Bakersfield with the draw of holding competitions on the track at Memorial Stadium. The Memorial Stadium track surface featured a new dirt formula Haralson brought to the U.S. from a venue in Norway. Haralson was named "Kern County Mr. Track" and served the community there for 42 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator before his death in 1967.
McNOWN, CADE - McNown started 44 of his 47 games as the Bruins' QB between 1995 and 1998, including the final 43 straight. During his senior season, McNown was a consensus 1st Team All-American, finished 3rd in the Heisman Trophy balloting (after finishing 8th the previous year), won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, and was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award. In his award-winning senior season McNown set single season UCLA records for passing yards (3,470), TD passes (25), and total offense (3,652). McNown also set single game records in those same three categories (513, 5, 515) in a 49-45 loss at Miami. That loss snapped a 20-game UCLA win streak dating back to the previous year. UCLA was ranked as high as No. 2 in the BCS standings during the 1998 season, and McNown finished the year by throwing for 340 yards in a Rose Bowl loss to Wisconsin. McNown left UCLA as the all-time Pac-10 leader in total offense (11,285), and the UCLA leader in passing yards (10,708), TD passes (68), completions (694), and attempts (1,250). McNown compiled a career record of 30-14 as a starter and was the 12th overall selection of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He is the only UCLA quarterback to beat USC four consecutive years.
METZGER, STEIN - Metzger was a stand out setter on the UCLA volleyball team from 1993-96. During his career, the Bruins captured four conference titles and three NCAA titles (93-95-96) with Metzger starting on two of those national championship teams and being named NCAA All-Tournament both years. Metzger ranks second on the UCLA all-time list in set assists with 5,158, and has two of the top five UCLA single season marks in set assists. Metzger was named first-team all-conference in 1996 and AVCA 1st Team All-American in 1995 and 1996. In 1996, he was also honored as conference Player-of-the-Year and the AVCA National Co-Player-of-the-Year. Metzger, remains one of the most colorful and popular players on the AVP circuit. He paired with Jake Gibb to form the 2005 AVP Team of the Year while capturing four event titles, leading the Tour in digs in (950), ranking second in hitting percentage (.452), and third in kills (1,314). During his beach career, he has captured a total of 18 beach volleyball titles (16 domestic, 2 international), won bronze at the 2001 Goodwill Games and silver at the 2003 FIVB World Championships. Metzger was also a 2004 Olympian in Beach Volleyball where he and partner Dax Holdren finished fifth.
Payne, Nicolle - Payne was the first woman recruited onto UCLA's new women's water polo team in 1994 and was the first to be on scholarship when she played for the Bruins from 1994-98. Payne was a 1st Team All-American at goalkeeper in the final three of her four seasons at UCLA (2nd team as a freshman) and was chosen as the national player of the year as a sophomore. Payne captained the Bruins in each of her four seasons and was a member of three national championship teams from 1996 to 1998. She completed her career at UCLA with her third national championship in 1998, making 13 saves in the final game. Her 2.77 goals against average and 225 career saves remain UCLA records. Payne also was the goalkeeper for the silver medal U.S. National Team at the 2000 Athens Olympics and the bronze medal U.S. team at the 2004 Sydney Olympics. In February 2007, Payne was inducted into the New York Athletic Club Hall of Fame with fellow Olympic medalists Natalie Golda (UCLA '05) and Heather Moody. The three women are the first women enshrined into the NYAC Hall of Fame. During Payne's four years as an assistant coach for UCLA, the Bruins won three national championships and had the best goals against average in the nation all four seasons.
STOKES, J.J. - Stokes was a record-breaking wide receiver for the UCLA football team from 1991-94. Stokes left Westwood as UCLA's career record holder with 154 receptions for 2,469 yards and 28 touchdowns. His 28 career touchdown catches remain a UCLA record. Stokes also possessed single season records with 82 catches for 1,181 yards. In 1993, Stokes tied a UCLA single game record with four touchdown catches & His 17 touchdown catches that season still stand as the UCLA single season record and rank second in Pac-10 single season history. His efforts in 1993 earned him consensus All-America honors, Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, All-Pac-10 honors, and team offensive MVP. In addition, Stokes finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy balloting. He followed up the 1993 regular season by catching a Rose Bowl and UCLA record 14 passes for 176 yards in the 1994 Rose Bowl. Stokes also holds school records with 263 yards receiving in the 1992 victory over USC, and earlier in the same season, Stokes recorded a record 95-yard touchdown catch vs. Washington. Unfortunately, Stokes missed several games during his senior season due to injury, but still caught passes totaling 505 yards and was named UCLA's outstanding senior. In the 1995 NFL draft, Stokes was selected 10th overall in the first round by the San Francisco 49ers and played nine seasons in the NFL catching 342 passes for 4,293 yards and 30 touchdowns.
TOMKUS, DAIVA - Tomkus was a four year letter-winner in volleyball from 1986-89. She was the first UCLA player to be named a 1st Team All-American three times (1987-88-89) and was also the first woman in Pac-10 history to win two conference player of the year awards (1988 & `89). Tomkus led the Bruins to a record of 123-24 and two NCAA Final Four appearances over her four years and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week six times. At the time of her graduation, Tomkus stood as the all-time UCLA leader in single season and career hitting percentage, single season and career blocks, single season and career block assists, and was second in single season and career aces. After graduating in 1990, Tomkus played for the USA Volleyball team until 1994. Tomkus was also named to the UCLA All-Decade Team for the 1980s.
TORRENCE, WALT - Torrence was a three-year starter at guard (1957-58-59) for Coach John Wooden on UCLA men's basketball team. Torrence made an immediate impact in 1957 as he led the team in rebounding and was named the team's outstanding first-year player. In 1959 as senior captain, Torrence led UCLA in rebounding for the third straight year averaging 11.6 boards as well as a team-high 21.5 points. At the time, both marks ranked second in school history behind Willie Naulls and still rank fifth on Bruin career charts for a senior. He was rewarded for his stellar play by being selected to the All-Pacific Coast Conference team and as a consensus First-Team All-American. Torrence had games of 38 and 36 points games in 1959 as he received UCLA's team MVP award and the Ace Calkins award as free throw champion. In 1959, he led UCLA in points scored (529) and free throws (165) as well as rebounds. During his Bruin career, Torrence averaged 15.3 points and 8.5 rebounds, leaving UCLA ranked third in career rebounds, second in scoring average, and third in total points. Torrence was an eighth round pick by the NY Knicks.