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The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
UCLA Athletics Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  08/21/2014
A total of seven inductees will make up the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The honorees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 10 during invitation-only ceremonies at UCLA's Covel Commons. The new class will be honored at halftime of the UCLA-Oregon football game on Saturday, Oct. 11.

The members of the Class of 2014 are: Guy Baker (water polo), James Butts (men's track & field), Joanna Hayes (women's track & field), Joe-Max Moore (men's soccer), Francis Wai (football, basketball, track & field, rugby), Natasha Watley (softball), and Onnie Willis (women's gymnastics).

The group includes three Olympic medalists (Butts, Hayes and Watley), an Olympic team coach (Baker), two Honda Award winners (Watley and Willis), a three-time World Cup player (Moore) and a Congressional Medal of Honor winner (Wai) . The class as a whole has collectively totaled 18 national team and individual championships (Baker with seven team titles as a coach, Butts with one individual and two team, Hayes with one individual, Moore with one team, Watley with one as a player and one as a coach, and Willis with one individual and three team).

Following are biographies on the 2014 UCLA Hall of Fame inductees:

Guy Baker (Water Polo Head Coach, 1991-2001)
As head coach of both the UCLA men's and women's teams, Guy Baker established UCLA as the dominant water polo program in the 1990's, recording a combined record of 265-97 overall and 64-28 in league games. During his tenure at UCLA, Bakers' teams won seven national titles - four NCAA men's championships (1995, 1996, 1999 and 2000) and three national collegiate women’s titles (1996, 1997 and 1998). Baker resurrected the men's program in 1991 after it was originally dropped and started the women's program in 1993. Within a few short years, both programs were rapidly winning national titles, including the men's and women's championships in the same calendar year twice (1995 men/1996 women and 1996 men/1997 women). Baker earned National Coach of the Year honors four times, and his student-athletes combined to earn All-America honors 52 times. Three of his athletes were each named National Player of the Year twice. Baker was also the head coach of the U.S. Women's Water Polo National Team from 1998-2008. He coached the U.S. at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and led the team to three medals. He also coached the team to gold medals at the 2003 and 2007 World Championships. Baker was directly involved in various capacities with the U.S. Women's Program for 12 years, during which time the team won 20 medals in 26 events.

James Butts (Men's Track & Field, 1971-74)
A record-setting triple jumper, James Butts won three NCAA titles as a Bruin and went on to win the United States' first Olympic medal in that event in nearly 50 years. Butts made an immediate impact as a freshman, becoming the Pac-8 Conference and school record-holder in the triple jump (54-7 ½) and capturing the Pac-8 title with a wind-aided mark of 54-2 ½. Butts helped lead the Bruin men to two NCAA team titles in 1971 and 1972, placing fourth in the triple jump in 1971 to earn All-America honors and then winning the NCAA title in 1972 with a wind-aided mark of 53-2 ¼. Ranked No. 2 in the world in 1976 and 1978, Butts was a silver medalist in the 1976 Olympic Games, becoming the first U.S. athlete to win a medal in the triple jump since 1928. In 1978, Butts won the U.S. outdoor title and set the U.S. triple jump record with a mark of 56-6 ¾ at the World Championships. As an assistant coach, Butts led Pasadena City College to the 1984 State Junior College Championship.

Joanna Hayes (Women's Track & Field, 1996-99)
Current UCLA track and field assistant coach Joanna Hayes won an NCAA and seven Pac-10 individual titles while leading the Bruins to three-straight Pac-10 team titles and two-straight NCAA runner-up finishes. A six-time All-American, she captured the 1999 NCAA outdoor title in the 400m hurdles and was third in the 100m hurdles, running a collegiate-best 12.89. Injuries limited her at both the 1997 and 1998 NCAA Championships, but she still earned valuable points for her team, placing eighth in the 100m at the 1998 NCAAs despite a strained hamstring and seventh in the 400m hurdles and sixth as the anchor of the 4x100m relay team despite a hyper-extended knee. At the Pac-10 level, Hayes won three-straight 100m hurdles titles from 1996-98 and two-straight 400m hurdles crowns from 1996-97. Her Bruin teams went 39-0 in dual meets in her career. In 2004, she won Olympic gold, breaking a 16-year Olympic record with a winning time of 12.37 in the 100m hurdles. Also that year, she won the 2004 Jesse Owens Award as USA Track & Field's Outstanding female athlete and finished as the No. 1-ranked 100m hurdler in the world. Hayes is in her first year as an assistant coach for the UCLA track & field team.

Joe-Max Moore (Men's Soccer, 1990-92)
In just three seasons as a Bruin, Joe-Max Moore blasted his way into the UCLA soccer record books, setting freshman scoring records and becoming just the seventh Bruin to record 100 career points. Moore scored 11 goals, 10 assists and 32 points in his rookie season, helping to lead UCLA to the 1990 NCAA title. He led UCLA in scoring with 18 goals in 1991 and nine in 1992 and earned All-America honors both years, as well as All-Far West honors all three seasons. His three-year career total of 100 points (38 goals, 24 assists) still ranks in UCLA's all-time Top 10. Moore went on to play with the U.S. National Team at the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cups and the 1992 Olympics. He became the sixth player in U.S. history to record 100 career caps, and his 24 international goals rank fifth all-time in U.S. Soccer history. Moore, who also played professionally in Germany, England and the United States from 1992-2004, was inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2013.

Francis Wai (Football/Basketball/Track & Field/Rugby, 1937-38)
Captain Francis B. Wai was not only a four-sport athlete at UCLA, but an American war hero and Bruin pioneer. A quarterback for Coach Bill Spaulding, Wai lettered for the Bruins in 1937-38, playing his final season with UCLA legends Kenny Washington and Woody Strode. In the last two games of the 1938 season, Wai helped lead UCLA to road victories over the Honolulu Town Team and the University of Hawaii in the inaugural Pineapple Bowl. But it was in the Pacific Theatre of WWII that Wai, who attained the rank of Captain, established his legacy. On Oct. 20, 1944, he voluntarily commanded a group of leaderless, disorganized and trapped American soldiers at Red Beach in Leyte, Philippine Islands. Repeatedly exposing himself to enemy fire so that the soldiers could advance, Wai lost his life just as the unit captured the last Japanese pillbox. The soldiers, inspired by his heroism and courage, managed to capture and secure the beachhead. In 2000, Wai posthumously received the Congressional Medal of Honor, becoming the first American of Chinese descent and the first UCLA student-athlete to be awarded the United States’ highest military honor.

Natasha Watley (Softball, 2000-03)
Olympic gold medalist Natasha Watley won a national champion both as a player and as a volunteer assistant coach at UCLA. Watley’s first championship came in 2003 during a senior season in which she won not only the Honda Award but the Honda Broderick Cup as the nation’s best female collegiate athlete. She is one of just three Bruins to earn four first-team All-America awards, and she still holds school records for stolen bases, runs scored, hits, at-bats, and triples. Watley led the nation in hits in 2002 and 2003 and had the two longest hitting streaks in UCLA history, 32 and 29 games. A year after her senior year, she helped the U.S. win the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, and also won silver at the 2008 Olympics. She returned to UCLA as a volunteer assistant from 2006-10 while playing with the National Team and helped guide the Bruins to the 2010 NCAA Championship. The founder of the Natasha Watley Foundation, Watley is currently a member of the Cal State Northridge softball staff.

Onnie Willis (Gymnastics, 2000-03)
Gymnast Onnie Willis was a superstar on the competition floor and in the classroom. During her four years at UCLA, she won three NCAA team championships (2000, 2001, 2003), three Pac-10 team titles (2001-03) and four NCAA Regional team titles. In 2001, she became UCLA’s first-ever NCAA all-around champion, and as a senior in 2003 won the Honda Award as the best collegiate gymnast in the nation. The 2003 Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year holds the school record for NCAA All-America honors with 16 and has a share of the school record on vault and floor, having scored a pair of perfect 10s on each event. Academically, she received the 2003 NCAA Top VIII Award as well as a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship, and she earned Scholastic All-American honors and CoSIDA Academic All-District acclaim three times. Willis went on to earn a Ph.D in Developmental Psychology at NYU.

For a complete list of members of the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, click here.


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