Eight New Members Elected to UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame
May 7, 2004
Eight new members will be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night, Oct. 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 Oct. 9 UCLA-Arizona football game at the Rose Bowl.
The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1984 with 25 charter members. The Class of 2004 brings the total membership to 191. The 2004 inductees are Henry Bibby, basketball; Dennis Dummit, football; Carlton Gray, football; Steve Lewis, track & field; James Owens, football/track & field; Sigi Schmid, soccer; Fred Slaughter, basketball; Natalie Williams, basketball.
Following are biographies on the 2004 UCLA Hall of Fame inductees:
BIBBY, HENRY - For three years (1970-71-72), Bibby was the UCLA starting guard on three consecutive NCAA championship teams that won 87 games and lost only three and was selected to two All-Final Four teams. He was an All-American and captain in 1972, when the Bruins went 30-0. He still ranks on the Bruin all-time scoring list with 1493 points (14.4 ppg) and holds the Bruin record of 36 straight free throws. Bibby won the 1970 Ace Calkins Award for free throw shooting and the Irv Pohlmeyer Memorial Trophy as the team's outstanding first-year player. In 1972, he was presented the Alumni Association Award for academic achievement and team contribution. He later played in the NBA for nine seasons for New York, New Orleans, Philadelphia and San Diego averaging 8.6 ppg before going into coaching at the collegiate level. Bibby is currently the head basketball coach at USC.
DUMMIT, DENNIS - 1969-1970 record-breaking quarterback; 1970 National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholarship Winner; two-time winner of the Red Sanders Award as UCLA's Most Valuable Player (1969, 1970). In only two seasons of competition, he set no less than 14 new UCLA records and tied one to become the most prolific record-setter in Bruin history. He graduated as the No. 1 passer in UCLA history, breaking all game, season and career records for most yards passing, most completions, most attempts and most touchdowns by passing. He is still ranked as the No. 7 Bruin all-time passer with 289 completions out of 552 passes for 4356 yards and 29 TDs.
GRAY, CARLTON - Gray was a rare four-year starter at defensive back from 1989-92 and was a prime example of the definition of the term student-athlete. On the field, in 1991, Gray set a UCLA record by intercepting 11 passes and was named third-team All-American. His senior season, Gray was named All-Conference and first-team Consensus All-American. He remains second on UCLA's all-time career interception charts with 16. Off the field, he compiled a 3.4 GPA and won numerous awards in 1992 including the NCAA Top 6 award (top 6 student-athletes in all sports), the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame scholarship winner, Disney scholar-athlete award winner, post-graduate scholarship winner and Academic All-American. He was also selected second-team GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American as a junior. Gray was drafted in the second round (30th overall) in the NFL draft and played for 8 seasons (102 games) with Seattle, Indianapolis, NY Giants and Kansas City Chiefs, recording 12 interceptions.
LEWIS, STEVE - UCLA track & field star in the 400m and relays (1988-89-90). As a freshman, Lewis helped the Bruins to victory in the NCAA team championships by finishing second in both the 400m and 400m relay and finishing first as a member of the 1600m relay team that set a NCAA record (2:59.91). That same year (1988), Lewis set a World Junior record in the 400m (44.11) at the Olympic Trials and made the US Olympic team where he went on to win the gold medal in the 400m in 43.87, the fastest 400m time for a Bruin in history (World Junior Record). He was also a member of the United States 1600m relay team that won the gold medal while breaking the world record (2:56.16). After returning from the Olympics, Lewis competed for the Bruins for two more years and twice won the Pac-10 title in the 400m (1989, 1990). In 1990, he also captured NCAA crown in the 400m and went on to win the US Track and Field Championships in the same event. In all, Lewis currently holds or is a part of three Bruin all-time records - 400m (43.87), 400m relay (38.59) and 1600m relay (2.59.91). In 1992, Lewis, once again, represented the United States at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and won a silver medal in the 400m and a gold medal in the 1600m relay. The U.S. 1600m relay team broke the world record (2:55.74) that Lewis had previously helped set in the 1988 Olympic Games.
OWENS, JAMES - Owens was a two-sport star at UCLA competing for four years (1975-78) on both the Bruin football and track & field teams. As a halfback for the Bruin football team, Owens had eight 100-plus yard games and is still ranks 12th in career rushing yards finishing with 2,074 yards and a 5.01 average. Owens was voted team MVP in 1977 and received the outstanding senior award in 1978. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1979 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49er's and went on to play six years with San Francisco and Tampa Bay. On the UCLA track & field team, Owens competed in the 110m high hurdles. He concluded his UCLA career with one NCAA individual championship in 1977, two second-place NCAA finishes and one third-place finish. Owens was team captain for UCLA's 1978 NCAA Track & Field Championship team. Owens finished 6th in the 110m hurdles in the 1976 Olympic games and then went on to win the 1977 United States Track & Field Championships in the same event. He still ranks second on UCLA's all-time 110m high hurdles list at 13.46 seconds.
SCHMID, SIGI - Schmid was a former four-year starter (1972-75) at midfield for the Bruin soccer team and was selected (All Far-West in 1975). After graduating, Schmid was a UCLA assistant coach in 1977 and in 1979 before beginning a most successful 19-year career as head coach in 1980. During those 19 years, Schmid coached the Bruins to a 322-63-33 record, 16 consecutive post season appearances and three National Championships (1985, 1990, 1997). He was selected Soccer America's Coach of the Year in 1984 and was the MPSF Coach of the Year on three occasions (1995-97). Schmid was an assistant coach on the 1994 World Club team and many of Schmid's former Bruins have gone onto World Cup and Olympic success including Cobi Jones, Joe Max Moore, Paul Caligiuri and Brad Friedel. In all, more than 20 of Schmid's former players have gone on to play for the US National team. In 1996, Schmid was inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame as one of the first members of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). In April 1999, Schmid left UCLA to become the head coach of the LA Galaxy. With the Galaxy, Schmid has led the team to three titles, winning the 2002 MLS Cup Championship, 2001 U.S. Open Cup Championship and the 2000 CONCACAF Champions' Cup.
SLAUGHTER, FRED - Slaughter was a three-year starting center on John Wooden's UCLA Basketball teams from 1962-64 and helped lead UCLA to its first Final Four appearance in 1962 and then to a 30-0 record and their first National Championship team in 1964. The 6'5" Slaughter, often playing center against players much taller than him, used his quickness and hustle that was instrumental to the team's success. Slaughter played an essential and integral part of the full court zone press defense that the Bruins employed on the way to their first national championship. Slaughter was named the 1962 Irv Polhmeyer Memorial Trophy winner as the team's outstanding first-year player and in 1963 & '64, he received the JD Morgan Memorial Award as the Bruins outstanding "team" player. Slaughter led the Bruins in rebounding in 1962 and 1963 and ended his UCLA career averaging 8.8 points and 9.1 rebounds. Slaughter was Senior Class President in 1963-64 and was also, Assistant Dean - Admissions and Student Affairs for the UCLA School of Law from 1972-1980.
WILLIAMS, NATALIE - Arguably, the greatest two-sport athlete in UCLA history, Williams was the first-ever woman to earn first-team All-American honors in both basketball and volleyball in the same year (1992-93). A four-year starter (1989-92) and three-time 1st team All-American in volleyball, Williams was twice the recipient of the prestigious Honda Award given to the Most Outstanding Collegiate Woman Athlete in the sport of volleyball. Williams was twice named NCAA Tournament MVP while leading the Bruins to consecutive NCAA Championships in 1990 and 1991. She set UCLA records by hitting .416 in 1992 and hammering 43 kills in a match in 1991. She also set the career kill mark (since broken) with 2115. Williams also starred for four years on the hardwood for the Bruins (1991-94) and was twice named first-team All-American. In basketball, Williams was a three-time All-Conference performer and was named the Conference Player of the Year in 1994. Williams was twice the Pac-10 scoring leader and led the Pac-10 in rebounding on three occasions. Williams averaged 20.4 ppg for the Bruins and her rebounding average of 12.8 ranks first all-time in Pac-10 history. She had career high games of 43 points and 25 rebounds. Williams earned Pac-10 Player of the Week sixteen times (eight in each sport) and in February 1996, she was selected the Pac-10 Female Athlete of the Decade (1987-96). After graduation, Williams played two seasons with the Portland of the American Basketball League. In 1997-98, she enjoyed a MVP season leading the league in both scoring and rebounding. In 1999, she played for Utah (WNBA) and ranked first in the league in rebounding and fourth in scoring. In the summer of 2000, she helped the USA women's basketball team win the gold medal at the Olympic Games. Williams continues to play in the WNBA and with the National team.
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