UCLA To Induct Eight New Athletics Hall of Fame Members
Sept. 21, 2005
Eight new members will be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night, Sept. 30. 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. 1 UCLA-Washington football game at the Rose Bowl.
The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1984 with 25 charter members. The Class of 2005 brings the total membership to 199. The 2005 inductees are Hardiman Cureton, football; Dawn Dumble, track and field; Allen Fox, tennis; John Godina, track and field; Ed O'Bannon, basketball; Mike O'Hara, volleyball; Art Shurlock, gymnastics; Kenny Washington, basketball.
Following are biographies on the 2005 UCLA Hall of Fame inductees:
Cureton was a dominant offensive guard and also played on the defensive line for three seasons (1953-54-55) on UCLA football teams that went 26-4 and captured three Pacific Coast Conference championships and participated in two Rose Bowls. During the 1954 national championship season, Cureton was named second-team All-Coast and honorable mention All-American. As a senior in 1955, Cureton became the Bruins' fifth-ever consensus first-team All-American as well as being named all-conference and team captain -- the first African-American captain to lead a UCLA football team. In 1955, Cureton was selected to play in the Hula Bowl and later played for nine years in the Canadian Football League for Toronto, Ottawa and Hamilton.
Dumble was a four-year standout in the discus and shot put (1991-92-93-95), who won four NCAA titles: 1992 indoor shot put, 1993 outdoor shot put, 1995 discus and 1995 indoor shot put. She also finished second on two occasions making her the second highest all-time (men or women) NCAA point-scorer with 81 points (55 outdoor, 26 indoor). Dumble was also a seven-time Pac-10 champion in the discus and shot put who set school records in both events in 1995. Dumble finished third in the 1996 U.S. Championships and repeated that finish in 2000 placing her on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team. She was ranked among the Top 10 U.S. shot putters for 10 consecutive years, and ranked among the Top 10 in the U.S. in the both shot put and discus from 1992-99.
A three-time All-American for the UCLA tennis team (1959-60-61), Fox helped lead the Bruins to NCAA team championships in 1960 and '61. In 1960, he teamed up with Larry Nagler to capture the NCAA doubles title. The following year, as team captain, he captured the NCAA singles crown, while leading the Bruins to another national championship. A brilliant student in physics, he was named All-University "Athlete of the Year" for the 1960-61 academic year. Upon graduation, Fox was the fourth-ranked singles player in the United States and won the 1962 U.S. Hard Court Championships. He was a member of three United States Davis Cup teams and also was a quarter-finalist in the men's singles at Wimbledon in 1965. During his professional career, Fox recorded tournament victories over many of the world's top-ranked players, including Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, Stan Smith and John Newcombe. Fox coached at Pepperdine from 1978-1996 and led the Waves to several Top 10 NCAA finishes. He received his Ph.D from UCLA and is currently a successful businessman, sport psychologist and author. His latest book is titled "The Winner's Mind: A Competitor's Guide to Sports and Business Success." He was inducted into the Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 1988.
Godina was a record-breaking thrower for the Bruins from 1992-95, and subsequently has become one of the most decorated field performers in the history of U.S. men's track and field. Godina was a six-time Pac-10 winner in the shot put and discus and still holds the school, Pac-10 and NCAA record in the shot put (72-2 1/4) and the school and Pac-10 records in the discus (213-0). Godina was also a five-time NCAA champion in the shot and discus. After winning both the shot put and discus at the NCAA's in 1995, Godina won the first of three outdoor World Championship titles in the shot put (1995, 1997, 2001). He also captured the 2001 Indoor World Championship. Godina has won four U.S. titles (1998, 1999, 2001, 2003) in the shot put and two in the discus (1997, 1998). By winning the shot put and discus at the 1998 U.S. Championships, he became the first athlete since Parry O'Brien in 1955 to win both events. Godina has also enjoyed success on the Olympic stage. As a three-time Olympian, he won the silver medal in 1996 and the bronze medal in 2000. On two occasions, he has been the recipient of the Jesse Owens Award, given to the Outstanding U.S. Male Track and Field Performer. Only Michael Johnson and Carl Lewis have also won this award twice or more.
A four-year letterman (1992-95) and three-year basketball starter (1993-95) under Jim Harrick, O'Bannon was the National High School Player of the Year in 1990 before he severely injured his knee and missed all of the 1990-91 UCLA season. Through dedication, diligence and perseverance, O'Bannon returned to lead the Bruins to a record 32 victories and the 1995 NCAA championship (UCLA's 11th national title in men's basketball). During that championship season, O'Bannon's accolades included the John Wooden Award as College Basketball's Player of the Year, Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four, USBWA and CBS-Chevrolet Player of the Year, Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year and consensus All-American. Playing without point guard Tyus Edney in the finals, O'Bannon willed the Bruins to the NCAA championship by scoring 30 points and hauling down 17 rebounds. As a senior, he finished second in Pac-10 scoring at 20.1 ppg, fourth in rebounds, second in three-point field goal percentage and scored a career high of 37 points versus Duke. During his career, O'Bannon was named All-Pac-10 three times (1993, '94, '95) and was named honorable mention All-American in 1993 and third-team All-American in 1994. On UCLA's all-time lists, O'Bannon is sixth in career points (1815) and 10th in rebounds (820). He was a two-time team MVP and led the Bruins twice in scoring and three times in rebounding. His UCLA jersey (#31) was retired in 1996. O'Bannon was the ninth player selected in the 1995 NBA Draft and he played two seasons averaging 5.0 points and 2.5 rebounds for New Jersey and Dallas before going overseas and playing in Europe.
O'Hara, an outstanding outside hitter, was UCLA's earliest pioneer in the sport of volleyball and was instrumental in making volleyball a varsity sport at UCLA. In 1953, with Athletic Director Wilbur Johns' permission, O'Hara's championship fraternity volleyball team represented UCLA and won the National Collegiate Championship in Omaha, Nebraska. The following year, Johns elevated men's volleyball to varsity status and the Bruins once again captured the national championship. In both seasons, O'Hara was named All-American. After graduating from UCLA, O'Hara played on the USA National Team in 1959, '63 and '64. He was a member of the 1959 gold medal team at the Pan Am Games and a member of the 1964 Olympic team. O'Hara also competed in U.S. Volleyball Association national tournaments and was named USVBA MVP in 1961 and '63. O'Hara and teammate Mike Bright also dominated beach tournaments in the 1960s, winning the first five Manhattan Beach Open tournaments. To this day, O'Hara continues to promote the sport and still actively competes in USA Volleyball tournaments and beach competitions, including recently being named MVP in the master's division of the USVBA Nationals. O'Hara was elected to the USA Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1996. Additionally, O'Hara was Vice-President of the L.A. Olympic Organizing Committee for the 1984 Olympics, and helped negotiate the location of the Olympic Organizing Committee headquarters, later known as the Peter V. Ueberroth building on campus.
Long-time successful head coach of the UCLA men's gymnastics program, Shurlock led the Bruins to a pair of NCAA team titles and an overall record of 332-128 (.721) in 30 years of service (1965-94). Shurlock's impressive resume includes guiding the Bruins to 10 straight conference titles and 14 straight NCAA appearances, including NCAA titles in 1984 and 1987. Shurlock was named conference Coach of the Year eight times and was named NCAA Coach of the Year twice. Shurlock guided 16 athletes to 25 NCAA individual titles and also coached 30 athletes to a total of 117 All-America awards. In his career, Shurlock coached 10 Olympians, including UCLA standouts Peter Vidmar, Tim Daggett and Mitch Gaylord who earned four gold, two silver and three bronze medals. Prior to his coaching career, Shurlock was an eight-time All-American competing for Cal, winning the 1959 NCAA pommel horse competition. He also finished second in the NCAA All-Around competition in 1959 and '60. In 1963, Shurlock won the USGF all-around title. He was selected to the 1964 Olympic team and finished 10th on the pommel horse. In 1985, he was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame and he is also a member of the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame.
Three-year letterman for Coach John Wooden in basketball from 1964-66, Washington was an integral member of UCLA's first two NCAA championship teams (1964, '65). Washington's play personified the team concept and as the team's "sixth-man," his quickness was an instrumental part of UCLA's zone press defense as well as an instant spark off the bench. In 1964, Washington was selected as UCLA's outstanding first-year player. He played a significant role in the NCAA championship final by scoring 26 points and grabbing 11 rebounds to help the Bruins to their first title and a 30-0 record. The following season, Washington scored 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the 1965 NCAA final against Michigan. Washington was voted the outstanding "team player" in 1965. During his UCLA career, Washington averaged 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Washington also coached the UCLA Women's Basketball team from 1973-75.
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