Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame Set For April 20
Five individuals and two teams will be inducted into the University of the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame in annual induction ceremonies on Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Established in 1982, the Hall of Fame welcomes Mike House (Football), Brandee McArthur (Softball), Ernie Segale (Contributor), Chip Sell (Baseball), Molly Smith (Women's Water Polo) along with the 1972-73 and 1973-74 men's swimming teams. With this year's class, the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame will have honored 233 individuals and 25 teams in its 30-year history.
As part of this special evening, the 2012-13 Pacific Tigers Student-Athletes of the Year Awards will also be presented. This evening of celebration and recognition provides a unique opportunity for connecting Pacific's heritage of outstanding athletic alumni and Hall of Famers with the current generation of exceptional student-athletes.
Induction ceremonies and the annual awards banquet will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Alex G. Spanos Center on the Pacific campus. A social hour begins at 6:00 p.m., with dinner and the induction program beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available by contacting the Pacific Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at (209) 946-3945.
All previous inductees to the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame are encouraged to attend and wear their Hall of Fame medallions to this year's event.
Following are brief biographical sketches of the 2012-13 Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame inductees.
Mike House (1978-80)
Mike House was a tight end for the Tigers from 1978-79, leading the Tigers' attack under head coaches Chester Caddas and Bob Toledo. He earned All-America honors as a senior, in addition to First Team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Association honors in both of his seasons. He was selected in the eighth round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the New England Partriots.
Brandee McArthur (1995-99)
Brandee earns induction after an outstanding four year career with the Tigers as one of the top pitchers in school history. She earned NFCA All-America Second Team honors after her senior season in 1999, after leading the Tigers to their second consecutive NCAA Regionals appearance. She ranks third in victories (65), ninth in ERA (1.39), second in strikeouts (568) and second in shutouts (31) in the Pacific career record book. McArthur recorded 260 strikeouts in 1999, the second-highest single season total in program history.
Ernie Segale '64 is being honored by Pacific Athletics as a longtime volunteer and generous contributor. Ernie was a founding member of the Pacific Athletic Foundation (PAF) in 1970, the same year he began his business in Stockton, Segale Travel Service. As a PAF Fund Drive volunteer, Ernie consistently ranked in the Top Ten every year and was instrumental in the success and development of the Athletic Department's annual Orange & Black Ball fundraising dinner and auction. Recently, over the past five years, Ernie has donated vacation packages and trips valued at more than $75,000 to help raise money for Pacific sports programs and student-athlete scholarships through a variety of special events, auctions and raffles.
Chip Sell (1990-94)
Chip had an outstanding career for the Tigers and still holds Pacific's all-time record for hits with 293. He is in the top 10 on 11 of Pacific's 12 career hitting lists, and is also Pacific's all-time leader in runs batted in (144), runs scored (167) and total bases (409). He played professional baseball for seven years, after being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Molly Smith (1996-2000)
Molly Smith was the first Tiger to earn All-America honors at Pacific, and the only team member to earn the honor three times. She is Pacific's all-time leading scorer with 286 career goals.
1972-73 and 1973-74 Men's Swimming Teams
The 1972-73 and 1973-74 men's swimming teams each won the Pacific Coast Athletic Association championship, the first two in school history.