Former Olympian Jane Gibson-McHugh '82 to be inducted into WCC Hall of Honor
Jayne Gibson-McHugh '82, former Olympian, Tiger vollyball standout and coach, will be inducted into the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor in March.Former Olympian Jane Gibson-McHugh '82 to be inducted into WCC Hall of Honor
Former Olympian and Pacific women's volleyball standout Jayne Gibson-McHugh '82 is one of 10 athletes who will be inducted into the West Coast Conference's (WCC) 11th-annual Hall of Honor class. Gibson-McHugh was a member of the Pacific women's volleyball program in three different capacities — as a player from 1978-81, as an assistant coach under former head coach John Dunning, and as the Tigers women's volleyball head coach from 2001 to 2005.
"The West Coast Conference is honored to celebrate the accomplishments of these former student-athletes and coaches as we celebrate the enduring legacy of our 11th induction class during the WCC Basketball Championships in Las Vegas," said West Coast Conference Commissioner Gloria Nevarez.
The three-time All-American was the first Pacific women's volleyball player to play for the U.S. National Team and to play in the Olympics. Gibson-McHugh represented the United State in the 1988 Summer Olympics at Seoul, South Korea. During her four-year playing career at Pacific, she led the Tigers to three straight conference championships, which included a 36-0 conference record in her final three seasons 1979, 1980, 1981. As a senior, Gibson-McHugh earned AVCA First Team All-America honors and was tabbed the NorCal Conference MVP after serving as the team's leader in kills, hitting percentage, and in all major blocking categories. Upon graduation, she compiled career marks of 856 kills, 155 blocks, and a .303 hitting percentage.
She continues to hold the program's record for block solos in a match with nine against Stanford on Oct. 16, 1981. In 1982, Gibson-McHugh was the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was a member of the 1980 team squad that was inducted to the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame before being inducted for her individual accolades in 1992. As a coach, McHugh guided her teams to a 100-59 overall record.
McHugh, joins honorees BYU's Tiffany Lott-Hogan (Track), Gonzaga's Adam Morrison (Men's Basketball), Loyola Marymount's Tara Welling (Erdmann) (Cross Country/Track), Pepperdine's Gualberto Escudero (Tennis), Portland's Stephanie Lopez Cox (Soccer), Saint Mary's Trevor Newquist (Soccer), San Diego's Ali Cox (Rowing), San Francisco's Orlando Smart (Basketball) and Santa Clara's Caren Horstmeyer (Basketball) as part of the 2019 Hall of Honor class at the University Credit Union West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships in Las Vegas.
"The 2019 Hall of Honor class represents our 10 schools' long-standing commitment to developing student-athletes by fostering an environment of athletic and academic excellence. This year's inductees excelled in a wide variety of sports while showcasing diverse paths to the top of their chosen athletic pursuits," said Nevarez.
The Hall of Honor class will be formally inducted at the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch on Saturday, March 9 at 9 a.m. PT at the Mardi Gras Ballroom in the Orleans Hotel, and each inductee will be honored throughout the course of the basketball championships. Tickets to the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch & Induction Ceremony are available to the public for $40 and may be purchased by contacting Lindsey Jones in the WCC office via email – Ljones@westcoast.org. Tickets must be purchased by Monday, Feb. 25.