June 04, 2012
The University of California athletic department has announced that Lamond Murray, an All-American forward who scored nearly 1,700 points during his collegiate basketball career, and Jocelyn Forest, who pitched the Golden Bears to the 2002 NCAA softball championship, will headline a class of six new members that will be inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of
Fame. In addition, former Cal pitcher Stu Gordon will receive the Hall of Fame Service Award, becoming just the third winner of that particular honor.
Formal induction ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9, at the annual Hall of Fame banquet at the Greek Orthodox Church Conference Center in Oakland. The new inductees will also be honored at halftime of Cal's Nov. 10 football game vs. Oregon at the newly-remodeled California Memorial Stadium.
The 27th Cal Athletic Hall of Fame class will also include 2000 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year and member of the 2004 US Olympic Team, Haley Cope.
An All-American each of her four years in Berkeley (1998-2001), Cope was named the 2000 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year when she was part of three conference-winning relay teams. She also captured NCAA championships as a member of Cal's 200 free and 200 medley relays in 2000. The following year, Cope won the 50 and 100 free and swam on the victorious 200 free relay at the Pac-10 meet. At the 2004 USA Olympics in Athens, she won a silver medal with the U.S. 400 medley relay team and reached the final in the 100 backstroke, adding an additional seven medals over her career at the World Championships. Cope was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic choice and received Cal's Most Improved Swimmer Award as a freshman and Coaches' Award as a senior.
Forest is perhaps best remembered for pitching the Cal softball team to its first national title as a senior in 2002 following the brutal murder of her sister.
One of the top softball pitchers in school history, Forest led the Bears to the 2002 NCAA championship -- the first NCAA women's team title ever at Cal. She was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after posting a 4-0 record with a 0.50 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 28.0 innings of work at the Women's College World Series. She completed her senior year with a 29-12 record and a 1.11 ERA. A two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection, she was named a second team All-American in both 2001 and '02. Forest won at least 20 games and helped Cal to the WCWS during each of her four years, finishing with 103 victories, 993.2 innings pitched and 1,203 strikeouts. In addition, she was voted the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA regional at UMass as a freshman.
The next member of the hall of fame class is former Cal baseball player Mike Harrison, an All-American catcher for the Bears who hit 40 home runs during his career in Berkeley.
Harrison was a standout catcher for Cal, earning All-Pac-10 and All-America honors in 1990. He earned the 1990 Clint Evans Award as the team's Most Valuable Player after batting .341 with 21 home runs and 63 RBI. In 1991, he helped lead Cal to the NCAA Midwest Regional championship game in Wichita, Kan., with a game-winning home run in the ninth inning versus Ohio State. Harrison continues to rank among Cal's all-time leaders in both home runs (40) and RBI (156).
Bruce Kennedy will get the call to the hall after a sparkling career for the Cal men's track and field team from 1970-73.
An All-American in the javelin when he was the NCAA runner-up in 1973,
Kennedy remains one of the top javelin throwers in school history. He set a school record with an effort of 267-4 as a senior and represented the United States internationally four times, including at the 1977 Pan Pacific Games. Kennedy placed eighth in the javelin at the 1971 NCAA Championships and captured a Pac-8 title in 1972. He was ranked among the top 10 in the United States from 1978-82, including as high as No. 2 in both 1980 and '81, and won U.S. championships in both 1977 and '81. A native of Rhodesia, Kennedy earned a spot on the country's 1972 and '76 Olympic teams, but was unable to participate because Rhodesia was not invited to the Games due to its practice of apartheid at the time. After becoming a U.S. citizen, Kennedy made his third Olympic team in 1980. However, the U.S. boycott of the Moscow Games prevented him from participating in the Olympics once again.
Murray joins the Hall as a two-time All-Pac-10 forward who netted 1,688 points during his career, cementing his legacy as one of the most prolific scorers in school history.
Murray left Cal after his junior year for the NBA with the No. 1 spot on the Bears' all-time list with 1,688 points (now fourth). He was named a second-team All-American in 1994 by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. After averaging 24.7 ppg in three NCAA Tournament games in 1993, the 6-7 forward paced the Pac-10 his junior season with 24.3 ppg and a school-record 729 points. He was named the team's co-MVP in both 1993 and 1994 (sharing the honor with Jason Kidd). His '92-93 club posted a 21-9 record and advanced to the NCAA's Sweet 16 with wins over LSU (66-64) and Duke (82-77). Murray reeled off 23 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks vs. LSU and added 28 points and 10 boards vs. Duke. Murray scored a career-high 38 points in his final regular-season game at Washington State -- the fifth 30-point game of his career. He had a least 20 points in eight consecutive games during one stretch and reached the 20-point barrier a total of 46 times. The Los Angeles Clippers picked Murray with the seventh selection of the 1994 NBA Draft, and he played 11 seasons in the league with the Clippers, Cleveland, Toronto and New Jersey, averaging 11.3 ppg.
Anne Walker enters the ranks representing Women's Golf, after she helped the Bears earn their first NCAA regional appearance in 2000 and the program's first NCAA Championship appearance in 2001. She earned All-Pac-10 recognition three times, including second-team honors as a senior, and won two tournaments during her career -- the BYU Invitational in the fall of 1998 and the 2002 Bay Area Classic. A three-time NGCA
All-American Scholar-Athlete and a three-time first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection, Walker served a team captain for three seasons. In 2002, she received the Pac-10 Medal as Cal's top senior female student-athlete. Following graduation, Walker served as an assistant coach at Cal from 2003-08, helping the Bears to three top-five finishes, and she just completed her fourth season as head women's golf coach at UC Davis.
The final honoree will be Gordon, who will receive the Hall of Fame Service Award for his longtime commitment to Cal Athletics and valued leadership to raise funds necessary for the reinstatement of the Golden Bear baseball program in 2011. A pitcher for the Bears who lettered in 1961 and '62, Gordon posted a 7-0 record on the mound as a junior. He was also a member of the Cal freshman basketball and baseball squads in 1958-59. In 1971, Gordon helped found the Bear Backers organization, which has raised millions of dollars for Cal Athletics over the ensuing 41 years. He is a two-time recipient of the Carl Van Heuit Cal Baseball Alumnus of the Year Award and the Cal baseball team's Excellence in Leadership Award is named in his honor. In addition, he is a member of the athletic department's Director's Advisory Board. On the university level, Gordon collected the Citation Award from the Boalt Hall Alumni Association in 2009 and this past year received the Chancellor's Citation for Leadership and Contributions to Cal.
Gordon is the third person to earn the Hall of Fame Service Award honor, following Frank Brunk in 2009 and Jill Costello in 2011. The award recognizes a former student-athlete, coach, administrator or friend of Cal Athletics who has made an outstanding long-term contribution to ideals of the athletic department and commitment to the four pillars of its mission -- to teach, serve, compete and excel. The award is presented to an individual for demonstrating exemplary leadership and setting a standard for excellence in enhancing the student-athlete experience at the University of California.
With the addition of the new members, the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame now features 256 individuals and six rowing teams. The school's Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 1986.