One-time basketball career scoring leader Sean Lampley, former NFL standout Todd Steussie and four-time Olympic medalist Heather Petri head the 2013 class entering Cal’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Also scheduled for induction into the 28th class will be track star Rick Brown, softball player Candace Harper, women’s basketball player Trish Stafford-Odom, swimmer Staciana Stitts, and rower and long-time contributor Gary Rogers.
Induction ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18, at the annual Hall of Fame banquet at the Greek Orthodox Church Conference Center in Oakland. Information on tickets to the banquet can be found online at bigcsociety.org.
The new inductees will also be honored at halftime of Cal’s Oct. 19 football game vs. Oregon State at Memorial Stadium.
Here’s more on each of the eight inductees:
– Rick Brown, track and field: A four-time Pac-8 champion from 1971-74, Brown has held Cal’s record in the 800-meter run for 41 years. He ran 1:45.4 at the ’72 Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore. He was an NCAA finalist three times in the 880-yard run.
– Candace Harper, softball: An All-America third baseman, Harper helped Cal to the 2002 NCAA championship. Harper batted over .300 all four seasons, 1999 through 2002, and holds school career records for games, at-bats and doubles.
– Sean Lampley, basketball: The 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Lampley helped Cal win the 1999 NIT championship. From 1998 through ’01, Lampley scored 1,776 points — the Bears’ career record (since broken) when he left. He was a two-time first-team all-conference selection.
– Heather Petri, water polo: Petri is the only Cal athlete to win a medal in four different Olympics. She helped the U.S. to a gold medal in 2012, silvers in 2000 and ’08, and a bronze in ’04. After graduating from Cal in 2001, Petri played professionally in Greece, Italy and Brazil.
– Trisha Stafford-Odom, basketball: A two-time all-Pac-10 selection, Stafford-Odom led the Bears to their first two NCAA tournament berths. She was voted a second-team All-American by the WBCA and Women’s Sports Federation as a senior when she averaged a Pac-10-leading 22.3 ppg. She finished her career with 1,530 total points and averaged 15.3 ppg over four seasons.
– Todd Steussie, football: A two-time all-Pac-10 selection at offensive tackle, Steussie played 14 seasons in the NFL. Steussie was a first-team All-America pick as a senior in 1993, then was taken No. 19 overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the NFL draft. He started 185 NFL games and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection.
– Staciana Stitts, swimming: A 14-time All-American, Stitts won a gold medal in the 400 medley relay at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. A breaststroke specialist at Cal from 2000 to ’03, Stitts established school records in the 100 and 200 breast. She helped set a world record in the 200 medley relay while at Cal.
– Gary Rogers (Hall of Fame Service Award): The former Cal rower is a long-time contributor to the crew program. A 1963 Cal grad, Rogers is being honored for his exemplary history of assisting Cal athletics. He has served as chairman and CEO of Dreyer’s Ice Cream for 30 years and as chairman of Levi Strauss & Co. and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.