Hall of Fame: Eight news Bears inducted

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.


Jeff Faraudo

  • rotfogel

    Takkarist McKinley – honorable mention
    10.71 seconds in the 100M dash…in high school at 6-3 240 lbs.
    who cares if he has yet to step on campus, that big and that fast…nuts!

  • Juancho

    I woder what position hell play. Not tall enough for tight end. Not shifty enough for wr.

    Big bruiser back? Or rush d end ?

  • GoldenBear 77

    Novel thought — let the kid get on the field first, and see if he can play football before putting the crown on his head (or the target on his back).

  • rotfogel


    I could see him playing DE or OLB…he’s the biggest athletic freak of nature Cal has ever had coming in. We’ll see if he can play, but if he can, watch out!

  • Juancho

    Rotfo you are my brother

    I guess my thinking is mckinley is not a big guy. Hes keenans height. Keenan ran a 4.4 out of high school.
    Lets let the kid play and see what he can do. If he was 6’8″ thatd be another story. But i just dont see why all the hype now.

  • Juancho

    And in terms of biggest freaks cal has had hes nit half ANDRE CARTER.

  • rotfogel

    I’m not sure you guys understand how fast 10.71 in the 100m is. AT 6-3 240LBS!!!! IN FREAKING HIGH SCHOOL…There’s a youtube of him running it, he looks like he could pack on 20 lbs and not lose any speed. To put his speed in perspective, DJ Williams of De La Salle years ago ran a 10.81 100M at 6-1 220lbs and back then I was blown away that he was that fast. DJ Williams was a first round pick.

    And 40 times rarely show a players true speed. The 100M is the ultimate sprint and cannot mask good start times…McKinley freaking won the NCS track and field tournament in the 100M dash…he FREAKING WON IT against all sprinters.

    If I were to guess what Andre Carter could run a 100M dash in I’d say 12.3 seconds. Chew on that for a second now.

  • rotfogel

    One more tbing: What do you think Keenan Allen would run the 100m in? I’d guess 11.2? Somewhere around there…McKinley, right now in high school, would make Keenan look like he’s standing still if they were to run against each other in the 100m.

  • Juancho

    Rotfo. Youve changed my opinion on the subject. You are my brother.

  • rotfogel

    You are my brother too! HA! I really hope our bears come thru this year, I’m just hopeful that the physical talent manifests itself on the field.