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Stanford announces latest additions to Athletics Hall of Fame

 
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Eight accomplished former student-athletes have been elected into the 2019 Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame. They are Jeff Austin, Foluke Akinradewo, Tanner Gardner, Susan Hagey Wall, Mark Madsen, Diane Morrison Shropshire, Bill Tarr and Tabitha Yim.

George Shultz will receive special recognition.

The group will be inducted on Sept. 20 in a private ceremony and recognized on Sept. 21 during the Stanford-Oregon football game.

The Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame was conceived by Walt Gamage, longtime sports editor of the Palo Alto Times. Gamage, who had previously worked on many neighborhood newspapers in the Chicago area, moved to Palo Alto in 1944 and quickly became interested in Stanford sports.

In early 1954, Gamage organized a Hall of Fame. The first class of inductees, including 34 of the greatest names in Stanford sports history, was announced in a full-page spread in the Palo Alto Times on December 21, 1954.

The Stanford Hall of Fame now includes 441 members.

Foluke Akinradewo '09, Women's Volleyball

She became the seventh four-time AVCA All-American in school history and was National Player of the Year as a junior in 2007 and senior in 2008. Named Pac-10 Player of the Year as a junior and senior, Akinradewo was the 2005 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and finished her career as one of the most distinguished performers in program history, leading Stanford to NCAA runner-up finishes her last three seasons. As a junior, she set the school's single-season hitting percentage record at .499, which was also first in the nation. Following her senior season, Akinradewo was nominated for the Honda Award for the third consecutive year. She finished her collegiate career with a .446 hitting percentage, the highest of any NCAA Division I player. Born in London, Ontario, Akinradewo enjoys tri-citizenship with Canada, Nigeria and the U.S. After graduating with a degree in human biology, she competed in professional volleyball for the past nine years, winning Best Spiker in Japan in the 2010-11 season. Akinradewo competed in Switzerland for Volvo Zurich in 2015-16 and 2016-17 and was named Most Valuable Player in her second year. She has played in Japan the last two seasons and was selected Best Spiker in 2017-18 and Best Spiker, Best Blocker and Most Valuable Player in 2018-19. Akinradewo won a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games and was chosen the Best Middle Blocker at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Jeff Austin '99, Baseball

A native of San Bernardino and raised in Kingwood, Texas, he is the 46th baseball player to be inducted. A three-year letterwinner from 1996-98, Austin helped the Cardinal win 128 games, and at least 40 in all three seasons. The Cardinal qualified for an NCAA Regional in each of his three years, including the 1997 team which earned the program's 10th berth in the College World Series. In 309 2/3 innings pitched, Austin left The Farm with a 3.61 career earned run average with 317 strikeouts. Following his junior season in 1998, Austin was named Baseball America National Player of the Year, finishing 12-4 in 8 starts with a 3.11 ERA and 136 strikeouts compared to 32 walks. He was selected fourth overall in the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft by the Kansas City Royals, appearing in 38 major league games across three seasons with the Royals (2001-02) and the Cincinnati Reds (2003). Austin returned to The Farm as the pitching coach in 2008 and 2009 and helped guide the Cardinal to the College World Series in 2008.

Tanner Gardner '08, Wrestling

One of only two three-time All-Americans in program history, he wrestled at 125 pounds and is the overall school leader in wins with 145. As a senior in 2008, Gardner set a Stanford record with 43 victories and 19 pins and finished a career-high fifth at the NCAA championships. He ranks second in career pins with 40. A native of Berryton, Kansas, Gardner had a relentless work ethic and earned consecutive Pac-10 titles in 2007 and 2008, becoming the third Cardinal wrestler at the time to accomplish that feat. Gardner is the only wrestler in school history to post multiple 40-win campaigns. He ended his Cardinal career with an overall record of 145-38, 53-8 in dual matches. In 2015, Gardner was selected to the Pac-12's Wrestling All-Century Team. A two-time Kansas state champion, he was also the 2007 University Nationals freestyle champion. Gardner was a three-time Academic All-American and earned degrees in public policy and sociology from Stanford, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in Houston with his wife, son and daughter, and is currently the chief operating officer for athletics at Rice University.

Mark Madsen '00, Men's Basketball

A fierce competitor, he helped Stanford reach the Final Four in 1998. Nicknamed Mad Dog for his passion and physical style of play, Madsen averaged 10.9 points and 7.9 rebounds during his four-year career and was a two-time All-American and two-time All-Pac-12 choice. He is most often remembered for dunking and making a free throw against Rhode Island to seal a shocking comeback victory and spot in the Final Four. During his time on The Farm from 1996-2000, the Cardinal compiled a 105-24 record. Madsen ranks fourth in school history in career field goal percentage (.587) and sixth in rebounds (857). He attended nearby San Ramon Valley High in the East Bay and was a first-round pick, 29th overall, in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Laker. He helped the Lakers win NBA titles in 2001 and 2002, where his animated victory parade dances became legendary. He spent nine years in the league, also playing for Minnesota and the Los Angeles Clippers. Madsen returned to Stanford in 2010 and earned his MBA in Public Management. He served an assistant coach for the Cardinal in 2012, then became head coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders and later an assistant coach with the Lakers. Madsen currently serves as head coach of Utah Valley of the Western Athletic Conference.

Susan Hagey Wall '79, Women's Tennis

The program's first four-time All-American (1976-79), she teamed with Diane Morrison to capture AIAW Doubles titles in 1975 and '76, in which they were almost unbeatable during the three-year stretch. The duo nearly won a third national doubles championship in 1978, losing in the final to Cardinal teammates Barbara and Kathy Jordan. After three consecutive runner-up team finishes in the AIAW Championships, Hagey and Morrison helped Stanford win the crown in 1978. The sixth of eight children, Hagey comes from a tennis family. Her father, Robert, was a top-ranked player and two siblings played at Stanford. Older brother, Chico, was a two-time All-American on The Farm, in 1972 and 1974, while sister, Cari, helped the Cardinal claim NCAA titles in 1986 and 1987 and was an All-American in 1988. In 1974, at age 16, Susan reached the mixed doubles quarterfinals at Wimbledon and played on Centre Court. In 1975, Hagey advanced to the Junior Wimbledon quarterfinals in singles and qualified for singles in the main Wimbledon draw in 1977. In the 1979 Pan American Games, she captured gold medals in singles and doubles and won the New Zealand Open singles title in 1982. Hagey was known for her ferocious forehand and excelled at the net. From 1980-88, she was a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee serving as the tennis representative on the Athletes Advisory Council, and in 1985, she represented the U.S. at the International Olympic Academy meetings in Greece.

Diane Morrison Shropshire, '79, Women's Tennis

After graduating from Beverly Hills High, she earned an academic scholarship to Stanford and made the team as a walk-on. An accomplished junior player, Morrison earned All-America honors in 1976, 1977 and 1978, twice winning AIAW doubles championships with fellow inductee Susie Hagey. They proved almost unbeatable and reached the AIAW doubles finals again in 1978, losing to teammates Barbara and Kathy Jordan. Morrison and Hagey helped the Cardinal win the AIAW national title in 1978. In 1977, Morrison was ranked No. 64 nationally by the USTA and chosen to the U.S. Junior Wightman and Federation Cup teams. After graduating with a degree in mathematics in 1979, Morrison turned professional and advanced to the third round of the 1979 U.S. Open. She also competed in Australia, reaching the quarterfinals of the New South Wales Open and qualified for the main draw at Wimbledon three times. She reached a career-high No. 50 in the rankings. Morrison stepped away from the professional ranks in 1981 and returned to school, completing a Doctor of Medicine at UCLA. Today, she works as an anesthesiologist in Philadelphia and is married to attorney and author Kenneth Shropshire.

Bill Tarr '55, Football

He was Stanford's all-time leading rusher and held that distinction for a decade, with 1,593 yards on 358 carries. He was a two-way standout in the final years of the 60-minute player. In 1954, Tarr led the Pacific Coast Conference in rushing with 729 yards as a fullback and intercepted four passes as a linebacker. He sparked Stanford’s 6-0 upset at No. 8 Ohio State, rushing for over 100 yards, besting Heisman Trophy winner Howard "Hopalong" Cassidy. Though he had impressive statistics, it was his effort, leadership and inspiration that best defined him. Playing from 1953-55, Tarr was a team captain, twice earned the Irving S. Zeimer Award given to the most valuable player and earned the Jim Reynolds Award as the most inspirational senior. Said teammate Paul Wiggin, later Stanford's head coach: "You can talk about a number of people associated with Stanford football and they will tell you Bill Tarr is one of the special guys in history."

Tabitha Yim '08, Women's Gymnastics

One of the most accomplished gymnasts in program history, Yim was a 14-time All-American, placed among the top-10 at the NCAA championships in all-around competition all four years and twice won the Pac-10 and NCAA regional all-around titles. Yim was selected the Pac-10 and Regional Gymnast of the Year, and Pac-10 All-Academic first team during her senior year. Versatility was her trademark. Yim won two regional titles and one Pac-10 crown on the balance beam, was a two-time regional uneven bars champion, and twice placed third in the floor exercise at the NCAA championships. A native of Irvine, Yim competed for the U.S. national team that finished third at the World Championships in 2001, the same year she won the floor exercise at the U.S. Championships. Yim also claimed a U.S. title on the beam in 2002 and finished fourth in the all-around at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. After graduating with a degree in human biology, she spent two years teaching prior to entering the coaching profession. Yim taught sixth grade in Charlestown, Massachusetts, as part of the Citizen Schools program and spent the next year teaching ninth grade in Los Angeles as part of Teach for America. Yim returned to The Farm in 2010 and coached gymnasts in all four events until 2015 before being named head coach at the University of Arizona. In the spring of 2017, she returned to become head coach at Stanford.

George Shultz, Special Recognition

The Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Shultz served under three presidents and was Secretary of State for Ronald Reagan from 1982-89. In 1989, Shultz was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. A 1942 graduate of Princeton, he earned his PhD from MIT, where he taught until 1957. He then joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, becoming dean in 1962. In 1968-69, he became a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and has been a key figure and supporter of the University ever since. Shultz regularly attends football and basketball games and has helped raise money for the men's and women's golf programs by hosting the Shultz Cup for 25 years.

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