Gael Hall of Fame Inducts Six Athletes and Soccer Squad
Legendary coaches, record-setting athletes, and a national championship soccer squad were inducted last May into the Gael Hall of Fame.
Jim McDonald: SMC's resident football historian, McDonald enjoyed a 32-year career including stints as head and assistant football coach. He taught in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) from 1976–2003.
Randy Ferris: Founding coach of men's and women's soccer programs, Ferris coached women's soccer from 1982–97. His 1984 and 1986 teams won NAIA national championships, and Ferris was named national Coach of the Year both years. He joined the HPER faculty in 1979.
Robert Haugen: A four-year basketball performer (1985–89) and three-time All-WCC selection, Haugen led the 1988–89 squad that advanced to the NCAA tourney for the first time since 1959. He ranks second in SMC career scoring (1,502 points).
Mary Ann Little: A standout basketball player from 1979–83, Little helped SMC post its first 20-win season in program history in 1982–83. She holds the school record for career rebounds (1,234) and ranks seventh in scoring (1,351 points).
Denis O'Connor: A four-year starting quarterback (1944–47), O'Connor captained the infamous "Whiz Kids" who earned back-to-back bowl berths in 1945-46. Legendary coach Herman Wedemeyer calls O'Connor "the tape, the glue, the bailing wire" of the team.
Ana Robles: A four-year player (1982–85) on some of SMC's best women's volleyball squads, Robles was a NAIA All-American selection in 1985 when the Gaels posted a 32-8 record and the NAIA national championship. During her career, the team went 118-33.