BERKELEY – The Cal Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2017 features 10 Golden Bears, a group that includes Olympic champions, All-Americans, a legendary coach and an athletic trainer who helped generations of student-athletes in Berkeley. Together, they represent the 32nd class of inductees.
Those who have been elected into the Hall are:
- Steve Desimone (men's golf coach, 1979-2016) – Over his 37 seasons, he guided Cal to the 2004 NCAA title and 11 NCAA Championships appearances.
- Laurel Korholz (women's rowing, 1990-93) – A three-time Olympian who has served on the U.S. Olympic coaching staff since 2008.
- Jason Kidd (men's basketball, 1992-94) – Named National Freshman of the Year in 1993 and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1994, he put the Golden Bears on the national map during his career.
- Chris Oeding (men's water polo, 1989-92) – Led Cal to three NCAA titles and was a member of the U.S. National team from 1993-2000, including two appearances at the Olympics.
- Bob Orr (athletic trainer, 1964-94) – Longtime athletic trainer who impacted generations of Golden Bears with his work in sports medicine.
- Tiffany Rochelle (volleyball, 1986-89) – Set numerous Cal records, including for most kills in a career and a match, and was twice voted first-team All-Pac-10.
- Laura Schott (women's soccer, 1999-2002) – An All-American for the Bears who still holds school records for most goals in a season and a career.
- Jake Wetzel (men's rowing, 1998-2002) – A three-time Olympian who helped Cal to a trio of IRA national titles in the Golden Bear varsity eight.
- Charlie Wi (men's golf, 1994-95) – Cal's first Pac-10 individual medalist and first-team All-American in school history who went onto a long professional career.
- Ken Wiedemann (football, 1967-69; baseball, 1967-68) – Remains the school's all-time interceptions leader after registering 16 as a defensive back on Cal's "Bear Minimum" defense of the late 1960s.
With the addition of the new members, the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame now features 297 individuals and six rowing teams. The school's Hall of Fame, which is located on the west side of Memorial Stadium and is open to all ticket holders after each home game, was inaugurated in 1986.
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