Sixteen Trojan luminaries have been selected to the 11th class of USC’s Athletic Hall of Fame. They’ll be introduced at halftime of the Sept. 27 USC-Oregon State game in the Coliseum and then honored at an induction dinner May 16.
“This is an outstanding group of Trojan greats-Olympians, All-Americans, national champions and sports icons-who have played an important role in USC’s athletic history,” said USC athletic director Pat Haden, who was a member of the 2003 class. “They’ll join our first 10 classes of Hall of Famers to form a real Who’s Who in USC sports.”
- Byron Black (tennis)
- Pete Carroll (football coach)
- Jack Del Rio (football/baseball),
- John Hamilton (contributor)
- Isabelle Harvey (soccer)
- Joe Jares (media)
- Jimmy Jones (football)
- Dave Levy (football coach)
- Harold Miner (basketball)
- Aniko Pelle (water polo)
- Mark Prior (baseball)
- Kristine Quance-Julian (swimming)
- Don Quarrie (track and field)
- Jennifer Rosales (golf)
- Tim Rossovich (football)
- Bob Yoder (volleyball player/coach)
The Hall of Famers were selected by a 75-member panel consisting of media, previous Hall of Famers, USC Athletics Board of Counselors and Trojan head coaches and athletic department senior staff. To be eligible for election, athletes generally must have completed their last season of eligibility at USC 10 years ago.
Tickets to the induction ceremony to be held USC’s John McKay Center are available by calling the USC Athletic Department at (213) 740-4155.
Byron Black led USC to its first men’s tennis NCAA championship in 15 years when he did so as a senior in 1991. The four-year (1988-91) All-American who hit a double-handed forehand, including in both singles and doubles his last three seasons, played in Troy’s No. 1 singles and doubles slots. He teamed with Eric Amend in 1989 to win the NCAA doubles crown. After USC, he had a successful pro career, winning twice in singles and 22 times in doubles. He captured the 1994 French Open doubles title and was ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles that year. He also was a doubles finalist in three other majors (1994 and 2001 Australian Open and 1996 Wimbledon), and he was a singles quarterfinalist at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. He represented his native Zimbabwe in singles and doubles at the 1996 Olympics and joined with his brother, Wayne, who succeeded him at USC, on numerous Zimbabwe Davis Cup teams, including in the 1998 upset of Australia. After retiring from competitive tennis in 2002, he now is a real estate developer in South Africa.
Energetic Pete Carroll is USC’s latest legendary football coach, leading the Trojans to unparalleled success during his nine-year (2001-2009) career. He led Troy to the 2003 and 2004 national championships (USC was 13-0 in 2004), won 83.6% of his games (97-16), captured an unprecedented seven consecutive Pac-10 titles, appeared in an NCAA-record seven consecutive BCS bowls (including a pair of BCS Championship Games) and won 11 games an NCAA record seven straight times (finishing in the AP Top 4 each time). His teams had 35 wins over AP Top 25 teams, went 7-2 in bowls (including 6-1 in BCS games), won an unprecedented three consecutive Rose Bowls and posted a 16-2 record versus Notre Dame and UCLA. Under Carroll, USC won a Pac-10 record 35 straight home games, 34 overall games, 27 Pac-10 games and 24 Pac-10 home games, as well as a USC record 18 straight road games and 13 Pac-10 road games. USC was AP’s No. 1 team for a record 33 straight polls (it ranked in the AP Top 10 for a USC-record 63 consecutive games and in the AP Top 25 for 102 straight). His Trojans scored at least 20 points in 63 games in a row. He coached three Heisman Trophy winners, plus Walter Camp, Bednarik, Unitas, Doak Walker and Mackey winners, as well as 35 All-American first teamers and 53 NFL Draft picks (including 14 first rounders, with a No. 1 and No. 2). He twice was the National Coach of the Year and was a three-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year. While at USC, he developed “A Better LA” foundation to reduce gang violence. He became the head coach of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks in 2010 and led the team to a victory in the 2014 Super Bowl.
Jack Del Rio
Jack Del Rio not only was a feared outside linebacker on the USC football team, but he was an impenetrable catcher on the Trojan baseball team. He was a consensus All-American and Lombardi Award runner-up as a 1984 senior on the football squad, helping USC win the 1985 Rose Bowl (he was Co-MVP of the game). The four-year (1981-84) football letterman twice was named to the All-Pac-10 first team and he won the 1984 Pop Warner Award as the most valuable senior on the Pacific Coast. He also caught for the Trojan baseballers in 1983 and 1984, hitting over .300 both seasons. He then spent 12 years playing in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins. He has coached in the NFL since 1997, including as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003 to 2011 (he currently is the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos).
John Hamilton was a driving force behind the development of the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and has served as its chairman since its inception. Also that year, the 1964 USC graduate and Orange County native founded the Newport Sports Museum in Newport Beach, which housed 12,000 items of sports memorabilia until closing in 2014. Besides displaying rare sports artifacts from around the world, the Newport Sports Museum’s mission was to keep youngsters in school and off of drugs by getting them involved in athletics. In 2003, Hamilton also co-founded and now chairs the IMPACT Foundation at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, which annually awards the Lott IMPACT Trophy to the nation’s top defensive college football player. Since 1977, Hamilton has worked in the real estate development and construction field and currently serves as president of the Hamilton Company, a residential and commercial real estate agency in Newport Beach.
In 2000, Isabelle Harvey became USC’s first-ever women’s soccer All-American first team selection. Two years before that, she led the Women of Troy to the 1998 Pac-10 championship and an NCAA tournament appearance (both program firsts) while earning Pac-10 Player of the Year honors. A forward and midfielder, she was a four-time (1996-98-99-2000) All-Pac-10 first team performer. She was the team’s leading goal scorer in 1996 (20) and 1999 (11), and topped the squad in assists in 1996-98-2000, points in 1996-98-99 and game-winning goals in 1996-98-99. She still is USC’s career and season recordholder for points (135, 51), goals (48, 20) and game-winning goals (21, 9), and she also owns the USC career assists record (39). The Quebec native was a member of Canada’s 1999 Women’s World Cup team. She then was an assistant coach at Cal State L.A. and USC before becoming the head coach for the women’s team at Cal Poly Pomona and currently at Cal State L.A.
Sportswriter Joe Jares covered the Southland sports scene, including Trojan athletics, since his days as the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Now retired, the 1959 USC graduate and one-time freshman basketball player went on to be a reporter for Los Angeles Herald-Express, UPI, Los Angeles Times and Sports Illustrated before becoming the sports editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News and then a contributor for USC Report. He also taught a sportswriting class at USC. Jares and John Robinson co-wrote “Conquest: A Cavalcade of USC Football” in 1981, a coffee-table book that details in words and pictures the history of the Trojan gridiron program. Among the other books the now-retired Jares authored are “Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George?,” about the early days of pro wrestling (Jares’ father was a wrestler), as well as “Clyde,” “Basketball: The American Game,” “White House Sportsmen” and “The Athlete’s Body.”
Jimmy Jones was USC’s passing leader for three seasons (1969-71), including quarterbacking a Trojan team that posted the historic 42-21 victory at Alabama in 1970 (a game that was credited with helping integrate Southern football because of the outstanding performances that day of USC’s African-American players, including Jones). As a sophomore in 1969, he guided Troy’s “Cardiac Kids” to a 10-0-1 season, including a trio of last-minute victories and a win over Michigan in the Rose Bowl. A two-time USC team MVP who set a number of school records in an era when African-American quarterbacks were uncommon in the sport (in 1969, he was the first to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated), he still ranks 12th on the school’s career passing chart with 298 completions, 3,092 yards and 30 touchdowns. He then played seven seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Rough Riders, twice leading Montreal into the Grey Cup (winning it in 1974). He lives in his native Harrisburg, Penn., where he has been a minister, coach, counselor and broadcaster.
Dave Levy was one of the brightest and most innovative assistant coaches in USC football history, as well as one of its most quick witted. He served on John McKay’s staff for 16 seasons (1960-75), helping the Trojans win four national championships. After McKay left for the NFL, Levy was a Trojan assistant athletic director for the next four years (1976-79). He then became the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers and Detroit Lions, then coached in the CFL, NFL Europe and XFL. Before he came to USC, Levy won a pair of CIF football championships as the head coach at Long Beach Poly High. He was on the football and track teams at Long Beach City College (he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Champions in 2006) and played football and baseball at UCLA.
Guard Harold Miner, USC’s career scoring leader known as “Baby Jordan,” was one of the most exciting players in college men’s basketball history, whether nailing an impossible 3-pointer or slamming down a high-flying dunk. His 1992 junior season (when he averaged a school-record 26.3 points per game) was filled with honors: Sports Illustrated National Player of the Year, All-American first team, Pac-10 Player of the Year. He helped USC to a pair of NCAA tournament appearances (1991-92). Not only does Miner still hold the school’s all-time scoring record (2,048 points), the three-time All-Pac-12 honoree (1990-91-92) is USC’s career leader in scoring average (23.5), free throws (490) and free throw percentage (.814). A first round pick in the 1992 NBA Draft (USC’s first since 1979), he played four seasons with the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers. He twice won the NBA Slam Dunk championship. He was inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor in 2011 and had his jersey retired by USC in 2012. He now lives in Nevada and is a real estate investor.
Aniko Pelle has long been one of the world’s finest women’s water polo players. One of the first international players in the collegiate ranks, the Hungarian native was the 2000 National Player of the Year a year after helping the Women of Troy win the 1999 national championship. A two-time (1999-2000) All-American first teamer (she led USC in scoring both seasons), her 255 career goals is still a school record. She has played in three Olympics, in 2004 and 2008 for Hungary and in 2012 for Italy (her husband is Italian). A member of the Hungarian national team since 1995, she was on Hungary’s 2005 FINA World Championship and 2002 FINA World Cup gold medal teams. She currently coaches the sport in Italy and works in the hospitality industry.
Mark Prior was one of the most dominating pitchers in college baseball history. The muscular righthander won 25 games and averaged 11.5 strikeouts with just 2.1 walks per nine innings in his 2-year (2000-01) Trojan career. In 2001, he was only the second collegian ever to sweep every National Player of the Year award and was the first Trojan to win the Golden Spikes Award while going 15-1 with a 1.69 ERA (team bests for wins and ERA) and notching a Pac-10 record 202 strikeouts with just 18 walks. He helped USC to College World Series trips both of his seasons. After spending 2000 playing at Vanderbilt, he transferred to USC and led the Trojans in strikeouts and innings pitched in 2000 and 2001. The Chicago Cubs made him the No. 2 overall pick of the 2001 MLB Draft and he pitched for them for five seasons (2002-06), including being named to the 2003 All-Star team, and then spent time in the minors before the toll of various arm and shoulder injuries ended his career in 2013. He currently works on the San Diego Padres’ baseball operations staff.
Kristine Quance-Julian won more NCAA titles–nine–than any women’s swimmer in USC history. Her NCAA hardware came in the 400-yard individual medley (1994-96-97), 200-yard IM (1994-96), 200-yard breaststroke (1996-97), 100-yard breast (1994) and 800-yard freestyle relay (1994). She also set nine school records during her four-year (1994-97) career and helped the Women of Troy to its first-ever NCAA championship as a senior in 1997. Following her junior year, she won a gold medal as part of the U.S. 400-meter medley relay team at the 1996 Olympics. She twice (1996-97) won the Honda Award as the nation’s top collegiate women’s swimmer and was named the American Swimmer of the Year in 1997. She was a 10-time U.S. national champion. She now coaches swimming at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena along with her husband, Jeff Julian, a former Trojan swimmer.
Don Quarrie, affectionately known as “DQ,” was one of the world’s greatest sprinters. The two-time (1972-73) letterman (he transferred to Troy after a season at Nebraska) and 1973 Trojan captain still shares the USC record in the 220-yard dash (20.2 in 1973). He also anchored USC’s world record-setting 880-yard relay in 1972 (1:20.7). He competed in five Olympics (1968-72-76-80-84) for his native Jamaica, winning a gold medal in the 200 meters in 1976, silvers in the 100 meters in 1976 and in the 400-meter relay in 1984 and a bronze in the 200 in 1980. He twice tied the world record in the 200 (19.8) and once in the 100 (9.9), becoming one of just several to hold both marks simultaneously. He was ranked No. 1 in the world in the 100 and 200 in 1976, and first in the 200 in 1975 (he was in the Top 10 nine years overall in the 200 and six times in the 100). He was the U.S. 100 champ twice and three times in the 200. He also won six gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and three at the Pan American Games. A legend in Jamaica, he has a statue outside the national stadium, a high school named after him and reggae songs about him. After his sprinting career concluded, he coached the sport at locally and internationally. His daughters, Tara and Kira, both were sprinters at USC. He was in the 1990 inaugural class of the USC track and field program’s Heritage Award winners.
Jennifer Rosales was the USC women’s golf program’s first-ever NCAA individual champion, which she accomplished as a freshman in 1998. A two-time All-American first teamer (1998-99), she was the 1999 National Player of the Year. The native of the Philippines turned pro in 2000 and has competed on the LPGA Tour since then, winning twice (becoming the first from her country to post an LPGA victory) and collecting nearly $3 million in winnings. She also teamed with countrywoman Dorothy Delasin to win the 2008 Women’s World Cup.
Free-spirited Tim Rossovich, one of the true characters in the world of football, was a consensus All-American defensive end on USC’s 1967 national championship team. The three-year (1965-67) letterman played in a pair of Rose Bowls and co-captained the 1967 Trojans. He then was an NFL first round draft pick in 1968 and played seven seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers and Houston Oilers. At USC and in the NFL, he was known for his intense, yet eccentric and off-beat personality (he would chew glass and set himself on fire, among other pranks). After his playing days, he spent two decades (1978-98) as an actor and stuntman, primarily in tough-guy roles on television sitcoms and dramas.
Bob Yoder won NCAA men’s volleyball championships first as a USC player and then as its head coach. A four-year (1976-79) letterman outside hitter, he was an All-American first teamer on Troy’s first-ever NCAA titlist squad in 1977 (he also helped the Trojans to the runner-up spot in 1979). Also a standout in the classroom, he won an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship in 1978. After playing with the U.S. National Team, Yoder was the head coach at Ohio State in 1980 and 1981, leading the Buckeyes to the NCAA Final Four both seasons, then he returned to USC as its head coach for eight years (1982-89), winning the 1988 NCAA championship (and finishing second three times and third once). He was the National Coach of the Year in 1988. With his retired jersey hanging in the rafters of the Galen Center, he is the patriarch of the “First Family of USC Volleyball,” as he is one of six Yoders to have played for the Cardinal and Gold (along with his brother, daughter, and three nephews). He now is involved in real estate development.