Wolf Pack Hall of Fame picks are announced
Some Douglas County flavor will be in the spotlight on Sept. 16 when the University of Nevada hosts its annual Athletics Hall of Fame dinner in Reno.
Mike Crawford, a Whittell High School graduate who starred for the Wolf Pack and later played in the NFL, along with Jim Puzey, a former Douglas High softball coach and Douglas County resident, are among the class of inductees who will be honored.
Five athletes, one coach and the first NCAA Sweet Sixteen men’s basketball team in school history will make up the 2016 Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame class.
The 2016 class consists of:
■ The 2003-04 men’s basketball team
■ Rich Barcelo – Men’s Golf (1996-99)
■ Salaia Salave’a – Volleyball & Basketball (2002-06)
■ Harvey Dahl – Football (2001-04)
■ Mark Fox – Men’s Basketball coach (2000-09)
■ Crawford – Football (1993-96)
■ Puzey – Baseball (1982-85)
“What an outstanding group of individuals to induct into our Hall of Fame this year,” athletics director Doug Knuth said. “Classes like this are what allow us to carry on the tradition of Wolf Pack athletics. We are very excited to welcome them back to campus this fall to honor all of their accomplishments.”
The Hall of Fame dinner is set for Sept. 16 at the Reno Ballroom. Cocktails will start at 6 p.m. with the induction ceremony to follow. The dinner is open to the public and tickets are $60 per person. For more information, call 775-682-6901.
Since its inception in 1973, the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame has inducted 188 individuals and five teams.
Mike Crawford – Football (1993-96): Crawford, a 1992 Whittell graduate, was named Nevada’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1996 … two-year starter at linebacker … earned first-team All-Big West honors at linebacker in 1996 and second-team honors in 1995 … was named the MVP of the 1996 Las Vegas Bowl after turning in 14 tackles and making the game-saving interception for Nevada’s first bowl victory in 50 years … began his career as a walk-on and earned a scholarship in 2005 … finished second on the team in total tackles in 1995 and 1996 behind Hall of Famer DeShone Myles … finished his career with 253 tackles (158 unassisted) which ranked in the Nevada career top 10 at the time … was drafted in the sixth round by the Miami Dolphins in 1997. As a senior during the 1991 football season, he helped the Whittell Warriors reach the state 2A (medium schools) championship game in Las Vegas, where they lost 14-13 to Boulder City.
Jim Puzey – Baseball (1982-85): Three-time first-team all-conference selection at catcher (Northern California Baseball Association in 1983 and 1984 and West Coast Conference in 1985) … led the NCBA in batting average as a freshman at .413 … was selected to the U.S. National Team after his sophomore year … served as team captain his junior and senior year … hit .364 as a junior … was invited to try out for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team and was among the last players cut … hit .374 as a senior … was the Nevada career record holder for runs (142), hits (190) and doubles (39), second in RBI (101) and fourth in batting average (.355) when he left the program (since broken) … was taken in the 17th round of the 1985 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals … spent five seasons in the Cardinals’ minor league system after his Nevada career. He was head coach for the Douglas softball program from 2003-05.
2003-04 Men’s Basketball Team: Earned Nevada’s first trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen … defeated No. 25 Michigan State 72-66 and No. 2 Gonzaga 91-72 before falling to eventual national runner-up Georgia Tech 72-67 in the round of 16 … went 25-9 overall record and 15-0 at home … tied for first in the regular season to win Nevada’s first WAC championship … won the 2004 WAC Tournament championship to earn an automatic NCAA bid … started Nevada’s string of five consecutive WAC titles and four straight NCAA Tournament appearances … staff included head coach Trent Johnson and Fox (associate head coach); team members were Chad Bell (redshirt), Nick Fazekas, Garry Hill-Thomas, Marcelus Kemp, Curry Lynch, Todd Okeson, Sean Paul, Kevinn Pinkney, Kyle Shiloh, Kirk Snyder, Seth Taylor and Jermaine Washington … Snyder was the WAC Player of the Year and WAC Joe Kearney Award Winner (top student-athlete any sport).
Harvey Dahl – Football (2001-04): The Fallon product earned first-team All-Big West honors and served as a team captain in 2003 and 2004 … was named to the Lombardi Trophy and the Outland Trophy watch lists … won the team’s Basalite Big Blocker Award in each of his last three seasons … as an offensive tackle, helped protect Nevada Hall of Fame inductee Chance Kretschmer, one of the top rushers in school history … participated in the East-West Shrine Game … went undrafted by the NFL but signed with San Francisco … worked his way from the practice squad to the team roster and played in four games in 2006 … played with the Atlanta Falcons from 2007-10 and started for three seasons with the St. Louis Rams (2011-13) before retiring in 2014.
Rich Barcelo – Men’s Golf (1996-99): Earned All-America honors in 1998 … was named the Big West Conference Player of the Year in 1998 … two-time first-team All-Big West selection (1996 and 1998) … won the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate in 1994-95 … turned pro in 1998 and played in 84 events on the PGA Tournament and 188 on the Web.com Tour … played in the 2005 British Open at St. Andrews and the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach … retired from professional golf in 2012 … is now the head pro at Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas.
Salaia Salave’a – Volleyball & Women’s Basketball (2002-06)
One of the top players in the history of Nevada volleyball, she earned AVCA honorable mention All-America honors as a senior in 2005, the highest honor ever awarded a Nevada volleyball player … First-team AVCA West Region selection her senior year in 2004 … Four-year starter who played in 124 of 125 matches during her career … Three-time first-team All-WAC, four-time All-WAC Tournament team and three-time All-WAC Preseason team selection … Named 2002 WAC Freshman of the Year and was named to the ALL-WAC second-team that same season … Established single season records for solo blocks (36 in 2003), block assists (134 in 2004) and total blocks (159 in 2004) … Career point total of 2,097 ranks first in Pack history and 1,665 career kills is second … her name appears in the Nevada volleyball record book 30 times … she also played one season (2005-06)for the women’s basketball team … Native of Leone, American Samoa.
Mark Fox – Men’s Basketball Coach (2000-09): Turned in a 123-43 record in five seasons as Nevada’s head coach (.741) from 2004-09 … was named the Don Haskins Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in three of his five seasons at the helm (2005, 2006 and 2007) … was the first coach in WAC history to be named coach of the year three consecutive years … helped the Wolf Pack to four consecutive WAC titles as head coach and five straight as a member of Nevada’s coaching staff … left Nevada to become the head coach at the University of Georgia in the spring of 2009.