Athletics Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized during USC game

New members of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame will be recognized on Saturday, Sept. 8, during the Cardinal’s football game against the University of Southern California.

Sam McDonald
President Ray Lyman Wilbur with Sam McDonald. (Stanford Archives)

Among the inductees receiving special recognition is SAM MCDONALD, who was a beloved figure on the Stanford campus from 1903 to 1954. McDonald was superintendent of athletic grounds and buildings, living in the Track House for more than 45 years. He spent much of his free time volunteering at the Stanford Convalescent Home for Underprivileged Children. A street between Angell Field and the Taube Family Tennis Center bears his name.

According to A Chronology of Stanford University and its Founders, McDonald invested his earnings wisely and acquired land in the mountains above campus. He donated the lands – now known as Sam McDonald Park – for public use. The park is under the auspices of the San Mateo County Parks Department and is located about 3 miles west of La Honda on Pescadero Road.

This year’s inductees are:

  • WALLY GOODWIN, men’s golf coach who helped revive a struggling program between 1987 and 2000, leading the Cardinal to the 1994 NCAA title, its first since 1953.
  • KURT GROTE, ’95, MD ’00, men’s swimming, who captured six U.S. national titles and competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, winning a gold medal on the 4×100-meter medley relay team.
  • GABE JENNINGS, ’01, men’s track and field, a 10-time All-American and four-time NCAA champion who helped the Cardinal capture the 2000 NCAA outdoor track and field team crown, its first in 66 years.
  • SARA LOWE, ’08, synchronized swimming, a four-time All-American, four-time member of the USA Synchro National Team, a gold medalist at the 2003 Pan American Games and bronze medalist at the 2004 Olympics.
  • ERICA MCLAIN, ’08, women’s track and field, and a volunteer assistant coach for track and field. She owns the longest triple jump in collegiate history and was a 2008 Olympian and a three-time U.S. champion.
  • JOSH STEIN, ’95, one of five in program history to be named the top senior gymnast in the country. He helped Stanford capture the program’s first NCAA title in 1995.
  • CANDICE WIGGINS, ’08, women’s basketball, who won the Wade Trophy as the best women’s player in Division I in 2008 and was one of the most prolific two-way guards in school history.
  • KAILEE WONG, ’98, football, who earned first-team All-America accolades at defensive end in 1997, the first Stanford interior lineman to garner the honor in a decade.
  • FELICIA ZIMMERMAN, ’00, fencing, the only woman to win NCAA titles in foil and epee. She captured four U.S. foil titles and competed in the 1996 and 2000 summer Olympics.

Read more on the Stanford Athletics website.