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SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- The West Coast Conference will induct its seventh annual Hall of Honor class on Saturday, March 7 at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. Ten individuals, one from each member institution, will be honored as part of the 2015 West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships.
“The West Coast Conference continues to be recognized for the great success of its athletics programs and achievements of its student-athletes, coaches and administrators,” said West Coast Conference Commissioner Lynn Holzman. “The 10 inductees in the 2015 Hall of Honor class have brought significant honor to themselves, their institutions and to the Conference. We are truly humbled to have this opportunity to salute their accomplishments.”
The 2015 WCC Hall of Honor class includes: BYU's Aleisha Cramer Rose (Soccer), Gonzaga’s Jason Bay (Baseball), Loyola Marymount’s Rick Adelman (Basketball), Pacific’s Elaina Oden (Volleyball), Pepperdine’s Dane Suttle (Basketball), Portland’s Jim Sollars (Basketball), Saint Mary’s Odell Johnson (Basketball), San Diego’s Scott Thompson (Basketball), San Francisco’s Jim Brovelli (Basketball) and Santa Clara’s Bud Ogden (Basketball).
Rose was also inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame this past fall. The Hall of Honor class will be formally inducted at the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch on Saturday, March 7 at 9 a.m. PT at the Mardi Gras Ballroom in the Orleans Hotel and will be honored during a halftime ceremony.
Aleisha Cramer Rose was a soccer phenom long before arriving in Provo. She was the third youngest player to ever suit up for the U.S. National Team at the age of 16 and was named National High School Player of the Year in 1999 before starting her BYU career in 2000. In her four years at BYU (2000-03), Rose never scored fewer than six goals and never had fewer than nine assists in a single season. She was a four-time All-American, including three first team awards and was named the 2000 ESPN/Soccer Times National Freshman of the Year. As a sophomore in 2001, she was named the Chevy Young Female Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Soccer Federation. Rose led BYU to four straight MWC titles, four trips to the NCAA tournament and was a two-time candidate for soccer's highest national honor, the Hermann Trophy.
As a senior, Rose set the BYU career assist record and the single-game assist record on the same September night against Southern Utah. Her four assists against the Thunderbirds pushed her past Michelle Jensen Peterson to No. 1 on the career list. Neither record has been seriously threatened in the decade since she graduated. The team went on to reach the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time in program history, beating Colorado, Idaho State and Villanova before finally losing to Connecticut on the road. Rose is still the BYU career leader in NCAA tournament assists.
Her playing career ended after her senior season as she had previously decided to give up playing on the U.S. Women's National Team for personal reasons. She earned 16 caps for the senior national team in her career. Rose began her coaching career the season after she graduated and she can still be found on the sidelines as an assistant to BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood. Rose graduated in April 2005 with a degree in marriage, family and human development.
Tickets to the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch & Induction Ceremony are available to the public for $40 and may be purchased online using the Hall of Honor Ticket Form on WCCsports.com. Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, February 27. A limited number of all-session passes for the 2015 West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships are available.