2016 San Jose Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Announced


MIKE BRUNER, RAYMOND TOWNSEND, ALY WAGNER AND DOUG WILSON
TO BE HONORED AT INDUCTION CEREMONY ON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2, 2016

SAN JOSE, CA – The San Jose Sports Hall of Fame will mark its 22nd year of honoring South Bay sports legends when it inducts its four newest members on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the SAP Center at San Jose. The four inductees hail from the upper echelon of collegiate, professional, and/or Olympic competition.

Although they played different sports in different eras, they share the common bond of having made a lasting impact both on and off the field of play.

The San Jose Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Inductees are:

  • Mike Bruner: Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion in Swimming
  • Raymond Townsend: First Filipino‐American to play in the NBA League
  • Aly Wagner: Former U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) player, two‐time Olympic gold medalist and two‐time FIFA Women’s World Cup athlete
  • Doug Wilson: Sharks First Team Captain

Each inductee will be recognized with a bronze plaque permanently installed on the concourse at SAP Center at San Jose. With the induction of the Class of 2016, there will be 101 South Bay sports icons enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The annual induction is an event of the San Jose Sports Authority, San Jose Arena Authority, SAP Center Management/San Jose Sharks, and the City of San José. The event benefits Special Olympics Northern California and high school sports programs.

The November ceremony kicks off with a reception followed by dinner and induction ceremony. Individual tickets begin at $300 each; sponsorship and table packages are available starting at $3,000. For information and to purchase event tickets call (408) 288‐2936.

About the San Jose Sports Authority

The San Jose Sports Authority is a non‐profit organization whose mission is to increase the City of San Jose’s economic development, visibility, and civic pride through sports. Serving as the City’s sports commission since its inception in 1991, the Sports Authority has provided leadership and support to attract and host hundreds of sporting events in San Jose and the South Bay. The Sports Authority also supports and operates community, youth and amateur sports programs, including the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame and the REACH Youth Scholarship Program.

San Jose Sports Hall of Fame / Inductee Bios

Mike Bruner

Michael (Mike) L. Bruner was born in 1956 in Omaha, Nebraska and was raised in Stockton, California. Mike began his swimming career in Stockton at age 7, qualifying for his first AAU National Championships at age 14. In 1974, Mike graduated from Lincoln High School in Stockton and moved to Cupertino, California to train with the De Anza Swim Club (now known as DACA). During the winter seasons, Mike swam for Stanford University, graduating in 1979. Mike elected to take the 1975‐76 college school year off to train at the De Anza Swim Club in Cupertino for the 1976 Olympic games. That year Mike secured positions on the U.S. Olympic Team in two events, the 200 meter butterfly and the 800 meter freestyle relay. In Montreal, Mike captured the first gold medal of the 1976 Olympic Games in the 200 meter butterfly with a world record time of 1:59.23. Later that week, Mike helped the United States capture another gold medal in the 800 meter freestyle relay, also in world record time. In 1980 Mike was at his peak and was the high point winner at both the Indoor U.S. National Championships and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials.

At the 1980 U.S. Trials, Mike secured a position on the United States Olympic Team in three individual events winning two events and taking second in a third. Unfortunately, Mike was one of the American casualties of the Olympic boycott of the Soviet Games and suffered a fate worse than defeat—being denied the opportunity to compete. In 1980 Bruner was awarded the American swimmer of the year and in 1988 he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Raymond Townsend

Raymond was born in 1955 in San Jose, California. He is half ‐Filipino; Townsend’s mother, the former Virginia Marella is a Filipino from Balayan, Batangas while his father, Raymond Sr. is American. Raymond spent his childhood in the Bay Area attending Camden High School and Archbishop Mitty High School both in San Jose. As a high school senior playing point guard at 6’3″ and 175 lbs, Raymond averaged close to 28 points a game prior to the 3‐point line regulation.

He became a member of the 1975 UCLA basketball National Championship team, legendary coach John Wooden’s 10th and final NCAA championship team. Raymond earned first‐team All‐Pac‐8 honors as a senor in 1978. He was selected with the last pick in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors and became the first Filipino ‐American to play in the NBA. Raymond concluded his NBA career as a member of the Indiana Pacers. He also played in Italy for Banco Roma during the 1984‐85 season.

Returning to the Bay Area Raymond has served as Executive Director of RT Basketball for the last 24 years. RT Basketball has established youth educational development basketball leagues impacting over 20,000 children and more than 75 basketball youth leagues in the San Jose and the Greater Bay Area. Raymond founded, developed, and continues to consult year round basketball in many communities around the globe dedicated to the development of youth self esteem and confidence. Proudly presenting Filipino heritage and culture Raymond has partnered with the NBA and promoted, coordinated and directed “The Filipino Hoops and Heritage Tour” raising relief funds for Manila and supporting young Filipino entertainers to follow their dreams.

Townsend was honored as UCLA Filipino Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2009.

Aly Wagner

Born in 1980 and raised in San Jose, California, Wagner was first spotted by none other than Coach Jerry Smith of Santa Clara University when she was 7 years old while playing in an indoor game, Coach recalls watching her score seven of her team’s 13 goals. That was just the beginning, as a teenager Aly played for her club team the Central Valley Mercury leading her team to three consecutive national championships.

Wagner attended Presentation High School and was a four‐year varsity starter on the soccer team under the coaching of fellow Hall of Famer Mani Hernandez. She helped the Panthers win the Central Coast Championship as a sophomore and senior. She was named CCS Player of the Year as a junior and senior and was selected as League MVP during her freshman, sophomore and junior years. As a senior, she was named NSCAA All‐American, Parade All‐American, Parade Magazine High School Player of the Year, and the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year.

She was also named as the Northern California Student‐Athlete of the Year, San Jose Mercury News Player of the Year, and Presentation Scholar Athlete of the Year in her Senior year graduating with a 4.1 GPA.

The accolades continued as Wagner played four years at Santa Clara, where she was named the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy winner as the country’s top women’s soccer player in the first year the awards were combined. She also earned an NCAA Top VIII award, an honor handed out to only the top eight male and female student‐athletes across all NCAA divisions and sports. Wagner earned first‐team All‐America status as a senior and junior and held a spot on the second team as a sophomore and freshman and was her conference’s Freshman of the Year in 1999. As a junior, Wagner led her team to the NCAA Championship – Santa Clara’s first in the sport – and scored the game‐winning goal in Santa Clara’s 1‐0 title game win over North Carolina.

One of the most skillful players for the US Women’s National Team Wagner joined the squad as a member of the 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Following her first World Cup, Wagner was selected to the 2004 Olympic team where she played four matches and helped the U.S. to a gold medal in Athens. Wagner again represented Team USA in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and was a part of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing again earning a gold medal. Her 42 assists for the Women’s National Team rank No. 2 in U.S. history, add in 21 goals, and she is the 12th-leading scorer in the national team’s history. She had 131 international caps in 10 years, a recognition of how many appearances played for a National team at an International level.

Wagner was the first player selected in the WUSA 2003 draft with the San Diego Spirit trading three players for the rights to draft her. At the conclusion of the 2003 season, she was traded to the Boston Breakers. She finally got the opportunity to play for the Breakers in a June 19, 2004 exhibition match against the Washington Freedom. In 2009, she began playing midfielder for the Los Angeles Sol of Women’s Professional Soccer. After playing one season Wagner announced her retirement from Professional Soccer and currently is a sports broadcaster. Her first start in broadcasting began calling a Santa Clara game with footage used to get the audition with Fox for the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Aly balances her new career with her family life in San Jose. She and her husband Adam Eyre, a former Santa Clara and Major League Soccer player and now a mortgage banker, have four children, 3 year old triplet sons and a 1 year old daughter. ” I’m a mom first and foremost, that’ s my first priority.”

Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson has been a member of the San Jose community since the Sharks acquired him from the Chicago Blackhawks for their inaugural season in 1991. Wilson brought instant credibility and respect to the young franchise, playing two seasons with the Sharks and serving as the organization’s first captain. In 12 seasons as general manager of the Sharks, Wilson has guided the team to its most successful era since the franchise’s inception, capturing a Presidents’ Trophy (2009), five Pacific Division titles, advancing to the Western Conference Final on four occasions (2004, 2010, 2011, 2016) and appearing in the Stanley Cup Final (2016).

Over that span, the Sharks rank second in the NHL in regular season points (1,204 points, 544‐290‐116 record), are second in wins among all NHL teams and only one other team, the Detroit Red Wings, has appeared in as many Stanley Cup Playoff rounds as San Jose (24). Between 2003 and 2014, the Sharks made ten consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which was the second‐longest active playoff streak in the NHL (Detroit, 24 seasons) and the third‐longest streak in North American professional sports (NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB) at that time.

In 16 NHL seasons as a player with the Blackhawks and Sharks, Wilson was selected to eight NHL All‐Star Games (seven with Chicago and one with San Jose) and while with Chicago, Wilson was named as an NHL First Team All‐Star in 1982 and twice was named as an NHL Second Team All‐Star (1985 and 1990).

Additional highlights from Wilson’s Sharks career include being the team’s first representative in an All‐Star Game (1991‐92), playing in his NHL‐milestone 1,000th game on Nov. 21, 1992 (77th player in League history) and twice being named (1992 and 1993) the Sharks nominee for the King Clancy Award, presented for leadership and humanitarian contributions both on‐and‐of the ice.

Wilson announced his retirement as a member of the Sharks during training camp in 1993‐94.

He is also a member of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame and the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame. Wilson becomes the fourth member of the Sharks organization to be recognized, following original owner George Gund III (2008), goaltender Arturs Irbe (2010) and forward Owen Nolan (2014).

###