Julie Foudy

A cornerstone of the “Golden Era” of U.S. women’s soccer, Julie Foudy was born in San Diego and raised in Mission Viejo, California. At Mission Viejo High School, she was named the Los Angeles Times’ High School Player of the Decade for the ‘80’s. At Stanford University she was the national Freshman Player of the Year in 1989 and a four-time all-American selection and the 1991 Soccer America Player of the Year. She finished her Stanford career with 52 goals, 32 assists and 136 points, leading her team to the NCAA tournament all four years.

On the international front, Julie was a member of the U.S. National Team for 17 years, amassing 45 goals and 59 assists in 272 international appearances. She played in four World Cups (winning twice in 1991 and 1998). She also played in three Summer Olympics, winning Gold in 1996 in Atlanta and again in 2004 in Athens, Greece and Silver in 2000 in Sydney, Australia. She is currently in the Top Ten all-time in both assists and appearances for the national team. Julie also was team captain all three years for the San Diego Spirit of the Women’s United Soccer Association.

The world governing body of soccer, FIFA, awarded her the FIFA Fair Play Award, the first woman and American to receive the award, for her work against child labor in the stitching of soccer balls. She served as a member for the Commission on Title IX, appointed by President Bush and Secretary of Education Rod Paige. She has been honored numerous times for her work on behalf of Title IX and was named as one of the “100 Most Influential NCAA Student-Athletes”. The NCAA defines the 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes as those who have made a significant impact or major contributions to society

She was inducted into the Stanford Hall of Fame and the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007 and is currently an analyst for ESPN and NBC and the mother of two children.

Owen Nolan

A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Owen Nolan grew up in Thorold, Ontario, Canada. He was the number one pick in the 1990 NHL draft and played his rookie season with the Quebec Nordiques at the age of 19. He was traded to the Sharks in 1995 and spent parts of eight seasons in San Jose. During his time with the Sharks from 1995 through 2003 he was a four-time NHL all-star. At the time of his departure he was the franchise leader in goals, assists, points and power play goals. He still stands in the top five in points, goals and assists.

Nolan’s best season came in 1999/2000 when he set a then-franchise record with 44 goals and 40 assists and led the #8 seeded Sharks to a first-round playoff upset of the #1 seeded St. Louis Blues. He also scored one of the more memorable All-Star game goals when, in front of the hometown San Jose crowd in 1997, he broke loose with the puck, pointed at the corner of the net towards the legendary goalie Dominik Hasek and fired a shot off of the bar and into the net to finish off a hat-trick for the night as the crowd went wild.

He finished his 18-year NHL career with 1,200 games played, 422 goals, 463 assists and 1,793 penalty minutes. He is one of only eight players to record at least 400 goals and have 1,700 penalty minutes. He played for Team Canada for the 2002 gold-medal winning Olympic team and 1997 World Championship team. He lives in San Jose and has two children.

Steve Schott

A lifelong resident of Silicon Valley, Schott was a star pitcher for both Bellarmine College Preparatory and Santa Clara University. Among the honors he earned at Bellarmine was being named to the San Jose All-City team in 1955 and 1956. His freshmen year, pitching for SCU, he was the San Jose Mercury News MVP and Player of the Year in baseball. At Santa Clara, he registered victories over Stanford and UCLA and pitched in relief in a victory over the national champion USC Trojans. After his freshman season pitching for the Broncos, Schott was named to the San Francisco Examiner Northern California All-Stars. Unfortunately, an injury to his shoulder prevented him from pursuing a professional baseball career.

There are buildings at both schools named after Schott, including the SCU baseball stadium. In 1977, he and several partners formed Citation, a real estate and residence-development company. In 1988 he bought out his partners, and reformed the company as a family-run business, Citation Homes Central, where he continued to run one of the largest homebuilders in the state of California and has been responsible for the construction of several thousand individual homes. In 1996, he and partner Ken Hofmann purchased the Oakland Athletics, keeping the franchise in the Bay Area.

Under their ownership the team underwent a massive turnaround – from having a depleted farm system and on-field struggles, to one of MLB’s most aspired-to minor league and prospect strategies and five playoff appearances in ten seasons (1997 – 2006). This run inspired Michael Lewis to write the best-selling book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.

Dick Vermeil

A graduate of San Jose State University and Calistoga High School, Dick Vermeil was the first coach to win both a Rose Bowl (as his UCLA Bruins beat the #1 team in the country, Ohio State, in the 1976 game) and a Super Bowl (he led the St. Louis Rams to victory following the 1999 season). He was named the NFL Coach of the Year in 1979 when he led the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl and again in 1999.

He began his coaching career at San Jose’s Del Mar High School in 1959 and continued up the coaching ladder to a spot on fellow SJSHOF inductee John Ralston’s Stanford University staff in the mid-60’s and on to UCLA and the Los Angeles Rams before becoming the UCLA head coach in 1974. After two successful seasons at UCLA, he became the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and guided the team to four straight playoff appearances between 1978 and 1981. He “retired” after the 1982 season and spent the next fifteen years working as a college and pro football television analyst.

Vermeil came out of retirement in 1997 to take over a struggling St. Louis Rams team and took them to the championship in his third season. With League MVP Kurt Warner at quarterback, the team gained the moniker “Greatest Show on Turf” for their high-powered offensive ingenuity. Following the Super Bowl victory, Vermeil retired again…only to return after a year’s absence with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he coached for the next four seasons. In total, he finished with 120 NFL career victories and six playoff wins.

His numerous honors include enshrinement in the San Jose State University Sports Hall of Fame, where he also holds Legend status in his alma mater’s shrine. His name is in the Ring of Honor at Spartan Stadium in San Jose and in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, the home of the Rams. The Walter Camp Football Foundation honored him with its Distinguished American award in 2006. In 2009, he was named by NFL.com as the league’s number-two motivational coach of all-time behind only Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers.