2005 In Review
Waves Claim All-Sports Trophy
The dominance of the Waves continues on the nation's fields, courts, links, and aquatic centers. For the 2004-05 NCAA year, Pepperdine was awarded the inaugural All-Sports Trophy as the top-ranked institution in the nation without a football component by the NCAA Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association. This is a part of The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA)—U.S. Sports Academy Directors Cup award program.
Dunphy Accolades Abound
In his 22nd season coaching men's volleyball, head coach Marv Dunphy marked his 400th collegiate victory. Dunphy was honored with four 2005 Coach of the Year awards from fellow head coaches at Pepperdine, the MPSF, the Tachikara/American Volleyball Coaches Association, and the NCAA.
Coach of the Year Honors for Gibbs
The NCAA also presented yet another 2005 Coach of the Year award to Pepperdine, honoring women's golf coach Laurie Gibbs. Her team finished 4th in the nation. Six other Waves teams earned NCAA rankings: men's tennis (4th), water polo (7th), baseball (17th), women's tennis (18th), men's golf (31st), and women's soccer (33rd).
Waves Win Five WCC Titles
Pepperdine teams this year won five West Coast Conference championships in baseball, men's golf, women's golf, men's tennis, and women's tennis. For the first time in its program history, Pepperdine's baseball team swept the WCC major player awards, claiming its Player of the Year (Chad Tracy), Pitcher of the Year (Paul Coleman), and Freshman of the Year (Barry Enright).
Putnam Takes Top Honors
Three-time Pepperdine All-American and 2005 NCAA runner-up Michael Putnam concluded a four-year collegiate career in April 2005 in which he became one of the most decorated student-athletes in Pepperdine history. Winner of the Byron Nelson Award as the country's most outstanding golfer, Putnam was the second Pepperdine golfer named to a United States Walker Cup Team, joining Jason Gore who was selected to the team in 1997.
Honor Roll of Scholar Athletes
A total of 83 Pepperdine student-athletes were named to the 2005 WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll for their work in the classroom, including three Waves who registered a perfect 4.0 GPA during the 2004-05 academic year.
Coach Scolinos Remembered
In May, Pepperdine honored legendary baseball coach John Scolinos, an alumnus who coached the Waves from 1946 to 1960. The Pepperdine Athletics Department and 50 alumni unveiled and dedicated a bronze plaque with the announcement of the John Scolinos Distinguished Player award.
Women's Track Added
With a view toward the future, the athletics department has added women's track with its first season of competition beginning in Spring 2006. This brings the total number of NCAA Division I sports sponsored by Pepperdine to 15. Women's track is the first sport added at the University since its women's soccer program debuted in 1993.
The Al Duer Award
At the annual Waves Club dinner in June, Pepperdine Athletics Director, John Watson, presented Bob and Denise Beaman along with Ted and Carolyn Porter with the University's Al Duer Award for their significant gifts to advance the mission of Pepperdine sports. Longtime booster Lou Colombano, the outgoing chair of the Waves Club Athletics Board was recognized for his two years of dedicated service and over 20 years of promoting the Waves.