Nevada Announces Class of 7 Athletics Hall of Famers for 2022
Nevada announced the seven-member Class of 2022, which will be inducted into the Wolf Pack Athletics Hall of Fame in September.
The Nevada Class of 2022 includes: Sam Bias (softball, 2007-10), Bill Bonsall (football, 1985-88), Ryan Church (baseball, 1997-2000), Bridget Galvin Brush (women’s basketball, softball, volleyball, 1973-77), Faron Hand (men’s basketball, 1994-97), David Nelson (men’s golf, 1975-79) and Tahnee Robinson (women’s basketball, 2009-11).
“We are thrilled to welcome the Hall of Fame Class of 2022 to campus this fall,” Rhonda Bennett, Senior Associate Athletic Director, SWA and Hall of Fame Committee Chair of Wolf Pack Athletics, said in a statement. Press. “With inductees from seven sports representing four decades of Wolf Pack excellence, this is one of our most diverse and decorated classes ever. We hope our Wolf Pack fans will join us to celebrate their accomplishments at this year’s Hall of Fame dinner and game this fall.
The Class of 2022 will be officially inducted at the Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, Sept. 9 at the Eldorado Convention Center, and the class will be honored at halftime of Nevada’s Sept. 10 football game against Incarnate Word.
The Hall of Fame dinner is open to the public and tickets are $75 with tables of 10 for $750. To purchase tickets, contact Associate Athletic Director, Special Events Kim Anastassatos at 775-233-7205 and [email protected]
Since its inception in 1973, the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame has inducted 226 individuals and five teams.
2022 Nevada Hall of Fame Inductees
Sam Bias – Softball (2007-10)
- Earned All-WAC First-Team honors and Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Pacific honors in 2009…named to the WAC All-Tournament Team in 2007…helped lead Nevada to WAC championships and tournament appearances NCAA in 2008 and 2009…maintains Nevada career records for assists and sack flies…also ranks in career record books for games played, games started, at bats, rushing, doubles , home runs, total bases, hits, RBI, triples and hits per pitch…played in first Wolf Pack- Aces Baseball Exhibition…four-year starter for Wolf Pack…graduated in criminal justice and worked as a deputy for the Douglas County and Carson City Sheriff’s Departments…is now a detective in Carson City…was an assistant and head coach at Douglas High School.
Bill Bonsall – Soccer (1985-88)
- Four-year starter at nose tackle… earned first-team All-Big Sky honors in 1986 and was selected to the second team in 1987 and 1988… led the defensive line in tackles for all four years… won twice Striker Award (given to a top performing defensive player)…won Golden Helmet awards as Defensive Player of the Week in 1985 and 1988…also won team Effort Habit Award …was top scout in 1984 as a redshirt…registered 263 tackles in his career…also had 60 tackles for loss and 28 sacks…forced five fumbles and recovered eight fumbles…”Bill was virtually unblockable and he had an engine that never stopped” – comments from coaches and teammates…retired in 2020 after 30 years as a probation officer in Santa Clara County…is a recognized sex offender expert and has make presents tations and trained officers throughout California…launched the Internet Safety Program which was later modeled in other states…also worked with Yahoo to develop presentations to protect you from sexual predators on the Internet…received the Bay Area Probation Officer of the Year Award and 2017 State of California Employee of the Year Award…also coached high school football and was active in the Nevada Alumni Football chapter…his two sons are graduates of the University of Nevada – Alec (2019) and Jason (2020)…Alec spent two seasons as a linebacker on the Wolf Pack football team.
Ryan Church – Baseball (1997-2000)
- Earned first-team All-Big West honors in 2000 and second-team honors in 1999 … outfielder who hit .382 with 14 homers and 62 RBI as a senior in 2000 … also pitched all four years with an 8-8-8 record in 39 career games (26 starts)…ranks seventh in career batting average (.364)…played on three NCAA Regional Championship teams and the Big West Conference (1997, 1999, 2000)…was drafted in the 14th round by the Cleveland Indians in 2000…made his Major League debut Aug. 21, 2004 with the Cleveland Indians and had seven seasons in MLB.
Bridget Galvin Brush – Women’s basketball, softball and volleyball (1973-77)
- The three-sport star who was instrumental in shaping Nevada women’s sports in the post-Title IX era…a four-year starter in basketball, softball and volleyball…got one of the first Nevada tuition waivers for women’s sports…helped lead Nevada to three Northern California Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles in 1976-77 (volleyball, women’s basketball and softball)…helped lead the Wolf Pack basketball team at the AIAW Regional Championships in 1976 and 1977 and the softball team at the AIAW Regional Championships in 1976 and 1977…also helped volleyball qualify for the AIAW Regionals and Small College Nationals in 1976… was captain of the volleyball team that finished third nationally that year… was an outside hitter and defensive specialist prior to the inception of this position… ranked second in the basketball team with 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in 1977…started at shortstop and led the softball team with a .351 batting average in 1976…became an assistant coach after her college career ended and helped d the Nevada softball team in its first appearance in the AIAW Division II College World Series in 1980… also played as a starting shortstop on the Reno Royals, a summer league team in Reno… went on to taught elementary school with the Carson City School District (since retirement)…also served as JV volleyball coach at Hug High School in Reno and high school volleyball official.
Faron Hand – Men’s Basketball (1994-97)
- Big West Player of the Year in 1997… earned All-Big West honors in 1995 and first-team honors in 1997… was named to the Big West All-Tournament Team in 1997… 29th in Nevada career with 1,034 points… averaged 14.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in his career… also had 112 assists and 78 steals… shot 57.7 percent from the field in 1996- 97, who still ranks fourth on Nevada’s single-season roster…was a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity…transferred to Nevada after playing at Dixie College in Utah…played professionally overseas for 10 years after college…worked as a youth counselor and mental health professional…also coached basketball and track in his hometown of Philadelphia.
David Nelson – Men’s Golf (1975-79)
- Won two West Coast Conference individual championships in 1977 and 1979…also helped lead the Wolf Pack to three conference championships from 1977-79…a local product who grew up in Reno and attended Wooster High School…has had a successful and continuous amateur career playing in senior amateur events…most recently played in the 2022 UK Senior Amateur Championship at Royal Dornoch in Scotland…qualified for the 1982 US Open at Pebble Beach as a amateur…has won a total of seven Nevada State Championships (4 state games- play championship, 2 state mid-amateurs and 1 state senior amateur)…is the only player in the history of the USGA to qualify for all eight amateur events, including the US Amateur, US Open and US Publinks Championship…founded Hole-in-One International in Reno in 1991…retired in 2020 after 30 years as President of the Golf Promotions Company and Buying Group.
Tahnee Robinson – Women’s Basketball (2009-11)
- Was named WAC Newcomer of the Year and earned All-WAC First Team honors in 2010…twice team captain…came to Nevada from Sheridan College after starting career in Wyoming … finished ninth in the nation with 22.1 points per game in 2010-11 … led Nevada to a school-record 22 wins and WNIT second round in 2011 … earned All-WAC First-Team honors, WAC All-Tournament and WBCA All-Region that year…became one of twelve of Nevada’s 1,000-point scorers, averaging 19.5 points per game during his career…was named one of five finalists for the Sullivan Award, given annually to the top amateur athlete in the nation…received his Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies with a major in Health Education, Communication, and Native American Studies at Nevada-Reno…became the first WNBA selection from Nevada, and the first Native American woman enlisted pureblood enne drafted in 2011…was taken in the third round by the Phoenix Mercury and then traded to the Connecticut Sun were she played for them overseas before being dropped from the roster…played professionally for four seasons in Israel, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Poland and China, but unfortunately suffered an injury… returned to Nevada as a graduate assistant for the Wolf Pack women’s basketball team and earned her master’s degree in the University of Nevada’s Educational Leadership Program…later promoted to Director of Player Development for the Wolf Pack, making her one of three Indigenous women to coach at the NCAA Division I level…is also became a Nike N7 basketball ambassador and was the national spokesperson for “Let’s Move!” In Indian Country,” a health initiative led by Michelle Obama…has also served as the national spokesperson for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
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