Manson & Washington to be honored at 2010 Alumni Honors

Stan Washington

March 10, 2010

Two former Torero student-athletes and USD alums will be honored and recognized for their outstanding achievements at this year's 2010 USD Alumni Honors. Stan Washington '74 (BA) will enter the Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletics Hall of Fame for his extraordinary athletic success at USD. John Manson '79 (BA), who played football for the Toreros, will be given the Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill Award for his exemplary service to the university. The 15th annual Alumni Honors event will highlight the amazing accomplishments of nine extraordinary graduates who, like all Toreros, make the University of San Diego one of a kind, and second to none.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at the Camino Courtyard and Shiley Theatre. The reception will begin at 5:00 p.m.; program at 6:00 p.m.; followed by dinner under the stars on the Camino/Founders patio at 7:30 pm. Barbara-Lee Edwards of KFMB Channel 8 will be Mistress of Ceremonies. Cost is $100 per person. For additional information, please contact the USD alumni office.

The list of all nine award winners for this year's event can be found at: 2010 ALUMNI HONORS

Chet & Marguerite Pagni Family Athletics Hall of Fame
For extraordinary athletic success
Induction of Stan Washington '74 (BA)
Men's Basketball, Three-time All-American

Few athletes in USD history have left as lasting an impression on the university as Stan Washington. In fact, the former men's basketball standout held the school's all-time scoring record (1,472 points) for over 34 years before being passed by Gyno Pomare in 2009.

A hard-working and compassionate individual on and off the court, Washington earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from USD in 1974. Currently residing in North Carolina, he has flown back to the West Coast for alumni games, and joined a small but loyal group of Torero faithful in Tampa, Fla., to watch the team's historic upset of perennial power Connecticut in the 2008 NCAA tournament.

Perhaps USD basketball's greatest pure scorer, Washington is still at or near the top of the list in several important categories, including most field goals (621 - first all-time); field goals made in a single season (229 - first all-time) assists in a game (14 - tied for first); and points per game scoring average in a season (18.2 - first all-time). An outstanding shooter from the perimeter, Washington would more than likely still hold USD's all-time scoring record if he had played in an era when the three-point shot was permitted, or if freshman were allowed to play on the varsity squad. He would finish his career at USD as a three-time All-American, and was the team MVP for the 1972, 1973 and 1974 seasons. During Washington's three-year tenure as a starting guard, the Toreros went 47-34.

After graduating from USD, Washington would go on to be the first of only five Torero men's basketball players to ever be drafted by an NBA franchise, going in the fourth round of the 1974 NBA Draft to the Washington Bullets.

Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill Award
For exemplary service to the university
John Manson '79 (BA)
CEO, G.M. Mortgage Co., Inc.

John Manson's allegiance to the University of San Diego began through football. A standout defensive back, four-year starter and team captain for the Toreros, Manson would also go on to earn a bachelor's degree in history. As a senior, he merited player of the year honors, and would go on to sign a contract with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs.

Currently president and CEO of GM Mortgage Company, Inc., Manson is a successful mortgage professional and real estate investor who brings a block-and-tackle mentality to the bargaining table. He remains very active with the University of San Diego, and serves on numerous boards and committees, including as chairman and founding member of the Chet and Marguerite Pagni Athletic Hall of Fame.

Manson's relationship with USD has truly become a family affair. His children essentially grew up watching Torero sporting events and became boosters in their own right, as his oldest daughter met her husband while attending USD. The relationships Manson forged through athletics withstood the test of time, and he realized that much of his devotion to USD could be attributed to the alignment of his core values with those of the university.

A get-it-done kind of guy, Manson also manages to find time to give back to his community. As co-founder of the World Beach Bocce Ball Championship, which is held annually in Del Mar, Calif., he has been instrumental in raising over $600,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad over the event's 29-year history.

John and his wife Debbi live in Olivenhain, Calif. They have two daughters: Brittany '03; and Michelle, and three grandchildren: Kallen; Brodie and Graeson.