Hank Egan to enter USD Athletic Hall of Fame

Hank Egan

June 2, 2011

Former USD head men's basketball coach Hank Egan will be inducted into the Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame this coming Saturday, June 4, 2011. The induction ceremony will be part of the 2011 USD Alumni Honors event at 6:00 p.m. at Shiley Theatre and Camino/Founders Patio. Alumni Honors, the University of San Diego's premier alumni event of the year, pays tribute to the exceptional achievements of nine outstanding alumni in one extraordinary evening of recognition.

Hank Egan becomes the 26th member of the Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame. Egan was head men's basketball coach at USD for ten seasons (1984-94) where he compiled an overall record of 156-126. His 1986-87 ball club that advanced to the NCAA Tournament still owns the best USD single season record of 24-6 (13-1 WCC champions). Known as one of the top defensive coaches in the country during his collegiate tenure, Egan won back-to-back WCC Coach of the Year honors in 1985-86 and 1986-87. His 1986-87 team ranked No. 1 in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.401).

Egan, who brought a wealth of knowledge as a coach, teacher, mentor and friend for nearly 45 years in the basketball coaching arena, recently retired. He closed out his career as assistant coach the past five years with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. With Mike Brown (USD, '92) at the helm, the Cavaliers finished with the NBA's best record the past two seasons; combined for a five-year mark of 272-138, and advanced to the NBA playoffs in each season including the NBA Finals in 2006-07.

In 2002-03, Egan spent one year with the Golden State Warriors whose head coach was USD alum Eric Musselman ('87). Prior to Golden State, Egan spent eight seasons as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs and helped guide the club to an NBA Championship in 1999. During his tenure with San Antonio, the Spurs compiled a 403-221 (.646) record and made seven trips to the NBA Playoffs.

Egan began his coaching career in 1966 as an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy. In 1971 he was named the head coach at Air Force where he remained until joining USD in 1984. Additionally, Egan was one of the coaches during the 1984 Olympic trials and then scouted for the '84 Olympic team.



Egan is a 1960 graduate of the Naval Academy. He and his wife Judy, who reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado, have two children, John and Kelly, and five grandchildren.

In addition to Egan, this year's Alumni Honors recipients include: Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill Award - Emile I. Hersh '00 (MBA), Chief Executive Officer, InterKnowlogy, LLC; Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Award - Monsignor Mark A. Campbell '76 (BA), '79 (Med), Pastor at Immaculate Conception Church, Old Town San Diego; Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award - Tres Conrique '03 (MSEL), President, Rancho Santa Fe Technology, Inc.; Cynthia D. Flores '79 (MA), Campus Director at Coachella Valley Campus, Brandman University; Virginia C. Nelson '79 (JD), Law Offices of Virginia C. Nelson; Marilyn T. Macdonald '05 (PhD), Associate Professor, School of Nursing at Dalhousie University; and Sara M. Story '95 (BA), Founder and President, Sara Story Design; and the Alumni Emerging Leader Award - Kevin Turner '03 (MA), Human Rights Officer, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations.

For more information please visit: Alumni Honors

The Chet & Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame was established to recognize former University of San Diego student-athletes, coaches, administrators. Eligibility is based on athletic achievement, extraordinary service or leadership to the University and quality of character. Former athletes and coaches must have last competed five or more years prior to induction. John Manson, a USD alum, has done a wonderful job as Chairman of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee since its inception.

The Chet & Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame, which is housed in the foyer of the Jenny Craig Pavilion, currently has 25 inductees. The inaugural ceremony and induction class was held in 1994 and included Bernie Bickerstaff, '68; Chester Pagni, '89 Honorary; and John Wathan, '71. Below is a list of our current members (name, year of induction).

Stan Washington,2010
Zuzana Lesenarova, 2009
Susie Erpelding, 2008
Jose Luis Noriega, 2007
Jeb Dougherty, 2007
Thomas F. Burke, 2005
Petia Yanchulova, 2005
John "JC" Cunningham, 2003
Jim Brovelli, 2002
Ed Collins, 2001
Christine Enger, 2001
Matt Maslowski, 2001
Julie McKeon, 2000
Scott Thompson, 2000
Phil Woolpert, 2000
Patrick "Bo" Kaemerle, 1998
Becky Walley, 1998
Kerry Dineen, 1997
Gus Magee, 1997
Rev. Patrick G. Cahill, C.S.V., 1995
Jan Chapman, 1995
Mike Whitmarsh, 1995
Bernie Bickerstaff, 1994
Chester "Chet" Pagni, 1994
John Wathan, 1994