Alison Cox '01 to enter USD Hall of Fame on April 27th

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Alison Cox to enter USD Hall of Fame

April 3, 2013

On Saturday, April 27th, former USD women's rower Alison Cox '01 will be inducted into the Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame at the annual Alumni Honors event being held at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. Cox will be one of nine USD alumni being recognized that evening, and she also becomes the twenty-eighth member of USD's Hall of Fame. To register to attend Alumni Honors 2013, visit Alumni Honors or call (619) 260-7889. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and is $75 per person.

Alison Cox started her rowing career as a walk-on at the University of San Diego and developed into one of the most successful Torero athletes ever, becoming the first and only women's rower in USD history to earn All-America honors when she was named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) second-team All-America as a senior in 2001.

Cox earned All-West Coast Conference honors in 1999, 2000 and 2001, becoming the first Torero rower to garner three career All-WCC nods. She also took home a trio of WCC Most Valuable Oarswoman awards, in addition to being selected to the CRCA Division I All-Region first team in 2001.

In 2000, Cox was a member of the United States' Under-23 rowing team and, upon graduating in 2001, joined the U.S. senior rowing squad, where she helped the women's eight claim gold at the 2002 World Championships; multiple World Cup gold medals; and a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Following the Olympics, Cox took a hiatus from formal competition before rejoining the U.S. team in 2010, where she won a bronze medal at the 2010 World Championships. Altogether, Cox was a six-time member of the U.S. women's rowing squad, winning 11 gold medals in various national and international competitions.

Cox, a native of Turlock, Calif., graduated in 2001 with a BA in communication studies and a minor in business administration. While currently living in New York, Cox has parlayed her education into a variety of marketing, consulting and philanthropic positions. She also is currently a member of a variety of committees focused on expanding the sport of rowing -- including the U.S. Olympians Association, the National Rowing Foundation Board of Directors, Row New York and RestoreOurShore.



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 27 inductees. The inaugural ceremony and induction class was held in 1994 and included Bernie Bickerstaff, '68; Chester Pagni, '89 Honorary; and John Wathan, '71.

The Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Hall of Fame Class:
Kevin Herde,2012
Hank Egan,2011
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