Kidd Highlights 2017 Cal Hall of Fame Class


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By Cal Athletics
Posted May 11, 2017
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BERKELEY -The Cal Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2017 features 10 Golden Bears, a group that includes Olympic champions, All-Americans, a legendary coach and an athletic trainer who helped generations of student-athletes in Berkeley. Together, they represent the 32nd class of inductees.
Those who have been elected into the Hall are:

Steve Desimone (men's golf coach, 1979-2016) Over his 37 seasons, he guided Cal to the 2004 NCAA title and 11 NCAA Championships appearances.

Laurel Korholz (women's rowing, 1990-93) A three-time Olympian who has served on the U.S. Olympic coaching staff since 2008.

Jason Kidd (men's basketball, 1992-94) Named National Freshman of the Year in 1993 and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1994, he put the Golden Bears on the national map during his career.

Chris Oeding (men's water polo, 1989-92) Led Cal to three NCAA titles and was a member of the U.S. National team from 1993-2000, including two appearances at the Olympics.

Bob Orr (athletic trainer, 1964-94) Longtime athletic trainer who impacted generations of Golden Bears with his work in sports medicine.

Tiffany Rochelle (volleyball, 1986-89) Set numerous Cal records, including for most kills in a career and a match, and was twice voted first-team All-Pac-10.

Laura Schott (women's soccer, 1999-2002) An All-American for the Bears who still holds school records for most goals in a season and a career.

Jake Wetzel (men's rowing, 1998-2002) A three-time Olympian who helped Cal to a trio of IRA national titles in the Golden Bear varsity eight.
Charlie Wi (men's golf, 1994-95) – Cal's first Pac-10 individual medalist and first-team All-American in school history who went onto a long professional career.

Ken Wiedemann (football, 1967-69; baseball, 1967-68) Remains the school's all-time interceptions leader after registering 16 as a defensive back on Cal's "Bear Minimum" defense of the late 1960s.

Formal induction ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 8, at the annual Hall of Fame banquet at the Greek Orthodox Church Conference Center in Oakland. Information on tickets to the banquet can be found online at The new inductees will also be honored on the field during Cal's Sept. 9 football game vs. Weber State at California Memorial Stadium.

With the addition of the new members, the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame now features 297 individuals and six rowing teams. The school's Hall of Fame, which is located on the west side of Memorial Stadium and is open to all ticket holders after each home game, was inaugurated in 1986.

Steve Desimone (men's golf coach, 1979-2016) Over his 37 years as the Cal men's golf coach, Steve Desimone built the program from a club sport into a national championship team in 2004 and a perennial contender for the NCAA Championship thereafter. Overall, he guided the Bears to 11 NCAA Championships appearances, two Pac-12 titles and a pair of NCAA regional crowns. His 2012-13 squad won an NCAA-record 12 of 14 stroke-play events and reached the NCAA semifinals. Desimone was a two-time National Coach of the Year (2004, 2013) and three-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year (1987, 2012, 2013). Over the course of his career, Cal teams captured 66 tournaments, and he mentored 22 All-Americans and 23 All-American Scholars, with 32 student-athletes advancing to play professional golf.  In 2013, he served as coach of the U.S. team at the Palmer Cup and was named the CGBWA Jack Lemmon Ambassador of Golf. Desimone was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Northern California Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

Laurel Korholz (women's rowing, 1990-93) A fixture on the international rowing scene, Laurel Korholz has participated in every Olympic Games since 1996 as either a competitor or a coach. She graduated from Cal in 1993 as a two-time first-team All-Pac-12 selection and earned her first international medal in 1994, capturing a silver medal as part of the U.S. eight at the World Championships. Korholz eventually became an 11-time national team member and three-time Olympian (1996, 2000, 2004). At the Summer Games, she rowed in the U.S. eight in 1996 (4th), in the U.S. quad in 2000 (5th) and again in the U.S. eight in 2004 (silver). Korholz medaled in the eight at the World Championships in both 1993 (silver) and 1995 (gold). Since 2008, she has served as an assistant U.S. coach at three Olympics, most recently overseeing the women's quadruple sculls in Rio in 2016. Korholz coached the women's quadruple sculls to a world championship in 2015, while at the 2012 Olympics, she coach the quad to a bronze medal, a first for the United States.

Jason Kidd (men's basketball, 1992-94) One of the greatest basketball players in Cal history, Jason Kidd lifted the Golden Bears to national prominence during his two-year career in Berkeley. He was voted the National Freshman of the Year in 1992-93 after leading the country with 110 steals and guiding Cal to its first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 33 years. The following season, Kidd became the first sophomore in conference history to be named the Pac-12 Player of the Year, and he was voted a first-team Associated Press All-American when he dished out an NCAA-best 272 assists (9.1 apg) and recorded four triple-doubles - still the most in school history. He had a Cal-record 18 assists at Stanford in 1994 and set a school mark with eight steals vs. Washington in 1993. Kidd broke the Cal record for career steals in only his 46th game and finished with 204. Overall, he averaged 14.9 ppg over two seasons. Kidd declared for the NBA Draft after his sophomore year and was selected with the No. 2 pick by the Dallas Mavericks in 1994. He enjoyed a 19-year NBA career, finishing No. 2 in assists and steals, third in three-point field goals and triple doubles, and sixth in games played in league history. Kidd led Dallas to the 2011 NBA title and he was a two-time Olympic gold medalist for Team USA. He currently serves as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, guiding them to the playoffs in 2017.

Chris Oeding (men's water polo, 1989-92) A three-time All-American for the Bears, Chris Oeding led Cal to a combined 86-2 record and three NCAA championships over his final three seasons. As a senior, he was named the NCAA Co-Player of the Year and the Pac-10 Player of the Year, as well as Cal's Most Valuable Player. Oeding earned spots on the U.S. Olympic team in both 1996 and 2000. He was a member of the U.S. Men's National team from 1993-2000, serving as team captain in 1997. Since 2013, he has been an assistant coach for the women's national team, including at the 2016 Olympics when the Americans captured the gold medal. Oeding has coached water polo at the collegiate level for more than 20 years, first at Orange Coast College and since 2000 at Long Beach City College.

Bob Orr (athletic trainer, 1964-94) Cal's head athletic trainer for more than 20 years, Bob Orr helped thousands of student-athletes during his tenure in Berkeley. He arrived at Cal as an assistant athletic trainer in 1964 and moved into the head position in 1970 following the retirement of Jack Williamson, who has was elected into the Cal Hall of Fame in 1992. Perhaps the best way to understand the impact Orr had is to hear from some of the former Golden Bears who received treatment from him. Former track & field student-athlete and Director of Athletics Dave Maggard: "He was considered a physical therapist, advisor and confidant to student-athletes and coaches … a central player in their success." Track & field star Eddie Hart: "As soon as I got back to Berkeley (with a muscle pull during the 1972 U.S. Championships), I went straight to Bob Orr. And as they say, the rest is history. As a result of his knowledge, I can now say I am an Olympic gold medalist and two-time world record holder." And from former football player David Ortega: "He was not only our trainer, but a person the players looked to for guidance and help with all aspects of their lives."

Tiffany Rochelle (volleyball, 1986-89) Named Cal's Player of the Decade (1986-96), Tiffany Rochelle was a record-setting outside hitter who was twice voted first-team All-Pac-10. She finished her career with 1,814 kills, a school record that stood for 20 seasons. Rochelle also established Cal marks for career services aces (136) and career digs (1,406) before she graduated. She led the Bears in kills as a freshman (484) and junior (568), with the 568 total remaining a school record for 14 years. In 1988, she became the first Golden Bear to record 30 kills in a match, registering 31 at Arizona. Later, she totaled 32 digs vs. San Jose State to become the first Cal member of the 30-30 club. A member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 1986, she was a three-time first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection and a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1988. The Bears advanced to the NCAA Tournament her final three seasons, reaching the regional semifinals her senior year. Following her time at Berkeley, Rochelle played on the professional beach volleyball tour.

Laura Schott (women's soccer, 1999-2002) An All-American during the 2000 season, Laura Schott ended her Cal career as the school's all-time leader in goals scored with 56 and No. 2 on Cal's all-time list with 128 total points. A three-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection – and second-team choice as a freshman – she led the Bears to the NCAA Tournament each of her four seasons in Berkeley. As a sophomore, Schott tied Joy Biefeld's school record with 23 goals and her 15 goals her junior year are No. 4 on the Cal charts. She set another school record with nine points vs. James Madison in 2000, which included a school-record-tying four goals. Schott was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, given to the nation's top player, her junior year. She played professionally following graduation, winning a WUSA title with the Washington Freedom in 2003, while she led the WPSL in scoring and helped the California Storm to the league crown in 2004. Since 2008, Schott has served as head coach at Portland State, directing the Vikings to four Big Sky titles.

Jake Wetzel (men's rowing, 1998-2002) A three-time Olympian who won a gold medal for his native Canada in the eight at the 2008 Games in Beijing, Jake Wetzel is one of the most accomplished rowers in Cal history. He rowed for the United States at the 2000 Olympics, taking seventh in the four, then won silver in the four at the 2004 Games with Canada. In addition, he claimed gold in the four at the 2003 World Championships and in the eight at the 2007 World Championships. While at Cal, Wetzel led the freshman boat to the IRA title in 1998, then helped the varsity eight to national crowns in 1999, 2001 and 2002. Selected All-Pac-10 as a senior, he later won the Oxford/Cambridge boat race in 2006 while completing his master's degree in financial economics at Oxford. Wetzel later completed his Ph.D. in finance from the University of British Columbia.

Charlie Wi (men's golf, 1994-95) The first golfer in Cal history to earn first-team All-American recognition, Charlie Wi produced an impressive set of honors during his two seasons at Cal before embarking on a long professional career. Wi transferred to Cal from Nevada before his junior season. As a senior, he became the first Golden Bear to capture Pac-10 individual medalist honors, winning the tournament in 1995. He was also chosen first-team All-Pac-10 that season. Wi made his PGA Tour debut in 2002 and produced five runner-up finishes and 21 top-10 results. He also earned nine international victories as a professional. Born in Seoul, Wi has represented South Korea on its national team five times, including at the 2006 and 2009 World Cup.

Ken Wiedemann (football, 1967-69; baseball, 1967-68) Ken Wiedemann owns one of the oldest individual school records at Cal, with his 16 career interceptions recorded from 1967-69 still atop the record book. As part of Cal's "Bear Minimum" defense, he registered seven interceptions in 1968, which tied the Cal record at the time and wasn't surpassed for 31 seasons, and picked off another six passes in 1967. Wiedemann also paced the Bears in punt returns as a junior, bringing back 25 kicks for 207 yards. That season, he was chosen as a first-team All-Pac-8 defensive back. In addition, he returned five interceptions for 197 yards for Cal's freshman football team in 1966. Wiedemann was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of high school, but accepted a scholarship to play football at Cal instead. Still, he suited up for the Cal baseball team in both 1967 and '68. Wiedemann earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and practices in Southern California.
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