NCAA honors six former athletes with Silver Anniversary Awards
Six former student-athletes will receive the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for their collegiate and professional achievements.
The Silver Anniversary Award annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers. Representatives of NCAA member schools and conferences, along with a panel of distinguished former student-athletes, select each year’s recipients.
The 2015 recipients are Jennifer Azzi, Brent Lang, Pellom McDaniels, Bernard Muir, Mike Mussina and Tamyra Rogers. The NCAA will recognize the honorees at the Honors Celebration during the 2015 NCAA Convention on Jan. 16 in the Washington, D.C. area.
Sport: Women’s basketball
Jennifer Azzi led Stanford to two Pac-10 Conference championships and the first NCAA women’s basketball championship in school history, and she was named the 1990 Women’s Final Four most outstanding player. The four-year team captain and two-time Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Kodak All-American was named the Naismith Player of the Year and received the Wade Trophy and Honda-Broderick Award. In 1996 in Atlanta, she earned an Olympic gold medal with the U.S. women’s basketball team, and she was an alternate for both the 1992 and 2000 Olympic teams. She played professional basketball for 11 years, including four years in the WNBA, where she finished her career as the league’s 3-point field goal leader. She is a member of the Stanford University Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Azzi is now entering her fifth year as the head coach for the University of San Francisco’s women’s basketball team and works as an WNBA International Ambassador and motivational speaker.
Major: Industrial, operational engineering
Sport: Men’s swimming & diving
As a swimmer, Brent Lang made waves as a four-time NCAA national champion, winning two titles in the 50-yard freestyle and another two in the 100-yard freestyle. At Michigan, Lang was a 12-time NCAA All-American and 12-time Big Ten Conference champion. He was named the Big Ten Co-Swimmer of the Year and received the Big Ten Medal of Honor. Following his sophomore season, Lang won a gold medal as part of the U.S. 400-meter freestyle relay team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. He also won two gold medals at the 1990 World Championships. Lang was named to the Academic All-America team and was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. He graduated from Michigan with a degree in industrial and operational engineering before earning his master’s in business administration from Stanford University. After several years working in marketing roles at Fortune 500 companies, he served as the vice president of marketing and business development, then acting CEO. He now serves as President and CEO and on the Vocera board of directors and volunteers with U.S. Masters Swimming, which encourages adults to live active, healthy lifestyles through swimming.
School: Oregon State
Major: Speech communication
Pellom McDaniels joined the Oregon State football team and immediately began contributing as a freshman in 1986. He earned All-Pac-10 Conference accolades for the 1988 and 1989 seasons. After college, McDaniels played professionally for two seasons for the Birmingham Fire, a World League of American Football team, before signing with the Kansas City Chiefs. McDaniels played eight seasons in the NFL – six with the Chiefs and another two years with the Atlanta Falcons – and simultaneously began working on his master’s degree. While in the NFL, he and his wife launched two charities, the Arts for Smarts Foundation and the Fish Out of Water Writing Club, which brought the arts to local elementary and middle school children at a time when school districts were cutting programs due to budgeting challenges. The Kansas City Chiefs nominated McDaniels for the NFL Man of the Year Award, and he was later recognized in 2000 with the USA Weekend Most Caring Athlete Award. McDaniels also received the Kansas City Harmon Humanitarian Award. Following his retirement from the NFL, McDaniels earned his doctorate in American Studies, focusing on the impact of black athletes on American History, and he now works as an assistant professor in African American Studies and the faculty curator of African American Collections at Emory University. McDaniels has also been a board member for a number of foundations and museums, including the Negro League Baseball Museum, where he has served since 1998.
Major: Organizational and Behavioral Management
Sport: Men’s Basketball
Bernard Muir was a four-year letter winner for the Brown men’s basketball team and made his mark as a leader for the program. The team captain received the J. Richmond Fales Trophy, which is awarded to the team member who contributed the most to the sport at Brown through sportsmanship, performance and influence. He received the Stan Ward Award, presented to the player who in a quiet, unobtrusive way contributes the most to the team. He capped his eligibility by playing in all 26 games as both a junior and senior and earned a starting role in 21 of those games. Muir went on to earn his master’s degree from Ohio University and worked as an administrative assistant at Butler University before being hired at the University of Notre Dame as an associate athletics director for student welfare and development. Muir continued to excel through the ranks of college athletics, working eight years for the NCAA on the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship before being named athletics director at Georgetown University in 2005. In 2009, he accepted a role as the athletics director at the University of Delaware and in 2012 became the athletics director at Stanford University. In addition to his responsibilities at Stanford, Muir is a member of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and volunteers as a board member with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula.
Mike Mussina played three years for the Stanford baseball program, where he compiled a 25-12 record with a 3.89 earned run average. The All-American competed in two College World Series championships. He closed his eligibility with an outstanding season, including a 14-5 record and a 3.50 ERA, before being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles as the 20th overall pick in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft. Mussina pitched for the Baltimore Orioles from 1991 until 2000, and in 2001 he was signed by the New York Yankees, where he spent the last seven years of his career. During his career, Mussina posted one 20-win season, two 19-win seasons, three 18-win seasons and two 17-win seasons. In 1992, he led in won-loss percentage (.783). Then, in 1995, Mussina led the American League in wins (19), fewest walks per nine innings pitched (2.03), and shutouts (4). In 1996, he led the American League in games started (36), and in 2000, he led the league in innings pitched (237.2). The five-time all-star and seven-time Gold Glove winner set an American League record by winning at least 11 games in 17 consecutive seasons, and his consistency earned him six top-five finishes in the voting for the American League Cy Young Award. In retirement, Mussina serves on the Little League International Board of Directors, helps with athletics programs at his local high school and operates a training camp for student-athletes in the area.
Sport: Women’s basketball
A four-year letter winner and three-year starter for the Oklahoma women’s basketball team, Tamyra Rogers capped off her college basketball eligibility with 1,353 points, the fourth-ranked total at the time and currently 15th-best in school history. She currently ranks fourth in career free throw percentage, is tied for fifth in scoring average for a single season (19.7), and is 10th in career field goals attempted (1,273) and assisted (301). Rogers received the Big Eight Conference Medal as an outstanding student-athlete. After playing her final basketball game, Rogers worked diligently to preserve the women’s basketball team on Oklahoma’s campus so other women after her would have the opportunity to experience college the way she did. Following her graduation, Rogers earned her medical degree from University of Texas – San Antonio and returned to Oklahoma for her residency. She helped to build the first wellness center for the Navajo nation to fight the epidemic of diabetes in American Indian communities, and avidly fights obesity in the San Antonio area at Dr. Rogers Weight Loss Centers. The four medical centers are intended to maintain high levels of fitness, wellness and weight-loss services for the greater San Antonio community. Rogers has been widely lauded for her practice, earning the Patients’ Choice Award in 2011 and 2012 and the Compassionate Doctors Recognition in 2011.