Nevada Announces 2022 Sports Hall of Fame Class

Nevada’s Tahnee Robinson during the game against Utah State at the Lawlor Events Center in 2010.
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Nevada has announced the seven-member Class of 2022 that will be inducted into the Wolf Pack Athletics Hall of Fame this September.
Class Highlights: Sam Bias (softball, 2007-10), Bill Bonsall (soccer, 1985-88), Ryan Church (baseball, 2000-1997), Bridget Galvin Brush (women’s basketball, softball, volleyball, 1973- 77), Farron Hand (men’s basketball, 1997-94), David Nelson (men’s golf, 1979-75), and Tahnee Robinson (women’s basketball, 2009-11).
The Class of 2022 will be officially inducted at a Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, Sept. 9, at the El Dorado Convention Center, and the class will be honored at halftime of the Nevada football game on Sept. 10 against Incarnate Word.
The Hall of Fame dinner is open to the public and tickets are $75 with tables of 10 priced at $750. To purchase tickets, contact Associate Athletic Director, Special Events Kim Anastasatos at 775-233-7205 or kima@unr.edu.
The Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame has inducted 226 individuals and five teams since its inception in 1973.
2022 included
Sam Bias – Softball (2007-10)
Earned first-team All-WAC and Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Pacific Region honors in 2009…named to the WAC All-Tournament team in 2007…helped Nevada to the WAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009 Nevada leads… Assists and sac fly records… Also in career records for games played, games started, at bats, runs, doubles, home runs, total bases, hits, RBI , triples and ground shots… played is in the Wolf Pack’s first group. Aces baseball exhibition…four-year starter for the Wolf Pack…earned a degree in criminal justice and has worked as a deputy for the Douglas County and Carson City Sheriff’s Departments…now a detective in Carson City…as an assistant and head coach at Douglas High School.
Bill Bonsall – Football (1988-1985)
Four-year starter at nose tackle … earned first-team All-Big Sky honors in 1986 and was a second-team selection in 1987 and 1988 … led the defensive line in tackles all four years … Won the Offensive Player of the Year award twice (to a defensive player who plays at the highest level) … Won Gold Hat awards as Defensive Player of the Week in 1985 and 1988 … Also won the Team Effort Award. .. Redshirted 1984 Scouting Player of the Year … Recorded 263 career tackles. … also had 60 tackles for loss and 28 sacks … forced five fumbles and recovered eight fumbles … retired in 2020 after 30 years as a Santa Clara County probation officer.. .is an acclaimed expert on sex offenders and has lectured and trained officers throughout California…launched an Internet safety program that was later modeled in other states…also worked with Yahoo to develop presentations Has worked to protect youth from Internet sexual predators… Received Bay Area Probation Officer of the Year Award. and Employee of the Year Award for the State of California in 2017 … Also coached high school football and was active in the Nevada Alumni Football season … His two sons are graduates of the University of Nevada – Alec (2019) and Jason (2020). .. Alec spent two seasons as a linebacker for the Wolf Pack football team.
Ryan Church – Baseball (1997-2000)
Earned first team All Big West honors in 2000 and second team honors in 1999… Outfielder who hit .382 with 14 home runs and 62 runs as a senior in 2000… Also He went 8-8 in all four years. 8 hits in 39 career games (26 starts)…ranks seventh in career batting average (.364)…played on three NCAA Regional and Big West Conference championship teams (1997, 1999, 2000)… Drafted by Cleveland in the 14th round. Indians in 2000 … Made his major league debut on August 21, 2004 with the Cleveland Indians and enjoyed seven seasons in the MLB.
Bridget Galvin Brush – Women’s Basketball, Softball, and Volleyball (1977-1973)
Three-sport star who was instrumental in the development of Nevada women’s sports in the post-Title IX era…Four-year starter in basketball, softball and volleyball…One of Nevada’s first tuition waivers for women’s sports…Help It took Nevada to reach the three northern states. 1976-77 California Intercollegiate Association titles (volleyball, women’s basketball and softball) … Helped lead Wolf Pack basketball team to AIAW Regionals in 1976 and 1977 and softball team to AIAW Regionals in 1976 and 1977. AIAW Regionals and Small College Nationals in 1976… captained the volleyball team that finished third nationally that year… was an outside hitter and defensive specialist prior to this position… ranked second on the team with 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game Basketball was placed. 1977…started at shortstop and led the softball team with a .351 batting average in 1976…became an assistant coach after her college career and h led the Nevada softball team to its first appearance in the AIAW College World Series Division II win in 1980 … also played as a starting pitcher for the Reno Royals, a summer league team in Reno … went on to teach elementary school in the Carson City School District. (since retired)…also served as JV volleyball coach at Hug High School in Reno and a high school volleyball official.
Faron India – men’s basketball (1994-97)
1997 Big West Player of the Year…earned honorable mention honors in 1995 and first-team honors in 1997…named to the 1997 Big West All-Tournament Team…29th in points career at Nevada with 1,034 points … averaged 14.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in his career … also had 112 assists and 78 steals … shot 57.7 percent from the field in 1996-97 Still ranks fourth on Nevada’s single-season all-time list … Was a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. … transferred to Nevada after playing at Dixie College in Utah … played professionally overseas for 10 years after college … worked as a youth counselor and mental health specialist … also He coached high school basketball and track in his hometown of Philadelphia.
David Nelson – Men’s Golf (1979-1975)
Won a pair of West Coast Conference individual championships in 1977 and 1979… Also helped lead the Wolf Pack to three conference titles from 1977-79… Local product who grew up in Reno and attended Wooster High School … has had and continues to have a successful amateur career. Played in Senior Amateurs… Recently played in the 2022 British Senior Amateur Championship at Royal Dornoch in Scotland… Qualified for the 1982 US Open at Pebble Beach as an amateur… Overall Has won seven Nevada state championships (4 state-tournament championships, 2 state intermediate amateurs and 1 state senior amateur)…is the only player in USGA history to qualify for all eight amateur events, including the US Amateur , is the US Open and US Public Advertising Championship… Hole-in-One International was founded in Reno in 1991… Retired in 2020 after 30 years as president of the successful golf advertising and purchasing group.
Tahnee Robinson – Women’s Basketball (2009-11)
He was selected as a WAC freshman and earned first-team All-WAC honors in 2010…was a two-time team captain…comes to Nevada from Sheridan College after starting his career at Wyoming…with The score of 22.1 ranked ninth in the country. points per game in 2010-11…led Nevada to a school-record 22 wins and the second round of the WNIT in 2011…earned first-team All-WAC, WAC All-Tournament and WBCA All-Region honors that year He gained… He became one. 12 of Nevada’s 1,000-point scorers, averaging 19.5 points per game in his career…was one of five finalists for the Sullivan Award, given annually to the nation’s top amateur athlete…earned his bachelor’s degree in General Studies with an emphasis in Health Education, Communication and Native American Studies at Nevada-Reno… Became Nevada’s first WNBA draft pick, and first Native American female drafted in 2011… Taken in the third round by the Phoenix Mercury and then Traded to Connecticut Sun. He played for them overseas before being delisted… played professionally for four seasons in Israel, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Poland and China… as a graduate assistant for the women’s basketball team Wolf Pack returned to Nevada and earned his master’s degree at the University. from Nevada’s educational leadership program…then promoted to director of player development for the Wolf Pack, making her one of three Native women to coach at the NCAA Division I level…also became a Nike N7 basketball ambassador and served as the national spokesperson for “Let’s Move ! In India, a health initiative led by Michelle Obama… also served as the national spokesperson for Big Brothers & Big Sisters.


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