Alumnus Receives NCAA’s Highest Honor

Peter Ueberroth

Peter Ueberroth (right) continues to support the SJSU men’s water polo program (photo: Terrell Lloyd).

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from an NCAA news release posted on Dec. 16. 

Marking a successful career in business and sports, Peter Ueberroth will be recognized in January at the NCAA Convention with the NCAA’s highest honor, the Theodore Roosevelt Award. Named after the former president whose concern for the conduct of college athletics led to the formation of the NCAA in 1906, the award is given annually at the NCAA Honors Celebration to an individual who exemplifies the ideals of college sports. Ueberroth was previously named a 1984 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award honoree commemorating the 25thanniversary of his graduation from college.

The young man peered at a striped yellow ball – he had never encountered one like it before.

It was four weeks before his graduation from Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California, and Peter Ueberroth was about to be presented with a life-altering opportunity. After swimming a few laps, a cinch given his background as a lifeguard, he fired that ball into a target, again and again.

Six decades later, Ueberroth still remembers trying that strange new sport in front of San Jose State University water polo coach Ed Rudloff. The meeting was arranged by Ueberroth’s high school football coach, Ken Stanger, a former San Jose State football player who recommended Rudloff take a look at the strong-armed football and baseball player.

If not for the opportunity provided by the water polo scholarship that resulted from that tryout, the future Time magazine Man of the Year said he wouldn’t even have attended college. Ueberroth’s experience at San Jose State served as a springboard to a career spent at the highest levels of business and sports.

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Candlelight Vigil for Ryan Harryman

SJSU Interim President Susan Martin has emailed the following message to the campus community. This event is open to the public.

Dear students, faculty and staff,

I am writing to let you know about plans to honor the life and memory of SJSU student Ryan Harryman, who passed away Saturday night.

A senior anthropology major from Sunnyvale, Ryan collapsed during club water polo practice last Tuesday evening and never regained consciousness.

In close collaboration with his family, we have scheduled a candlelight vigil for this Friday, Oct. 23, beginning at 6 p.m. in front of the Smith/Carlos sculpture near Clark Hall. Students and others are invited to join in this informal celebration, during which participants will have the opportunity to share personal memories of Ryan.

We all stand with Ryan’s parents, siblings, extended family, teammates and friends during this very difficult time.


Susan Martin
Interim President

Men’s Water Polo Returns to SJSU

Men's water polo coaches gather around their players at the edge of the pool.

The San Jose State men’s water polo team jumped back in the pool after a 34-year hiatus for its season opener against the Santa Clara Broncos on September 5 (Photo: Terrell Lloyd).

In the 1960s and 1970s, SJSU had a powerhouse water polo team. They won a national title in 1968, and finished in the top five nationally four times in the 1970s. But in 1981, the school discontinued the program to comply with Title IX regulations.

Bill Simpkins, a former college water polo player himself and son of long-time SJSU benefactors and alumni Alan and Phyllis Simpkins, repeatedly pressed the university to reinstate the sport. But the funds weren’t there. So Simpkins spearheaded an effort to raise enough money to bring the sport back.

“The team had a winning history. It needed to come back,” Simpkins said. “The sport of water polo has not added a new D1 team for over 30 years. Hopefully, this will start a trend. My parents, Alan and Phyllis, were my wingmen.”

Alumni support

Before the team’s first game, several donors and former water polo players participated in a cap ceremony, giving swim caps to the 19 players on the current roster (Photo: Terrell Lloyd).

Bill Simpkins and his wife Brigid made a generous donation. So did Peter Ueberroth,’59 Business Administration. Ueberroth is a former travel industry executive, Major League Baseball commissioner and U.S. Olympic Committee chairman.

Jane Hind set up a $1 million dollar endowment in her late husband’s name. Greg Hind, ’69  Health Science, was an All-American water polo player in the 1970s at SJSU.

Altogether, more than 100 people donated more than $3.5 million, which will sustain the program for five years until the university takes over the financing. Interest from the Greg Hine endowment will fund student-athlete scholarships beginning next year.

Cap ceremony

Before the team’s first game in September, several donors and former water polo players participated in a cap ceremony, giving swim caps to the 19 players on the current roster.

For a moment in time, right there on the pool’s edge, the years melted away as the generations bonded over their love of the game and their quest to keep this Spartan tradition going strong.


Lou Tully (Karl Nielsen photo)

First and Foremost an Educator

Lou Tully (Karl Nielsen photo)

Lou Tully (Karl Nielsen photo)

Women’s water polo Head Coach Lou Tully, BA ’67, MA ’73 Physical Education, passed away Dec. 17 at the age of 70. He was undergoing treatment for cancer, which he had beaten once before and expected to beat again. Coach Tully was looking forward to his 18th season with San Jose State.

Tributes to his life and legacy are pouring in from across the country,” President Mohammad Qayoumi said. “My heart goes out to all of his players and colleagues, especially those who were looking forward to his return in a few short weeks.”

Lou Tully was first and foremost an educator. He took deep pride in his degrees and teaching credential from San Jose State, encouraging his players to not only excel in class but to compete at the highest levels in athletics. In 1997, his first year as head coach, he took women’s water polo from a club sport to the top 25 nationally. His teams ranked in the top 10 for 12 years, with the 2001 and 2011 teams finishing fifth nationally.

His players understood that he was teaching them far more than how to win in a sport that he described as a combination of ice hockey, basketball, swimming and soccer. In a 2010 Washington Square alumni magazine feature, then co-captain and two-time All-American Adriana Vogt summarized his legacy by saying “what he teaches us as a coach are lessons I’m probably going to keep for the rest of my life.”

A Vietnam veteran, Lou Tully first came to SJSU in 1962 to play on the men’s water polo team. He began his coaching career in 1966 at Menlo Junior College, where he worked with both the water polo and swimming teams. He went on to coach other community college and high school teams, taking Mount Pleasant High School and Leland High School to league championships.

Coach Tully gave generously of his time and talent well beyond the campuses served. He founded San Jose Splash, a club team for junior women’s water polo players, and officiated at just about every level up to the U.S. Senior Men’s and Women’s National Championships.

Services are pending. He is survived by his wife Susan, daughter Megan, son Ian, daughter-in-law Caroline and grandson Chase.

Vogt in pool holding up yellow water polo ball before throwing the ball.

Vogt To China With USA Water Polo

Vogt in pool holding up yellow water polo ball before throwing the ball.

Adriana Vogt is the first San Jose State women's water polo player to compete in the World University Games. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)

Adriana Vogt, San Jose State University’s career scoring leader in women’s water polo, is one of 13 players named to the 2011 USA Women’s Water Polo World University Games team.

Vogt completed her four-year San Jose State career in 2011. As a senior, she was a co-captain of the Spartan team that finished ranked fifth in the final national coaches poll. The Menlo Park, Calif., resident led San Jose State with 86 goals scored and was second in per game scoring in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). She was a first-team all-conference selection and was named to the MPSF all-tournament team.

Her four-year scoring of 245 goals is one of the top five totals by a MPSF women’s water polo player.

“For Adriana to have the opportunity to tryout for this team and then to make it is fantastic for Adriana and San Jose State water polo,” says San Jose State women’s water polo head coach Lou Tully. “After the fabulous senior year that Adriana had, this is like frosting on the cake!  All of us are very excited for her and wish her and the team the best of luck representing the United States at this world competition!”

Ten of the 13 USA players selected played for a MPSF school in 2010. Vogt is the first San Jose State player named to this team. One-time San Jose State assistant coach Matt Anderson, now the head coach at the University of Michigan, is the USA head coach.

Shenzhen, China is the host for the 26th World University Games beginning August 11 and concluding August 23.  The United States is one of nine countries bidding for a gold medal. Australia, France, Russia, Mexico, China, Canada, Germany and Italy have the same goal.

Kelly Stewart holds a waterpolo ball ready to throw.

Kelly Stewart Tops MPSF All-Academic Team

Kelly Stewart holds a waterpolo ball ready to throw.

For the second year in a row, Kelly Stewart had the highest grade-point average among MPSF All-Academic honorees. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)

San Jose State University’s Kelly Stewart leads the list with the highest grade-point average of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Academic women’s water polo players for the 2011 season.

Six Spartans were named to the 49-person MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athletes team.

“Getting notoriety for grades is important,” says Spartan head coach Lou Tully. “I am very proud of our student-athletes’ success and achievements in the classroom.”

Stewart, an economics major from Surrey, British Columbia, had a conference-best 3.949 grade-point average on a 4.00 scale. A 2011 San Jose State University President’s Scholar for earning a 4.00 grade-point average in at least two of her last three semesters, Stewart earned her second MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete honor.

For the second consecutive year, she had the highest grade-point average among the MPSF’s honorees.

“Kelly is just a tremendous person and positive influence,” says Tully about his three-year letterwinner. “She is very successful in the classroom and she is a great role model.

“She has a tremendous work ethic in the classroom and has the same work ethic in the pool. That’s her persona and personality.”

Recent graduate Alyssa Friesen, a communications studies major from Clovis, Calif., earned her third MPSF All-Academic team honor.

Like Stewart, juniors Ally Waasted, a kinesiology major from Orange, Calif. and Dani Curran, an international business major from Chino, Calif., earned their second MPSF All-Academic honor.

Sophomores Kimber Methvin, a recreation and leisure studies major from Porterville, Calif. and Anna Natalizio, a justice studies major from Irvine, Calif., were named to the MPSF All-Academic team for the first time.

To be eligible for the MPSF All-Academic team, a student-athlete must have a 3.00 or better cumulative grade-point average, achieve sophomore standing academically, complete at least one full year at the member school and participate in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests during the season.

Lauren Lewis in the pool attempting to block the opposing team from scoring a goal, wearing a blue swimsuite.

A Graduation Story – A Goalkeeper’s Work Ethic

Lauren Lewis in the pool attempting to block the opposing team from scoring a goal, wearing a blue swimsuite.

Lauren Lewis gets ready to stop the opposing team from scoring. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)

By Alyssa Friesen, SJSU Athletics Sports Information Undergraduate Intern

In her four years as a San Jose State water polo player, Lauren Lewis is best known for her work ethic. Her coaches and teammates agree that she is the hardest working athlete in the pool and inspires others around her.

The work ethic that Lauren has not only has helped her in the water but in the classroom as well. Getting an education and being an athlete proved to be challenging at times but earning her degree is priceless. “My diploma is much more than a piece of paper to me; it is a representation of all of my effort, sacrifice, and accomplishment,” says the 2011 graduate.

Coming into San Jose State, Lauren was declared a business major. For one of her classes, she was required to spend some time with elementary school students and it was then that she realized her love for teaching.

Ever since, the Upland, Calif., native spent countless hours in her mother’s second grade classroom. “When I am teaching it doesn’t seem like I’m working, it’s just fun,” says the three-time San Jose State Scholar-Athlete.

Lewis says she has enjoyed her time at San Jose State because of the people she has met and the experiences she’s had.  “I have met people here that will remain my friends forever. I can’t even imagine what life would be without them,” states the goalkeeper on the nationally-ranked San Jose State team.

Being a part of the water polo team was one of the most rewarding experiences for Lauren. Her greatest memory was back in her sophomore year when the team went down to Arizona for a 2009 tournament. “It was an amazing experience to be able to travel with the team and not only beat our rival (Arizona State), but also win three other games as well.” Lewis explains that the team chemistry was unmatched that weekend and the victories seemed effortless.

As for the future, Lauren hopes to earn both a Master’s in special education and her teaching credentials simultaneously. “Working in special education will allow me to work one-on-one with the students that need extra help.”

Known for her work ethic, it shouldn’t be long for Lauren Lewis to achieve her near-term goals. After all, she is a goalkeeper.

Allie Steward with arm raised yellow ball in hand ready to throw in the pool, wearing blue.

20-Win Season For Water Polo

Allie Steward with arm raised yellow ball in hand ready to throw in the pool, wearing blue.

Allie Stewart reached the 40-goal mark in a season for the first time as a Spartan. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)

On a record-setting day for San Jose State University, the Spartans completed a four-match sweep with a pair of resounding victories on the final day of the Bronco Invitational women’s water polo tournament.

The Spartans (20-9), ranked seventh nationally, defeated host Santa Clara, 13-3, and Sonoma State, 14-2.

“The players really did a great job on defense. (Giving up) Fifteen goals in four games – that’s excellent. That’s really what we want to emphasize and what we’re trying to produce here – a team that does not allow a lot of goals. We did a real nice job of that this weekend,” said San Jose State head coach Lou Tully. “I’m more excited about that than I am about the goal differential. The wins are important, but the highlight is controlling the game and making sure the defense plays well.”

“We really followed through on our defensive plan. We set out to hold our opponent to a low number and did that pretty well,” co-captain Allie Stewart said.

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Members of women's water polo team in uniform standing at edge of pool talking to team members in pool.

#9-Spartans’ Win Streak Flying To #8-ASU

Members of women's water polo team in uniform standing at edge of pool talking to team members in pool.

The Spartans are looking for their first win over Arizona State this season. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd/Courtesy San Jose State Athletics)

In a key Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s water polo match, #9-San Jose State goes after a school-record tying ninth straight win Saturday, March 26, at #8-Arizona State. Match time is 12:00 p.m. (CST).

The Spartans (15-8, 1-2 MPSF) and Sun Devils (8-13, 0-4 MPSF) are meeting for the second time this season. Arizona State edged San Jose State, 9-8, in a non-conference encounter at the UC Irvine Invitational, February 26. Since then, the Spartans won their next eight matches including a MPSF match at San Diego State.  Read full story on