Andy Banachowski Inducted into San Mateo Hall of Fame

June 11, 2003

In ceremonies held on Tuesday night at the Bay Meadows Turf Club in San Mateo, CA, UCLA head women's volleyball coach Andy Banachowski was one of nine new members inducted into the San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame.

Banachowski, the winningest coach in the history of collegiate women's volleyball in the United States, is about to begin his 37th year as the head coach at UCLA. He is a graduate of Serra High School in San Mateo.

The 15th Annual event was sold-out, and honored nine inductees, including Banachowski, New England Patriots quarterback and 2002 Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, Joe Fena (football), Mike Garcia (baseball), former Pepperdine standout Beatrice Godoy (multi-sport/basketball), Jim Kauffman (multi-sport / football), Bob Melvin (baseball), Penn State softball head coach Robin Petrini (softball) and Rich Schlenker (multi-sport/baseball).

The San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1989, and how has 152 members. Former UCLA football player and Heisman Trophy winner Gary Beban was among the first group of inductees. The Hall of Fame also includes such notable athletes as Barry Bonds, who played Little League in San Carlos, CA, and football coaches coaches Bill Walsh, John Madden and Dick Vermeil. Banachowski is the first inductee to represent volleyball.

The 15th annual event drew about 400 people for a dinner and silent auction. The event, which is presented annually by The Times, has raised more than $150,000 over the past six years. This year's proceeds will go to the Youth and Family Assistance nonprofit program.

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