Sun Devils Announce 2022 Hall of Fame & Hall of Distinction Class
TEMPE - Sun Devil Athletics is ready to honor the careers and achievements of nine Arizona State legends in the first Hall of Fame and Hall of Distinction classes since 2019. The inductees will be officially inducted into their respective Halls October 8, 2022 when ASU football hosts Washington at Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field. Seven athletes and two coaches are set to have their careers celebrated.
The SDA Hall of Fame was established in 1975 to honor the school's most distinguished student-athletes in all sports. Student-athletes become eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame 10 years after their senior class has graduated. The Hall of Distinction, recognizing outstanding contributions from coaches and administrators, was inaugurated in 1982.
2022 ASU Hall of Fame Class
Caitlin Andrew - Women's Swimming
Briann January - Women's Basketball
Anna Nordqvist - Women's Golf
Jessica Pressley - Women's T&F*
Anthony Robles - Wrestling*
Terrell Suggs - Football
Ryan Whiting - Men's T&F*
* = NCAA Individual Champion
2022 Hall of Distinction Class
Don Bocchi - Football assistant coach & senior associate athletic director
Charli Turner Thorne - Head Women's Basketball Coach
Hall Of Fame Inductees
Terrell Suggs, DE 2000-02 2012
One of the most decorated student-athletes to play for Arizona State in any sport, two-time Super Bowl champion Terrell Suggs was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Trophy for the nation's top collegiate defensive player and also received the Rotary Lombardi Trophy as the country's top lineman, the Morris Trophy for the top defensive lineman in the Pac-10, and the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award in his senior season, the first ASU player to win an award on the national level for football. The Hamilton High School standout was a two-time All-Pac-10 First Team honoree, and was the 12th consensus All-American for the Devils in 2002. He led the Sun Devils in sacks and tackles for loss all three seasons, breaking the NCAA record for sacks in a season with 24 in 2002. Suggs was tops in the country in tackles for loss in his senior season, leading with 31.5, and was tied for most forced fumbles in the Pac-10 with six. He still holds holds the ASU record for sacks in a season (24, 2002), career sacks (44), yards on sacks in a season (171, 2002), career yards on sacks (288), tackles for loss in a season (31.5, 2002), and career tackles for loss (65.5). Earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and first-team Freshman All-American from Football News, as he became only the second true freshman in school history to start the first game of the season, and was one of six true freshmen to play his first season. He also named the Columbus Touchdown Club Defensive Lineman of the Year, Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, and Pac-10 Player of the Week (Defense, Oct. 26).
Terrell Suggs bio
Anthony Robles 2007-11 2021
Anthony Robles established himself as one of the top collegiate wrestlers in the country while at Arizona State University and to this day remains one of the best wrestlers to wear the Maroon and Gold. A three-time All-American from 2008-2011,Robles advanced to the NCAA Championships four times in his career, falling one win shy as a redshirt freshman of becoming a four-time All-American. He capped off his final season in Tempe as the 2011 NCAA Champion at 125 pounds, going a perfect 36-0. He was one of the most prolific point-scorers in ASU history, winning 75-percent of his career matches (92 of 122) with bonus points, including a school-record 47 technical falls. He was a two-time ESPY Award recipient while being chosen for the prestigious Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. He also set the single-season records for bonus-point wins (31) and technical falls (24) in his final season. Following his collegiate career, Robles was a 2012 inductee into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, as well as a 2017 inductee into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame. He's been the lead wrestling analyst for ESPN for the past nine years, and he joined the Pac-12 Network in 2015. Robles set the world record for most pull ups in one minute in 2018, and in 2022 he became the head wrestling coach at Mesa High in Mesa, Arizona.
Robles ASU Coaching & Player Bio
— Anthony Robles (@ARobles125) July 6, 2022
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— Zeke Jones (@ZekeJones) July 6, 2022
Jessica Pressley 2004-2008 2018
One of the best throwers to come through the storied Sun Devil program is Jessica Pressley, a two-time NCAA shot put champion and all-around thrower for the record books. Pressley is a nine-time first-team All-American in the indoor and outdoor shot put, weight throw, hammer throw, and discus. Pressley won the outdoor shot put title in back-to-back seasons (2007 & 2008) and is one of four women since 1996 to score in the shot, hammer and discus at the same NCAA Championships. Her 2007 title helped the ASU women's T&F team win their first national title, and she remains in the program top-10 for the indoor shot (6th), weight throw (2nd), outdoor shot (2nd), discus (8th) and hammer (5th). At the time she graduated, she was one of just 13 women to have recorded a mark of over 18.00m in collegiate shot put.
Jessica Pressley bio
Jessica Pressley, a Coach with ARC's Arts HomeBase, was recently announced as one of the select few honored as part of the @TheSunDevils Hall of Fame Class of 2022. We are so proud of Jessica! Learn more at https://t.co/gYZ3kqyXXK
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— ARC News (@ARCNewsToday) August 3, 2022
Ryan Whiting 2006-10 2020
Over the course of his four years competing for ASU, Ryan Whiting earned nine NCAA All-American honors and six NCAA titles – three indoor shot put (2008-09-10), two outdoor shot put (2009-10) and one discus (2008). Whiting also claimed three Pac-12 individual titles: Shot Put (2009) and Shot Put/Discus (2010). The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) selected him as the American indoor performer of the year in 2008, and in 2010 he was one of three finalists for The Bowerman - the highest honor in collegiate track and field. Whiting won his first national title in 2008 with an NCAA Championship meet-record 21.73m/73-01.50 in the indoor shot. The mark stood as the program and collegiate indoor records until 2021 when Turner Washington bested it, and Whiting's contributions helped ASU win the 2008 NCAA Indoor title. In the classroom, Whiting earned ESPN Second-Team Academic All-America honors on two occasions and was selected the 2008 USTFCCCA Men's Division I Indoor Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In 2010, Whiting was awarded the Tom Hansen Conference Medal, presented annually to each member institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athletes based on performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership. In 2011 at 24 years old, Whiting briefly held the world lead in the men's indoor shot at 21.52m. He took the top spot again in March 2012 when he went 22.00m. As of July 1, 2022, Whiting's PRs sit at 22.28m (outdoor shot), 61.11m (discus), and 22.23 (indoor shot). His biggest international senior success to date is first-place at the 2012 World Indoor Championships. He represented the United States at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, 2013 World Championships in Athletics, 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships and the 2012 London Olympics. Whiting finished first in the Shot Put at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships too.
Ryan Whiting bio
Briann January 2006-09 2019
Briann January ended her stint as a Sun Devil at or near the top of several ASU career statistical categories, including assists (first/now second), free-throw percentage (first), steals (second), free-throws (second), 3-point field goal percentage (fourth), 3-point field goals (fifth/now seventh) and points (seventh/now ninth). A two-time Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, January earned honorable mention All-America recognition from the Associated Press and WBCA in 2009. During her four-year career the Sun Devils won 77-percent of their games (104-32), including 82-percent of their Pac-10 games (59-13), and qualified for the NCAA Tournament all four years, including two Elite Eight appearances (2007, '09). January was drafted by the Indiana Fever with the sixth overall pick in the 2009 WNBA draft. She has also played for the Phoenix Mercury, Connecticut Sun and is currently a member of the Seattle Storm. January won a WNBA championship with the Indiana Fever in 2012 and was named to the WNBA All-Star Game in 2014. January, who was named to the Pac-12 Women's Basketball All-Century Team in 2015, has been named to the WNBA's All-Defensive first-team five times and All-Defensive second team twice. In 2017-18, January served as an assistant coach for the Sun Devils. In 2021, January became the third Sun Devil women's basketball player to have her jersey – No. 20 – honored and hung from the rafters of Desert Financial Arena.
ASU WBB Honors Briann January
Anna Nordqvist 2007-09 2019
Anna Nordqvist is regarded as one of the most talented members of the storied Sun Devil Women's Golf program. She Made a significant impact during her time in Tempe before turning pro midway through her junior season as she finished tied for fifth at the 2008 NCAA Championships, helping lead the Sun Devils to a Top-5 finish. Tabbed as the 2008-09 Midseason National Player of the Year and a Midseason All-American before she decided to play professionally after the Fall campaign, she was elected as a NGCA First-Team All-American in each of her two full seasons (2007 & 2008). Named the 2007 NGCA National Freshman of the Year in addition to earning Freshman All-American distinction after a brilliant freshman campaign, Nordqvist tied for the 2007 Pac-10 title in her debut season. Received Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year honors for her efforts, landed on the Pac-10 First-Team All-Conference list in each of her two full seasons and posted the incredible accomplishment of having finished tied for second or better at 11 of her 24 career tournaments. A two-time NGCA All-Academic selection and 2008 Pac-10 All-Academic Second-Team, she was 2007 PING/ASU Invitational Champion and 2008 PING/ASU Invitational Co-Champion. Shined in several significant amateur tournaments in the midst of her collegiate career. Helped Sweden win the 2008 World Amateur, placed second as an individual at the 2008 World Amateur, and won the 2008 Ladies British Open Amateur. Enjoyed immediate success in the professional ranks, becoming one of the top competitors on the LPGA Tour for over a decade. She has won three major championships: the 2009 LPGA Championship, the 2017 Evian Championship, and the 2021 Women's British Open and became the only non-American woman to have won major championships in three different decades (2000s, 2010s and 2020s). Did not take her long to earn her first LPGA major title, capturing the 2009 McDonald's LPGA Championship during her rookie season. Has become a consistent and successful presence for Team Europe, having competed in six consecutive Solheim Cups, a Ryder Cup style event for female golfers. Represented her native country of Sweden at the Rio Olympics, one of five Sun Devils competing for their country in the 2016 Summer Games. Has earned over $9 million in her professional career.
Anna Nordqvist bio
Caitlin Andrew 2004-2008 2018
A great swimmer that held five school records at the conclusion of her career. She set school records in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back, 200 back and 100 fly. In 2005, she captured her first Pac-10 Champion award in the 100 fly after posting a time of 54.10. Four-time individual All-American in the 100 fly, with her highest finish coming during her sophomore season, finishing second at the 2006 NCAA Championships. She also earned All-American honors in the 50 free and 100 back, as well as a member of the 200 free relay and the 200 and 400 medley relays. As a freshman in 2004-05, she was one of the top rookie swimmers in the nation, becoming the first ASU swimmer to win a butterfly event at the league meet. In the final season of her Sun Devil career, she was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic First-Team and earned ESPN The Magazine District VIII All-Academic Second Team honors. Andrew ended her Sun Devil career with a total of nine All-American awards to her credit.
Caitlin Andrew Bio
Hall Of Distinction
Don Bocchi 1985-2021 Football/Administration
"Coach" Bocchi served Arizona State for nearly 40 years, beginning his time at ASU as an assistant football coach in 1985. He was the President of the Sun Angel Foundation starting in 1993, expanding its staff and programs while promoting excellence in both academics and athletic programs. Bocchi helped the SAF become officially part of the athletic department in 1998. In 2021 Bocchi retired as a Senior Associate Athletic Director, overseeing eight varsity head coaches and their programs, and was involved in the hiring of numerous successful Sun Devil coaches and was the administrator of several championship teams. Bocchi led the national search that led to the hirings of current Sun Devil leaders Matt Thurmond (men's golf), Matt Hill (men's tennis), Zeke Jones (wrestling), and Graham Winkworth (soccer).
Thank you Don Bocchi! (release)
Charli Turner Thorne 1996-2022 Women's Basketball
The winningest coach in ASU women's basketball history and No. 2 all-time in career wins (488) by a Pac-12 coach, Charli Turner Thorne oversaw the establishment of Sun Devil Women's Basketball as a perennial national power in her 25 seasons as head coach. Twice named Pac-12 Coach of the Year, Turner Thorne led ASU to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, three Pac-12 championships (two regular season titles and the league's first tournament title in 2002) and the program's only two NCAA Elite Eight appearances. Turner Thorne, who coached Sun Devil Athletics Hall of Fame Players Molly Tuter (1994-97), Amanda Levens (2000-02), Emily Westerberg (2004-07) and Briann January (2006-09), also earned a pair of gold medals coaching with USA Basketball. The success of Turner Thorne's teams was a 180-degree turnaround from the program she agreed to become the leader of 26 years ago. Hired on June 21, 1996 after three seasons at Northern Arizona where she compiled a 40-40 record, she raised ASU's profile with each passing season. Turner Thorne's Sun Devil teams qualified for the postseason all but two seasons since 2001, including a remarkable stretch of a school record six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (2014-19), two Elite Eight appearances (2007, '09) and three Sweet 16 finishes (2005, '15, '19). Turner Thorne's teams were every bit as brilliant in the classroom as the Sun Devils led the Pac-12 in the number of first-team All-Academic conference awards (22) and the combined number of first- and second-team All-Academic conference awards (46). ASU's No. 5 finish (3.672) on the WBCA's 2017 Academic Honor Roll – its highest in program history – represented the second time in three seasons the Sun Devils were among the top 10 programs in the country after placing seventh (3.558) for the 2014-15 academic year. Turner Thorne, who has 528 career wins (including 40 wins in three seasons at NAU), announced her retirement on March 3, 2022, to a standing room only press room, a reflection and testament to how much the coach grew the sport in her time in charge.
Charli Turner Thorne Announces Retirement