A Volleyball Jersey Retired!

Six former Menlo College student-athletes were selected to enter the Menlo College Athletics Hall of Fame by the Selection Committee at the athletic department's Ninth Annual Golf Tournament & Fundraiser in April. The Inductees of 2009 include football standout Mark Speckman, who was born without hands and travels the country as a motivational speaker; Heather Hoffman-Galuteria, the first ever women's basketball inductee; record-breaking football pass-and-catch combo Zamir Amin and Nate Jackson; Brooke Richardson, the only volleyball player to have her jersey retired; and former PGA Tour golfer Al Geiberger.

The six-member group was inducted during Menlo's Homecoming festivities on Oct. 2-3, at the Oaks football game versus Northwest Conference foe Linfield. This year's group raised the number of inductees to 140 with the number of football players or coaches in the Menlo College Athletics Hall of Fame to 59.

If Brooke Richardson's (1999-2001) dominance on the volleyball court wasn't enough to convince everyone that she'd eventually earn a spot in the hall of fame, the fact that she is the first and only player in program history to have her jersey retired definitely foreshadowed the inevitable. Richardson was huge in the middle for the Oaks, earning First Team All-Cal Pac honors all three years at Menlo and setting a number of school records. As a senior, Richardson set the top single-season marks in kills, attempts, solo blocks and total blocks, and still holds career records in solo and total blocks by a wide margin. Richardson is in the top 10 in seven career categories and appears nine times in the single-season records lists.