More Fame to the Hall of Fame

Seven members of the LMU community, including All-America runner Tara Erdmann ’12, above, will be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame Feb. 17, 2017, and honored Feb. 18 during halftime at the men’s basketball game against Pepperdine.

 

The 2017 Hall of Fame class, announced in October by the LMU Athletic Department, includes several highly honored athletes and two benefactors who made significant contributions to the athletics programs.

Tara Erdmann (2007–12), a seven-time All-American in cross country and track, qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in both 10,000 and 5,000 meters. As a freshman, she earned WCC and LMU Freshman of the Year accolades. Erdmann set four LMU track records in the 2010 season and notched the fastest 10K time in Division 1 in 2011. She was named LMU Female Athlete of the Year twice.

Michael Erush (2000–03) was a four-time All-WCC soccer selection, including first team honors in 2003. He earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Far West First Team honors in 2003. Erush is tied at No. 10 in LMU career assists (15) and tied for No. 7 in single-season assists (7). He and his teammates appeared in the NCAA tournament in three consecutive seasons (2001–03).

Heather Hughes (2004–07) was a four-time All-WCC volleyball selection. She ranks among the top 10 in 11 LMU career categories and was twice named LMU Female Athlete of the Year. Hughes played for the indoor U.S. national team (2007–10) and professionally in beach volleyball. She and her teammates made two NCAA Tournament appearances.

Terrell Lowery (1989–92), a crucial member of the Lions’ NCAA Elite Eight basketball team (1989–90), averaged 18.5 points per game in his career. He holds the LMU career assists record (689). Lowery was an Honorable Mention All-American twice and led the conference in scoring, assists and steals as a junior. Lowery also played baseball and was drafted by MLB’s Texas Rangers.

Adrianne Slaughter (2000–04) was twice a first-team All-WCC basketball selection and was named the WCC Defender of the Year in 2002–03. She ranks No. 7 in points (1,231), No. 2 in rebounds and No. 2 in blocks. Her 2003–04 Lions won the WCC regular-season title, the WCC Tournament title and made their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

Benefactors Chad and Ginni Dreier, both members of the class of 1969, have supported the athletics department in many ways, including The Chad and Ginni Dreier Strength and Conditioning Center, which opened in 2011 and is one of the top training facilities in the WCC. Both have been members of the LMU Board of Trustees, with Chad, who also played baseball for LMU, serving as chair from 1998–2011.

The Hall of Fame class will be inducted during a banquet on Feb. 17 and will be recognized at halftime during the men’s basketball Homecoming game against Pepperdine on Feb. 18 (3 p.m.).