Six former Dons will be following in the footsteps of all-time greats such as Bill Russell and Bill Cartwright as the University of San Francisco inducts its 2012 Hall of Fame class Saturday.
Few brought the combination of personal and team success that Rene Demirdjian displayed in the last 15 years on the Hilltop.
Demirdjian played women’s basketball for the Dons from 1992 to 1997 and in 1996 was a key figure in the team’s NCAA Tournament win over No. 13 Duke to advance to the Sweet 16.
“We had very high expectations for ourselves,” Demirdjian said. “The year before our year was our first time in the NCAA Tournament and once that happened, it was like ‘Why not us?’”
Demirdjian was an All-West Coast Conference First Team selection in 1997 and finished in the top 10 at USF in assists, free-throw percentage and steals.
Also in the class is Roar Andersen, who helped bring the men’s soccer team two NCAA championships.
In his junior season, Andersen scored 16 goals and picked up 11 assists en route to the team’s second championship in 1980 and finished with a 23-0-2 record.
Darrell Tucker left the Hilltop as one of the more accomplished men’s basketball scorers in the program’s history.
Tucker was a three-time All-WCC First Team selection on his way to scoring 1,805 points between 1999 and 2003.
Brittanie Budinger was a leader on the Dons’ women’s volleyball team in 2003 that reached its first NCAA Tournament and left the school the all-time leader in kills with 1,518.
Tom Lounibos’ largest contribution to the community was the founding of the Dante Benedetti Foundation, which has been committed to helping Bay Area youth through baseball.
Ken Pitetti was a two-time team MVP for the football team in the mid-1960s before serving in Vietnam, for which he was awarded a Bronze Star and earned a Purple Heart.