Everist, Wittstock and Kelly Named to USA Water Polo Hall of Fame
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/11/2006

Jan. 11, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. - Three Golden Bears - Kirk Everist, Lynn Wittstock and Maggie Kelly - will be honored this Saturday, Jan. 14 at USA Water Polo's Hall of Fame Dinner, hosted at the San Diego Del Mar Marriott in Del Mar, Calif. in conjunction with the 2006 USWP Annual Meeting.

Everist, Wittstock and Kelly are actually three of seven members of the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame class that was inducted in 2004, but are now receiving their certificates. The three Bears will be joined by players Vaune Marie Kadlubek and Alex Rousseau, coach James Mulcrone and contributor Walter "Wally" Lundt.

Everist, who has been the Cal men's water polo coach since 2002, is also a 2004 inductee into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame. He was named 2002 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year after guiding his alma mater to the MPSF title and first NCAA Final Four appearance since 1995 in his first year as the Bears' head coach. A 1990 Cal graduate, Everist led the Bears to consecutive national championships in 1987 and 1988, earning All-American status three straight seasons (1986-88) and NCAA Player of the Year honors in 1988. He went on to play for the USA National Team for nine years (1988-96) and competed in the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Everist is a nine-time USA Water Polo Outdoor Nationals All-American and an 11-time Indoor Championship All-American as well.

A 2002 inductee into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame, Wittstock was a two-time All-American in swimming (1982 and 1984), but her greatest successes came in water polo. She played on Cal's club team from 1981-84, and on the USA National Team from 1984-98, serving as team captain from 1987-90 and 1992-98. Wittstock competed in four World Championships and was elected flag bearer for the USA delegation at the opening ceremonies of the 1998 World Aquatic Championships. She was the USOC Water Polo Athlete of the Year in '93, '95 and '96, and was nominated for the 1996 Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete.

Kelly was a member of the USA National Team for 10 years (1987-94, 1997-98), competing in four World Championships, four FINA cups and five Olympic Festivals. In 1992, she was named USWP Female Athlete of the Year, and in 1994 she was the top U.S. scorer (No. 4 in the world) at the World Championship in Rome. Kelly also played for the British National Team from 1985-86 and competed for England at the 1986 World Championship in Madrid, Spain. She grew up in Berkeley and graduated from Cal with a degree in geography in 1987. Kelly went on to get her Masters in computer applications-geography in 1991 and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1996.