SAN BRUNO, Calif. — Former Saint Mary’s baseball and Major League Baseball player Mark Teahen (2000-02) will join nine other inductees as part of the 2017 West Coast Conference Hall of Honor class.
The WCC will induct its ninth annual Hall of Honor class on March 4 at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas. Ten individuals, one from each member institution, will be honored as part of the 2017 WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships.
“Congratulations to Mark and his family for this prestigious honor,” said Saint Mary’s Director of Athletics and Recreation Mark Orr. “Mark is truly an ambassador for Saint Mary’s College and Saint Mary’s baseball. His success goes well beyond his accomplishments on the field of play. We couldn’t be prouder of Mark’s induction in the 2017 WCC Hall of Honor.”
The 2017 WCC Hall of Honor class includes: BYU's Tina Gunn Robison (Women’s Basketball), Gonzaga’s John Stockton (Men’s Basketball), Loyola Marymount’s Paul Westhead (Men’s Basketball), Pacific’s Jennifer Joines Tamas (Volleyball), Pepperdine’s William “Bird” Averitt (Men’s Basketball), Portland’s Shannon Mac Millan (Women’s Soccer), Saint Mary’s Mark Teahen (Baseball), San Diego’s John Cunningham (Baseball), San Francisco’s Brittany Lindhe (Women’s Basketball) and Santa Clara’s Dick Davey (Men’s Basketball).
Teahen is one of the best offensive players ever to play for Saint Mary’s. His .368 career batting average still stands as the school record. He was named First Team all-WCC in 2002 after winning the conference batting title with a .412 average – the third-best single-season mark at SMC. He was also named all-WCC Honorable Mention in 2001 and was a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American Honorable Mention in 2000.
He is among the Saint Mary's top-five in career runs (123, 5th) and walks (107, 4th). He was drafted in the first round of the 2002 MLB Draft and had a seven-year MLB career with the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays from 2005-11. In 2009 he was awarded the MLB Hutch Award, given annually to an active MLB player who "best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire" of Fred Hutchinson, by persevering through adversity. He was inducted into the Saint Mary’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.
Teahen now resides in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his wife Lauren and his three children, Mack (four years old), Cal (2) and Meyer (six months). On top of owning “Sorso Wine Room” in Scottsdale, Teahen is a founder, co-chair and organizer of a charity golf tournament called “Driving Out Domestic Violence,” benefiting the Chrysalis organization. This summer, Teahen and his family will travel to Italy, where he will play and help coach a youth baseball program with the Padua Baseball and Softball Society.
The 2017 induction class features three Olympic medalists, three NCAA single-season scoring leaders, two program career wins leaders, two first round draft selections, two national player of the years, one NBA champion, one NBA career statistical leader, six All-Americans (totaling 16 selections), six conference player of the year accolades and eight conference coach of the year honors.
“The West Coast Conference is honored to celebrate the accomplishments of these former student-athletes and coaches,” said West Coast Conference Commissioner Lynn Holzman. “The 2017 Hall of Honor class represents our 10 schools’ long-standing commitment to the holistic development of student-athletes through the fostering of an environment of athletic and academic excellence. These 10 individuals exhibit how participating in college athletics is a transformative experience.”
The Hall of Honor class will be formally inducted at the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch on March 4 at 9 a.m. at the Mardi Gras Ballroom in the Orleans Hotel and each inductee will be honored throughout the course of the basketball championships.
Tickets to the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch & Induction Ceremony are available to the public for $40 and may be purchased by contacting Lindsey Jones in the WCC office via email – Ljones@westcoast.org. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 16.
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