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All-Century Steve

Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

playerofthecentury-johnson.jpgThe Pac-12 named USC men's tennis legend Steve Johnson the conference's Player of the Century on Tuesday with five other Trojans earning spots on the sport's All-Century Team. Johnson led USC to four consecutive NCAA Team Championships (2009-12), while earning numerous individual honors over his time in college. He finished his USC tennis career on a 72-match singles win streak that led him to back-to-back NCAA singles titles in 2011 and 2012. The Trojan tennis legend is now competing on the professional circuit with a current No. 32 ATP world ranking.

Click here for a full release on the Trojans' nominated to the All-Century Team.

Joining Johnson on the roster for the Trojans are Alex Olmedo, Rafael Osuna, Dennis Ralston, Stan Smith and Bob Lutz, who are all in the ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. These five USC tennis stars also had successful professional careers with each of the five winning at least one of the four Grand Slams.

The Women of Troy were represented by current volunteer assistant coach Barbara Hallquist DeGroot, who was USC's first female scholarship athlete back in the 1970s. She led the Women of Troy to three consecutive team championships (1977-79) and back-to-back UTSA singles titles in 1976 and 1977.

A Legend Returns

Barbara Hallquist DeGroot, the first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship to USC, is joining the women's tennis coaching staff as a volunteer assistant.  DeGroot won the national collegiate singles title in both 1976 and 1977 as well as four team national championships en route to an ITA Hall of Fame career.

"I am overjoyed to welcome home a wonderful friend as well as a Trojan great in Barbara Hallquist DeGroot," USC athletic director Pat Haden said. "She really is a cornerstone of the foundation of women's athletics here at USC. She is also a pioneer. As USC's first female scholarship athlete, Barbara paved the way for the 25 national championships that our women's teams have won. It is so exciting to have her back to help lead our women's tennis program."

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DeGroot enjoyed a successful professional career as well reaching a career best No. 30 world ranking, and making the 1980 U.S. Open quarterfinals.  Most recently, she was the women's tennis coach at Cate School in Carpinteria, Calif..

Back in the day...

Photo Gallery: Women's Tennis Reunion

USC women's tennis has won seven national championships, which is more than any other Women of Troy program.  The 2013 Trojans have a great shot at adding to that total with almost the entire team returning from last year's Final Four run.

Women's tennis legends like seven-time national champion head coach Dave Borelli, USC Hall of Famer Barbara Hallquist and many more turned out for a reunion event last week, which included a tour of the John McKay Center and watching practice.

Photos by Pierson Clair...

Title IX Turns 40

On June 23, 1972, the Women of Troy were born.  Thanks to groundbreaking Title IX legislation, women got their chance to compete and they seized it.

Profile Pic Women of Troy logo_00176.jpgForty years later, the USC women's athletics' program boasts 120 female Olympians, 64 individual NCAA titles, 23 national team championships and 14 Honda Award winners.  In the spring of 2013, women's lacrosse will make it 12 women's teams at Troy.

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Barbara Hallquist was the first woman to earn a full scholarship in 1976. She set the standard as a four-time team national champion and a two-time singles champion all while graduating with honors.  Since then, legends like Cheryl Miller, Lisa Leslie, Angela Williams and April Ross have reached the greatest heights of collegiate athletics in the cardinal and gold.

Click here for Women of Troy in the Olympics.

Click here for Women of Troy All-Americans.

Click here for the Pac-12's take on Title IX.

In honor of the 40th anniversary, we created a Women of Troy Title IX Facebook cover.  Click on it to enlarge and use the Women of Troy logo above for your profile pic

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State of Troy: Graduation 2012

Each month, we interview athletic director Pat Haden to find out the latest news around Heritage Hall

Seau-USC-SI.jpgWhat are your initial thoughts on the passing of Junior Seau?

We are tremendously saddened to hear this news and our hearts go out to his family and children.  Junior Seau was one of the greatest legends in USC football history.  He will always be remembered by USC as the original No. 55.

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Why should the Trojan Family turn out for the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship?

We need our fan support.  We are hosting the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship for the first time ever.  We have an opportunity with the semifinals Thursday night to really get behind our guys.  The final is Saturday at 7 p.m. at Galen Center.  Hopefully, we have two great games ahead of us.

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What is the impact of Fred Uytengsu's gift to the Aquatics Center?

We are thrilled to announce that Fred Uytengsu, a former walk-on swimmer, has given $8 million for the renovation of the Aquatics Center, which allows us to break ground on a $17-million project.  To think we have won 20 national championships in that pool, those student-athletes really deserve something that is special.  This is the largest single gift by a former student-athlete and hopefully a call to our other successful former student-athletes to give back to their alma mater.

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Bartner-AZ-PC.jpgWhat does it mean to be a USC Hall of Famer?

If you are a member of the USC Hall of Fame, you are one of the best of the best.  Some special people are being inducted this year like Wayne Hughes, who has been a big supporter of ours for a long time, or Barbara Hallquist, the first ever female scholarship athlete at USC.  I think of some of the old great football players like Adrian Young, Clarence Davis, Tony Boselli and Keyshawn Johnson or a baseball legend like Randy Johnson.  And how about Art Bartner (pictured), the band director for 40 years.  It should be a great celebration and it is open to all this year.

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Why is Barbara Hedges receiving the Legend of Troy Award at the Student-Athlete Graduation?

Last year, Lou Zamperini and Gordon Marshall, two great World War II veterans, were given the inaugural Legend of Troy awards.  Barbara Hedges is really deserving of this honor in this 40th anniversary of Title IX.  She got our women's athletics program going in the early 70s.  We have all been the beneficiaries of her foresight.

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Baseball Giveaways

Come to Dedeaux Field and get free stuff!  USC baseball hosts Oregon State this weekend in a crucial three-game Pac-12 series.

Game times: Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.

Baseball-Snap-Back.jpgOn Friday, the first 200 students in attendance will receive a free USC snap-back hat.  Plus, our traditional free hot dog feast for students.

On Sunday, the first 500 fans will take home exclusive USC trading cards featuring some of the all-time baseball greats.  And in honor of Title IX, the first 50 women to come through the gates will get a USC snap-back hat.

As we continue to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the legislation that put collegiate female athletes on an equal playing field, 2012 USC Hall of Fame inductee Barbara Hallquist will throw out the first pitch.  The four-time tennis national champion was the first woman to receive an athletic scholarship from Troy.


2012 Hall of Fame: Barbara Hallquist

The 2012 USC Athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner is coming up on May 12 at Galen Center.  For the first time, the black tie gala is open to the public, so you can purchase tickets here.

As we countdown to the ceremony, we will profile all 17 honorees starting with Barbara Hallquist.

Hallquist was a Trojan pioneer.  After Title IX, she blazed a trail at Troy by receiving the first athletic scholarship given to a female student.

She made it count by winning four women's tennis national championships, two national singles championships before a successful pro career.  Here's our interview with Barbara Hallquist at a women's tennis match last year...


Click here for a list of the 2012 Trojan Hall of Fame class.

A Pioneer

The USC women's tennis team will head up north this weekend to begin their 20th consecutive NCAA tournament.

barbara-hallquist.jpgThanks to Title IX, women competing for national titles has become commonplace but it was not always the case.  In 1975, USC had zero female student-athletes on full athletic scholarships.

Barbara Hallquist received the first full ride in 1976. 

The women's tennis star blazed the trail at Troy on and off the court.  She won four team national championships and two NCAA singles titles all while graduating with honors.

After USC, Hallquist enjoyed a successful pro career, including a U.S. Open quarterfinal appearance, before landing in the ITA Women's Tennis Hall of Fame last fall.

Now Barbara Hallquist-DeGroot, she was honored at Marks Stadium earlier this season before watching the exemplary female student-athletes thrive on the current women's tennis team.

She also spent some time with SC TV to talk about the changes in women's athletics over the last 36 years and her love for this university.