Saint Leo Inducts Three Into The Athletic Hall of Fame

Pat Bowen ’99, Daphne Washington ’93, and members of the 2005 men’s soccer team celebrated their induction into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony held in November.

Saint Leo University inducted three individuals and one team into its Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming and Alumni Reunion Weekend in November. Established in 1986, the Hall of Fame seeks to honor former students, coaches, and administrators who excelled in Saint Leo Athletics throughout the university’s history. Congratulations to our new inductees.

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Daphne Washington ’93

Prolific scorer and rebounder Daphne Washington joined the Saint Leo Athletic Hall of Fame following a four-year career on the women’s basketball team. Washington, who still ranks second in career-scoring at Saint Leo, scored 1,495 career points for the then-Monarchs. She also made 704 impressive career rebounds, ranking fifth in the Saint Leo record book. She is still tops in the record book for shooting from the field at 54.0 percent, which was helped by her single-season Saint Leo record of 58.8 percent (shot in the 1991-1992 season). Her single-season mark bested her previous school record of 57.9 percent, which she accumulated during the 1990-1991 season. She was named the Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year in 1989-1990 season and went on to be a two-time Honorable Mention All-Sunshine State Conference selection and a Second Team All-Sunshine State Conference performer as a junior.

Pat Bowen ’99

Former walk-on, now turned Hall of Famer, Pat Bowen spent four years as a member of the Saint Leo baseball program from 1995 to 1999 under head coaches John Schaly and Ed Stabile. He served as a starting pitcher for the then-Monarchs and finished his career ranked second in career strikeouts at Saint Leo with 266. He achieved a 20-8 career mark, including five saves. His 20 wins ranked him third all-time at the end of the 1999 season. During his junior year, he ranked seventh among all NCAA Division II pitchers for strikeouts per nine innings at 11.9. He helped guide the Monarchs to a pair of NCAA postseason appearances in 1996 and 1999 and was selected as an All-South Region honoree and First Team All-Sunshine State Conference selection in 1999. As a junior, he earned Second Team All-Sunshine State Conference honors. Following his collegiate career, he was drafted by a Major League Baseball team, the Anaheim Angels. After a few years of professional baseball, Bowen began coaching youth sports and went on to be the head baseball coach at Bishop McGuinness Catholic School (NC).

2005 Saint Leo Men’s Soccer Team

Led by head coach Joel Harrison, the 2005 men’s soccer team became the first program in school history to capture a Sunshine State Conference Championship after an impressive 7-1 run in conference play and a 15-1 regular season mark. Unfortunately, due to Hurricane Wilma, the team was unable to compete for a Sunshine State Conference Tournament Championship, but earned the right to host the 2005 NCAA South Regional. Due to the hurricane, Saint Leo had a 14-day layoff before competing in the regional final against Lynn University, falling 3-1. The team was led by All-American and Saint Leo Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 member Asmir Pervan, along with four others who earned All-Sunshine State Conference honors: Brent Stanze, Matias Pereze, Giancarlo Conte, and Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018 member Eusebio Herrera-Montoya. Pervan was named Sunshine State Conference Player and Offensive Player of the Year while Herrera-Montoya brought home Freshman of the Year honors. Harrison was named the Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year for his efforts as well.

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Christy Lear earned her bachelor’s degree in graphic design and biblical studies from Geneva College (PA). She joined Saint Leo University in October 2017 as a manager in the Athletic Communications department and was named director of athletic communications in 2022. She has captured statistics, photos, and videos during the past five years to help tell the stories of Saint Leo student-athletes.

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