Athletic Department

2005-06 Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame Class Announced
Release: Monday 01/12/2006 
by Bradley University

PEORIA, Ill. -- Bradley University will add three individuals and one of the greatest teams in men’s basketball history to its Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend as part of the festivities surrounding the men’s basketball game Saturday afternoon versus Evansville at Carver Arena.


The Class of 2005-06 includes former women’s basketball star Carrie Coffman, former softball player and Academic All-American Amy Pera and veteran college and pro football assistant coach Pete Hoener.  In addition, the 1985-86 men’s basketball team will receive a photo in the Hall of Fame.


The official induction ceremony will take place during halftime of Saturday’s Missouri Valley Conference game versus Evansville.  In addition, the honorees will be the featured speakers during a special Chiefs Club Gameday Luncheon Friday at the Michel Student Center on the Bradley campus.  For basketball game ticket information, contact the Robertson Field House Ticket Office at 309-677-2625, and for more information regarding the Gameday Luncheon, contact the Bradley Chiefs Club Office at 309-677-2667.


Carrie Coffman • Women’s Basketball • 1991-95 • Rockford, Ill. • Jefferson H.S.

One of three players in Bradley women’s basketball history to record at least 1,000 points and 700 rebounds, Coffman finished her career sixth on the school’s all-time women’s basketball scoring list and she still ranks eighth today with 1,313 career points.  Coffman also ranks third with 740 career rebounds and her 30 games with at least 10 boards remains a school record.


A three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection, earning first-team honors in 1995 and honorable mention notice in 1993 and 1994, Coffman still holds the program record for double-doubles in a season (19) and career (28).  She led the Braves in scoring as a senior in 1994-95 by averaging 17.6 points per game and she paced the team in rebounding during each of her final three seasons.  Coffman’s 11.6 rebounds per game during her senior season is the second-best single-season rebounding average in program history.


Pete Hoener • Football • 1969-70 • Peoria, Ill. • Richwoods H.S.

A member of Bradley’s last football team in 1970, Pete Hoener has remained in the game as a long-time assistant coach at the college and professional level.  He just completed his sixth season as an NFL assistant and his first year as the tight ends coach for the San Francisco 49ers.


Prior joining the 49ers, Hoener was the offensive line coach for the Chicago Bears in 2004 and he also has worked for the Cardinals, during the 1985 and 1986 seasons in St. Louis and from 2001 through 2003 in Arizona.  In addition to his NFL experience, Hoener boasts more than 20 years of college football coaching experience:  Texas A&M (2000), Iowa State (1998-99), TCU (1991-97), Purdue (1989-91), Illinois (1986-88), Indiana State (1978-84), Illinois State (1977) and Missouri (1975-76).


Amy Pera • Softball • 1992-95 • Riverton, Ill. • Riverton H.S.

A four-year letterwinner at shortstop for the Bradley softball team, Pera was a two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference pick (1994 and 1995) and was the 1992 Gateway Conference Rookie of the Year.  In addition to being selected twice to the Valley Scholar-Athlte Team, Pera was voted a third-team GTE Academic All-American in 1995 by the College Sports Information Directors of America.


The winner of the 1995 Bradley University Watonga Award, Pera still holds the program records with 139 career runs scored and 423 assists.  Her 194 career base hits and 12 home runs were school records when she graduated and now rank fourth all-time.  She also still ranks third with her .343 career batting average and second with 68 stolen bases. 


Pera’s play helped the Braves to a 69-28-1 record during her final two seasons in 1994 and 1995, including a 19-15 Valley record.


1985-86 Men’s Basketball Team

The 1985-86 Bradley men’s basketball team will be inducted into the Hall of Fame  20 years after becoming the last Missouri Valley Conference team to go unbeaten (16-0) during league play.  The 1985-86 Braves posted a 32-3 overall record, tying the school record for wins in a season.  The team’s 29-1 regular-season record and 22-game unbeaten streak both were the best in the nation in 1985-86.


With current head coach Jim Les running the show at point guard and supported by rising star Hersey Hawkins, the Braves earned an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament and the team’s 83-65 victory versus #20 UTEP at the West Regional in Ogden, Utah remains Bradley’s last NCAA Tournament victory.  The team’s magical season came to an end two days later, falling to eventual national champion Louisville in the second round.


After losing to Horace Grant’s Clemson team in the first round of the 1985 Rainbow Classic, the Braves bounced back to beat defending national champion Villanova in overtime in the second round and Wake Forest in the final round.  The 1985-86 Braves also are remembered for a pair of length-of-the-court, buzzer-beating plays to win a pair of road games in a three-day period:  Jan. 11 at Drake and Jan. 13 at Dayton.


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