Concord, Calif. (March 15, 2018) -- Carondelet High School will induct its first-ever hall of fame class next month, recognizing the athletic and professional accomplishments of alumnae who attended the Concord-based girls' school between 1993 and 2006.
Carondelet Principal Kevin Cushing and Director of Athletics Caitlin Main '05 today announced the members of the inaugural class:
● Jayne Appel Marinelli '06, Basketball
● Natalie Coughlin Hall '00, Swimming
● Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak '95, Soccer
● The 1996 Cross-Country Team
"These phenomenal women model the characteristics we seek to develop in our students -- heart, faith, courage and excellence," Cushing said.
Jayne Appel Marinelli '06
At Carondelet, Jayne was a four-year letter winner in basketball as well as a three-year letter winner in water polo. In addition to being named the Gatorade State Player of the Year, Jayne earned national honors. She was a McDonald's All-American as a senior, was recognized as MVP of the All-American game, and was named as an All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Jayne also played for the U18 women's national team at the FIBA Americas.
Jayne went on to play collegiate basketball at Stanford University and was named Pac-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year for the 2008-2009 season. She held the record as the Pac-10 All-Time Leading Rebounder with 1,214 career rebounds. Additionally, Jayne earned a gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and went on to play for the San Antonio Stars of the WNBA.
Natalie Coughlin Hall '00
While a student at Carondelet, Natalie became the first swimmer to qualify for the Summer National in all 14 events. She also broke two individual national high school records in the 200-yard individual medley (1:58.45) and the 100-yard backstroke (52.86).
A 12-time Olympic medalist, Natalie was the first woman ever to swim the 100-meter backstroke (long course) in less than one minute. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, she became the first U.S. female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in one Olympiad, and the first woman ever to win a 100-meter backstroke gold medal in two consecutive Olympics. Her success has earned her NCAA Women's Swimmer of the Year three times, the World Swimmer of the Year Award and American Swimmer of the Year Award three times. She has won a total of 60 medals in major international competitions.
Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak '95
During the 1993 season at Carondelet, Tiffany scored 34 goals and had 20 assists, helping Carondelet to NCS and state titles and a No. 1 national ranking. Named the 1994 California High School Player of the Year, Tiffany went on to help the University of North Carolina to the 1996 and 1997 NCAA Women's Soccer National Championships.
Tiffany debuted with the USA Women's National Team at the age of 16, won a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and earned more gold at the 1998 Goodwill Games. Tiffany was also a member of the 1999 U.S. national team that won the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. She played over 100 matches for her country and was a founding member of the WUSA, the first women's professional soccer league in the United States. She is currently the head coach of the women's soccer team at the University of Central Florida.
The 1996 Cross-Country Team
Carondelet's 1996 CIF Division III Cross-Country Team was the first team state champions in the school's history. The team's fine runners were led by Kristen (Gordon) Henehan '97, winner of both the California State Championship and U.S. National Cross Country meets in 1996. Joining Kristen were Meghan (Andrade) Jorgensen '99, Ginaea (Carrillo) Bauer '97, Kelly (Piatanesi) Clasen '98, Cristyn (Enea) Mirkovich '99, Kristen Hart '98, Kerri (Bock-Willmes) Heusler '97, Maura Kelley '97, Carolyn King '98 and Katie Nash '98.
The team's head coach, Helen Lehman-Winters also served as Athletics Director and track coach. She has gone on to coach at USF where her women's cross-country team captured national runner-up honors at the 2017 National NCAA Division I meet. Assisting Helen was Mary Ann Grubb '90.
Carondelet President Bonnie Cotter summed up the inaugural class saying, "At Carondelet, our focus is on inspiring young women to bring out their best. The best of these remarkable women resulted in incredible achievements at Carondelet and on the national and international stage. We are delighted to launch our Hall of Fame by honoring them."
Carondelet's Inaugural Hall of Fame
To celebrate their accomplishments and honor their legacy, Carondelet will induct these phenomenal athletes into its inaugural Hall of Fame class at a special ceremony on Saturday, April 28. The ceremony will be followed by dinner and is open to all. Tickets go on sale on March 20, and may be purchased at www.CarondeletHS.org/HallofFame.