(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai‘i Athletics Department announced its 37th class of the UH Sports Circle of Honor which includes national champion diver Emma Friesen, basketball great Bob Nash, former Athletics Director Hugh Yoshida, and longtime booster Carolyn Berry Wilson.

      The Class of 2019 will be officially enshrined during Homecoming weekend – at the Sept. 21 football game versus Central Arkansas and at the 3rd Annual Green & White Celebration, Sept. 22 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

      Friesen is the second diver; Nash is the 13th basketball player; and Yoshida is the ninth AD to be inducted. Berry enters the Circle in the “Contributor” category.

      The Circle of Honor started in 1982 to recognize individuals and teams who have contributed to the growth, history and tradition of UH Athletics. The total number of inductees in the Circle of Honor is 123 individuals and 12 teams, including this year’s honorees. Plaques honoring the individuals and teams are anchored on the inner walls surrounding the main concourse of the Stan Sheriff Center. 

Brief biographies of the Circle of Honor Class of 2019 inductees are listed below:  

Carolyn Berry Wilson is a successful philanthropist and passionate fan for UH men’s basketball. She was instrumental in organizing UH Athletics’ first $1 million endowment campaign to support men’s basketball undergraduate and graduate scholarships. The 2008 Charlie Ushijima Award winner, her community involvement includes Honolulu Opera Theatre, The Hawai‘i Theatre, Regent of Chaminade University, Adult Friends for Youth, Diamond Head Theatre, and many others. 

Emma Friesen won the 2008 NCAA Championship in the 1-meter diving event. She was a six-time NCAA qualifier and was a four-time Western Athletic Conference champion in the 1-meters and two-time champion in the 3-meters. The Canadian was a two-time recipient of the Joe Kearney Award (2008 & 2011), given to the top female athlete in the WAC, and two-time WAC Diver of the Year. In 2008, she was one of three NCAA Diver of the Year recipients. The 2011 Jack Bonham Award winner is the UH record holder in the 1-meter event.

Hugh Yoshida spent nearly a decade as Athletics Director from 1993-2002. During his tenure, he was responsible for expanding the number of sports programs from 16 to 19; doubling the department’s operating budget to $17 million; and spearheading the development of a six-year gender equity plan. In addition, he was instrumental in the funding of the Nagatani Academic Center while outsourcing the department’s academic services to the College of Arts and Sciences, both of which saw the immediate rise in academic success of UH’s student-athletes. Among his notable hires were football coach June Jones and diving co-coaches Mike Brown and Anita Rosing. 

Bob Nash dedicated 31 years of his life to the Hawai‘i men’s basketball program, including two as a member of the famed “Fabulous Five” of the 1970s. He was named to numerous All-American teams and helped lead UH to its first NIT (1971) and NCAA Tournament (1972) appearances. Following his career, he was selected seventh overall in the 1972 NBA Draft, the highest UH draft pick in program history. He held school records for rebounds in a game (30) and in a season (361) and averaged a double-double for his career (16.8 ppg and 13.6 rpg). Following his professional playing career, he spent 26 years as an assistant to coaches Larry Little, Frank Arnold, and Riley Wallace and three years as head coach (2007-10).