Three former Loyola Marymount (LMU) students have left their mark on the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Reid Priddy (class of 2001) is part of the 12-man U.S. Men’s Olympic Indoor Volleyball Team. For Priddy, the Olympic Games are his second, as he competed in 2004 for Team USA.
Priddy joined the U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team in 2000, serving as one of four USA Men’s Volleyball team alternates for the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. At LMU, he earned American Volleyball Coaches Association first-team All-America hon- ors as a senior, and second-team All-America honors as a sophomore and junior. Priddy led the team in kills, kills per game and service aces in his junior campaign.
Priddy’s All-American selection in 1998 was the first in LMU history.
Also from LMU is current Cleveland Indian AAA farmhand Jeff Stevens, who is a right-handed pitcher on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team. In November 2007, Stevens was on the U.S. team that participated in the 2007 World Cup in Taipei.
Stevens was called upon to hold a 6-3 lead against defending champion Cuba in the final. The Berkeley native recorded the final two outs to preserve the United States’ first World Cup gold medal since 1974. In five relief appearances in the World Cup, Stevens was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA.
LMU rowing alumnus Warren Anderson (class of 2006) is the first LMU rower to compete at the Olympic Games, serving as an alternate for the 2008 United States Olympic Rowing team.
Anderson, who starred for the Lions from 2003-06, previously rowed for the U.S. National Team at the 2007 Pan American Games, where he brought home a bronze medal as a member of the quadruple sculls boat.