- Sport: Rowing
- Years Attended: 1979-1983
- 2x Most Valuable Oarsman (1982, 1983)
- Inducted in 1998
Michael Connors had an impressive coaching and athletic career as a Bronco. He spent seven years as the head coach of the Santa Clara Women’s Rowing team (1986-92). Under his tutelage, the Broncos won the gold medal in the novice four at the 1987 National Championships, becoming the first and only national championship boat for the Santa Clara Women’s Rowing program. He also coached the varsity four to a WIRA Championship in 1991. Connors earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Santa Clara in 1983 and a Master’s of Finance in 1988. He spent four years rowing for Santa Clara (1979-83) and was elected to the school’s Hall of Fame in 1998 as a member of the “lightweight eight” as an oarsman on the boat. The boat won the Western Sprints (now the Pacific Coast Rowing Championship) in 1981 and 1982 and is the last Santa Clara team to compete at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. He was also a member of the varsity eight squad who won a bronze at the Western Sprints in 1981 and 1982. Connors was named Most Valuable Oarsman during his junior and senior years and was team co-captain in 1983.