2011 Hall of Fame Inductee: Maureen Formico-Caloiaro
Twenty-five years after gracing Firestone Fieldhouse, Maureen Formico-Caloiaro is still the greatest scorer in Pepperdine women's basketball history.
Sept. 30, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics' 2011 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is coming up on Sunday, October 9, at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, Calif.
From now until the event, PepperdineSports.com will be running profiles on each of the inductees. Today is Maureen Formico-Caloiaro's turn:
Twenty-five years after gracing Firestone Fieldhouse, Maureen Formico-Caloiaro is still the greatest scorer in Pepperdine women's basketball history as well as being one of just three Waves to earn All-American status.
The 6-foot forward set a school record for both the boys' and girls' programs at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif., by scoring more than 1,800 career points. She bettered that at Pepperdine, scoring a program-record 2,190 points in 114 career games, while averaging a double-double for her career with 19.2 points and 10.4 rebounds.
After a strong freshman season in 1982-83, Caloiaro broke out as a sophomore and averaged team highs of 18.7 points and 10.3 rebounds. She was named to all-tournament teams at all five events the Waves played in.
The best offensive season in Pepperdine history took place during Caloiaro's junior season of 1984-85, and it came despite the fact that she broke her collarbone and separated a shoulder diving for a loose ball during a summer pick-up game. She missed the first couple weeks of practice and got off to a slow start.
But as she recovered, the Waves' fortunes improved. The team won nine of its final 14 games and Caloiaro set school single-season records with 713 points and a 24.6 scoring average (records that still stand), and ranked ninth in the nation in scoring. Caloiaro scored a career-high 43 points against U.S. International. She also averaged 13.2 rebounds, placing third on the Waves' records list and good for 12th in the nation. She set a school-single game record by grabbing 33 rebounds against Loyola Marymount.
For her efforts, Caloiaro was awarded All-American status by the publication Fastbreak, and she would repeat that honor with another tremendous season as a senior. The West Coast Conference began to sponsor women's basketball in 1985-86, and Caloiaro led the league in its first season in both scoring (22.9) and rebounding (11.6) en route to All-WCC first team honors. Her statistics ranked 19th and 21st in the nation, respectively.
After graduating from Pepperdine in 1986 with a degree in physical education, Caloiaro was drafted into a professional league in the U.S., and then went to Spain to play overseas a year later. She has worked in the insurance industry ever since, and also served as an assistant girls' basketball coach at Archbishop Mitty for eight years.
Caloiaro's family tree is filled with athletes of note. Her father, Marte Formico, was a star at Santa Clara in football and track. Her sister, Margie, was a two-time MVP in volleyball at Santa Clara. Her niece (and Margie's daughter) is two-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh. Caloiaro and her husband Dominik, who also played basketball, live in Saratoga, Calif. Three of their children are current student-athletes at San Francisco -- Angelo (men's basketball), Vincenzo (men's soccer) and Joan (women's volleyball) -- while the fourth, Gino, is still in high school.