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Sun Devil Hall of Fame inductees share their secrets for success

An image of former Sun Devil Agnes Kovacs swimming competitively
February 21, 2016

This year’s Sun Devil Hall of Fame inductees to the roll of legends include All-Americans, Olympians (including a gold medalist), national and school record holders, and individual and team NCAA champions.

Derek Hagan

Sun Devil Football 

One of the greatest receivers in Sun Devil and Pac-12 history, Hagan was a two-time All-American who was drafted by the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and enjoyed an eight-year professional career. Hagan says listening and paying attention to detail will get you to where you want to be — professionally and personally.

Agnes Kovacs

Sun Devil Women’s Swimming

A startling 15 times, Kovacs earned All-American honors as a Sun Devil. She was a three-time Olympian for her native Hungary, and won a gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke in Sydney in 2002. Although she participated in an individual sport, she credits her success to the team around her.

Chez Reavie 

Sun Devil Men’s Golf 

One of three Sun Devils to win the U.S. Public Links Championship, Reavie earned three All-American honors during his career at ASU and played in the 2002 PGA Masters Championship as a 19-year-old. Perseverance doesn’t happen overnight, says Reavie — understand life is a long journey and stay positive.

Joona Puhakka

Sun Devil Men’s Diving 

four-time NCAA champion and three-time Olympic competitor for his native Finland, Joona Puhakka says being able to differentiate between a dream and a goal is one key to success in competition and in life — start with a dream, then set goals to realize your dream.

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