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LAVC Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Dinner

Date: 6/30/2018 5:30 PM

Location: Campus Center (CC) Monarch Hall

Los Angeles Valley College will induct two coaches, six players, and one team into the 2018 edition of the LAVC Athletic Hall of Fame. An induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 30 in the college's Monarch Hall located in the Campus Center building; doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Monarch Athletics is proud to welcome these outstanding athletes and coaches as the newest class of enshrinees:

  1. 1966 Swim Team – Nine school records, three state, and three national J.C. records set this team apart in the annals of Monarch history. Popular local sportswriter Pete Kokon wrote at the time, “…you look at a roster that almost resembles our Olympic team that won everything in Tokyo.”

  2. Eddie Baeza – Lethal with the bat, deadly on the mound, and a rocket arm from the outfield helped this Monarch become the Southern California player of the year as well as the Western State Conference Player of the year. An intense competitor, he would move from Valley’s diamond to the Arizona Diamondback’s organization.

  3. John Becker – Returning the luster to the Monarch crown, Becker’s 1975 edition of Monarch football ended a 24-game conference losing streak while on the way to the coveted Shrine Potato Bowl championship, thus earning a number two national ranking. He would later move on to the Division I level before spending three decades in various capacities with the NFL.

  4. Angelo Cimity – The team’s trainer for 30+ years, Angelo left a legacy that included liaison to the numerous professional medical relationships associated with the college, co-chairman of the Monarch Athletic Center construction project, long-standing member of the Hall of Fame committee, and, of course, the health and welfare of the thousands of student-athletes who sought his care.

  5. José Cortez - A local product (Van Nuys High School), José joined Monarch football in 1994, filling the role some term “football’s loneliest position,” the placekicker. The all-American helped fuel two championship teams before moving to Oregon State and then the NFL.

  6. Gary Honjio – Now in his fifth decade with the green and gold, Gary’s resume includes coaching (gymnastics and swimming), PE department chair, instructor, and mentor. A three-time “Coach of the Year”, his guidance has resulted in numerous players rising to the ranks of all-conference, all-state, and all-American.

  7. Doug Michelson – A perennial winner, Doug Michelson’s women’s basketball teams won six conference championships, two state championship contests, and two semi-final appearances. Moving to the men’s side, his teams finished first or second in the Western State conference nine consecutive years while averaging more than 25 wins per season.

  8. Sue Patterson-McDonald – The Monarchs’ state runner-up in the high jump, Sue’s track and field exploits include an LAVC triple-jump record that continues to stand 35 years later today. The momentum continued at CSUN where this extraordinary athlete became a three-time NCAA all-American.

  9. Jack Steptoe – A 1974-75 standout for Monarch football, this gifted wide-receiver was a key part of the 1975 nationally-ranked squad. Later, at the University of Utah, he set receiving records unbroken today. Drafted by the Chicago Bears, he enjoyed several years in the NFL. Currently the head football coach at College of the Desert, he was inducted in the California Community College Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015.

The Athletic HOF was established in 2007 to honor athletes, coaches, and staff that excelled in or made a major contribution to the Valley College Athletic Program. It also recognizes those athletes and coaches who have gone on to have recognizable careers in professional athletics, Olympics, or related fields. The objective of the Athletic HOF program is to reconnect former student athletes with Los Angeles Valley College as well as serve as a beacon or model for current student athletes to excel in athletics as well as academics. Lastly, proceeds from HOF events such as the forthcoming induction dinner go to benefit the Los Angeles Valley College Athletic Endowment.

For more information, call the Los Angeles Valley College Foundation at (818) 947-2618 or visit the LAVC Athletic Hall of Fame Web page.


About the LAVC Athletic Hall of Fame (HOF)
The Athletic HOF is an auxiliary of the Los Angeles Valley College Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit organization that exists to support the efforts of Los Angeles Valley College and its students. Los Angeles Valley College is a community college that was founded in 1949. Its mission is to offer transfer, vocational, general, and vocational education in an environment that fosters a healthy exchange of ideas.

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For more information please contact: LAVC Foundation

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