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Valley College Selects the 2016 Class of its Athletic Hall of Fame

LAVC will honor outstanding athletes, coaches, and staff that excelled in or made a major contribution to the Valley College Athletic Program at the LAVC Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on June 25. This year, the Class of 2016 inductees include the 1994 Football Team, Dale Beck, Leon Criner, Steve Danielson, Aaron Flowers, Yvette Maufas, Diedra Stark, and Roger Wolff.

Valley College Selects the 2016 Class of its Athletic Hall of Fame

Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has selected the 2016 class for induction. This year’s exciting class will be formally inducted at a banquet scheduled on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the campus of Los Angeles Valley College.

Known for its rich history in athletics, more than 300 individuals, coaches, and team members have been inducted into the LAVC Athletic Hall of Fame (HOF), which was established in 2007. “It was quite the honor despite the daunting task to select our inductees who will make up the 2016 Class,” said HOF Committee member and Nomination Chair Brick Durley.

The Class of the 2016 LAVC Athletic Hall of Fame includes:

  • 1994 Football Team. A force to be reckoned with, the 1994 edition of Monarch Football walked onto the gridiron as a natural evolution of the previous year’s championship squad. Strong on offense and defense, the green and gold fielded a team which represented the second chapter in the Monarchs’ four consecutive post-season entries. The 9-2 season ended with a solid “W” in the Simple Green Bowl Game.
  • Dale Beck. Enthusiastic, upbeat, devoted and energetic – these are just a few adjectives to describe Dale Beck and his involvement in the Los Angeles Valley College Athletic Program. He was the voice of Monarch football, basketball and baseball for more than 25 years and in 1994 became the Sports Information Director as well as creator of the Athletic Department website.
  • Leon Criner graduated from Canoga Park High School in 1956 as both a Football All-American and the Los Angeles City Co-Player of the Year. He was an all-around athlete at LAVC and was later drafted and played major league baseball for the newly establish franchise New York Mets.
  • Steve Danielson starred for the Monarch's great swim teams in 1965 and 1966. He was a State Champion and National JC Record Holder in the 500 yard and 1650 yard Freestyle in 1966. He later swam for USC in 1967 and 1968 where he was an All American in both the 500 and 1650.
  • Aaron Flowers led the 1995 Football team to an undefeated regular season. During that season, Flowers also completed 225 of 339 passes (66.4%) for 3,135 yards and 26 touchdowns. It’s noteworthy that the 1995 edition of Monarch football was the highest scoring team in Valley’s history, scoring 538 points in 11 games. Flowers’ passing attack was accented by a strong ground game, one that accumulated a whopping 2,187 yards.
  • Yvette Maufas starred for Monarch Women's Track Team in 1983 and 1984 where she set school records in the High Jump and 110m Hurdles, and winning the State Championship in the High Jump in 1983. Her school records still stand. After Valley she transferred to Cal State L.A. where she set school records in the High Jump (5'10.75") and Heptathlon (4534).
  • Diedra Stark was an LAVC graduate who returned to her alma mater in 1972 and coached Volleyball and Basketball teams to state championships. In addition to being a coach, Stark was also a Professor of Kinesiology, Athletic Director, Building Project Chair, and mentor.
  • Roger Wolff was one of the all-time great Track & Field athletes in the history of Valley College. He was a State Champion in the 440 yard dash in 1965, the Metropolitan Track & Field Athlete of the Year in 1965, and was a USA AAU All American in 1965. Roger transferred to USC where he was an All American in 1966 and 1967 and a member of the Trojans 1967 NCAA Championship team.

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.

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.

For more information, call the Los Angeles Valley College Foundation at (818) 947-2618, or visit www.lavc.edu/athletics/index.aspx and then select “Hall of Fame.”

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 1/12/2016 5:00:04 PM