PCC Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony This Sunday at HP Gym
Legendary basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian and 11 of the greatest student-athletes in Lancers' athletics history have been selected as the 2013 class to be inducted into the Pasadena City College Sports Hall of Fame. This year's ceremony is scheduled for this Sunday, October 6 at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. The event will feature acceptance speeches by inductees as well as an unveiling of their HOF plaques inside the gym. Tarkanian's bust as the 17th member of the Court of Champions will also be unveiled.
Tarkanian (PCC head coach,1966-68) is the first person to enter the prestigious Dick Ratliff Court of Champions since 2007. (click link above for Tarkanian history).
The PCC 2013 student-athlete Hall class consists of U.S. Olympic water polo star John Siman (1971 alumnus), All-American football quarterback Nathan Chandler (2001), women's basketball high-scorer Dionne Pounds (2005), nationally-acclaimed track and field hurdler Grant Niederhaus (1975), multiple state champion track sprinter Michael Turner (1982), four-sport phenom Larry Ross (1954), two-time PCC Women's Athlete of the Year Jennifer Fish (now named Prince, 2000 alumnae of softball/soccer), the late football running back Addison Hawthorne (1951), state champion women's tennis star Anna Marie Bernstein (1981), AAU champion gymnast Bill Wolf (1962), and the late George Trapp (1969), a basketball talent who played six years in the NBA.
The Hall was renovated after a 35-year dormant period in 2001 through the work of Dick Ratliff, chairman of the Sports Hall of Fame and Court of Champions. Ratliff, who will once again kick-off the induction with opening remarks, is a founding member of the PCC Foundation Board. He created criteria and guidelines for the HOF selection process and is a brainchild for the Court of Champions (named in his honor), a bronze bust collection honoring the college's most famous athletes/coaches/administrators, located just west of the GM facility.
This is the first PCC Hall of Fame class since 2011 when a group of 10 was inducted.
The following are capsule bios of the PCC 2013 Sports Hall of Fame class:
Anna Marie Bernstein (1981) -- Bernstein won the community college Grand Slam in 1981 when she captured the Metropolitan Conference, Southern California, Ojai and state women's tennis singles titles as a member of the Lancers. Bernstein played for head coach Geralyn Shepard, a member of the PCC Court of Champions.
Nathan Chandler (2000-2001) -- A record-setting quarterback on the Lancers’ 2001 Mission Conference champion team, Chandler made up half of the only First Team All-American backfield selected from one college in the history of the JC Grid-Wire with running back Jonathan Smith (a member of the 2011 PCC Hall class), Chandler used his 6-foot-4 size to pass for then Lancer single-season records for most passing yards, 2,633, most touchdowns, 29, and highest completion percentage, .648. He threw a PCC record six TDs in a victory over Long Beach. He was the signal caller on the highest scoring PCC football team ever—465 points in 11 games for a staggering 42.3 points average. Chandler also was part of an incredible streak between 2000 and 2001 when the Lancers scored touchdowns in 40 consecutive quarters. He led the team to a victory over Grossmont in the South County Bowl. Chandler earned a scholarship to the University of Iowa and was the team’s starting quarterback in 2003. Chandler’s younger brother, Scott Chandler, is a tight end for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, and Chandler’s father played at PCC in 1973. PCC Head Coach: Tom Maher
Jennifer Fish (1998-2000) -- Twice named the PCC Athlete of the Year in 1998-99 and 1999-2000, Fish was an elite two-sport talent for the Lancers. On the soccer team, Fish led PCC to its first-ever playoff appearance in 1999 when she was named the South Coast Conference Player of the Year, leading the SCC in scoring with 32 goals and 12 assists. Fish was then named All-American and finished her PCC career with 51 goals (second on the all-time list). In softball, Fish was a two-time, All-SCC First Team choice at shortstop, and holds the PCC record for career RBI with 82 over two seasons. Her 43 in 2000 was a single-season mark since broken. Fish earned a scholarship and played soccer at Cal State Northridge. PCC head coaches: Sandi Iverson (softball); Cherif Zein (soccer)
Addison Hawthorne (1950-51) -- A two-time All-Western State Conference First Team halfback, Hawthorne scored 12 touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs in rushing as a freshman. In his sophomore season, he teamed with Al Napoleon to become a deadly backfield that helped PCC to one of its finest gridiron seasons in 1951. Hawthorne was a team co-captain on a squad that went a perfect 12-0, winning the WSC title and capturing the Junior Rose Bowl and national championships. Hawthorne rushed for more than 100 yards and scored on TD runs of 46 and 33 yards in a 28-26 win over Tyler, Texas, in the ’51 Junior Rose Bowl, played before 41,971 fans at the Rose Bowl. He is still the No. 14 leading rusher in PCC history with 1,419 total rushing yards. He scored 21 touchdowns and also half-backed passed for 3 other scores. Hawthorne went on to play two seasons at USC. PCC head coach: Bob Blackman
Grant Niederhaus (1974-75) -- After winning the Metropolitan Conference title in the 440-yard intermediate hurdles as a Lancers’ freshman, Niederhaus took his hurdling talents to the next level in 1975. He won the track triple crown in the event, capturing the state title with a then national record of 50.8 seconds. He was named conference, Southern California and State Track Athlete of the Year that season. Niederhaus went on to race for UCLA. PCC head coach: Skip Robinson
Dionne Pounds (2003-2005) -- The State Player of the Year in 2004-05, Pounds established herself as the college’s first 1,000-point plus scorer in PCC women’s basketball history. She played in consecutive state championship games as the Lancers’ leading scorer in 2003-2004 and ’04-05 and helped PCC to an astounding 56-5 overall record in that time. She was named to the COA All-State Tournament as a sophomore and led PCC to the South Coast Conference title. She was a two-time selection as the college’s Women’s Athlete of the Year, SCC Player of the Year, and All-State. She led the state in free throw shooting and 3-point baskets in her two years. She capped off her PCC career by being named Kodak All-American. PCC head coach: Joe Peron
Larry Ross (1952-54) -- Ross played four sports at PCC, but excelled at his best in football. In 1953, Ross, an end, was the team's leading scorer and set then school single-season records for most receptions (27), most TD catches (10), and most receiving yards (490) in helping the Bulldogs go undefeated at 11-0. PCC won the Potato Bowl and Western State Conference titles as well as being named National Champions by the Williamson Index. He was an All-American honorable mention. In 1952, the 6-foot-5 Ross was the heavyweight PCC boxing champion in Golden Gloves. In 1952-54, he played two seasons on the basketball team as a rebounding forward. On the ’53 track team, Ross led the squad in the shot put with a team-best throw of 49-1/4 feet. PCC head coach: Ed Nyden (football only)
John Siman (1971) -- An All-State and All-Metropolitan Conference selection at forward, Siman scored 178 goals, then a school record, for the ’71 team as it finished in fifth place at the Southern California Championships. Siman went on to become a NCAA All-American at Cal State Fullerton, then made the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, which was forced to boycott the Moscow Games. He then got another chance, playing on the 1984 Olympic team and helping USA to the silver medal at the Los Angeles Games. A local Pasadena Muir High graduate before attending PCC, Siman was inducted into the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame in 1989. PCC long-time water polo head coach Nick Martin called Siman his greatest athlete.
George Trapp (1967-69) -- A community college All-American basketball forward, Trapp had the distinction of playing in back-to-back, state championship games under two different PCC head coaches, legend Jerry Tarkanian in 1968 and then Dan Ayala in 1969. The two-time, All-Western State Conference forward would be named tournament MVP on PCC’s last men’s basketball state champion team in ’69. PCC went 58-8 in his two seasons. He remains fifth on the Lancers’ all-time scoring list with 1,142 points, averaging a consistent 17.3 points per game. After going on to score 1,000 points at Long Beach State under Tarkanian, he was the fifth overall selection in the 1971 NBA Rookie Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. Trapp played six years in the NBA with the Hawks and Detroit Pistons. His older brother John Trapp (1966-67) is also member of the PCC Sports Hall of Fame. George died in his hometown in Detroit in 2002.
Michael Turner (1982) -- A member of the ’82 track and field team, Turner was a triple State Champion, winning the 200 meter dash (20.98 seconds), the 400 meters (45.48, PCC record), and then running the anchor leg of the 4x400 relay (3:06.16, then a state and national record) at the 1982 State Meet. Turner’s times in the 400 and relay are PCC records that are still standing more than 30 years later. His 200 time is third fastest by a PCC athlete ever at that length. PCC head coach: Skip Robinson
Bill Wolf (1961-62) -- One of PCC’s greatest gymnasts, Wolf was a two-time Western States Conference, state, and junior national champion in the rings event. In his second year, Wolf represented the Lancers at the AAU National Championships during the World’s Fair in Seattle, Wash. and won the U.S. title. As a member of the Southern Illinois University team, Wolf would go on to finish runner-up in the still rings and fourth in the horizontal bar at the 1965 NCAA Championships. Wolf played for PCC Court of Champions member and one-time gymnastics coach Jerry Todd.
[Archived Photo--Quarterback Nathan Chandler is one of 11 new inductees into the PCC Sports Hall of Fame.]