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Latest class set to enter Hall

Four people headed to COC Hall of Fame

Posted: December 17, 2008 8:43 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2008 4:55 a.m.

The College of the Canyons announced its 2009 Hall of Fame Class on Wednesday.

The 2009 inductees include the 1981 state championship baseball team, men's basketball player Jesse Boyd, women's golfer Susan Latch, football coach Larry Reisbig and COC counselor Al Adelini.

Reisbig was the second football coach in the program's history. He led the Cougars to two conference championships. Reisbig served as head coach for COC from 1973 until 1981 when the football program was shut down. He received his first conference title during his first season in 1973. Reisbig is now the athletic director at Long Beach City College.

Boyd earned All-America and All-State honors, the first for a Cougars men's basketball player. Boyd still holds school records for best scoring average in a season (25.2), best scoring average in a career (23.9) and most points in a career (1,266).

Latch earned the Western State Conference Women's Golfer of the Year honors in both 2000 and 2001.

She was also a significant factor in the women's first ever state title in 2001.

Before COC had an athletic counselor, Adelini dedicated a lot of time to helping and counseling athletes. A familiar face around the Cougars athletic program, Adelini spent 30 years with COC before retiring in 2000.

This will be the third induction ceremony for COC. Held biannually, the first ceremony took place in 2005 which included such honorees as Cougar volleyball player Linda Chisholm, football player Clint McKinney, athletic director Chuck Rheinschmidt and basketball coach Lee Smelser.

The Class of 2007 saw one of the Cougars' most notable names, Mike Gillespie, who led the 1981 baseball team to the school's first ever state championship.

The championship team won four-straight games in the playoffs en route to the state title.

A 15-4 rout of Compton clinched the Western State Conference crown and put the Cougars in the driver's seat for a trip to the state championship.

The Cougars finished their regular season in the Western State Conference with a 24-11 record before heading into the state championship game.

It was the first time in two years that the Cougars saw themselves at the top of conference ranks.

In the state championship game, a 3-run ninth inning gave the then-underdog Cougars a 4-1 victory over Los Angeles Harbor College.

After 16 years at COC, Gillespie would later go on to lead baseball programs at USC and UC Irvine.

Other 2007 honorees included baseball coach Frank Sanchez, athletic staff member Dewey "Yogi" Luster, and staff member Dottie Duncan.


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