|Athletic Hall of Fame 2012|
The 2012 honorees will be inducted Sept. 15 at a dinner and ceremony at the Marriott Hotel. A social hour will start at 5:30 with the dinner at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are now being accepted.
The late Mary Georgiana "Georgie" Lyon, one of the pioneers of the physical education and athletic programs at Napa Valley College; Ken Tronstad, the college's outstanding athlete in 1954; Howard Jamison, Men's Tennis coach from 1974-1980 and a driving force in developing tennis in the Napa Valley; Dick Vermeil, Calistoga native who coached at Napa College before a long career which included taking two different NFL teams to the Super Bowl; Stephen Dodd, NVC football standout 1974-75; Dennis Fechter, outstanding three sport athlete 1976-78, and Robert Maglione, head softball coach at NVC from 1981-1995, have been named to the second Napa Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame class.
"I am thrilled with the 2012 class of inductees," said Kevin Luckey, Napa Valley College's dean of Physical Education and Athletics, who established the hall last year. "We appreciate all the nominations received. Dick Vermeil was selected last year but could not attend. We are happy that he will be able to be inducted this year as part of an outstanding group. The Hall of Fame recognizes a tradition of excellence at Napa Valley College. This year we are also celebrating the college's 70th anniversary and the college's history as we look to serve future generations of students."
A college and community committee worked on the sell-out dinner and very successful first induction ceremony last year. A similar group is planning the event this year with Ira C. Smith scheduled to be master of ceremonies. Sponsors for the event are being sought. Seating is limited and early reservations are encouraged. Call the Foundation Office at 256-7170 for information on sponsorship or reservations.
A look at the 2012 inductee's:
- Mary Georgiana "Georgie" Lyon
- Ken Tronstad
- Howard Jamison
- Dick Vermeil
- Stephen Dodd
- Dennis Fechter
- Robert Maglione
Mary Georgiana "Georgie" LyonThe late Mary Georgiana "Georgie" Lyon (NVC career 1944-1978): Georgiana was one of the pioneers of the physical education and athletic program at Napa Valley College. In the early years of the college there were no women's athletic teams. She advised the Women's Athletic Association which provided competitive athletic opportunities for Napa College women against other community colleges. She helped to plan the physical education and athletic facilities when the campus was moved to its current location. Her teaching, advising, coaching, and leadership were instrumental in paving the way for women to have the opportunities that they have at NVC today. She was honored in the Chico State Athletic Hall of Fame. She passed away in 2010.
Ken TronstadKen Tronstad (NVC 1953-1954): Ken was named NVC's outstanding athlete in 1954. He was the second highest scorer on the basketball team and was a tremendous rebounder. He was a record setting discus thrower on the track team and participated in multiple events. Ken has continued to compete in track and field age group competition throughout his life. Ken has been a successful business owner, and he and his wife Betty have served the college through their work in the Napa Valley College Foundation.
Howard JamisonHoward Jamison (NVC 1961-1963; 1974-1980): Played two years of competitive tennis at NVC. He went on to play at CSU Sacramento. Howard was the Men's Tennis coach from 1974-1980. He has been a driving force in developing tennis in the Napa Valley. He has been a nationally ranked age group tennis player throughout his adult life. Howard has been a successful student, athlete, coach, instructor, manager, and business owner.
Dick VermeilDick Vermeil (NVC 1963-1964): One of Dick Vermeil's stops in a stellar coaching career was at Napa College. He was the head coach for one year in the early 1960's. The Calistoga native went on to be a very successful college head coach at UCLA before he became an NFL Super Bowl winning head coach with the St. Louis Rams. He is one of the few head coaches to take two different NFL teams to the Super Bowl. Dick was also an outstanding television football analyst. He has supported the Napa Valley College Foundation for many years, and he has returned to his wine country roots with Napa Valley's Vermeil Wines.
Stephen DoddStephen Dodd (NVC 1974-1975): Stephen transferred to Napa Valley College from Santa Clara University. He played football for head coach Bob Steen. He was an offensive lineman and linebacker and was named All Golden Valley Conference. He received a scholarship to the University of Richmond and started at linebacker for the Southern Conference champion Spiders. Stephen is a prime example of an athlete who makes the most of a return to community college after starting at a four year school.
Dennis FechterDennis Fechter (NVC 1976-1978): Dennis was a three sport athlete at Napa College. He was an outstanding quarterback on the football team, and he received a full ride scholarship to the University of Montana. He was a second team all-conference baseball player, and he was a starter on the basketball team and was awarded the team's defensive player of the year and most inspirational awards. Playing in and excelling at three sports in the college level is rarely seen.
Robert MaglioneRobert Maglione (NVC 1981-1995): Robert was the head softball coach at NVC from 1981-1995. He left NVC to run a very successful softball program at Sacramento City College. His overall record at the community college level was 1,177-381. Between NVC and Sacramento City his teams won 21 conference championships. Robert was recently inducted into the Community College Softball Hall of Fame. Robert's consistent coaching success makes him an outstanding choice for the 2012 NVC Hall of Fame.