|The 2011 Athletics Hall of Fame|
We will honor two inductees in memoriam, Glenn "Pop" DuBose and Bob Steen. "Pop" was hired by Dr. Harry McPherson to get the ball rolling for athletics and physical education, and his accomplishments are legendary. Bob was a man for all seasons for 35 years within the physical education and athletic division, coaching numerous sports and serving athletic director for over a decade. Frank Humpert will be honored along with Jim Hard, Scott Buss, Warren Brusstar, and Todd Pridy. Frank played on the college's first football and basketball teams in 1946. Jim was the nation's leader in receptions as a football player for NVC in 1977. Scott was undefeated as an NVC tennis player in 1981. Warren was a hard throwing pitcher for Napa in 1971 and went on to have a stellar major league career. Todd Pridy was a junior college baseball All-American in 1990. All seven inductees' inspire and motivate.
The primary goals of the NVC Athletic Hall of Fame are to recognize individuals for outstanding athletic contribution and/or participation at Napa Valley College and to illuminate the athletic tradition at NVC. While athletic participation may be one factor in qualifying an individual for nomination, other factors are also taken into account.
The NVC Hall of Fame will honor a class each year.
"There are a lot of people in our history that are deserving. Eventually, we will be able to honor the people who truly deserve it, and it doesn't all have to happen in the first year."
- Kevin Luckey, dean of Physical Education and Athletics
A look at the 2011 inductee's:
- Pop DuBose
- Bob Steen
- Frank Humpert
- Warren Brusstar
- Jim Hard
- Scott Buss
- Todd Pridy
Pop DuBosePop DuBose has been called the "father of recreation programs in Napa" and was an advocate of "sports for everyone." He was involved in acquiring the land for the current college campus and for Kennedy Park, and was instrumental in establishing the city of Napa recreation programs and encouraging that community swimming pools be built at area schools. He was one of the first teachers hired by Dr. Harry McPherson when the college was founded in 1942, was instrumental in establishing athletics at the college and had a long career as a coach. A long-time college supporter, he retired in 1969.
Bob SteenBob Steen was involved in planning the athletic facilities on the current Napa Valley College campus and was a multi-sport coach and long-time athletic director. He taught and coached at Napa Valley College for more than 35 years. He started his career at Napa Valley College in 1959 as head football coach. He coached baseball from 1965-'69, coached basketball from 1970-'72. He continued coaching golf after he retired from teaching and coached the golf team to 15 conference titles.
Frank HumpertFrank Humpert played football and basketball for the college in 1946 and 1947. He was the co-captain of the college's first football team and started in every game. He went on to play for the Cal team that went to the Rose Bowl in 1950. He earned a teaching credential and had a long career as a teacher, coach and administrator, including coaching at Napa Valley College. He retired after 37 years as a well-respected Napa educator; his support for local schools continues today. He served on the college Foundation board for 21 years.
"We had a great coach, Herm Meister. It was a lot of fun," Humpert said Saturday. "They did everything they possibly could to make it decent for us as players there. I enjoyed my two years there. I did my best."
Humpert is also in the Napa High Athletic Hall of Fame.
Warren BrusstarWarren Brusstar's involvement with Napa Valley College athletics dates to 1971 when he played in the Golden Valley Conference. He had a career with the Philadelphia Phillies, and in 1980 was a relief pitcher on the team that won a World Series championship. From 1983-85, he played for the Chicago Cubs. He went on to a career as a pitching coach for several teams and then returned to Napa Valley College where he served as pitching coach from 1989-'94 and 2007 to the present.
"It's a great honor to be recognized by the college," Brusstar said Saturday. "Growing up in Napa, I went to all the football, basketball and baseball games at Napa High and Napa College. I watched some great teams. You learned from watching how they do things and idolizing guys that you watched over the years, whether it be high school or junior college."
He is also in the Napa High Athletic Hall of Fame.
Jim HardJim Hard was a wide receiver for the college football team in 1976-77; he was a national leader in receptions, an all-conference player and won numerous honors. He also set six college records. He went on to play for the University of Montana, where he was honored as a first-team Kodak I-AA All American, and then played for a semi-pro team. He has made significant contributions to the college athletic program and has been a physical education instructor since 1984, teaching a wide range of classes. Hard also teaches in the Napa Valley Unified School District and has served the community by coaching many teams.
Scott BussScott Buss, who attended the college from 1979-'81, was the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles player on the tennis team in 1980 and 1981. In both seasons, he was conference singles champion and went undefeated in conference play in 1981. He was the 1981 Napa Valley College Athlete of the Year. He played on a nationally ranked team at UC Santa Cruz, was an NCAA All-American and went on to be ranked in the USTA from 1985-1990. He has had a long career as a teacher and coach and has been a faculty member at Mission College in Santa Clara since 2000.
Todd PridyTodd Pridy was a baseball standout at the college in 1990, was named to the Bay Valley Conference first team and was BVC Player of the Year. He was honored with the 1990 Northern California Big Stick award (the top hitter in Northern California), Junior College All-American and set numerous college records. In 1991, he was on the All-Big West team for Long Beach State and signed a professional contract with the Florida Marlins in 1992. He was honored with numerous awards, was the 1992 Florida Marlins Minor League Player of the Year, and became a Western Baseball League All-Star and MVP.
He is Napa High's head baseball coach and is also in the Napa High Athletic Hall of Fame.