Napa Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame
Welcomes Fabulous Five:
Lori Cook, John Langenbach, Dr. Jerry Somerville, Al Vermeil, & Dr. Doug Yarris
Five outstanding individuals will be honored at the Napa Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony in September. This year’s class of inductees includes a dual sport athlete in volleyball and softball, a coach and athletic director, a former tennis coach and long time NVC counselor, a former football player, and a former men’s golfer. Lori Cook, John Langenbach, Dr. Jerry Somerville, Al Vermeil, and Dr. Doug Yarris comprise yet another fabulous class for the Hall’s third annual ceremony.
Lori Cook was a two sport athlete at Napa Valley College after graduating from Napa High School. She played volleyball during the 1985 and 1986 seasons and softball during the 1986 and 1987 seasons. She led the 1986 and 1987 softball teams to back to back Bay Valley Conference championships. She then accepted a softball scholarship to Nebraska and played two years for the Huskers. She returned to Napa Valley College in 1991 to coach with Hall of Famer Bob Maglione for four years. Lori has coached softball at Cosumnes River College, Baylor University, and Texas San Antonio. She became the head coach at Texas San Antonio after assisting Corrie Hill.
John Langenbach was a legendary instructor, coach, division chair, and athletic director in the NVC physical education and athletic department from 1967 through 1998. If something needed to be done, he took it on. John coached wrestling, cross country, track and field, softball, soccer, and served tenure as the head football coach. He also taught a variety of physical education and health classes, displaying the versatility as an instructor that he was known for as a coach. A graduate of Napa High School, John attended NVC and participated in athletics before moving on to the University of Oregon. He was the recipient of the prestigious McPherson Distinguished Teaching Award at NVC in 1993. John passed away on October 30, 2009.
Dr. Jerry Somerville coached men’s and women’s tennis at NVC. As a student at NVC, he was a member of the 1962 and 1963 football teams and the 1964 track team. He returned to NVC in 1970 to serve as counselor and financial aid officer in 1970, and became the men’s tennis coach in 1981. When the women’s team was added to the program in 1990, Jerry coached both men’s and women’s teams. His teams won five Bay Valley Conference championships during his coaching tenure, and he was named the Bay Valley tennis coach of the year in 1997. Jerry held many leadership roles at NVC while serving as a counselor and coach. He was instrumental in major curriculum restructuring and mentored the physical education and athletic department in numerous curricular projects.
Al Vermeil was recruited to play football at NVC by his brother, Dick, in 1964. He was an all-conference guard and linebacker during that year, and then went on to become an outstanding linebacker at Utah State. He earned all-conference honors while playing for the Aggies. He was named to Nebraska’s all-opponent team during a year that the Huskers won the national championship. Al became one of the nation’s top strength coaches. He earned a Super Bowl ring when he was strength coach for the San Francisco 49er’s during their first Super Bowl year. He earned another six NBA title rings while he was strength coach for the Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan era.
Dr. Doug Yarris attended Napa Valley College from 1975 through 1977. He played golf on the NVC team during the 1976 and 1977 seasons. He was the team MVP and and the Golden Valley Conference player of the year in both seasons. Doug’s stroke average was a conference low 74.18. While at NVC, he qualified for the Kaiser International Open, a PGA tour event. Doug was then recruited to play at Stanford. He went on to become a very successful dentist and has supported the Cardinal athletic department in many projects as a member of the Buck/Cardinal board of directors. He has also supported his dental school alma mater, U.O.P., as a Pacific Dental Foundation Board Member. Doug has also assisted as a coach for the Vintage High School golf team.
“The 2013 Napa Valley College Hall of Fame inductees live up to the standard of serving Napa Valley College well through athletic excellence, and they have all contributed in very special ways to society in their professional and personal lives. Napa Valley College is proud to add these fabulous five individuals to an impressive group of previous hall of fame inductees,” said Kevin Luckey, retired dean of Physical Education and Athletics. The new inductees will be honored on September 21st at Chardonnay Golf Club. For information on how to make reservations for the event, phone 256-7113 or 253-3222.