Cal State East Bay to honor Hall of Fame inductees

 Six Cal State East Bay Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at a reception and dinner in the University Union on May 5.  The inductees are Marion Champion (women’s volleyball), Antoinette Goode (women’s basketball/volleyball), Don Sawyer (football), Jeff Southwick (men’s tennis), Dr. Charles Harmon “Doc” Brown (track and field assistant coach), and John Nelson (men’s tennis).

 A two-year outside hitter, Champion (1998-99) helped the volleyball team to back-to-back NCAA Division III playoff appearances and a 55-17 overall record.

 Goode (1984-88) spent four seasons as a dominating center, collecting numerous accolades. Goode was a four-time All-Northern California Athletic Conference (NCAC) selection.

She remains the Pioneers’ all-time leading scorer with 1,210 career points and holds every rebounding record in the record book.

Sawyer’s athletic career reads like a true Pioneer. A member of the 1966 and 1967 Cal State Hayward football teams guided by Hall of Fame coach Les Davis, Sawyer participated in a number of pioneering firsts, including the first Far Western Conference (FWC) football game win in 1967, and the first winning football season (7-3-1,1967), and being one of the first Pioneers selected for all FWC recognition. Sawyer signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders in 1968, becoming the first Pioneer to sign a professional sports contract.

 A seven-time all-conference and two-time All-America selection, Jeff Southwick (1979-83) helped the Pioneer men’s tennis team to collect four straight All-Northern California Athletic Conference (NCAC) titles.

The late Dr. Charles Harmon “Doc” Brown served as an assistant coach from 1974-92. A celebrated physician and coach, Brown was a four-time Olympic team coach, a 10-time coach to U.S. national teams, and was a member and chair of several national and international sports science committees during over 40 years in coaching.

 An early supporter of women’s athletics, Brown co-founded the Millbrae Lions Track Club, helping to develop several women would become national champions, All-Americans and Olympic contenders.

 Nelson began his now 29-year collegiate coaching career at then-Cal State Hayward, guiding the men’s tennis team from 1983-88. Nelson guided the Pioneers to five NCAC championships.

 Online registration for the dinner is available. For more information, contact Associate Athletic Director Marissa Parry at marissa.parry@csueastbay.edu or (510) 885-2810 .

Matt Schwab

  • Prep Fan

    Congrats to all the honorees. Jeff Southwick is the father of former SRV QB Joe Southwick, now competing for the starting spot at Boise St. for the coming season. Also former EBAL soccer POY at goalie Aubrey Southwick. Quite an athletic family in a variety of different sports.