Sept. 16, 2005
Fullerton, CA - College baseball's winningest coach, two national players of the year, a 10-time All-American and the two players who led Cal State Fullerton teams into the NCAA Basketball Tournament comprise the inaugural class to be enshrined in the Titan Athletics Hall of Fame.
Augie Garrido (baseball), Tim Wallach (baseball), Susan LeFebvre-Wyman (softball), Leon Wood (basketball), Tami Elliott-Harrison (gymnastics) and Eugenia Miller-Rycraw and Greg Bunch (basketball) have all accepted invitations to be inducted at a banquet on Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Titan Student Union.
Ticket prices are \$75 per person (\$25 tax deductible) or \$750 for a table of 10 (\$250 tax deductible). A Hall of Fame website has been established at http://www.fullerton.edu/athletichof/ which includes sponsorship opportunities. Information also is available at (714) 278-3480.
Coach Garrido was the architect of Fullerton's highly successful baseball program. In 21 seasons (1973-87 and 1991-96) he compiled a 931-391-6 record which included 15 conference championships -- 11 of them consecutive. He took the Titans to the College World Series in Omaha on seven occasions, winning national championships in 1979, 1984 and 1995 and placing second in 1992. He was selected national coach of the year four times. He coached three years (1988-90) at Illinois and since 1997 has been at the University of Texas, where he has won two more national titles and raised his 37-year victory total to 1,542.
Wallach was the Titans' first baseball star. He won USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award and The Sporting News College Player of the Year awards in 1979 when the first baseman led the Titans to the school's first Div. I NCAA title. He drove in 102 runs, which still is the CSF single-season record. He was a first-round draft choice of the Montreal Expos and hit a home run in his first official at bat as a professional and as a major leaguer. He spent 17 seasons with the Expos, Angels and Dodgers, winning three Golden Glove Awards for fielding excellence at third base and making the National League All-Star team five times. He returned to the CSF campus as an assistant coach in 2000 and for the past two years has been the Dodgers' hitting coach.
LeFebvre-Wyman won the Broderick Award as the nation's top softball player in 1986 when she led the Titans to their first NCAA softball championship. She posted a 31-6 pitching record that season and the two-time All-American holds virtually all of the school career pitching records including wins (100-21), appearances (149), starts (116), complete games (98), shutouts (59), strikeouts (702) and innings pitched (894.2). Her 34 complete games in 1986 also are a school single-season record. She currently is a software engineer at PacificLife.
Elliott-Harrison was one of the nation's top gymnasts, winning All-American status a record-equalling 10 times before suffering a serious neck injury that curtailed her 1987 season. In 1984 she was an All-American on vault, uneven parallel bars and the all-around. In 1985 she won those honors on vault, floor exercise and all-around and in 1986 she won four awards on bars, balance beam, floor exercise and all-around. During those seasons the Titans placed third and fifth twice in the team standings. Despite her injury she received the 1987 American Award, given to the nation's top collegiate senior gymnast by the coaches association. She returned to Fullerton to coach for the 1988 season before moving back to the East Coast. She won the 1989 Miss Virginia pageant and competed in the Miss America pageant. She currently is the owner and head coach at World Class Gymnastics in Newport News, Va.
Miller-Rycraw holds virtually every career record in CSF women's basketball history. She led the Titans to their only two NCAA tourney appearances in 1989 and 1991. In the latter season the slender center was the Big West Conference player of the year, the Big West Tournament MVP and was selected one of 10 players on the Kodak All-American team. She scored 2,415 career points and holds the Big West record for single-season scoring with a 29.4 ppg average in 1990-91. She grabbed 1,162 career rebounds and blocked 428 shots, which stood as the NCAA record until this past season. She played professionally in Japan (1991-93) and returned after several years of raising a family to play for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA in 1998-99. She currently is in her fourth year (1993-94 and 2003-04 to present) as an assistant coach in the Titans' program.
Bunch was the star of the Titans' "Cal State Who?" team that advanced to the finals of the 1978 NCAA Western Regionals in the school's only appearance, coming up one basket shy of the Final Four. The Titans upset highly favored New Mexico and San Francisco before losing in the final seconds to Arkansas. The sinewy four-year starter at forward also led the Titans to their only conference championship in 1975-76. His career averages were 15.0 points and 7.9 rebounds. He ranks No. 2 in career rebounds with 785 and No. 5 i scoring with 1,489 points. He played briefly with the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association before launching a successful career in the cable television industry, where he advanced from a door-to-door salesman to an executive position with DirectTV and ESPN.
The Hall of Fame will initially be housed in the entrance lobby to Titan Gym, which is scheduled for major renovation in the next few years.