2011 Glendale Community College Athletic Hall of Fame inductees L-R John Block, Chris Hale, Roy Nichols, Mike Cram, Angela Brinton Collins, Judy Thomsen, Jimmy Evangelatos, Steve La Rusch.
The 1972 GCC Co-Ed volleyball team won the Southern California Championship “AA” title over El Camino College and remains the only co-ed team in school history to hold that distinction. The team was made up of eight players and was coached by 2006 Hall of Fame inductee Blanche Donovan. The 1972 “AA” team also won the Division I title sanctioned by the Southern California Community College Intercollegiate Athletic Council. The players on the team were Captain Judy Thomsen, Jody Gallagher, Karen Huck, Julie Goodwin, Mike Cram, Richard Holder, Roy Nichols and Jim Whiting.
A tremendous basketball player for Glendale College during the 1962-63 season, John Block went on to become an All-American at USC in 1966 and set several school records that still stand for the Trojans. He was picked by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 1966 NBA draft, played for seven teams during his ten-year career and was an NBA all-star in 1973. After his retirement he coached collegiately for several schools including Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and still conducts basketball clinics all over the world.
Angela Brinton Collins was an all-conference setter on the women's volleyball team at Glendale College in 1983 and transferred to Cal State Northridge where she helped lead the team to the 1987 NCAA Division II title. She was named the Honda Player of the Year that season as well as All-American honors at Northridge in 1986 and 1987 and still holds the school record for career hitting percentage. Collins also coached at Northridge for two years after her playing career ended and she is still involved with athletics as a successful amateur golfer.
Jimmy Evangelatos played football for the Vaqueros in 1976-77 and earned All-Western State Conference honors as a sophomore defensive back in 1977. Off the field, he has been a tremendous supporter of Glendale College athletics through his participation in the annual Foundation Golf Tournament and the Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2004, he was asked to spearhead a donation request from former GCC teammate and current Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid that resulted in a new scoreboard for Sartoris Field and he continues to help raise funds for the football program.
Chris Hale was an All-American football player for the Vaqueros in 1986 and helped that team win the Western State Conference title as an outstanding defensive back. He also played in two Rose Bowls as a USC Trojan in 1988 and 1989 and in three Super Bowls for the Buffalo Bills from 1991-93. He has played in championship games at every level of his career from high school to the NFL and was also a two-time CIF champion in the long jump for Monrovia High in 1983-84 and also competed in track and field at the University of Nebraska.
Steve La Rusch was a two-time state champion in the high jump in 1975 and 1976 for the Vaqueros and is the only athlete in school history to achieve that honor and was instrumental in helping the 1975 team tie for the state track and field title. He was a tremendous all-around athlete who competed in decathlons for the GCC track team and also played co-ed volleyball at the college. His love of volleyball took him into coaching and teaching for two decades at Long Beach Poly High School and he is currently the Head Women's Volleyball Coach at Hope University in Orange County.