Joe Staub is the only track & field athlete in school history to win two state titles at a single meet. In 1980, he the won the discus with a throw of 18-feet-2 inches and the shot put with a mark of 62-feet-5½ inches. His shot put mark still stands as a school record over 30 years later. He was a CIF shot put champion at Cantwell High School in Montebello and he won the 1979 NCAA Division II Championship in the shot put for Cal State Northridge and was second in the discus that same year. He also won the NCAA indoor championship in the shot put while competing for the University of Nebraska.
Bill Stokes played football at Glendale College in 1984-85 and was named All-American in 1985. He still holds the school record with 24 career quarterback sacks and was drafted to play professional baseball by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1984 and the Minnesota Twins in 1985, while at GCC. At USC, he was an All-Pac 10 outside linebacker for the Trojans in 1987 and helped lead them to the Pac 10 conference title and the 1988 Rose Bowl against Michigan State. He has been a successful real estate investor and screenwriter for over 20 years. In 2012, Stokes became co-founder and COO of SportsGuruAlliance.org that will provide former players with post-career transitional assistance.
Terry Coblentz has worn many hats at Glendale College including women’s tennis coach and athletic director for over 20 years until her retirement in 2011. She has been very influential at the state and conference level on many organizations including the California Community College Athletic Directors and Tennis Coaches Associations and has been very active in the annual AIDS Ride for many years. She has played tennis and softball for many years at a high level and has played on many World Championship and World Series Champion teams for the Second Wind Softball Team.
Dave Greenbaum has had a tremendous career of service and much of that started as a student at Glendale College. He played tennis, was the sports editor of the the school newspaper “El Vaquero’’ and was named the Intramural “Man of the Year’’ in 1958. His community involvement dates back over 50 years, including the presidency of several organizations, but he returned to Glendale College in 1987 as a GCC Foundation Board member and was its board president for three years. He has also served as a committee member of the Athletic Hall of Fame since its inception in 2001.
Hal Sears was a tremendous football player for Glendale College in 1969-70 and earned All-Western State Conference honors. He also played football at the University of Miami where he earned All-American honors in 1971, recording 117 tackles at linebacker and was named to the Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. His background includes 15 months of service in Vietnam as a radio operator, a 15-year stint as an America’s Cup sailor and he responded to many domestic and international emergencies as a firefighter with the Miami Dade Fire Department.
2005 Men’s Tennis Team
The 2005 men’s tennis team finished the year with a 15-3 record and lost in the Southern California Regional finals after winning the Western State Conference title with an undefeated record. Several members of that team played high school tennis locally and continued playing at four-year schools and earned college degrees. Top-ranked player Dylan Kim went on to win the 2007 state singles title and second-ranked player Stanley Sarapanich was named All-American.