June 6, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. -
A 3-time NBA champion, a 15-year major league baseball veteran, the architect of the women's gymnastics dynasty, one of college softball's most powerful hitters and two of the most generous donors to the Cal State Fullerton athletics department comprise the 2011 list of inductees into the Titan Athletics Hall of Fame.
Bruce Bowen, Brent Mayne, Lynn Rogers, Sue Lewis and Jerry and Merilyn Goodwin, respectively, will be inducted as the hall's fourth biennial class on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Titan Student Union. Ticket information will be forthcoming.
Bowen was a four-year letterman for the Titans in 1989-93 with relatively modest credentials given his professional stardom -- 3-year starter, second-team All-Big West in 1991-92 and first-team all-conference in 1992-93. He still ranks in the school's top ten in career rebounds and blocked shots. He went undrafted but bounced around Europe and the CBA for several years before a 1-game stint with the Miami Heat in 1996-97. He gradually developed a reputation as a defensive stopper and caught the attention of Coach Pat Riley.
After three seasons with Boston, Philadelphia and Miami (again) he landed in San Antonio, where a star was born. He won three NBA Championship rings (2003, 2005 and 2007) in eight seasons (2001-02 thru 2008-09) with the Spurs. He made the NBA first or second All-Defensive team eight times and three times was runnerup for defender of the year. He became an excellent 3-point shooter and scored 5,290 points in his career. He had a streak of playing in 500 consecutive games, longest by an active player at that time. He still is very popular in the San Antonio community in part because of his "Get Fit with Bruce and Buddy" program aimed at child obesity. In the last few years he has launched a second career as a bow-tied commentator for ESPN.
Mayne was a two-year catcher for the Titans in 1988 and 1989 after playing his freshman season for his dad, Mike, at Orange Coast College. He was first-team All-Big West Conference both seasons and earned ABCA second-team All-American honors in 1988 when he led the team with a .393 batting average with 22 doubles, 1 home run and 31 RBI. He batted .350 with 5 HRs and 34 RBI in 1989 and owns the school record with a 38-game hitting streak in 1988.
He was a first-round draft pick in 1989 by Kansas City and soon began a 15-year (1990-2004) Major League playing career with seven different clubs with a lifetime .263 batting average. On Aug. 22, 2000, he became the first position player in 32 years to post a pitching win when he worked a scoreless 12th inning in Colorado's 7-6 win over Atlanta. He retired in 2004 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lewis was a four-year (1981-84) hitting star from softball's pitching dominant era before the mound was moved back and the ball enlivened to spike the offenses. She was a three-time All-American (1981, 1982 and 1984) and had a career batting average of .354 with 25 home runs and 138 RBI when TEAMS hit less than 20 home runs per year.
In current CSF career rankings she remains first in hits (257), doubles (53) and triples (20); second in slugging percentage (.585), walks (89) and runs (149); third in on-base percentage (.425) and RBI (138); fourth in batting average (.354) and seventh in home runs (25). She also holds the single-season record for hits (97). During her tenure, the Titans compiled a 220-44-2 (.831) record, won four conference championships, three regional titles and placed nationally second twice and third once.
Rogers came to Cal State Fullerton as a student with aspirations of playing baseball. He picked up gymnastics in a classroom and the rest is history. The 1972 CSF graduate began coaching gymnastics at the Anaheim YMCA and with the Long Beach KIPS Club. Soon he launched the Titans' program and ran it with his heart and soul for its first 24 years (1976 thru 1999), compiling an overall record of 246-115 (.681). He won the 1979 national championship (AIAW) and had three second-place (2 AIAW, 1 NCAA) and five third-place (3 AIAW, 2 NCAA) finishes. His Titans won 10 conference championships and nine regional championships and were regional runnersup four times. He was the national coach of the year in 1979 and a three-time Big West Conference coach of the year.
As co-coach for the inaugural 1976 season with Charlotte Wolfe, he earned a salary of \$500 with a budget of \$500 more. He proceeded to win his first 71 matches spanning from 1976 to 1980 and he didn't lose a home meet until the 1983 season. More importantly, every gymnast who competed for him for four seasons earned a degree. Rogers did double duty as a coach and fund-raiser in 1999-2000 before retiring to develop what has become a highly successful "Coach's Oats" wholesale food business.
The Goodwins provided the lead gift of \$1 million for the expansion of Titan Field into Goodwin Field, which has allowed Cal State Fullerton to host 10 NCAA Baseball Regional Tournaments since 2000. Prior to that year, Fullerton had to travel for each of its previous 21 regional appearances.
The Goodwins also were big fans of football and Coach Gene Murphy and often traveled with the Titans, another team that saw a lot of airports.
A successful string of automobile dealerships funded the Goodwins' philanthropy, which materialized in several other areas on campus. In 1988, Jerry initiated the annual Jerry Goodwin CSUF Alumni Association Golf Tournament to benefit student scholarships and alumni programs. The couple also established the Jerry and Merilyn Goodwin Musical Theatre Scholarship. Jerry received an honorary degee from CSUF in 1994.
All recipients will be present at the Oct. 1 ceremony. Many of the previous 18 inductees also will attend.