Sept. 14, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. -
Tickets remain available to the fourth induction ceremony and banquet for the Cal State Fullerton Titan Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Titan Student Union. The price is \$75 per plate. Reservations for the biennial event are available online at https://www.fullerton.edu/titantribute/signup/rsvp.asp or by calling the Office of Major Events at (657) 278-3480.
Three-time NBA champion Bruce Bowen, 15-year Major League Baseball veteran Brent Mayne, legendary women's gymnastics Coach Lynn Rogers, softball slugger Susan "Sue" Lewis-Newton and Jerry and Merilyn Goodwin, two of the most generous donors to the Cal State Fullerton athletics department, comprise the 2011 class of inductees. There also will be a tribute marking the 40th anniversary of the airplane crash that killed assistant football coaches Bill Hannah, Dallas Moon and Joe O'Hara and the pilot of their chartered plane on a scouting mission.
The program begins at 7 p.m. following a 6 p.m. cocktail reception.
Bowen, who will be introduced by former Titan Coach Donny Daniels, 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. 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. In the last few years he has launched a second career as a bow-tied commentator for ESPN.
Mayne, who will be introduced by baseball Coach Rick Vanderhook, 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 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.
Lewis-Newton, who will be introduced by slugging teammate Janet Lloyd, 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. During her tenure, the Titans compiled a 220-44-2 (.831) record, won four conference championships, three regional titles and placed second nationally twice and third once.
Rogers came to Cal State Fullerton as a student with aspirations of playing baseball but 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. 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. He will be introduced by former gymnast, assistant coach and eventual successor Julie Knight Bowse.
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. 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. They will be introduced by Associate Athletic Director Steve DiTolla.