Riverside City College recently announced its 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees and award recipients. Among the honorees is former Major League Baseball player Bobby Kielty and state championship women’s basketball coach Michael Barnes.
The 2012 awards continue a rich sports tradition that includes former inductees Jerry Tarkanian, Frank Corral, Ben Blomdahl, and Terica Ned-Pelt. Joining this elite group this year along with Kielty and Barnes are RCC softball player and record-holder Rachael Bermudez, 1980-90’s era public announcer Richard Hubbard, RCC Marching Tigers’ longtime supporter and top booster William Locke, and business contributor Scott Hooks.
“This year’s inductees and award winners exemplify the outstanding athletic heritage enjoyed by Riverside City College,” said RCC President Cynthia Azari. “Athletics truly brings the College and community together as we cheer the RCC teams and celebrate the accomplishments of our outstanding student athletes.”
RCC’s new Athletic Director Derrick Johnson will serve as master of ceremony for the event, which takes place on November 1 at 5:30 p.m. “This is going to be a special year,” Johnson said. “We are very excited to be holding the event in the newly renovated Wheelock Gym. It will be the first night we publicly celebrate the opening, and I can’t wait to welcome the awardees and many friends and supporters to our ‘new house.’”
2012 Inductees and Award Recipients
Female Athlete – Rachael Bermudez played softball at RCC for the 2000 and 2001 seasons, achieving a record 322 strikeouts in her sophomore year. She was recognized as MVP of the Orange Empire Conference and named to the All State Team. She holds the RCC record for pitching complete games, as well as five other career pitching categories.
Male Athlete – Bobby Kielty played for the Tigers from 1996 through 1997 before heading to the University of Mississippi. He was named MVP of the Cape Cod League after leading the league in batting average and RBIs. In 1998, he was named Summer Player of the Year by Baseball America and signed with the Minnesota Twins in 1999. Kielty’s professional career lasted 13 years, the last 10 in the big leagues playing for the Twins, Oakland A’s, Redsox, and Indians. In his only at bat in the World Series, he hit a home run, the gaming winning RBI.
Coach – Michael Barnes served as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at RCC for nearly 20 years, building a 328-230 record en route to becoming the winningest coach in Tigers’ history. His record in conference play was 150-92 and 14 of his 20 teams went to the playoffs. Barnes-coached teams won three conference titles and one state championship. As an RCC basketball player in the 1960s, Barnes was named All Conference, All Tournament, and Most Valuable Player. His career assist record remains second on the list in RCC history.
Contributor – William Locke has been one of the Marching Tigers Band’s main boosters and volunteers since 1984 when his son, Gary Locke, started the college band. Through the years he has done everything—from helping his wife and sister sew uniforms and flags, bake, and run fundraisers to fixing instrument cases, building props, and supervising the loading and unloading of the equipment truck. His family and generations of Marching Tigers know him as “Grandpa” and consider him the chief honorary Marching Tiger.
Business Contributor – Scott Hooks, Westcoe Realty, Inc., has worked and lived in the community for decades. An RCC alumnus, he was one of the founding members of the RCC Tigerbackers, a major support organization for RCC Athletics and continues to be a strong advocate and fan of RCC athletics.
Event sponsors include Tilden-Coil Constructors, Inc.; Riverside Public Utilities; Gresham Savage; Riverside Medical Clinic; and Riverside County Supervisors Bob Buster - 1st District, John Tavaglione - 2nd District, and Marion Ashley - 5th District.
For event information and ticket availability, call 951-222-8958.
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