El Camino College to Celebrate 29th Athletic Hall of Fame
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El Camino College to Celebrate 29th Athletic Hall of Fame

El Camino College will present the 29th Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 23 in the ECC East Dining Room. Thirteen individual inductees and one team selection will be honored at the event, spanning nine different sports and more than 65 years of excellence in athletic pursuits.

“El Camino College’s tradition of producing outstanding scholars and athletes is apparent through the numerous honorees in the Athletic Hall of Fame program,” said El Camino College President Dena P. Maloney. “Congratulations to all students and alumni who will be honored at the 29th Hall of Fame Ceremony.” 

Inductees for 2019 include: David Austin, diving, 2008-09; Vic Buttler, baseball, 2000; Charlie Brown, track and field, 1976-77; Lawanda Cabell-Simmons, track and field, 1984; Matt Engle, football, 2003; Rochelle Esparza, volleyball, 1997-98; Coy Hall, football, 1971; Dan Hatano, wrestling, 1982-83; Ralph Hughes, football, 1963; Jon Robertson, football, 1968; Latario Rachal, football, 1991-92; Erica Shaw, water polo and swimming, 2007, 2009; Chun Young-Shin, tennis, 2012-13; and the 1950 Warriors football team.

Membership in the ECC Athletic Hall of Fame honors athletes, coaches, and other distinguished individuals who deserve recognition for their outstanding accomplishments in athletics and for their support of the El Camino College athletic program. 

El Camino College athletes have demonstrated excellence in the classroom, community and field of play since the college was established in 1947. More than 200 outstanding athletes and supporters have been inducted into the El Camino College Athletic Hall of Fame since the inaugural event in 1988.

 For tickets or more information about the El Camino College Athletic Hall of Fame, call 310-660-3545, or view http://www.eccwarriors.com/information/2019_Hall_of_Fame

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El Camino College Athletic Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees

During David Austin’s diving career at ECC (2008-09), he won the 3-meter diving state championship and set the state record in 2009. He also placed third in the 1-meter diving event and was a two-time state qualifier in both events despite never having participated in diving prior to attending ECC. 

Vic Buttler was an All-American and All-Southern California selection as a member of the Warriors baseball team in 2000. He was drafted in the 14th round of the 2000 MLB June Amateur Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates and played eight years in the minor leagues. He is currently the head coach for the baseball team at Westchester High School. 

A track and field standout from 1976-77, Charlie Brown was two-time state champion in the pole vault for the Warriors. He continues to hold the school record in the event with a mark of 17 feet 4 ¼ inches. Brown transferred to UCLA on a track and field scholarship. His daughter McKenna and son Kyle are both on NCAA Division I Track and Field programs at UC Berkeley and Yale University, respectively. Brown currently practices law in Carlsbad. 

Lawanda Cabell-Simmons won the 1984 state championship in the 400-meter while competing on the track and field team. She was also a member of the conference, Southern California and state champion 1600-meter relay team, representing the Warriors. She currently ranks seventh all time in ECC history with a time of 24.44 in the 200-meter and second all-time with a time of 53.72 in the 400-meter. She also holds the school record with the 800-meter and 1600-meter relay teams, including a national record 3:37.75 in the 1600-meter. She is currently a teacher at Etiwanda High School.

Quarterback Matt Engle was the 2003 Mission Conference Player of the Year for football and was an All-American Honorable Mention. He was named the Offensive Player of the Game in the 2003 Southern California Bowl after going 15-for-27 for 180 yards and leading ECC to a 21-14 win over Chaffey College. Engle helped lead the Warriors to an 8-3 record in 2003 and passed for 2,656 yards and 21 touchdowns. He transferred to UC Davis to wrap up his collegiate career. 

Volleyball standout Rochelle Esparza was named the South Coast Conference Most Valuable Player in 1997 and 1998. She was also named to the All-State Team in 1998. In two years with ECC, Esparza helped lead the Warriors to a 22-5 record and state runner-up finish in 1997 and then an 18-5 record in 1998 with a seventh-place finish in state. 

Quarterback Coy Hall was named the team MVP and earned a JC All-American selection after helping lead the Warriors football team to the 1971 state championship. The team went 11-1 with Hall under center. 

Dan Hatano won the 1982 and 1983 state wrestling championship in the 142-pound division and was named Most Outstanding wrestler in the state each year. 

Ralph Hughes played defensive back for the ECC football team in 1963; he was named an All-American while at El Camino College and selected to the ECC Football All-Decade Team for the 1960s.

In 1968 Jon Robertson completed a successful football season and was named All-Conference as a defensive back and a kick returner. He holds the ECC record for most interceptions in a season. He was also selected to the ECC Football All-Decade Team for the 1960s as an all-purpose player. 

A wide receiver and kick returner for the 1991 and 1992 ECC football teams, Latario Rachal was named the team's MVP and earned All-State and All-American honors. He hauled in 91 catches for 1,773 yards and 14 touchdowns in his Warriors career. Rachal also posted 47 kick returns for 1,270 yards and two touchdowns. He transferred to Fresno State University and went on to play two years in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers. 

Erica Shaw earned First Team All-Conference and All-Southern California in water polo in 2007 and 2009. She also currently ranks second in school history in the 50-yard backstroke (28.03); third in the 100 backstroke (1:00.42); and third in the 200 backstroke (2:13.64). She earned All-American honors in the 50 and 100 backstroke in 2007 and 2009.

Chun Young-Shin finished ninth at the 2012 CCCAA State Tennis Championships in both singles and doubles. In 2013, she went 19-2 overall in singles competition and helped lead the Warriors to the South Coast Conference Championship, their first since 2006. She advanced to the semifinals at the CCCAA State Championships in 2013 and won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Sophomore Player of the Year Award. 

The 1950 football team is the first conference champion in school history. The team went 8-1-1 under head coach Ambrose “Amby” Schindler in the program's fourth year of existence.

May 20, 2019