The COA Sports Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed in California community college athletics. Founded in 1984, the Hall of Fame has sought to recognize those who have made the most of their experiences as California community college student-athletes, coaches and administrators, maximizing their own potential to better themselves and those with whom they come into contact. Sehorn becomes the 51st inductee into the COA Hall of Fame's Athletic category, while Golseth will join 31 former administrators in the hall's Service category.
The COA Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 1 at 11:45 a.m. at the Burbank Airport Hilton Hotel. To purchase tickets, please print, complete and return the convention registration form available at www.coasports.org. Advance tickets are $40 and $45 after March 9. Tickets will be on sale until 10:00 a.m. on April 1.
Jason Sehorn, Shasta College
Jason Sehorn's accomplishments as a three-sport athlete at Shasta College are mind boggling, if not legendary.
Born in Sacramento, California in 1971, Sehorn did not play football at Mt. Shasta High School until his senior year, but promptly captured league MVP honors while also proving himself a standout performer in basketball and track. Sehorn's natural athletic ability was obvious to a major league baseball scout who spotted him playing an amateur league game following his graduation from Mt. Shasta High. He spent the next two seasons playing minor-league baseball, despite having never played Little League or high school baseball.
Sehorn went on to play all three sports at Shasta College from 1990-91, making his biggest impact on the gridiron where he lined-up as a wide receiver, kick returner and safety. He holds numerous Shasta College records, including: touchdowns in a season (17), touchdowns in a career (34), longest kickoff return (100 yds), season scoring (106 points), career scoring (210 points), and all-purpose yards per game (253). Sehorn's 506 all-purpose yards in a 1991 game against Solano was a national community college record that stood for ten years, and his 4,308 career all-purpose yards ranks second in U.S. community college football history. For his football accomplishments, Sehorn was named a two-time 1st Team JC Grid-Wire All American, two-time All Golden Valley Conference and Golden Valley Conference MVP and CCCFCA All State in 1990.
During the 1990-91 season, Sehorn starred on the Shasta College men's basketball team, averaging 12.5 points and 6 rebounds per game. In 1991, Sehorn set a Shasta College track and field record with a triple jump of 48 feet 1 ½ inches, and won four events to lead the Knights to a Golden Valley Conference track and field championship.
Following his brilliant career at Shasta, Sehorn signed a scholarship to play football for the USC Trojans where he lined-up at both safety and cornerback. He totaled 136 tackles (108 solo) with 10 interceptions and 23 passes defended while returning 31 punts for 7.3-yard average in his Trojan career.
Sehorn was selected 59th overall in the 1995 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, where he played for nine seasons, highlighted by a 2001 NFC Championship. He signed with the St. Louis Rams in 2003.
However, it is often Sehorn's generous volunteer activities that set him apart from other elite athletes. He has helped several single mothers in Newark, N.J. become homeowners. Sehorn's Corner hosts "Turkey Trot", a program in which his foundation purchases Thanksgiving meals for single-parent families in Elizabeth, NJ. Sehorn has hosted a Mother's Day luncheon in Newark for single-parent mothers and continues his involvement in numerous charities. His donation to Mt. Shasta High was the catalyst for a renovation to the school's track facilities in 2003.
Sehorn and his wife, actress Angie Harmon, currently reside in Dallas, Texas.
Anne Golseth, Ohlone College
During a distinguished career from 1977-1997 as the Vice President of Student Services at Ohlone College, Anne Golseth made a lasting impact on the world of community college athletics through her work on campus and as a member of the Commission on Athletics.
Golseth served as COA Vice Chairperson, Chairperson of the COA Code Committee and Chairperson of the COA Finance Committee. She also served on the Conferencing Committee, the Northern Appeals Committee and the Coast Conference Executive Committee.
During her tenure as a member of the COA, she was known as a true pioneer in community college athletics, and always encouraged decisions that were in the best interest of student athletes in the state. She participated and chaired a variety of ad hoc committees and subcommittees of the COA, and was an integral part of a statewide research study in the 1980's that assisted the COA in developing rules that encouraged athletes to prioritize their academic studies over athletics.
As a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Golseth served in a variety of leadership roles. She served as President of the Coast Conference, as a member of the National Board of Directors, Chair of the Northern California Executive Committee and Chair of the National Subcommittee on Community Colleges.
Additionally, Golseth was Regional Coordinator of the California Community College Chief Student Services Administrative Association, a member of the Association of California Community College Administrators Professional Standards Committee and member of the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges Counseling Advisory Committee.
"Anne claims she was never an athlete herself, but she has an athlete's determination and mindset", said current Ohlone College Vice President of Services Lisa J. Waits. "Her experiences in higher education have resulted in her development of fine senses of perspective and judgment. She is a genuine person with a record of advocacy for athletics, a true pioneer."
Since her retirement, Golseth has volunteered her time to several groups, including the Oakland SPCA, the Montclair Hiking Group, the Chabot Space and Science Center, the Oakland Museum and the Pets Lifeline Animal Shelter.