California Hall of Fame Induction

The California Community College Football Coaches Association (CCCFCA) staged their annual Football Clinic and Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon March 14-16, at the Elks Club in Visalia, California.

There was an excellent turnout of coaches and their assistants on hand for such clinic speakers as Gary Barlow, head coach, San Joaquin Delta College, Greg Shaw, Mt. San Jacinto College, Steve DaPrato, Chabot College, John Rome, Glendale College assistant, Tim Byrnes, Fullerton College assistant, and Tony Kehl, Santa Rosa assistant.  John Pease, assistant head coach and defensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars, was the keynote speaker giving the coaches insights into "turnovers & defensive line play."

Adding to the attendance was a fun-loving gang of former Fullerton Hornet players, coaches and families.  That's a group that has always stuck together and they were there to honor Pease, who played for the Hornets in the 60s,  the return of the venerable coach, Hal Sherbeck, and Al Feola, longtime defensive back under both Sherbeck and Gene Murphy, who was one of the inductees.

A little background on each of the men who were inducted:


AL BRANCO – Al has been at College of Sequoias for the past 31 years as both a coach and Athletic Director.  He earned honorable mention All-American honors at COS as a very under-sized center.  In 16 seasons his teams went 110-56-1 for a 66.3 winning percentage.  Branco coached 93 All-Conference players, 21 All-State, and 9 All-Americans.  His wife of 40 years was a tennis player and cheerleader at COS and both of his sons played football for him.  Although he retired last June, he is coming back to help coach this fall.


AL FEOLA – Called by current Fullerton College head coach Gene Murphy, "the greatest of the greatest ambassadors for junior college football."  A track and football star at Alhambra High School, Feola enrolled at Pasadena City College, where he lettered for two years, and  won the 1953 Golden Gloves Tournament.  He went on to play three years of football at Pepperdine and ran against four Olympic gold medallists in his 120 high hurdles specialty.  Feola played for the Redskins, Rams, and Raiders before arriving at Fullerton College in 1961.  He developed 17 JC All-Americans.


STEVE JACOBY – Played QB for J.R. Boone at Reedley College and in his two seasons the Tigers lost only 2 games.  In 1970 he was the California Player of the Year and made J.C. Grid-Wire All-American first team.  That year he completed 210 passes for 3,621 yards and an amazing 42 TDs.  He once threw 8 TD passes in one game.  Jacoby went on to Fresno State but was injured and never played football again.  He has been an assistant on Michael White's staff at Reedley.

VINCE EVANS – He found his was to Los Angeles City College in 1972 where he played for Al Baldock, who is also a member of the Hall of Fame.  Baldock says: "Vince was the best football player I ever coached."  He was MVP of the 1972 Potato Bowl after his team tied Fresno 10-10.  He played QB at USC 1974-77 and then the Chicago Bears until 1983.  He also played in the USFL.  His final pro year was 1985 with the Oakland Raiders.  He played 100 pro games completing 704 passes for 9,485 yards with 52 touchdowns.  Evans also rushed 212 times for 1,129 yards and 14 more scores.

JEFF BARNES - Played in 1973 and '74 at Chabot College, where he was an outstanding outside linebacker.  In 1974, he was All-Conference, All-State, and All-American.  He played for Mike White for two seasons at California and once sacked Jim Plunkett six times.  He played for the Raiders for 11 years in Oakland and Los Angeles -- a total of 157 games -- including two Super Bowls.


LYLE SETENCICH – An All-American linebacker at College of Sequoias in 1963, but was injured and did not play in '63.  Setencich later played two years at Fresno State. He was head coach at Boise State and later Cal Poly.  In 1996 at Arizona State his team ranked first in the PAC-10 in team defense, improving from last place the previous year.  He also was defensive coordinator at University of California.


BOB BRONZAN - He played at Modesto College in 1935 and 36 as a center and linebacker, earning All-Conference honors.  Bronzan went on to San Jose State playing for the only undefeated team and the highest scoring team in the nation in 1939.  He was in the U.S. Air Force in WWII and helped develop the physical training program for the Air Corps.  His coaching duties included Long Beach City College, San Jose State, where he was the youngest coach at 31 of any DI school.  He has written three books and many articles.  Bronzan's contributions to community college football were his leadership and the robust recruitment of community college transfers, which helped JC athletes advance to four-year colleges.  Bronzan also coached a pair of Super Bowl winning coaches, Bill Walsh and Dick Vermiel.  When he spoke, you could have heard a pin drop.

Very shortly we should know the names of those to be inducted in 2003 as nominations were made recently and voting took place last week.

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