2012 Cerritos College Hall of Fame Inductees
Distinguished Female Athlete - Barbara
Reinalda (Softball) helped put the Cerritos College softball team
on the map. As a member of the first two Falcon teams in school
history, she was voted the conference's Most Valuable Player both
seasons, went undefeated in her career as a pitcher and batted over
.500 over the course of both seasons. After completing her
collegiate career at Cal Poly Pomona, Barbara spent 19 years as a
pitcher for the world-renowned Raybestos Brakettes of Stratford,
Connecticut and posted a career record of 441-31 with 19 perfect
games. She was a member of Team USA during both the World
Championships and Pan American Games and was inducted into the
National Softball Hall of Fame in 1999. Additionally, Barbara is a
member of the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame and
has spent the last 11 years as the head coach of women's softball
at Yale University.
Distinguished Male Athlete - Although he only played one season at Cerritos College (1964), Ron Yary (Football) went on to have a Hall of Fame career as an offensive lineman with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL. In his one season with the Falcons, Ron was an all-conference selection and then played three years at USC, where he won the Outland Trophy as the nation's best offensive lineman and Knute Rockne Award his senior year. He helped the Trojans win the National Championship before becoming the first offensive lineman ever to be drafted #1 overall in the NFL, where he was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection. He appeared in three Super Bowls with the Vikings and was named the NFC Offensive Lineman of the year three times. In 2001, Ron Yary was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.
Distinguished Coach - Wally Kincaid (Baseball) is considered one of the key inventors of how is played at the collegiate level. As the first head baseball coach in Cerritos College history, he spent 22 years at the helm and won six state championships, while posting a career record of 678-163 (.806 winning percentage). Wally also led his teams to 15 conference championships, 51 tournament championships and a 60-game winning streak that spanned over three seasons. He was named the National Community College Coach of the Century by Baseball America Magazine and was inducted into the Community College Coaches Hall of Fame and National College Baseball Hall of Fame. Over 100 of his players have moved on to become coaches at all levels. After working at Cerritos College, he served as an assistant coach during three College World Series appearances for Cal State Long Beach. In 1992 the Cerritos College baseball field was named in his honor.
2013 Cerritos College Hall of Fame Inductees
Distinguished Female Athlete - Traci Dahl (Volleyball) – A two-time All-American selection while playing volleyball at Cerritos College, Traci Dahl was instrumental in leading the school to their only state championship in 1992 after they lost in the championship match the previous season. Dahl, who is second in school history with 782 kills and holds the school record for single-season blocks (174) and career blocks (343), was a two-time conference Player of the Year, while she was named the state’s Player of the Year as a sophomore. She was an All-American middle blocker on Cal State Long Beach’s 1993 National Championship team and followed that up by being named as an All-American her senior campaign. Dahl began her coaching career with Cerritos from 1995-97 and has served as the head coach at Downey High, as well as an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton and Hofstra University. She just completed her fourth season as the head coach at Indiana State University.
Distinguished Male Athlete - Marcelo Balboa (Soccer) – One of only three people to play on three US World Cup teams, Marcello Balboa was a two-time all-conference selection (1986-87) on the Cerritos College men’s soccer team. He transferred to San Diego State University, where he was a two-time All-American selection. Considered one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the US Soccer program, Balboa was a member of the US National Team from 1988-2000 and was a part of Major League Soccer from its inception. He was named the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 1992 and 1994 and in 1995, because the first U.S. player to break the 100-cap barrier. Balboa played in the MLS from 1987-2002 and was a first-ballot inductee into the MLS Hall of Fame in 2005. In that same year, Balboa was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, as well as the Colorado Hall of Fame. Since his retirement, Balboa has served as an ESPN and ABC Sports broadcaster and is currently the executive director for Trebol Soccer Club, along with coaching the Monarch High School boys’ soccer team. He also is employed by Altitude Sports.
Distinguished Coach - Gene Martin was one of the original hires by Cerritos College in 1956. During his time with the college, Martin served as an assistant coach on the first football team, as well as a coach on the volleyball and track and field teams. He was originally a carpenter and was instrumental in helping convert a dairy barn into the football locker room. During his tenure with the college, Martin was also the school’s first athletic director and was the Director of Counseling until his retirement in 1989. Martin also spent 20 years as a college football official. An All-American football player at Stanford University, Martin eventually aided in the design of the college’s gymnasium, football field and baseball stadium during its construction.