2014 Hall of Fame Inductees
In 2000, Miranda Bleisch, a former pitcher for the Dutch National Softball Team, overcame a torn ACL in her first year at Southwestern to earn a scholarship to Point Loma Nazarene, team MVP and Pacific Coast Conference 1st Team honors while setting multiple records for strikeouts, RBI’s, and innings pitched.
An Exercise Science Professor at Southwestern College for 32 years, Karen Day Cravens, a member of the Apaches 1st 1972 Intercollegiate Volleyball Team, coached the women’s intercollegiate volleyball teams from 1981 to 2004, winning three Mission/Pacific Coast Conference Championships, advancing to the California State Championship Playoffs eight times, and earning four Coach of the Year awards.
In 1966, Head SWC Football Coach Claude Gilbert, whose illustrious coaching career spanned 40 years, led the Apaches to the South Coast Conference Co-Championship. He ultimately was named Head Coach at two top Division I football programs at San Diego State University and San Jose State University where he recorded a .636 winning percentage including four 10 win seasons, four conference championships, and Coach of the Year honors in 1974, 1986, and 1987.
Current Exercise Science Professor and Fitness Specialist Coordinator Brad Platt was the Apaches dynamic record breaking quarterback who earned 1st team Mission Conference, 1st Team All-State, Honorable Mention All American honors and a full scholarship to Division I San Diego State University where he was the starting quarterback for two seasons while earning his BS in Kinesiology.
Anthony Walker, an outstanding professional baseball player, youth coach and SWC alumni, worked with Hall of Fame Head Coach Jerry Bartow to fine tune his baseball skills to ultimately play ball in the minors and majors for the Cincinnati Reds, Huston Astros, Pittsburg Pirates, and Holland’s professional league. In 2011, he opened the Art of Baseball Company where he helps to develop fundamental softball and baseball skills for the youth in his community.
Lena Walker, a power forward coached by SWC’s Hall of Fame Coach June Scopinich, competed on the Women’s Intercollegiate Basketball Team in 1980-81, scored a record high 37 points against San Diego City College, led her team to a 3rd place state ranking, a Pacific Coast Conference Championship and earned 1st Team Pacific Coast Conference honors and a full scholarship to Utah State University.
2013 Hall of Fame Inductees