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Glendale Community College inducts one of 'best groups we've ever had'

Coblentz, Staub, Greenbaum, Sears, Stokes and '05 tennis team inducted to GCC Hall of Fame.

March 11, 2013|By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan
  • Kevin White, from left, Hakop Tadevosian, and GCC's tennis coach Bob Mackay receive their awards from Dr. Paul Schlossman during the Glendale Community College Athletic Hall of Fame, which took place at the Walter J. Smith Center in Glendale on Saturday, March 9, 2013.
Kevin White, from left, Hakop Tadevosian, and GCC's… (Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

GLENDALE — Glendale Community College has inducted 12 classes into its athletic hall of fame. The class of 2013 athletes might be recognized as the best the college has ever inducted.

"This is one of the best groups we've ever had," Glendale college athletic director John Cicuto said.

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Cicuto had high praise for each one of the inductees, mentioning and thanking Terry Coblentz, the 2005 men's tennis team, Joe Staub, Dave Greenbaum, Hal Sears and Bill Stokes for all of their contributions to the college.

The five individual inductees and coach Bob MacKay's tennis team each spent time thanking the college during Saturday's ceremony at the J.W. Smith Student Center.

Coblentz, who was inducted as an outstanding coach, has been working with the college for nearly three decades, starting as the women's tennis coach in 1982 and then as the women's athletic director before retiring in 2011.

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"She's spearheaded the progress of the women's program," Cicuto said.

Coblentz has let her teams and other inductees earn the accolades. She was humbled by Saturday's induction.

"This is an honor," she said. "This is the epitome of Glendale Community College athletics."

The other honorees echoed her words.

MacKay, who piloted the 2005 team to the Western State Conference championship and to a trip to the Southern California Regional Finals, said the inductees were all special.

He had a special team, led by singles players Dylan Kim, Stanley Sarapanich, Sergy Vagramian and Hakop Tadevosian.

Kim, Vagramian and Tadevosian were all from Hoover High's 2002 CIF championship team.

"It was just a good group of guys," Tadevosian said. "Coach did a great job with us."

Staub — recognized for his outstanding athletic achievement — thanked his coaches, including David Elecciri, his high school coach at Cantwell High, for their time and dedication to helping him become the only trank and field athlete in the college's history to win two state titles in one meet. As a Vaquero, Staub won the discus at 180 feet 2 inches and the shot put at a mark of 62-5 1/2 in 1980. Both marks still stand as the college's all-time records.

"I'm flattered," said Staub, who went on to Cal State Northridge, where he set a national record in 1979 with a shot put of 63-1. "I didn't expect it. This gives me a wonderful connection to the college, a connection I'll keep forever."

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