Whittier College News Release
Office of Public Relations
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA 90608-0634
Oct. 28, 2002
Reference: 02/03: 28
Contact: Judy Browning at (562) 907-4216
Athletes Named to Whittier College Hall of Fame
Whittier College alumni and one beloved coach will be inducted into the Whittier
College Athletic Hall of Fame at the 17th biennial Purple & Gold Club Hall of
Fame Dinner beginning at 6 p.m.
on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Whittier Hilton.
The new Hall of Famers are Bill Johnston ’61 of
Escondido, Calif.; Leon
Kelsoe ’65 of El Centro, Calif.; Herm Mason ’60 of Walnut, Calif.; Charlotte
(Michel) Kochman ’91 of Aurora, Colo.; Steve Sanborn ’84 of Whittier; and Lisa
Scott ’93 of Pomona, Calif. The late Dave Jacobs, athletic director of the
college when he died last year, will be inducted posthumously as an honorary
According to George Tenopir ’48, chairman of the Hall of Fame
committee, candidates are nominated and selected on the basis of their athletic
accomplishments while attending
Whittier, or their later demonstrated success as a professional athlete.
Johnston, who also lettered in golf, lettered in men’s basketball and
was named to the All-SCIAC (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference) three times during his
Whittier career, as well as being named to the All District NAIA (National
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) team once. His team traveled to
two years in a row for the NAIA National Tournament.
Kelsoe played on the offensive line for the Poet football team. He lettered two
years and was co-captain of the team during the 1963–64 season. He was named to
the All-SCIAC team twice, and made NAIA All-America, NAIA All-District and the
All-Pacific Coast teams during his senior year.
Mason was also on the Poet basketball team that went to Kansas City
two years in a row. He lettered two years, and was twice named All-SCIAC and
NAIA 1st Team All-District. He was also named to the NAIA 3rd Team All-American
and received NAIA honorable mention All-American honors once. Mason was team
captain during his senior year.
The youngest inductee this year, and a resident of Aurora, Colo., Kochman
lettered in swimming and diving all four years at Whittier. She holds the
college record in all four springboard dives—1 meter 6,1 meter 10, 3 meter 6 and
3 meter 11—and was named All-SCIAC all four years. She participated in the NCAA
championships three years in a row, and she was named SCIAC swimmer and diver of
the year in 1991. Her other honors include being named as an All American, team
MVP and President’s Scholar Athlete of the Year when she was a senior.
One of the all-time leaders in track and field at Whittier College, Sanborn
lettered and was named Whittier College track and field MVP in each of his four
years at the college. He was twice named NCAA All-America in the 400m hurdles,
and was named to the All-SCIAC 1st team in the 110m hurdles once, and the 400m
Scott was outstanding in three different sports at Whittier. She lettered in
softball four years, in women’s volleyball three years and in women’s basketball
twice. In softball, she was named to the All-SCIAC team three times and made
the NCAA All-West Region First Team and the All-American 2nd team during her
freshman year. That same year, she was the Purple & Gold Freshman Female
Athlete of the Year, and she was Female Athlete of the Year when she was a
30-year career at
College began in 1971 when he joined the college as head men’s basketball coach
and associate professor of physical education and recreation. He was named
director of athletics in 1974, and continued to coach men’s basketball until
1995, when he retired from coaching to devote more time to his other
his 24 years of coaching, Jacobs’ teams won seven SCIAC championships, competed
in six NAIA district championships (winning one) and three NCAA III Western
Regionals (winning one). While Jacobs was head coach, his teams had more than
300 wins, and he was named District Coach of the Year five times.
served as chair of the SCIAC Athletic Directors and the NCAA III Men’s
Basketball Committee and as a member of the NCAA Council and the NCAA
Championships Committee. He also established the Whittier College summer sports
camp, which has served area youth since the 1970s.
18 miles east of
Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional
liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context
of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American
Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is
located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.