WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
Former Cal State Northridge Athletics Director and legendary baseball head coach Bob Hiegert will be inducted into the California Collegiate Athletic Association Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class this year, the CCAA announced Wednesday. Hiegert, who was a student-athlete, coach, and administrator while CSUN competed in the CCAA, retired as commissioner of the conference in 2012.
Heigert's accomplishments in the CCAA have been numerous with over 50 years served in multiple capacities. As a student-athlete on the baseball team at CSUN, the shortstop was named the Matadors' Athlete of the Year. As a coach he won 609 games en route to six CCAA Championships, five NCAA regional titles, 11 post-season berths, and NCAA Division II Championships in 1970 and 1984. He also made an impact with the Cal State Northridge community as he helped establish the Lyman Bostock Memorial Scholarship that is still distributed today.
"I am extremely indebted to the CCAA for the opportunity it has given me as student-athlete, coach, director of athletics, and finally as commissioner," Hiegert said when he announced his retirement in the summer of 2012. "It has been a tremendous journey and along the way I have had the extreme fortune of experiencing every aspect of intercollegiate athletics, and for that, I am extremely grateful."
Under Hiegert's leadership, CCAA teams won 24 NCAA Division II national championships, including six since 2008.
His inclusion in the CCAA Hall of Fame is just the latest honor for Hiegert, who was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Cal State Northridge Hall of Fame in 1999. Earlier this season, the CSUN baseball program retired his uniform number and unveiled a permanent tribute to Hiegert at Matador Field.
The CCAA will host a Hall of Fame reception and dinner to honor the inaugural class on Wednesday, June 4 at the Hilmar Cheese Company restaurant in Hilmar, Calif. For more information please contact Rebecca Bennett, Director of Communications for the CCAA, at firstname.lastname@example.org.