September 24, 2004

Cal State Northridge Announces 2004 Hall of Fame Inductees


Cal State Northridge Announces 2004 Hall of Fame Inductees
Five new members will join the Cal State Northridge Athletic Hall of Fame when the Matadors host the 2004 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004 at Hilton Woodland Hills.

CSUN Athletic Director Richard Dull has announced that the 2004 class will consist of former student-athlete and former head men's basketball coach Pete Cassidy; former student-athlete and head women's tennis and assistant baseball coach Tony Davila; former softball standout Debbie Dickmann; former football and volleyball all-star Coley Kyman and former baseball standout Perry Husband.

Pete Cassidy came to Cal State Northridge, then called San Fernando Valley State College, in 1959 where he excelled as a two-sport athlete. In 1959, he was named CSUN's MVP on the Matadors' baseball team and earned MVP honors in 1960 on the basketball squad. Cassidy was chosen as the CSUN Athlete of the Year in 1960 and went on to earn his bachelor's degree that year. His first job out of college was as a teacher/coach during the 1960-61 calendar year at Montclair Prep. He then spent from 1961-66 as a teacher and coach at Notre Dame High School. In 1966, he returned to CSUN as a physical education instructor and assistant men's basketball coach. He served as an assistant for five years before taking over as head coach, a position he held for 25 consecutive years (1971-96). Cassidy is the winningest coach in Cal State Northridge's men's basketball history with 336 victories. He currently ranks tied for sixth all-time among NCAA basketball coaches for the most consecutive years of continuous service (25 seasons) at the same institution. While he was the head coach at Cal State Northridge, Cassidy produced nine All-Americans, 50 all-conference players, seven conference Players of the Year and two of Cal State Northridge's three NBA players. Cassidy was named the Kodak West District Coach of the Year in 1983 and again in 1985. He earned his master's degree from CSUN in 1969. Cassidy retired from CSUN in 1997 but is still very active in the community, serving as the President and on the Board of Directors for the Kiwanis Club of Northridge. He's also on the Board of Directors of S.O.L.I.D. (Support of Law Enforcement in Devonshire).

Tony Davila arrived at CSUN in 1962 (then known as S.F.V.S.C.) on a baseball scholarship. He would become a three-time All-CCAA performer and CSUN's first two-time All-District VIII selection. He led the CCAA with a .427 batting average in 1964. After his playing career at Northridge, he joined the then California Angels' organization for three-and-a-half years. He earned his bachelor's degree from CSUN in 1966 and later earned his master's degree from Cal State Los Angeles in 1972. He is currently working towards a doctorate at La Verne. After spending 13 years as an assistant baseball coach for the Matadors (1969-81), Davila assumed the head coaching duties of CSUN's men's and women's tennis programs in 1981. Although the men's program ended in 1987, Davila continued with the women's team and spent a total of 16 seasons (1981-97) at the helm. Under Davila's tutelage, the Matadors won the NCAA Division II National Championship in 1982 and was the runner-up in 1986. He is currently an assistant principal at Olive Vista Middle School and is an active member of the Association of Los Angeles School Administrators. His son Terry, is currently the head men's and women's soccer coach at CSUN.

Debbie Dickmann (now Debbie Crofts) has a long list of accolades, as she is one of the most decorated student-athletes to ever put on a CSUN uniform. She is Cal State Northridge's only four-time (1987-90) first team All-American in softball. A three-time Honda Broderick Award nominee, Dickmann was named the NCAA Division II Player of the Year in 1989 and again in 1990. She was also named the CSUN Female Athlete of the Year in 1990 and was on the NCAA national championship team in 1987. She completed her collegiate competition with an overall record 104-21 (.832) as a pitcher with a lifetime ERA of 0.49. She still appears in CSUN's record book on all 10 career charts for pitchers, and in fact, is in the top three in every single category. To this day, she still leads in saves (13) and perfect games (three). She is second in wins (104), complete games (112), shutouts (73), innings pitched (926) and no-hitters (seven). She is third in games pitched (157), earned run average (0.49) and strikeouts (644). She attained her bachelor's degree from CSUN in 1993. Dickmann has played professional softball in Italy and also in the WPSL in 1999. She currently serves as a commercial department manager at Colonial Western Insurance Agency.

Coley Kyman was a two-sport star at Cal State Northridge in football and volleyball. Kyman played four seasons (1989-92) at quarterback for the Matadors and four years (1990-93) as a middle blocker on CSUN's volleyball team. Kyman was named CSUN's Male Athlete of the Year in 1993 after leading the volleyball squad to an NCAA Final Four appearance and a runner-up finish, falling to UCLA in the championship match. He is still the only three-time first team All-American in CSUN's volleyball history. Kyman appears 20 times in the CSUN history books on the season leaders lists and another 10 times on the career charts. Kyman's name appears in the top spot on five career records, including kills (2,205), total attempts (4,044), block solos (111), block assists (443) and total blocks (554). The four-time all-league selection (three times in WIVA and once in the MPSF) earned his bachelor's degree from CSUN in 1997. He played professionally from 1995-96 and prior to that, was a Silver medalist in the 1991 World University Games with USA Volleyball. He also played in 14 consecutive U.S. Open Indoor Championships for Team Paul Mitchell, winning five Gold medals and six Silver medals. Kyman, who spent the 1994 season as an assistant volleyball coach at Cal State Northridge, is currently a senior account executive at XO Communications Inc.

Perry Husband is the first player from the 1984 NCAA Division II national championship baseball team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Husband was named the MVP of the 1984 College World Series after batting .351 during the CWS. The second baseman finished his '84 campaign with 92 hits, which was third on the CSUN single season charts. Husband transferred in from Antelope Valley College where he led the California junior college ranks in hitting with a batting average of .471 in 1982. He also set the national record with a 32-game hitting streak that season. Husband, a two-time first team All-District VIII selection, was drafted and signed with the Minnesota Twins' organization where he played two seasons. He is the proud owner for 16 years of GuessWorks, a baseball school in Antelope Valley that specializes in private pitching and hitting instruction, camps and clinics. Additionally, he is an entrepreneur inventor, creating several fitness products for arm strength and conditioning as well as some baseball training aids. He also is the writer of a baseball hitting instructional book and video series called "Hitting Is A Guess." Husband, who has spent time as a scout with the Milwaukee Brewers, has also spent four years as a golf professional, serving as a PGA Assistant Professional at Knollwood and Sepulveda Golf Courses.

Reservations for the event or further information is available by calling (818) 677-3208.

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